I'm hitting the point where I'm so super stressed about this whole planning. We are trying to balance so many different factors, and I'm finding it hard to come to a good decision. Up until now, I was pretty set on Beach Palace and am still moving forward with that. The problem with Beach Palace is apparently availability is limited - so what happens if they run out of rooms? We're going to reserve a block of 10 rooms, but we may need more than this. We also don't want to reserve more right now because we are putting the deposit down for each person, and if we don't fill them, we're out that money. I'm also still afraid the costs might be a bit high for my guests. I think we got a great rate for the place, but I do wish it were $100-$200 less. I'm also worried about things like guests booking outside of our block, etc. because that will impact any perks we get as a wedding. Palace also has really high vendor fees and I know I'd want to bring in outside sources for photography, videography and maybe flowers. We'd also have to pay extra for things like extending our reception, etc. It seems like they nickel and dime you everywhere on resorts.
I've also been considering going off resort because we can get more for our money. I recently found the Grand Coral Beach Club in Playa del Carmen and I think it's a fantastic beautiful venue and I'm considering it now for a Thursday (they have great Mon-Thurs) promo. The reviews here are all good. We would save on things like vendor fees, but we would have to hire a wedding planner probably which might offset that. This would probably help alleviate some stress for me though. Our guests would stay in Playa del Carmen, and we'd have less stress as they wouldn't be pressured to book with us and could even stay at a different resort. My fiance is adamant on is golf/green fees being included because his family and friends play, but that really limits our choice because most of the golf resorts are pricier which is a factor for my family and friends. And ideally, i still would like to have most of us stay in the same hotel so I'm very torn.
AHH - any advice? Any suggestions on resorts or venues or anything I'm missing? I tried to talk to my fiance about this but he got stressed after 10 minutes, and I'm like this has been me for the last month! And I thought destination wedding planning was supposed to be easier?