What made you decide on having a destination wedding? Cody: I am from Texas and Kendra is from NC. Since we both have family in different states we decided to have a destination wedding because we did not want to make any of the family members mad because we had the wedding in either Texas or NC. Kendra: We both always dreamed of having a destination wedding but didn't think that we would be able to. The more we researched venues, we realized that some of our family would have to travel regardless of where we get married. As we got closer to creating our budget we realized we would be able to do our destination wedding.
What made you decide on the resort/venue? Cody: We went to the El Dorado last May and we loved the place. So since we wanted to have a Destination wedding, we thought since we have been to the El Dorado and loved it, why not get married there. Kendra: We were looking at Mexico because it is a rather easy trip from Texas and one of the least expensive places to fly to. We also liked the idea of going somewhere we had been and were familiar with so there wouldn't be any surprises. We visited the El Dorado Royale the year before with a group of friends and had an amazing time. The food was incredible, the service was top notch and we were completely satisfied with our first experience. We also wanted all inclusive and adult only, so it was an easy choice.
Who was your photographer, and if you had one, your videographer? Cody: Jackie G. and she was amazing. I would recommend her to anyone doing a destination wedding. Kendra: We chose to bring our own photographer and she was AMAZING. She knew us and our style and did an incredible job... contact information is on her website ... http://www.jackiegphotography.blogspot.com
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding? Cody: I did not have one. Ask my wife because she did all the planning but I think everything went seamlessly. Kendra: I took care of most of the details with small projects for the ceremony but had an offsite coordinator that would email details back and forth. It was relatively easy considering my mom was my florist and we were pretty specific with what we wanted. People don't realize that these large resorts do multiple weddings a day so they are great and details and making sure everything is right... you have to be somewhat flexible since you won't be meeting face to face or seeing everything before hand but it was great.
What was the highlight of the experience? Cody: On the wedding day the weather was not that great. Overcast and looked like rain was approaching. At 1.00pm all the clouds disappeared and there was not a cloud in the sky and at the time of the wedding the weather was perfect. Kendra: The service and attention of the staff and coordinators were amazing. Everyone was so attentive to the fact that we were getting married and really made it their priority to treat us that way.
Biggest surprise? Kendra: The over the top staff at the resort who went above the call of duty to make sure that your experience was the best it could be. Cody: My watch and “other” present Kendra gave me. (and the fact that we got to hang out with Angel who was one of our bartenders last year)
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? Kendra: Enjoy the ride, be flexible and relax... it was the most un-stressful wedding process ever.. and totally worth every minute and penny! Also don't go over the top with all the tiny details, it will be gorgeous regardless... look at the location how can it not be.