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#11 Mandy

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    Posted 02 July 2008 - 06:13 PM

    Originally Posted by scrappinsensation
    Thank you ALL so much!!! You guys are great and have offered me some great tips! Part of my problem is that I am a perfectionist and want to pick the PERFECT hotel. I keep thinking that so-and-so would like to see the Ruins, so I want to pick something in the Riviera Maya, but then I see a hotel with a sports bar and pool tables and think - that is SO up my FI's family's alley! I get too wrapped up in satisfying everyone! I am going to follow the wonderful tips you guys have offerred so far... Thanks a MILLION!!
    I wanted to pick the perfect resort, too. I would have preferred to go to one of the islands, but I knew more people would come if I had my wedding in Mexico. So, no, I didn't pick the perfect resort. I don't think there is one. But I had a blast, spent a great week with my husband, family, and friends, and got married! That's really all that matters!

    #12 SoontobeMHeikkinen

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      Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:20 AM

      I am in the same boat this is too weird. I do not want a beach wedding, it must be AI/family friendly/ and affordable. I can't sleep and I have researched the internet inside and out. I even have an outside wedding planner in Riviera Maya who is fantastic and I still can't find the perfect place. My fiance and I love Barcelo Maya Palace but they will not allow my wedding coordinator bring her own vendors. We requested the policies for outside wedding coordinators and a list of the vendors so Luisa, my wedding coordinator could contact the vendors herself but the communication at Barcelo Maya Palace stinks. I even cc'd the group reservations manager and still haven't gotten a reply, it's been 3 weeks since I sent the last email. Does anyone have any other suggestions of resorts?? Luisa has tried calling and emailing in spanish but still no urgency. Luisa's fear is that she won't be able to coordinate the wedding with lack of communication from the other coordinators. What do i do??

      #13 SunBride

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        Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:58 PM

        Many resorts have their own wedding coordinators and won't work with outside coordinators & vendors. If you want to continue working with an outside coordinator, you may want to consider getting married somewhere off the resort, many ladies here have done this because they wanted a more private and flexible wedding than what the resort offers.

        It seems that almost all resort coordinators are very slow in responding, so again, going off resort would help with this, but it won't be cheap.

        #14 sassybride

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          Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:03 PM

          You can also look at puerto vallarta or los cabos. They both have beautiful catholic churches if that's an option You say you don't want sand so maybe church is what you want? I'm not sure but I know how you feel! Just relax and remember that You can't please everyone!!! I'm staying at the A.I Riu Palace in los cabos and having my ceremony at the church and reception at the westin. Good Luck and if you have any questions you can PM me anytime.
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          #15 SoontobeMHeikkinen

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            Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:16 PM

            Originally Posted by scrappinsensation
            I have been on this forum for about a month now, and I am even more confused now than before! There are SO many options! I've AT LEAST narrowed it down to Cancun or Riviera Maya (and that's only b/c I stay off the other forums!). But there are SO many choices! Everytime I read a review I want my wedding there! This is so overwhelming. I need Our wedding is a year away, but I'm already stressing and crying - and I'm usually not that emotional! Can you guys post some suggestions on how I can start this journey. Do I need a TA, a separate wedding coordinator from the one the resort offers, do I just start emailing hotels to get price quotes? My priorities are:
            • must be all-inclusive
            • allow children
            • affordable
            • offer a NON BEACH ceremony location - i don't want to feel the sand on my toes
            I really appreciate any advice!

            I have my own wedding coordinator in Riviera Maya, if I didn't I would have chose H10 Punta Coral Ocean By H10, it's very affordable (avg $850 for 5 nights AI/airfaire), modern, family friendly and I've read fabulous reviews. I can't use the resort now because they do not allow external wedding coordinators But I too refuse to marry on the beach. But the wedding coordinator there is Karla and she answers every single email and goes above and beyond!

            I also looked at Blue Bay Esmeralda ($800-950 for 5 nights) in Riviera Maya Hotel Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya - Mexico - BlueBay Grand Esmeralda . Cecilia is the wedding coordinator there. She offered to put down a wooden deck on the beach for the wedding ceremony.

            Grand Sunset Princess, Grand Sunset Princess hotel Mexico, Princess Hotels & Resorts, Promotions, Meetings, online reservation Riviera Maya, again ($1000 for 5 nights) also a new hotel.

            El Cid Marina El Cid Resorts | Mazatlan & Cozumel Mexico Hotels & Resorts is another resort in Riviera Maya ($1000+/-) This resort is cool because there are waterfalls, slides, and a cliff jump in the adult pool. There are also only 200 suites I believe. So if you're looking for something more intimate that is the place. They have an awesome jetty you can marry on. This didn't work for us again because they won't work with my wedding planner and my group of 50 is too large but I have gorgeous pics of the jetty if you want them. This is also pretty new.

            I highly recommend checking these hotels out on tripadvisor.com, you can read all the traveler reviews but most importantly look at the pictures actual vacationers take. I also are looking for a NICE hotel that is affordable and family friendly and not wanting to marry in the sand. I am here if you have any other questions.


            #16 nde062010

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              Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:49 PM

              I finally decided to just keep my choices limited to some of the most popular resorts on this forum ... I figured it must be wonderful if so many brides have chosen it. Plus you know you will have lots of information on here about that resort once you pick it

              I am waiting till after we do a site visit to choose but I've narrowed my list down to:
              (oh and I also don't want to get married on the sand so that really limits our choices)

              El Dorado Royale (adults only - so that won't help you)

              Barcelo Maya Palace (kids are allowed, pretty gazebo but I heard its not very private)

              Moon Palace (kids allowed, lots of gazebos, I think its the priciest on my list)

              Gran Bahia Principe Tulum (kids allowed, cheaper than the others, and very nice gazebo)

              Dreams Tulum (kids allowed, Dreams has good wedding packages, but no gazebos off the sand .. I just liked the spanish chapel, but all my guests probably won't fit so this is last on my list)

              Dreams Cancun has an awesome gazebo I'm just really concerned about how windy it will be (I hate the wind, I get so annoyed with it and I want to keep my long hair down) ... I also didn't want to be in the strip of Cancun. I like the idea of a more isolated area

              Good luck!

              #17 Martha

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                Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:53 PM

                My resort offers all those things. The Gran Bahia Principe has 3 resorts right next to each other. Tulum, Akumal, and Coba...they are all located in Akumal and have a great beach. Prices are pretty affordable.

                I would definitely contact a TA. Mine specializes in weddings and honeymoons!

                We are getting married on the Tulum side in the beautiful gazebo!

                #18 DanielleNDerek

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                  Posted 09 July 2008 - 02:57 PM

                  You can contact a couple of TA's if you like. There are a lot of great ones on this forum, i think they each specialize in a certain area like Jamaica, Riviera Maya, etc. and contact a few local ones near you. And then you can choose whomever you are more comfortable with.
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