Our Very Own Terrah’s Beach Wedding in Tulum

Bride:  Terrah
Groom:  Zack
Resort:  Dreams Tulum
Agent:  Hannah

Photographer:  Vincent Ribon

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

Tulum, Mexico is one of my most favorite cities in the world.   It is rich in history and color with the most beautiful archaeological site – the Tulum ruins.   The beaches are powdery white and the waters are crystal clear blue.   It’s a refreshing, bohemian alternative to the busy areas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.   Having been in the destination wedding industry for 10 plus years I have come to know a lot of talented people across the globe.   The management and wedding team at the Dreams Tulum resort have always been hard working and genuinely good people that never cease to amaze me.    While it was a tough decision we decided that the family friendly Dreams Tulum Resort was the best option for us.

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What was your vision for your wedding?

The most important thing for me was to marry my best friend surrounded by those who love us.   The beautiful backdrop, dress, flowers and details were just the icing on top.   Zachary and I are fun-loving people so we wanted to reflect that in our wedding design.  We decided to go with a colorful and fun fiesta theme.   No shoes required with a lot of free time and music.

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Describe the activities you and your guests enjoyed at your wedding destination.

The night before the wedding we had a fiesta on the beach to welcome everyone with string lights and lightup cocktail tables. Authentic Mexican food, open bar and fun music had everyone enjoying themselves.

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What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding and how did you overcome it?

I think with any wedding – the cost kept getting higher than we wanted so I would cut costs in the areas that were less important to me.

 

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

While we were all dancing and enjoying each others company on the beach – suddenly at least a HUNDRED baby turtles started hatching all around us! We each were able to carry one to the ocean. It was so incredibly magical and perfect. That was definitely the highlight of the weekend for me.

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Bride’s attire?

My maid of honor and I found this lovely Maggie Sottero dress from Lulus Bridal Boutique.    Not too heavy or too light.    It worked out pretty well.

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Groom’s attire?

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Bridesmaids attire?

I’m loving the mismatched bridesmaids trend right now so I gave my girls free range to choose their dress as long as it was long and on the blue/green color wheel.

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Groomsmen attire?

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

Landy Cahum has become a dear friend of mine through the years and it was a true pleasure working with her on my big day.    She has such a demanding and busy job but she handles it all with such ease and grace.   She’s a blessing.

 

Did you have any entertainment?

We had a traditional mariachi band provided by the resort in between the ceremony and reception.   It gave it a fun and authentic Mexican vibe.   During the welcome beach party and the reception the resort DJ played my itunes playlists and kept everything on time.

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Videographer?

Teo from the resort did a wonderful job on capturing every moment.   The videographer was included in our wedding package and we’re impressed with the quality and that he had it ready the morning after the wedding.

 

Invitations?

I debated on whether or not to do invitations since Legacy Travel provides amazing complimetary save the date brochures that had all the information on it but we decided to do send some out.   I had a very specific vision on how I wanted them to look and Milan at Paper Affair designed it perfectly.  She rocks.

 

What food was served at the reception?

A big variety – buffet style.   Since it was a larger group – I wanted to be sure and let everyone relax and eat when they wanted to eat.

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Did you honeymoon at the resort afterward?

To have some privacy and relax we decided on the small, romantic Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita which wasn’t too far away.

 

Best memory of the wedding:

My husband tearing up during his vows… oh, and the baby turtles hatching during our reception.

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

No matter what happens – enjoy your experience. Every minute. You are marrying your lifetime companion in a beautiful place – relax and enjoy it. <3

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Q &A: Secrets Playa Mujeres with Elizabeth & Justin

Bride: Elizabeth
Groom: Justin
Resort: Secrets Playa Mujeres
Agent: Hannah

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

B&G – Having been a wedding/event planner for almost 4 years in my prior job, I knew what the average wedding would cost in the US as well as how much work/planning you have to put into it for it to be what you can afford. Luckily my fiancé and I also love to travel so we just knew when it was time to plan our wedding that it would be abroad for less price and less planning on our part and way more fun than a traditional wedding!

 

2.What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
B&G – We tossed back and forth about the location because we wanted something exotic and a place we had never been to before, but when it really came down to choosing – we kept in mind who we wanted to attend with us and how far we could go on such limited vacation time, so we compromised on Mexico. Mostly for how close it is to Texas (for the majority of our family & close friends) so flights were a breeze for most of our guests but we knew we wanted an Adult Only – and 5 Star accommodations that we have been accustomed to traveling and wanted to share that experience with our guests. We selected Secrets because we knew the brand having been to their new location in Cabo the prior year so we knew the quality we would get for the price. We chose Playa Mujeres because it was a new resort location and off the “touristy path” of Cancun, but still close enough for guest excursions to Isla Mujeres or Cancun.

3.What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
B&G – Surprisingly everything was super easy start to finish, but if I had to choose the hardest part was probably just communicating with the wedding coordinators at the resort since their primary language is not English and they are super busy planning tons of weddings every week. SO it was hard for me to relax knowing they got my messages and would take care of me when it was my turn. (Trust me – just relax they got it and they will make it all happen when its GO time!)
4.What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?

B&G – Our biggest surprise was at the reception, we didn’t know we would have a separate M/C with the Dj. We knew we hired a Dj ahead of time and that he had our music list to play, but when we arrived at the reception our M/C Alfonso introduced himself to us and took charge of all the formalities and just asked us a few simple questions before getting started. He really helped set the mood we wanted for the reception and really was such a delight to our guests! Our friends were so complimentary of our wedding afterwards, that it was the most fun they have ever had at a wedding and that was saying A LOT because we are older than most couples so our friends have been to quite a few weddings already! We were so thrilled to keep hearing that over and over! We even had “on lookers” at the resort wanting to join in our fun!

 

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

B&G – Overall the resort was accommodating to us, with a few bumps in communication here and there. (We assumed it was because the resort was still new (only 7months old) so most things were still being worked out rather than systematic like most we have been to) but our wedding coordinator Claudia was absolutely amazing! I slightly panicked when we arrived because the wedding coordinator we had been working with for 6 months was no longer at this resort so we had to down load all of our information onto Claudia two days before the wedding but she really absorbed all of our information and requests and really made our wedding ceremony and reception perfect for us.

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

B&G – DO IT!!! For the amount money we spent, we really got so much more out of it than we ever expected. We walked away with a wedding video, professional photos (on cd and hard cover album in the mail), a plated reception dinner (4 courses!) and all alcohol all included. But most of all – the memories we made with our family and friends while we were there on the trip really made it all so worth it. These memories and experiences together are so valuable to us and we will treasure this adventure we had for our lifetime!

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

B&G – YES! We would definitely build time into the trip for “just the two of us” time. Remember it’s still planning a wedding, so there are days which you have appointments to attend/follow up with photographers and such as well as guests to wrangle and inform, a rehearsal, plus a day for the event and a day to recover. So plan some “alone time” days after all your guests leave so you can decompress after all the excitement.

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Photobook: Roxy & Eddy at Azul Sensatori

Bride: Roxy
Groom: Eddy
Resort: Azul Sensatori
Agent: Terrah

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Photobook: Claudia & Chris at Dreams Tulum

Bride: Claudia
Groom: Chris
Resort: Dreams Tulum
Agent: Audrey

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“After being part of  several wedding parties, I often wondered what kind of wedding would I like. Would it be formal vs. informal, beach vs. church, traditional vs. non-traditional. I knew I loved outdoors, sand, breeze, which only meant destination wedding was my dream. I wanted something small, very intimate and personal. I wanted only those who were a part of my daily life to be present on this special day.

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From a friend of a friend, they referred me to Legacy Travel. I called, spoke with Audrey over the phone, whom by the way, it was like speaking to a longtime girlfriend. I came in, we met and instantly clicked.

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She asked several questions about what I was looking for in a resort. I wanted classic, kid friendly, but not too friendly, the waves and color of the ocean were important to me. Most importantly I was looking for a resort that wasn’t too close to others, the intimacy was very important. Audrey showed me 3 resorts and Dreams Resort/Spa in Tulum was everything I was looking for.  Dreams exceeded my expectations. I was a little nervous about working with a wedding coordinator via email only, but when I arrived to confirm everything, it was perfect. The flowers, the set-up, food, etc… everything was like the pictures we exchanged.

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Future Brides, here is my advice to you if a destination wedding is your dream too, know what you want! Have plenty of detailed pictures to share with the wedding coordinator, but never lose focus on what is really important, you and your future husband! You’re already in a gorgeous location! No one will remember the flowers on the table, they’ll remember the beautiful resort, view, the dancing going on. Don’t get caught up in the “details”!

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Use your sources, i.e. wedding coordinator and travel agent, they are truly there to help you! Cheers!

 

Christie & Josh Share Their Fun Dreams Tulum Wedding With Us

Bride: Christie
Groom: Josh
Resort: Dreams Tulum
Agent: Terrah
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“Thank you Terrah! 🙂  We had a blast!  The resort was beautiful and wonderful.  All of the staff was nice, fun and friendly.”
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