Dreams Tulum (Jan 17-27th )
First off, I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all you BDW girls, the information I gathered from this site during the planning process was invaluable â€“ I could not have done it without you!!
And a big shout out to all you January bridesâ€¦ thank you for listening, encouraging and comforting me thru it all.. I miss our daily entries!!
Flight: Sunwing â€“F
Horrible. Delayed by 4 hours going down with no explanation as to why. And on the way back it took 22 hours from the time we left the resort (should have been max 10 hours), we landed at the Victoria airport at midnight â€“ 15 minutes before landing they told us we will be landing because we needed fuel?? We ended up having to sleep in the airport and finally got back to Vancouver at 9am the next morning. They did nothing for us, no food, no drink, nothing. The funny thing was we met a couple that was on a trip with a $250 credit from Sunwing because the exact same thing happened to them last year. DH wrote them a letter when we got back but of course we havenâ€™t heard anything from them and honestly if they did send a voucher I would rip it up.. we will never fly with them again.
Arrival/Check in: A
Amazing, although it was 3:30 in the morning by the time we finally got to the resort, the staff was so great. Quick with checking us in and getting our luggage to our rooms (and letting us know we could order room service for those who were hungry!).
For the rest of the guests who were arriving from Toronto and Montreal the next day it was fantastic, champagne, pastries and cold wet clothes. The staff insured everyone felt so welcome and all of our guests couldnâ€™t stop gushing about it!
We loved our room, it was perfect. We were offered an upgrade to the honeymoon suite the next morning but we chose to keep our room for a couple of reasons, the first it was wonderful (8203) and the second we had already dump all of the OOT bag contents in the room had started the production line.. lol I honestly didnâ€™t have the energy to pack everything up at that moment.
There were several people in our group that received free upgrades. Most had booked the standard suite and then were upgraded to the junior suite (some asked and some just got the upgrade).
The resort: A+++
Wow is all I can say, the resort was beyond our expectations and all of our guests (25 of us) felt the same way. Not one bad experience, the grounds were immaculate, the entertainment outstanding and the food was incredible!! We would definitely recommend this resort and return ourselves!!
Wedding Coordinator: A+
We met with Landy on Monday and went thru all the details; she had all of my emails and answers to all of my questions that I had sent down the weeks prior. She was amazing, there is absolutely no need to worry if you havenâ€™t heard back from anyone.. they have your questions and they will take care of everything!
Wedding Day: A++++
Again it was everything we had hoped for and more. We decided early in the DW planning that we would be paying for our immediate family to come, so most of our budget went to this, honestly we wouldnâ€™t have wanted it any other way (ok maybe with one exception.. if I had to do it all over again I would have hired the mariachi band.. I had seen them perform at a couple of other weddings that week and they were so fantastic, if you can - hire them!!).
We received the free package and added a few things to it. We hired the resort photog (and weâ€™re so happy we did), added extra flowers/corsages/boutonnieres and had dinner at Portofinoâ€™s in the wine cellar.
I had a hair and makeup trial done on the Wednesday and I am so glad I did this. The makeup was way too dark and you could see the foundation so I decided that I would do my own makeup the day of the wedding and just get my hair done by the spa.
We went in the morning to the spa and then at 1pm Trinidad (sp?) did my hair. Like others have recommended bring a picture, their eng isnâ€™t great but I just showed her the pic and she did exactly what I had asked for.
The ceremony was at 4pm in the chapel. Anabel came to my room at about 3:15 with my flowers and then came back to get me at 3:55pm. I am so glad we decided on the chapel, they did a fantastic job decorating it and the candles burning made it so romantic. Loved it!!
We had written our own vows and the judge did a great job incorporating them into the legal ceremony. Landy translated and everything flowed, we were on the beach by 4:35 taking pictures!! The resort photogs name was philimone (sp?) and he was so much fun, gave good direction and was open to suggestions.
Dinner was, as mentioned above, at Portofinoâ€™s at 6:15pm. It was so wonderful, the food, the ambiance, the waiters.. everything!! We had given Landy our decorations and place cards/seating chart, and it was perfect. We decided on the menu during our first meeting with Landy and then found out some of our guests had allergies; we were able to substitute their meals no problem. We brought our ipod and speakers and we played music during dinner and then we had our first dance after dinner! We had the room for the entire night so we didnâ€™t have to rush - everyone had such a great time!!
So I think thatâ€™s it, hopefully I havenâ€™t forgotten anything. If you have any questions please send me a PM and Iâ€™ll get back to you!
Here is the link to the pictures...