(Closed) To Mexico, or not to Mexico…?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hubby and I considered it for our honeymoon, but honestly, with all the weird kidnappings, murders, and the state of the gulf shore, we decided against it.

In terms of doing a destination or not, though, that would depend on how organized you think you are and how much help you think you’ll have. My friends just did one this passed weekend, and it worked out great. Checklists help! So yeah, it’s do-able, I’m just not so sure about Mexico.

Post # 5
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46680 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I say go for what you want.

 Every day there are shootings, stabbings, assaults of all kinds-in the USA ! (unfortunately in Canada our own statistics are rising also).

In the big picture very few normal every day tourists are involved in tragedies in Mexico. Most of the shootings, kidnapping etc involve drugs or large amounts of money.

We travel to Mexico regularly and have never had a single moment of concern.

Post # 6
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1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend got married in Mexico and it was really nice. It’s cool to go a few days earlier and spend time with family and friends. You cut down your guest list a lot by doing a Destination Wedding and IMO it’s more fun. And Mexico will be cheaper than US and Canada. I say go for it. You won’t forget anything, and you could fly there ahead of time to pick flowers, photographer, etc…especially if it’s an all-inclusive venue.

Post # 7
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171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

one of my best friends left yesterday for her dw! She had everything all ready to go and the resort they are staying at and getting married at has been awesome at helping her with everything. A lot of photographers will travel. There is a local Boston photographer (stewartsmithweddings.com <—- I think is his website) my husband knows and he’s going to the virgin islands to do a wedding soon! So you can still have an awesome photographer.

Post # 8
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149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Go for it! If you do a resort wedding, make sure they have a decent wedding planner, which is usually included in the cost of your wedding. Otherwise you could get a local planner who specializies in destination weddings…. You’ll save a bundle by doing it in Mexico so a planner is definitely worth it.

I am planning a destination wedding in Costa Rica and I haven’t had any regrets. Plus since luggage on international flights is free, its actually easier/cheaper for me to transport items then it would have been if i had done it in the states!

Post # 10
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We just had our wedding on 10/13 at a resort in MX and it was the best decision we made!!  Not concerned about the violence there, resort towns are not where it is happening…

Here’s a link to our slide show-maybe it will help you decide πŸ™‚

http://www.yourphotoslide.com/video.php?id=56

 

Post # 12
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@michkarose:  lol thanks!!!  Yes, that pic we took on the boat seems to get many compliments-definately a framer πŸ™‚  Our photographer worked magic-she was absolutely fantastic!!!

Post # 15
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1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m getting married in Cancun this April. What we made sure to do was find a resort that has a good wedding program in place. My travel agent was a huge help for this and found us the perfect resort for what we were looking for. Our resort chain has a speciality in weddings and has online catalogues to select from hundreds of cakes, flower arrangements, decorations, etc.

I had a wedding coordinator assigned to me and she is available mon-fri during Canadian business hours, which is a plus. I can call or email her and she always gets back to me within a day or so. Also, since we’re getting married in Cancun photographers, makeup artists, etc. are really easy to find. The girl we are looking at to do our hair and makeup (I wanted someone more professional than what the resort offered) is originally from LA and has been a professional makeup artist for years.

As far as bringing favours, the dress, and everything else we’ve made sure to just delegate to everyone. For example: my mom is bringing my dress as her carry-on, my Maid/Matron of Honor is bringing the favours as her carry-on, and I’m going to bring their little extras in my carry-on. We’ve found a way to work everything out you just have to be flexible.

I will have to note though: we originally planned a destination wedding to have a smaller more intimate setting and to save costs on guests because our invite list was about 120. We expected to have about 20-30 guests. Boy did we guess wrong! We have about 70 people coming now. This was great for saving money on the trip though πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

We are getting married in the Riviera Maya next month! Laughing  In all honesty the logestics have not been bad at all. There are tons of resources for researching venues, photographers, etc.  We did hire an indepent coordinator but if you have your ceremony at a all inclusive a coordinator is included for free.

As far as photographers, talent is everywhere. Our photographer is one of the top 10 in the world for photojouralistic wedding photography but they located right there in the Riviera Maya.

Getting things down there… Yea. I think we have it down to one checked bag. Also our families each offered to carry a few things in their bags.  My dress I am carrying on the plane with me as my personal item and placing it under the seat. Unless you have a 100% silk gown you can have it steamed by your resort.

 

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