Originally Posted by KE928
First of all, Good Luck with your wedding!
I am in the same boat as you were awhile ago. I just got back from Riviera Maya and have narrowed my choices down to 2 places for our Nov 2013 Wedding (estimated 100 people). One being Paradisus La Esmeralda as well. I'm in the process of getting more information from both resorts. But my biggest question and concern is to whether or not to use a local travel agency for the wedding and group accommodations along with coordinating wedding plans?
Or did you just strictly work through the hotels? Was it easy for your guests to make accommodations? How did you your save the dates? Did you make a website and include that info on the StD's? Sorry, so many questions. I'm just not sure what direction to go and would like some input from a source that has gone through the same thing, that is pretty recent.
Any insight would be helpful!! Thank you!!
Thank you, you also!
I would have to say that it is easiest on you to use a travel agent, though maybe not the most cost effective. I like the idea of having everything run through one person who keeps track of everything, and can list their contact information on our wedding website. It costs nothing more to the guests, and costs nothing more to you (ultimately). The only disadvantage is that you have to pay $100 for every room in your block, which the balance for your room comes out of 60 days prior and then the rest gets refunded to you at that time. It's a tough pill to swallow that they are holding $5600 of mine until 60 days before the wedding, but I netted out not worrying because we chose a pricey room close to that for ourselves, and we just think of it as paying for the room now. Another advantage of using the TA is that she added a complimentary welcome drink (waiter served) to our block, so there is an additional event where I can hand out the welcome bags--the resort charges $3 each to deliver the,/
None of my guests have booked yet, but I can imagine it being VERY smooth. I used Wendy Hicks on the recommendation of other ladies on the forum, and she is fantastic, responsive and very helpful. I am going down to Playa del Carmen next week and have an appt. for a tour and tasting, make up and hair and engagement photos. After I receive the photos, I am going to have the save the dates made. I will list the wedding website on there which points to Wendy.
Please ask away on the questions! I was very confused as to how to approach everything at first and am happy to help anyone!