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New Bride to be... and don't know where to start???? HELP!


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#1 SharaBride

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    Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:34 PM

    We just got engaged (yay!!) a couple months ago and have decided on a destination wedding - somewhere on the Mayan Riviera.  We are thinking April 2014, so we have some time to plan but I'm wondering if anyone can help me on WHERE TO START???

     

    I've spoken to a travel agent (TA)- who said it's far to early to really discuss anything with them.  I would really like to get lined up with a TA in my city (Victoria, BC) that specializes in destination weddings.  I don't know how to find recommendations for that?

     

    I've sent out a preliminary email to friends/family letting them know our plan so I can get a rough idea for numbers.  Still waiting all those to filter in.

     

    Other than that, I'm at a loss as to what next?  And when is a reasonable time to get things happening.  I want to be organized!!!  Any advice/input would be much appreciated! 

     

    Thank you!



    #2 Ploman

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      Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:53 AM

      I started early too.... wish I hadn't since I'm so impatient with everything!

       

      I may just be bitter right now with my travel agent and Sunquest, but beware that if you start looking at tour companies too early, they are likely to change their dates, prices, and flight schedules closer to the date. I started looking a year ago, settled on my resort, and I'm still waiting for flight schedules for all of the tour companies (we leave in January..still 8 months away), and it's driving me bonkers since I was so over-prepared!!

       

      I would start by chosing a resort. Once you find a travel agent they can help recommend good ones that fit your requirements ( ex all inclusive, allows children if guests are bringing them, 24 bar, room service). Also look for how much the wedding package costs at the resorts. I was torn between 2 resorts, and then I found out that one resort charged $55 PER GUEST for the wedding package, on top of a flat fee! 

       

      You will need rough numbers eventually but it is pretty early and a lot of your guests might not have any idea. And when it comes time to book, you may be surprised by the number of people who didn't initially show interest and now want to come.. This makes it dangerous to buy things too early (ex if youre bringing favours, chair sashes, fans, etc)... I has 64 people initially show interest, and now have nearly 90 coming, and we are still 8 months out..!... We bought 100 of everything, so we will see what happens hehe. 

       

      Hopefully this doesn't sounds too negative, I'm feeling quite flustered with myself for trying to force everything to happen! I will be in my last year of law during the wedding and want everything planned before summer ends, but it looks like most things need to be done closer to the date. If I could go back in time, I would have tried to not plan so early and save myself the worrying!


      Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, Montego Bay

      91 guests and counting....


      #3 Merg87

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        Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:14 PM

        Where have you two looked at so far?



        #4 crystalwaterwed

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          Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:56 PM

          It is never to early to start planning a destination wedding, have you narrowed down some resorts? Are you looking for adults only? Or a family resort?






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