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#1 leogurl

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    Posted 02 January 2009 - 02:30 PM

    I was wondering how people came to choose their wedding planners? Did you choose a place and go with the hotel's wedding planner, did you search the web for one, was one recommended to you, or did you decide to go without one? I'm trying to decide what would be the best thing to do for myself and am interested in hearing other people's journey's. Thanks.

    #2 Ayita

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      Posted 02 January 2009 - 02:36 PM

      I am in this case. The hotel I booked did not originally have their own wedding planner, so I started to look for an outside one. When I sent for my site visit, they had actually hired somebody in the meantime, and I liked her, so I guess I'm going to go with her for sake of convenience. I'm waiting for quotes, though...

      #3 pdcbride09

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        Posted 02 January 2009 - 04:20 PM

        Well..for us, we researched AI resorts, and knew that we didn't want our guests having to pay that much to stay in Playa Del Carmen in order to see us get married. So we decided to stay in the actual town at one of their adorable boutique hotels. So I started to research wedding planners in the Riviera Maya..and originally it was between Caribbean Blue Weddings and Ajua Maya..we went w/ Ajua Maya Weddings..but then they raised their prices.

        I started to search around again and came across Blue Parrot Weddings, and also someone on here was going to have their wedding w/ them. So we switched to them because the price was VERY reasonable and the location is close to the hotel. We've been there before and liked the location. The only downfall is that it is not secluded, but that's ok. It saves us around $2k! so that works for us! :o) But I know there are more wedding planners..just good Wedding Planner Playa Del Carmen, or Wedding Planner/coordinator riviera maya

        #4 Jacilynda

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          Posted 02 January 2009 - 05:20 PM

          I chose to go w/ weddings riviera maya. Luisa one of the planners actually is a BDW member and when she joined I asked her a few questions to help me find vendors since I didn't have a planner and she was so helpful and nice, we've hired her.

          Weddings Riviera Maya - Weddings on the beach Playa del Carmen Tulum Riviera Maya

          #5 YoursTruly

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            Posted 02 January 2009 - 05:51 PM

            We decided to go with an AI resort that also had WC services available. We figured it would be best to have someone familiar with the ins and outs of the hotel as well as the countryside. I would recommend making a list of things that are important for you and FI in terms of guests and see what your top choice of hotels offer. If they do not have one they may have a recommendation of the ones they contract with for wedding services.

            #6 LeanneMarie

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              Posted 02 January 2009 - 06:33 PM

              There are two different types of wedding coordinators here in Playa/RM....the one's that work for the hotel/wedding venues and the independent wedding coordinators working directly for you, the Bride, their client.

              A lot of times the AI/Hotel/Venue coordinators are hosting about 100 + weddings per year and have limited time to dedicate to one single Bride, so sometimes the personal attention, that every bride deserves, is lost with them. This is not always the case, of course - some are excellent! But there is always a chance they will no longer be in that position when your wedding dates comes around because they are working for a hotel and could either quit or get moved position.

              For the independent coordinators, the best idea is to find someone that is compatible with you. Do research to see who is in the area and if you find someone that you like their style and presentation then try to schedule a phone call. Usually, you can just feel it - if its right you'll click. Are you looking for someone with set wedding packages or someone who is able to cater to you and what you are looking for? Do you want to be very hands on or hands off? Ask for references too!!!

              For fee issues, you can always ask clearly their payment policies - there are many different ways to charge for coordination services.

              Hope this helps!!

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