We just went through this last month. Our wedding is May 26, 2015, and we first met with our travel agent at the end of March. She was able to get group pricing for about 14 months in advance. She quoted us the per person rate, and that quote would be held for 30 days. To secure the whole thing we only had to put down mine and my fiances deposits ($250 each) and then 90 days from then, is when all the guests need to have THEIR deposits in. The rest of the balance isn't due for anyone until Apr 1st, 2015. We went for a ballpark of 30 seats, so they are sort of first come first serve, and then usually the travel company will allow a certain percentage at the same rate, and then any stragglers might end up with a higher rate. They also have a 1 time price guarantee, so if the price lowers at some point, we can obtain that rate instead.
Just to touch on your price expectations.. as this part was the most stressful for me. My sister got married in October 2012 in Mexico, and her pricing was $1290 a person. I'm getting married in May, which is definitely high season for destination weddings, and I was getting quotes at 1700-1900+! I could have died. I had originally said $1500 max and even then I was thinking I'd be getting it much cheaper. Sooo not the case. I think in general, hurricane season or not, mexican weddings are just getting more expensive because they are becoming more popular and desirable. Resort fees for weddings are going up every year, and our wedding is at least going to costs us $8000 for ceremony and reception, not including our flights and hotel stay. Just go in there with an open mind, and try not to get discouraged. I'm in Vancouver so prices could vary in Toronto, but this was my experience. In the end we ended up getting a rate of $1635 per person. Good luck!
Edited by nikkicraig10, 30 May 2014 - 02:01 PM.