Resort: Riu Montego Bay
Travel Consultant: Hannah
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
I come from a big family that is spread out across the USA. We wanted to have something small and intimate, and I always imagined myself getting married barefoot, on a beach. Montego Bay, Jamaica was perfect!
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?
I was looking for an all-inclusive resort that was family friendly. I also wanted a resort that did not have a minimum night requirement, because some guests could only do two nights. The RIU Montego Bay fit the requirements perfectly! :)
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
The biggest difficulty for me was to be so far away, and not get to see exactly what was offered with my own eyes. I relied on pictures from the florist, photographer, and the wedding coordinators. Also, another thing that was difficult was deciding what things to bring with me for the wedding. (Welcome bags, favors, wedding party gifts). Everything had to be brought with me, in check in bags and carry-on bags.
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
The highlight of the experience was the wedding itself. Having 30 of our closest family and friends there to celebrate our love and new life together was amazing. The setting, on the beach, was gorgeous and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect location. I am so glad we decided to have the Steel Drum Band play during the dinner! It was authentic and wonderful, and a special "extra".
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
The resort was phenomenal. The service we got from the front desk, housekeeping, servers, bartenders, shopkeepers, and spa personnel had us feeling like celebrities! Wonderful service! :) The wedding coordinators, Nekeisha and Christina were such a joy to work with. Through many emails back and forth, they made sure that my wedding was everything I hoped it would be. They are very good at their jobs, and made my special day happen.
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
I would tell her to use Legacy Travel, and ask for Hannah because she was wonderful at arranging my trip and answering all of my questions, and my guests' questions. I would also tell her that destination weddings are wonderful because ours was a mini vacation, family reunion, and honeymoon in one!
Was there anything that you would change looking back?
I would make sure that they had the song I wanted for my first dance. I would bring it myself. I would also bring false eyelashes! (The salon did not carry false eyelashes). Everything else was wonderful. Two small glitches in an otherwise perfect day! ;)
Thanks for letting me help with your special day! It was such a pleasure working with you :) -Hannah