I narrowed down my top 3 resorts, just like you did, based on their wedding packages and online reviews. Then, I shopped different travel agents to compare their rates for each resort. Since I went to different TA's in the past few months, I was able to get 2012 rates. I chose the Now Sapphire because my TA could get me a good rate and I just liked it the most. After I made the decision for the Now Sapphire, I contacted the WC there and confirmed my wedding date and locked that in. Then my TA contracted my rates with the resort and locked those in. Those contracted rates will not go up at all as long as my guests book through my TA.
My Save the Dates are going out this weekend with my TA's info and the group rate info. It is only the resort rates at this time because airfare rates are not available yet. For guests that know they are coming, regardless of the airfare rates, they are able to put down a $100 deposit with my TA to secure their room at the resort. Guests have an option to book just the resort through my TA or both the resort and the airfare.
I did not want to wait for the rates to go down because I wanted to give my guests one years notice of my exact wedding date so they can start planning accordingly. I can't say that I am 100% happy with my contracted room rates, but I love the resort and the wedding package so I moved forward with it. Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try to help you out! :-)
Originally Posted by TropicLover
Hey everyone! I'm in the mists of planning a Feb/Mar 2012 wedding in the Mayan Riviera. The hotels I'm looking at are the Barcelo Maya Colonial/Palace, Ocean Turquesa and Now Sapphire (so far my favourite is the Barcelo!).
I've been getting a few quotes from travel agents and to be honest they're a lot higher than what's showing for 2011, mostly because the 2012 pricing haven't come out yet. They keep telling me to wait because they'll come down, but I'm worried about letting it linger for so long.
I see that some of you have already booked for 2012 and I'm wondering if you've locked in a price or just booked a date? Are your guests booking already or have you asked them to wait? I'd really like to get my save the dates out asap, but I'd like to let people know the exact date instead of a time frame. Should I just book and hope that prices come down? Any advice would be awesome!
Thanks so much!