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#251 csho

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:11 AM

Originally Posted by Kay6356 

I know how your feeling Jolene!!! Before my date was reserved and we decided on a group rate, etc. I was anxious and stressed out.   Just stay calm and everything will fall into place xo

I felt the same way. Everyone was like you have tons of time to decide but I didn't really want tons of time... I am such a planner so it was stressful to always be thinking about which resort to choose and then you'd have to wait for a date. So I am glad we finally made a decision! Now I am much less anxious and just super excited!

 

Soooo glad to hear Jolene that you have a date!!! I knew they'd find a spot for you, and you definitely won't have to worry about tan lines... thats my worry since we're doing it in the middle of the week... but I'll just have to find a strapless bathing suit I guess! Also then you'll have time afterwards to enjoy your trip as a married couple!



#252 Jamdrea

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    Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:12 AM

    Hi ladies,

     

    So we are getting married Dec 3, 2013 in punta cana. I have requested group quotes through a TA who a friend recommended. We are probably going to have between 14-30 ppl coming to the wedding.

     

    Basically the TA gets a group quote which is only valid for 2 weeks (in order to lock in the quote for 90 days everyone has to put down a $200 deposit) Since I'm not sure how many people are actually going to travelling on the same date and same flight I don't want to pay the $200 (plus then are we supposed to ask our guests to re-imburse use the $200?) But if we don't then we don't really have a group rate locked in anymore and I'm not sure when people are booking. Its really frusturating and I don't find the TA very helpful.

     

    Does anyone have the email or phone number for the TA Kelly? Just want to know what you guys are doing that might make the group booking less stressful. Plus I also want to make sure the whole group is in the same building at the resort since its a huge resort.

     

    Thanks

    Andrea 



    #253 jolene028

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    Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:22 AM

    Originally Posted by Jamdrea 

    Hi ladies,

     

    So we are getting married Dec 3, 2013 in punta cana. I have requested group quotes through a TA who a friend recommended. We are probably going to have between 14-30 ppl coming to the wedding.

     

    Basically the TA gets a group quote which is only valid for 2 weeks (in order to lock in the quote for 90 days everyone has to put down a $200 deposit) Since I'm not sure how many people are actually going to travelling on the same date and same flight I don't want to pay the $200 (plus then are we supposed to ask our guests to re-imburse use the $200?) But if we don't then we don't really have a group rate locked in anymore and I'm not sure when people are booking. Its really frusturating and I don't find the TA very helpful.

     

    Does anyone have the email or phone number for the TA Kelly? Just want to know what you guys are doing that might make the group booking less stressful. Plus I also want to make sure the whole group is in the same building at the resort since its a huge resort.

     

    Thanks

    Andrea 

    Myself and my FI had to each pay a $150 deposit and then the tour company held 90 seats for 30 days so I sent out invites to have everyone pay their deposit, my TA was awesome, she will also send requests to have all my guests stay close together, also the WC at the resort asked me to send her a list of everone attending once I have the final list and she will give the list to the reservation department.

     

    It was still stressful, but I found that having everyone use the TA that it was a little less because then she could provide me with updates of who has and hasnt booked... I purposly didnt go with a TA becasue they wanted us to pay a group deposit to hold the seats and we didnt want to be out of pocket for all that money so that wouldnt be my advise, also the people (there werent many) that booked on their own was frustrating especially now because they have changed our flights, so I had to contact those people on my own to let them know that our wedding date had changed! A good TA is going to make it all less stressful, so if you dont like yours then switch before it is too late!



    #254 csho

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    Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:44 AM

    Originally Posted by Jamdrea 

    Hi ladies,

     

    So we are getting married Dec 3, 2013 in punta cana. I have requested group quotes through a TA who a friend recommended. We are probably going to have between 14-30 ppl coming to the wedding.

     

    Basically the TA gets a group quote which is only valid for 2 weeks (in order to lock in the quote for 90 days everyone has to put down a $200 deposit) Since I'm not sure how many people are actually going to travelling on the same date and same flight I don't want to pay the $200 (plus then are we supposed to ask our guests to re-imburse use the $200?) But if we don't then we don't really have a group rate locked in anymore and I'm not sure when people are booking. Its really frusturating and I don't find the TA very helpful.

     

    Does anyone have the email or phone number for the TA Kelly? Just want to know what you guys are doing that might make the group booking less stressful. Plus I also want to make sure the whole group is in the same building at the resort since its a huge resort.

     

    Thanks

    Andrea 

    We are flying with Sunwing and its very similar to Jolene. My fiance and I are putting fown $150 each and that holds 30 seats for 90 days. So our guests can put down their deposit within those 90 days and then they will have locked in the group price and final payment is just a few months before we leave! From my understanding as long as we have 10 people we qualify for the group rate, but don't have to use all those 30 seats. They just hold it for that many just in case.

     

    I have been using Kelly and she has been amazing. Her email is kneonakis@travelonly.com. I definitely recommend using her!



    #255 alley08

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    Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:06 AM

    Originally Posted by csho 

    We are flying with Sunwing and its very similar to Jolene. My fiance and I are putting fown $150 each and that holds 30 seats for 90 days. So our guests can put down their deposit within those 90 days and then they will have locked in the group price and final payment is just a few months before we leave! From my understanding as long as we have 10 people we qualify for the group rate, but don't have to use all those 30 seats. They just hold it for that many just in case.

     

    I have been using Kelly and she has been amazing. Her email is kneonakis@travelonly.com. I definitely recommend using her!

    We are flying with Sunwing as well and very similar too. My travel agent is awesome. I absolutely love her. She is down to earth and very friendly and informative. She will also work with you so your guests can pay monthly through her if they want. She also gives me updates on who has booked. If you want her information it is Sherri Cleary and her email is sherricleary@gmail.com

     

    Hope this helps and good luck!



    #256 Kay6356

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    Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:50 PM

    Originally Posted by Jamdrea 

    Hi ladies,

     

    So we are getting married Dec 3, 2013 in punta cana. I have requested group quotes through a TA who a friend recommended. We are probably going to have between 14-30 ppl coming to the wedding.

     

    Basically the TA gets a group quote which is only valid for 2 weeks (in order to lock in the quote for 90 days everyone has to put down a $200 deposit) Since I'm not sure how many people are actually going to travelling on the same date and same flight I don't want to pay the $200 (plus then are we supposed to ask our guests to re-imburse use the $200?) But if we don't then we don't really have a group rate locked in anymore and I'm not sure when people are booking. Its really frusturating and I don't find the TA very helpful.

     

    Does anyone have the email or phone number for the TA Kelly? Just want to know what you guys are doing that might make the group booking less stressful. Plus I also want to make sure the whole group is in the same building at the resort since its a huge resort.

     

    Thanks

    Andrea 

    Hi Andrea,

    Kelly is our travel agent as well, and she is AMAZING!  You will not be disappointed with her.  For our group rate we had the same, we put down our deposits of $150 which saved 30 seats for 90 days. :)



    #257 csho

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    Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:39 AM

    Kay, I am having some reservations about getting married at the Laguna Azul - probably because I haven't been there and am only going by reviews. It had been #1 on my list and then I have been flip flopping between the ILA and Playa Pesquero. I haven't put down our deposit yet, but have booked our wedding at ILA for May 5th, 2014. I was pretty set on it, but then recently I've been reading reviews and it seems the rooms aren't the greatest and I find the reviews on the staff very hit and miss... and recently reviews coming back about weddings, although they aren't bad and still said they have had an amazing time, have obviously had their issues... I guess what I am looking to know since you've been there is how did you find the staff at the resorts? For me that is the most important thing... I don't spend much time in my room as long as it works and there aren't bed bugs I am fine lol, but I have been to beautiful resorts and the staff wasn't the best and thats what would make me not return to a resort. I am not sure if people just expect 5 stars because thats what its rated and they are not used to Cuban standards but I have been the 3.5 stars that I have loved so I am sure it will be fine once I am there, but just now knowing before makes me nervous when I am bringing a big group of people. So I guess I just want affirmation that a typical person would like this resort and find the staff friendly and nice!



    #258 Kay6356

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    Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:04 AM

    Kay, I am having some reservations about getting married at the Laguna Azul - probably because I haven't been there and am only going by reviews. It had been #1 on my list and then I have been flip flopping between the ILA and Playa Pesquero. I haven't put down our deposit yet, but have booked our wedding at ILA for May 5th, 2014. I was pretty set on it, but then recently I've been reading reviews and it seems the rooms aren't the greatest and I find the reviews on the staff very hit and miss... and recently reviews coming back about weddings, although they aren't bad and still said they have had an amazing time, have obviously had their issues... I guess what I am looking to know since you've been there is how did you find the staff at the resorts? For me that is the most important thing... I don't spend much time in my room as long as it works and there aren't bed bugs I am fine lol, but I have been to beautiful resorts and the staff wasn't the best and thats what would make me not return to a resort. I am not sure if people just expect 5 stars because thats what its rated and they are not used to Cuban standards but I have been the 3.5 stars that I have loved so I am sure it will be fine once I am there, but just now knowing before makes me nervous when I am bringing a big group of people. So I guess I just want affirmation that a typical person would like this resort and find the staff friendly and nice!

    Hi! We go to Cuba every January, this was our first 5 stars, always 4 stars before. This was by far our best and favourite visit to Cuba because of the grounds and staff. The resort is very well staffed at all times and very nice and helpful, we didn't run into one staff member that wasnt accommodating or nice. We are pretty easy going, but everyone at the resort was raving about the resort. It was the best good we have had in Cuba and the rooms were clean, but basic. Which is fine because like you said we are barely in our room. I have no regrets booking the ILA for our wedding and I truly think you would love it. Giselle is amazing but a very busy women she will make your wedding beautiful! Most of the planning will be when you arrive in Cuba, I know it can be stressful but everything will be beautiful :) The ILA does so many weddings. Hope this helps! Kay xo

    #259 Kay6356

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    Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:05 AM

    *best food

    #260 jolene028

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    Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:21 AM

    Csho, I have been stalking Trip Advisor since I booked my wedding, and time after time people recommend this hotel to people that are seeking a hotel with nice staff, not just the reviews on Trip Advisor but the forums there I wouldnt worry too much about it, I think that every hotel is going to get some bad reviews you cant make everyone happy! Look at my resort it has been ranked number 1 or number 2 forever and there are still some bad reviews, you are going to paradise I am sure that you will be more than happy with your choice!






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