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#871 breeze616

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    Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:19 PM

    Thanks MayanLily,

    I'm dealing with Laurie and she's been pretty good so far. I'm booking my hotel and air separately (not with a tour operator) and flying with west jet, so I think the rates are seriously only held for however many people I put the deposit down for right away. I'm only putting it down for the required 10 people. My logic is that if peeps wanna wait forevs to book, its their issue to find a good rate - not mine!


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    I think it actually depends on the package you choose. The signature package gave me 7 days... hence, me panicking and putting down 20 deposits to hold the price for everyone. Also, just so you know, Signature WILL NOT deal with you directly if you are booking through a travel agent. I called to ask a question about their flights and they wouldn't even talk to me. I was screaming "BUT IM THE BRIDE"

    I think Air Canada Vacations quote was good for 4 weeks. By the time I finally sorted out Signature screw up and decided to go with AC, my guests only had 2 weeks to put down their own deposits. Everything worked out great that way. It sort of forced my guests to come up with a decison. Which I'm happy I did because I hear other brides complaining alot about their "undecided" guests.

    Also, Tara Hartman is amazing at romantic planet!


    #872 Lindslou

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      Posted 09 July 2010 - 06:49 PM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by breeze616
      Thanks MayanLily,

      I'm dealing with Laurie and she's been pretty good so far. I'm booking my hotel and air separately (not with a tour operator) and flying with west jet, so I think the rates are seriously only held for however many people I put the deposit down for right away. I'm only putting it down for the required 10 people. My logic is that if peeps wanna wait forevs to book, its their issue to find a good rate - not mine!
      Hey Breeze616

      I initially started out with Laurie too then went to Richele and now I'm working with Tara. I think Laurie does the research and then hands your file to a group manager. She was fantastic, all the girls I have delt with have been great!!! I have to say good for you for putting your foot down. I've been going through a tuff time. On my invites (sent out in March) we asked our guests to RSVP by June 30 and strongly suggested that they put a deposit down since the prices are not guaranteed. We have not heard back from about 80%!!!! I'm not happy.... I understand that it's summer and people are not thinking about winter vacations now that summer has started but most of our guests have recently gotten married and we have not heard from them. You would think they would know how important RSVPing is. My FI and I would like to get our budget figured out so we know how much $$$ we will need between now and the wedding. So frustrating!!!! So that is my complaining for the day, gonna go sit on the patio and have a cool bevi. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!
      Looking to share a photographer the middle of Feb 2011 in Holguin Cuba


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      #873 MayanLily

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        Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:01 PM

        Breeze- that's good logic. Maybe more ppl will put down deposits if they know that only 10 are held. I'm pretty sure that Laurie actually owns Romantic Planet so you couldn't be in better hands I'm sure. Good Luck with everything. I dont know if you've already sent out STD or invites but I strongly suggest putting a rsvp by date on there. We didn't and now I don't really know my numbers. I do think that my ppl that are already booked and paid for are all that are coming but you never really know until the end. Also, just a suggestion ( I learned the hard way) but I wish I would have written somewhere that "if you are NOT planning on staying at our chosen resort, please note that day pass are $95/person" Just an idea. Wish someone would have gave me that tip 8 months ago!
        Aly

        #874 MayanLily

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          Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:05 PM

          Linds- I HATE NON-RSVPers! Grrr... I think people think that because they are paying for their own holiday that they can take their time to decide. They are under the misconception that DWs are min. planning wedding. That's what I thought! So not true!

          I will also have a drink to that tonight! hehe
          Aly

          #875 breeze616

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            Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:45 PM

            Thanks Ladies! I'm allll booked!! woot woot!!

            Ya, I sent out the email saying if your one of the first 10, you get this rate - so get on it! haha

            I did send out a pre-RSVP card with my save dates, so I had an idea of how many people wanted to come. But really, I know the RSVPs mean nothing. I certainly hope the 30 people who RSVP'd do come, but we'll see :)

            Good thing is my sister just got married last weekend, and my family had so much fun at her wedding that some of the stragglers have decided they want to come to mine! Sweet!

            #876 Boo

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              Posted 12 July 2010 - 10:08 AM

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              #877 Lindslou

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                Posted 12 July 2010 - 10:34 PM

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                Would it make it better to feel like you are not alone in this? our rsvp date is July 15th, and I think we maybe have a 1/3 back, the way I see it I will wait for another month and then just started booking things based on gut feeling, I am afraid there are going to be last minute additions in any case.

                our TA at Romantic Travel is Deanna and she has been great. 7 days, CAD 150 deposit each, guests paid.
                You know what makes me even more frustrated is that 1/2 of our non rsvpers have recently just gotten married and would know how important it is to respond by the date requested. I don't get it!!!! I'm thinking that maybe some people think that since it is a DW then it's not the same. Rrrrggg!!! I also hope that with summer here some people have just put off the thought of having a winter vacation. Just don't get it but I'm not impressed!!!
                Looking to share a photographer the middle of Feb 2011 in Holguin Cuba


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                #878 Boo

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                  Posted 13 July 2010 - 10:06 AM

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                  #879 echo2_62

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                    Posted 13 July 2010 - 11:27 AM

                    I know its super frustrating for all those people who aren't rsvp'ing but it's just one of those things that comes with the territory of planning a wedding. We had a handful of friends that never did get back to us and I think just assumed that word would get passed along. I think about a month before our deadline, I sent out a postcard to those people who I hadn't heard from just to remind them that time was running out quickly. It got me a few of those 'no' answers that I'd already been expecting but at least now had confirmed. The people who are going to be there will make sure that you know in lots of time, whether they book early or not.

                    #880 cookiemunchkin

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                      Posted 13 July 2010 - 02:04 PM

                      Just came across this thread and wanted to say hi to everyone! I'm just in the beginning stages of planning (still trying to narrow it down to WHERE we are getting married) so I dont have a lot of info to offer just yet, but I'm sure that will change soon enough :). I'll read through the entire thread tonight when I'm at home, but wanted to say hi for now. Hi!




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