Post # 1
So we’ve recently started thinking about planning a Destination Wedding in February as opposed to a small elopement in October. We’d prefer a small intimate wedding but we realizet that we do want to include more people than originally planned (we were going to elope with just our parents.)
To make it affordable, and fun, for everyone; we’re thinking all inclusive. Can anyone suggest any beautiful resorts…thinking $1000-$1400/ person? (Preferably on the lower end considering the financial situations of some of the “key” guests.) We’re thinking Dominican, Mexico, etc…
Post # 3
How many days are you looking for? February is peak season for Mexico, etc., so that will make room and flight prices more expensive. Just something to keep in mind.
We’re going to Azul Sensatori — recommended by a travel agent who specializes in destination weddings. Our three-day per person AI rate is ~$550, with additional nights $150.
Post # 4
We are doing the Riu Palace, Los Cabos. Our package is: $450 for 3 nights, transfers to and from hotel, ocean view room and a sunset dinner cruise on Friday the day before the wedding. Can’t wait. Feel free to ask questions.
Post # 5
Our guests paid about $2400 (per couple) for 4 days and 3 nights in Jamaica to stay at Secrets Wild Orchid. This included airfair and transfers to and from the resort.
Something to keep in mind – we chose Jamaica as our Destination Wedding as they only have a 24 hour residency requirement. I know Mexico is 3 business days…
Post # 6
I got married at Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica and our guests paid about $1200-1400 per person for a week. It was a budget resort (family friendly too), so not as fancy as some other resorts, but the area where they did the private reception was gorgeous and the beach area where we had the ceremony (although smaller than i would have preferred) was secluded from the main beach so it provided a nice intimate and private feeling for the ceremony.
Post # 7
We got married at The Royal Playa del Carmen and had an AMAZING time. I think it was about $1,200/person (including airfare) for 5 nights.
One thing we also loved about the resort is that there was a cheaper, kid-friendly sister resort right across the street. So it gives guests more options.
The Royal also has resorts in Cancun.
Mexico does have the 3-day residency requirement. We got around that by having a court house ceremony before we left for Mexico. But we consider our wedding our anniversary. I totally forgot about our court house “anniversary” this year until after the fact.
Post # 8
@teasoon05 it sounds like I could write your post!! LoL
My Fiance & I originally were planning a September wedding but due to some issues we’ve had to postpone to June 2013 HOWEVER we don’t want to wait & neither of us wanted a big wedding, originally we both wanted to go down south & have a small, intimate beach wedding with immediate family (parents, siblings & their SO + a few close friends) but due to finances of our parents & siblings that wasn’t possible so we planned a September 2012 wedding & now that it’s been postponed we’re toying with the idea of eloping in September 2012 in Niagara Falls OR waiting and eloping in Mid-late March in Jamaica.
I was advised by a travel agent that waiting until after mid-march drops the costs significantly as March break & reading week are over + the key travel season dies down.
I’m interested in feedback from brides as well. 🙂
Post # 9
@teasoon05: not sure if you have done this already, but definitely check out the boards on http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com – there are threads and reviews on tons of resorts in all areas of the Caribbean.
Post # 10
We just did Secrets Maroma Beach in PDC mexico. We had a few guests tell us, “Best wedding EVER.”
I pretty much stalked bestdestinationwedding.com before and still do. It’s pretty much how I found all the info I needed. This site was really not helpful, mostly just for fun.
Post # 11
We got married at Catalonia Royal Tulum in Riviera Maya. For 7 nights All Inclusive we paid 1900 total (for the two of us). Our wedding package was only 400 and it was BEAUTIFUL and perfect. The resort was adults only, had above average food, and was just gorgeous. The beach was private as well.