JenK - Sounds very frustrating.
I don't know if you've already shared this with your guests but....
I think it's totally appropriate to remind your guests that the travel agent knows what rates are on the internet as well (and the trends for airfare) and is getting everyone a competitive (and cheap!) rate so that it saves them the trouble of searching and comparing. And remind them that it's only a deposit that is required by June 30th so it's like they can pay their travel in installments rather than all at once (which I think is a great advantage over purchasing on their own via websites!). And if they're going to be there anyway, maybe you can say something like it'll really help matters all around if everyone just travels during the suggested dates because you'll lock in the group-rate and be guaranteed that even if the prices might go up later.
If it's only a deposit deadline, I don't think it's too early, although I can understand people's hesitation. My RSVP date is September 1st but that's because I am not dealing with group travel arrangements. I figured I didn't need the extra stress.
I hope people come around soon. Hang in there!
Originally Posted by JenK
I just needed to vent...it is SO difficult to make travel decisions, especially when booking group travel. I won't get into all the details-but I'm really frustrated that guests are telling me they are going to be all going different dates and not our suggested travel dates. I feel that I have put so much work into getting a group rate-and it is a really good rate!!! Some of them think that they can find cheaper deals, but I'm pretty sure they won't! Anyways, it is making this difficult for me because at this point-I'm worried about getting the minimum needed to secure the group pricing! Is anyone else going through the same problem?
Does anyone feel that June 30th is too soon for an RSVP date? I've noticed other brides have later RSVP dates so I am worried that mine is unrealistic! My deadline is for paying the deposit only, so people don't have to book in full until 2months before.
Thanks everyone for letting me vent! I needed it tonight! Plus my glass of wine is helping