I did the same as RFinger and guests got their airline reservations on their own, especially since a lot were coming from different cities.
I was also given an 'estimate' for airfare and it was about $300 off of what I actually paid....it was off not in my favor :-( ....so beware that airline rates are going to be unpredictable and there is No Way a travel agent can predict it now since they are not available yet and since your guests are going to book their flights at all different times.
As far as the resort, my guests are payng $172/night (that is tax included and transfers from the airport to resort and back). I am not sure if that is considered a good deal or not compared to other people on here that are going but I was happy with the rates and my guests haven't seemed to complain.
If you buy one of their wedding packages...the Eternity or Divine....then you will have a lot included in your wedding up to 25 guests (and then you just pay the difference for the rest of them).
I am having my ceremony on the beach and cocktail hour and reception on the Beach terrace (the concrete area in between the pool and the beach). The Tequila Terrace is what I think you are referring to and that seems to be a lovely location as well. :-)
I have not done any 'negotiations' for our wedding. I sent in all my documents to the wedding planner, Anel, and I am just waiting to hear back from her and possibly we can work out a few things but overall I am pleased with what I am getting for the cost I am paying.
Originally Posted by ThomasK
Thank you for all of this helpful information Amy and Tammy!
We actually heard from our TA right after I posted this yesterday and he got us a deal for airfare, tax includ. and hotel stay for 7 nights at $2959/couple which = $1479.50/person
Is that a good deal in terms of what all you other brides/groom(s) got negotiated for your trips?
We have not been in touch with the WC yet (other than me just emailed an inquiry and Anel responded) but will be in the coming weeks I'm sure.
Where have any/all of you had/plan to have your receptions at the resort? Jess (my fiance) and I both feel in love with the pictures we have seen of that outside deck area (I think it's a restaraunt) for a possible reception, though we fear something like that, for 30-40 people will severly increase our budget we want to spend on this wedding (actually "ceremony" as we will be officially married here in front of a JP just so all of our information is the same when my fiance gets her passport).
What all were you able to negotiate price-wise for your wedding/future wedding?
Thanks again everyone for the helpful tips!