Jump to content

Notice: The site will be offline this Saturday evening (4/21/18) for a major software update. Thank you in advance for your patience while upgrade to a new-improved version of BDW.

Newly Engaged Canadian Planning Destination Wedding!

  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 natalia555

  • Newbie
  • 7 posts

    Posted 15 January 2015 - 08:14 AM



    My name is Natalia, I am a 25 year old from Edmonton, AB looking to plan a destination wedding!

    I met with a travel agent a few days ago and am feeling overwhelmed with all the options and prices!


    She suggested Grand Bahia Principe Coba in Riviera Maya for Dec 2015 for best pricing and value for the location and packages.

    I found tons of info on it here already and looking forward to spending time here and absorbing all the info! Will definitely be looking at other places as well from here. Any suggestions would definitely be appreciated!


    Thank you,




    #2 kmk2016

    • Moderators
    • 1,468 posts
    • Wedding Date:February 29, 2016
    • Wedding Location:Azul Sensatori- Riviera Maya
    • LocationCalgary Canada

    Posted 15 January 2015 - 09:27 AM

    Welcome! The only thing I would caution for December- is on whether your guests will be able to afford to join you with its proximity to the holidays... If that's not a concern... Then great! Does your TA specialize in working with brides in DW? Make sure they do... Does she get special perks with GBP? Often TAs will get you little extras.

    Read that board and get a feel from brides if they were happy with the process and their weddings and then have fun planning!!!


    #3 Wafflesmom

    • Member
    • 948 posts
    • Wedding Date:January 23, 2016
    • Wedding Location:Moon Palace
    • LocationVancouver, Canada

    Posted 15 January 2015 - 10:17 AM

    Hi @natalia555, congratulations on your engagement! Meeting with a travel agent is a great first step but I do agree with @kmk2016 that an agent who specializes in destination weddings is a great asset to have. Make a list of what is important to you (e.g. Price, adults only, beach, etc) and this could help you limit your choices. There are so many wonderful resorts so I know it can get overwhelming! All the brides (and some grooms) on here are really helpful so don't be afraid to ask questions
    My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/


    #4 Kayla88

    • Jr. Member
    • 163 posts
    • Wedding Date:July 15, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Ocean Coral
    • LocationAlberta

    Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

    Welcome! I agree with the other ladies find a TA that specializes in weddings. I didn't have much luck in Edmonton so I hope you have better luck :)

    #5 acw271011

    • Moderators
    • 3,132 posts
    • Wedding Date:October 20, 2011
    • Wedding Location:We tied the knot in Runaway Bay, Jamaica and renewed our vows in Mexico on our 4th Anniversary
    • LocationToronto Area

    Posted 15 January 2015 - 08:37 PM

    Congrats and welcome! You've already had the best possible advice and that's to get a great DW travel agent. They will become your best buddy as you go through your planning adventure! There are a number of resorts here so it wouldn't be right to recommend one just because it might not fit with what you want, and what you want for your wedding as well as for your guests. That's where the travel agent comes in.


    There is an agent that several ladies here have been working with that is based out west and they seem to really like her. Her name is Laurielee Rosser and here is her contact info:


    TierOne Travel

    #303-37 Richard Way SE

    Calgary, AB T3E 7M8

    Ph: 403-509-9337  Toll Free:  1-866-509-9337



    Good luck and happy planning!

    I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015







    #6 calgarybride2015

    • Sr. Member
    • 4,512 posts
    • Wedding Date:January 21, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya
    • LocationCalgary, AB

    Posted 15 January 2015 - 09:14 PM

    Welcome and congrats from another Canadian bride!


    I agree that starting with a good travel agent will be so valuable.    The one I used was phenomenal, if you have any troubles finding one and want her info just let me know.


    I totally recommend you do a lot of your own research to ensure her suggestion for you is what you want.  My travel agent recommended quite a few throughout Mexico for us and we did end up with one of hers, but we also priced a lot of our own.   You also want to look into their wedding packages, etc. to ensure they are a fit for your wedding as well - it's double sided now, not only do you need a good resort but also a good wedding department & packages.  


    Good luck!

    I leave in 2 sleeps for my wedding - heheh I love saying that now.


    Married on 2015/01/21 at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya with 43 guests in attendance   :)


    Planning Thread - http://www.bestdesti...s-riviera-maya/


    Wedding Pictures http://www.bestdesti...ra-maya/page-36


    Wedding Review http://www.bestdesti...31#entry1885600



    #7 Majix26

    • Member
    • 7 posts

      Posted 16 January 2015 - 04:58 AM

      Woot! Congrats fellow Canadian!
      I have stayed at the Grand Principe Coba and for your guests it would be a fantastic experience! :)

      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

      #8 Moments That Matter

      Moments That Matter

        Diamond Vendor

      • Insiders
      • 3,074 posts

        Posted 16 January 2015 - 08:01 AM

        Welcome Natalia and Congrats on your recent engagement and upcoming dw!!! as you see, there's lots of excellent support, suggestions and info in these boards that will be helpful with your planning decisions, so well done on a great start already :)


        One suggestion to consider when choosing your resort  - is whether the resort you choose allows outside vendors. If photography is important to you, we highly recommend you have a professional capture your Big Day b/c they will create a magical photo record of your Wedding Day Love Story that you'll cherish for a lifetime!


        Here's a comparison of a resort photographer's picture and what a professional captures - for a dramatic demonstration of what a difference it makes.....with more at this link: Professional Photographers vs Resort Photographer 






        After all the energy you spend carefully planning and preparing your celebration in intricate detail, once the party is over, the dancing is done and your guests have gone home, what's left are your memories and the photos of those once-in-a-lifetme "moments that matter"! 


        Wishing you happy research, and all the best with your plans - cheers! team MTM :)




        Moments That Matter Photography , Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

        Canadian Award Winning Photojournalist serving the Riviera Maya


        Email: contact@momentsthatmatterphotography.com

        Why we're Ranked #1 ~ Scoop on what we do:  MTM Reviews

        Meet Lincoln & Team MTM: "Meet Lincoln" Video + see his Passion!!!


        We Offer: 100% Vendor Fee Discount
                            100% Deposit Guarantee

                            100% Satisfaction Guarantee

        #9 TaraMarie33

        • Newbie
        • 38 posts
        • Wedding Date:January 7, 2016
        • Wedding Location:Mexico
        • LocationToronto, Ontario

        Posted 17 January 2015 - 07:15 AM

        Hi Natalia! 

        I am from Toronto, got engaged in August and still havent booked anything yet. My fiance and I spent a month down in Mexico in November searching for the perfect venue. We have narrowed ours down to the Dreams Tulum and the Azul Sensatori. We are planning a January 2016 wedding, so not far off from yours! Good luck!! 

        #10 MarieSamSanchezPhoto

        • Moderators
        • 149 posts
          • LocationSouthern California

          Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:52 AM

          Welcome to the forum and congrats!!!  :)


          This forum is a gold mine for resources and tips, so you are in the right place. Definitely use the search function as it will help you a ton as you begin the journey of planning your dream wedding  :D

          WEBSITE: www.mariesamsanchez.com
          BLOG: www.mariesamsanchez.com/blog
          CONTACT ME: mariesam.sanchez@gmail.com


          0 user(s) are reading this topic

          0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users