@racht33 Thanks! Yes, I found this thread helpful: http://www.bestdesti...-brides/page-10 I poured over all the pages and even a lot of the older posts seemed to have correct information as I gained it from the WC. I had one bride respond to me once or twice, but seems like after the weddings are over, posters just lose interest in replying. Oh well!
Anyway, we loved the Jetty for the ceremony its long and has more privacy that the beach. We are having our reception on the beach as well. We saw them set up a wedding for approx 70 people and its very similar to what we are going with. The jetty while it may look skinny had plenty of room for the 2 chairs per side and a large aisle down the middle. The Jetty is also steps from the spa (if you get ready there) and very close to the rooms as well.
We have decided to go with external vendors for hair & makeup (Styling Trio) and photographer (Dean Sanderson - check out his website, he has tones of advice for DW http://deansanderson...apher-advice-2/). I believe its $300 USD for each external vendor. We are using the DJ recommended by the resort and we met them and they seemed great. They asked us for ideas of a playlist (and a do not play list) about 2 weeks before hand. We are going with the light up dance floor because lots of previous brides said while it was pricey it was such a blast and when we saw it there, we knew it was the only time we'd ever get to do anything like that... We are also going with the resort for flowers and Melina (the WC) gave me the lists with pictures but basically told me if I want something different, send a photo and she'll find out if they can get that type of flower and if it ends up being more than the included price, we just pay the extra fee.
We picked Dean for photography as I fell in love with his photos and I liked that he was a professional photographer trained in North america (he is actually from a town not far from where I live) and his style is comparable to the photos you'd see at a traditional wedding here (in Canada anyway) and the pics were so important to us that we didn't want to end up with someting mediocre. When we met him, he asked about hair/makeup and I was originally going to go with the resort, but he highly recommended not using the resort as the type of makeup is not quite up to par with north american standards. He said he had worked with styling Trio a lot and would recommend them, so after I looked into them I decided, might as well just book it and not worry over it.
We are going with the Elite wedding package and among our group we have 4 rooms booked in platinum for 7 nights so we are getting the reception included. I was told there is no limit to the number of guests that can attend the dinner/reception. We are having a symbolic ceremony, with my future sister in law as the officiant as it was easier to get legally married here than in Mexico (and I feel like it'll be more personal too).
The resort itself is actually really compact but never felt crowded. We always found spots on the beach or by the pool. I liked that we could easily walk from our room to the lobby in 5 mins or less and the lobby to the pool & beach are also 5 mins. Our room was almost on the beach it was so close! I've been to mega resorts and it was so nice to be at a resort that wasn't a 10 mins hike everywhere. There are some great spots for small children right at the main pool (a wading pool that looks like a mini beach), the kids club is right there as well and for older kids (and kids at heart) there is the cliff jumping and water slide (look out its super slippery & fast)!
Anyway, I have a lot more information and lots of pics from when were there in Nov (including some of the weddings we saw), so if you want to send me a private message, it might be better to exchange emails & I can attach stuff.
Edited by ecl, 24 March 2015 - 12:52 PM.