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Barcelo Tucancun Or Grand Bahia Principe Complex

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Hello all brides past and future!


I live in the UK and am planning my wedding in early 2017, I'm also new to the site!! I'm currently trying to pick a date and resort.


I'm trying to find something affordable for my guests to come to as a lot of the resort I've looked at are 5+ stars and an absolute fortune for my guests which I'm uncomfortable with. I've got guest coming from Canada, UK, US and Germany. Does anyone have any experience as to how group packages could potentially work for me as eveyrone is coming from the different place?


With this in mind I'm currently mainly looking at Barcelo Tucancun and the Grand Bahia Pricipe.


Has anyone recently had a wedding at either of them? Does anyone know what the seaweed situation is at right now as well (are they cleaning it up so it's not an issue?, is still really bad?)


Barcelo Tucancun - has an absolutely beautiful beach so I thought it would be perfect for my beach wedding but I can't find any recent reviews on it which concerns me.


Grand Bahia Principe - is a beautiful complete with 4 different resorts I think. Tulum, Coba and Luxury Sian Ka'an and Luxury Akumal. How does this complex work? Can your guests stay at any of them and still attend the Wedding? There seem to be conflicting reports on tripadvisor in regards to this. My biggest concern with this complex is all the seaweed pictures of the beaches on tripadvisor, that's the last thing I want on the background of my pictures. 


If anyone can connect with me in regards to their experience I'd really appreciate it!!!


Thank you!!!!



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Congrats on your engagement and welcome to the forum! If you do some searching I'm sure you'll find answers to your questions here. And the ladies are always willing to step in if they have information that is helpful.


You've picked two very different resort complexes. Both are nice. For some reason there doesn't seem to be a lot of Barcelo brides here, but I've heard they are very strict on outside vendors and vendor fees and using only their prescribed vendors.


The Bahia resorts are definitely used a lot here by the ladies. I think it's because the pricing is very reasonable for guest costs and they are very nice resorts. You are asking about 4 resorts that are not super close together. As far as I know if guests stay at one, they can go to others but if its for a wedding you would need to pay for a guest pass. Some of the other ladies might have more information on this so feel free to step in.


I was married at a Gran Bahia but in Jamaica and we loved it! The food was wonderful and the resort was beautiful so I have very good things to say about the resort chain.


The seaweed issue is something nobody has any control over. The problem is from Cancun all the way down to Tulum and elsewhere in the Caribbean. I've heard it is also affecting the Dominican Republic. The resorts are doing the best that they can but ALL of the beaches are being affected. So just because Barcelo has a nice beach does not mean they are not also affected by the current seaweed issue. We have a bride that has just returned from her wedding and she reported that only one day was a serious issue and the remaining time was tolerable and not so bad. Maybe by 2017 the issue will be resolved. There are no guarantees. I would not let it stop me from booking in Mexico. The pools are beautiful and offer a great alternative to the beach.


Good luck and happy planning!

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