Just thought I'd post a review of my wedding experience...hopefully it can help people looking for some information.
We knew that we wanted to do a villa wedding as opposed to a hotel/all-inclusive thing, and I'm so happy with the Villa we chose. We finally settled on Villa Celeste in Conchas Chinas. We had the wedding on the beach nearby and the reception at the Villa (which our family was staying at). It was absolutely gorgeous! There are so many great spots in the Villa to get beautiful pics.
We found the Villa to be really affordable, and it came with chef service...which leads me to:
We received a quote for catering the wedding, which was actually really reasonable. But since the villa comes with chef service we wanted to use them to save some money. By using them, we paid about half of what we would have paid with an outside caterer, and the food was delicous. Our wedding planner helped us to figure out how much alcohol was needed, and the staff went out and bought it and we just had to reimburse them.
We went with Vallarta Weddings to plan the wedding for us. I am extemely happy we picked them because I couldn't have been happier with their work. When I originally began planning I reached out to Dazzling Details, and while their work looks beautiful, they were way out of my budget. But this turned out for the better, because I got Eva and Michael from Vallarta Weddings and everything turned out beautifully. I think a big reason why everything turned out great was because I tried not to be overbearing. I gave them a theme that I wanted and let them come up with the details, and they did an amazing job of interpreting my vision. Also, since the villa itself was so beautiful I didn't want to overdo it with the decorations. They did a fantastic job!
For the DJ we went with Michael of Vallarta Weddings. He set up speakers on the beach to play the wedding party and bridal entrance songs, and also had a setup for the reception. Honestly, we were a little worried because we planned on making a playlist to give him and we never had the time to do it. But I'm so glad we didn't because he was so great at reading the crowd and keeping everyone dancing, and I feel like it could have only been for the worse if he had to be confined to our playlist. And, his services were very affordable.
For photography we went with Eva Sica of Photoshoots Vallarta. As you can see from the pics above, she did an excellent job. They were very easy to communicate with and prompt at answering emails. No problems there!
Photoshoots Vallarta has videography services, but we went with Raul Rolando Rios Torres (http://raulrolandorios.com/) instead. This was a tough choice for us because I couldn't find many reviews on him. Even though the videos on his site were very nice, you never know to whom they actually belong. But we decided to take a chance anyway and this was possibly the best decision we made for the wedding. The video he produced for us was absolutely beautiful! All of our guests have been raving about it. And the best thing was he was very affordable.
Just to try and make things a little more special, we went with a donkey, a cigar roller, and fireworks, all coordinated through Vallarta Weddings. These were the little things that I think made the wedding more memorable, and it only added roughly 1k more to the wedding cost.
I hope this helps in someone's wedding planning. Any questions feel free to ask!