My wedding was Saturday, April 16 at Hyatt Ziva Cancun at 4:30pm. I’m going to try to keep this short and to the point because I’m tired. I did the Lavish & Opulent package. 35 guests there. 3 people didn’t come due to family emergency.
The hotel was lovely! Everyone loved it and so did I. They have something for everyone and the staff is super nice. I love their motto – service from the heart. They raise their hand to their heart when they greet you. Several of our guests were talking about coming back later with friends or other family members. The wedding was beautiful and more than I dreamed of. I was overjoyed with everything and would definitely recommend it to other brides. Don’t be discouraged by your initial wedding consultant that’s assigned. I had Elsa and didn’t always love her but Andrea, my onsite, was THE BEST. She’s the sweetest person and took care of everything. She went above and beyond. I took her my suitcase of items and she made sure everything was set up beautifully. Those items were – sashes, maracas, guest book and camera, a couple of other small things.
We arrived to the resort on Wednesday and were blown away immediately when we stepped out of the van. The view breathtaking. There is a wide open view of the pool and ocean. Two of my friends rode with us from the airport and one told me that she loved it so much she could kiss me on the mouth lol (but she didn’t). We were given cold towels and a glass of some kind of sparkling beverage (non-alcoholic). Check in was easy and pretty fast. They give you the option of whether you want to put a credit card on file or not.
On Friday night we had our welcome party at Tres Cervezas. It was PERFECT! My friends went early to hold a couple of tables. There was a Mexican party going on at the plaza so most hotel guests were out there. The bar was pretty empty which I was happy about lol. We took over! And there was a live band. I am so happy I didn’t pay for a private party. It wasn’t necessary. My friend handed out the favor cups as people arrived and we all just mingled, ate wings, and drank. Some of us even danced while the band played. So MUCH fun. So glad we did it. It was a chance to spend time with all of our guests and catch up with people we hadn’t seen yet.
On Saturday morning (wedding day) we had rehearsal at 9am at the sky gazebo. It was EXTREMELY windy. We did a walk through and she rehearsed with the kids like 3 or 4 times. She promised them that if they listened and did well she’d have a surprise for them. It was 2 little girls and 2 little boys. They listened and did well at the ceremony. She gave them cupcakes during cocktail hour
My mom, his mom, and I had our makeup done at the spa. They have a bridal suite. I also had my hair curled. They did a pretty good job. Everyone loved my makeup but I didn’t. I didn’t think my lashes were down far enough and she forgot to put blush on me. I called a friend down to the spa for a third opinion lol. She said the lashes were fine. They have lashes there but I brought my own. They move really slow and have a limited selection of eye shadows and lip sticks. I was happy I brought my own lipstick. My mom didn’t like the ones they put on her, they were all really light. She ended up wearing one she had in her room. Her makeup looked nice and so did my MIL’s. I forgot my lady’s name but I think it might have been Holly. I was there from 1pm until a little after 3pm. My photographer and videographers came in while I was in there (Ivan Luckie & Alex Gallardo).
Also while I was in the spa, Andrea came and told me that it was still super windy at the gazebo so they were going to move the cocktail and reception to the punta vista terrace. I was fine with that. And actually very happy. It turned it really well and I loved the set up.
Ceremony was beautiful. We did a sand ceremony that included my step kids. I ordered the kit from Etsy. The minister was great. The wind was really bad. My hair was all over the place! We attempted family photos after the ceremony but I’m sure they look crazy bc of the wind. I can’t wait to see them though.
I’m told that the cocktail food was good. The reception food was good, although very small servings. The salad and stuffed chicken were delicious. The vegetarian course was a joke. I wish someone took a photo of it. No one anyone would be full from that. It’s shameful. The cake was delicious as well.
Cocktail: Salmón fish tartar with tzaziki cucumber, Potato Spanish tortilla, Roast beef with horse radish cream sauce.
Salad: Roasted chicken breast and crispy bacon with roman lettuce.
Main: Artichokes stuffed chicken breast with goat cheese and Vegetable tower for vegetarians.
Dessert: Iced red fruits tart.
Kids: Chicken nuggets and cheese pizza (requested on the spot). The waiters were all very nice and even danced with my friends
Cake: Signature cake – vanilla. I paid extra for flowers added.
We had Dj Doremixx for DJ. He was awesome. He played the songs I sent him and mixed in other songs that we all enjoyed it. I was surprised by the cold fireworks at the end but it was awesome. The Hyatt had a party scheduled at the Punta Vista bar so we moved the party to the bar around 9:45. It was perfect for those of us who weren’t ready to go in yet. That lasted til 1am but we left around 11:30 I think. We were like celebrities lol. All the guests at the bar were congratulating us and taking photos with us. Even days following the wedding people were congratulating us. I guess they saw us when we were doing our photos around the hotel.
Our room was beautifully decorated when we returned. We were pleasantly surprised.
Wedding Consultant – Elsa Torres – Sweet lady but spotty communication. I think she was overworked and had too much on her plate
Onsite Wedding Coordinator – Andrea Garza – LOVED HER. She’s the best. You can tell she loves her job. She danced and played with the kids. Even allowed my step daughter to trick her into making a balloon animal lol. Check her out on Instagram – Aneiia9113 to see wedding photos
Rentals – Gama Grupo (Abimael May)– Chairs, Chinese lanterns & support, silver chargers, square table – Good to work with. Good communication. Everything as promised.
Flowers – Hyatt vendor – forgot the name lol. I never talked to them directly. – centerpieces, flower girl baskets, and petals, boutonniere
My bouquet, mom corsages, dad bouts, flower girl headbands – I ordered from wedideas.com
DJ – Doremixx (Ivan) – He was great! He also brought extra lighting that I requested. No dance floor. Glad I didn’t waste money on it. We didn’t miss it. Had to pay outside fee for him
Photo – Ivan Luckie (plus Aldo) – We loved them. Can’t wait to see the photos. Had to pay outside fee for him but it included the videographers as well.
Video – Alex Gallardo (plus Elvis) – Loved them as well. They were funny and set up a lot of good moments to capture.
Maracas – Etsy – vintagebabydoll – good communication and pretty fast turn around. I ordered them a month before the wedding
Maraca tags – Etsy – Recipebox – very accommodating and quick service
Favor cups – Etsy – Myweddingstore – Loved them, quick shipping
Sand Ceremony – Etsy – Thedreamweddingshop - Loved them, quick shipping. If you do this, make sure you wrap it up well for travel back. TSA opened it to test the sand and didn’t secure it well. It was in carry on but when we got home there was sand all in our bag. We plan to redo it with the kids with the leftover sand.
Hopefully I got everything but if I didn't, just ask! BTW these are photos from friends and family so they're not all great quality.
Also - I'm too lazy/tired to proofread it. I apologize for errors loL