So I just wanted to see what everyone's experience has been with room blocks through a TA. We are getting married at Moon Palace, and are using Vacations For Less TA. We were planning on blocking 20 rooms (not sure exactly if that's too many or not enough).
This is what she said:
"You can increase number of room if needed subject to availability at time of request.
The group deposit is usually paid by the wedding couple as the hotel requires it upfront in order to confirm the room block.
Based on 20 rooms for 4 nights the deposit amount would be $2,050.00.
This deposit is applied to the cost of your stay and/or any other rooms you may be paying for and if any overpayment it is refunded back to you once the group is finalized about 30 days prior to arrival date.
The dates and room categories can be changed as actual reservations are made, however, any nights and room categories outside of the group block are subject to availability at time of request. Same group rates would apply.
The hotel will not guarantee room location in advance, they do try to accommodate wedding groups in the same general area of the hotel and most wedding groups are in the Nizuc section."
Is this normal? I guess I wasn't really expecting to have to spend such a big chunk of our savings for something like this up front. Is there a way around this? We have so many other things to put deposits down for (photographer, ceremony package) that this would really make things difficult!
Thanks in advance!