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#1 rebecca2122

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    Posted 20 June 2015 - 02:23 PM



    My fiance and I got engaged in October and we are planning a July 2016 destination wedding.  I am new to this and have no experience with event planning, let alone destination planning.  My primary concern is finding a venue.  We are planning on having approximately 30 guests and I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.  Below is what I'm looking for:


    - anywhere in Mexico or the Carribbean (in reasonable distance from both NY and CA)

    - small, boutique resort with 100 rooms or less

    - non-touristy location (I'm not interested in hotels located among strips of other hotels)

    - beach-front hotel

    - preferably with villas for some guests (i.e., beachfront standalone villa with direct access to the beach from the room)


    Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


    My secondary concern is finding a travel agent.  I've read that I should have all guests book through one travel agent.  But, I have no idea how to find one or where to even begin my search.  I am in NYC, if that matters.  Again, any suggestions or places to start are most welcome.


    Thanks everyone.

    #2 acw271011

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    • Wedding Location:We tied the knot in Runaway Bay, Jamaica and renewed our vows in Mexico on our 4th Anniversary
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    Posted 20 June 2015 - 04:21 PM

    Hi Rebecca,

    First of all congratulations and welcome to BDW!! You've definitely come to the right place for planning information. I can almost guarantee that as far as experience I don't think there are very many of the brides to be here that have done wedding planning. I think we've had a couple with some event planning experience but the majority are first timers just like yourself.

    The best piece of advice I can give you is to contact the administrators of this site. They are destination wedding experts and I'm sure they would be able to help you with suggestions or ideas with the criteria your looking for and they're CA based!! You can read reviews of their services here and see what other brides have had to say.

    You can contact them through this site and I've tried to past the link:

    https://www.wrighttr...creative=WTA TB

    Good luck!

    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







    #3 vancouverpetunia

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    • Wedding Date:April 7, 2016
    • Wedding Location:Now Sapphire, Riviera Maya, Mexico
    • LocationVancouver, Canada

    Posted 20 June 2015 - 06:25 PM

    @rebecca2122 I would definitely contact a travel agent (or even a few) to have them help you narrow down the resorts based on your criteria. Also having a budget for your guests (i.e. how much per night, etc.) may help. Are you thinking all inclusive? It's important to clarify that as well (or realize that the options can be quite different if you want to consider both). Unfortunately I don't have any TA recommendations for you, but certainly the ladies here seem to be happy working with Wright Travel. There should be other TA reviews for you to check out as well. Good luck!

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    #4 beckys98

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    • Wedding Date:June 11, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Montego Bay

    Posted 21 June 2015 - 08:55 PM

    Check out the cliffs area of Negri in Jamaica! There are some amazing boutique hotels with villa options that we looked at, they just weren't quite right die what we needed but I want to go back and vacation there!

    #5 LasCaletas



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      Posted 22 June 2015 - 08:36 AM

      Hi @rebecca2122


      Congratulations on your engagement!!

      Welcome you to the best destination wedding site, you will find lots of information regarding wedding venues , details, etc... And as you will see girls really do share a lot of advice.

      If you'd like to you can visit our website www.adventureweddingsvallarta.com and check out our wedding packages, we have a beautiful private beach called Las Caletas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where we make the magic happen with an amazing view and an awesome setting for your ceremony.

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      #6 JasminMattPhoto

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        Posted 07 July 2016 - 11:16 AM

        Hi @rebecca2122 we were just recently in Jamaica photographing a wedding and the country is so incredibly beautiful. We 100% second @beckys98 's comment <3

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        #7 jack1980

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          Posted 28 August 2016 - 11:55 PM

          We were looking for some elegant wedding venues ? To italy we had thought that we find beautiful what do you think ? Thanks

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