I am in Canada so things work a little different ... but I only used this site for ideas, reviews, connect with other brides, and for the thread on my resort - invaluable!
What I did was use a travel agent for my package to the resort (airfare, accommodations, transfers, etc.), and she made initial contact with the resort to get their wedding packages, etc. Once I decided on a resort, I have had all contact myself with the resort. Travel Agents who specialize in destination weddings and/or are just good at their craft with certain countries can help steer you in the right direction for resorts that will come back in your price point. She had me looking at ones I would never have thought would be in my price point, but were. She was awesome and so helpful! All travel is booked thru her, so this made it super simple for our guests too.
I think you should pick a country first, then a price point to see what area of that country will work best for you (IE - Mayan and Cancun tend to be more expensive than the PV side), then see what is out there in your price range for the week you want. I was very flexible with our week and I chose one solely based on price!
Since you are in the USA I think the travel agents associated with this site are VERY good and get great reviews on here.
I got engaged in April. We booked a resort in May and are getting married in January! I could have done it in shorter time, as I have most stuff bought - now to complete it all! Just need to move quick is all! Somethings take awhile to come in (like dresses, etc.) Except, I did need to give myself time to save and my guests!!!
EDIT: I don't think summer is as high of a season as Feb-Apr is due to crappy weather everywhere else. You would just want to look into when exactly hurricane season is. I also made sure to not book on a Mexican holiday as they travel too!
Edited by calgarybride2015, 07 September 2014 - 04:07 PM.