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Poll: Did you do a site visit??

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On another board where I am active (wedding bells), the Canadian DW brides were talking about how we choose vacations/destinations for our guests.

 

When you chose your location, (choose which suits your situation best):

 

1. You went on a site visit.

2. You had you already been there (you knew it would be perfect)

3. You wish you'd done a site visit

4. You consulted with your TA and/or Trip Advisor (or another travel review engine)

 

I am just curious....

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I had already taken a vacation a year before at the location where I got married. That's really the main reason I chose that place. I was afraid to pick a location I had never been to and I didn't have it in my budget to do any site visits. At least this way I knew what to expect from the staff/hotel/location.

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We went on a site visit before signing the contract to make sure the place we liked the place we wanted - which we did! Im really glad we did (esp b/c at the time i didnt know this forum existed)

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I had picked Dreams Tulum after 1-reading reviews on here 2-talking to my travel ageny (mother inlaw) and 3-reading tripadvisor

we went to Dreams Puerto Aventuras for Xmas and while we were there I did a visit to Dreams Tulum-it was good to be able to talk in person to the wedding coordinator and to get a visual of where we could have the reception...

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I didnt do a site visit and i had no problems. I just did a crapload of research on tripadvisor (this was b4 i found BDW) to narrow down my choices and than i talked to my TA about some of my choices. I also emailed all the WC at the resorts i was looking at to see the different location and options (menus, reception pricing, ceremony pricing, extras). I emailed a few dw brides through tripadvisor and asked how they like their wedding and a few even showed me their pics.

 

I was probably a little nervous since i never visited the resort but luckily i joined bdw and met a few ppr brides that were married before me and they put my mind at ease.

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I actually have never been anywhere.....seriously... I don't even have a passport, so I definitely didn't do a site visit! I researched for about 6 months and then ended up changing my mind after talking to our TA, lol! The fact that I have never traveled made it really difficult to know what I was looking for, but I'm confident that I made the right choice :)

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We chose Jamaica so we didnt have to spend extra time/money getting our wedding stuff translated into Spanish and back into English.

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good thread!

 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon BDW before we booked a location...we knew we wanted Mexico but were originally thinking the Cancun area. Our plan totally changed when I started reading about Las Caletas on here! The pics of Las Caletas that I found just took my breath away (Ann's pics in particular wink.gif )

 

So we had never been to PV or Las Caletas...although AFTER everything was booked I did do a super quick 2 day site visit!

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