Post # 1
My FI and I live in Dallas. ALL of our family and friends live in Chicago and NYC, so basically, no matter we decide to get married–people will have to travel, which I am already feeling guilty about.Finally, we decided to do what we WANT to do and that has always been to get married on a beach. We don’t have a HUGE budget, but I am more than confident we will still have a great wedding. We are inviting around 100 guests and expecting (realistically) around 50 to accept
Being somewhat cost conscientious of our guests budgets, I’d like to find a place that has a great beach, pool bar and late night bars. We will only have 1-3 kids attending so a super kid friendly resort is NOT desireable. I feel so torn trying to please everyone-AND-i’m a horrible procrastinator.
I would love some recommendations on affordable and beautiful resorts for my guests? Also, what is the first step in planning something so far away?
helppppp me, Bees!!!!!
Post # 2
EriLu11: I can tell you from personal experience that the Valentin Imperial Maya resort was amazing – we went on a friends-only trip – there were 4 couples and we thought it was great and very good value. However, it’s adults-only and I see you may have 1-3 kids attending. If for some reason it turns out no kids will be attending, I’d look into that resort. There was a wedding while we were there and it seemed to be going well and afterward they all came out and partied with the rest of us staying there.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I think I’d look for something all-inclusive. I don’t have any specific suggestions since I’ve never been. But I was talking to my dental hygenist and she’s getting married in May and she said she selected the resort and paid for a package where all she has to do is show up the day before with her dress and make her selections from their book of options and they do everything. Sounds super easy!
Post # 4
Barcelo in Riviera Maya and Secrets Silversands are beautiful, affordable all inclusives and do weddings all the time- I highly recommend them- I went to a wedding 2 years ago at Barcelo and went on my honeymoon in July at Silversands, good for you for doing destination- they are so fun and beautiful! 🙂
Post # 5
EriLu11: I did not do a destination wedding, but I went to one – at Zoetry in Riveria Maya (gorgeous, but definitely more ‘expensive’!). The bride and groom found a travel agent that did every.thing. They met, went over cost/expectant guest counts, and the TA narrowed down resorts, etc, including the wedding packages/coordinator. Then, the bride and groom sent out a mass email telling their guests that if they wanted to go, to contact the TA, and she would plan everything accordingly – per our cost and length of stay desired.
It was so easy, as a guest, for me to email with the TA. She made all of our arrangements, sent us all the documentation, etc, including the wedding arrangements for the couple (date/time/location/attire). It was a wonderfully executed vacation/destination wedding for my DH and myself.
So much so that we utilized a local travel agent for our honeymoon, which again, eliminated a ton of leg work for us.
That is my recommendation 🙂
Edit to note: I *believe* that if they had enough rooms booked thru their wedding (maybe 15 rooms), their room and board was ‘free’. Nice perk for the bride and groom!
Post # 6
MsYankee: I went there last year for a close friends wedding. I loved it!! I know for sure at least ONE(yup, just one) will defintely attend…so that’s out. THANKS!!!
OUgal0004: If you don’t mind me asking…what did you spend to attend? I just feel so awful asking people to pay to attend our wedding…but there’s really no way around it.
Post # 7
EriLu11: We CHOSE to spend about $3500 for 4 days/4 nights, which included everything – airfare, resort, private shuttle transport, etc. I know there are much ‘cheaper’ options, that are just as wonderful in Riveria Maya for the same things included. However, the bride and groom wanted to do it that resort for their own reasons, and knew that the cost would deter guests. We were HAPPY to pay the money for a mini-vacation (with friends included), and a beautiful wedding. We had options to go for less time, go for longer time, not include the private shuttle, etc. But, we did what we could afford, in a timeline we could be off of work as well.
At no point did I begrudge the couple for having a destination wedding. (I mean, our ‘gift’ to them was our attendance, and that is all they wanted anyways from their guests). It was a fabulous time, and the only thing they ‘required’ of their guests was to be at their ceremony, and then dinner thereafter (a total of 3-4 hours). The rest of the time there was OUR time. We could do whatever we wanted to do on OUR vacation, which ended up being at the pool all day with other guests anyways.
Post # 8
After uch back and forth, we finally ended up booking our destination wedding in Cancun ( very close to the mayan riviera 🙂 At first. I was so worried about pleasing everyone. Which resolrt will people like the most? Where are people going to have fun? What if people don’t want to spend that much money? bla ba bla…then I raed a post somewhere on here saying that a bride ended up sacrificing the hotel she wanted ( she wanted adult only but got a family friendly resort ) and no kids ended up even coming in the end. I was going to try to find a more reasonably priced hotel so a few of my aunts would come, but then I thgouth to myself, what if I chose that resort just for them and the end up not even coming in the end? It became soooo tiring just thinking about everyone else that we just deided to chose what we wanted, knowing that our immidiate family and closest friends would be there. So far only two people have booked…haha but there is still plenty of time. It can be hard trying to think of everyone else…but at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and if people can’t make it, as long as you don”t hold it against them, that’s life! We also opted for a recemony back home when we come back just to party with all our friends who couldn’t make it. nothing fancy, just a party!
Post # 9
Do you have a travel agent? You can give them all your wants and they can help narrow resort options down for you. I definitely recommend all-inclusive!
Just be careful with the TA. Make sure they are good. And that they are really familiar with the area you want to go, and the resorts! (Don’t even get me started on my TA…)
Post # 10
I have reached out to a few different TA’s and am not so thrilled with one or two of them. My requests are not outlandish…. a nice beach, big pool wth a swim up bar and allows kids(without being liek Disneyland), yet I feel like I am burdening them with all of my “wants and needs”. Thanks for the advice!!
Post # 11
EriLu11: I just came from Riviera Maya wedding in October that a friend of mine had at Bahia Principe. It was an all inclusive resort- SUPER cheap and super amazing!!! MY SO and I paid $500 total for 3 nights four days. My friend from the UK got married there and she was married on the beach, had a 5 course dinner and private reception by the pool, and her entire wedding was under 10 grand! definitely a great place that I recommend!
Post # 12
I’m sure you found one already but we stayed at the http://grandsunsetprincess.com/ and were impressed 😀
One of my coworkers has been there twice, once for vacation and then again for her honeymoon 😀
Post # 13
I really enjoyed “Gran Bahia Principe Tulum” when I went. I’ve been to 5 all-inclusive resorts around Mexico and that was by far my favourite. It wasn’t the most beautiful, but it was the most fun. They had the best food, the best entertainment, and a HUGE property.
Another one of my favourites in the Cancun area is Moon Palace. This hotel is more beautiful than Gran Bahia but the food and entertainment aren’t as good.
I got married with the Dreams chain (I believe there is a Dreams Riviera Maya) and while their properties were not necessarily the most beautiful I’d ever seen, they know how to run a wedding. My wedding is literally PERFECT. They do hundreds of weddings a year and definitely know what they are doing. They have it down to a science.
Post # 14
I got married at a place north of cancun. Excellence playa mujeres. It was beautiful, best food ive had in mexico (been 5 other times before) however it was adults only. It was on the more expensive side, but all my guests said it was worth it bc a lot of them have been to all inclusives before and knew they were being papmered here. our wedding went very smooth and i didnt have to worry about anything. Very happy with how it all turned out.
i tried going with a TA also had a hard time finding one i liked they quoted me more $$ then the deals I found myself so I was the organizer. I put up all the info on our wedding website who we booked with (cheapcarribean.com) also used tripadvisor for reviews was very helpful. Do not go to mexico with out reading reviews first!
When it comes to planning the wedding itself be ready to have a different style of communication. It would take the wedding planner to a couple weeks to a month to respond to each email. By the time the wedding arrived not everything was ironed out. When we got there she went over everything and we did finish up the details. I was stressed a bout it bc i wanted to come there and not worry. But like i said it went very well i got everything i wanted. just wanted to warn you that be ready that you will not be getting an immediate responce.