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.

Photobook: Mexican Beach Wedding

Bride: Heather
Groom: Michael
Resort: El Dorado Casitas Royale
Agent: Audrey

 

Photobook: Shana & Lane’s Dreamy Wedding

Bride: Shana
Groom: Lane
Resort: Dreams Riviera Cuncun
Agent: Terrah 

Shana’s Feedback: I could not have prayed for a more wonderful day for the both of us! The weather was perfect and pretty much everyone we wanted to be there was able to make it! Our wedding coordinator, Delia, did an amazing job! She was on top of everything and even put in some extra special details to make each part of the wedding stand out. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. I even pulled a few staff members onto the dance floor! The food for our reception was AMAZING!  I absolutely loved the way the resort was laid out!It was a perfect venue for a wedding.
 

Q & A: Elizabeth and Kelly at Valentin Imperial Maya

Bride: Elizabeth
Groom: Kelly
Resort: Valentin Imperial Maya
Agent: Hannah

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

 

 

My husband, Kelly, and I have always dreamt of getting married on the beach, barefoot in the sand, ever since both of us were little kids. But, we didn’t think it would be financially possible. After meeting with Hannah and contacting a few resorts to get an idea for the package cost, plus extras, etc., we discovered that our dream wedding on the beach was possible!

 

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

 

We ultimately decided to choose the Valentin Imperial Maya for several reasons: (1) The cost for our guests to stay 4 nights was reasonably affordable; (2) We read SO many raving reviews of the resort from people who were first time visitors, as well as repeat customers who don’t stay anywhere besides the Valentin – some of which had gone back 5, 7, and even 9 different times!; and (3) A few years ago I had spoken with a Cheap Caribbean rep about potential resorts for a vacation with friends and he told me that him and his wife are loyal Valentin customers – it’s their favorite resort of all the resorts they’d ever visited. They went for the first time for their honeymoon, and liked it so much they’ve been back every year since!

 

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

 

The most difficult part of planning was probably figuring out the transport situation for all of the decorations and welcome gift items we were bringing with us. I had done an enormous amount of research online about the best way to transport the items, and it sounded like shipping them ahead of time was too risky, so we checked everything on the plane. But even with all of the prep work, taking a spreadsheet listing out each group of items with their respective costs, we still encountered a little pushback in the Cancun airport customs area.

 

I think we were flagged because Kelly and I had checked 5 large bags between the two of us – 3 for decor/welcome gifts and 2 personal bags, plus my dress and other carryons.  Luckily Kelly speaks a little Spanish and was able to explain to the customs agent that the items in our bags were gifts for our 65 wedding guests! He was prepared to charge us $1,000 extra tax for the items since we were carrying more than $500 worth of items per person (he asked for the total value of the items so I pulled out my spreadsheet.) After about 15 minutes of the agent searching through all 5 of our checked bags, he let us go, but it was a nerve racking experience to say the least.

 

I would recommend to any destination bride who is bringing a significant amount of decor/gift items with them, make sure you ask 2-3 family members or bridal party members to check the extra bags under their names so that you don’t get flagged in the first place. But also make sure you have a list documenting the cost of each item with a grand total, just in case they ask for it. And make sure each person isn’t checking more than $500 worth of stuff.

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

 

The biggest highlight was when I was walking down the aisle and initially saw Kelly for the first time at the altar. The sun was about to start setting in the sky, the waves were crashing behind him, all of our closest friends and family was there – it was truly the most perfect day and a moment that I’ll never forget!

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

 

Our wedding coordinator at the Valentin, Leslie Robledo, was unbelievable!! I started emailing with her in January and finished the bulk of the planning by the end of August, for our wedding on November 5. I’m a perfectionist so it helped that Leslie has amazing attention to detail because she understood how important the details were to Kelly and me.

 

Together, we planned every single detail of the ceremony and reception, and upon my request, she quoted costs up front for every extra expense that was above our package cost so that I could easily track expenses for my parents throughout the process.

 

And when it came time to execute our incredible vision, Leslie and her team carried out every tiny detail to perfection! She even surprised me by throwing in the gold sequin tablecloth that I wanted for the cake table at the reception but had to nix early on. It put the finishing touch on our glamorous reception – what an awesome surprise!

 

I would highly recommend working with Leslie. She never said “No” to any of our requests, she always said “Let me see what I can do,” and we really appreciated that. Leslie and her team made our dream wedding come true!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

 

Do it! And never look back. So worth it!

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

 

No way! Every detail of our wedding weekend was absolutely perfect! All of our guests had a blast, too. A few of them told Kelly that it was the most beautiful and fun wedding they’d ever been to ๐Ÿ™‚