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#11 KRama

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    Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:53 AM

    $1800 was a bit of a shock to me too when I first started planning! I've been to the Mayan Riviera twice and both times paid no more than $1500 for a week at a 5 star resort. But when you're booking a group you have to book in advance and therefore don't get those last-minute deals.

    We chatted with our group of VIPs to see what they were comfortable paying. Everyone seemed to agree that $1600 was reasonable but they'd prefer not to spend much more than that. For us, it was more important that everyone be there than staying at our "dream" resort (Azul Sensatori...ah-hem). We chose our resort because it had everything we were looking for, great wedding packages, great price and I honestly don't think we'll be disappointed.

    We're also considering switching to another resort for our honeymoon so we can get the best of both worlds!

    #12 Mischaka

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      Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:58 AM

      welcome!!!!

      how about you keep that same resort but maybe cut down on the days. instead of them staying the full 7 maybe cut it to 5. i'm pretty sure that will cut down on the price. I chose my resort on the fact that most of my guest won't want to pay that much...but honestly where ever we go we have a great wedding and a great time.

      happy planning!!!!!!!!!!

      #13 nbills511

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        Posted 17 February 2010 - 02:01 AM

        I agree...if $1800 is too expensive...then only come for 4 or 5 nights. You should definitely go with the resort you love!! Best of luck in your planning :)

        #14 bikegirl

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          Posted 17 February 2010 - 02:44 AM

          Welcome to BDW!

          As for your dilemma, I think that would be based on just how many WOULDN'T come if it were $1800. If it's say...a handful out of 20-30 people, then so be it but if half your guests (esp people you REALLY want there) won't or can't come at that price, then you may wish to rethink it and go for somewhere cheaper.

          #15 mlabbe

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            Posted 17 February 2010 - 02:59 AM

            I picked a place based on it having everything that I wanted and now I regret it. I should have gone with price. I realize now that I would have been happy at either place, so going with the lower cost one would have saved me added stress and heartache.

            Are those prices that you are listing include the flight? That would make a big difference in term of accessibility for all.

            #16 heidilynn28

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              Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:35 AM

              Yes.. the 1800$ is 7 nights all included, flight as well. It's cheaper here in canada if you buy your package that way.
              After a good night's sleep, I'm more inclined to stick with my first choice. Still waiting to hear back from one place.. but I'll give guests a price range and they will know what to expect. Thx for your thoughts!!

              KRama: Wish we could get Azul sensatori at 1600$ LOL ... it's something like 2000-2100$ here!!

              #17 KRama

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                Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:28 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by heidilynn28
                Yes.. the 1800$ is 7 nights all included, flight as well. It's cheaper here in canada if you buy your package that way.
                After a good night's sleep, I'm more inclined to stick with my first choice. Still waiting to hear back from one place.. but I'll give guests a price range and they will know what to expect. Thx for your thoughts!!

                KRama: Wish we could get Azul sensatori at 1600$ LOL ... it's something like 2000-2100$ here!!
                Yep, the packages from Canada are typically for 7 days. I haven't really seen the option for less than that!

                I think I was quoted like $2200 for Azul. Crazy!

                Another idea is to give your guests the option to stay at a different resort and purchase a day pass to attend your wedding. Some resorts have "sister" properties that allow you to visit all of them free of charge.

                #18 vlynnw

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                  Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:52 PM

                  Congrats and welcome to the forum! It really depends on what is most important to you. You should definitely have your wedding where you want to, but if having certain people there is more important than you may want to weigh that in your decision. I know for me it was finding a compromise on a place I loved but one that was going to be affordable for all my guests. I actually started my search by looking at prices first.
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                  #19 soontobemrsdow

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                    Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:24 PM

                    Hi there and congrats! I'm definatly in the same boat as you and I feel that you should go where you want your wedding to be as long as you talk to your VIPS and they say they're ok with the price. We talked to ours and worked out what everyones max would be then worked around it from there. Hope it works out for you!

                    #20 NaM

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                      Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:31 PM

                      Why would they have to go with the 7 night price? A lot of people I feel won't come because they can't take that much time off...and if they stay a shorter amount of time it will be cheaper, right?




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