Originally Posted by gracielemon
This info is really important to me and is sooo apreciated!! AIRFARE IS TOTALLY STRESSING ME OUT!! My wedding is in punta cana in October and I have over 80 guest booked as of right now and each of them keeps coming to me about airfare and when the prices will go down. I fill it is my responsiblity to know...but how can I possibly know for sure? I would love to know how long your guest waited? What length of time before your wedding did you find the best prices? Thanks!!
I just got back from my wedding at Dreams Punta Cana and I can tell you that lesee is dead on. You shouldn't feel like you have to take on the responsibility for booking everyone's travel after you have already communicated the costs and provided them with the contact information for your travel agent. We found that people still thought they could get a 'better deal' on their own vs. anything we provided them.
When we sent out our notice to our guests back in August of last year for our May 2011 wedding, we quoted our guests a rate of $1485 (including taxes) for 7 days, direct flight from Toronto. We did get some flack from our guests about the price, with many of them thinking they could do better. The only people that paid less (~$1285), were those that decided to leave during the week - this wasn't an option for us as we had to be sure to be in the DR for the required 3 business days.
From our experience the cheapest rates were September/October; as we got closer to May the prices started to rise, so that those that hadn't put their money down ended up having to take back their 'accept' RSVP as the prices had gotten too expensive, like $2000 a person! Of course we were disappointed but, we totally understood why they couldn't make it.
Originally after getting some push back from his family, my fiance started to backtrack and ask couldn't we find something that was closer to the $1300 pp range, etc... Now this may sound a bit cold or elitist, but in the big scheme of things when you are paying $1300 an extra $100-150 isn't that big of a difference - and truthfully if it does make a big difference, I think that you should do some serious thinking as to whether a trip is the best use of your money. And the truth of the matter is, that even if we had quoted a price in that range many of the same people that weren't able to join us, probably still would not have been able to make it AND then we would have been stuck at a crappy resort, hearing all the complaints from our guests.
Knowing what I know now I am so glad that I/we stuck to our guns. That extra $$ was well worth it, as all of our 42 guests had a great time with only one complaint, from a known complainer - so we took it with a grain of salt - the service was excellent, the food was great and no one got sick.