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#1 Mac811

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

We almost decided on a place to get married and then we started a dialogue about group rate and the contract we've been sent is more per night than we can find on the hotels own website and Expedia. What are we missing? This doesn't seem right...
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#2 kmk2016

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 08:39 PM

Are you working with a reputable TA? If so- ask her why the discrepancy. If you are comparing the exact dates, then a good TA should be able to get you the same rates.


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#3 hyoungquist

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:58 AM

I don't know which resort you are planning to get married at but when I have asked about guests being required to stay at the resort it doesn't matter how you book the rooms (i.e. expedia.com, timeshare, directly through the resort, etc.) maybe check with the coordinator to see what their policy is.



#4 Mac811

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 08:34 AM

We thinking Barcelo Grand faro and now I think about it I'm not sure there is a room requirement to have the wedding there. I just assumed that we would be able to get a group rate to encourage our guests to stay there. Only for the free package does there seem to be a room requirement



#5 kmk2016

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

We thinking Barcelo Grand faro and now I think about it I'm not sure there is a room requirement to have the wedding there. I just assumed that we would be able to get a group rate to encourage our guests to stay there. Only for the free package does there seem to be a room requirement


Without using a TA you will likely not get a great rate. In addition you will risk your group being split if resort sells out and will miss out on any extra bonuses great TAs have in the arsenal for brides. For normal travel I never use a TA but for a wedding I wouldn't have even considered going without!


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#6 Mac811

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:22 AM

Thanks,

Sorry I'm a newbie, how do you find a TA? Do they charge? I will have a lot of family flying from UK an Australia, does that complicate using a TA?



#7 kmk2016

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:54 AM

Thanks,
Sorry I'm a newbie, how do you find a TA? Do they charge? I will have a lot of family flying from UK an Australia, does that complicate using a TA?



Are you in canada or us? Each operate differently when it comes to all inclusive.
If you are from us wright travel runs this board and is great... If you are Canadian I can point you in the right direction to someone fabulous. She is a TA and destination wedding planner and doesn't charge!


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#8 BusyBee280

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:47 AM

We are using a group rate, but compared to our guests that are able to book the flight and room together is not all that great of a deal.

 

For us it works out- because we were not able to book together, as we are staying in Cozumel for our honeymoon.

 

As of right now, we only created the "group" to ensure that the rooms would be available for our guests.



#9 soulgroovy

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:46 AM

Are you in canada or us? Each operate differently when it comes to all inclusive.
If you are from us wright travel runs this board and is great... If you are Canadian I can point you in the right direction to someone fabulous. She is a TA and destination wedding planner and doesn't charge!


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I am working with Wendy from Wright's Travel and she's great!! Really takes the time to explain things and responds to emails quite promptly. 



#10 rvalenka

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

I second Wendy being great :)


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