Posted 21 February 2010 - 10:47 AM
Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:14 AM
here's how my experience with STD's have went so far. we told family/friends through word of mouth that we were planning a DW for spring 2010 in feb/march 2009. we already knew which resort we wanted and that we wanted to get married legally. we contacted various travel agents and none of them said we could get pricing until sep 09. so we waited until then. we actually sent the STD's out mid Nov with our date for the trip and AHR and wedding website info. we choose not to do a group rate because the pricing was still too high (we knew this because we have been to the resort 2x). here's the thing over half of the people never even looked at the wedding website or read the STD because we still have people asking us what is going on. haha. so whatever you decide to do don't stress out about it worrying about planning all the details for everyone. our formal invites are being mailed this week so hopefully there is a better response for them.
i honestly think if you don't know when & where you want to book...then wait until you know for sure. nothing is worse than telling everyone one thing and changing your mind. that will frustrate guests even more. until then spread the details through word of mouth.
Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:19 PM
Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:27 PM
Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:00 PM
Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:04 PM
Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:21 PM
I've just booked with the travel agent for the week of April 30 - May 7, 2011 but I'm still trying to settle on the actual wedding date with the resort. A year in advance, I'm sending out the Save the Date with the week on it, in addition to the name and location of the resort and our website address. I've already had a lot of people asking me for more detail (there's a number of people coming from overseas) so I'm also including a letter with additional details, such as the name and contact info for the travel agent and additional information regarding the at home reception. We're going to send out formal invitations to the wedding in August of this year and invitations to the at home reception in January 2011.
Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:29 PM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:48 PM
We chose to put the week-range based on the day most direct all-inclusive tour operators were flying out the previous year (Tuesday).
We're dealing with itravel2000.com and they were able to give us a group rate for February 2011 in January 2010, so I'd maybe ask your TA again if they can do anything like that for you.
In my opinion, I don't think even half our guests went to our wedding website for additional info, so don't bank too much on the fact that they'll be checking continuously!
February 25, 2011
Majestic Colonial in sunny Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!
Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:53 PM
It is true you cannot book flights until one year in advance (so now we can start booking our air) but your TA should be able to get you a contract right now for your specific date, etc. I would push your TA a little more on that, because it IS possible to book more than one year in advance so you can get the date you want!
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