Which consultant did you have? That sounds a little strange. Like CBrewster we were also told we didn't have to pay until 45 days before the wedding. I would certainly question the requirement to pay now.
I would definitely pre book your reception just in case for whatever reason they cant arrange location / food for that day but there is no way you should be paying now.
Let me know how you get on.
Originally Posted by nmw134
I have a quick question, I've read on here that basically you can wait to do everything until you get down there. Well in our first call with the Miami based consultant, she asked for our reception choice and approximately how many people we thought we were going to have. She then sent us a form with the price for that, and is requesting payment for it ASAP so that they can hold it for us. We are planning on the 3 hour reception and guessed 50 people, so that bill is several thousand dollars. Since we've already spent several thousand to book our room and then hold a block of rooms at the resort and airfare, we were hoping to not have to pay anything for awhile and save up some more. So my question is when do we really need to book the reception and pay this fee? Is it something that can wait until its closer to the wedding (which is in March 2012) or do we truly need to do it ASAP?