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#1 Bride2Be21

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    Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:11 PM

    We are definitely having a DW..and it will be somewhere in the Riviera Maya! Otherwise I am obsessed with the BDW site, tripadvisor and google tryinggg to find the perfect resort that is:
    A. Affordable for our Guests
    B. Perfect for Our Wedding on the beach
    C. Kid friendly

    So far I'm loving Sandos Playacar, Grand Sunset Princess, and the Now Resorts look really nice. I am in love with the Dreams resorts but I don't think they will fit our budget. Just wanted to share my excitement of actually knowing we will be getting married in the riviera maya :) Just wish I could narrow it down!!

    #2 knitgirl13

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      Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:16 PM

      I'm having trouble narrowing it down too - there are just so many that look great! Good luck with the planning.

      #3 Bride2Be21

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        Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:26 PM

        Thank you, you too! What are you favorites?

        #4 MysTea

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          Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:28 PM

          Yeah, it can be very overwhelming.. I was actually going to vacation at the site I am getting married at so it made choosing easy for me...

          Good Luck! There is alot if info here to help out with the planning. Congrats!
          **Dreams Palm Beach HERE WE COME!!! 11.01.2010**

          #5 Smidge

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            Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:24 PM

            My daughter was married at the Fairmont Mayakoba, and it was a wonderful experience. I don't think I've stayed anywhere where the staff has been so genuine in their efforts to make sure we and our guests are happy. We held a lovely welcome party on an elevated lawn that had a spectacular view over the resort's lagoons and mangrove forests down to the ocean, and there was a beautiful, oceanfront ceremony and reception on the beach. Our guests loved the resort because it was not "typical" or like some place they may have stayed in before.

            Keep in mind that most of your guests have to travel to a wedding no matter where it is, so traveling to a resort isn't a bad thing. Most of our 80 + guests extended their stay beyond the days surrounding the wedding. Two even bought timeshares in the area! You will get a reduced block rate for your guests, so don't be put off by the rates that appear on travel sites. Also, negotiate to have this rate extended beyond the nights before and after the wedding. Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to stay in a top resort at a much reduced rate.

            #6 Bride2Be21

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              Posted 15 June 2010 - 12:45 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Smidge
              My daughter was married at the Fairmont Mayakoba, and it was a wonderful experience. I don't think I've stayed anywhere where the staff has been so genuine in their efforts to make sure we and our guests are happy. We held a lovely welcome party on an elevated lawn that had a spectacular view over the resort's lagoons and mangrove forests down to the ocean, and there was a beautiful, oceanfront ceremony and reception on the beach. Our guests loved the resort because it was not "typical" or like some place they may have stayed in before.

              Keep in mind that most of your guests have to travel to a wedding no matter where it is, so traveling to a resort isn't a bad thing. Most of our 80 + guests extended their stay beyond the days surrounding the wedding. Two even bought timeshares in the area! You will get a reduced block rate for your guests, so don't be put off by the rates that appear on travel sites. Also, negotiate to have this rate extended beyond the nights before and after the wedding. Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to stay in a top resort at a much reduced rate.

              My fiancee loved that resort when we were searching online, it was by far his favorite. But then I saw that it wasn't all inclusive so I was worried about the cost of the wedding itself. Was it fairly reasonable? The resort looks gorgeous :)

              #7 jodieP

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                Posted 15 June 2010 - 08:11 PM

                Congrats and good luck in all you searching and planning!! BDW will really help!

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                #8 Guest_iluckie_*

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                  Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:56 PM

                  I have heard that Dreams is one of the good ones, all inclusive, the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is good too, I do not really know what resorts you have review, maybe I canhelp a little bit if I knew :)

                  #9 Bride2Be21

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                    Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:12 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by iluckie
                    I have heard that Dreams is one of the good ones, all inclusive, the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is good too, I do not really know what resorts you have review, maybe I canhelp a little bit if I knew :)
                    we are pretty set on Grand Sunset Princess. It's a toss up between there and The Now Riviera.

                    #10 Smidge

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                    Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:35 AM

                    The Fairmont Mayakoba is not inexpensive, but it was a good values for the quality of the service, food, and the resort itself. Don't be put off by room rates you may see online. Contact their event planners and see what you get. Your block rate for your guests will be reduced.

                    Our guests were very happy with our selection. The food was fantastic, and you don't always get that with an AI. Keep in mind, however, that with an AI, your guests usually pay for their reception meal in their room rate. At a resort that is not all inclusive, you will host the dinner.




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