busy bee is absolutely right!! I know everyone is excited about planning your wedding and you want people to book, etc. but definitely shop around. AND WAIT!!!! we got married in October, which is low season and we were originally quoted $1600 in January. by the time we actually got a firm booking rate which was closer to April, it was down to $1250 all inclusive (taxes, fuel surcharge, royal upgrade). tour companies want to know well in advance how many of their rooms they are going to have booked so they'll put out prices knowing it's somebody's wedding and if they want a group badly enough, they'll pay the rate. but hang tough. rates for 2013 will not be available until this summer, and even then there's a good chance they'll change. give your guests a ballpark and ask them to start saving ahead of time. we had great success with Marlin Travel. Plus - Jamaica is a lot more expensive than Mexico, and January through to April is high season. you won't get the "deals" at that time of the year unless you're going last minute. as well, GBP has a Royal upgrade. some tour companies give it to you at a better rate than others. we went with Transat which turned out to be a better rate than Sunquest, but Transat only gave you a free person for every 15 booked, but their rates were a lot better! and lastly, rates from the US are always cheaper than Canada, so yes - going from Detroit will be less than Toronto or any other major Canadian city. work with a travel agent. the more in advance you try to push for rates, the higher the rate will be. hold off as long as possible and get an agent that appreciates that it's your wedding and you're trying to get the best possible deal for yourself and your guests!!
Originally Posted by BusyBee123
For all of the ladies concerned about the pricing, take the time to shop around and talk to multiple different travel agents. We're travelling in January which is high season and have guests going from Ottawa and Toronto. When we initially were shopping around about 10months ago, we were quotes rates from 1750-2100 for the one week all inclusive. We shopped around and were able to get it for $1300 out of Toronto and $1400 out of Ottawa. Also with certain group bookings you're also able to get a few guests free. With Sunquest, you get one person free for every 11 you book! Not a bad deal at all! I would highly suggest shopping around...its definitely worth it!
So....only 3 more sleeps before we leave! I cannot believe it! Feels like I've been on the forum and planning forever and a day! I guess the time has finally come! Have a full 8hr day booked at the spa tomorrow, one last day for last minute packing, and then we're off! Thanks so much to everyone on here for all of their advice, encouragement and tips along the way! I couldn't have done it without you! Will definitely be back with a review and pics if not before! Happy planning for now!