I am recently engaged but my fiance and I have known for some time that we want to have a destination wedding. We are having a small ceremony in the states and would like to have a larger destination wedding (although technically a vow renewal) in Costa Rica. We have set the date for our destination wedding for Memorial Day weekend 2012 in order for us to save and to give our loved ones plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
I have looked many places online for a place in Costa Rica that will hold about 100 guests. We are not interested in an all-inclusive resort and are staying budget conscious. We went to a friend's wedding in Isla Mujeres that had about 100 guests also (split between neighboring hotels) and only spent $1,000 a piece for a 6 day stay. We would love our wedding to mirror this, both in the size and ballpark price per guest.
Does anyone have any suggestions for places to look into, or any tips for vendors and wedding coordinators? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!