Originally Posted by mairelys
Wow we are no closer to choosing a place. I don't even know the country. I don't know how you guys decided. I'm just completely overwhelmed.
Hi, mairelys! I felt that way at first, too; I think most of us did. I started with no idea which country to choose and just started by considering various places in/around the Caribbean, since there seemed to be more info regarding that area. Still, it felt like I was just browsing the web with little direction for a while. At some point, I figured out looking through wedding slideshows was more helpful in many ways, because I wasn't just looking at hotel info geared towards everyday vacationers. It really helps to see what a wedding can look like at a particular venue or in a particular region.
This might sound unconventional, but one thing that really pulled us towards the area we decided on and took us from dreaming of "a wedding abroad somewhere" to "a wedding in Riveria Maya, Mexico" was discovering del Sol Photography's blog:
Not only did we fall in love with their work to the point of wanting our wedding anywhere they would be, we were able to check out venues through the eyes of a wedding guest with their photos. They have a ton of slideshows posted on the forum, which I think are super helpful when considering the Riviera Maya:
You mentioned wanting to go somewhere you've never been, but as a bride who has never been to the country her wedding is in, I can tell you that adds some stress to the planning process. If you think about how many things you learn about a place when you vacation somewhere, that knowledge is really helpful when planning such a major event and when giving info to your guests. I've found myself wishing I had firsthand knowledge of our location.
You can always pick somewhere completely new to you both for your honeymoon, when it'll be easier to roll with things, versus it being your wedding day when you need everything to go smoothly. Good luck narrowing the choices!