Xercerla & David’s Royal Wedding

Bride: Xercerla
Groom: David
Resort: Royalton Riviera Cancun 
Agent: Lesley 

We decided to have a destination wedding because it was much cheaper than a traditional wedding and wanted to have it in an exotic location.
 
We decided on the resort through the recommendation given to us by Lesley at Legacy Travel.
The biggest difficulty in setting up the wedding was organizing the guests and getting people to spend the money to travel to the location.
 
 
The highlight of our trip was the wedding itself. The resort outdid themselves in the location and setting of the wedding. Can’t say there were any big surprises, everything went as planned and lived up to our hopes and expectations.
The resort and onsite coordinator was wonderful. They catered to our every need and made sure we enjoyed our experience.
 
 
Our advice to anyone planning a destination wedding is to plan well in advance of the wedding. Get those invitations out at least a year in advance.
The only thing we would have changed is to make sure in advance that everybody is staying in the same area of the resort. We were separated from our guests by being placed in a different section of the resort, which made it difficult to hang out with them.

Q&A with bride Barbara: Dreams Riviera Cancun

Bride: Barbara
Groom: Kevin
Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun
Agent: Hannah

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What made you decide on having a destination wedding? 

We actually both envisioned ourselves having a destination wedding.  We had each been to a couple of them and loved the idea of spending multiple days with family and friends.  Another big factor was how much easier and less stressful it would be to plan a destination wedding!

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

We narrowed our location down to the Cancun/Riviera Maya area due to the number of beautiful resorts, the amazing look of the beaches there, and the cost of travel for our guests!   We did a little bit of research before contacting a travel agent, and fell in love with the layout and look of the rooms at Dreams Riviera Cancun.  I searched for the top rated destination wedding travel agencies in DFW, and Legacy Travel came up during my search.  I contacted them, and Hannah Cote was so quick to respond!   After giving her our list of wants/needs she sent back a list of resorts that met our requests with great prices for our guests.  Dreams Riviera Cancun was one of those resorts!  It was a great price point for what you get (beautiful rooms, nice resort layout, plenty of restaurants, many activities)!  The icing on the cake was that Dreams Riviera Cancun are known for their weddings.  They do an amazing job!  More than anything, we wanted this to be a vacation for our guests with a cool wedding on top of it!

 

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What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?

I didn’t feel like planning a destination wedding was very difficult for us.  I was a very laid back bride so I didn’t need to ask our wedding coordinator a lot of questions during the planning phase.  The thing I realized about planning a Destination Wedding, is that you can make it as easy or as difficult as you want.  One thing that might be difficult would be waiting for the wedding coordinator to contact you regarding the wedding details.  Depending on the resort, some of the wedding coordinators typically don’t reach out to you until about 3 months before the wedding.  They are so busy planning other weddings, but when your time comes, their focus is on you!  I actually liked that they waited so long to contact us.  I can’t even tell you how many times I changed my mind about what I wanted.

 

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

Our wedding day!  Both our ceremony and reception were beautiful and more than I dreamed of!  We had our reception in the ballroom and it had a WOW factor!  Our flower arrangements were large and beautiful, the lighting was amazing, and everything was put together so well! 

 

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

Dreams Riviera Cancun is a well-oiled machine!  They know exactly what they are doing when it comes to hosting weddings.  Our wedding coordinator, Natalia, took care of everything for us!  Natalia, the wedding department, and the service team were amazing.  The DJ, the food, really everything was fantastic!  They also have so many options to choose from when it comes to planning your wedding.  We chose to add a cigar roller and that was a hit!

 

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

A destination wedding is the way to go!!!  Definitely get a travel agent to handle all of your guests travel arrangements!  I would highly recommend Hannah with Legacy Travel!  She was amazing and answered every question we had.  Having a travel agent handle our guests travel arrangements was one less thing for us to worry about.  Plus they sent these awesome fliers out with the resort information so that our guests had Legacy Travel’s info when they were ready to book.  Our guests had nothing but great things to say about Hannah and how easy it was for them to book.  Another piece of advice would be to research weddings at different resorts they are thinking about.  I think the reason I did not stress about how our wedding would turn out, was because I saw so many pictures and read many reviews of different weddings at Dreams Riviera Cancun.  I knew they would make my wedding vision a reality.

 

Was there anything that you would change looking back? 

I don’t think there is anything we would change!  Our guests still rave about how much they loved the resort and the entertainment team there.  They even talk about how beautiful our wedding was!

A Beach Wedding in Cancun

Bride: Chelsey
Groom: Erik
Resort: Iberostar Cancun
Agent: Nicki

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We spoke to bride Chelsey about her beach wedding and here’s what she had to say:
My favorite memory of the trip was
waking up every morning to the view in our room and feeling like we had nothing to worry about the whole time we were there!
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We chose Iberostar because it was recommended to us by Nicki and we trusted her judgement and the reviews it had online! It was more breathtaking in person then it was in pictures online.
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I would recommend this place for any bride or couple wanting to get away! It was a dream every morning and we didn’t want to leave! Everything was taken care of the moment we got there and the biggest advice I can give to anyone is go through a travel agent because they will take care of everything to keep you from worrying about anything while you’re there. We would not change a single thing about this trip and we plan on going back next year for our anniversary.

Q & A with bride Sage: Dreams Sands Cancun

Bride: Sage
Groom: Luke
Resort: Dreams Sands Cancun
Agent: Hannah
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1. What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
 We love to travel! The idea of a all inclusive, week long celebration with our closest friends and family sounded like the perfect fit for us. We also understand how expensive weddings can be. When weighing the options and looking at the cost of a wedding in our city compared to a destination wedding, it was a no brainer for us!
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2. What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?
I had heard from a friend that had stayed there and said it was wonderful. Also my awesome wedding planner Hannah just planned a wedding for another couple there and she said it was beautiful as well. This made us feel comfortable choosing Dreams Sands. 
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3. What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
I would say the biggest difficulty would be just basing decisions off of pictures and actually seeing it in person. It was a little bit difficult at the time but i think it was the best way for me. I am not a big planner and can get overwhelmed when i have too many options. You just have to trust your wedding planner.
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4. What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
The highlight of my experience was how absolutely stunning the ceremony and reception was! I could not have asked for a better wedding day. The reception was amazing i would definitely recommend the light up dance floor, all 50 of my guest danced all night long, it was a blast! The best surprise was during our first dance they had fireworks shoot up behind us, it was magical! 
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5. How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
The resort was perfect, every single person was so accommodating and so friendly. I can not rave enough about our onsite wedding coordinator Rubi. She is the best! She made sure everything was perfect for us on our big day. If you get a chance to work with her you are in good hands.
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6.  If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
The best advice i have is don’t stress. Your wedding planner and wedding coordinator are professionals. They do this all the time and will make sure your day is amazing so just trust them!
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7. Was there anything that you would change looking back?
  Honestly, i wouldn’t change anything! The entire week was the best week of my life. When i look back i could not think of one thing that would have made it more perfect. Destination weddings are the way to go!

Q&A with bride Rosemary: Dreams Riviera Cancun

Bride:Rosemary
Groom: Rene
Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun
Agent: Lesley

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  • What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

I always wanted to have my wedding on the beach, and one year my husband and I traveled to Mexico and loved every second of it. We both always talked about what we wanted for our wedding and it was to have it at an all inclusive in Mexico on the beach! Also, I felt like having our closest friends and family to take a week long vacation together is once in a life time. To have this memory with everyone of my loved ones was one of the reasons I wanted to have a destination wedding.

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

We knew we wanted to have it in Mexico, we are from Chicago and they have many direct flights to Cancun which made it very easy to travel for our guests. Working with Lesley she was AMAZING! She helped me choose dreams riviera Maya Cancun. I gave her all my wants in a resort beautiful beach and pool, must have good food, family friendly resort because we had kids coming and a hotel not to far from Cancun airport. She help me narrow down all my options and gave me all the time I needed to make that big decision. She answered any questions I had about the resorts and made it so easy every step of the way.

  • What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?

There was not one difficult thing in planning our destination wedding. I worked with Lesley the entire time from start to finish, she was nothing but helpful and made the entire experience stress free and amazing! I highly recommend having a destination wedding. Ours was amazing and I loved every single second of it.

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

The entire experience was amazing. My biggest surprise was Lesley upgraded us to VIP guests and to an ocean view room it was amazing!!! She wanted to make sure that we were taken care of and she sure did! I felt like Lesley wasn’t just my travel agent for my wedding we became very close friends  during my experience planning with legacy travel. I sometimes spoke to her a few times a week. I would even call just to say hi!  My wedding day was the highlight of everything. I remember sitting down at my reception and I told my husband just take a minute look around how beautiful everything is.

Also, Lesley works in Texas and I live in Chicago. Legacy travel has a Chicago office and she came to work a few days out of the Chicago office and she wanted to meet me! I was so excited! We went out for dinner and she surprised me and gave me a wedding survival gift! I was so surprised she wanted to pick me as one of her brides to take out to dinner, I was shocked she picked me!!! I will always remember everything she has done to plan the most special time in our lives.

Our family and friends loved every minute of it and now they want to plan family vacations every year. I know I will be calling Lesley to book our big family trips!

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  • How well was the resort and your onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?

She was amazing she greeted me as I checked into the resort. We had a meeting with her the next day and I was able to change center pieces, linens, and many more things. She went through every single detail of the wedding. It was seamless she had everything taken care of. We had not one worry in the world. I was able to meet with my photographer and DJ. We requested to meet with them just to make sure everything went perfect with them. Which the wedding coordinator photographer and dj all are in contact with each other so everyone is on the same page.

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

Enjoy every second of it. I know I did I loved every minute planning my destination wedding. I did not have one worry in the world during the entire planning processes. I wanted to do it again!

  • Was there anything that you would change looking back?

I wouldn’t have stressed about the welcome bags. Your guests come prepared bringing sunscreen, aloe, Advil etc. So I felt that I could have just done a nice simple letter thanking them to travel and an itinerary, and not worry about stuffing a bag full of travel stuff that all your guests are already bringing with them.

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