Originally Posted by Backy
This post is exactly what i need, I just got engaged 3 weeks ago. We are from Canada Toronto. I have to say I am overwhelmed with everything. But I am reading this forum little by little and try to absorb the things that I need to do for the next 12 months. I haven't picked a resort yet and I was wondering if i need to hire a wedding planner or just use the planner offered by the hotel. I have about 25-35 people. I was reading the requirement to get married in Mexico, looks like you need a blood test?! That scares me, I don't feel like being poked by a needle in a foreign country. Can anyone of the experts here explains a little bit more on this?
Budget is definitely in my mind, I was looking at different posts, seems like people are spending about 20K on average which is more than I want to pay. But I am not sure how much I want to pay... i need to see where my money is spending on first.. oh lala.... I dont know where to start. Should I be looking at different resort right now? or should I pick a date? or... should i look for a planner?
need helps, please!
Backy I wish we found each other sooner on this forum dear friend lol! I was you about a week ago lol. I am now 2 weeks into my engagement and have come down off my balistic overwhelming train hahahah! BREATHE. I posted in the general thread "reality check" and some people helped alleviate my anxieties.
Basically, when you are starting I believe having a travel agent (which is usually free of charge) is invaluable. Either go with someone you know as an agent or with a local company you've heard good things about. I'm in Edmonton Alberta and our friend, who planned her own DW in Antigua last year which we attended (a cruise wedding) is doing ours. Once you get that in order, they can talk to you about
- your budget (or a huge ballpark of what you are hoping to spend)
- guest budget
- possible dates (and can advise as to when the cheaper ones are)
- areas to have a wedding depending on your priorities (e.g. huge wedding party, reception privacy, kid-friendly resorts, etc.)
- quotes for guest pricing etc.
As for choosing a resort, aha. This is the hardest part I've been told. Once this is set, you are just going through the technicalities of making the dream a reality I personally plan on making a spreadsheet to compare all of the (insane amounts of) packages to see what we REALLY NEED AND WANT.
Everyone's budget and priorities will differ, but don't hesitate to ask around for input!
YOU GOT THIS GIRL!