Hello Destination Wedding Brides!
I am in desperate need of some help and advice! My fianc© and I want to get married May 2013 in Mexico. We actually had the Ocean Turquesa picked out and the dates in mind. We were about to book it but, when I found out that I would have to have all of my guests put a $200 deposit down (per person) within 90 days of us accepting the contract we put on the brakes! We havenâ€™t sent out any save the dates or invitations since nothing was officially decided yet and we were researching. So only our family and close friends know we are doing a destination wedding. We felt that this is a lot of pressure and short notice for us to send out invites and let everyone know if they want to come they have 90 days to secure their spot and itâ€™s non-refundable! Also the remaining balance is due end of November! I really donâ€™t think that is fair to our guests or it makes sense since we are not going until May 2013. I am working with destinationweddings.com and my coordinator has been so wonderful! The quote she gave me was through Transat so this is obviously the way Transat does things. Just curious how other people have done this and if deposits were needed so early. I was thinking of sending out save the dates now to inform everyone we are getting married in Mexico May 2013 and formal invite and details will follow. Is that risky since we haven't officially booked anything? I thought we would have had to have our resort booked in order to do that? I would then request a new quote in the next few months and send out officially invites about 3 months or so after the save the dates. That way when they receive the actual invite with details they would have 90 days to put the deposits down. I feel that by doing it this way our guests would have already known we were planning on going away. They would have had time to think about if they can make it or not and wouldnâ€™t have the pressure of needing to decide in 3 months and put money down. Can anyone tell me the process they went through or are currently going through? Did you send save the dates out before or after you had your resort officially booked? I feel like right now we are wayyyyy ahead based on when we are planning on going. I am just worried we are taking a chance by putting the booking off for a few months and hoping that the resort and the time we want to go will still be available when we do book. Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated!