Someone to pick destination - Destination wedding advisor?
Posted 20 September 2007 - 03:28 PM
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Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:21 PM
| Originally Posted by mkdela |
Yeah, I would go to a travel agent - they would at least be knowledgable (and hopefully neutral) about all the various locations and could give you insight about comparing transportation costs, accommodations, etc.
I second the "tell US what you want" part
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:23 PM
If you all can help meanwhile, that would be great. I am planning on inviting 200 guests and expect btwn 75 and 125 to come (not sure!!)
Ceremony: I want to get married ON the beach. I want to be the only wedding that day.
Reception: I want a sit-down dinner where we can dance too (want to hire a good band).
A. I wanted something small and cute - like 100 rooms, but these type places don't seem to be able to throw weddings that size, and even though they are big enough to accommodate that many guests, they seem less than willing (or I find ridiculously pricey or Adult only places that limits who can come). So maybe I'll have to give up my vision and go for something bigger...
B. Because of the large wedding guest list, I figured AI would make life easier for hanging out with folks while away - this tends to limit where the hotel is located and the type of hotel a little bit - I want a more boutiquey feel, but not sure if this is possible. Non-AI is possible but maybe more difficult?
C. Pricing for guests - I'm hoping that they won't have to spend more than approximately $170 pp per night AI, or $100 pp non-AI, if that sounds reasonable? I don't know! Maybe a little more if I find the perfect place?
D. Not a mega-resort and not on a resort-strip where all you see is resorts.
E. Allows kids.
F. Has GOOD FOOD.
A. The water must be swimmable (Cabo is kinda out b/c of this, and PV is supposedly just like my area, so not positive I want that?)
B. My fiance and I love to surf (not experts tho), and it would be great to have that as a partial theme (w/o being too hokey) and an option during the wedding, but the prettiest wedding ceremonies I see in research in Mayan Riviera, so maybe not...I wish you could have super clear water with surfing near by but I'm not sure that is possible outside of Hawaii, which is too far from NY family...
C. Somewhere which is reasonable flight wise for guests from Los Angeles and NY and Michigan.
You see why I'm going crazy?
--Zihuatanejo - I thought Tides Zihuatanejo was pretty, but it is too pricey, esp for the suites, I believe.
--Puerto Vallarta - Villa Amor in Sayulita seemed like a neat option b/c of surfing and hillside but I fear the steps are not baby friendly and the accommodations may be too rustic for some folks. I'm going to call Four Seasons Punta Mita, but not expecting great prices...
--I'm looking into Paradisus Riviera Cancun in Puertos Morales because Azul Beach didn't work out. Seems like a good option...
--Haven't looked at all in the Caribbean and maybe I should. I've been to DR and Guadeloupe as a kid, as well as St. Lucia, St. John, T&C, and St. Martin as an adult, but they all seem kinda far to travel to from Los Angeles (no direct flights, as far as I know?). If anyone has any questions for me though . Funny thing is, I have never been to Mayan Riviera or Zihuatanejo, and only have a vague memory of PV from 1 day there in high school, so maybe I'm pressing my luck! I do love Hawaii - too bad it isn't easy to get to for NYers...
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:25 PM
| Originally Posted by Hopels |
I'm not a TA, but I'd be worried about the neutral part. I know that TA's get different commisions from different locations. When we were booking our honeymoon, our TA kept suggesting Couples. Turns out she would've gotten more money from them than some of the other places we were looking at. That being said, I'm sure some TA's are honestly looking to make you happy and give the best advice.
I second the "tell US what you want" part
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:30 PM
I'm heading home from work, but I'll look at your list & see if I can think of anything that fits.
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:37 PM
You should look into just calling a few Wedding Coordinators in the areas you like. They will give you tons of info and help you find a good location based on your requirements and they'll do it for free until you hire them for your wedding. (well if you want to do a site visit it usually costs a couple hundred dollars).
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:41 PM
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