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#1 rvalenka

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:18 PM

Hey everyone! Newbie here. 
For those of you who have chosen How in the world did you choose? There's so many beautiful choices. I don't even know how to narrow it down to a county let alone a specific location!

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    Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:46 AM

    Welcome to the forum, rvalenka, and Congrats on your engagement and plan to get married at a Beautiful Destination!!!  sounds like you are very open to any place - so maybe check on which destination has the best travel connections and options for you and your guests to travel to most easily :)

    You'll find Loads of helpful info from everyone here to help you with your planning decisions........All the Best!!! Enjoy the journey :)










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    #3 TiarraBeautyJ

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    Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:58 AM



    Well you choose based upon the things you want for your wedding. Once you know what you want, you create a spreadsheet comparing all of the resorts. After that you can really narrow your choice down. I think price plays a key role in the decision. Knowing your budget as well as your guests budget is also very important. I would also recommend reading the content in the forums they can be very helpful.




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    #4 KWitt

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      Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:38 AM

      ^^ Yes! This is exactly what I did and I wanted to make it super price efficient because we are having about 75-80 people.  Be sure to get the invites out early so guests are able to make a payment plan.  Good luck and happy planning! 

      #5 loquaciouspunky

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      Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:28 AM

      I think a big consideration is whether you want a legal or symbolic wedding at your destination.  Since my fiance and I actually wanted to get legally married in front of our friends & family on a tropical beach, we had to find somewhere where it was easy to do so.  We found St. Lucia and Jamaica to be the easiest places to legally get married (no translation of documents or blood tests).  Since Jamaica was the most cost effective for everyone to attend, we chose Jamaica.


      Oh and I highly recommend a travel agent!  Mine has helped a lot and took some stress off me :)

      #6 TammyWright


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      Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:26 AM

      Welcome to BDW!


      A good place to start is to read the destination wedding reviews.  You can read about food quality, see pictures, etc.


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      #7 jareese425

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        Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:14 AM

        @TiarraBeautyJ Great advice :) 

        #8 ylan9383

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        Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:22 AM

        i love the caribbean but I'm most familar with Mexico-Cancun/Riviera Maya (been there about 5 times) so went with something I'm most comfortable with.  Choose what's important to you. Good luck!

        #9 amarie4713

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        Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:07 PM

        We chose ours because of the great wedding packages and the value of the resort for the cost...also, it has a concrete padded pergola area where we can married almost on the beach without all the sand! I was sold when i knew i could wear heels :) Now Jade 2014! Riviera Maya. 

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        #10 Bigleap35

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        Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:56 AM

        I knew that I wanted to use a particular company vacation express that flew charters from my city ( most of my family is here). This helped to narrow down countries. I used a travel agent to help me price resorts for my time frame and I picked the one with the best value IMO.

        As mentioned above the ease of having an official vs symbolic ceremony will help narrow locations. I really wanted an official ceremony but the DR has sooo many hoops to jump. Talking with my fiancé helped ease the initial disappointment of having a symbolic ceremony. We will do official paperwork at home.

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