Hey there Bride Lady!! I agree with the person above about TripAdvisor. Unfortunately, it's human nature that when something goes right, we tend to be less vocal about it than if something goes wrong. My favorite part of TripAdvisor is the photos section. The ones on the hotel's website never look authentic to me, so I adore seeing the shots that real guests are able to get. Take a deep breath and enjoy every moment of the planning process. I know it can seem a bit overwhelming, but if you take it in steps and stages, and try not to get too obsessive about it, everything will be planned before you know it!!!
Originally Posted by brideLady40
I'm hoping to be a January 2012 bride but choosing the location is getting stressful. We're thinking Antigua because we've never been, it looks gorgeous, and we already had a vacation planned there prior to the engagement - so we can check out the island/resort/etc - but I'm becoming obsessed with reading TripAdvisor reviews and they are so extreme! How can one person love it on the same day some else writes a 17-negative-points review. Because we do want some family/friend there - including my 8-year-old niece - we've had to look for all-inclusive, kid-friendly. moderly-priced resorts. Currently, we are thinking/hoping for St. James' and may look at the Verandah and Grand Pineapple. Our vacation to St. James is scheduled for the end of the month and I'm just hoping/praying that it is beautiful enough. If these don't work, we may start looking at Mexico or DR. Oiy!
Haven't really done much else up to this point except design our STD cards.
Anyone working with a travel agent? Our thinking on this is to plan for a resort that has online package deals. The resorts mentioned had great prices through our local warehouse stores.