We have decided that Riviera Maya is where we'd like go for our destination wedding and have been reseaching resorts. Neither of us have ever been before but have heard many things about the area; in particular Playa del Carmen. I am looking for suggestions on resorts for a destination wedding. We realized this is difficult because we have to think about our guests instead of just us. As far as the wedding goes we want very simple and relaxed.
Here's what we have going on:
--If everyone we invite can go then we max out around 50 people and that includes children under 10.
--For the resort: All-inclusive, kid friendly, easy access to activities outside of the resort.
--Lots of dining options--American type food or Italian (picky eaters that I gotta worry about).
--I like ocean front/view rooms or even a terrace with beach access.
--Must have a beautiful beach both to swim/relax as well as for the ceremony.
--Ceremony: On the beach, very casual
--Reception: I would rather have a nice and simple dinner or a bonfire/beach party instead of the traditional reception. So far it's been hard to accomodate 50 people for that. I do not want it in a ballroom.
Ideally I would want guests to spend no more than $1500 per person including airfare.
Some of the places we have looked at are Dreams Riviera Cancun (and eliminated it because I don't like the views from the room if I can't get the oceanfront--mostly booked no matter when I look). I have also been seriously considering Gran Porto Real which I love. I contacted the coordinator there and she said for 50 people it would be a reception on the beach. I like that idea but I don't want dancing or anything traditional. I'd rather just have the simple dinner with everyone. It's not 5 star luxury but I think it's affordable for all my guests and still very nice.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!