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2017 Brides BDW Newbies Budgeting Cancun Riviera Maya Mexico

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#1 ashnoodle

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    Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:37 PM

    Hi everyone! Newbie here!


    I AM SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND THIS SITE! I was having such a hard time getting info on average costs for a destination wedding in the Rivera Maya, so I hope to get some feedback here!  :wub:


    We're getting married in October 2017 with a group of 35-55 people. I have NO idea how much the average cost would be. We're planning our budget and I'm thinking 6k is good (for the ceremony/music/decorations/videographer+photographer]




    I want a super simple wedding, nothing crazy.


    My main concerns are:


    -Photographer/videographer: how much should I set aside for these two? I don't want to spend more than $1,500. [if you have any recommendations, please let me know]

    -Outside vendor fees: which hotels/resorts have low fees?

    -Ceremony costs for 30-55 people

    -Florist: does the resort provide floral arrangements or do we come up with this ourselves? If so, what was your experience like? how did you do it? 

    -Wedding planner: DO I NEED ONE? I LOVE planning stuff myself. But is it absolutely necessary to get a wedding planner? If so, how much does it usually cost to get one? 


    Here are the resorts I was considering:

    -Valentin Imperial Maya

    -Las Villas Akumal

    -Excellence Resort Isla Mujeres

    I want a small/intimate hotel/resort. I stayed at Sandos last May and I HATED IT because it was such a huge resort. I want to keep it small and intimate. :)



    If anyone has gotten married/plans to get married at these resorts, could you tell me about your experience? OR if there are any resorts you'd suggest, please let me know!


    Thank you in advance!

    Edited by ashnoodle, 05 January 2017 - 09:45 PM.

    #2 aimolac

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    • Wedding Date:November 11, 2017
    • Wedding Location:Cacun, Mexico
    • LocationToronto, On

    Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:06 PM

    Congratulations ashnoodle !! I am in the exact same boat as you! Got engaged in August but have been putting off planning  :blink: Anyone with that information and info on the average all inclusive price for guests would be so helpful.. :)

    #3 jaimemccallion

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    • Wedding Date:May 29, 2017
    • Wedding Location:Mexico

    Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:24 PM

    My partner and I have done things the complete opposite way round from every single bride I know here! We started planning our family holiday for 2017 last jan, and decided to get married whilst there. We're staying at the grand Bahia principe, we booked this because we have and 8 year old daughter and while the hotel is big it has a lot to offer for young children. We now have 18 adults and 8 children coming along with us. From what I can gather we upgraded our holiday to a wedding and trying to keep costs as low as possible everyone is staying at the same resort so our wedding meal is included as part of our all inclusive!

    I hope you enjoy planning xx

    #4 TA Patty

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      Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:55 PM

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