Hey gals -
I stayed at the Barcelo Langosta in March 2012 with 54 friends and family for a fantastic wedding week! Our group loved the hotel. The size was perfect, the pool amazing, and the food was really good. The snack bar was a hit every day and the drinks were really good too. The beach is nice, but being west coast the waves make it difficult to swim but you can hang out just inside the estuary where it's a little calmer.
The wedding planner Argeri, (at the time was awesome) but we decided we didn't want to get married in front of the beach bums. And the wedding area on the beach is right infront of the snack bar. The dinner would have taken place inside the a la carte restaurant which is air conditioned and lovely. But...it is right beside the theatre. The kids show starts around 8:30pm so, noise could be a factor. Our group ended up being a bit large for this option and no other option was really available.
So--> you have a few choices. Head down the beach to Cala Luna point and have a private ceremony at a beautiful part of the beach. It is about a 10 minute walk on the beach. There are no facilities here though but is absolutely perfect for sunset photos (if you have a good photographer!). Then you could return to the hotel to have your reception in the cool airconditioning. This would be preferred in hot months like February/March. Or you could stay at the hotel but have your entire wedding offsite at a place like Langosta Beach Club or like I did at a quaint little beach restaurant/hotel - La Laguna del Cocodrillo. Not much from the outside but the garden area was perfect.
I loved my off resort wedding but we spent more then 2x's what it would cost at the Barcelo, and we used a private wedding planner which was a waste because I did most of the planning anyways - so I would suggest Day of Coordination only (if you plan on taking a planning trip - if not you will want a full coordination)
The party at the Barcelo is over at 11:00pm I think and then would move to the Disco or Lobby bar. We thought this was an issue but really, it wouldn't have been because people were ready to leave the wedding anyways by 12 because the heat makes you exhausted. Our guests had an amazing experience but our wedding was not cookie cutter. The weddings at the resort are definitely more cookie cutter. We had some well traveled people with us, and we ourselves travel at least twice a year and would definitely pick this resort again for wedding or vacation. Sometimes, just because of the cost, I wish we had just done it at the Barcelo - but in the end happy about where I was married.
As for a planner - I used Four Winds Weddings and wouldn't again. For who I would - not too sure, I've heard good and bad all over. Photographer - I used Costa Vida Photography. Instead I wish I had used http://www.wedding-costarica.com/
If there is anything else I can help with feel free to email me.
Have fun and enjoy all a wedding in Costa Rica has to offer!!! Canadian brides, feel free to contact me for assistance in planner your wedding in Costa Rica as we will be spending extended time there in the future. I am a certified wedding planner in Ontario.