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#1 rockface

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    Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:46 AM


    I came here for some advice. We always dreamed of just running off to some beach and getting married just the two of us. Well of course, reality sets in, and while we don't want anything too big, we know we have to invite some friends and family.

    We are planning end of 2008 or early 2009. I am overwhelmed. She's been nowhere. I've traveled quite a bit, but nothing really exotic, and mostly for business. Been to Jamaica, and the Bahammas a couple of times. Stop offs in Mexico here and there on a cruise, but I have never really vactioned like a champ.

    Our requirements:

    1. Family friendly, since I have two kids who obviously I want there
    2. Caribbean or Mexico
    3. All inclusive
    4. Average size. I don't think I would like a little teeny place, but I can be convinced.

    I'd also like to know if anyone has planned directly with a resort or has good recommendations of destination planners. Money for the two of us is not a big issue, I'm not looking to go crazy, but I can splurge a little. Our guests will be of mixed incomes.

    Soooooooooo, any advice would be fantastic. I am a little overwhelmed by the breadth of these forums, perhaps someone could also lead me to a thread if that's easier. Thanks.

    #2 LCBride2007


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      Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:20 PM

      welcome to the forum! there are so many options that will meet your criteria. i was married at Las Caletas, which is a private beach/cove area just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. we stayed at Dreams in PV. let me know if you have any questions!

      #3 becks



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      Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:59 PM

      Welcome! There are so many coices. MY FI and I think we have settled on the Riviera Maya because its the most convienient for friends and family coming from both coasts, and it seems to be more economical than some of the caribbean options (airfare from the west coast to the caribbean is silly-expensive).

      I'm sure you'll find plenty of advice and insight here.

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      #4 MsShelley


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        Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:02 PM

        welcome to the forum

        #5 DanielleNDerek

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          Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:13 PM

          Welcome to the forum. There are a lot of great places in Riviera Maya, Cabo, and Punta Cana. Most of the places we looked at, had a wedding cordinator on site so that shouldn't be a problem for you. There are some travel agents that specialize in destination weddings, they help with wedding cordinating. You might want to check them out. Goodluck to you!
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          #6 rockface

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            Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:54 PM

            Thanks for the replies. I may be asking you some questions, so hold onto your hats. I've been looking around here alot, seems like everyone is getting married in Cabo! Thank you for some alternate choices. I will do some homework first and get back to you guys for some help. Thanks again.

            #7 twinkletoes

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              Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:43 PM

              to the forum!
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              #8 Carolena7

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                Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:29 PM

                Welcome to the forum!!!

                #9 jamisoncollette

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                  Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:58 PM

                  welcome, how old are the children you want to include? This sometimes makes a difference.

                  #10 meandpaul

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                    Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:04 PM

                    Welcome to the forum. My turn for the shameful plug....I am getting married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at Beaches Boscobel, a child and single friendly resort. Down the street is Beaches' sister company, Sandals, a couples only resort. I have some single guests and my daughter at Beaches for a few days, then my FI and I are honeymooning at Sandals. We also have some friends staying at Sandals who we will be able to spend some time with after the wedding. Anywoo, just to give you an idea of cost:
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