Posted October 19th, 2010, 12:30 AM
I started my group booking about 2 weeks ago. All I had to do was put the deposit down on my room and told them how many cabins to hold for us at that price.
They were actually able to hold 11 cabins for me for 30 days, which I found awesome. This gave us ample time to contact everyone and give them our group booking number and for them to think about coming. And they said even if we don't get all 11 filled everyone's price would be honored. So far we have 8 with 2 weeks to go. I've already upped the room hold once and may have to do it again. I was even told that extending the deadline can be done.
I assume I was able to get the hold for 30 days since our wedding isn't until May 2011. Make sure you call the group bookings phone # though. I made the mistake of calling the regular booking number, and while the agent was nice he insisted he could only hold a few rooms for a mere 48 hours. I hung up with him, called Groups booking and they accommodated me.
What we did was called the wedding dept and put a 48 hour hold on the package we wanted for our cruise. We then called the groups booking phone number, booked our rooms and got our group booking number. Then we called the Weddings department back and gave them the booking number and paid for the wedding in full.
I've been told 2 weeks is more standard for a timeframe for holding rooms. But if your wedding is further away you can get away with longer. Some agents told me one thing, and others told me another. Make sure you mention you want the longest hold possible. This was important to us so that our family had more time to decide to come.
Hope this helps! Feel free to PM me with any questions. (Oh, btw, this is for Carnival) :-)