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#1 cait713

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    Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:07 AM

    Hello Ladies!

    I hope I'm not asking a silly question, but how did you all decide on a resort? I am having a really difficult time choosing! I just got back from the Valentin with my fiance (where were got engaged!), and I would LOVE to have my wedding there, but we will have several children as guests, so it's out of the question, unfortunately.

    Here is what I'm hoping for my summer 2010 wedding:

    Budget friendly for my guests
    Ability to accommodate up to 75 guests
    Kid-friendly
    Nothing too cheap or cheesy (we were very spoiled at the Valentin!)


    I've been looking at the Iberostars, but I've been kind of overwhelmed by them, since there are so many, and I haven't quite figured out the class system. I'm loving Azul Beach, but I think it will be too expensive for guests.

    I'd LOVE any feedback you could give me-any suggestions for other hotels, pictures, etc. I'd love any info on pricing and packages-I would appreciate it so much!

    Thanks!

    Cait


    #2 KLaBate54

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      Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:31 AM

      I was also looking for the same things you are. I ended up choosing the Riu Palace Riviera Maya...but have also been to Dreams Cancun, which is gorgeous!
      *Katie*

      #3 JOSIE

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        Posted 24 June 2009 - 09:49 AM

        I'm with Katie - we also booked the RIU Palace Riveria Maya - their wedding package included dinner for 50 people and the total package of it was only $1500! That's what sold me :)

        Good Luck! Once you find a resort it gets much eaiser :)
        11.28.2009

        #4 SDbeachgirl

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          Posted 24 June 2009 - 10:14 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by JOSIE
          I'm with Katie - we also booked the RIU Palace Riveria Maya - their wedding package included dinner for 50 people and the total package of it was only $1500! That's what sold me :)

          Good Luck! Once you find a resort it gets much eaiser :)
          Do you happen to know what a 1 week stay is going to cost your guests? I'm also trying to decide on a resort but am worried about getting a place that is too expensive for my guests.

          #5 KLaBate54

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            Posted 24 June 2009 - 10:48 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by SDbeachgirl
            Do you happen to know what a 1 week stay is going to cost your guests? I'm also trying to decide on a resort but am worried about getting a place that is too expensive for my guests.
            We actually got our rates through a group travel agent. If you look at our website (in my siggy) and go to the "Travel Information" section, all of the rates are listed there depending on the number of nights they plan on staying.
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            #6 ~Nicole~

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              Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:41 PM

              Cait, it took me about 6 months to decide where to get married lol! Keep in mind that I am a reasearch queen, so don't panic! I basically made a list of what the most important features in a resort were to me and rated them. For example: food, beach, entertainment, adults only or family friendly, etc. That allowed me to cross a lot off options off my list. From there I contacted each hotel and got wedding package prices. Then I spoke to a TA to get details from a "professionals" view point.

              Cait, also keep in mind that I've NEVER traveled anywhere!! So to me this was a really big and overwhelming task, but I don't think it needs to be that way for everyone! Also keep in mind that no matter how much you are putting your guests needs first.....there will always be someone that will complain and make you want to pull your hair out. Just smile and keep going about your plans lol.

              Good luck!
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              #7 YaelM

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                Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:09 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by cait713
                Hello Ladies!

                . I'm loving Azul Beach, but I think it will be too expensive for guests.


                Cait
                Hi! We were suppose to have our wedding at Azul Beach in May but cancelled last minute because of Swine Flu. Although it is kinda pricey its a BEAUTIFUL resort!! However they have a max of 50 guests so you may have too many, but I would look into Azul Sensatori. Its a new resort in the same general area as Azul Beach.They can accommodate larger groups and everyone who got married there seems to have had a great time. There is a pretty long thread on it :) Good Luck!!!!

                #8 gdavcu

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                  Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:57 PM

                  It can be a very overwhelming task however I would go with Nikki07's suggestion and start with a list. Put down things you like and things you don't. For example I knew that I didn't want to have it at an All- Inclusive resort because I didn't want my guest to feel like they had to stay there and most of their packages were only worth it if your wedding guest also stayed at the resort. This alone narrowed my search down by more than half. Lists are your friends. I would say start there. Good Luck!

                  #9 ~*Kathy*~

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                    Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:04 PM

                    Hi there!

                    I got married at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach in February! Please read my review (link in signature) if you're looking for more information or feel free to pm me. It is a great family resort! :)

                    #10 Dimenzi

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                      Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:27 PM

                      The Paradicus Riviera Cancun looks quite good as well. It is next to the Excellence. Room Service etc is included. The Dreams resorts look good and cater for children. The weddings seem to be quite nice there.




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