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i am definitely looking for tips on wedding coordinators, photographers etc in Costa Rica. We are tryingto decide if we want to have our wedding there, but I'm trying to gather as much info as possible. It's so hard to know where to start and who to trust when they are so far away!

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I posted this somewhere previously but OurCostaRicaWedding.com has been great so far. Got a proposal drafted up and they will work with your specific requests. Check it out.

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Hi Carmen

 

I am newly engaged but my fiance and I would like to get married in CR too. I spent some time there before and really liked Manuel Antonio. Can you share some of your contacts and any reccomendations. I think there will be around 40-50 guests.

 

Thanks!

Tanya

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Hi Carmen

 

I am newly engaged but my fiance and I would like to get married in CR too. I spent some time there before and really liked Manuel Antonio. Can you share some of your contacts and any recommendations. I think there will be around 40-50 guests.

 

Thanks!

Tanya

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Hi Carmen

 

I am newly engaged and my fiance and I would like to get married in CR. I spent some time in Manuel Antonio and loved it there. Can you share your contacts and recommendations.

 

Thanks

Tanya

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Originally Posted by amcarter View Post
I can understand where you're com'g from. I have reserched all over the place. I did research in Hawaii, Turks & Caicos, DR, Mexico, Cayman Islands, St. Martin, Anguilla and Costa Rica. You're correct in saying that there is limited information available. I started with a local travel agent. I explained that I wanted to have a destination wedding and needed help narrowing down a location. She also helped me narrow down a date explaining what dates were considered t/b high season in specific areas of the country. Since I work in the insurnance industry I knew I didn't want to have a wedding during hurrican season June 1st - Dec 1st. Since that knocked out most of the year, she was able to provide air prices for each location and hotel prices for 7 days at her favorite spots based on feedback from clients. On her list The 4 Seasons and Paradisus (sp) were the most expensive. I sent the same email request to every single island that I was researching. Asking each hotel to answer specific wedding questions. The Paradisus took a very long time to respond to my email and didn't answer any of my questions. They simply attached a template to my email which I already had a copy of from the DR Paradisus. I started norrowing down my options based on cust svc. Since I was having a hard time getting hotels to respond, I ended up researching photographers there and selected a wedding planner based on wedding decor that I liked in photographs from weddings in CR. I did the same thing - waited for a wedding planner to respond and provided great cust svc. I finally found one and she sent the most detailed email to me with every possible wedding location in all of Costa Rica. She also described each part of Costa Rica: if you want to get married w/ the jungle in the background, go here; if you want a waterfall, go here; black beaches, go here; Carribean style, go here. It was the longest email ever but it was very helpful. After speaking with her and telling her my vision, she was able to recommend Pacifico and provided photos of the inside and out and I was able to block rooms with them as well. My travel agent recommended staying at the new Marriott and the Hilton and both hotels are cute but I started emailing people in April, and no one from either of those hotels in CR have responded to my email. Sure Mexico has a LOT of options but CR offers a very unique back drop. Good luck to you.

Hi - can you share the name of your wedding planner? My friend has been considering costa rica for her DW and as everyone else has said, there's very limited information. I think that this type of breakdown is exactly what she's looking for (ie. for rainforest go here, for beach go here).

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We have been trying to convince tourism board to focus their efforts in improving the destination wedding industry in Costa Rica. I understand your frustration with the hotels. With the current economy a lot of hotels have down sized, therefore being understaffed for attention to this niche industry. Hotel wedding planners not only plan weddings but are planning tours and running the events. I know for a fact that they are trying as hard as they can between answering and ocean of emails, planning specific details, coordinating tours and executing events. I would like to mention (in alphabetical order) some of the companies successfully coordinating wedding events in Costa Rica: Costa Rica Paradise Wedding, Pura Vida Weddings, Tropical Occasions, Weddings & Events CR, Weddings Costa Rica.

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