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

 

Interview with the Bride: Haley’s Majestic Wedding

Bride: Haley

Groom: Michael

Resort: Majestic Mirage

Travel Advisor: Lesley

 

1.) What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

We chose to do a destination wedding because it allowed us to extend the celebration. Couples spend countless hours and money in preparation for just one day, which goes by so fast. Why not make it a week long celebration with all your family and friends in a beautiful place!

2.) what made you decide on the destination/ resort/ venue?

We looked through countless resorts in Punta Cana and in other countries. What helped us decide was from reviews as well as the pictures of the resorts. I also liked the fact that the Majestic mirage was the newest of the resort. 

 

 
3.) What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?

What was most difficult was in the beginning trying to figure out how many guest where going to actually be coming to the wedding. After finding out the actual number, decision making is much easier!

4.) What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise? 
Besides the obvious my wedding was the highlight of my trip. Going on the excursion was very fun and a great time with friends and family. A pleasant surprise was how awesome the coffee shop was at the resort!! 
 
 
 
 
5.) How well was the resort and your On site Wedding Coordinator to work with?  
They where fantastic! Both of them where very attentive and on top of their jobs. They absolutely kept me on track during the week and especially for the wedding day. 
6.) If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Don’t get to caught up on what Pinterest is telling you to do. Don’t ever assume things, don’t be afraid to ask questions!
7.) Was there anything that you would change looking back?
NO WAY! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect week let alone a more perfect wedding!! 
 

Taryn and Daniel Renew Their Vows in the DR

Bride: Taryn

Groom: Daniel

Resort: Ocean Blue & Sand

Travel Advisor: Alyssa

 

Thank you so much for everything you did to make this experience a memorable one. My husband and I greatly appreciate you and Legacy!

The highlight of the experience was having my son walk me down the aisle. 

There resort was phenomenal and all the staff was super friendly. Everyone made sure we had exactly what we needed. All our guests had a great time. 

Despite some of our family being unable to attend and the Bridal party set up having to be changed, it came together without a hitch. Luckily we knew well enough in advance so it didn’t have a huge impact.

The wedding coordinator (Natalie) at Ocean Blue and Sand was the absolute best. She went above and beyond to make our ceremony and reception perfect.

I always want to have a wedding on the beach and the ocean as a backdrop so a destination wedding was the answer. 

Biggest surprise was when all the guests stopped what they were doing and crowded around to watch the ceremony. Never having been to destination wedding before I didn’t know what to expect.

If my best friend was planning a destination wedding the best advice I could give would be to utilize your coordinator to fullest. It will save you a lot of time and headache. And make sure you have a big enough suit case to bring all the wedding favors and accessories you’ll need for your big day. You’ll need it! 

 

I wouldn’t change a thing! It was everything I imagined it to be. 

Photobook: Jess and Jordan at Finest Playa Mujeres

 

Bride: Jess

Groom: Jordan

Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres

Travel Advisor:  Terrah

 

I was recommended to Terrah by a friend who worked with her to plan her destination wedding. Terrah helped me plan my own, taking our input and offering great options that fit our asks very well. I felt confident and secure in our travel and accommodations the entire trip because Terrah is clearly a pro! She was also extremely responsive to questions, even kindly directing me to the right place if she couldn’t answer something. Legacy Travel’s travel tips and videos are helpful and keep things fun, which is appreciated when there is so much info to absorb! My family and my fiancé’s are not big travelers, yet no one had a hitch during their experience. Thank you for making my destination wedding a huge success and a wonderful experience for everyone to look back on!