Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun
- What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
I always wanted to have my wedding on the beach, and one year my husband and I traveled to Mexico and loved every second of it. We both always talked about what we wanted for our wedding and it was to have it at an all inclusive in Mexico on the beach! Also, I felt like having our closest friends and family to take a week long vacation together is once in a life time. To have this memory with everyone of my loved ones was one of the reasons I wanted to have a destination wedding.
- What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?
We knew we wanted to have it in Mexico, we are from Chicago and they have many direct flights to Cancun which made it very easy to travel for our guests. Working with Lesley she was AMAZING! She helped me choose dreams riviera Maya Cancun. I gave her all my wants in a resort beautiful beach and pool, must have good food, family friendly resort because we had kids coming and a hotel not to far from Cancun airport. She help me narrow down all my options and gave me all the time I needed to make that big decision. She answered any questions I had about the resorts and made it so easy every step of the way.
- What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
There was not one difficult thing in planning our destination wedding. I worked with Lesley the entire time from start to finish, she was nothing but helpful and made the entire experience stress free and amazing! I highly recommend having a destination wedding. Ours was amazing and I loved every single second of it.
- What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
The entire experience was amazing. My biggest surprise was Lesley upgraded us to VIP guests and to an ocean view room it was amazing!!! She wanted to make sure that we were taken care of and she sure did! I felt like Lesley wasn't just my travel agent for my wedding we became very close friends during my experience planning with legacy travel. I sometimes spoke to her a few times a week. I would even call just to say hi! My wedding day was the highlight of everything. I remember sitting down at my reception and I told my husband just take a minute look around how beautiful everything is.
Also, Lesley works in Texas and I live in Chicago. Legacy travel has a Chicago office and she came to work a few days out of the Chicago office and she wanted to meet me! I was so excited! We went out for dinner and she surprised me and gave me a wedding survival gift! I was so surprised she wanted to pick me as one of her brides to take out to dinner, I was shocked she picked me!!! I will always remember everything she has done to plan the most special time in our lives.
Our family and friends loved every minute of it and now they want to plan family vacations every year. I know I will be calling Lesley to book our big family trips!
- How well was the resort and your onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
She was amazing she greeted me as I checked into the resort. We had a meeting with her the next day and I was able to change center pieces, linens, and many more things. She went through every single detail of the wedding. It was seamless she had everything taken care of. We had not one worry in the world. I was able to meet with my photographer and DJ. We requested to meet with them just to make sure everything went perfect with them. Which the wedding coordinator photographer and dj all are in contact with each other so everyone is on the same page.
- If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
Enjoy every second of it. I know I did I loved every minute planning my destination wedding. I did not have one worry in the world during the entire planning processes. I wanted to do it again!
- Was there anything that you would change looking back?
I wouldn't have stressed about the welcome bags. Your guests come prepared bringing sunscreen, aloe, Advil etc. So I felt that I could have just done a nice simple letter thanking them to travel and an itinerary, and not worry about stuffing a bag full of travel stuff that all your guests are already bringing with them.