Why are you paying so much for yoru room deposits? I would renegotiate that if possible. You can negotiate EVERYTHING!!!!! That's the best advice I've recieved so far, if they want the business, they will comp at your request. Please remember that.Our 10x 10 block went like this, it we held 10, it was a $50 deposit per room per double, triple was $25. So to hold our first 15 rooms was only $600!! Our room was $100 but we wanted the preferred suite, it has something or another that got our attention, I don't remember now. But we only got this from working with a TA, when I went on my own, it was much more.
What about the DJ's ladies? I''m trying to figure out who to go with and how to save money on them. My head is swimming from all of the different suggestions and I don't know who to go with at this point! Although the wedding isn't until May 2012 but if I can get some specials now ,vs. next year, I want in on that. What about decorations, I have a really good contact on flowers down there. My co-worker got married at Dreams Cancun and this lady did ALL of her flowers, gazebo, bouquet, bridesmaids, isle and everything for $250!!!! Just be patient as she is slow to respond.
Hello! My fiance went back and forth with this for a while. We finally decided to just let everyone book on their own- we're not using a TA. We didn't want to do that, but we felt like it would be a huge headache for us (and added stress) if we did room blocks. I contacted several TAs, and all the rates we got were more $$ than online prices. I asked if they would match online prices and most said no, because it was already a special rate.
The big thing for us was that we HAD to block a minimum of 10 rooms (at least that's what they told us), which we would have put down a $100 deposit on (so $1000). If we couldn't fill all 10 rooms then we'd lose our deposit for those unfilled rooms. Since we're having a smaller wedding, I didn't want the pressure of making people book through the TA, when they could just book on their own for way cheaper (the package deals were usually cheaper too, air + hotel). Idk, I just pictured us having like 5 rooms booked and then almost "begging" people to book through the agent so we wouldn't lose $.
We ended up booking OUR trip right when the air rates came out as packages (about 11 months out) and it ended up being about $800 cheaper than what we were quoted.
I will say, there are many benefits to having a TA and blocking rooms (like not having to pay in full right away), but it just didn't work out for us. Anyway, good luck and congratulations!!