Bride and groom: Ilona and Christopher
Resort: THE Royal in Cancun
Travel Consultant: Nicki
Photographer: Resort Photographer
~ Bride Interview ~
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
We wanted a smaller intimate wedding that would be relaxing and exciting for all of our guests. We knew that a destination wedding would be smaller and much more intimate.
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?
After much research and advice from our wedding planner; Nicki, we decided that the packages and options at the Royal of Cancun was the best for our needs. We were able to add options and were not tied to only what was included in a package.
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
Having to make all of our decisions and plans using pictures. You can't always determine if a meal will taste great based upon a description of the ingredients. Many of the pictures didn't do the actual product provided justice. Many products were much better in person than the picture would impart. Also, having some guests stay at other resorts. It is frustrating to pay more for people that are staying at other resorts (other chains). Many times just one or two guests can add a very large expense to the overall cost of the wedding just because all prices seem to be much more for guests who are not staying at that specific chain resort.
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
How smoothly the event went. The wedding coordinators oversaw the entire evening, which made for a very long work day for them. However, they were involved in coordinating the entire day from start to past the finish.
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
She was excellent. Although they didn't ask too many questions, they understood how we wanted things arranged and organized. The questions that they did ask were to the point.
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Try to get all of your guests to stay at the same resort. When one or two guests stay at a different chain resort, it can be difficult to spend quality time with each of them (also added a large amount to the overall costs associated with the wedding). We had most of our guests staying at one of the two sister Real resorts and this made it so that everyone was constantly running into each other and enjoying time with many of the other guests and also with us. It made it so that spending time with everyone was a little easier and definitely was more spontaneous.
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
Get all of our guests to stay at one of the two sister resorts that were offered. With there being two sister resorts that was a huge plus that made it feasible for guests with children to attend. Maybe we wouldn't do it during spring break. There were still a surprising quantity of 16 to 20 year old students that were rather challenging to tolerate.
I would highly recommend Nicki Squittieri at Legacy Travel for others planning a wedding. She was very helpful and accommodating to our questions and requests.
Advice for future couples: Just enjoy your special day once it arrives. It can be stressful planning for everything, however, once the day is there live in the now and ignore all of the "what if's" that can fill your mind. It will turn out better than your dreams if you've done your homework properly.
Thank you again for all you've done Nicki,
Ilona and Christopher
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of and help with your special day! You make a beautiful couple and it was my pleasure working with the both of you. I wish you the best in your new life together. ~Nicki