I'm not getting married at Iberostar, but we went there a couple years ago. Keep in mind we went just to the Rose Hall (not suites)... but - we travelled at the end of October and booked the trip in July. For an upgraded ocean view room we paid aroubd 975 inclusive of tax.
This is how a friend of mine explained it (she works for groups at one of the operators). The price may go down, or may go up. This depends on the inventory status. For example, if they plane is half empty at the time you're going, they will lower their rates to fill it up. BUT if they are almost full, they will ramp up the price to get the most $ out of it. I would contact several agencies (they really dont need to specialize in weddings as long as they are capable of looking after groups - you, after all will end up dealing with the wedding coordinator on your own. It's just a matter of booking the wedding with the hotel). Once you get price comparisons - make sure to ask them to get quotes from different operators.
Some will be askig you to pay a fee for them to check different operators, then you just say: ok - I'll just go someplace else. It does not cost them to get a quote. Ensure you ask about price drop guarantee for your group. This is the 'bonus' from some operators: if the price drops before the wedding (depends on the operator but it usually is around 60 days or more prior to departure), they will allow you one time price change.
Originally Posted by starrysim
Hi girls! I started looking at resorts for our wedding (looking at Nov, 2011) in August/ September, and I was looking at prices for this November, meaning ~3 months in advance. At the time, the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites was priced at about $1300-1400 from Toronto (one week, all inclusive). However, if I look now, for Oct 2011 prices, it's more like $1800. Is it common for prices to be that high far ahead of time, and then go lower when it's a few months away? Even March & April prices are lower than that, so it doesn't make sense that November would be so much more expensive. Now I'm scared to book, in case I remember wrong or something, and it really will be $1800. Any thoughts? Does anyone have experience with October/November prices, from Toronto? thanks so much. I'd love to book ASAP, but I'm scared of the prices.