I just was married on February 20, 2014. I am an A type personality, and found planning very stressful because i want to know everything from every angle and be prepared for any mis step. I knew planning a desitination wedding (at a resort i have never been to, in a location i have never visited) was going to be a challenge. I felt my wedding coordinator was lack luster with giving me information, i felt likei had to pull teeth to get anythng - it was STRESSFUL.
HOWEVER....once i got to the resort - showed the coordinators pictures of what i wanted, they executed everything amazingly! i had lights inside the gazebo, on the pillars, i had candles and center peices, chinese lanterns etc. all that was $250 USD set up which i was told at the time of our consultant meeting (took 500 just in case).
The coordinators on site are great - they balane each other out perfectly - we just dropped our suitcases off with everything we had (they do nickle and dime you, so i made and brought everything) but if i had to do it again, with the number of ppl we had (21) i might have just sucked it up and payed to save my self the head ache of searching online for stuff. The memorable moments packages came out after i bought all my decor - but they quoted to charge me 250/table WITHOUT center pieces - so keep that in mind before falling in love with anything. I planned everything up to the wedding day, i just figured they would tell me the timeline...my mistake..but i loved my wedding, and even without putting thought into the events of the actual wedding day - it turned out FABULOUS!!
If you have already booked - have faith, "this is the best vaction ever" "best wedding ever" Best idea ever" "a wedding done right" are things you are going to hear A LOT OF!
If you are thinking of booking, keep thinking about it! this is a $$ place, but worth it! (we are all cheap so that is saying something!!). We really kept the "what would this have cost us at home" mentality -that realllly helped (base wedding here for a community hall type wedding runs 20G+)
Just take a breather, go through some past brides wedding photos on a beach and remind yourself why you picked this to begin with!