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. 
 
 
 
 
 

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!

The New Dreams Sands Provides the Perfect Start

Bride: Lyndsay
Groom: Collin
Resort: Dreams Sands Cancun
Agent: Hannah

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What made you decide on having a destination wedding? 
The ease and cost of it! I’ve been to one before, and it was the most fun wedding I’ve ever been too. Cost was a big factor since we were paying for everything ourselves, and you can have a gorgeous wedding for way less the cost in another country than if we were to have it here in the states where hundreds more people would have come. Plus, we’re beach people, so having it on the beach just made sense 🙂
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What made you decide on this resort? 
I chose this resort because of the reputations I had read about, out of all AM Resorts,  Dreams Sands was the most cost efficient for our guests since it had just opened Fall of 2014. It was hard to find a bad review about any of the Dreams, Secrets, Zoetry, etc. 
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Who was your photographer, and if you had one, your videographer?
 Our package included an hour long session with the Adventure photographers there at the resort. He was actually awesome, and I ended up buying all of the pictures because I couldn’t decide on just 50 (what our wedding package included)! We will get the video in a few weeks, and I am anxious to see it 🙂 
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What was the highlight of the experience? 
The actual wedding ceremony, saying our vows on the beach in front of our closest friends and family, and then all the dancing at the reception! I recommend getting the light up dance floor…it was a hit!
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Biggest surprise? 
The MC at the wedding! I believe his name was Alfonso, and he was amazing. I had no idea we would have anyone like him MCing the wedding, but he had all the guests dancing, having fun, and the DJ played GREAT music!
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If your best friend were planning a destination wedding, what would your advice be to her? 
You HAVE to be laid back and TRUST the wedding planners at the resort know what they’re doing and will make everything beautiful! Luckily, that was easy for me, but some girls may be the opposite. You will not have much communication with them until the wedding, but just know…that’s ok!!! Also, bring whatever decor you want to save money. They will gladly set it all out how you want for you.
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Jessica and Joseph’s wedding at Dreams Cancun

Bride: Jessica
Groom:  Joseph
Resort: Dreams Cancun
Photographer: Resort Photographer
Travel Consultant:  Terrah
The wedding turned out wonderfully!   The photo booth was the best experience… they even had a video booth! So they do a video then 4 pictures in the photo booth… it helped our family bond together and I would strongly suggest any future brides taking advantage of that.

Everything came together so well.  Claudia (the wedding coordinator) was just great!  Thank you for all of your help!

 

Jessica, it was a true honor helping you with your dream wedding.  That wedding gazebo at the Dreams Cancun is one of the most beautiful spots to make that happen and I’m thrilled to hear all came together so beautifully.   Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day!   <3!! – Terrah