You still have lots of time so be prepared that the price you're going to be given right now by your TA is going to be really high! We were shocked when we got our first quote..... our TA suggested that we wait till we get closer to the date and then get another quote as they always start out very high and then generally go down as it gets closer. We ended up booking our group rate in late Oct for our April wedding and that was the best timing cuz we got a really good price and we also had the option of a one time price adjustment if the price went down between then and the final payment due date (which was in early Feb). We actually just found out last week that the Beach and Del Mar are completely sold out for the week that we are going so those people who were waiting to book last minute to get a better price must now either book at the Lindo/Maya or not come! And the Lindo/Maya are going for a good $300-400 more per person than what we paid!!
We decided to pay the peanlty to bring in an external photographer because I didn't really care for the work of the resort photographers. We also hired DJ Doremixx (who Erin also used and loved) and he is very highly regarded by everyone who has used him so we are excited that we went with him. We didn't book the "mac daddy" package, we went with the symbolic ceremoney on the beach and we are also doing the private reception at the open air restaurant.
It's getting so close now.... just finalizing the last details and before you know it we're going to be on the plane! I would be happy to share some of our photos after we get back if you are interested.
Originally Posted by canmaya bride
Thanks so much your response it truly helps a lot!!
We are going to see what price our TA comes back with for the del mar.
My fiance and i are going with the "mac daddy" package.;I know they say in the package it includes live music but...we have our own songs we want played. Do they have speakers and something to play an ipod or cd for the ceremony? Also do they set up mics when doing vows?
I unfortunately do not have anyone we know that is a experienced photographer other than my fiances mom. We don't want to put the pressure on her so we decided to go with someone else. 500 is outrageous for an outside photographer in my opinion.! I heard from a friend that the hotels photographers are generally inexperienced and could be your bartender or pool boy. So still unsure what to do.....i guess i have time though
I have read all the posts on the iberostar site and it makes me SUPER pumped for the big day. How large is the resort? Is it really as much walking as everyone makes it out to be?
Erin...oh my goodness i cannot believe the story of your grooms man. That is horrible!!He must be a trooper to still stand in the wedding. I am a nurse and have seen a few facial fractures and my goodness they usually bruise and swell horribly..Poor guy!!
I was wondering erin if its possible if i could take a look at your pics from the wedding? Do you have a link somewhere or could you PM me? I would really appreciate it!