Congrats on the engagement!
My wife and I enjoyed a destination wedding in Mexico and LOVED it! When we first started planning, it was a daunting task. My wife did her research and found a company to help with the planning. She signed up to attend a webinar and to work with a wedding planner. I figured we'd be throwing away the money - $50. But, to be honest, it was the BEST $50 we spent on the wedding. After the webinar, we worked with a wedding planner at their company to go over the details for our event.
The company is DestinationWeddings.com. They were fantastic!!! Our planner - Maureen - walked us through the steps for the wedding and helped us select the ideal location. She always promptly answered any question we had and always presented options when they were available. We had our wedding at the El Dorado Maroma resort in Cancun this past November and it really was a perfect wedding. We eloped so it was just the two of us - kept it secret and didn't tell anyone - it's funny how many couples have told us they wish they had eloped!
Without a doubt, when you book the trip, BUY THE INSURANCE!!! We almost needed it! About 3 days prior to our departure, Maureen called to inform us of a hurricane that had decided to visit when we were scheduled to arrive. We kept our fingers crossed and hoped for the best...the hurricane ended up being lots of wind and rain, but it did force us to change our departure dates. Maureen at DestiantionWeddings.com was fantastic. She worked with the airlines and the hotel to get them to switch our dates without costing us anything or forcing us to use the insurance. Also, she coordinated with the onsite wedding staff to make sure we could still be married on the day we had selected - Nov 1st. Because ours was a legal ceremony, she had to make sure the judge would be there and our blood tests would be completed in time. They were and everything went off perfectly. (Although it did rain on our wedding day but it stopped raining long enough for us to have some beautiful pictures taken. But as they say...rain on a wedding day is good luck!)
I really cannot speak higher of the experience we had with them. They even made sure we were able to have our candle lit dinner on the beach - in our rush to the airport, we left the certificate at home...oops! Our planner - Maureen was excellent and always very helpful. If you decide on the destination wedding....USE THEM!!!!
Good luck and hope everything goes well!