Originally Posted by JEM236
I am new to this forum. I just booked our wedding on May 31, 2013 at the El Dorado Royale. I am really excited but a little nervous booking a place site unseen. My FI and I chose a destination wedding because we both have small families and most of our friends and family are spread all over the place. I also didn't want to be a bride that had to pick details from a million different vendors and I want to be able to party and see my friends for more that a few hours. Plus who doesn't love the beach?
Did you all use TA's? I found the rates to be better and we are only using her for the rooms, not airfare. I am super nervous because I have read some bad reviews about the site I used - destination weddings.com. I am also nervous about the how all the little extras from the resort will add up.
I guess I am looking for some reassurance and some wedding buddies.
Welcome! Definitely go the TA route - it will save you a lot of headache, and will make it easier for your guests to book. We were going to at first, but I'm so glad we did. Our wedding is May 11, so it looks like you're just a few weeks after me! Let me know if you have decided on decor or anything, and if it happens to be the same color scheme as mine, I can try to leave stuff behind We are also doing a small wedding, only about 25 people (max, including us and our 2 photographers).
The extras can add up quickly, so you just need to keep in mind what is really important to you, and what you're willing to pay extra on. I figure if I'm getting married on a beach in Mexico, do I really need a ton of decoration? Also, the markup for the resort stuff is insane. So try to buy and bring what you can. Earlier in the thread there are a lot of posts about where to get chair sashes and linens on the cheap, tableclothsfactory.com. I highly recommend doing this. We are bringing our sashes, table runners, gazebo fabric, etc. I know it can be pretty overwhelming at first, feel free to send me a PM if I can be of more help or answer any questions! Getting close!! My wedding is four months away now and it's flying.