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. 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

One Fine Day at the Finest Playa Mujeres

Bride:  Kristin
Groom: Trevor
Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres
Agent: Audrey

  1. What made you decide on having a destination wedding?  We wanted a small, affordable wedding and beautiful pictures.  The way we looked at it was that your wedding goes by in a blink.  The pictures and memories are what you have forever.  Who forgets a vacation with all of your closest friends and family?  
  2. What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? We ‘d heard good things about the sister properties (Beloved & Excellence) from friends who had stayed there.  The beach area there is private, so it wasn’t going to be as busy.  Plus, I really liked the stone gazebo!  
  3. What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?  Not having seen the resort first hand, really trusting my wedding coordinator, and being patient.  The coordinators have at least one wedding a day, so be prepared to be put on the back burner a little until it’s closer to your big day. Destination weddings are truly meant for the stress-less, go-with-flow bride.  I must add.. They handled everything beautifully!
  4. What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?  The COST!  We NEVER could’ve had a wedding that beautiful in DFW at that price.  AND the SPA! It was incredible. The biggest surprise was how much all of our guests (even those who weren’t otherwise acquainted) mingled before and after the wedding. It made the wedding reception that much more fun!
  5. How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with? See question #3.  She pulled it off, but there were times where I had to remind myself that she knows what she is doing.  There were a lot of details that I was certain of until the day before the wedding.
  6. If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? DO IT!  Other than that, I would tell her to make decisions (flowers, cake, music, etc..), and email them to your wedding coordinator as early as you can.  I procrastinated, and it made things a tad more stressful.  Also, do your research!  I did quite a bit of poking around vacation forums to find out about the experiences of others who had gotten married at Finest.  It helped me make lots of decisions along the way.
  7. Was there anything that you would change looking back? I would’ve invited more people and given them at least a year notice.
  8. Is there anything else you want to add about the resort or your booking agent? My agent, Audrey, was a lifesaver!  When I called her, I had no idea what I was doing.  I knew I wanted all of my guests to travel to my wedding, but I had no idea about how to decide on a resort or what information to give them.  She gave me tips that I never would’ve thought to ask.  I never worried about the travel arrangements.  It was the easiest part of my wedding planning experience.  She took great care of us and our guests!  Our resort, Finest Playa Mujeres, was just gorgeous!  Very clean, delicious food, great entertainment, and attentive staff.  We are already planning an anniversary trip!  As are several of our guests!

Q&A with bride Heather: Dreams Tulum

Bride: Heather
Groom: Alfredo
Resort: Dreams Tulum
Agent: Audrey

What made you decide on having a destination wedding? I did not want some complicated and ridiculously expensive wedding that I had to invite all these people to. I wanted something small and intimate and something that wouldn’t just be a 4 hour event. I wanted lasting memories with my friends and family and I wanted my friends and family to get to know each other.  A vacation together was the perfect way to do that. 

What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? Originally, I had wanted to have the wedding at this resort we had stayed at in Playa Del Carmen recently. We saw lots of wedding while we were there and it just seemed so perfect. However, Audrey described Dreams Tulum and we kept coming back to it in our conversations. I did LOTS of research and by far Dreams had better reviews. Plus, Dreams is in Tulum, which is a much quieter area and cleaner than where we were planning. And I would NEVER EVER change back to that other venue

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding? Waiting for people to book the trip. I couldn’t do much planning without the numbers. We sent out invitations in June for the next May. Some people booked like a month before….including my dad. 

What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise? The highlight was definitely the hotel itself. It was a beautiful place, delish food and drinks, the staff were so nice, nighttime was super fun, and the beach is so beautiful. There were no surprises…..everything was more than what I expected it to be. I guess I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the spa. Usually don’t go to the spa that much if at all….but I think I was there everyday. It was so relaxing.

How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with? Landy – my wedding coordinator – was fabulous. I didn’t have any concerns regarding decor or anything like that, but I misread a lot in the wedding package I chose and so I definitely misbudgeted. So I got really frustrated and she was always nice and accommodating. 

If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? Destination wedding….all the way. Very very easy. I feel like I was NEVER stressed. I highly recommend this hotel to. There is absolutely nothing I would change. My hair and makeup were perfect, the ceremony the reception the photos the video the food everything was amazing. Plan ahead!

Was there anything that you would change looking back? I would really read the various packages and not just skim it in a hurry. lol. I didn’t realize a dance floor and lighting didn’t come with my package and few other things so I was a mess when I found out I had seriously under budgeted. But that is all. I would still do it all the exact same. We didn’t get a DJ we brought our own speaker and computer and used spotify, but if you have a large group (we had 25) I recommend a DJ. But we had no problem getting and keeping our party going. 

Q&A: Dreams Tulum Beach Wedding

Bride: Angela
Groom: Daniel
Resort: Dreams Tulum
Agent: Audrey

  1. What made you decide on having a destination wedding? We love the water and wanted a scenic beach wedding.
  2. What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? We discussed our options with our travel agent, Audrey, and decided that Tulum was the best fit for us.
  3. What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding? We didn’t have any difficulties. Legacy travel and our agent, Audrey, made the entire process very easy.
  4. What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise? The highlight of the experience was our wedding ceremony. The biggest surprise was how our room was decorated by the staff on the day of our wedding. 
  5. How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with? The resort and the onsite wedding coordinator were fantastic. Upon our arrival, our wedding coordinator met us in the front lobby. She sat down with us and confirmed all of our arrangements. 
  6. If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? Book at Dreams Tulum. It is worth every penny and then some.
  7. Was there anything that you would change looking back? We would have stayed longer.
  8. Is there anything else you want to add about the resort or your booking agent? The resort staff was very attentive. All of the restaurants served amazing food. The transportation service to/from the airport were very prompt. Last but not least, the excursions were a lot of fun and very well organized.