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Bride: Alexis

Groom: Vincent

Resort: Dreams Playa Mujeres

Advisor: Hannah

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

Neither of us ever really dreamed of having a huge at home wedding. Both of us love to travel so we decided it only made sense. We also knew that a destination wedding would mean an extended party in paradise with those that mean the most to us.

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

Hannah was great with providing us many options. We looked through the wedding packages and venues, read reviews, and considered cost. Ultimately, we needed a resort that could accommodate 100 guests, be kid friendly, and meet our expectations on food, service, and overall needs. I will say that having 100 guests limited our options, but ultimately we ended up at a new (only a year and a half old) resort and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision.

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

I would say the biggest difficulty was planning the decor for our wedding. The resort was great in the sense that they could make anything and everything happen. This wasn’t a resort that provided you with 5 style options and you had to choose one. I got to customize everything about it. The trouble with that came with the pricing. A lot of what I chose revolved around how much it would cost. The decor guides are limited, so it’s a lot of back and forth emailing of pictures to get quotes and making adjustments to meet your budget.

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

I would say the highlight was just getting to spend multiple days in paradise with my guests. Some family stayed a full week and others just a couple days. It was so nice to enjoy the reception without having to feel like I had to walk around and thank everyone for coming. I had already seen them at the pool the day before or at the welcome dinner the night before. It was a vacation with all of my closest friends and family.

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

The resort and our Onsite Wedding Coordinator were very sweet and they can customize almost anything to meet your vision. Most of the communication is done via email, but if you ask to jump on a call they are more than happy to do so. The more pictures and inspiration you have, the easier it is to help them help you get exactly what you want.

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

My first piece of advice would be to call Hannah:) She really made the process so much smoother for us. My second piece of advice would be to do your due diligence before selecting your resort and wedding packages. Take your time to look over the packages and ask questions around what is included and what isn’t included in the price. Also try to get enough information as you can around pricing for vendors and upgraded decor, flowers, lighting, etc. 

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


Honestly, I don’t think I would change a thing. If I had to pick something, I would stress less and know that Hannah and the resort will take care of anything and everything to ensure that your big day is just as you envisioned it. 


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Bride: Nicole

Groom: Mychael

Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun

Advisor: Lesley

  • What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

We decided pretty early on in the wedding planning process that we wanted to do a destination wedding. A couple of years ago, we attended my cousin Ali’s wedding in Tulum and had the most incredible time. It wasn’t about the actual wedding day per say, it was about all the quality time we got to spend with everyone. Instead of just having a few hours to try and chat with all the guests, people were able to spend real time and have actual conversations. Family had a chance to catch up and friends all mingled. People from different parts of their lives, all got to know each other. We loved so many things about that trip that we decided to do something really similar. Fortunately, my cousin is really cool and was flattered when I asked if we could model our wedding after hers.

Second to that, our family and friends are spread throughout the country, so pretty much no matter where we decided to get married, most people would have to travel and it would be a destination wedding. And we love the beach, so we knew from the get-go that our ceremony would be on the sand.


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

We decided to use my cousin Ali’s travel agent (told you we were copying her wedding J) Lesley from Legacy Travel. Originally I was researching resorts myself and trying to keep track of everything in a very complex excel grid, but once Lesley got involved, life was so much easier. She has strong recommendations on the best areas and also the best hotels – not just in terms of location, but also which ones have helpful and responsive wedding planners (hugely important for a destination wedding).

Lesley arranged for a site check trip and we looked at 8 hotels in the Riviera Maya, specifically in Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. In the end, we decided on Dreams Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos. The hotel was tucked away and felt very private, but was still only a short distance to the airport, which was something we kept in mind for some of our older guests and those that were anxious about traveling out of the country. It is a beautiful hotel, situated right on the beach. One of the things that stood out for us was the pool area and the entertainment staff. We wanted to make sure our hotel had things to keep people entertained, but was also relaxing for those that wanted a quieter vacation. We also wanted to be sure kids would have fun as well because plenty of our friends have children.

All the hotels we saw were really nice and the staff was incredibly friendly, but Dreams checked all the boxes for us.


  • How was the resort?

The resort overall was incredible. Perfect for groups with plenty for everyone to do, whether they wanted to be entertained or just relax. We had some trouble with the room drops, so I’m not sure I would recommend going that route. We gave the list and the gift bags to concierge, and met with them three different times to go over it, but still some of our guests never received a gift bag. We were charged per room drop, so that was a bit disappointing. Unfortunately, we had so much going on and were running around so much that I didn’t have a chance to go back a fourth time to try and sort it out. In general though, the resort staff was so helpful and accommodating. The stick to a very high-level of service and some of the people we met went so far above and beyond, it was impressive.. The entire activities staff was so fun and did an incredible job of keeping people entertained. Also, our photographer was INCREDIBLE! I didn’t really know what to expect since you have to use the onsite photography company, but we ended up with a really amazing photographer – Nicandro Jimenez. He had such great ideas, his photos came out amazing and he was really fun to be around. If I could, I would hire him for all our shoots! Maybe I can convince him to move to San Francisco.

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

Understand in advance that not everyone will be able to attend, be flexible and don’t get too stuck on any idea, and arrive early before any of the guests get to the location

  • Was there anything that you would change looking back?

Had we known about the seaweed issue down there, we probably would have chosen a different location. There was so much seaweed in the water that you couldn’t go in the ocean. We have friends that went up to Playa Mujeres and said it was much better. Other than that, just small things. I may not have done gift bags because that ended up taking more of my time than it was probably worth.  And I definitely would have arrived a day earlier. We needed a day to take care of things before people started to arrive.

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Bride: Katina

Groom: Brandon

Resort: Dreams Playa Mujeres

Advisor: Nicki

I chose my destination/venue because my friend had her wedding at the Dreams Resort in Rivera Maya and she used Nicki with Legacy as well. I looked into the same resort that she used and stumbled upon the Dreams Resort in Playa Mujeres. The pictures were absolutely breathtaking and the resort is newer with more upgrades. The view in person was far better and breathtaking than any picture.

            The biggest surprise for us was getting preferential treatment immediately upon arrival. The amazing staff met my husband and I with champagne and my kids with a glass of lemonade. Nicki from Legacy Travel worked with the Resort to have us upgraded to preferred which offered us a luxurious vacation. My children 10 and 12 enjoyed the room service and that they could order non-alcoholic beverages from the swim up bar and at dinner. The staff treated them with the same respect that they treated the adults. This was wonderful and made the experience that much better.

            If my best friend was planning a destination wedding I would get her in touch with Nicki at Legacy Travel first and I would recommend the Dreams Resort at Playa Mujeres. My wedding coordinator Marcela was amazing and made the wedding of my dreams happen on my budget. The only thing that I would say that I would want other people to know is that my son absolutely loved the teen core club, My daughter who is 10 went to the explorer’s club that was available for her age group. She did not enjoy the club and felt like it was geared for kids 6 and under. That’s ok because the resort is family friendly and she was able to hang with us and have the time of her life.

We started our day out with a couples massage and enjoyed the rest of our day laying in a cabana by the pool. I then walked to the spa/salon at 3pm to get my hair and makeup done. They set me up in the bridal suite which had food and beverages and a personal bathroom. They had my dress and bouquet in the bridal suite ready to go when I finished with my hair. From there my wedding coordinator had all of my makeup and clothes sent back to my room and she drove my wedding party and myself to the area where it was just a short walk to beach. This is where all of the magic happened. I walked down the boardwalk to the sand and down the aisle to my best friend where we shared our own written vows to spend eternity together. We will definitely be back next year to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. I don’t know why anyone would ever get married any other way!!

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Bride: Crystal

Groom: Trent

Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun

Travel Advisor: Hannah

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

We both knew that we wanted something different. I, originally wanted to elope just the two of us. And then we decided we would just invite immediate family. Well, that quickly escalated to cousins, and nieces and nephews, so we decided to just have a wedding! A destination wedding was the best of both worlds. We had the intimacy we wanted, and the destination.


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

Hannah did an awesome job of giving us many options when it came to picking the location of the wedding. For us it was important
that the resort was small so we could see our guests everyday, as well as cost effective for all of those traveling. We ultimately ended
up choosing Dreams Riviera Cancun because it was:
A: On the smaller side
B: Only 30 minutes from the airport. This was important to use because we had a lot of guests that had never traveled to Mexico.
C: Amazing wedding reviews
 

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
 
The most difficult thing for me was waiting until 3 months prior to speak to our wedding coordinator at the resort. 
By 3 month before the wedding, a theme is already planned, without any actual planning. Bridesmaids dresses 
were picked, wedding dress, groomsmen attire. It as difficult to envision what the wedding would ultimately
end up looking like without fully understanding what the options were. Thankfully, my planner was amazing
and everything came out wonderfully.

 What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
 
Honestly, everything! I was just completely blown away with the details that went into each event
starting with our rehearsal/welcome party, the cocktail hour, and the wedding. Fernanda (our wedding
coordinator) has fantastic taste, and everything came together beautifully. It rained everyday while we
were there so we had to go with plan B for our ceremony and reception and moved it all inside. I was
so distraught over it on the day of the wedding, but it was all amazing. You couldn’t even tell that our
reception was being held inside of a Mexican restaurant!
 
 
 
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
 
AMAZING. Poor Fernanda, I was so stubborn when it came to the idea of moving the wedding inside.
She did not miss a beat on any of the plans that we had made. She even found sparklers for us last
minute on the day of! The details, I feel like the pictures don’t even do them justice. She was always
available and had great communication. I can’t rave about her enough.
 
 
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? 
 
DO IT! Don’t listen to anyone. The people that want to be there will be there. Get a travel agent
aka Hannah because she will make your life so easy and also those of your guests. Those 4
days surrounded by loved ones on the beach have been no doubt, the best days of our lives
and we wouldn’t do a thing differently. 
 

 
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
 
NO! Honestly, even the dates because of the rain. We got amazing pictures and everything
worked out how it was supposed to.
 

 

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Bride: Amber

Groom: Robin

Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres

Travel Advisor: Terrah

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Bride: Addie

Groom: Shane

Resort: Riu Palace Mexico

Travel Advisor: Terrah

Our trip/wedding in Mexico was everything I had ever dreamed of. Everyone was so nice and helpful throughout the whole trip! Thank you so much again for all your help. 

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Bride: Allyson

Groom: Kyle

Resort: Secrets Papagayo

Travel Advisor: Hannah 

 
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
 
We love to travel and loved the idea of going somewhere fun with friends and family.  I also never wanted a big wedding so it was a good way to keep it small and simple.  Everything is taken care of for you, you just show up and enjoy it instead of stressing about all the work involved in a typical wedding. 
 
 
 
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
 
Kyle wanted to go to Costa Rica, the first place I saw when i googled weddings in Costa Rica was Secrets.  I have been to a Secrets resort in Mexico and knew they were a reputable resort.  
 
 
 
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
 
 Not seeing things for yourself and knowing exactly what it would look like.  Also communicating with the coordinator through email. 
 
 
 
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
 
Everything was taken care of and set up perfectly with no stress from us.  The decor was set up so much better than I could have ever imagined it.  Also making the decision to move the reception to a covered area took away the stress off of worrying about rain and ended up being a cooler look and feel than I thought it would be. 
 
 
 
 
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
 
The resort went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of and the onsite coordinator, Carolina, was very attentive and answered all my questions in a timely manner.  She was always available at the resort if we needed her.
 
 
 
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? 
 
I  would recommend doing it as a way to keep it small, cheaper, and stress free.  Also I love any excuse to take a trip and it can easily turn into your honeymoon.  I would recommend either staying several days after your guests leave or moving onto a second location to get an actual family free honeymoon!
 
Was there anything that you would change looking back? 
 
I can’t think of anything.  Everything really turned out more perfect than I could have imagined!  
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Bride: Kristina

Groom: Matthew

Resort: Secrets Silversands

Travel Advisor: Audrey

What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

My husband and I decided to have a destination wedding because we wanted our guests to have a vacation.  Neither my husband nor I are from Dallas. All of our guests were going to have to travel to our wedding and we wanted to have an experience that lasted more than 1 day.  

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

We decided to have our wedding in Mexico for several reasons.  We wanted to select a place that had a large airport with a wide variety of flights.  We also loved how we could get everything we wanted in Mexico. This made Cancun the perfect place for us.  

I have always loved the Secrets Resorts.  They do an amazing job with weddings and with customer service.  After talking with our travel agent Audrey, we selected Secrets Silversands.  I really liked how it was close to the airport. The last thing I wanted was to fly to Mexico then sit in the car for 2 hours getting to our resort.  

What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?

The biggest difficulty I had with our destination wedding was giving up control and trusting people.  I was unable to do a site visit prior to our wedding. I had to have faith that my wedding coordinator, resort and everyone involved in our wedding knew what they were doing.  

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

The resort was beautiful and super friendly.  I loved how this was an adult only resort so we were able to relax without having to worry about children.  I also really enjoyed the number of pools and restaurants the resort had on-site.

My wedding coordinator was amazing.  Veronica knew what she was doing and was quick to respond to any questions or last minute changes I requested.  She made sure that everyone was in the right place and the right time. It really allowed me the opportunity to enjoy the day and not stress about anything.  

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

The highlight of this whole trip was the wonderful memories everyone made.  This was truly a vacation with my family and best friends.

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

Trust that everything is going to work out and be beautiful, don’t look at the weather and enjoy your day.

would also tell her to use Legacy Travel to help with guests booking their trips.  I knew when everyone was arriving so we were able to meet everyone in the lobby.

 

Was there anything that you would change looking back?

We wouldn’t change anything.

Is there anything else you want to add about the resort or your booking agent Audrey?

Audrey was wonderful to work with.  She was quick to respond to any problems anyone had.  She was also the person who suggested this resort and helped with establishing communication with the wedding coordinator at the resort.  

 
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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!! 
 
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