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#1 Sallee

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    Posted 21 September 2010 - 12:40 AM

    I have booked my two week stay in Costa Rica at the Riu Guanacaste

    Now I am just waiting for confirmation of my wedding date and time that I chose !!!!!

     

    I am super excited and now need to get seriously organised Im just glad there will just be the two of us going or Id be in a major panic right now, lol



    #2 Amanda+Dave

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      Posted 21 September 2010 - 02:49 AM

      Congrats Sallee

       

      We have also just booked our Costa Rica DW. We are staying at Casa de las Brisas in Manuel Antonio (a nine bedroom villa that looks amazing) for the first week with friends and family, then we will be moving on to another part of CR for the second week. Haven't decided where yet.

      We are just getting started on the wedding planning, but have a confirmed date and an officiant so far.

       

      so excited to continue the plans.

       

      Amanda



      #3 AmyG

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        Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:45 AM

        Congrats ladies on booking your DW's !!! 

         

        I am also in the process of planning mine.  Could you tell me what month/year your weddings are for and how you came about narrowing down your location choice?

         

        Thanks!!

         

        Amy



        #4 Sallee

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          Posted 21 September 2010 - 12:31 PM

          Congratulations Ladies

           

          The weather was a big factor when we opted for Costa Rica, we have booked 8th March 2011 for 2 weeks.

          We opted for the RIU as we have used this chain of hotel's before and have never been dissappointed, I also carried out hours and hours of research on lots of locations and kept coming back to this one.

           

          My only concern as a UK bride is that I am liasing with the hotel directly instead of using a travel agent.

          I have been reading this forum for years and have seen that most US brides deal directly with the hotels themselves so I decided to take the plunge.

           

          I will keep you all updated with regards to the hotel and how good the communications etc were.........



          #5 Amanda+Dave

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            Posted 21 September 2010 - 02:50 PM

            We are getting married in November, which is end of the wet season/beginning of dry season.

            We didn't want to wait too long, and prices tend to go up after November and go back down around April. So we picked November and are hoping to have good weather.

            Long before we were engaged but decided on a DW, we had always said Costa RIca because it is a place we both want to go to and has a lot of activities that suit us.

            When we finally got engaged (after seven and a half years), CR was out, because my sister, who just got married in April, and her new husband honeymooned there. And my sister and her husband are very much about themselves, especially him, so we didn't want to go there for our wedding and have him make it all about himself.

            So it was out of the running.

            But then we had a hard time agreeing on any other location. If I picked one he would find a reason to not like it and vice versa.

            So finally, one day we were out for a drive and he said, why don't we just go to Costa Rica, it's where we originally wanted to go and let's not let them ruin that.

            So Costa Rica was selected.

            Then we decided, since they went to Guancaste, we would just go to another area.

            We came across escape villas and fell in love withe Casa de las Brisas and after much thought, decided to book it.

            I am so excited and can't wait to move forward with our plans.



            #6 remdog

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              Posted 21 September 2010 - 03:25 PM

              We are getting married June 22,2011.  The reason we picked June was because of kids getting out of school.  I will have a step son and needed to wait for him and my brother to be out of school. Spring breaks are different from state to state so it had to be during the summer months.  Since June starts rain season I booked it for the first week after they get out of school.  

               

              The reason for CR was because that's where my FI suggested.  I'd spent the last year looking at places in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  Neither of us have ever been there and there is so much to do and see. Since it's not very often that we get a 2 week vacation if we wanted to see CR now would be the time.  I decided on Paradisus Playa Conchal.  I wanted some place that had tons of stuff to do both at the resort and outside.  That way if people want to go explore they could, or if they just want to hang out there's still lots of options.  

               

              We are going down there in October to stay at the hotel for a week vacation.  Although the FI thinks we are going to the Dominican, and I'm not telling him till we get to our layover flight.  After I decided that we were getting married in CR I really didn't want to go to the DR any more. All I could think about was CR so I called the Ta and had her change our reservations.  Now I'm counting the days till we get there.

               

              I'm glad you started this thread there doesn't seem to be very many of us.



              #7 Sallee

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                Posted 23 September 2010 - 01:07 AM



                 

                Originally Posted by Sallee

                 

                 

                My only concern as a UK bride is that I am liaising with the hotel directly instead of using a travel agent.

                I have been reading this forum for years and have seen that most US brides deal directly with the hotels themselves so I decided to take the plunge.

                 

                I will keep you all updated with regards to the hotel and how good the communications etc were.........


                 

                Well ......... so far so good with the communications. There have been e-mails flying back and forth over the last two days to arrange a time, day judge/minister and an Apostille.

                I am very impressed with Arley the sales exec who arranges all of this, she is quick to answer my questions..... she has provided me with all of the additional info i wanted with regards to flowers and decorations, photo's of the location of the wedding. Also the RIU's on site photographer has been excellent in responding to my emails.
                 






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