Originally Posted by Lindsay Green
Isnt the booking part fun?? lol. we got engaged on July 3 and by te 10th I was price shopping with TA's. We were able to secure a decent price of $1426 out of Toronto - all in, for April 22 departure. This was with Air Canada and booked with Flight Centre. We immediately sent out an email - as the early booking bonus was on our tails - to let everyone know what was going on, what the costs were and where they could put down their deposit. We have close to 50 joining us - and of course the stragglers who think last minute will work out for them. So far, since July 2012, the price went up drastically the day the early booking bonus ended (close to $500) and has now come back down to what we paid. Not once have I seen it for less, and I check all the time.
I have to say, this portion of the wedding was the most stressful by a landslide. In the end, we ended up paying for more than one family member, and putting forward a payment plan for a couple of others. It comes down to wanting them there - and considering one was FI's sister, we didnt have much choice. we sent a lot of emails reminding all of the important dates, and both the TA and ourselves followed up with phone calls. I have hit a point now that I am happy with all who will be there - and basically, it is what it is. Finances are always a touchy subject - so it is understandable how this can suck. I was very upset when a couple of my close friends were not going to be able to make it - and had I selected a less expensive (and not as nice) resort, they could have. In the end, they love you none the less, and you want your day to be the best it can be.
Bottom line, get the invites out early, get a stiff upper lip, and ignore the commentary. Now that I see the costs going up (everyone has $125 sign on them lol) I sometimes almost wish it were just the two of us.
lol I thought it would have been.. Not so much! Good for you for finding such a great price. Our price isn't too far off. We booked with a travel agent that was referred to us by another bride actually and we are flying with West Jet out of Toronto. We had a few headache's a long the way.. A few teachers that would prefer us to book over the christmas holidays (which is far more expensive) and we had to keep in mind guests traveling from other provinces which is generally $100-$200 extra per person depending on where they are traveling from. ...and we had a long list of requests.. Not too far from the Cancun airport, must be able to sight-see, good food, must be able to snorkle, drinks must be included at the disco (which someone resorts it isn't) must have balcony, can't be too big of a resort, can't have too many resorts close to it, and of course it had to be priced right. When realistically you get what you pay for! It is a nice resort and you aren't gonna be paying $1000 per person!
Wow! Your turn out is amazing! We were concerned at first we might be inviting too many people.. We have family we have to inivite, some of which won't be able to fly. Understably so and at this point I feel as though I have no idea what the turn out is going to be like! We have had a few friends tell us they won't be able to come because they are having baby's this year. We send out an email with the booking info on it already a few weeks ago. I think we are going to send out our save the dates in the next week or so. It will have our website on it with all the info and updates. Not too sure when our formal invites should be send out but probably some time this summer.. I want to avoid having last minute guests as much as possible.. If I can help it.. Unless it is circumstancial of course!
hahah yes I have even said that! Let's go to Vegas instead! lol but we can't bring our boys with us and we want them there