Post # 1
Just curious what other beach brides are doing for thier ceremony location/planning.
I was looking at some beach wedding packages, and quickly realized if I went this route, it needs to be on a reserved private beach. (Check the pics here: http://www.mermaidbeachweddings.com/beachweddingpackages.html there are random sunbathers and swimmers in the background!)
So I’m starting to look into beach-side hotels and resorts that have private beaches for events.
I’m going to start calling places this week (will be picking my venue when I go to Florida in October).
Where did you have the best luck finding a venue?
Post # 3
We are having our wedding at a private beach club called Zama and its on Isla Mujeres. We went and checked it out this past july and fell in love with it! Its so private and the beach is perfect and we knew this is the route we wanted to go.
The only downside is the ease of a “package deal” but I wanted to put our own personalities on our big day so I didnt really want a cookie cutter package to begin with.
Post # 4
We’re having ours on a private hotel beach in Cabo. The hotel has a planner, who’s been wonderful. We chose it just so it would feel more like a vacation for our guests and because we really love the beaches there.
We also did a package deal with the planner, but it’s really easy to personalize it. The package is a base package w/ food and booze, decor options, and venue. We still got to choose all of our food, apps, drinks, flowers, centerpieces, DJ, etc.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
We are going private at a little boutique hotel in the Riviera Maya. Price wise it was about the same as doing it at our resort.
Post # 6
We are getting married at the H10 Ocean Coral and Turquesa resort (I believe Miss Plaid is going there for her honeymoon). We attended a good friend’s wedding there in January and instantly decided that it was for us! Their wedding coordinator was great and so we are doing a package deal with them. What’s nice about it is that we won’t have to make our major decisions until we arrive. Also, they have been very accomodating with all our quirks – food choices, flowers, booze, etc. We certainly do lose out on the “privacy” factor but I really don’t mind if people around us watch our ceremony. There were definitely people around for our friends’ ceremony in january, but we didnt even realize they were there until we were done and leaving!
Post # 7
@abbyful: I printed that sites information out. I thought that was a good deal and pretty much exactly what I wanted since my ceremony is going to be small (20-30) people.
I did see those pictures now that you mention it. Hmmmm???? Did you check to see if that applied to the location you were trying to marry. That’s another reason I want to have my cermony early (10 or 11a). It’s cooler during that time and no one on the beach.
I also have began looking into sites that overlook the beach. For example I found one that has a terrace on like the 10th floor. Outside. Really pretty and private.
Let me know what you find. I’m still on the hunt for a venue in South Florida.
Post # 8
We are getting married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro and we are using their wedding package. It includes pretty much everything, but we are altering it a little to add a more elaborate ceremony decorations and a cocktail hour.
Post # 9
I M doping a package, and havea wedding planner, but even though im in to it, and doping lots of things for my wedding planning.
Post # 10
@PrettySedity: I’m getting married in Key Largo (actually, Tavernier) and did quite a bit of research on venues in the upper Keys. I also know a wedding planner in Delray Beach (south Palm Beach county) who knows a lot of beach venues. She is very affordable – under $1000 for full planning – and gets great discounts. She can even just help you find, negotiate and book a venue for just $120.
If you’re interested in more info re: the Keys or the wedding planner, just say the word!
Post # 11
We decided to do a destination wedding in Costa Rica and we got a private villa (10 bdm/16bath) where we could house most of the wedding party and our immediate families.
I really didn’t want to have a cookie-cutter resort wedding but I don’t speak enough Spanish to feel comfortable making all the plans so I got a wedding planner who could help us personalize the wedding and deal with vendors.
Post # 12
We are getting married in Mexico at the Aventura Spa Resort – we are going with one of their packages and love the help we are getting from the wedding planner, but I also plan to add a lot of our own personal touches…
Post # 13
We’re getting married in Cancun, Mexico at the Gran Caribe Real Resort. We decided to go with the package, but because of our numbers (the packages only include up to 30 people and we have 65-70!) we have a lot of flexibility to add extras because we’re already paying extra for the additional guests. So far everything has worked out just fine and they even have a coordinator included so we are happy with our choice.