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#1541 pbrozek

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    Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:40 AM

    Hello ladies!

     

    I'm also a Calgary bride! I'll be getting married in Mexico on Feb 29th, 2012. I'm so pumped to find this thread!

     

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    #1542 Sunshine2680

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      Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:34 AM


      Awesome! Thanks!!
       

      Originally Posted by star18 


      They didn't give me any options on the color, but they did let me print a couple trial ones to see how it would look for free which was nice. The color turned out fine though. Just do a sample first and see if you like it. :)



       



       



      #1543 Sunshine2680

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        Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:34 AM



        Welcome! Nice to see another 2012 bride on here!

        Originally Posted by pbrozek 

        Hello ladies!

         

        I'm also a Calgary bride! I'll be getting married in Mexico on Feb 29th, 2012. I'm so pumped to find this thread!

         

        P



         



        #1544 Sunshine2680

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          Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:23 PM

          Hi All - just got our 1st quotes back from the TA for Nov 2012 prices. EEKS! They're a lot higher than I thought.
          For a couple of the Dreams Resorts we're looking at paying $1700+ pp for double occupancy!

          I've  been to mexico 5 times now and I've stayed at equivalent Star resorts and have never paid this much!
          I realize there's a risk with booking online or by yourself - but I just can't figure out why these prices are so much higher and we're apparently getting a 'group rate'/ deal.

          Does anyone know if this is the norm? Are any other brides taking the risk of booking separately?



          #1545 star18

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            Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:36 PM


            Hey,

             

            I am in the same boat. The prices I am getting for Feb 2012 are much higher than I anticipated, not sure if they will go down. All the prices aren't out yet so I am waiting on that but still not sure if I should go with a TA or book on our own. We are getting prices from about $1800 and higher for Dreams PV for Feb 2012 for a basic room.

             

            I have found in the past that West Jet had the best prices and I am waiting for them to come out before I make any decisions. A couple of posts ago their was a phone number for West Jet for group bookings, maybe try that number and see what they say.

             

            Good Luck :)

            Originally Posted by Sunshine2680 

            Hi All - just got our 1st quotes back from the TA for Nov 2012 prices. EEKS! They're a lot higher than I thought.
            For a couple of the Dreams Resorts we're looking at paying $1700+ pp for double occupancy!

            I've  been to mexico 5 times now and I've stayed at equivalent Star resorts and have never paid this much!
            I realize there's a risk with booking online or by yourself - but I just can't figure out why these prices are so much higher and we're apparently getting a 'group rate'/ deal.

            Does anyone know if this is the norm? Are any other brides taking the risk of booking separately?



             



            #1546 star18

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              Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:38 PM


              Welcome! Congrats!!! This site is so awesome and helpful. Where are you getting married in Mexico? We are getting married on Feb 24th in Puerto Vallarta. :)

              Originally Posted by pbrozek 

              Hello ladies!

               

              I'm also a Calgary bride! I'll be getting married in Mexico on Feb 29th, 2012. I'm so pumped to find this thread!

               

              P



               



              #1547 Sunshine2680

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                Posted 16 March 2011 - 07:45 PM


                UGH! This is so frustrating. Those quotes were for Sunquest and she's still waiting to hear back from Signature/Sunwing and Transat Holidays. She actually advised us to NOT go

                with Westjet because they're the only travel company that requires deposits for ALL your guests and if less than the anticipated amount book- you lose that part of your deposit!!
                Too bad because I really like Westjet.
                I really don't get why its so much more expensive to book with the TA - they say they don't charge a fee- but I honestly wonder...
                 

                Originally Posted by star18 


                Hey,

                 

                I am in the same boat. The prices I am getting for Feb 2012 are much higher than I anticipated, not sure if they will go down. All the prices aren't out yet so I am waiting on that but still not sure if I should go with a TA or book on our own. We are getting prices from about $1800 and higher for Dreams PV for Feb 2012 for a basic room.

                 

                I have found in the past that West Jet had the best prices and I am waiting for them to come out before I make any decisions. A couple of posts ago their was a phone number for West Jet for group bookings, maybe try that number and see what they say.

                 

                Good Luck :)



                 



                 



                #1548 star18

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                  Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:09 PM


                  I just looked again at prices. Sunquest just came out today and the prices are insane, for a deluxe room the want $2279 + 329 tax+ $2608 per person for 1 week!!!!! OMG! who is going to pay these prices???

                   

                  For my friends wedding last year, she got married in the Mayan in April. I booked with West Jet thru their Website in July and I payed $1300 + tax. My friend went thru a travel agent and used AIr Canada and payed atleast $300 more. The only difference was that I had to pay upfront and she could do a deposit but she still had to pay in full by September, so in the end she wished she just had put it on her credit card for the couple of months difference it made.

                   

                  I am NOT doing any deposits for guests and I have seen this go bad way too many times. I am waiting for quotes and then posting the quotes and travel agents number/email and getting guests to book their own trips to save a lot of headache. I think this will save a lot of stress on our part and also guests as they can book when they want. As far as deposits I am going to contact immediate family and people I know are coming for sure and letting them know when prices come out, so they can put a deposit on the price to get our 10 guests to hold the price. The rest of our guest will be contacted thru our wedding website or email. You only need 10 people for most airlines, so that is only 5 rooms including yourselves.

                   

                  I'm sure it will all work out, we just need to be patient. We still have a lot of time, so hopefully prices come down,not up!!

                  :)

                  Originally Posted by Sunshine2680 


                  UGH! This is so frustrating. Those quotes were for Sunquest and she's still waiting to hear back from Signature/Sunwing and Transat Holidays. She actually advised us to NOT go

                  with Westjet because they're the only travel company that requires deposits for ALL your guests and if less than the anticipated amount book- you lose that part of your deposit!!
                  Too bad because I really like Westjet.
                  I really don't get why its so much more expensive to book with the TA - they say they don't charge a fee- but I honestly wonder...
                   



                   



                   



                  #1549 Sunshine2680

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                    Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:41 AM


                    WoW! That is insane!!


                    I just looked again at prices. Sunquest just came out today and the prices are insane, for a deluxe room the want $2279 + 329 tax+ $2608 per person for 1 week!!!!! OMG! who is going to pay these prices???

                     

                    For my friends wedding last year, she got married in the Mayan in April. I booked with West Jet thru their Website in July and I payed $1300 + tax. My friend went thru a travel agent and used AIr Canada and payed atleast $300 more. The only difference was that I had to pay upfront and she could do a deposit but she still had to pay in full by September, so in the end she wished she just had put it on her credit card for the couple of months difference it made.

                     

                    I am NOT doing any deposits for guests and I have seen this go bad way too many times. I am waiting for quotes and then posting the quotes and travel agents number/email and getting guests to book their own trips to save a lot of headache. I think this will save a lot of stress on our part and also guests as they can book when they want. As far as deposits I am going to contact immediate family and people I know are coming for sure and letting them know when prices come out, so they can put a deposit on the price to get our 10 guests to hold the price. The rest of our guest will be contacted thru our wedding website or email. You only need 10 people for most airlines, so that is only 5 rooms including yourselves.

                     

                    I'm sure it will all work out, we just need to be patient. We still have a lot of time, so hopefully prices come down,not up!!

                    :)



                     



                     



                    #1550 proti007

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                      Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:36 AM

                      I'm not sure if you two have looked at this thread, but there are many other Canadian brides in the same boat:

                       

                      http://www.bestdesti...-booking-stress

                       

                      I got quotes from WestJet and Air Canada (I would never, EVER travel with any charter company for my wedding based on some of the horror stories I have heard ie. Sunwing/Sunquest/Air Transat), and they were overpriced, and required deposits and PIF very early (PIF 6 months before wedding!). Dreams is notorious for doing this, so watch out!

                       

                      We opted to have our guests book with Expedia. Although they did have to PIF, the rates were much, MUCH lower. Sunshine, booking a last minute holiday is very different from booking a wedding. You will not get the same rates. I had a lot of family in Toronto complain that they paid under $1000 for all-inclusive to Mexico, etc, and I just had to tell them that when you book early, you are going to pay more. I am extremely happy with the rates I was able to get from Expedia, and my guests are, too. Something to look into. Also, I am happy I did not have to deal with ANY of the travel info for guests. A HUGE stress-relief.


                       

                      Originally Posted by star18 


                      I just looked again at prices. Sunquest just came out today and the prices are insane, for a deluxe room the want $2279 + 329 tax+ $2608 per person for 1 week!!!!! OMG! who is going to pay these prices???

                       

                      For my friends wedding last year, she got married in the Mayan in April. I booked with West Jet thru their Website in July and I payed $1300 + tax. My friend went thru a travel agent and used AIr Canada and payed atleast $300 more. The only difference was that I had to pay upfront and she could do a deposit but she still had to pay in full by September, so in the end she wished she just had put it on her credit card for the couple of months difference it made.

                       

                      I am NOT doing any deposits for guests and I have seen this go bad way too many times. I am waiting for quotes and then posting the quotes and travel agents number/email and getting guests to book their own trips to save a lot of headache. I think this will save a lot of stress on our part and also guests as they can book when they want. As far as deposits I am going to contact immediate family and people I know are coming for sure and letting them know when prices come out, so they can put a deposit on the price to get our 10 guests to hold the price. The rest of our guest will be contacted thru our wedding website or email. You only need 10 people for most airlines, so that is only 5 rooms including yourselves.

                       

                      I'm sure it will all work out, we just need to be patient. We still have a lot of time, so hopefully prices come down,not up!!

                      :)



                       



                       






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