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Resort: Secrets Capri
What made you decide on having a destination wedding? We decided to have a destination wedding for several reasons. The first and biggest reason was that we didn't want to have the same type of wedding that everyone else has. It just wasn't the right fit for us as a couple. Second, we also wanted to have more of an experience and more time with our guests. With having the bonfire (aka rehearsal dinner) on Friday and the wedding on Saturday we were able to spend much more time with everyone who attended. Lastly, we just love to travel. We got engaged in Europe and consider travel to be a very large part of our lives. Since traveling is such a big part of our lives why wouldn't we pick a destination wedding?
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? Audrey, our wonderful travel agent, helped us narrow down the giant list of resorts to about 5 that she and the team at Legacy Travel had been to personally. This insiders information was what gave me the trust and knowledge that I was making the most informed decision that I could. Looking online at the website can only tell you so much, but having a group of people who had been to the resorts and knew the wedding coordinator made the world of a difference. We decided on Secrets Capri mainly because keeping my guests budgets in mind was at the top of my list. However, I cannot say enough good things about this resort. It was fantastic and surpassed my expectations in every way.
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
The biggest challenge was getting all of my younger guests to book and planning/coordinating the wedding from miles away via email. A lot of the problems that I have heard about destination weddings are about the long wait times when communicating with the wedding coordinator. This was NOT a problem at Secrets Capri with Angie and Maria. They are very quick at communicating with you via email (quick replies as in 1 day, but no more than 2). This was SO important.
How well was the resort and your On site Wedding Coordinator to work with?
Secrets Capri- The Resort:
We had read all of the reviews on this resort and some were good and some were bad, but this is typical for every resort. So, we went in with honest expectations as this was reasonably priced resort. The resort although older is lovely. It is a fun hacienda style (very yellow) and offers a little bit of everything for a big group of people (47). For us, we loved that our younger friends could go to the sports bar at night until 1:30 AM and that our parents friends could have a quite night in or join us at the bar. Everyone loved the smaller size as this resort is not as large as most of the other ones in Playa del Carmen & Cancun. Secrets Capri was the perfect combination of fun for everyone as we had all ages at the wedding (19 to 75). One complaint that we heard was that a lot of people think that the pool is rundown. We honestly didn't spend any time at the pool, so I cannot review it more than to say that its pretty. However, this resort is all about the beach. It is fantastic. So, you will not need the pool with a beach like the one here. Go ahead and rent a Bali Bed they are 50$ a day and extremely nice to have. Lastly, the service overall at Capri is amazing. My father in law loves Dr. Pepper and asked that they have it for him in the rooms mini fridge. He was so surprised, all week long they had Dr. Pepper stocked for him. We loved that they had this level of service. If you ask for something at this resort they will do their absolute best to make it happen.
The Wedding Coordinator: Angie and her assistant Maria were 100% on top of everything. They were organized and professional at every step of the planning process. Everything concerning the wedding was put into a contract and signed at the bottom whenever a change was made. This made the planning transparent and there were no surprises once we arrived at the resort for the wedding. These two women made both the Bonfire and the Wedding so much better than I thought they would be. They thought of everything and spent so much time and effort making our day perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding coordinator.
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
The highlight of our wedding was the wedding! The bonfire was a huge surprise as I had no idea that it would be as nice as it was.
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Find a place you like and book it. Don't listen to anyone else besides your significant other. A wedding is between the bride and groom no one else.
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
I wish we had added more days to the trip!
Is there anything else you want to add about the resort or your booking agent Audrey? Just book it! It will all be worth it once you get there. The memories you will take away with you will be ones you will cherish for the rest of your lives.