Okay, so I am not going with a travel agency so I have been making contacts directly with the staff at Riu. Sometimes, TA's are more insistent on booking immediately so they are guaranteed a commission from the resort. Otherwise, they spend time communicating with the Resorts, vendors, etc. and if plans don't work out, TA's loss out on their time. Well that's what my friend who works with a TA said So with all that being said, I think you may have more flex with the resort. In my case, we emailed them last week in December and they wrote back within days with room rates (giving us close to a month until the quote is no longer valid! We actually have until Jan. 25th to be exact!) I would email them yourself and just double-check. That's really a short amount of time considering its a group of you going.
The other thing that I did was email the wedding dept. first (Paola Flores is the contact person) and requested my ceremony date and time. They reserved the date with a confirmation number. Then she was the one who referred me to the Booking Dept. (Cesar Cervantes is the contact person) who gave us the group quote. So most definitely make sure the date you are wanting is available before committing to the rooms. Not sure what your TA said about deposits, but the resort wants 10% of the total cost as a deposit (TA might want more of a percentage). In my case, we have 30 of us going so I collected $100.00 from each person and will pay the resort deposit with that.
As far as the wedding planning part of it, I will attach the packages. They are NOT specific at all with what types of decor they provide so I emailed them asking more specifics. Once I get a response, I will let you know.
I have not stayed at this resort as it's fairly new. It's only been open since May of 2012 so I am hoping it will be awesome! Other resorts can get runned down fairly quickly. I was going to book with Moon Palace Resorts but this resort came out to be way cheaper... and it's brand new!
Okay, so check out the attachments and let me know if you hear anything from them. Good luck!
Oops I'll copy all this and email you directly