The great thing about using an agent, (one of them) is that we can present you with options! If you know you will have at least 10 rooms, and it works best for you to hold a block of rooms using a group rate so you know you have the rooms there for sure for your guests we can go that way, but if you and your guests would like to book individually we can also do those price matches, book with Apple for you or whatever makes it work best for you! I would say that the majority of couples I work with do prefer to hold a block of rooms for their guests using a group contract. It locks the price in and makes sure that the rooms will be there when the guests begin to call. It also provides the best amenities for the bride and groom in terms of upgrades and free rooms and such, but we can also book at the lowest rate available for your guests at the time they are ready to reserve their room, and if it means doing a price match to one of the online search engines, we can do that with no problem!
By still directing the guests to book through your agent, we can keep track for you of who has booked, and alert the resort of all the names of the guests and ask that they be roomed in the same general area even if we are doing the bookings as individual ones.
We always try to find what works best for the couple and go from there!