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Tomorrow is our deposit deadline, we need 20 deposits in order to get the booking going. We have 32 invited, so we figured we were good, since they're all immediate family. We had to deduct four of those because they're coming from the states, so they don't count on the numbers. Then my father, and sister decided not to bring anyone and room together instead. Then my two bridesmaids decided not to bring their SO's and room together as well. Then my FSIL sends us a message saying the three of them were planning to come, but they're trying to get pregnant, so they can't put down deposits until later. Now we're down to 19. Then my sister decides that she doesn't want to book with us because the flight times are inconvenient. (that's why I gave you two different options to fly out of!). Now we're down to 17 and at risk of having our booking cancelled. 

 

First step was calling my mother and telling her that if my sister doesn't book with us TODAY, I'm cancelling the wedding. She called my sister and she's going to book tonight. So now I'm back to 19. Still need one more, though. 

 

So now we're considering putting down the deposits for the three of them regardless, and if they can't come, we need to find people to take the spots. Waiting to hear from LaurieLee whether or not we can put down deposits without names on them. 

 

Any words of wisdom from someone who's been through this?

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Ugh I know the feeling!!! So glad to be past all of that.

I used Air Canada but they allowed deposits to be made in one name but changed to another before full payment was due. Once full payment was due changes couldn't be made. Hope that is the same for you. Good luck.

 

 

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Tomorrow is our deposit deadline, we need 20 deposits in order to get the booking going. We have 32 invited, so we figured we were good, since they're all immediate family. We had to deduct four of those because they're coming from the states, so they don't count on the numbers. Then my father, and sister decided not to bring anyone and room together instead. Then my two bridesmaids decided not to bring their SO's and room together as well. Then my FSIL sends us a message saying the three of them were planning to come, but they're trying to get pregnant, so they can't put down deposits until later. Now we're down to 19. Then my sister decides that she doesn't want to book with us because the flight times are inconvenient. (that's why I gave you two different options to fly out of!). Now we're down to 17 and at risk of having our booking cancelled.

 

First step was calling my mother and telling her that if my sister doesn't book with us TODAY, I'm cancelling the wedding. She called my sister and she's going to book tonight. So now I'm back to 19. Still need one more, though.

 

So now we're considering putting down the deposits for the three of them regardless, and if they can't come, we need to find people to take the spots. Waiting to hear from LaurieLee whether or not we can put down deposits without names on them.

 

Any words of wisdom from someone who's been through this?

Laurielee can hopefully help! Fingers crossed for you... If anyone can do it she can!

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What LaurieLee told us was that you can change the name on the flights as long as the trip isn't paid in full. So you can reserve now for those 3 and then change the names if needed. We're going with transat so I'm not sure if it's more of a company policy and it might be different for westjet. Best of luck! Hopefully she has good news for you :)

 

 

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What LaurieLee told us was that you can change the name on the flights as long as the trip isn't paid in full. So you can reserve now for those 3 and then change the names if needed. We're going with transat so I'm not sure if it's more of a company policy and it might be different for westjet. Best of luck! Hopefully she has good news for you :)

 

 

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Now that you say that... We have three people who's name are "TBD" because people are unsure who they are bringing (for example- my uncle might have court that week so my aunt didn't want to put his name down just in case she brings someone else if he has to work)... Laurielee told me that with Sunwing/Signature- if you put a name down and change it, it's $50... But if you leave the name blank there is no problem or charge so long as it's named before final payments.

 

I would guess is Transat and Sunwing operate like this, there has to be something similar for WJ Vacations!

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Now that you say that... We have three people who's name are "TBD" because people are unsure who they are bringing (for example- my uncle might have court that week so my aunt didn't want to put his name down just in case she brings someone else if he has to work)... Laurielee told me that with Sunwing/Signature- if you put a name down and change it, it's $50... But if you leave the name blank there is no problem or charge so long as it's named before final payments.

 

I would guess is Transat and Sunwing operate like this, there has to be something similar for WJ Vacations!

And since AC does it too, it would be retarded if they didn't!!

 

 

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Well, we ended up putting down two deposits, the FSIL texted my FH and said that they were going to cover the deposits because they didn't want us to have more to worry about. They didn't know if they'd bring their daughter if they went anyways, so we didn't put a deposit down for her. So as long as they come, or we find two people to take their place, we're good to go. 

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I can really sympathize with everyone going through this, and I wish I had some wise words. We lost our entire wedding and ended up going to Jamaica just the two of us. Not quite what we planned but we got married in a beautiful setting and that's what counted. We had a great AHR 2 weeks after we got home, again not what we wanted, but people still talk about our reception so that's a good thing.

 

I hope everything works out for everyone that is dealing with this! Good luck!

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@@Maggietron I think that's probably the biggest stress about destination weddings! I hope it all works out! Was the group rate that much different from what was posted online?

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@@peachykeen159 Nothing is posted online yet, it's too far out. It was three hundred dollars cheaper than the quotes from Air Canada, though, so I figured that was a good sign.

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