First of all, congratulations! I know that you're having some issues with the location but I'm guessing since your families live in such different locations, it is going to be difficult to find a location that has similar travel times, except like you said, maybe Hawaii. So let me see if I can give you any ideas. I just got married in November in San Jose del Cabo, so I love it there. But I also went to a close friend's wedding in Hawaii a year ago, so I have some perspective on that too. I think you will have to talk to your guests and see what they're willing to do. What are their responses to either location? It's probably difficult to talk to everyone you are inviting, but maybe talking to some of your family members and some of your fiance's family members might help you get some perspective. And regardless of where you have your DW, it is important to note that inevitably someone somewhere somehow may end up telling you that something about the location/cost/whatever regarding your wedding is prohibiting their attendance. So the most important thing, despite your consideration of everyone else, is to figure out where you and your fiance really think is best to have your wedding. And it would also probably help to determine who you absolutely want to be there and what their thoughts are on traveling to your wedding, wherever it may be. Having said that, you can't go wrong with either Hawaii or Cabo. Both are absolutely beautiful locations. And I'm sure there are a slew of other places that are just as beautiful. Personally though, I think Hawaii, although beautiful, is just much more expensive for everyone - guests and you.
I live in NY and we flew to Cabo from Newark. Granted we would have preferred JFK, we have been told that it is just much better to fly to Cabo from Newark if at all possible and since my husband's family lives in NJ, we figured it wasn't that much of a hassle as opposed to leaving from JFK; we just stayed over at my in-laws for a night and went to the airport from there the next day. And everything was just fine; the nonstop was worth the schlep over to Newark. So if you want a nonstop to Cabo, this is just something you'll have to do; otherwise, just know that you won't be flying a nonstop from any other airports in the area.
I can't remember the name but the moderators on this site should be able to help you out as far as finding a travel agent for the Cabo area. There are also a lot of Riu Palace brides on this forum so maybe you can do a search for Riu Palace threads and reviews, and then ask the brides if they recommend their travel agent if it doesn't say so on their wedding reviews.
If I can be of any further help, please don't hesitate to PM me! Good luck and happy planning!
Originally Posted by BPG027
Hello I'm new to this site and I need all the help that I can get. I was planning on have my wedding this year at Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Mexico. But decided against that because my fiance and his family are Australian. And my family is from the NY/NJ area. So I need to find a resort that's better situated for both sides. So I decided to look into having the wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico instead.
I'm looking into having the wedding in either the Dreams resort or the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. I'm leaning towards the Riu resort because of the location. Being close to downtown Cabo will give my guests more options to explore nightlife, dining, and other adventures. I prefer all-inclusive because everything is included and its less hassle financial wise for my guests.
So far some of the issues I have are:
1) there seems to be no direct flights to Cabo from the NY area. Just a few from Newark Airport
2) The cost of the vacation package for the Aussies will be really pricey. Not sure how to make it less costly for them
3) Having trouble finding a travel agent for this region
My concern is that I don't want cost and travel time to be a turn off to my guests.
So what should I do? Are there other regions I should look into? I thought about Hawaii, not sure if I want to have the wedding there either. Its far and more expensive.