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Hello Past and Present Brides!


I am currently in the early stages of planning a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas for 2016. The wedding size will range from 40-60 guests. I am feeling slightly overwhelmed with the process and have decided to look into wedding planners. I never thought I would be the type of person to need a wedding planner since I am typically well organized and like planning events however; working full time and trying to set key milestones is becoming a challenge. 


Brides that used or are using a wedding planner: What are you thoughts on benefits vs. costs? Are you getting what you expected? What is the typically cost and payment structure for a wedding planner? How did you decide on who to work with? Are they getting you better prices on wedding costs?


Brides that have decided against it: What are your thoughts on benefits vs. costs? Are you wishing you had one during particular parts in the planning? If so, what? Have you had any instances in negotiating where you think a wedding planner could have gotten you better deals or vendors?


I am interested in hearing from everyone especially Cabo brides! 



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The hardest part is picking the resort.  Once you get through that its really not so bad.  Have you talked to a travel agent yet?  They are very helpful.  

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Hi Gigi,


I am a cabo bride as well and hired an outside coordinator as well as used the on-site resort coordinator.


Some resorts have amazing wedding departments and they work well with outside vendors.  Other resorts do not allow outside vendors.


Your best bet is to narrow down your resort or wedding location choices.  If you want, I can def. help you....or I can refer you to a great cabo wedding coordinator. I know most of the vendors in cabo (I owned CaboWeddingForum)

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Thank you for your feedback everyone.


I was looking at Grand Solmar Lands End however; they are one of the resorts that does not allow outside vendors. 

I spoke with a wedding planner today and she mentioned that Grand Solmar is hard to work with . Now I am conflicted. I think I need a planner but I am worried about using an internal wedding team exclusively. 


As anyone heard these rumors? 


I asked Grand Solmar and they could not provide me with references. Now I am even more concerned. Maybe it is better to follow the planner's lead? 


Tammy, could you send me a few recommended planner names? 




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