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@@Wafflesmom okay so I didn't even think to ask about where my dress was going to go - I just assumed they would make room for it. Time for me to wake up - never assume anything! Thanks to your message I will also ask about priority check in, extra luggage and of coarse two small bottles of champagne (@).

 

 

@ when did you book? my understanding is these offers change all the time, with little or no notice. like your cable promotions, one person signs up they get three months free, the second person signs up and only gets the movie channels free for three months. maybe a poor example but from what my TAs are saying, you're either lucky...or you're not.

I agree. For the amount of times I've bought new cars I've never got any promos - like a trip to Vegas lol. Luck of the draw.

 

 

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@Wafflesmom @perianjay @@calgarybride2015 okay so good news! i do get most (not all) the perks you've received :)

 

One of the three: one hour cocktail, photo credit or spa package.

 

As well as the Transat group offer: bride and groom receive a $500 voucher to be used towards future travel, priority check-in at the airport, priority luggage tag, complimentary seat assignment for the bride and groom,  an extra 10kg baggage allowance, two 200ml glasses of champagne on departure, a reserved overhead compartment for the bride’s wedding gown, onboard announcement (thanks, but no thanks ;) ). AS well as a $100 credit to be used for a pre-booked excursion.

 

Planning a DW is VERY time consuming. It's impossible to focus on anything that isn't our wedding. As always, I appreciate ALL the help :)

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@@ashhtayy I booked in the middle of January. It's odd though because my TA made it sound like that was the norm and also my MOH is a TA at Flight Centre and she had mentioned that every 11th room is free when booking.. hmmm.

 

You said you booked at Azul Fives right? I wonder if it has something to do with the resort as well.

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I used air Canada so I have no advice. But I know their promos always change too. Also depends on the size of your group and first come first serve. Ie I got first class but if it was already full when I booked I was SOL. Glad you get some nice extras. Priority boarding was a treat in Mexico as it was super busy there.

 

 

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@@ashhtayy My wedding productivity has sky rocketed while i'm at work.. on the other hand, that says alot about my work productivity. hahaha

 

Ps. when is your date?

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@ I am fairly confident that i'm not being mislead by the TAs I am dealing with. Two seperate TAs have both said that its 1 in 21 (right now) and that I just missed out on the 1 in 16. I think it has to do with the fact that Azul Fives has an exclusive contract with Transat.

 

That's the thing...I haven't booked yet! The resort is picked just trying to figure out the best time. I have quotes for March 2016, May 2016 and October 2016. I am leaning towards May. Prices are slightly higher than October, but less chance of rain.

 

How ridiculous is it that I can't wait to update my "profile" on here to say my location and date lol

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@ I am fairly confident that i'm not being mislead by the TAs I am dealing with. Two seperate TAs have both said that its 1 in 21 (right now) and that I just missed out on the 1 in 16. I think it has to do with the fact that Azul Fives has an exclusive contract with Transat.

 

That's the thing...I haven't booked yet! The resort is picked just trying to figure out the best time. I have quotes for March 2016, May 2016 and October 2016. I am leaning towards May. Prices are slightly higher than October, but less chance of rain.

 

How ridiculous is it that I can't wait to update my "profile" on here to say my location and date lol

@@ashhtayy Makes sense! It probably makes a difference what agreement transat has with the resort. That's probably why mine is 11 because I know other palace brides with the same deal that booked at different times.

 

I was so excited to update mine! lol

I've been to Cancun, Mexico three times now (the same week in mid-October) for the last three years and the weather was fantastic.. not a cloud in the sky, but I get it.. there's still that chance!

Then again.. mines in December and another bride on here had hers in December 2014 and her reception was rained out.. so you never know with weather. I was originally going to do April 2016, but the prices weren't that amazing so I decided to just have the wedding sooner rather than push it off any longer. I'm glad I did because once I got planning now i'm super excited for the wedding to come.

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Hi!! We just got engaged a week ago and are already starting to plan for a destination wedding the end of Madch 2016:) we are deciding between Punta Cana and Riviera Maya. I am looking at Dreams Resorts and Riu Palaces in both locations. I am having the hardest time estimating a budget because we will likely have 40-50 people and all of the packages include 20-30. We are trying to determine how much extra we will pay to have a private reception and dance with that number. We are open too eating in one of the ala carte restaurants, but it's hard to find info on pricing for larger groups. I'd love any help or advice!

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@@ashhtayy I'm so glad my post helped you out. And I'm glad you got more perks, I should ask if I can get more lol. Perhaps the champagne, thanks for this tip @

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Hi!! We just got engaged a week ago and are already starting to plan for a destination wedding the end of Madch 2016:) we are deciding between Punta Cana and Riviera Maya. I am looking at Dreams Resorts and Riu Palaces in both locations. I am having the hardest time estimating a budget because we will likely have 40-50 people and all of the packages include 20-30. We are trying to determine how much extra we will pay to have a private reception and dance with that number. We are open too eating in one of the ala carte restaurants, but it's hard to find info on pricing for larger groups. I'd love any help or advice!

I was in your shoes a month ago wondering about the budget, but after speaking with the WC when I visited the resort last month, I feel more confident in what the wedding will actually cost. She was amazing and helped me break each and every cost down (event to the sashes on the chairs!), but of course I had to take some time in advance to think of the things I wanted to have at the wedding and put together a huge list of questions. If you'd like to discuss this more, feel free to send me a private message. 

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