Wow! I finally managed some time to share my planning experience.
From the roots. We got engaged in Peru, in March 2012. Beautiful place, absolutely romantic and a complete surprise! (http://www.arennasmancora.com/)
Of course everybody started asking us right away "when is the wedding". I mean, c'mon, we just got engaged!
It took us a few months to figure out when we would actually do it, but we knew that we are going to pay for it ourselves. No parents involved. We also knew it will be a destination wedding, small and simple. So, we had to figure out WHERE..... Looked through some destination wedding websites and considered: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, even Peru, however Peru got taken off the list pretty quick since my fiance is from Peru and we knew we won't be able to keep it small and simple should we decide to do it in his "motherland". Quiet honestly, we did not consider Mexico... We sort of wanted to keep it somewhat different and heard a lot that people just love getting married in Mexico due to its cost... Oh well, little that we knew... Started looking at some blogs and forums and accidentally found Tulum. Started learning more about it and decided to actually go there and check it out ourselves. Just for a week.
So, we got one of those 'all-inclusive' packages (sorry, won't mention the hotel, since we did not like it) and flew to Cancun. Rented a car for 1 week and checked in into this GIGANTIC hotel-town, within a town... OH, GOD! Right away we re-assured ourselves that we are not into big all-inclusive, hotel oriented weddings.
Oh yeah... Before we flew to Cancun, I have checked a few threads and found a wedding planner Angelina Cardenas. So, we were planning to get in touch with her once we get to Tulum.
Tulum is SPECTACULAR! If you have never been there - you should! Absolutely magical place and very rustic! Chic rustic, I mean....
That was it! We knew we are not going to look anywhere else! We fell in love with it! So, we got in touch with Angie and she agreed on helping us. I mean, Tulum is fantastic but Angie is THE BEST! Really! Absolutely strongly recommend her as a wedding planner! She works with the best people not in Mexico, but on Earth! Not to mention Cynthia Constantino, who will be our chef.
For a venue we booked villa: Casa Chic (http://www.casachictulum.com/) and narrow down our wedding list to 30 people . Sweet