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Resort: Dreams Playa Mujeres
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.