Hello ladies! I am so glad I found this site. The hours upon hours of research looking at Expedia, Trip Advisor, and VRBO at various options for a very small destination wedding has caused SOOOOO much brain damage. I really wanted to do a villa wedding, but decided on a resort after all to keep things simple. We only just got engaged and decided to pull the trigger on a wedding right after Thanksgiving THIS year. We are hosting our moms and my fiancé's two kids for the wedding and so far a few of our siblings have booked flights too.This is all coming together very fast. Today we selected the Now Jade and are just starting to get the word out to friends to see if very any of them are interested in making the journey. Flights are expensive since it's the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving. We will have as few as 10 people and as many as 25 (I'm guessing).
Obviously we are kind of playing this by ear since we are planning it on such short notice. I've been to Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen several times and have always thought that the Cancun area beaches are the best with the bluest water in the world. I have been sad to read all the news about the seaweed crisis and that factored into my decision to choose the Jade. We will have several guests (including our moms and kids coming in for only three days so proximity to the airport was important). Unfortunately, I just couldn't get excited about any place in Cancun (even though I love vacationing there) because everything that I found that was even close to affordable for guests was, er, a little dated. I've stayed at both the Gran Caribe and Gran Porto because my sister is a timeshare owner, but they look pretty rough and the reviews online about the stench of the seaweed at the Gran Porto dissuaded me. Hopefully the Jade will be a better choice and Puerto Morales is a new location for both of us.
I'm a sponge soaking up what I can find out about affordable photographers etc. The costs of paying for six roundtrip flights and three hotel rooms (for kids, moms, and us), and venue is already probably more than we would have liked to spend for a small second wedding. But, we decided that the whole point of doing the trip is to bring our families together and to have more fun than a 30 min ceremony would have been at home.
Look forward to reading more about your weddings and plans. Best wishes, Ladies!