(Closed) When to book?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

i don’t think you will be screwed at all by waiting till January, that is still 10 months out!  for some of the more popular resorts i was considering in Mexico, i did wait too long to get an April date (this was for Grand Princess Riviera).  i booked in August for April wedding, but in August, dates were available for May for that resort – which was 9 months out. not to mention that you are planning to book 10 months out in a totally off-season month (october).    In Jamaica, almost all the resorts I was looking at were available in April when i was booking in August (8 months out).

So…1) i think you are fine waiting till January, and 2), i think you are right, it does not make sense to book the wedding date before knowing the resort prices! I am pretty sure that means you will have to pay a deposit to hold your date (i did), and then they might turn around and say, oh as long as you stay with us, you can still change the date (this is my speculation).

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you will be fine booking your wedding 10 months in advance.  Just make sure you send out your std’s right way to give people time to save.

I booked my wedding in September for next August, which is 11 months.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

@Ms. Martian: no problem!  i mean, if you are 100% positive of the resort and date you want, then i guess it would be okay to book the date (maybe thats why on BDW there are some brides that have?)……but otherwise, my guess is you will be fine waiting if your intent is to shop around the resort for deals.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

@Ms. Martian:  i did exactly what you are thinking.  i sent the Save-The-Date Cards as soon as i was booked (so 8 months out).  I did them through email.

then i sent my invites about 5 – 6 months in advance. at that point, it was almost just for fun and formality because my TA/wedding planner had already contacted everyone through email to give them all the info.   and my TA sent another reminder email to book about 3 – 4 months out (so i wouldn’t have to be the one harrassing everyone!).  then at like a 3 – 4 weeks out, i followed up with the people i never heard from by RSVP (even though i was sure they were not coming, i did not want to assume this either just because it was a DW).

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I just have to say my fiance and I have stayed at 4 different Dreams Resorts and we absoutely love them! One of the best AI’s ever! 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I booked my Destination Wedding 17 months in advance (Dec. 2009 for a May 2011 wedding). My TA advised this because doing this we were able to lock in the current pricing, ld go instead of the 2010 or 2011 pricing, which we knew be more.

Additionally, my resort added a $400 surcharge for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. ceremony times because they were so expensive. Because I booked before the charge was added, I didn’t have to pay it. Overall, I think booking so early saved us about $600. 

Just my 2 cents.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

And as for our STDs/invites: we sent our Save-The-Date Cards about 13 months in advance (April 2010) and our invites two months in advance. 

Looking back, I kind of wish I didn’t end up doing invites, since we didn’t have that many guests attending. If I had to do it over again, I’d do announcements instead. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

@Ms. Martian:  its up to you.  i did have one guest tell me they were not coming as soon as the Save-The-Date Cards went out, and i debated sending an invite, but decided what if things change for them and i never sent the invite?  so i sent it.  but then we never heard from them again!  i did not bother to follow up on “RSVP” either of course.  for everyone else, we sent invites as no one had really told us they for sure cant come. in fact, in the beginning, people that i actually spoke to told me they wanted to come!

ETA:  of course, most them didn’t, but i didn’t feel it was un-necessary to send the invites!  And not to mention i LOVE my invites more than most of my decor and  have it on display in our home!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We booked our Destination Wedding in Jamaica 10 months out. The 2 weekends we really wanted were no longer available though…

Our wedding is still 7 months out and we sent out our invites 3 weeks ago. We put a 50% deposit down on all the rooms and have to fill them or we don’t get that money back so we’re doing several ’rounds’ of invitations to make sure they all get filled. We’ll know the first week of October (hopefully) how many declines we get in the first round and then we’ll do another round and will know how many declines are in that one by the first of the year. We want to make sure all of our rooms are filled and those close to us can come.

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