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#1 Shuzzy

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    Posted 06 April 2010 - 01:57 PM

    So I am new to this wedsite, just looking for more info on what destination to choose. So far I have pretty much decided it will prob take place around Riviera Maya, Mexico. Currently researching three different resorts: Barcelo Maya Palce, Playacar Palace Wyndham, And Royal Hideaway Playacar. Any thoughts? It will be very small 15 people at the most, and unfortuneatly most everyone coming can't afford to go so we are probably going to pay for the wedding parties entire stay. 5 days, 4 nights and flight on us. We have a $20,000 budget and the wedding party includes mob, fob, moh (having 2),fg (our daughter) and bm. So we will be paying for 8 people total. Is this do-able? Begining to stress about the budget after I wrote it all down! I want it to be a nice place and a nice wedding for us, but I didnt anticipate having to pay for everyone. The main reason we wanted to get married at a destination was so we didnt have to have a huge wedding and spend alot of money. Now it seems that kind of back fired! I have always wanted it to be away but is it going to be worth all this stress? Just begining to plan so I am trying to stay positive. HHEEELLLPPP ladies! Any suggestions to make this whole plan work would be great!

    #2 TATrisha


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    Posted 06 April 2010 - 02:40 PM

    I paid for my bridal party (8 people) and my photographer to attend my wedding too, so I feel your pain. My wedding total ended up coming to 30k. There is a budget thread that is super helpful, but just as an idea, I spent 2 on the wedding package, 3 on my photographer, 2 on my private pool side reception, 12 on travel for 10 (husband and I and our 8 in the bridal party).
    Those were the big ones and brought me to 19 thousand. Everything else was basically just "extra" such as paying for the spa days for all the ladies, buying two wedding dresses, invitations that I wanted a certain way, etc.

    So i definitely think it can be done.

    Good luck and best wishes! :)


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    #3 *Meagan*

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      Posted 06 April 2010 - 03:54 PM

      Hi and welcome to the BDW, you will find tons of helpful info here! There are threads on all of those resorts and budgets. We are always here to help! Happy planning and good luck!

      #4 rach2011

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        Posted 06 April 2010 - 04:05 PM

        Hi Meagan! I'm new too and trying to figure out where to have my wedding in Jan (hopefully the 15th) 2011 (if I can get that date). I'm already stressing over the budget too. I am headed to Mexico on the 14th of May to do site visits. Are you going to or have you done site visits yet?

        #5 Shuzzy

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          Posted 06 April 2010 - 04:43 PM

          Thanks for the advice! Thankfully my budget is a little flexible! I haven't done any site visits yet, I was actually planning for the same wedding day! I would love to do site visits but (we own our own company and both can only take limited time away) am probably just going to research enough online to pick what I think will be the best place and jump in with both feet! I figure these resorts have done weddings lots of times, I am comfortable having limited options, have a few specific details I want but thats it. Hoping I can leave most details to the experts. I am used to having just us on vacations, so paying for the wedding party makes me feel like I need to limit my spending. I was looking at Barcelo as a possibility but am reasearching which place to stay within the resort. Of coursse I would perfer the higher scale Palace, but is that neccessary for the whole wedding party? I don't want to be really far away from the wedding party or have them feel bad because they can't do certain things within the resorts.

          #6 Dmitri_Markine

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            Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:50 PM

            Welcome to the forum and happy planning!!

            #7 Nicyx

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              Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:11 PM

              Hello, Congratulations and welcome, EVERYONE here are so helpful and friendly, Im sure any questions you have or advice you need will be fully answered before you know it!!!!

              Happy Planning x

              #8 lesandlynda

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                Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:45 PM

                Lots of great info here - you're sure to find the right destination for you that's the best fit.......enjoy your planning and life going forward! Lynda :)

                #9 mekanabr

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                  Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:16 PM

                  Welcome and congrats! You are in a very fortunate position to be able to pay for your wedding party, that's so nice of you! I'm sure you'll be able to do it and theres a ton of info on here that will help you figure it out. GOod luck with your planning!!! :)

                  #10 brandonsbride

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                    Posted 10 April 2010 - 05:54 PM

                    Congratulations! I'm sure you can do it! I understand your pain, we are having to pay for people as well, but we figured that we would rather have them with us, then not...

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