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#1 DianaDT

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    Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:46 PM

    So I'm using 2014 and 2015 to plan and budget for a DW in either Cabo or Cancun.


    We are doing a DW to cut the guestlist and anticipate 50 guests max? I'm not into lavish or expensive things, I just want to be married by the water and be able to make the wedding as finanically feasible for guests as possible.


    Our priorities include getting married on the beach or looking out into the beach, family friendly and more on the quiet relaxing than party type atmosphere. I don't see an issue with staying at a resort for the time we're there for relaxation but would like to be somewhere where venturing out for expeditions won't be difficult. We're outdoorsy people and enjoy things like horseback riding, zip lining, etc.


    Any tips or suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.



    #2 acw271011

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    Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:36 PM

    Welcome to the site and congrats! There is definitely no shortage of information here, and you'll find the brides, both past and present, very willing to share ideas and tips!


    You present 2 very different markets in terms of destination weddings. Firstly, the site owner Tammy is a Cabo bride so she would be a good source of info. A large number of brides on the site are heading to Mexico, so again tons of info.


    I would highly recommend reading the resort reviews to see what past brides have experienced. That's a good way to see what the resort could offer. Otherwise, it's research! I know you'll get recommendations from other brides but it will boil down to what you want and like. Cancun is definitely a party city, and some people will stay away from Cancun for that reason.


    I would also definitely recommend a travel agent! First of all it will make life easier for you, and for your guests. As well a travel agent will be the best person to help with suggestions for resorts and also to let you know if the resort has any promos available that will benefit you and your group. you don't say if you're in the US or Canada but the site owners - Wright Travel are destination wedding specialists and award winners with a couple of the chains of resorts. They have a wealth of knowledge that I'm sure will be a benefit to you. There is a contact form to reach out to them on this site. As well, they are running a series of webinars for several different resort chains that are attended by both a TA from Wright Travel and a rep from the resort. That may be something else for you to look into. They are run on Saturdays over the next few weeks and you can sign up on the site.


    Good luck and happy planning!

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    #3 AllieH

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    Posted 12 April 2014 - 04:26 AM

    definitely get a travel agent - they will help you narrow down your choices! @Tammy Host is a Cabo bride, and Wright Travel Agency's TA's are DW experts. Tons of help there. You can contact WTA using this form. 


    We debated between Cabo & Cancun. In the end we decided that we wanted to be able to swim in the ocean, which (we were told) you can't really do in Cabo. Gorgeous beaches, gorgeous sunsets, but too cold to be in. Ironically, the resort we chose doesn't have the best beaches (a bit rocky, to say the least), but at least we could still get in the water! 


    Either way you'll love it. There are tons of excursions in Cancun/Riviera Maya - water-based (snorkel/scuba) or adventure based (zip lines, ATV). 


    Good luck & happy planning! 


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    #4 Moments That Matter

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      Posted 12 April 2014 - 11:50 AM

      Congrats, DianaDT on your upcoming dw!!! Cancun is a great choice with lots of options for resorts and activities! wishing you all the best with your plans - enjoy your journey :)









      cheers! team MTM :)

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      #5 kmk2016

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      Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:04 PM

      I have been to both regions several time and in the end, for us- the selection of the quality AI resorts we were looking for, swayed us to Cancun region vs. Cabo. The beaches and proximity was originally very attractive for Cabo- but there is just soooo much more to choose from for 5 star, family friendly and modern AI over on the otherside. Since we will have several families with kids- the undertow also was a negative in Cabo because it's hard to convince kids they can't go in the ocean when it's right there! (But it really isn't swimable in most areas)

      #6 bicoastalimages

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        Posted 12 April 2014 - 05:17 PM

        @DianaDT We might be a little biased since we live and work here in Cancun but we think the Riviera Maya still has some of the most gorgeous beaches and incredible beaches around...perfect of course for destination weddings! There are many resort options for all types of budgets and TONS of awesome day trips and activities in the area (swimming in cenotes, zip lining, snorkelling, shopping etc.)


        And @acw271011 is right...working with a travel agent is usually the best route to go. Just a reminder when you're choosing a resort to also inquire ahead of time about their policy regarding outside vendors so you'll have the flexibility to hire professional vendors for your big day without restrictions.


        All the best and happy planning! :)









        #7 pddcmc

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        Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:53 AM

        @DianaDT - a travel agent was a big help for me! Have you stayed at AM Resorts before? They have Dreams, Secrets, Now, and something else, anyway, they are gorgeous. Good luck!

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        #8 tygrrlily

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        Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:31 AM

        We considered both as well, but we ultimately went with Cancun because there are more options we thought for guests that want to get off resort. Also, our TA told us the beaches in the Cancun/Riviera area are nicer/less rocky than the Cabo ones. Finally, it was the selection of hotels that did it for us


        Good luck with your planning!

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        #9 pddcmc

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        Posted 16 April 2014 - 02:29 PM

        @tygrrlily - That's why we chose Cancun - they have white sand beaches as opposed to Cabo

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        #10 KathyandEthan

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        Posted 11 May 2014 - 12:25 PM

        We went with Cancun cause flights seemed to be cheaper and it looked like there were more options for us. 

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