Thanks so much for your responses. I was initially hesitant to start a planning thread in fear that no one would respond, but it's so encouraging to see that people actually genuinely care to help! <3
@perianjay I moved in January so it's almost been a year now and time has passed so quickly! I really only miss my friends and family from Toronto since Vancouver is such a beautiful place to live!
@Wafflesmom It's been super helpful reading your thread and @tygrrlily 's as well, @calgarybride2015 thanks for the tip!!
Choosing the Destination
(This is by far the most painful part of the process)
So although we've quoted for Moon Palace and are 99% sure that we're booking here sometimes I still find that we have little reservations about securing our bride/groom and wedding deposit that makes this real (and of course it's because it's all non-refundable).
We initially wanted a small intimate resort mainly because of what I had envisioned for our wedding day (rustic, garden, romantic), but as mentioned John's priority is guest experience, we compromised since I too started to realize that I didn't want guests to just remember the trip for our wedding day only, but for the entirety of the trip experience itself.
Some of our top priorities included:
- Gourmet dining/fine dining
- Have a Mexican feel to it (not too modern/chic where it could be mistaken for Vegas vs. Mexico)
- Large enough resort that keeps guests busy with fun activities and things to do
- Be able to cater to our wedding preferences (style, design, decor)
- Family Friendly
- Under $2500 but closer to $2000 would be great!
- Very clean and well kept resort (rooms and resort grounds)
The most appealing part about Moon Palace, are the resort credits they offer per room; $1500 for guests. Initially John and I were planning on treating our guests to a group excursions and the moms to a spa day. But this resort credit is a huge incentive for us since it definitely takes the worry out of thinking that the guests would have nothing to do.
Our other concern now is how MASSIVE the resort is. Almost too big? @Wafflesmom any thoughts or reservations on the size of the resort? We googled mapped it through satellite and it is H.U.G.E.!! I don't think I've seen any resort quite like it. hahahaa, hopefully the place isn't overwhelming-ly big. We want to make sure that we're able to spend time with our guests and not spending the time arranging on where to meet, etc... I'm confident we can hopefully overcome that though, with some better planning and scheduling.
We're meeting our wedding planner later today to just talk over some details and hopefully she will reassure us that this is the place for us...or have another resort alternative.