Hi everyone! I am in the beginning stages of planning my wedding, which will be held at Mr. Sancho's in Nov 2013. I have already hired Cozumel Wedding Planner and we have the ball rolling on that already. We will be staying at Cozumel Palace, and this is where I need some help! I've been communicating with Palace Resorts group booking department, and they have quoted me group prices which I can secure with a deposit, and the deposit would be the cost of my own room paid in full to reserve the rest of the rooms.
I got an email from one of the TA's on here (Teresa at Vacations 4 Less), with an offer to help me with my travel bookings. She quoted me basically the same prices, with the difference being that I would have to pay a percentage up front for all of the rooms as a deposit, instead of paying for my room in full like Palace Resorts was asking.
I really have no idea which option is better. What exactly can the TA do for me that I can't do for myself, if the prices aren't any different? My other question is this: how far in advance did you brides start booking things like hotels and airfare? I know that airfares are not published until 330 days in advance, so I'm wondering if I should hold off on sending out the hotel info to my guests until the airfares are published, so that they can look at package deals (hotel + airfare)? Or are we better off informing everybody now, and just going with the group rate at the hotel and leaving the guests to find airfare on their own?
I want to get the best rates for my guests, but at this point I don't know if there will be good deals a few months from now on packages, or if we should just start the group booking process with the hotel now? Or should I let the TA do the booking for me?
Has anybody on here used a TA for booking group travel? Did you go with reserving a block of rooms at your resort?