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Destination wedding newbie... wedding in summer 2013

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Hello brides!


Im a clueless bride to be planning my dream destination wedding in Mexico for Summer 2013.   I still have so many questions, research and ideas to go through.  I hope i can settle the uneasiness i feel about not being able to physically see the wedding locations, or flower designs, or linens.  Its hard to plan a wedding thousands of miles away.  But im hoping this forum will help answer my questions and settle my nerves..


What i know i need in a location:



Kid friendly



So those are my starting points...


Good Luck to all the destination brides to be




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Welcome, Jennifer!  No worries, we all started out that way.  But if you find the right "team" in Mexico, they can make it really easy.  There is a ton of info. on this site and it can be a tad overwhelming at first, but here are some threads to start you out ...



If you want a TA, you might want to try one of the BDW Travel Agents.  They Specialize in Destination weddings.  You can contact them HERE!


If you do not know what TA you want to work with, just fill out the form Contact a Destination Wedding Specialist HERE and Tammy will direct you to the best agent that fits your needs.


You can read some reviews here: Wright Travel Agency ~ Destination Wedding Specialist Reviews HERE


Social Groups


Cabo Wedding Forum | Cabo Wedding Resort Reviews


Cancun/Riviera Maya Wedding Forum | Cancun/Riviera Maya Wedding Resort Reviews


Puerto Vallarta Wedding Forum | Puerto Vallarta Wedding Resort Reviews




Dreams Los Cabo Wedding: Dreams Cabo BridesDreams Los Cabos wedding ReviewsDreams Los Cabos Social Group


The Royal in Playa del Carmen wedding: The Royal in Playa del Carmen ReviewsThe Royal Wedding info thread


Dreams Cancun Wedding: Dreams Cancun Wedding Reviews


Dreams Riviera Cancun Wedding: Dreams Riviera Cancun Support ThreadDreams Riviera Cancun Wedding Reviews


Dreams Tulum Wedding: Dreams Tulum Wedding ReviewsDreams Tulum info Thread, 


Dreams Puerto Aventura Wedding: Dreams Puerto Aventura Brides


Now Jade Wedding: Now Jade Wedding ReviewsNow Riviera Cancun Jade Thread


Azul Sensatori Wedding: Azul Sensatori Wedding ReviewsAzul Sensatori Bride Thread


Barcelo Palace Wedding: Barcelo Palace Brides

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Welcome!  We are planning a June 2013 wedding and were also searching for a kid-friendly, all inclusive resort.  I also wanted a smaller resort so we are going with Now Jade.  Check it out!

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what kind of size hotel, or budget?


i stayed in sandos carocol eco resort (theres a playa carmen one. but i stayed in the one just called "sandos eco resort and spa)   last month and i loved it! the buffet was incredible, loads of options and it has a kids club, and its basically all kid friendly except for one adult only pool on the main resort (and an adults only section off to the side). its also very pretty...and there were also loads of different animals either in enclosures or wandering about. which i thought was pretty cool and im sure a kid would (you do have to explain to kids not to touch them though, im not a parent so not sure how hard it is. theyre not going to randomly attack you but they are pretty much wild)


i also liked the beach there and the room i stayed in was very nice. you can snorkel in the water (not the sea..is like a river/cenote type thing)could be worth thinking about!




heres one of the kinds of animals you can find on the paths. i must admit, ive forgotten the name and dont know what it is. but it was pretty cute! the wedding planner there (fernanda?) was also very ncie and friendly and pretty quick at replying


i know its hard to pick a resort when you arent there...check out reviews and make a list of the things that are most important to you (beaches, food options, kid activities, number of pools, etc etc. do you watn a private reception or just a meal in a restaurant, do you want dancing, gazebo wedding/beach wedding? beach reception/pool reception/restaurant reception) and then look at reviews brides posted to work out


oh i have a pic of a wedding i saw there too, thye kept it pretty simple...but you can add rose petals in the aisle, more flowers or whateve ryou want


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This info helps me out too. I've been at a loss for where to start and have just been reading reviews. Thanks!

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Hello Jennifer!!

I have seen kid friendly resorts (and popular between brides) Now Jade, Now Sapphire, Palace resorts (these are coming to my mind now), there are many and great ones, the resorts I like for the nicer beaches are close to Playa del Carmen or Tulum, Dreams Tulum is a good example of that also...


good luck!


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