Yes, I hired an outside coordinator. The reason I did this was because Cabo Azul was having high turnover in their wedding department. If I were to do it again, I wouldn't have hired her. Georgina, Maria and Rosalinda are wonderful and handled everything perfectly.
I was able to contact my own vendors through my outside coordinator. I believe I got a pretty good price on flowers, but as far as everything else, it was similar to what the resort charges.
Minister: Carlos Navas (Terrible, do not use him)
DJ Ricardo Patino
Solo Guitar- Alonso Aguirre- he was fantastic
Hair and Makeup- Suzanne Morel
I'm not one to tell you how to cut cost since I went WAY over my budget (we had 75 guests) but here are some things I found:
Cabo Azul is so beautiful that you need limited decor- linens, fancy flowers. My flowers were gorgeous and very inexpensive- I only brought votives down with me. I have an allergy so we didn't have a cake- that saved money and no one even noticed or cared. Depends on your group but we went over our bar- thankfully everyone slowed down but it goes quickly!
Be cautious of what drinks you serve at the cocktail hour- they push them hard at guests and many (expensive) drinks are left untouched.
Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions!