Sounds like we have similar taste! I really wanted the Grand as I don't really like the venue locations for ceremony/reception at the Lindo/Maya, but when they told me 80% of the wedding guests had to stay at the Grand as well, I knew it wouldn't be possible. My family wouldn't have a problem but our friends and and my fiance's family would not want to spend that much. Did they gave you a good rate? We were looking at Jan/Feb 2015 and on apple, funjet, etc it's like 2800/person. I saw yours is in July, did they really take a good amount off the package deals you find online? I haven't gotten so far as getting actual quotes yet but I read in another forum not to look at the package deals because they will (or your travel agent) will quote less. What was your experience?
The hotel itself preferred that we go directly thru a travel agent to get pricing and book it through them. They say it's cheaper that way. I feel like we got a decent rate. For those who've decided to stay 7 nights, it's a lot of money (More than I've ever spent per person) but for 3, 4 and 5 night stays they are quite reasonable. I've compared the prices to Expedia every so often just to drive myself nuts and I haven't seen it less than what we got! Thank goodness.
For a 3 night stay in the Junior Suite, for hotel only it was about $785 per person. We didn't think that was too much and flights haven't been too expensive...until recently (Hope those go down) so we felt okay with the pricing we received. Our Travel Agent had quotes from Funjet/Apple etc.. and Apple did the best job. I like the idea of letting a TA handle everyone's reservation in case something goes wrong. With the package, roundtip airport transfers are included in the price too which helps. If you've narrowed it down to 2 hotels, I would have the TA get quotes on both. That's how we decided between Iberostar and Grand Velas. Good luck deciding. If you have any other questions, let me know! I'm happy to help