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the minister fees are only $200.00 not $400.00 like the 2011 package.  That is such a big difference. 

Is it really $400.00 because I remember seeing $200.00 last summer?

Anyone?

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so here is a little tidbit of info for anyone that still has not firmed up their travel quote. I'm so frustrated over this part of it that I might just scream at somebody!!

 

I found a TA this morning - Marlin Travel in downtown Toronto where I work and they declare themselves "destination wedding and honeymoon specialists". she gave me a few good reasons but one of the key things is they deal with Transat and Nolitours - if you're looking for good rates, they are 2 of the best. the second thing is if you're an air miles collector, or any of your guests are, they can use their air miles toward their trip and bring the costs down.  she said 800 air miles = $100 up to a maximum of $400 per person if they have enough to get that much obviously, and in our case where we're trying to get costs down for our kids, we can purchase the certificates and help the kids out with their costs because you just apply the certs to the final balance, which isn't due generally until 60 days prior to departure!!  I think most people collect air miles, and if you don't this is a good reason to start. they can wrack up pretty darn quick depending on where you get gas, if you shop at Metro, Rona, any of those stores.  well worth it I think.

 

I would definitely like to know about the new rates as to a late 2011 wedding November. that's pretty darn close to 2012 lol  if anyone gets an answer, I'd love to hear it for sure. the same would apply to us - we could do other things if we were saving.

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hello ladies, I will answer you about the minister fees. yes for 2011 400 dollars. our blissfull package was also 1350 dollars. so and you can imagine we were sad and shocked to hear about that lower costs. I just can't believe that the package price cut in half!! good for you new brides bad for us old brides. Lol lol.

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Agreed. I'm in the same situation :(
Every time I come to this thread now I get more and more irritated that I'm paying double the money for the same thing. haha.

Originally Posted by stacey33 View Post

hello ladies, I will answer you about the minister fees. yes for 2011 400 dollars. our blissfull package was also 1350 dollars. so and you can imagine we were sad and shocked to hear about that lower costs. I just can't believe that the package price cut in half!! good for you new brides bad for us old brides. Lol lol.


 

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Yep, same here.  I asked Chandlyn about it this morning so whenever she actually gets back to me I'll let you know what she says!
 

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Agreed. I'm in the same situation :(
Every time I come to this thread now I get more and more irritated that I'm paying double the money for the same thing. haha.



 



 

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We just received our group rates for Jan 2012 from our TA and we are using Transat.  Originally we were quoted 1855 from Sunquest and 2095 from transat with departure from Calgary for one week all inclusive.  Our TA said she has only had problems with sunquest and recommended Transat, so she went to Transat and asked if they would match Sunquests price.  They came back slightly cheaper so we are paying 1830 per person per week all inclusive from Calgary.  We were also quoted for the Royal Golden which is 2095 per person per week all inclusive.  I don't know if its work paying the 265 per week extra for Royal Golden but we have left the option open to our guests. 

 

For those of you who have been there and upgraded did you feel it was worth it?
 

Originally Posted by acw271011 View Post

so here is a little tidbit of info for anyone that still has not firmed up their travel quote. I'm so frustrated over this part of it that I might just scream at somebody!!

 

I found a TA this morning - Marlin Travel in downtown Toronto where I work and they declare themselves "destination wedding and honeymoon specialists". she gave me a few good reasons but one of the key things is they deal with Transat and Nolitours - if you're looking for good rates, they are 2 of the best. the second thing is if you're an air miles collector, or any of your guests are, they can use their air miles toward their trip and bring the costs down.  she said 800 air miles = $100 up to a maximum of $400 per person if they have enough to get that much obviously, and in our case where we're trying to get costs down for our kids, we can purchase the certificates and help the kids out with their costs because you just apply the certs to the final balance, which isn't due generally until 60 days prior to departure!!  I think most people collect air miles, and if you don't this is a good reason to start. they can wrack up pretty darn quick depending on where you get gas, if you shop at Metro, Rona, any of those stores.  well worth it I think.

 

I would definitely like to know about the new rates as to a late 2011 wedding November. that's pretty darn close to 2012 lol  if anyone gets an answer, I'd love to hear it for sure. the same would apply to us - we could do other things if we were saving.



 

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Hello

For those who"s going with Transat, there is a wedding package deal that can be cheaper if you are more then 30. I chose with Transat because I have 70 guest (already signup and there is more coming!!!!!) the package is for 24 pers. and 10$ (extra) each pers. The package with GBP is 20 to 45$ per pers (extra). Here the Transat packages:

 

$400

Joy

Our basic wedding package contains all the essentials for a carefree, ideal wedding in the destination of your choice.

INCLUSION:

Private roundtrip transportation between the airport and hotel*
• Separate check-in for your group • Services of a wedding 
coordinator • Fruit basket in the coupleâ€s room • Bridal bouquet and boutonniere for the groom • Romantic dinner for bride and groom • The wedding service includes: decoration, music, wedding cake and sparkling wine** • Wedding photographs

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$850

Bliss

This is the ideal package for couples seeking the ultimate romantic wedding at destination, while keeping it simple and affordable.

ALL THE INCLUSIONS IN JOY, PLUS:

Cocktails and hors dâ€oeuvres for the wedding group before the ceremony • Wedding dinner at à la carte restaurant with head table** • Boutonnieres for up to 7 guests • Wedding photographs • US$100 credit toward a local excursion booked with a Transat Holidays representative

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$1500

Euphoria

This package is designed for couples who wish to make a splash, providing top-of-the-line services and advantages for themselves and their guests.

ALL THE INCLUSIONS IN JOY& BLISS, PLUS:

Separate courtesy room for the groom on the wedding day
• 1 1/2 hour hair and makeup for the bride and groom • Choice of 3 menus at the wedding dinner** • Wedding photographs • Breakfast in bed on the first morning of the honeymoon • US$200 credit toward a spa treatment


Nolitours_rgb.gifExclusive Nolitours wedding package

$600

Passion

Our wedding package contains all the essentials for a carefree, ideal wedding in the destination of your choice.

Private roundtrip transfer and separate check-in for your group at the hotel* • Wedding coordinator services • Fruit basket in the couple's room • Bridal bouquet and boutonniere for the groom • Wedding decorations • Sparkling wine and wedding cake after the ceremony • Romantic dinner for bride and groom • US$50 credit for hairdressing and make-up sessions for bride and groom
• Credit for wedding photos


Air Transat Group offer

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Group offer

Travelling with a group of 10 or more on Air Transat? Weâ€ve thought of some little extras for the bride and groom to be.

• Separate check-in at the airport and priority luggage tags
• Pre-boarding with priority access to overhead bins
• Complimentary seat selection
• An extra 10 kg baggage allowance free of charge
• Two 200 ml bottles of champagne on southbound flight
• Complimentary headsets and two in-flight bar service coupons
• 10% off duty-free purchases onboard

And for the wedding guests

• 65% discount off advance seat selection
• 50% discount off excess baggage
Only available in conjunction with the purchase of a Nolitours or Transat Holidays vacation package for a group of 10 or more. Valid on Air Transat flights only and has no cash value.

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Originally Posted by acw271011 View Post

so here is a little tidbit of info for anyone that still has not firmed up their travel quote. I'm so frustrated over this part of it that I might just scream at somebody!!

 

I found a TA this morning - Marlin Travel in downtown Toronto where I work and they declare themselves "destination wedding and honeymoon specialists". she gave me a few good reasons but one of the key things is they deal with Transat and Nolitours - if you're looking for good rates, they are 2 of the best. the second thing is if you're an air miles collector, or any of your guests are, they can use their air miles toward their trip and bring the costs down.  she said 800 air miles = $100 up to a maximum of $400 per person if they have enough to get that much obviously, and in our case where we're trying to get costs down for our kids, we can purchase the certificates and help the kids out with their costs because you just apply the certs to the final balance, which isn't due generally until 60 days prior to departure!!  I think most people collect air miles, and if you don't this is a good reason to start. they can wrack up pretty darn quick depending on where you get gas, if you shop at Metro, Rona, any of those stores.  well worth it I think.

 

I would definitely like to know about the new rates as to a late 2011 wedding November. that's pretty darn close to 2012 lol  if anyone gets an answer, I'd love to hear it for sure. the same would apply to us - we could do other things if we were saving.



 

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Hello

 

Some of my guest ask for it, so ALL of my guest have the Royal Golden! ! I never when GBP with the Royal Golden, But some of my friend went! They say is worth it because you have room service, you closer to the beach and many service(only available for RG).
 

Originally Posted by JayKay View Post


We just received our group rates for Jan 2012 from our TA and we are using Transat.  Originally we were quoted 1855 from Sunquest and 2095 from transat with departure from Calgary for one week all inclusive.  Our TA said she has only had problems with sunquest and recommended Transat, so she went to Transat and asked if they would match Sunquests price.  They came back slightly cheaper so we are paying 1830 per person per week all inclusive from Calgary.  We were also quoted for the Royal Golden which is 2095 per person per week all inclusive.  I don't know if its work paying the 265 per week extra for Royal Golden but we have left the option open to our guests. 

 

For those of you who have been there and upgraded did you feel it was worth it?
 



 



 

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I would totally talk to Chandalyn if you are getting married in 2011... My wedding date is 9-10-11 and she is giving me the $200 minister fee price.. here is what she wrote on Tuesday...

 

From Me to Chandlyn and her answer: I asked Beverly if we could do the free package but she said we would still have to pay judges fees. I asked her if we could get around the fees since we were already legally married but she never got back to me (I think this is when she resigned.)You may do the free package which now attracts a fee of US200
 

Originally Posted by mekanabr View Post


Yep, same here.  I asked Chandlyn about it this morning so whenever she actually gets back to me I'll let you know what she says!
 



 



 

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My guests from Calgary got an all inclusive rate of $1666, that was in October for travel in August.

 

Originally Posted by JayKay View Post


We just received our group rates for Jan 2012 from our TA and we are using Transat.  Originally we were quoted 1855 from Sunquest and 2095 from transat with departure from Calgary for one week all inclusive.  Our TA said she has only had problems with sunquest and recommended Transat, so she went to Transat and asked if they would match Sunquests price.  They came back slightly cheaper so we are paying 1830 per person per week all inclusive from Calgary.  We were also quoted for the Royal Golden which is 2095 per person per week all inclusive.  I don't know if its work paying the 265 per week extra for Royal Golden but we have left the option open to our guests. 

 

For those of you who have been there and upgraded did you feel it was worth it?
 



 



 

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