Q & A With Bride Sarah: Now Onyx

Bride: Sarah

Groom: Christopher

Resort: Now Onyx

Travel Advisor: Alyssa

 

My husband (love saying that now) and I had our DREAM wedding in Punta Cana on May 7th, 2018. I always knew I wanted to have a destination wedding. Just the though of having our toes in the sand, a beautiful beach setting around us and a sunset during our reception was too perfect to pass up. As all of this sounded great in my head, when it came to planning it… I got extremely overwhelmed immediately. I guess I should start with the fact that I am a planner, I love planning parties and I do it with stride. The fact that I got stressed out immediately trying to narrow down a location, date, venue and pricing made me want to give up and just have it in Dallas. I felt like I would have more control. Venting these frustrations to a random stranger at my daughters school, she recommended me to Legacy Travel. Contacting Alyssa changed my life overnight. 

 

 

She recommended many different resorts, contacted the resorts for available dates, sent me wedding packages, pricing and more. Once I was able to narrow things down, which took me about a week, I felt 100% better about the entire process. The main issue I was having with resorts is A. they don’t respond B. they want a ton of information from you before answering any questions C. You cannot talk to a coordinator until you lock in a date and deposit. Alyssa took care of A, B, and C for me. When I locked down the resort after reviewing my options, she then introduced me to our Wedding Coordinator, Manuela, at Now Onyx Punta Cana. The process was smooth sailing from there.

 

 

After choosing a “package” she then sent me a 90+ page PDF of options for the wedding. This included table linens, chairs, centerpieces, decorations, charger plates, flowers, cakes, gazebo options, etc. Ladies, please note that planning a destination wedding isn’t a year long process, I learned this quickly. It is 100x easier so you do not start planning until 2 months prior. I locked down our date about 8 months out, reviewed the PDF catalog for about a month or so and sent Manuela my “tentative” options to get a budget together. Once I had my budget, I reviewed that catalog for the next 4 months until we started finalizing the plans 6-8 weeks before the wedding. The greatest thing about this, was I didn’t stress about a wedding for 8 months. During the months I wasn’t planning, I was gathering information from Alyssa on pricing for my guests and got all of that sent out immediately to get everyone the best price possible. About 80% of our 52 person wedding guest list went through Legacy, the others used their points.

 

 

Why did I choose Now Onyx? A few reasons… I have an 8 year old so I needed the resort to be family friendly but I didn’t want 100 children running around everywhere as most of my guests do not have children. I wanted a nice resort (this is one of the newest properties in Punta Cana) but I needed it to be reasonably priced for our guests. Now Onyx offered it all. They were affordable and had everything I was looking for including an adults only sister property next door, Breathless. Guests were able to resort hop and enjoy pool parties next door. Most of us spent our time at Breathless. However, NowOnyx is a nicer resort as its much newer. 

 

 

I guess I should talk about the wedding now. 🙂 The wedding was PERFECT. You will see pictures attached to this blog. Everything was beautiful, the weather, the set up and the service. I knew it would be gorgeous but I didn’t expect it to look as amazing as it did. My husband and I were so pleased with everything. I did change a few things on the menu as I didn’t want your typical steak, mash potatoes, and green bean dinner. We did a pizza bar. This included 5 different types of pizza, pasta salad, a salad bar, wings, fruit and more.

 

 

 

Our wedding was completely magical. We spent an entire week with our closest friends and family which was so special to us. Everyone had such a great time. Writing this blog has me tearing up because Now Onyx went above and beyond for everyone. We are extremely thankful.

Recommendations: The day after the wedding we took everyone out on a 3 hour long party boat to go snorkeling and to a sand bar where other boats doc and party. We had unlimited alcohol, sandwiches, and a DJ! I highly recommend this if you have it in your budget. I am pretty sure this was everyone’s favorite part of the trip. We were thanked a million times for adding this in. 
The company we used was La Barcaza Even Boat: https://www.facebook.com/LaBarcazaEventBoat

 

 

Budget: 12k

Guests: 52

Upgrades: We upgraded every possible thing you can think of!

Only regret: Not making everyone go home 2 days after the wedding. We had zero alone time.

 

Interview with the Bride: Haley’s Majestic Wedding

Bride: Haley

Groom: Michael

Resort: Majestic Mirage

Travel Advisor: Lesley

 

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

We chose to do a destination wedding because it allowed us to extend the celebration. Couples spend countless hours and money in preparation for just one day, which goes by so fast. Why not make it a week long celebration with all your family and friends in a beautiful place!

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

We looked through countless resorts in Punta Cana and in other countries. What helped us decide was from reviews as well as the pictures of the resorts. I also liked the fact that the Majestic mirage was the newest of the resort. 

 

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

What was most difficult was in the beginning trying to figure out how many guest where going to actually be coming to the wedding. After finding out the actual number, decision making is much easier!

4.) What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise? 
Besides the obvious my wedding was the highlight of my trip. Going on the excursion was very fun and a great time with friends and family. A pleasant surprise was how awesome the coffee shop was at the resort!! 
 
 
 
 
5.) How well was the resort and your On site Wedding Coordinator to work with?  
They where fantastic! Both of them where very attentive and on top of their jobs. They absolutely kept me on track during the week and especially for the wedding day. 
6.) If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Don’t get to caught up on what Pinterest is telling you to do. Don’t ever assume things, don’t be afraid to ask questions!
7.) Was there anything that you would change looking back?
NO WAY! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect week let alone a more perfect wedding!! 
 

Taryn and Daniel Renew Their Vows in the DR

Bride: Taryn

Groom: Daniel

Resort: Ocean Blue & Sand

Travel Advisor: Alyssa

 

Thank you so much for everything you did to make this experience a memorable one. My husband and I greatly appreciate you and Legacy!

The highlight of the experience was having my son walk me down the aisle. 

There resort was phenomenal and all the staff was super friendly. Everyone made sure we had exactly what we needed. All our guests had a great time. 

Despite some of our family being unable to attend and the Bridal party set up having to be changed, it came together without a hitch. Luckily we knew well enough in advance so it didn’t have a huge impact.

The wedding coordinator (Natalie) at Ocean Blue and Sand was the absolute best. She went above and beyond to make our ceremony and reception perfect.

I always want to have a wedding on the beach and the ocean as a backdrop so a destination wedding was the answer. 

Biggest surprise was when all the guests stopped what they were doing and crowded around to watch the ceremony. Never having been to destination wedding before I didn’t know what to expect.

If my best friend was planning a destination wedding the best advice I could give would be to utilize your coordinator to fullest. It will save you a lot of time and headache. And make sure you have a big enough suit case to bring all the wedding favors and accessories you’ll need for your big day. You’ll need it! 

 

I wouldn’t change a thing! It was everything I imagined it to be. 

Photobook: Laynie & Jim’s Playa Mujeres Wedding Vacation

Bride: Laynie

Groom: Jim

Resort: Dreams Playa Mujeres

Travel Advisor:  Terrah

 

 

 

“We had a fantastic time!  Everything went well.   The oceanfront room with pool was phenomenal.   We loved it.  Thank you for everything.  It was great!”

PhotoBook: Tasha and Trevor’s Punta Cana Dream Wedding

 

Bride: Tasha

Groom: Trevor

Resort: Excellence El Carmen

Travel Advisor:  Terrah

 

 

“It was awesome.   Everything that I thought might turn out bad went well… the reception being inside ended up being perfectly fine.   Everything went amazing!”