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I am curious..there are so many Dreams and Riu brides

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Why is it that more people don't go with Melia Cabo Real or Villa Del Arco? From first glance their prices seem as reasonable. Thanks for your feedback.

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I went with Dreams because I loved the size of the resort, not too small not to big. I felt like had a fun atmosphere for me and my friends but not too crazy for my parents and thier friends. I mostly loved that Dreams has so much experience with weddings and if I was going to plan every part of my wedding via email. Their experience comforted me.

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dreams and RIU are both very popular and have popular wedding packages that seem to fit a lot of peoples budgets and wants/needs. there are SO many hotels/resorts, and everyone is looking for different things. a lot of people choose what works best for them and dont spend an immense amount of time researching other places because they love what they found and are happy with it, why bother looking at something else?

 

or maybe when doing research they didnt run across melia or the villa or their TA didnt suggest these places to them.

 

there could be numerous reasons why people dont choose those 2 and go with dreams or RIU resorts instead.

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dreams & rui advertise for destination weddings. when you start searching, they are usually the first ones you will find. They have more wedding info on their site than many other hotels.

 

the hotel where I was married was not as popular for weddings. Even if you were looking for their site & wedding info directly, it was hard to find. at first I only could find people who got married at my hotel because they had happened to vacation there before.

 

I found that by getting married at a hotel that didn't do a ton of wedding business, I avoided a lot of the nickle & dimeing that it sounds like other brides get.

 

I just googled "destination wedding cabo" an rui has a paid ad on the right side.

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to go against what morgan has said, i think it is more than just advertising.

 

Dreams and riu have facilites set up to do weddings 9gazebos, seperate catering dept.). like they have gazebos, a dedicated wedding department. They are also all-inclusive and that is what alot of DW brides and grooms are looking for. Also, along with resorts like palace resorts they offer "free" weddings and will handle arranging the legal or symbolic ceremony.

 

also, villa del arco is mostly eropean plan. they do have an all-inclusive plan but it is more than what you would pay at dreams.

 

I think another thing to keep in mind is that people that have their wedding at dreams or riu tend to have a great review upon their return and write about it. a good review says alot more than any paid advertisement.

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The reason we chose the RIU Ocho Rios was based on a few things:

1. it had GREAT reviews on Trip advisor

2. Friends have stayed at this resort in the past and raved about it.

3. it was a good size, not too big and not to small

4. also since they do specialze in weddings, i dont think we will be dissapointed!!

 

Hope this helps.

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I chose Riu Palace Tropical Bay based on the name alone. Haha. It sounded exotic. Then when we gopt down to researching, Jamaica and the Riu suited us the best.

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I have stayed at the Melia Real and I chose Riu Santa Fe because of location and price. I wanted something closer to town and they had a good package for us and our guest. And I have always been a fan of the Riu's.

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