Q&A with Bride Crystal

Bride: Crystal

Groom: Trent

Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun

Travel Advisor: Hannah

 

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

We both knew that we wanted something different. I, originally wanted to elope just the two of us. And then we decided we would just invite immediate family. Well, that quickly escalated to cousins, and nieces and nephews, so we decided to just have a wedding! A destination wedding was the best of both worlds. We had the intimacy we wanted, and the destination.


What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 

Hannah did an awesome job of giving us many options when it came to picking the location of the wedding. For us it was important
that the resort was small so we could see our guests everyday, as well as cost effective for all of those traveling. We ultimately ended
up choosing Dreams Riviera Cancun because it was:
A: On the smaller side
B: Only 30 minutes from the airport. This was important to use because we had a lot of guests that had never traveled to Mexico.
C: Amazing wedding reviews
 

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
 
The most difficult thing for me was waiting until 3 months prior to speak to our wedding coordinator at the resort. 
By 3 month before the wedding, a theme is already planned, without any actual planning. Bridesmaids dresses 
were picked, wedding dress, groomsmen attire. It as difficult to envision what the wedding would ultimately
end up looking like without fully understanding what the options were. Thankfully, my planner was amazing
and everything came out wonderfully.

 

 What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
 
Honestly, everything! I was just completely blown away with the details that went into each event
starting with our rehearsal/welcome party, the cocktail hour, and the wedding. Fernanda (our wedding
coordinator) has fantastic taste, and everything came together beautifully. It rained everyday while we
were there so we had to go with plan B for our ceremony and reception and moved it all inside. I was
so distraught over it on the day of the wedding, but it was all amazing. You couldn’t even tell that our
reception was being held inside of a Mexican restaurant!
 
 
 
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
 
AMAZING. Poor Fernanda, I was so stubborn when it came to the idea of moving the wedding inside.
She did not miss a beat on any of the plans that we had made. She even found sparklers for us last
minute on the day of! The details, I feel like the pictures don’t even do them justice. She was always
available and had great communication. I can’t rave about her enough.
 
 
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? 
 
DO IT! Don’t listen to anyone. The people that want to be there will be there. Get a travel agent
aka Hannah because she will make your life so easy and also those of your guests. Those 4
days surrounded by loved ones on the beach have been no doubt, the best days of our lives
and we wouldn’t do a thing differently. 
 

 
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
 
NO! Honestly, even the dates because of the rain. We got amazing pictures and everything
worked out how it was supposed to.
 

 

Photobook: Amber and Robin

Bride: Amber

Groom: Robin

Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres

Travel Advisor: Terrah

 

Photobook: Addie and Shane at Riu Palace Mexico

Bride: Addie

Groom: Shane

Resort: Riu Palace Mexico

Travel Advisor: Terrah

 

Our trip/wedding in Mexico was everything I had ever dreamed of. Everyone was so nice and helpful throughout the whole trip! Thank you so much again for all your help. 

Q&A With Bride Allyson: Secrets Papagayo

Bride: Allyson

Groom: Kyle

Resort: Secrets Papagayo

Travel Advisor: Hannah 

 
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
 
We love to travel and loved the idea of going somewhere fun with friends and family.  I also never wanted a big wedding so it was a good way to keep it small and simple.  Everything is taken care of for you, you just show up and enjoy it instead of stressing about all the work involved in a typical wedding. 
 
 
 
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
 
Kyle wanted to go to Costa Rica, the first place I saw when i googled weddings in Costa Rica was Secrets.  I have been to a Secrets resort in Mexico and knew they were a reputable resort.  
 
 
 
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
 
 Not seeing things for yourself and knowing exactly what it would look like.  Also communicating with the coordinator through email. 
 
 
 
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
 
Everything was taken care of and set up perfectly with no stress from us.  The decor was set up so much better than I could have ever imagined it.  Also making the decision to move the reception to a covered area took away the stress off of worrying about rain and ended up being a cooler look and feel than I thought it would be. 
 
 
 
 
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
 
The resort went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of and the onsite coordinator, Carolina, was very attentive and answered all my questions in a timely manner.  She was always available at the resort if we needed her.
 
 
 
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? 
 
I  would recommend doing it as a way to keep it small, cheaper, and stress free.  Also I love any excuse to take a trip and it can easily turn into your honeymoon.  I would recommend either staying several days after your guests leave or moving onto a second location to get an actual family free honeymoon!
 
Was there anything that you would change looking back? 
 
I can’t think of anything.  Everything really turned out more perfect than I could have imagined!  

Bridal Interview: Kristina at Secrets Silversands

Bride: Kristina

Groom: Matthew

Resort: Secrets Silversands

Travel Advisor: Audrey

 

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

My husband and I decided to have a destination wedding because we wanted our guests to have a vacation.  Neither my husband nor I are from Dallas. All of our guests were going to have to travel to our wedding and we wanted to have an experience that lasted more than 1 day.  

 

What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?

We decided to have our wedding in Mexico for several reasons.  We wanted to select a place that had a large airport with a wide variety of flights.  We also loved how we could get everything we wanted in Mexico. This made Cancun the perfect place for us.  

I have always loved the Secrets Resorts.  They do an amazing job with weddings and with customer service.  After talking with our travel agent Audrey, we selected Secrets Silversands.  I really liked how it was close to the airport. The last thing I wanted was to fly to Mexico then sit in the car for 2 hours getting to our resort.  

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?

The biggest difficulty I had with our destination wedding was giving up control and trusting people.  I was unable to do a site visit prior to our wedding. I had to have faith that my wedding coordinator, resort and everyone involved in our wedding knew what they were doing.  

How well was the resort and your On site Wedding Coordinator to work with?

The resort was beautiful and super friendly.  I loved how this was an adult only resort so we were able to relax without having to worry about children.  I also really enjoyed the number of pools and restaurants the resort had on-site.

My wedding coordinator was amazing.  Veronica knew what she was doing and was quick to respond to any questions or last minute changes I requested.  She made sure that everyone was in the right place and the right time. It really allowed me the opportunity to enjoy the day and not stress about anything.  

What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?

The highlight of this whole trip was the wonderful memories everyone made.  This was truly a vacation with my family and best friends.

 

If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?

Trust that everything is going to work out and be beautiful, don’t look at the weather and enjoy your day.

would also tell her to use Legacy Travel to help with guests booking their trips.  I knew when everyone was arriving so we were able to meet everyone in the lobby.

 

Was there anything that you would change looking back?

We wouldn’t change anything.

Is there anything else you want to add about the resort or your booking agent Audrey?

Audrey was wonderful to work with.  She was quick to respond to any problems anyone had.  She was also the person who suggested this resort and helped with establishing communication with the wedding coordinator at the resort.