Q & A With Bride Johnna: Fiesta Americana Condesa

Bride: Johnna

Groom: George

Resort: Fiesta Americana Condesa

Agent: Audrey

 
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
We wanted to have our wedding, reception and honeymoon in one location. We also wanted all of our guests to have a really good time. Plus, I have always dreamed of a beach wedding. The beach is the only place I could imagine getting married. My husband had never been to a beach resort and he was blown away. It was our first time in an all-inclusive resort and it was fantastic.
 
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?
I picked Mexico. My travel agent, Audrey Kupovics, helped me narrow it down to Cancun. She picked Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun, Mexico, which was an excellent pick. The first day I got there I called her and told her, “Audrey, you were right.” 
 
 
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
Not being able to really see the venue. I could have flown down to Mexico the year before, but we’re on a tight budget.
 
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
The ocean front resort and ocean front room were like being in paradise. Seeing the sunrise over the ocean every morning was breath-taking. The biggest surprise was the staff-to-guest ratio. We had several servers at our reception and we had a small wedding. The party favors of balloons and glow sticks were huge hits.  
 
 
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
Lucia was fantastic. She was very responsive and so pleasant to work with. We adored her and our wedding photographer, Adrian.
 

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

Start early. I needed the entire year to get everything done. The little details make all the difference. It also helped our tight budget to pay over time.
 
 
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
No. It was our perfect, dream wedding.
 
Is there anything else you want to add about the resort or your booking agent?
I give them both an A-plus.

Q & A with Bride Adrienne- Dreams Tulum

Bride: Adrienne

Groom: Pablo

Resort: Dreams Tulum

Agent: Alyssa

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

We decided on Dreams Tulum because of its location in the Riviera Maya; the fact that it is a luxury, all-inclusive hotel; has beautiful ambiance; English and Spanish languages are spoken; and their wedding staff has a lot of experience coordinating weddings.

 

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

The biggest highlight was how perfect and fun our wedding was.  After months of back and forth emails with the coordinator Landy and our travel agent Alyssa, our vision for our wedding was brought to life!  The biggest surprise for us was all of the added fees and costs at the venue. 

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

Start planning early and plan a wedding that not only meets you and your fiancé’s needs, but the needs of your guests as well.  

 

Was there anything that you would change looking back?

If I could change anything, I probably would have visited the venue prior to the wedding. I was riddled with nerves about the size of the reception hall and the actual look and feel of the chapel.  However, when we arrived to the venue a few days before the wedding, everything was absolutely perfect! I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much energy leading up to the big day worrying about things that ended up being even better than I could have imagined.

Lexi and Juan’s Dream Punta Cana Wedding

Bride: Lexi

Groom: Juan

Resort: Dreams Punta Cana

Agent: Nicki

I chose a destination wedding because I’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach in a beautiful tropical atmosphere. My husband is from the Dominican Republic so it just made sense to have it in his native country. I chose Dreams Resort and Spa in Punta Cana because their wedding packages seemed to give you the most bang for your buck.

I do not enjoy being stressed out so having everything put together for me made life a lot easier. What I’ve learned from my experience is to roll with the punches. Unexpected things are going to occur and if you let it bother you, it will interfere with your wonderful experience. Your special day comes and goes so quickly so you have to enjoy every moment.

I did not have a lot of people attend my wedding although I invited quite a few. A few friends and family decided to wait to the last minute and the resort sold out so please tell your loved ones to book in advance. I also had friends and family that were unable to go but I didn’t find out till the last minute. This definitely altered my plans and bridal party but I refused to let that interfere with my special day. Keeping a positive attitude is key when having a destination wedding. The service was wonderful at the resort and I know I made the right decision.

Q & A: Leydy and Juan at Dreams Sands

Bride: Leydy
Groom: Juan
Resort: Dreams Sands Cancun  
Agent: Lesley

 

 

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?  

 The size of our family is very large, and we did not want to make a hug expense on a party.

 

Having a destination wedding sounded like the best of both worlds. We would be able to get married by the beach and also take a trip to a new place as a family.

A destination wedding had been always pin on my Pinterest board but never really thought it would be an option.

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

 I came across an add on Pinterest of Legacy Travel and decided to give them a call and see what they had to offer.

 

I had already made reservation at another resort in Cancun, prior to meeting with Lesley, however I was not able to have a one on one communication with the wedding coordinator so that was not a good thing.

Once we arrived and meet Lesley, she listened to all of our ideas and provided very detailed information about the resort, the amenities and everything surrounding. My fiancé and I loved everything and we automatically knew we wanted to work with Lesley. 

 

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding? 

The biggest difficulty was trying to express my ideas to the wedding coordinator. We both had different ideas of what would be the best way to do things.

 

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

Our biggest highlight was that our family loved the ceremony, the resort and the environment. None of us had ever attended a destination wedding or Cancun and the fact that we all went together was a blessing. 

 Another highlight was that we had a sand ceremony and we included my son. We brought the sand back home and my son absolutely loves it. Every day on the way out the door he stops and looks at it.

How well was the resort and you’re On Site Wedding Coordinator to work with? 

The resort was amazing, since the minute we stepped in to when we walked in. The staff was so nice and welcoming in. We meet some great people and made new friends. Our guest and kids loved it. We felt save at all times.

 The coordinator was very nice, but I felt like she had a lot on her plate and the one on one experience was not the best.

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

I would defiantly recommend Legacy Travel. I would recommend a different season. Our ceremony was on Aug,10 and that is hurricane season so more rain is expected causing the seaweed to come up to shore and the beach not to be as cleaned as one would of liked. I would also suggest that she plans it with plenty of time so any ideas and details could be worked out for the big day.

Was there anything that you would change looking back? 

Yes, I would most certainly have changed the planning time frame, I would also change the season that we booked. It might be a little warmer but the beach would not have so much sea weed on the shore. 

Ashley and Randy’s Dream Wedding

Bride: Ashley
Groom: Randy
Resort: Dreams Sands Cancun  
Agent: Lesley
 
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?   
 
It was the most cost effective option that gave us a dream wedding and honeymoon all-in-one at a fraction of the traditional wedding price tag!
 
 
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
The free wedding package, awesome and romantic honeymoon suite, it was kid friendly which was a must for us since my 11 year old son would be joining the celebration, and the beach! The white sand and clear blue water is why I picked the resort. It had the best beach of all the resorts I looked at… and I looked at A LOT! 
 
 
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
 
I planned my destination wedding in 2 months start to finish… I didn’t run into complications but I would say that what took me the longest was picking the destination and resort. We initially wanted a Jamaica wedding for a legal ceremony with out the blood tests, etc that Mexico requires. In the end we decided to get married in Cancun to save money. We did the symbolic wedding to avoid the mentioned requirements and our guests were non the wiser. We got married in the court house privately before we left. We had no issues at all. 
 
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise? 
Highlights let’s see… the food was AMAZING! The staff was great (you MUST visit Armando the bar tender at the ocean side bar, he’s the best ever! He is so friendly and remembers every guest name! He makes your bar visit feel personal like you’ve been a regular for years.) The beach was perfect, so beautiful and clean! The rooms were the best I have EVER stayed in and my wedding was everything I wanted it to be. Ruby and her staff went above and beyond to make my wedding so nice, I can’t say that enough!! The night of our wedding the staff surprised us by having our room decorated with rose peddles, champagne, balloons, etc. 
 
 
How well was the resort and your On site Wedding Coordinator to work with?  
 
  The Resort staff was very accommodating. Ruby our wedding coordinator was beyond amazing! She took care of everything and when I couldn’t afford a few add-ons to our package she surprised me the day of with the few extra touches at no additional charge. I really think Ruby and her staff went above and beyond to make my wedding stress free and wonderful. We also added the Amber photography package and the photographer was great! I get complements all the time that our wedding photos look like something that should be in an add magazine. We are both very happy with the way our wedding photos turned out!
 
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
 
I have recommended a destination wedding to everyone I know. I am very happy we skipped all the traditional wedding stress and family drama with our choice. We had 12 guest come to our wedding, so with the bride and groom our total wedding party was 14 people. I feel like we had the perfect turn out!… Especially with only 2 months notice!
 
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
 
 The only thing I would have changed is that I would ask the wedding coordinator to do a walk through before hand. My son walked me down the isle and I wasn’t exactly sure where to walk, then once down in front the three of us (my husband, son and I) kind of felt lost as to where to stand. A walk through is the only thing that could have made my wedding more comfortable. 
 
 
Lastly I want to speak praise over my travel agent Lesley. She was Amazing. She helped me plan travel arrangements for 14 people and was there at every turn to aid and assist. I never had to worry or stress about anything. She always made me feel like I was her top priority. I never felt like she was too busy for me or that she was hard to get ahold of. She also had very good advice when I asked for it and was never pushy or over barring. My husband and I both decided that she will be planning all of our family and anniversary trips from here on out! Thank you so much Lesley for all you help and support.