Photobook: Nazneen and Steven at El Dorado Maroma

Bride: Nazneen
Groom: Steven
Resort: El Dorado Maroma

Agent: Terrah

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Q & A with bride Rachel: Dreams Tulum

Bride: Rachel
Groom: Scott
Resort: Dreams Tulum
Agent: Hannah

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

We chose to have a destination wedding for several reasons.  Both of our families live out of the country (South Korea and Scotland), so we figured they should get a vacation if they were going to fly half way across the world for our wedding.  Destination weddings are also a great way to have an intimate wedding with those that you cherish and love. 
We also loved the idea of getting married on the beach.  Another great plus was the cost savings.  If we were to get married at home, we would have to invite way more people, which in turn would cost much more for a less spectacular wedding.  I also loved the idea of not having to do everything (choosing vendors, photographers, etc).  It was really nice having to make less decisions and still getting exactly what I wanted.

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

We had been to Riviera Maya twice and loved it both times.  We actually considered going to the same resort, but after looking at all of the options Hannah sent us, we chose Dreams Tulum.  We wanted an intimate experience with a gorgeous setting, and we got both!  The resort is absolutely gorgeous and made us feel like royalty the entire stay.  I highly recommend Dreams Tulum.  We talked about coming back every year to celebrate our anniversary!

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

The biggest difficulty for me was imaging what everything would look like.  I am a perfectionist and need to see/touch things, so emailing pictures and communicating my vision was challenging.  I also like to do everyone myself, so trusting the wedding coordinator was tough.  Nayeli, the wedding coordinator, definitely pulled through though.  I did not have to worry about a thing.

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

The highlight of the experience was the weather.  It was all sunshine up until our wedding day.  The forecast was terrible – there was a 50% chance of rain during the ceremony and 90% during cocktail hour and reception (everything was scheduled to be on the beach).  Nayeli knew that I wanted a beach ceremony unless it was pouring, so they switched out the chair cushions multiple times to make sure our guests had dry seats to sit on.  By some miracle, it only sprinkled during the ceremony and cocktail hour.  The dinner reception got moved into the convention center due to the weather, and Nayeli more than made up for the venue change.  It was absolutely gorgeous and romantic!  It was more beautiful than I could’ve imagined.  I was breathless.

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

The resort went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and well taken care of.  Everyone from the bartender to the housekeeper had warm smiles and truly looked happy to take care of us.  Nayeli, the onsite wedding coordinator, was patient, thorough, and made sure everything was perfect.  She really made me feel at ease by making sure I did not have to worry about a thing.

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

My advice would be to trust your wedding coordinator.  She will take care of everything.  Also, make sure to spend time with your loved ones and show them how much it means that they came to celebrate this moment.  Soak in the entire day.  It goes by way too fast.  Upgrade your photography package and get the one that includes all of the photos, it’s worth it.  Book a hair trial.

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7. Was there anything that you would change looking back?

Not spending too much time in the sun the day before the wedding!  The back of my dress is gorgeous.  Unfortunately, I had a very obvious tan line on my back and didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked.

 

Kristina and Ian ~ THE ROYAL Cancun

Bride and Groom: Kristina and Ian
Resort/ Venue: THE ROYAL Cancun
Date: May 2nd of 2009
Photographer: Funever Photos
Travel Agent: Terrah Rominger

~ Bride Interview ~

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?We both love the beach and wanted to be near it for our special day.

What made you decide on the resort/venue?
We had no idea what to expect from the resort. We were nervous because we’ve stayed at some not-so-nice resorts in Cancun before. Terrah made the recommendation and promised we would not be disappointed- and she was right. The resort was amazing!

Who was your photographer, and if you had one, your videographer?
We didn’t have a videographer, but we did hire Funever Photos and our photographer was Arturo. He was so nice and worth every penny. He had great ideas for poses and our wedding album is really nice.

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?Trusting that everything will be taken care of when you get there. As a bride, you want everything to be perfect and most of the time you’re going off of pictures to choose how you want everything set up.

What was the highlight of the experience?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one but I’d have to say the highlight of the experience for me was the dinner we had at the resort after the wedding. The food was great and the restaurant gave us a private room. We all had blast just talking about the weekend.

Biggest surprise?I think we were most surprised with how beautiful the gazebo was and how close it came to the beach. It created the perfect venue for our wedding day.

If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Consider a small guest list. It’s easier to keep up with everyone when they’re staying at the same resort as you and it’s less stress for the bride. Half of our guest list canceled their trip two days before our wedding because of the swine flu scare but it ended up working out for the best. The weekend flew by stress-free and we were able to spend quality time with all of our friends and family that attended.

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