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#1 suzzMF

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    Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

    Hello everyone,


    another newby has joined this awesome forum. I've been reading thru this forum and I love all the advance everyone is giving each other, so I hope someone might has some for me.


    Me and my fiance are planning our destination wedding for 11-10-12, but we are still torn on where to have it. We looked at Dominician Republic & Jaimaica. We have about 25-30 people and they have a budget of about $1,000 that is incl. flight. My questions is, can anyone could give me some advice on how to tackle this task and where to start. I would love to get married by the beach, small resort, nothing too overly commercial.


    Thank you so much in adance,

    #2 Moments That Matter

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      Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:07 PM

      Congratulations and welcome to the forums!

      Well.. first thing you need to do is choose a location and resort. This article is written for the Mayan Riviera area but is good for your use as well. Have a read!

      Choosing a resort: http://www.bestdesti...ination-wedding


      Best of luck with all your plans.





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      #3 SparksFly

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        Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:42 PM

        Congratulations! Welcome to the forum! Good Luck & Happy Planning!

        #4 nancya

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          Posted 15 January 2012 - 03:45 PM

          Congratulations! Good luck with your planning. Once you choose a location and resort then you can get in touch with their wedding planner and they can help you through it all.

          #5 AllieH

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          Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:06 PM

          Congrats & welcome to BDW!! I love your avatar - is that your proposal?? DREAMY! 


          We chose Mexico vs. DR or Jamaica. Cost was our main factor - DR and Jamaica were more expensive for most of our guests. It all depends on where you are traveling from though. 


          I would go to both the DR and Jamaica sections of this forum and start reading the reviews of the resorts. Then go to those forums and read the threads from past brides. A good travel agent who specializes in DW's is helpful as well - so you may want to look into that. Good luck with all of your decisions! 


          Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

          Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

          El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

          AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome

          #6 suzzMF

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            Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:46 PM

            Thank you so much girls.


            Yeah i think we are leaning more towards DR - I'm in love with the Zoetry resort, its just so beautiful. Thank you guys for being so super nice and helpful. I really appreciate it.


            @AllieH - Yep that was my proposal in Berlin on Christmas Day in front of the Brandenburger Tor. it was just perfect. There is nothing better than getting engaged in your home town. (=

            #7 starchild



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              Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:17 PM

              Welcome!  (wow, awesome engagement photo!)  I suggest contacting a travel agent who can really help sort things out.  If you want to get some ideas of pricing, you might want to try one of the BDW Travel Agents.  They Specialize in Destination weddings.  You can contact them HERE!


              Happy planning!

              #8 boscobel

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                Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:26 AM

                I was going to suggest same as Jamy - a TA would be a great help.  Congrats and welcome to the forum!

                #9 JayKay

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                Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:17 PM

                Welcome! For us cost was a huge factor in deciding on a location and resort.  We worked closely with a travel agent who helped us narrow down a location.  I suggest using a travel agent who specializes in destination weddings.

                #10 tyandnique

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                  Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

                  I suggest getting in contact with a wedding coordinator who specializes in destination weddings. They can send you places that their former brides used in locations you specify and in the price range you specify. 


                  I think there are some you can find on BDW.

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