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Hello all,


My name is Joe, and I'm the nervous groom. We've settled on a date (11/6/10), and a destination (Cabo). We're having a pretty small wedding with a projected 16-18 guests (including kids). We are planning on having a fairly casual symbolic ceremony (simple, short, and non-religious) and getting legally married when we get back home. I need some advice on a few important decisions.


We were hoping to avoid the huge mega-resorts, but would still like to be on the beach if possible. There are going to be two families with young children, and suites with some sort of kitchenette might be nice (although the families could stay separate from the rest of us). We were thinking about Marbella Suites en la Playa, as they seem to fit our needs and have favorable reviews on tripdavisor. They would be able to accomodate us, but already have a wedding booked for that date. So I'm wondering if it would be crazy to still stay there, but arrange for a ceremony elsewhere on the beach. Any suggestions for nice alternative lodging that would meet our needs would also be welcome. I'd also like to see how people feel about hiring a wedding coordinator, especially since we're hoping to do something fairly simple. I'm guessing that we'll lean toward just getting one to help make sure everything goes smoothly, and we'll probably get an officiant and photographer as well.



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Hi Joe,

I recommend trying Villa del Arco, Villa la Estancia, and Villa del Palmar. They are wonderful condo-style resorts right next to one another. They are closer to town than Marbella, so you have the option to walk into town and avoid taxi fare. Villa del Arco is VERY kid friendly and even has a giant pirate ship near the pool for the kids to play on. I believe they have a kids program as well. The resort also does weddings.

As far as a coordinator, it all depends on how hands-on you are willing to be. Finding a photographer, officiant, etc will take some research, but you can really find everything you need on this site. Additionally, you'll get some help from the coordinator at the hotel/resort.

Good Luck and Congrats!

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Hi Joe! Congratulations - it is great to see a groom on the forum! My suggestion, if you are already a bit nervous, would be to look for an independent wedding coordinator who can help you from start to finish - finding a venue that suits you, working to contract your vendors, planning your day and being present to make sure that it goes smoothly while you enjoy every moment!


I'm sure your wedding will be amazing! Best of luck with everything!

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