Planning on a February 2016 wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun - but nothing has been booked yet. I just got in contact with a couple different Travel Agents today to ask prices. I have my heart set on that beautiful resort so I'm hoping the rates won't be too outrageous.
I considered going without a TA, but have a few older guests and ones that aren't very tech savvy, so thinking it will just be easier using one.
Definitely use a TA!!! They can get group bookings for you through a tour operator, get your perks and bonuses that you can't get without using one, and will help keep everyone leaving you to plan your wedding instead of managing their travel! There are some great Canadian TAs that specialize in destination weddings and they don't cost anything but save tons of $$ for you and your guests!
I'm getting married in Feb 2016 and got a great rate for a fabulous resort. We have already booked 76 seats on the plane from Calgary alone! And another 20 from other cities (some Canadian booking an package, and some hotel only coming from all over the world).
Have major details booked for wedding events and have photographer and DJ booked.