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#11 DanielleNDerek

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    Posted 24 June 2009 - 03:30 PM

    Cait you should email the WC for the resort (their email address should be on the site) and ask for the most up to date package details and price list. And maybe once you have your resorts narrowed down talk to a TA. there are some really great TA's on this website, i would contact one of them and they can give you trip costs.
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    #12 cait713

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      Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:58 PM

      Thank you girls so much for your help! I've been doing a lot of emailing and further researching today, and your suggestions and tips have been so helpful! I'll definitely post when my fiance and I make a final decision!

      #13 SDSteph

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        Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:37 PM

        It is really hard to choose. We arre looking for many things that you are and we are looking at Sandos, Grand Occidental, and Grand Porto. If you don't want to stay at an all inclusie then these are out. Shrangla is beautiful also.
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        #14 britsytoll

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          Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:43 PM

          I went with Iberostar Tucan. It is very affordable for my guest and they only host one wedding a day which sold me. I didn't want to walk around with other brides...I know selfish but I think that would have been a little weird. Also, the WC at the Tucan is great. She is very helpful and response very quickly. Good Luck!

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          #15 harv0136

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            Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:08 PM

            I would recommended the Barcelo. They are 3 prices points for the resorts and the packages are reasonable. You can add a lot of options and things add up but the basics are definitely affordable. Good Luck!

            #16 alkoch

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              Posted 25 June 2009 - 12:22 AM

              I am not sure about the pricing for wedding packages but the Mayan Palace in Rivera Maya is my favorite resort I've been too in Mexico/Caribbean. Its family friendly and very accommodating. It's also close to town and they have great restaurants and shops in town (once again my favorite town!) I would be getting married there but my FI's cousin tried to get married at the Iberostar in Rivera Maya in 2005 and they all got hit by Hurricane Wilma. We don't want everyone to obsess over than (which they still do) Anyway - good luck its a great area!

              #17 RCBlondie

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                Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:59 AM

                Just wondering Cait, did you book one yet? We too are in this predicament. First we thought of the Palladium, but it is just too large. Then we thought about Dreams Tulum and then read they do 3 weddings a day, and they are a little further away from the action than we wanted. Then (yes, my list keeps growing) we found the Paradisus Riviera Cancun. Has some really great packages (like the Chill-Out-Chic) which were more what we were looking for. Then I discovered the package does not include a legal wedding, to have it legal they charge another $1000 or $1500 - either way, it would have been about $10,000 total for the wedding package. Too expensive. So, we went back to looking at the Dreams Tulum and found out they have a new resort between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen that will be opening this fall (2009). Depending on when you get married I would suggest looking at it. Just give them about 8 or 9 months to work out the kinks. We are getting married in June 2010 and worry that will not be enough time to have things running smoothly or everything completed, so we are back on the hunt again. Now we are considering the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort
                website: Riviera Maya Hotels- Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort- Riviera Maya Cancn/Riviera Maya Deals and the prices for the guests seem to be very reasonable.

                Anyway, hope you are enjoying this research adventure. Keep us posted on where you book.
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                #18 cait713

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                  Posted 11 July 2009 - 07:50 AM

                  Hi Rachelle-

                  I haven't decided yet, but the process is coming along. Right now, we're thinking that realistically, people probably won't be bringing their kids, so we're starting to include adult-only resorts in our search. The front runner for them is hands down the Valentin Imperial Maya-where we stayed a month ago and LOVED. If we do decide to invite the kids, we're thinking about the Iberostars, Barcelos (Colonial or Palace), and Rius. I also looked at the Dreams Tulum, and like you, I decided it was a bit too far for us. I would absolutely be interested in their new resort, but I don't think I could wait until the fall to book-we're planning a late June/early July wedding, and I'd like to give as much notice to my guests as possible.

                  I will check out the Hotel Marina El Cid, though-thanks for the tip!

                  Best of luck in your search-keep us updated!

                  #19 baj

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                    Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:14 AM

                    Hi, congrats & welcome to the forum, gettings married in Negril, AI but travelling from the Uk so AI with wedding package more cost effective for our selves and our guest's. The down side is that there are friends and family who will not be able to attend.

                    Any how I am sure what ever decsion you make this forum & the information and reviews will help you make the right decsion. Good luck

                    #20 LDeeken

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                      Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:08 AM

                      Hi Cait! I totally know what you are going through. I spent quite a bit of time researching resorts, it's addicting!!

                      At first we were set on the Grand Palladium. However, we wanted a private reception and it would've ended up costing like $70-80 per person to do this.

                      My family had stayed at the Iberostar Maya in 2006 and LOVED it. Originally I had thought it would be fun to get married somewhere else, but then realized that it made more sense to go with what we know. Especially since the Iberostar is AWESOME!!

                      We decided to get married at the Iberostar Del Mar for the following reasons:

                      1. It is the least expensive Iberostar in the paraiso beach area.
                      2. It is VERY close to the airport (20-25 minutes)
                      3. We love the Gazebo option for the ceremony.
                      4. You can have a private reception for only $800 extra!
                      5. They only allow 1 wedding per day.
                      6. They have golf onsite for a reasonable price (Very important to Fiancee and Dad)

                      Many other reasons too, but these are just a few. Ultimately it is all about what meets your needs. I definitely agree with everyone that you make a list of what's important and see which resort checks out.

                      Good Luck!!

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