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Amanda Patek - Wedding Planner for Azul Hotels based in the United States

Hello Amanda and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today!

So how long have you been helping plan dream weddings for the Azul Hotels?
Almost 2 years now.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Working with the different brides and helping them pick out their bouquet, menus, entertainment and everything that goes along with a perfect wedding. It’s really nice to work with all different types of brides and agents. I’m definitely a girly girl, so helping to plan each woman’s perfect wedding melts me every time!!

What are some of the most fun/memorable weddings you’ve helped plan?
One wedding that I planned recently were married at Azul Beach Hotel. The couple was so sweet and down to earth. They ended up sending me the wedding video after they returned home and it was probably the best video I’ve seen! I definitely wanted to be there because it looked beautiful and everyone looked like they had a blast.

How do you feel about wedding favors/gifts?
I think it’s a nice gesture when bride’s bring them, especially for a destination wedding. It’s saying an extra “thank you” for flying to Mexico and joining in on the wedding celebration. A lot of my bride’s have gotten really creative with a destination wedding gift bag.

Being in a tight economy right now, would you suggest an area to cut costs or downsize?
I would suggest cutting down on ceremony decorations because the ceremony is only 25 minutes in length and the scenery is already breathtaking anyways. I would put that money into a private reception with great food and dancing. Our wedding packages also include a semi private dinner for the wedding party, so this is perfect for wedding couples on a budget that still want a nice, sit-down dinner with their family and friends.

Is there anything new and exciting going on with Azul weddings?
There’s always something new and exciting going on! We always have great promotions like the Free Wedding Package or the Bride and Groom Stay Free Promotion. Nothing is impossible for us to do, so depending on how creative you want to get for a wedding, we can accommodate it.

If you were to give some tips or advice to a soon to be bride, what would it be?
I would suggest that the bride visits the Azul properties… they really speak for themselves.  Each bride has different priorities, so I would suggest figuring out what yours are and go from there.  Some brides really want a low key wedding, others want something elaborate.  I always say to make a list of “must haves” and find the resort and wedding package that allows you to plan your perfect wedding. Everyone’s version of a perfect wedding is different and the Azul properties are really great at molding to each bride’s needs.
Again, thank you for all that you do and know that we simply adore you and the entire Azul Wedding Team.   
Attention brides to be:  When calling to set up your consultation with a Wedding Consultant at Legacy Travel be sure and ask about the special gifts that you receive when wedding at one of the Azul Resorts.

Azul Beach Wedding 
Wedding set up at the Azul Beach Hotel