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Hello Everyone!


My fiancé and I have been engaged for almost a year and we have just begun planning our wedding. We are getting married in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; it is about 2.5 hours away from San Jose (the capital). We have a beautiful villa picked out that will serve as our accommodations and the location for both the ceremony and reception. I have been in contact with a couple wedding planners/coordinators that live in the area down there. We are leaning towards one in particular named Chelsea Brandau from Oasis Weddings. So far she has been great! Very detailed and fast with communicating back. 


 I am wondering if anyone has gotten married in Manuel Antonio and/ or if they have used Oasis Weddings before. I plan a lot of events here stateside and for a moment I thought about planning the wedding myself and possibly hiring someone for the day of or doing a 30 day out package however I know the stress and needs that come along with such a task and I am not sure I commit such time. 


We are having about 40-50 guests attend. Our wedding is June 2019. 

We are in the process of creating and sending out the save the dates. Another question I have is how much information should we be sending out with the save the dates or in the next few months. Ive read so many different things online and now my head is spinning. Since we are not getting married at a resort and without travel packages, we will be the ones communicating with our guests about renting out other nearby villas that are managed by the same company. Our first step is getting a solid head count and to start booking other homes since the main one we are using for the wedding can only sleep 20guests (including ourselves).


I would love and welcome any feedback on anythinnggggggg. Thank youuuuuu!

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I am getting married in June 2018 in Costa Rica also- Jaco to be exact. Since i'm kind of planning everything in a rush-rush, my save the dates only had our names and the DATE and the biggest thing i made sure to have ready was our website!!! that is something i am constantly updating so as long as they have the date and website i felt comfortable sending them out! My invites will go out in a month hopefully!

I would check nearby hotels, contact them and tell them you are having a wedding on ___ and what group bulk rates can they offer. I have done that with some hotels- the bad part is when they want a deposit and you aren't sure how many people are actually staying there. But I'd say you're doing really awesome because you are planning this with so much time! Go You!

good luck in all! 

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Hi there, congrats on your wedding! I'm getting married near dominical in February 2020 and also curious if you have any advice. I think I have a photographer picked out but I need some help finding music (I want a small acoustic band or soloist such as guitarist/cellist, etc.) as well as a caterer, florist and possibly a cake baker. Also I was curious if you used a wedding planner and how that went. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 

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