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(Rated 4.6 stars with 18 reviews)
Rated #3 of 79 Cancun on BDW
Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa - Luxury All Inclusive > CUN > Punta Cancun S N > Cancun > > 77500>Location. The Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Unlimited Luxury, is located in Cancun, Mexico, sheltered by a pastoral bay. Offshore ocean breezes cool the tip Punta Cancun. This resort is 400 meters away from the Cancun Convention Center. Plaza Forum is located 600 meters from the property. Guests can walk 500 meters to the dock where a ferry departs for beautiful Isla Mujeres. Hotel Features. A 1,100 square meter spa reveals a walled garden containing a 16 person spa tub bordered by plunge pools. Massage and health treatments, and beauty salon services complement a fitness center where guests may choose between cardiovascular and weight training equipment, and free weights. Swimming options include an outdoor pool adjacent to a saltwater lagoon and a freeform pool located near the beach. Other recreational facilities include a bungee cord trampoline and lighted tennis court. The Explorer’s Kids Club is available for children, ages 3 to 12, offering a variety of entertainment and activities. Dining options range between open air beachside palapa settings to fine dining venues. Menus offer abundant choices, from contemporary adaptations of regional Mexican cuisine to Pan Asian cooking. Open air bars include Azucar Caribbean Bar, a Latin dance club, and Rendez Vous Bar, where live music is performed on selected evenings. Guestrooms. The resort provides 376 guestrooms and suites in a 16 story tower and in a low rise, five story wing. Rooms and suites offer ocean, dolphin, or lagoon view balconies or patios. Decor includes cream and tan marble floors and white bedding with tropical weight comforters. Alarm clocks with MP3 players with docking stations and satellite television are provided. Minibars are stocked daily with bottled water and other beverages. Guests of the Preferred Club rooms and suites have access to a lobby lounge with check in and check out service, American breakfasts, private cocktail service and evening appetizer service. Expert Tip. Romance is forever in bloom at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Unlimited Luxury. With advance reservations, couples may order private candlelight dinners served on the resort's pier.>The preferred airport for Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa Luxury All Inclusive is Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN Cancun Intl.) 17.4 km / 10.8 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0. 1 mile and kilometre.

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By kellykanester, · 3 Comments

Pros: location, price, value, service
West jet- A+   We flew direct from Vancouver to  Cancun and the people on west jet were great. They gave my husband and I free drinks on the house and made an announcement that we were getting married. They also let another bride and myself use up a entire overhead compartment for our dresses and made sure no one put anything else in that bin.
Room- A+   When we arrived we were able to go directly to the tower where there is a VIP concierge who checked us in. She upgraded us to a one bedroom master suite on the 16th floor. When we arrived we were welcomed with a honeymoon banner on our door and a gorgeous flower arrangement with champagne and a welcome letter. As a VIP guest in the tower you have free wifi and they have a small choice of food and drinks in the lobby all day. We were in awe of the amount of space in this suite. There was 2 bathrooms a dining area with a huge table for 6, a living room, deck with jacuzzi, separate bedroom with another balcony looking off to the strip, a changing area with huge closet space, bathroom with another jacuzzi and almost 360 degree views throughout.        
Service- A+   Everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile. We have been to many resorts and at dreams they really make you feel special. Even when you call very late for room service they arrive within 30 minutes and arrange the food on the table for you. The waiters at the restaurants and the beach service were all very professional. The service everywhere in the resort was amazing.   We even found a msg in the elevator congratulating us on our wedding        
Resort- A   When reading reviews about this resort I was really worried about how dated it might be. This resort may be a little older then some in the mayan riviera, but it is kept so clean.. We have been to crown paradise and also riu caribe and both were more dated then this one. I did not find anything wrong with the decor or the resort itself. The resort had 2 separate beaches that you could go to, and they both had very nice accessible blue water. The atmosphere here is amazing and you can find it at a great price.      
The wedding- A +++   After a year of planning and imagining how it will be and having doubts and worries, I can truely say that our wedding was perfect and I would not have changed a thing.  
   Wedding planner - A+   Claudia did not have alot of communication with me prior to arriving, so I was a bit nervous.But as soon as I arrived and met her, all that went out the window. We spent a half hour with her and the wedding was planned. We brought her the bag of things we brought to set up for the ceremony and reception and finalized the contract. She ended up giving us vases to borrow for our centerpieces, tikki torches, an extension cord for our sound system as well as an extra hour of photography all for free.     Spa/Salon - A   We gave our mothers the scrub and 25 minute massage as a gift and then we took the 60 min swedish massage. The atmosphere of the spa is so relaxing, and it is decorated beautifully. We had the best massage we have ever gotten and then got to relax in the steam room and hot tub. I will always book a massage now on vacation, it was heaven, just what I needed the day before the wedding.   I also booked a hair and makeup trial to make sure I liked what they can do. So on the night of my bachelorette I went in to get it done and was so impressed. The lady who did my hair was alice and she didnt speak much english but she was very nice and did my hair exactly like the pic I showed her, and the makeup was done beautifully. On the wedding day my hair needed to be washed, so when I went in she started styling my greasy hair, I asked her to wash it but she hadn't given any time for that so we were a bit behind schedule. So just keep that in mind if you are on a short time frame. Other then that my curls stayed in all day and the volume also stayed, I was really happy with it.      
  Ceremony- B   The day was very cloudy and windy but it didnt rain ! Everything was on schedule and chair sashes and programs were set up perfectly. We had brought our own sound system to use and it worked perfectly. The minister was pretty hard to understand and I am sure he didnt even read my ceremony script before he started since he stumbled alot, that was the only thing I was upset about. If I was to do it again I would have a friend or family member marry us, since it was only symbolic.           Photography - A ++   I have seen alot of girls pay thousands of dollars to have an outside vendor come in to and take pictures for them. I think that is silly, for this resort anyways. We absolutly loved our photos, the photographer Daniel captured every perfect moment. We got 50 photos, a online slideshow and a wedding album included in our package . We loved them so much we bought an extra 20 photos and he gave us 5 free. The book came in the mail less then a week after we arrived home, I was impressed !!         Videography - B   The video was given to my mom as they were leaving the resort, it was about 30 minutes of footage. I really liked it, it brought me back to that moment that seemed to pass by so quick. The music that they picked for the video was not exactly what we would have chosen, but he did include "somwhere over the rainbow" the song I walked down the isle to.
  Dinner- A+   The dinner was a buffett style meal, and since we chose the ultimate wedding package we were able to pick and choose from the silver and gold menus. We created our own menu and the food was the best that we had eaten the entire week there. As you were picking out your food, you would come to the soup and a waiter would be there waiting to hold your plate and take it to your table, that was so great. Everything here was perfect.   Here is the menu that we made
 Reception- A+++     We were most happy with the entire reception. We held it on Himitsu beach and we rented the light up dance floor and lights for under the tables. They set up our centerpieces, sashes, cake table and guestbook table perfectly.     The restaurant looked over the reception but luckily it was dead that night and we weren't gawked at very much except for one asian family who recorded everything haha. Again we had our own sound system and mc, so we had our dinner music then did the first dances and bouquet toss, garter toss and speeches.      Throughout the whole night the waiters were great. I am allergic to alcohol and it can be hard to explain that I CAN NOT have any alcohol. But my maid of honor made it clear to them and they would keep my glass full of virgin drinks all night. Also anytime a round of shots came they would give me a shot of cranberry, that was really fun.     The waiters at one point started a congo line and stood on a chair with a waterbottle full of sweet shots and would pour them into peoples mouths as they danced by, it was a blast.   the set up table set up Our favors Light up dance floor     Cake- A +++   We upgraded the cake to a two tier cake by trading in the desert that came with the meal. I am so glad we did this because it was the best cake we have ever eaten ! It was so moist and had 4  thin layers of cake and icing with two flavors. We chose chocolate on the top layer and tres leche for the bottom layer. My favorite was the tres leche. They even told us if we wanted our cake that we could call room service and they would deliver a piece to us. We took advantage of this 2 nights in a row.       All in all this was the perfect resort for us to hold our wedding. The location was great, the price was great and the service was great. Everyone raved about it to us and it just confirmed to us that we made the right choice, thank you dreams for making my dreams come true. We will have these memories for a lifetime.    

By Donis4real, · 0 Comments

We had our destination wedding at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa this past October. The resort is absolutely beautiful. The service was impeccable and the staff was very accommodating. My husband and I are looking forward to returning to celebrate our anniversary. For additional details regarding our ceremony please feel free to click on the following link.   http://www.phillytrib.com/lifestylesarticles/item/6807-wedding-story-precious-thomas,-donald-graham.html              
Pros: Best Cancun location, all-inclusive, friendly staff, luxurious, gorgeous beach, close to entertainment, yet tucked away privately!
Cons: Rock jetty obscructs beautiful gazebo view.
A Let me just say that I am so glad to finally be the one to write a review!  I took extremely long, but I have several reviews and I wanted them all to be completely detailed and extensive.  My husband had a car accident right after the wedding, then my replacement car was stolen, and there were 5 other couples getting married the same year.  So it took me a bit to get my stuff together.  Now, thankfully, the hubby is fine, and the replacement car is back, fixed, and almost paid off!  Now it’s about a month until our anniversary and I wanted to get all my Post Wedding to do’s finished before we go on our trip!  Thank you Tammy, BDW, and all you ladies for being here for me!   Before you read this, please take into account my grading system.  I am a highly critical person, but I am also critical of myself.  So I try to balance it out in my grade, and I graded the end product... not the in-between stuff.  There were things that went wrong, but I worked really hard and tried to fix things before hand (because I am a perfectionist) to make it perfect.  Some people might have given a lower grade because they had to fix things and not just rely on the vendors.  I, however, know nothing is perfect and I personally liked that I had the freedom to go around making corrections (like I was Co-Executive of my day).  On the other hand, some people might have graded higher, because the little things that went wrong wouldn’t have bothered them, and they wouldn’t have spent the extra effort to fix things.  But you will see that my grades couldn’t be much higher.  Bridal and honeymoon euphoria also factors into my grade; IMHO that is the best guideline to how wonderful your wedding/honeymoon was... your happiness!   THE WEDDING COORDINATOR (AND OTHER WEDDING STAFF) A+ Claudia Cantilla was my wedding coordinator.  She has been the one who worked with me from the beginning - from the time I sent a request to Dreams Cancun for a wedding proposal.  Claudia is a big sweetheart and I would recommend her to anyone.  With Claudia During my site visit June 2010   The Planning Process Claudia responded to all my emails in a timely manner (remember, if your wedding is far in advance, she may not get back to you as quickly as when your wedding draws closer.  And they are on island time, and she has hundreds of weddings in a year, so relax!)  She eased countless concerns of mine.  Whenever I would see something on BDW that worried me (not being able to substitute options, extra charges I never heard of, corrupt vendors, resort closings, etc) she would reassure me that everyone/thing I wanted was still in place and I need not worry.  I visited a year before my wedding on a site visit and I met her and my videographer and engagement photographer and they all worked well together.  Claudia also kept contact with my travel agent and they worked together to help keep things in order.  About a month before my wedding, I nailed most of the final details down with her through emails (menu, add-ons, pictures of décor and placement).  When we arrived at Dreams a few days before my wedding, we scheduled a meeting with Claudia for the next day.  She had the things we had shipped to the hotel already in our room when we checked in. We met with her and I dropped off our decorations, descriptions and diagrams/pictures of placement of décor, menus, favors, programs, cake stand, photo frames, sand ceremony, wine ceremony, chair sashes, centerpieces, signing frame, etc. and I no longer had to worry about it.  There was a discrepancy about the size of our light up dance floor (email communication showed it to be bigger than it was, and after we showed her the email from the dance floor technician, she handled it and at our reception we had our big dance floor! So ladies, keep your emails and bring copies of everything, in case things do go awry).  She also dealt with one of the local vendors we hired:  a butterfly and dove release company.  I communicated with both the company and Claudia through email (and phone on occasion), and on our wedding, the butterflies and doves were where they needed to be when they needed to be there.  Claudia handled it all and I never even met the butterfly lady (my hubby did, however, and she explained to him how to handle the doves correctly while my ladies and I were getting ready).    Wedding – Pre-Ceremony (and some mild mayhem) The day of our wedding, there was a huge tropical storm (later known as Tropical Storm Arlene, which for the record never happens in June… figures, lol).  Claudia assured me that she would do her best to let us have the wedding of our dreams, even possibly move the wedding back a bit, so it could be outside.  I went to get my hair and make-up done, and try to distress.  During this time, my bouquet arrived to my room and a guest brought it down for me.  It was not at all like the picture I gave Claudia, so I started to get bummed out.  One of my maids and a guest took it to Claudia with my instructions, and luckily, they were able to tweak it and make it almost exactly like I wanted!  By the time I made it back to my room, thankfully the storm died down, although it was still cloudy out (and extremely windy).  While getting ready, I noticed that the petals for my flower girl were delivered, and they were the wrong petals.  We requested white and red petals.  Our colors were red, white, and a sandalwood type color.  Our aisle carpet was red, so white petals were going to be on the red carpet (already placed), and red petals were to be in the flower girls’ basket (mostly for show, to go with her outfit, and to give her a fun task), and in petal toss bags for the guests.  Well, the white petals were delivered to our room, making me wonder what was going to be on the carpet on the aisle, and where the red petals were.  I had to take more time out of getting ready to make calls and send my ladies to help fix it.  It did eventually get fixed though.  By the time I finished getting ready, we were only a little late, and everything was in place!  Honestly, when you are planning a millions different things in a wedding (especially in a destination wedding in a different country with a different language), there is bound to be some miscommunication and errors.  But if you can keep a level head and be patient and willing to explain your needs again calmly (bridesmaids are a big help here), things will work out.  You also need an open mind for the few things that won’t go how you expect.  There was one mistake my coordinator made that couldn’t be fixed (I was in the middle of getting married, so I wasn’t able to do anything).  She had put the rest of our fake petals I had set aside for our water vase centerpieces in our petal toss bags (she was supposed to use the rest of the flower girls real red ones).  The end result was that when it came time for guests to toss the petals at me and the hubby, instead of being heavy enough to be thrown, the fabric was to thin and they got caught away with the wind.  I admit I was upset at first, because I used some of my substitutions on services I didn’t use in my package to get the petals (so technically I paid for them), and because I wanted the petal toss for some colorful pictures (not to mention the fake petals were not environmentally friendly, so I was surprised she would even think to use them to be tossed at us).  However, in reality, you have to choose your battles (be upset, or enjoy the wedding), and in all fairness it was so windy even the real petals would have blown away.  And my coordinator didn’t mean any harm; it was just an honest mistake.    The Ceremony and Reception With the few mishaps out of the way, the rest of the day was perfect.  Claudia had tied all the sashes I gave her on the chairs with the knot I asked for, she placed the ceremony favors behind the sashes like I asked, the wine ceremony, sand ceremony, and dove basket were in place on the ceremony table (although the wind ended up knocking one of our sand ceremony vases over and broke it… NOTE:  Dreams Cancun Gazebo is always windy, but if there’s a tropical storm brewing, forget any glass).  As I was waiting with my group to walk down the aisle, I saw Claudia and her assistant and she had her head set on to direct the sound system technicians.  When she saw we were ready, she had them start the first song.  Every song was played on queue (even my last minute change, which was the background music to a song I sang to my husband.  I told them to wait for my signal, in case I was too nervous and decided to skip it). The minister, Jorge, was a very sweet man and did everything perfectly.  I emailed him a few times prior and Claudia gave him the wine ceremony instructions ahead of time (since that isn’t a well know ceremony), and he put his own personal touch on the more common sand ceremony.  After our dove release and we were introduced as man and wife, our exit song played and we were off to take pictures.  Claudia left to get the reception ready.    Right before our reception, there was a butterfly release.  Earlier that day, I had requested the location to be changed due to the high wind (I didn’t want our poor butterflies being blown away).  By the time we finished our pictures, I noticed the guests holding their butterfly boxes in a less windy area.  As I walked toward them, I noticed our big light up dance floor, our head table and guest tables, cake table, and sound system table all in place, exactly as I diagrammed.  The sashes were moved to the reception chairs, the centerpieces were exactly as I had described, the cake stand assembled as I instructed, and the tables were all lit up underneath.  The place cards had the people sitting where I wanted, the menus where placed on each plate, the cocktail umbrellas were on each guest’s personalized shot glass next to their plates, our picture frame and guest signing frame were next to our personalized maracas in a basket as I requested behind the cake table. Claudia had done everything as I wanted!  And even though we ran late, we were still in time to do our first dance as the sun set.  And the clouds even broke for the most spectacular sunset I ever saw (and this was my second summer in Cancun).  We even lucked out and had a rainbow during our butterfly release!  NOTE:  butterflies become dormant in the box, so tap the box first before releasing, it will wake them.  No one told us this beforehand, but our photographer mentioned it after she realized they weren’t moving and I thought they were dead.  She had been to several wedding with this happening.    Our first dance was gorgeous as the dance floor lit up white and purple against the deep orange sky.  And when it started drizzling, Claudia again acted last minute as I asked her to keep our sound system technicians.  (We only had them for the dinner music, and planned on using our Bose portable sound dock after, but didn’t want it to get wet, so we were able to hire the sound system longer).  We were glad we did, because they even brought out balloons that were as colorful as our dance floor that became a vibrant multicolored flashing extravaganza!!  The only bad thing was that our dinner CD somehow didn’t have all our songs (must have not burned properly) and some songs kept replaying (so I asked them to play whatever they had).  We had backup CDs for the reception, but were planning on just using our iPod.  Luckily the techs just took our iPod to check the list and were able to find most of our songs.  By this time, because everything ran late we didn’t have much time left for dancing, so I had to keep requesting for them to skip songs in order to play my event songs (father daughter dance, mother son dance, bridal party dance, first fun dance, dance for cutting the cake, for the bouquet/garter toss, for when we had sparklers, for the tequila conga line we requested our bartenders to do for us, favorite songs, etc).  Remember, a Dreams reception is only 3 hours, so after dinner, there’s maybe only an hour and a half.  If things run late as they did with us, you get less.  So if you are an event planner and controller like I am, be prepared to help out.  If you’re not, then you can just relax and let them play what they like!    Once the dancing began, Claudia was pretty much done, but she checked up on us until the very end.  Once it was over, she was there to clean up everything, and had our stuff delivered back to our room the next day.  I truly think the only reason I worked so hard (aside from my being a perfectionist), was because so many things went wrong that were unplanned.  Most weddings have a few mishaps, but with the weather making us have to change plans and making us run late, and other little things that no one could expect (a passing starfish fell out of my bouquet, my dress wasn’t bustling properly, and other small things).  That being said, I would have never been able to fix everything by myself.  Claudia was a godsend!  With her help, I didn’t go crazy trying to be everywhere, I was able to focus more on me and my hubby and guests, and I did actually get to enjoy some things despite most brides saying they don’t remember much.  That reminds me, the food was great (we had two entrees… Dreams Trilogy and Chicken Supreme, A la Romani soup, the organic salad, and chocolate napoleon), and the drinks were plentiful!  We moved our champagne toast so that instead of after the ceremony, it was at our dinner for our toasts.  And they also gave us and any guest champagne whenever we wanted (as opposed to what I had heard before).  We went with the Tres Leches cake because it was native to Mexico.  Everyone loved it and many ordered it for room service afterward.    Claudia and the wedding staff saved my life.  She ran around and did everything I asked to the best of her ability, and I had a lot of detail and requests (many last minute).  I also want to add that tropical storms are rare in June.  My in laws have been coming to Cancun in June for over ten years and there has never been more than ten minutes of drizzle.  So all these changes I had to make last minute usually don’t happen to Cancun brides and coordinators until October weddings.   Detail Pics       Staff (Concierge and Servers) - A+   All of the staff at Dreams was amazing.  We had some favorites.  At the Concierge desk, Carlos was always ready to greet us with a smile or dance with me.  We gave him our complimentary bottle of champagne as we departed because with all the restaurants and bars on the resort, we never opened it… haha!  Raija, another concierge, helped us with discrepancies with our coupons and included packages.  Also a concierge, Nadia helped me out when I had lost my bouquet starfish (we luckily found it later) and she was genuinely concerned for me and shared her sympathies.  Later on, I started contacting her through her face book concierge page and she hunted down a recipe from Seaside Grill (my husband’s favorite meal there) so I could surprise him for Valentine’s Day!  She also is helping to coordinate our private romantic dinner this June.  We signed up for a special and she helped in my request to recreate our wedding menu.  So, now on our Anniversary, we will dine on the same food we had at our wedding, and our cake, but this time we will have time to savor it, ALONE!!!  Thank you Nadia!  We are going to be doing a video testimony with her once we come back to Dreams!  I can’t wait.  I would recommend the Dreams Concierge even over whoever you book with.   I know if you book through a TA, you have a special agent that can deal with your excursions (Apple, American Express, Olympus Tours, etc).  They are located in a small room next to Claudia’s office.  We found that except our transfers to the airport which were already included in our trip, everything else (tours, excursions, etc) was a better deal directly through the Dreams Concierge Desk or the tour guys by the pool and beach.    Lastly, we made some friends at the bars and restaurants.  Maruel at Seaside always knew which kind of rum my husband wanted in his coke and joked around with us at Seaside Grill when we were stuck during a storm.  He was great!   We did have one problem; the petit fours that come with our honeymoon package weren’t delivered every night.  Not a huge biggie, but since it was included I wanted to try them all and some were romantic and added to our honeymoonish state of feeling!  I tried to talk to the concierge desk a few times, and they did start doing it more frequently, but they leave it uncovered on your table, and it was attracting ants (Note:  I never had ant problems on my site visit in the Pyramid Ocean Front room, only in the honeymoon suite this year, so it may not be a resort wide thing.. but it is not like they were everywhere, and when you are in the tropics, so you are bound to have some bugs.. but thankfully I have NEVER encountered a mosquito in Cancun J ).  I requested them to plastic wrap the petit fours; and they did once, but then forgot.  Again, not a huge biggie, but I want to be as detailed as possible!   With Carlos the concierge!   Maruel at Seaside   Adventure photography –A+   Since our wedding/honeymoon was full of unforeseen storms thanks to Tropical Storm Arlene, we did not get the exact pictures I dreamed of.  Of course, they were still amazing, but I wanted sunny photos.  We waited all week for a really sunny day to hire the resort photographers to do a quick session, but by the end of our trip, we still had clouds.  However, a small break in the clouds got us a little bit of sunshine on our last full day, and I ran to Adventure Photography’s desk.  Daniel at the desk worked with me and got me a great deal on a small package.  We later met with our photographer and he was supposed to shoot for an hour, but he stayed an extra hour, and shot us all around the resort!  He gave us 5 more pictures than promised in our CD (a total of 20), and included an album, that was delivered later to our home.  The album came and we noticed our names were misspelled (Chirs and Chiris… instead of Chris and Chris) lol.  After I emailed them, they were quick to not only send another album, but a better one with a nicer cover!  And the pictures were great!  We finally got some nice weather photos for our after session, even if not completely sunny. I must say the photographer had a wonderful style.  I know some people weren’t happy when Dreams stopped outsourcing their videographer and photographer to start using their company vendors, but I just wanted to let the brides know that if they don’t decide to hire their own, at least my experience with the Dreams photographer was nice.  But I still would recommend Juan Navarro (who did my engagement photos), and Mike Cantarell if you want the BEST Cancun vendors. (I used Mike for our wedding but I went with a stateside photographer because I wanted a specific style, not because Juan wasn’t amazing, and I even tried to hire Juan first for our extra session but he ended up with food poisoningL, and afterward I hired Adventure).   A few of our faves from Adventure     Rooms and Housekeeping – A   First, the bad (don’t worry, not too bad, but I wanted to explain the lack of A+) We had some problems with our AC.  When you stay in the honeymoon suite, there are two floors in your room.   I think a lot of the heat escapes on the top floor (which is where the bed was L ).  So we slept downstairs on the couch a few times.  We had to constantly call to get them to check it out, but it would take forever for someone to work on it and we wanted our privacy.  Besides, it still never got cold.  There’s a sliding door on the bottom floor (similar to the club tower rooms), but a wooden hinge type door on the top where I think the heat would escape (although, we stayed in the Pyramid Ocean Front room the previous year with the same type of door and our AC was always at a chilly 66-67.. so I don’t know why it would leak in the honeymoon suite… nevertheless our AC on the bedroom floor was never lower than 72 and our bottom floor never below 69, and that was at night, and that’s really not that comfortable when you are in a very humid climate.) They almost moved us next door, but when I checked it out, their thermostat read 73 (even hotter!  Ick! So we stayed in our room).  Eventually, we got them to send up a tower fan so we could finally sleep in our bed.  It wasn’t as cool as we would have liked, but much more comfortable.  Another problem in the honeymoon suite (that we never noticed in the ocean front pyramid room) was ants, like I had stated before.  They tried to spray a few times, but honestly, they weren’t that bad.  Just a few here and there and at most I saw a small pile (that was when they sprayed and then we were fine).    Now for the good, the great, and the AWESOME! First off, the Honeymoon Suite comes with the eternity honeymoon package.  So we got a chilled bottle of champagne, huge flower centerpiece, and a fruit basket upon arrival (we had to remind them of our fruit basket), massages, a private dinner, a champagne breakfast in bed, and free nights toward our anniversary (also comes with the Ultimate Wedding Package).  Next, the honeymoon suite is very spacious!  These are the two top floors on the side of the pyramid that faces the gazebo.  I really didn’t want to book it after I stayed in the Ocean Front room in the pyramid.  I really think that’s the best room in the resort (and we’ve even been in the club tower rooms), but my husband brought up a good point.  We had lots of wedding luggage and my dresses (which I hung on our bed canopy upstairs), so there really would have been no room for all our stuff in a basic room… and I created a workshop upstairs to assemble all of our reception/ceremony favors and programs. It also helped that we had two bathrooms.  The top floor has a tub (not Jacuzzi as I thought was stated on the website; there were definitely no jets… but it was too hot in our room and we never used it anyway) and separate shower and a HUGE vanity area.  There was a comfy king bed, a table, a TV, two dressers, some wicker furniture, a balcony with chairs and small table, and it’s own AC unit, that of course I stated before didn’t work well).  The downstairs had a full couch (long like a bed), breakfast table and chairs, small bathroom with shower, a second TV and dresser, and balcony with larger glass table and chairs, again its own AC unit.  Both balconies overlooked the ocean and the gazebo.  I definitely think it’s a great room for destination wedding couples because they can see their wedding being prepared and you still get amazing views of the ocean.  On the day of the wedding I got ready with my girls in our honeymoon suite while the hubby got ready with the boys in a friend’s Master Suite room in the tower.  It was definitely a great room for all that we needed.  However, I can’t wait to have my small little chilly Ocean Front Pyramid room with the full wall to wall expansive view of the ocean this June on our anniversary.  It’s one of the most affordable rooms and I think it has the best view.  Like I said, we had some friends that stayed in the Master bedroom suite in the tower with the Jacuzzi on the balcony.  It’s definitely nice, but super expensive and I still think the Pyramid ocean views are ten times better!  But that’s my opinion. (Although, I bet the tower Jacuzzi balcony view is awesome at night with the Cancun skyline.  And being able to see it from the Jacuzzi after it cools down at night is a nice luxury).    Honeymoon suite, second floor vanity second floor bedroom first floor common room   Restaurants - A+ (you can view several of the menus on http://m.dreamscancun.com/CMS/MobiRenderContent.aspx?contentGroupID=17331)     World Cafe.  We went here for breakfast!  Hubby loved this place.  So many choices and a cute kid’s station that’s the perfect size for them.  Tons of fresh fruit and fresh squeezed juices.  I’m not huge into breakfast besides fruit and a few pastries.  They have different themes for night (French, Italian, etc), but we liked eating at the outdoor restaurants.  The only improvement would be to include soy milk options (but most hotels don’t do this), for people like me who can’t have dairy.    Seaside Grill.  Different for Lunch and Dinner Grill with wonderful chicken, steak, and fish dishes.  Start you off with chips and red sauce (not salsa).  I loved the Salmon with Couscous.  Hubby loved the Breaded Beef Involtini and the cake roll dessert.  Great view of the ocean and by the breeziest restaurant if you want to get away from the heat in the evening.   Oceana.  Different for Lunch and Dinner Many fish dishes (with the freshest available at this restaurant), but for dinner they do have chicken and steak and my friends told me their filet mignon was amazing!  Lunch is mostly fish (one chicken dish I think). They start you off with appetizers as well, but I can’t seem to remember what they were.  I think maybe chips with two dipping sauces... one fish and one non fish.  I actually got my husband to try the tuna here (he like it! And he hates fish), and the grouper, swordfish, and salmon was very, very good!  They even let me get two entrees on one dish (they did a portion of each and combined them on a plate) I think you can get fresh caught fish there as well.  Close to the Barracuda (swing bar.)   Hitmitsu.  I love this place.  Open only for dinner and they request semi-formal attire.  Spring rolls for appetizers (and I think they bring you some before you even order, just like the other restaurants) Sushi, Nigiris, and Sashimi. Asian fusion entrees- fish, chicken and steak dishes.  Non fish sushi (beef or mango roll) for fish haters. Portions are small, so you can enjoy several things!  They offer Sake too!  Right by El Faro beach (the lighthouse area and smaller beach).  I really liked this noodle type appetizer (I think served with fried tofu). You can see the skyline at night.  Close to Sugar Reef Bar.   Paloma Bonita.  Authentic Mexican Cuisine.  We paid the $15 a person menu they offer Dreams guests and were not disappointed with the menu options!  They also have a full menu if you decide to go that route!   CoCo Café – Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pastries, and sandwiches.  Great if you are on the go or before going back to the airport.   They also have a snack shack (or they did when we went there, but I don’t see it on the website anymore).  Burgers, dogs, fries, etc by the pool area.  And sometimes they have a grill out by the lagoon/hammock area.   Bars – A+ Manatee bar – swim up in the main pool.  Pool is small and shallow, but it’s great to cool off and have a drink.  Sugar Reef – beach bar by the smaller beach (kind of out in the sun, so great for those seeking to get tan), Rendezvous – I love this place for the more sophisticated type of cocktails.  The 4 included champagne cocktails are right up my alley (my favorite was the French 75 and hubby’s was The Champagne Cocktail). They have an extensive list of liquors for purchase. Put on a nice dress and sip a cocktail and listen to the music at night!  You’ll feel all swanky!  We had our Meet ‘n’ Greet and handed out welcome bags here.  We also spent the rainy days here playing board games.  Barracuda – Our favorite bar.  Sit outside on a swing under a thatched roof and sip away your cares!  They apparently make coco locos (but we never got one because they ran out of fresh coconut. They literally pick them off the nearby tree and make the drink inside!  I asked every day, but no more coconuts came. It was sad because I saw the last one being made).  Preferred Club Bar - (on the first floor of the tower) – It will serve anyone, not just people in the tower rooms, and is close to the gazebo and small pool.  There’s also a lounge there that serves pastries at breakfast, and probably other foods later on.  Probably great if you want to grab a quick bite or drink to go down to the beach, since you can’t leave any other place with food except maybe CoCo Café.  Desires- fun after hours bar open until 1am and it also has different sports games on.  They serve appetizers and drinks and have theme nights.  We did Karaoke, and were part of a couples contest game, and they have stuff for families earlier in the evening (comedians and magicians).  We came here after our reception still in our wedding attire!  Everyone cheered for us!   The Resort (the rest) - A- I wanted to mention some other tidbits about the resort that didn’t fit anywhere else in my review.  There is a small gym with a few machines and weights that we used a couple of times.  There is an Explorer Club for kids ages 4 and up with activities from 9am-9pm daily.  I think they have nanny services for younger children as well.  They also have activities throughout the resort daily for everyone else and it’s printed on a little news letter called “The Sundial” and put in your room the day/night before or available in the World Café the day of in both Spanish and English.  Activities range from dance lessons, crafts, yoga, water aerobics, scuba lessons, and so much more.  Keep an eye out because there are specials available daily at the Spa and other places and they are the best deals!  They also announce if there will be theme nights, a movie playing, or other special activities.  You can request your name to be put in if you are honeymooning, getting married, or celebrating an anniversary.  There’s a gift shop where I bought a turquoise sarong.  They have a vendor night where a lot of the flea market locals come sell their items if you want to avoid jumping into the throng of it all down the hotel zone.  Our friends bought cigars and I saw clothes, jewelry, and tequilas (they also have days where you can taste tequila and roll your own cigars).  They have days where you can take pictures with exotic animals.  There is a Scuba Dive shop on site by the pier.  Dreams has their own dolphinarium on site.  The dolphins play with each other all day long and you can have a room overlooking them.  The price to swim with them is higher than at Wet n Wild, but more convienient.  Several of my friends enjoyed this!  Towels are free and ample!  You don’t need a card to redeem them and you can exchange as often as you want.  Also, there are no bracelets to wear.  Just give your room number and you can eat at all the restaurants.  The spa has a shop where you can purchase products.  There are some people trying to sell massages down by Caribe Beach (by the tower/gazebo).  Careful, they are not a Dreams Company.  There is a rock jetty that was built shortly after we reserved our wedding.  It was built by the government to help protect the beaches from hurricanes, so nothing can be done about it by Dreams.  I nearly took my deposit back.  It’s really ugly and IMO obscures the room views from the tower (I used to think those rooms could be the best views until that jetty went up).  But the more I thought about it, I realized that my photographer could angle herself to position away from the rocks, and I loved too much about the resort to back out.  So I dealt with it.  There is also a lot of graffiti on the side of the rocks.  You will see it if when you go for a swim.  I was scared what my guest would think, but no one seemed to mind or notice.    Don’t have your heart completely set on anything because they make changes frequently.  They changed the gazebo after I booked.  It used to be wooden and traditional, now it’s cement and modern (lights up blue at night)!  Some brides weren’t told and when they got to Dreams, were sadly shocked they couldn’t use the gazebo they dreamed about because it was under construction.  Other brides got it in different phases of construction.  They also did this with the Terrace.  They closed it for renovation without telling some brides (this is why I gave a minus, I think communication is your best asset when things go wrong.  Dreams should have scheduled the maintenances far enough in advance where they would have to let future brides know that those options weren’t available, or at least could have contacted them the moment they knew so that the bride could prepare.)  I had no problem personally with communication, so I'm still giving it five stars! I absolutely love this resort and nothing can change my feelings for all the positive things, but I feel that the bride needs to know everything possible in order to make the best decision about where to marry.  It’s already stressful enough planning from abroad.        Private dinner – A+ This comes with your eternity honeymoon package (which you can pay for or it’s free if you get a honeymoon suite or higher, or if a certain number of your guests book the required number of nights).  Very nice!!  They have set meals to choose from, but will work with you if your husband hates fish and mushrooms lol!  We had ours in the spa palapa out by the water.  So romantic and intimate but no breeze over here!  The pier or beach may be better.  You get your own private waiter.  You have to schedule it with the concierge ahead of time, along with the breakfast in bed.  When you come back to your room, it’ll be all decorated with rose petals!!   NOTE:  We are getting one again this year because last year I was too sick to enjoy mine and barely ate my food (hubby loved his however)!  Like I said before, they are recreating our wedding menu on our anniversary!  Dreams is really amazing, they cater to you even after your wedding!   What we came home to! Our champagne breakfast in bed.  We brought it on the balcony   Spa – A+ We took advantage of the 25 minutes couples back massage during our first few days, then did the hour massage closer to the end of our trip.  You get the 25 minute one with the eternity honeymoon package, and the hour long one with the Ultimate wedding package.  Both were so nice, but I must say I love the 25 minute one the best and wish I asked for them to just focus on my back and shoulders for the hour long one.  NOTE:  The 25 minute one also comes with a scrub and they are supposed to be done together, but we didn’t realize this when we scheduled it.  So when we went to schedule our scrub, the showers weren’t working properly (to rinse off the scrub), so they offered us another massage.  We had absolutely no problem with that.  But if you want the real experience, make sure to book the scrub and massage together!  (Or I think you can choose a facial instead of the scrub)   Hair/makeup (Mereya) A++ (because I’m very picky, and she was very sweet and patient!)   I love Mereya.  If I could insist one thing for brides, it is to get your hair and makeup done.  If not by Dreams, by someone!  With all that went wrong the morning of our wedding, I would have never had time to do my own makeup and hair, and I would have done it so fast I would have messed up.  Getting it done also forces you to relax and sit for a minute (well, it should... I was writing my vows and getting my maids to fix my bouquet… I think my friend got me a drink... I never drank it... LOL).  Plus, they know how windy it is and fix your hair accordingly.  Mereya worked with the clip-on extensions I brought and made my hair exactly as I wanted (down and curly on one side so that the wind wouldn’t ruin it completely, but it was still long like I wanted).  It was extra windy because of the storm, but my hair lasted through the next morning for my after pictures!  Plus, I had Mereya for my site-visit trial the year before and I knew she would do great for my wedding.  As a side note, I never liked my makeup done by other people, but Mereya was awesome.  My advice… Get a trial beforehand if you can to get a feel for your makeup artist, even if you can’t do a site visit... do it on the day you arrive if there’s appointments available.  Then you can test it to make sure it holds up in your ceremony space and on the day of, you can make necessary changes.  My makeup was perfect, my hair was gorgeous and not too stiff looking even with all the hairspray.  Thank you so much Mereya!  I highly recommend you!  My maids for the most part also liked their hair and makeup.  I had 3 of my 5 maids get their makeup done and all got their hair done.  One didn’t like her hair and had them change it, and then loved it.  My maid of honor didn’t like her hair and makeup very much, but to be fair, she doesn’t like anything other than long and wavy (which was too hard to do with the wind, so she took a chance on a half up half down.  It was nothing against the stylist, just that she knows her face doesn’t work with many kinds of up or up/down dos.).  And her make-up was NOT with Mereya (but I’m not sure who did it).  My bridesmaid Maria had a similar hair style as mine and her hair and makeup was gorgeous (also by Mereya), maybe even better than mine!!!  But I’m only saying that because I’m self conscious and Maria is gorgeous!  Haha! With Mereya, first at our site visit after our trial in June 2010, then our wedding day June 2011   Included, substitutions, freebies!   In contrast to what I’ve seen most brides post, I received no freebies from Claudia.  No room upgrade, no extras.  Nothing other than what was in writing on the website and what was agreed on in our contract.  I thought for sure that maybe after we upgraded to keep the sound system, she would just let us have it, but there it was on our hotel bill at the front desk the next day.  I was disappointed, because I have read that she gave other people who tried using their Bose sound docks the sound system for free.  I even tried to tactfully and nonchalantly ask about it (and afterward I felt so embarrassed) and she acted like she never heard of such a thing.  Oh well, a thrifty girl’s gotta try!  We knew there was a possibility of needing to keep the sound system longer, so we were prepared.    But I did get a lot of substitutions that other girls seemed to have trouble negotiating.  We didn’t need a cocktail hour, so we were allowed 30 guests instead of 20.  We didn’t need the centerpieces, maid of honor bouquet, boutonnières, or corsages, so I got the extra rose petals for the carpet and the flower girl and petal toss (even though that got messed up).  We didn’t want the Mexican trio, so we got an additional hour of sound system (we used it for our dinner, then of course decided to extend it).  If we would have gotten the cocktail hour, we would have went with the Mexican trio, and not that I regret my decision, but I think it’s probably awesome to have at your cocktail hour or reception.  We didn’t use the photographer, so we got to upgrade our video package.  We received another hour of shoot time, and another hour of video time (later we paid the videographer directly to add an additional hour, a highlight video, and a blu-ray disc).    We received everything that was included.  We got our free champagne flutes a couple of weeks after we returned.  You just have to go on the website and click on the link to redeem your flutes, enter your name and wedding date, and they ship them to you.  We did it at the resort so it could get sent sooner.  They arrived in a beautiful pink box, and even though we already had our Swarovski set, we use these for special occasions!  We got our free nights for our anniversary.  You have to make sure Claudia or your coordinator gives you the voucher.  She gave us our certificate, but not our voucher, but when I emailed her she mailed it to us right away.  I scanned it to my travel agent, and first she needed to book the stay.  Shortly after, she received confirmation of the discount ($572).  I think our total stay for this June in a Pyramid Ocean Front is $1373 for the both of us for 7 nights.  Not bad!  And we got the $200 coupon book last trip, and now for this trip too (ask your TA about that).  We use ours mainly for wine upgrades.  And, like I said before, we each got the hour massage that came with the Ultimate wedding package and all the things that came with the eternity honeymoon package.  This June, we will get the basic anniversary package (champagne upon arrival, small fruit basket, and champagne breakfast in bed).    THE END! Well ladies!  That’s the end of my Dreams Review!  If there’s anything I forgot or you have questions, feel free to pm me.  I hope you all enjoy your weddings as much as I did!  And don’t sweat the small stuff, laugh at the crazy stuff, and savor everything else!  Congrats future brides!! (by the way, I had tons of pics after this, but of course it messed up after my last one and now I have to add them after the fact....Argh!)   Okay, as of 5/6/12 I added some of the photos... will have to come back to finish.  Also, keep an eye out for the professional photographer review of Critsey Rowe later on.  I have some of her pics up just to show how well Claudia did everything, but Critsey's best photos will be on her review. More pics.. I wanted to add these in their categories, but the editor started flipping out on me and I couldn't see where the other pics were, just symbols. So I'll add and label down here. [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822205/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822205/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] At Barracuda, the swing bar. I love this place! [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822206/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822206/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL][URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822207/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822207/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] These two pics are at Desires, some of the gals, and the boys are our Co-ed Bach party! [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822208/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822208/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] Singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" after our rehearsal. 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[URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822216/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822216/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] The boys playing pool at Desires [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822212/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822212/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] The group in our friends Master Suite Jacuzzi on the balcony [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822213/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822213/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] At Manatees swim up bar [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822226/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822226/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] Our Pals serving us at Manatees [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822228/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822228/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] At the pool [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822214/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822214/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] At Paloma Bonita [URL=http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822217/width/600/height/450][IMG]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/image/id/822217/width/600/height/450[/IMG][/URL] One of our friends doing the Dolphin Swim FUN AT THE SWING BAR, COLORFUL DRINKS, GOOD FOOD, FRIENDLY STAFF, GREAT VIEW, HAMMOCKS, AND FRIENDS! 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Alright everyone, it took me a little bit of time to actually sit down and write this out. We have really been enjoying married life and all that comes with it :) We were sooo very sad to leave, I cried. I wasn't ready for it all to be over.   Arival When we landed in Cancun, we easily and quickly went through customs. They did search all of our bags. We the we told them we were getting married, they no longer seemed concerned. We found our van to the resort faily easily.   Once arriving at the resort, everyone was super nice! They got all of our baggage together as we went to the front desk. Checking in was quick and simple. We really enjoyed having the cool cloth and champaigne :)   Resort The resort is absolutely amazing! We really enjoyed our beach front room. It was nice being able to walk out on our patio with the view and sound of the ocean. It was perfect.  Some of our guests had the dolphin view rooms. I think my Dad got annoyed because he would hear them throughout the night. They seemed to keep him up at night.   They kept the rooms clean and tidy, which was really appreciated. We did have to call room service several times to get more water. They would only put 4 bottles in a room at a time, and we always seemed to go through it quickly. We only ordered in food once. The menu is limited, but the food was great. I think it took them about 35 min to bring it up.   The entire resort was always picked up! It always seem to be very clean. The hotel staff were fantastic. They would always get people involved in their activities. My mom really seemed to enjoy some water areobics.   As for restaurants, there was not one that I didn't love. It was hard to choose where to eat at, because all of them had great food. All of our guests agreed. They even had a stand out throughout the day that had just fresh fruit, which is where I stopped often.   We really enjoyed the bars as well. The Swing Bar was our favorite! We would close it down then head to the lobby bar. Some of our guests were happy because they could get Bud Light, but it was hit and miss.   Pre wedding meeting This went pretty quickly. We brought down everything that Cecilia needed. We picked out our cake and some flowers for a table (I had brought all of our flowers for the ceremony to cut cost).     Rehersal This was a bit of a mess. It was very windy and difficult to understand Cecilia at times. Luckily, everyone in our wedding party was already in other weddings, so they knew the jist of what to do.   Pre-Wedding I had set up all hair appointments weeks in advance via email. One thing that every bride needs to realize, hair appointments need to be paid for 24 hours in advance or they will fill them with other appointments. Getting them paid wasn't a problem, but this did worry me a bit. Also, they do not take american money, so we had to get it exchanged at the main desk. Everyone liked how their hair was done. I had looked at some pictures they had, and picked one out. My hair looked fantastic and held up very well.     Day of wedding There was a bad rain/wind storm for several hours. (I was bummed, but obviouslly no one can control the weather.) Two umbrellas were torn apart by the wind. I really hope we do not get charge $35 for each umbrella (there was a tag on them saying that is how much it would cost to replace them).         Our wedding was scheduled for 1 pm, but the rain was soo bad we delayed it for 30 minutes. Our guests and wedding party started to move all the chairs inside so they would not continue to get wet. Eventually, my husband Paul, pointed out to Cecilia that this really wasn't the responsibility of the wedding party or our guests. At that point, people from the resort moved in the rest of the things for our ceremony. We ended up having the wedding inside the preferred tower building instead of in the gazebo.   There was confusion when the wedding party was walking in (only family stood up with us while others sat down). I wish Cecilia would have directed them with were to go while we were waiting, there was plenty of time. It doesn't look very good on the wedding video.   Most of the ceremony went off well. It was difficult to hear the minister because Paul and I were standing in the covered area outside, while he was inside. Paul mumbled over a lot of the vows because he couldn't understand the minister.   I had created a shadow box for our sand ceremony. The sand was outside in the rain and it had all stuck together. Our Mom's came up and were pouring sand, the funnel started to get cloged right away. At one point, one of the groomsmen came up with a stir stick to help push it through, but that only worked for so long. After they replayed the same song for the third time, we gave up on filling it up the rest of the way. We figured we would finish that later, but whoever placed in in our room, sat it down on its side. Well this caused the colors of sand to mix together.   During the ceremony, a lady who worked at the resort was squiging the floors ourside the preferred tower. I did not realize this at the time, but my husband and our guests did. She just walked back and fourth pushing water off the outside area of the preferred towers. It looks horrible in the wedding video. I am glad that she was doing her job and keeping the hotel up nice, but she was only a couple of feet away from Paul during our ceremony. I wasn't impressed.   Sometime during the ceremony some kind of music was playing over the intercom system of the preferred tower. I'm not sure if they did not realize a wedding was going on or what the deal was. I guess I figured that since they do so many weddings at Dream's Cancun, they would have a system down pact. I guarentee that our wedding is not the only one rained out. There just seemed to be a lack of consideration.   We had payed extra for a sound system since our wedding was at the gazebo, they did fantastic with all of our music! I had given them a CD and where each song needed to be played.   I was really excited to show our wedding video at our AHR. Well, they spelled our last name's wrong (yes, both mine and Pauls). It's kind of funny because at one point, they zoom in on our unity sand frame where his last name is spelled out. Yet, at the very beginning it's spelled incorrectly. Along with that , the lady squiging in the background makes the video not look so good. They did do a good job of incorrporating our music into the video, which was a plus.   Cocktail hour We moved coctail hour to being at the sushi grill, it is covered and our guests wouldn't get wet. Paul and I arrived about 15 minutes after it started and most the appitizers were gone. I had three appitizers and that was all. Paul asked if they were going to bring out more (since the hour had just started) the guy said yes. They never did. Maybe I was wrong to assume that we would have coctails and appitizers for an hour.   We went with a three tier cake. I was really impressed that each layer could be a seperate flavor! The top of chocolate, then white, and the bottom cheescake :) I was ecstatic about the cheesecake! It did not look like the picture of the cake we had chosen. One we chose, had flowers on it, and ours did not. I believe most of the cake got ate, which is great! I think that is about all that I have. The resort really was fantastic, I would recommend to to anyone! As for your wedding, if you have perfect weather, I'm sure you won't have a problem. Hope this helps all the brides out there!

By bnwedding2011, · 0 Comments

Pros: Cecilia was Amazing!!
Cons: The front desk and lack of communication.
Arrival:    The flight, arrival, cust oms, transportation went pretty smooth. We had 11 people on our frontier flight from our group and had no issues. Of course, I was the only one in our group that got a red light in the Cancun airport but had no issues when I told them it was my wedding. They saw my dress looked in my bag and we were on our way! We all grabbed drinks from the Margaritaville stand outside the hotel and we were on our way!   Check In: Our arrival at Dreams was pretty smooth. We had a few issues with our guests. Most people reserved king rooms and a few of our couples got stuck in rooms with double beds. My husband and I were put next door to his parents. Obviously that was not going to work out for us. When I called the front desk they charged us $350 to upgrade to the preferred tower in a room with double beds. I was NOT happy about that but really didn't want to stay next door to my future in-laws on our wedding/honeymoon. We did eventually get moved to a honeymoon suite but we were still charged $350 and had to move rooms twice.    Resort:   The resort was absolutely AMAZING! It was beautiful, well kept, and had lots of things to do! My favorite restaurant was Oceana. I am not a fan of seafood but the steak was amazing! We ate their a couple of times. The breakfast buffet was really good.. We were there for 7 days so eating the same thing every morning got a little old. It wasn't that great for lunch or dinner but was a quick option. We went to Paloma Bonita one evening and it was AWESOME! We did the price fixe meal which was $15/person including drinks.      Pre-Wedding Meeting   Was perfect! Cecilia was prepared and had all of our previous emails. We picked out a few additional things and we were on our way. We took our own centerpieces. They included a vase, candle and seashells. We wanted sand from the beach in the vases.. Cecilia had all of that taken care of. She also added a couple additional things to the table. It was beautiful!   Rehersal We chose to have our rehersal the morning the day before the ceremony. Cecilia did a fabulous job organizing everybody and making sure they were with who I told her they should be. It was quick and painless.   Day of the Wedding: I was SO relaxed the entire day.. I had breakfast with my family, went to the beach for a couple of hours with our entire group, and then off to shower and get ready for my 4pm ceremony. My appt at the spa for my hair was at 1pm. I wish I would have scheduled it at noon. My hair was gorgeous! I absolutely loved everything about it but it took about 2 hours.   Ceremony:  The ceremony was perfect! We had given a script to Cecilia before the wedding and he read it perfectly. We chose to do a sand ceremony and a shell ceremony. I wasn't sure how organized the shell ceremony would be but it was perfect!      Pictures: We chose to go to go with the resort photographer. He did a fabulous job! We loved all of the pictures he did. The only thing I would have done differently is added some additional time. We had lots of family taking pictures at the reception, but I didn't get all the pictures of the wedding party I would have liked.    Reception: The food was awesome! It was the best meal we had during our stay. We had a sit down meal for 42 people. The waiters were great! The DJ played good dinner music and it was a lot of fun. After dinner it was the speechs and then the party got started! We had such a good time! Everybody was dancing and moving around the entire time. After the reception we moved over to desires.. Not everybody went but it was still a great time!     DJ/Flowers/Cake: DJ: We had Luis.. He was nice and did a good job. We chose not to tip him. I had 3 sisters at the wedding and anytime they would request a song he would say that "I" was the boss and they couldn't. During our meeting I specifically told him anybody could request  anything. I wanted people to have a good time and if they wanted a song play it. Also, a couple of times I tried to go talk to him he was on his cell phone. My opinion is that we paid almost $1000 for him. He needed to be working the entire time and if anybody needed anything he should be ready. It wasn't like he hung up or put the person on hold when I went to talk to him.. He stayed on his phone and finished his conversation.  Flowers: Way better than I could have ever picked out myself! i had something picked out that wasn't available. Cecilia told me not to worry she would make them beautiful... They were absolutely AMAZING! Cake: It was great! Cecilia upgraded the cake for us free. The taste was good and it was pretty.        Our wedding was absolutely wonderful! I wouldn't change anything about it!         

By shannonb528, · 1 Comment

Pros: Wedding planner (Claudia) was wonderful
Cons: Lack of communication leading up to wedding
Arrival We arrived in Cancun at 12pm got our luggae and flew threw customs. It only took about an hour from when we got our luggage to when we arrived at Dreams. Dreams is located in a great location near clubs, malls, restaurants, and flea markets. You could not ask for a better location. I got our wedding favors at the flea markets, but they are very pushy, but was able to talk them down $5 per favor... There tequila apparently was not real and was colored water lol.   Check in
We arrived at the resort and had to wait 4 hrs to check in our room. We booked the Jr. Jacuzzi suite in the tower and is worth the upgrade. You get a panoramic view of the ocean from both sides of the resort.  Worth the extra money.. Upgrade! That is one of my biggest complaints that I had all week was the long wait. Our luggage was taken from us and had to wait several hours in my sweat pants and sneakers with no bathing suit to lay by the pool. We were also not greeted with champagne, hot towel, etc. and no flower arrangement or fruit plate bottle of champagne waiting in our room upon arrival like promised.   Resort The resort is beautiful and well maintained. The service is great and hotel staff was so friendly. Before you even finish your drink they have another waiting for you. Having the dolphins at the resort was great. My hubby, brother, and sister swam with the dolphins and they loved it! I liked how the resort was not too big. I was worried about communicating with family/friends through out our stay. Needless to say I was running into family and friends all the time lol. The resort also has a great children's program for those bringing children along.   Restaurants Overall the food is not bad. My  favorite restaurant is the seaside grill. The steaks are pretty good there. The seafood at Oceana did not always seem fresh and I am thinking some if it is frozen.. For lunch they have a great selection of burgers. The buffet is great for breakfast and second rounds for dessert, but not for dinner. I went for Italian night and some of it was inedible. Stick with the restaurants for dinner! We did not go to Paloma Bonita, the Mexican restaurant next door (which you have to pay for). I heard the food is not worth the expensive price. Drinks from the bar did not seem watered down at all.Try the Mango tango! They also have new drink specials everyday.   Rehearsal Dinner/ceremony I did not want to pay $30 pp to have my rehearsal dinner at one of the restaurants so I booked a private room at La Habichuela Sunset, a Mayan theme steak/seafood restaurant 5 min down the hotel strip. The food/service/views were out of this world. I highly recommend this restaurant. Dreams booked our transportation to get there. The rehearsal for ceremony was not much. She was not very specific at all. You pretty much need to decide who walks with who, the order, etc. She just tells you when to be ready and what side you stand at at the gazebo. My brother who has been in many weddings directed everyone what to do.   Pre wedding I scheduled an appointment to meet with Claudia. She is so sweet and very busy! Our appoitment took no longer than a half hour or so. She is very organized and had all of my emails printed out. I had already sent her pictures of flowers, cake, etc. I brought chair bows, lanterns for candles, paper lanterns, and starfish for my escort cards. She has a book of linens of all different colors/fabrics so you do not need to bring your own. I just thought this is an area where you can save money.. She also lets you do trade offs with a lot of things. We got the ultimate package. I traded my hair/makeup and gave it to my bridesmaids. (I booked a makeup and hair artist that came to my room). I used Emanuel Bocanegra. He did a good job. It costed $150 for hair/makeup/site visit cost. The hair salon at resort is also great too! My bridesmaid hair only cost $50 and they did a fantastic job. My MOH said her hair turned out better than it did for her wedding. ** I paid extra for flowers in hair with Claudia. Do not do this. The stylists pick flowers from outside for free! Claudia delivered the orchids for the hair with my bouquets after the girls had their done. It was pretty much a waste of money... I just added the extra flowers to my bouquet.   Side note- Anyone who gets the Ultimate package gets eternity package which includes: private dinner for two, 30 min. facial/back&neck massage (In addition to couples massage that comes with Ultimate pckg), bottle of champagne and flowers in room). Don't forget to book dinner and extra spa appointment). If you dont want them you can give them to family members/friends.    DJ/flowers/cake/food I used the resort DJ. I emailed him all the songs I wanted to be played. He did a great job, but he only played about half the songs I had specifically wanted. I think he has a set list of songs. I was watching another wedding the next day and they played the same songs in the exact order lol. I was going to ask him why he was not playing my songs, but I was having such a great time that I did not care. Spend the extra money and book a DJ. It makes a difference. The other weddings I watched who did not have a DJ looked so boring and no energy at all. I was dissapointed at first with my flowers. They looked nothing like my pictures that I sent her. Claudia brought them back to the florist and fixed them and they looked great. I was also able to trade dessert for an upgraded cake. I visually did not like our cake, but it was the best tasting cake I have ever had! It was not too sweet and was very moist. I picked the dreams trilogy and it was fantastic. The food at the wedding was the best meal we had all week long. My hubby does not eat seafood and my friend is a vegetarian and Claudia let them have different entrees.    Photography I used Claudia Rodriguez photography. Erick was above and beyond amazing! I used Adventure photography from the resort for our TTD. They came out good, but does not compare to our wedding photos. TTD btw was so much fun! I had my dress dry cleaned immediately after photo session and you can not even tell I went in the water and destroyed it. Here are some pics from both P.S.- It is very windy there... I had bridesmaids get long flowy dresses. If they had short dresses they would be holding their dresses down all night long. Just something to think about..   We had the best wedding!  I would not change a thing it was perfect. The only thing I would change is I would of liked more days to relax after the wedding. I arrived in Mexico 4 days before my wedding and only had 1 day to unwind and relax. The 4 days before I had a great time, but couldn't seem to relax and was just thinking about the wedding the whole time. To see all wedding pics visit my wedding website http://shannonandjohnwedding.com      

By leigh2011, · 0 Comments

Pros: Great location, friendly staff, resources to fix issues
Cons: Property is older, several wedding day issues
WEDDING REVIEW Now that my resort review is complete, I can focus on writing a wedding review of the resort.  I will try and touch on how the wedding day went as well as the different pieces of the Ultimate Wedding Package/Eternity Honeymoon Package.   Paul & I arrived Wednesday at ~12 pm and after check-in (where we were upgraded from an Oceanview room to a Honeymoon Suite – which is in the Pyramid) we were directed to the Concierge.  With the Concierge, I confirmed the Private Dinner that I had scheduled via email (I had emailed Claudia about it and she forwarded the email on to the Concierge).  The Concierge also called Claudia while I sat there so we could schedule our pre-wedding meeting.  I suppose things weren’t crazy for Claudia that day, so we scheduled the meeting for 3pm on Wednesday.  We then went to our room and waited ~15 minutes for our luggage to be delivered.  After changing we had lunch and then walked ~10 minutes to the nearby flea market and bought maracas for the reception tables.  After returning, I gathered up my pictures and emails for our meeting with Claudia.   At the 3pm Wednesday meeting with Claudia we went through all of the items that had been discussed over email as well as discussed flowers, cake, and setup instructions.  For flowers, I gave her the centerpiece picture I loved from the Dreams Cancun examples and told her I wanted my bouquet to look like that, as well as the BM bouquet, gazebo décor, and the centerpieces.  Previously she had agreed to 1) swapping out the bout’s and corsages for 1 BM bouquet and 2) swapping out the resort photography services for gazebo décor.  When I mentioned additional centerpieces, Claudia said that the gazebo décor included 4 column corsages that could be moved to the reception tables.  That suggestion saved me $300.  For the cake, I looked at her examples and picked a simple 3-tier design with layer flavors of vanilla – chocolate – and vanilla.  At the meeting I told Claudia about the different items to be set out at both the ceremony and reception and she took a few notes.  However, she asked that I give her the picture for the reception table setup with the items later.  She asked that we drop the wedding items off either Friday or Saturday morning.  Because we didn’t bring a credit card to the meeting, it was agreed we would come back on Friday to pay for the wedding.  Also, Claudia told us when to have my dress and his outfit set out for steaming/ironing.  Our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were also confirmed with Claudia at this time.   On Friday morning, we stopped by the Wedding Office but Claudia wasn’t there.  We saw Cecilia who took our bags of wedding stuff and said that we could talk to Claudia that night at the rehearsal about paying.   Friday at 5:30pm we had our rehearsal at the gazebo.  Claudia showed up looking frazzled as she had at least one wedding in the works at the time.  The rehearsal was short and sweet – no big deal.  We remembered to give Claudia her tip ($120), but forgot about paying for the wedding.  I remembered this as we arrived at Himitsu Restaurant for our 6pm rehearsal dinner and was stressed it would be a problem.  At Himitsu, the dinner was charged to the wedding bill (essentially for the reservation).  We were given a lot of assorted appetizers and sushi and each person was then able to order whatever they wanted as an entrée and dessert.  I don’t know if it was worth the money to have the reservation, but I would have been really stressed about all of my guests having to wait a long time if we hadn’t done it that way.   Saturday morning my group’s salon appointments started at 9am.  So Paul and I went to the Wedding Office around 8:30am to try and pay Claudia.  We happened to run into her as she was getting to work and she asked us to come back at 9am.  So Paul got everything paid up with her while I went to sit with my mother during her hair and makeup.  At the end of the review, I will do a breakdown of what I paid for the wedding.  There were 2 stylists in the salon – one lady worked on my mother and my sister while Mireya worked on me and my mother-in-law.  I tipped a total of $100 for all the 4 of us to have hair and makeup.  Before I left the salon, I saw the 3pm bride arrive (yes, there were 3 weddings on my wedding day – apparently November is the busiest month).  I loved my hair (and got a lot of compliments on it) and was relatively happy with my makeup.  She did a great job on my eyes (even applying the fake lashes I had brought with me), but she didn’t put on a full layer of foundation which I needed because my skin isn’t very good.  I ended up going back to the room and putting on more of my concealer to try to hide any color variations.  My bill for the hair and makeup for 3 women was $289.  My hair & makeup was included in the Ultimate Package.    Sorry for the links to my profile albums, but I think I maxed out the images in this review: http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/8/87/87bbbf23_Salon.png   Next, my mother, sister, and I ordered lunch room service to my room – knowing that my photographer was supposed to show up at 1:30pm for getting ready pictures.  While eating lunch, the bouquets arrived and we put them in water in the sink until it was time for pictures.  After the photographer took getting ready pictures of me and then the guys, it was time for our first look (at 2pm) and then photos before the ceremony.  I chose to take pictures before our sunset ceremony.  We met up with family members at 3:30pm for the group shots.  We chose to take the family pictures on a set of stairs inside the Pyramid because all of the outdoor areas were just too windy at the time.  Pictures were done by 4pm and then it was back to the room to freshen up for the 4:30pm ceremony.   For first look pictures, bride & groom pictures around the resort, ceremony pictures, and reception pictures, check out the album in my profile.   I start looking out the window in my room (overlooking the line-up area for the wedding party) at 4:20pm and was confused because I saw my guests starting to arrive and just hanging out in the area I could see.  Why weren’t they sitting down?  Then I saw a group of people arrive with Cecelia and start a rehearsal at about 4:25-4:30pm.  My mother later told me that she saw the 3pm wedding start late.  My thought was: why would you have wedding ceremonies scheduled at 3pm and 4:30pm and then try and squeeze a rehearsal in between?!  And if you were running late, would it not make more sense to postpone a rehearsal than to make a wedding ceremony start late?  I think I was most frustrated by the fact that I had to see all of this from my window – Claudia didn’t contact me to explain any of this.  Around 4:45pm the rehearsal is done and Paul had to herd the rehearsal group away from the gazebo area as they were trying to stick around and take some pictures.  At 4:50pm my first guest seating song was played and my guests took their seats (the other 4 songs I chose were never played).  At this point Paul waved at me to tell me to come out.  As I am stood there with my father, waiting to walk down the aisle, I tried to compose myself and not look angry while walking toward my ceremony.  Luckily, as my entrance song started to play I lost the anger and got happy.  There were a couple of small issues during the ceremony 1) the red carpet was still down even though I asked for it to be removed – still there from an earlier ceremony and 2) the funnel was not put out with the sand ceremony set, so there was a small pause while Claudia located it in a bag.  However, those issues were minor.  The symbolic officiant was great – and of course I recommend the sound system.  The reason I was so antsy with time is because sunset was at 5:10pm and we were definitely losing light by the time the ceremony ended.  Luckily the light was gorgeous during the ceremony, so all’s well that ends well.   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/f/f6/f6f8e273_cancun-670.jpeg   After taking a few more pictures (whole group and then B&G behind the gazebo with the fading light), we moved up to the Terrace for the cocktail hour.  I went inside with my mother to her room to bustle my dress.  When I arrived 15 minutes later I was a bit confused because the Mariachi Trio was nowhere to be seen.  After a bit longer I mentioned this to a friend and she said she would take care of it.  I suppose she went to talk to the Tower concierge (as Claudia wasn’t there) and came back to tell me the Trio was waiting at the reception location to play there.  This was definitely a mistake with the wedding staff coordination as my contract says during the cocktail hour and we had a DJ at the reception site.  So the Trio showed up when there was about 20 minutes left in the cocktail hour.  I don’t think the guests knew anything was wrong – but I wasn’t happy.  To calm my fears as to what I might find wrong at the reception site, my sister and brother-in-law walked over to Himitsu beach to check it out for me and reported back that everything was okay.  But all of the guests loved the food on the gold appetizer menu and had a good time at the cocktail hour.    Claudia then showed up and walks us over to Himitsu beach for the reception.  At first I was a bit concerned how close the reception was to Himitsu restaurant.  However 1) I think it is necessary for the electricity needed for the DJ, lights, and dance floor and 2) it turned out great because there was an awesome group of people at the restaurant that joined us.  The reception setup was great, the sweetheart table was backed up to the water with the light-up dance floor directly in front of it.  The 4 round reception tables were split 2 and 2 on either side of the dance floor.  The empty (except for plates & forks) cake table and then the DJ were to the left of the sweetheart table (in the direction of the Himitsu bar).  As soon as we arrived, the head waiter and DJ each came up to us and introduced themselves.  Our DJ was Luis (who has an office in the Dreams Wedding Office) and he was great.    We did our first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance and then started dinner.  At some point during dinner the cake was delivered and I literally almost cried (and not in a good way).  The cake was well decorated with flowers to match my bouquet and the cake topper that I gave Claudia, but it was a 1-tier cake.  I knew that there was no need for a 3-tier cake as that is way too much cake, but I wanted my cake to look like a traditional wedding cake.  Later, when Claudia showed up I asked Paul to go and talk to her (because I would be too emotional) about the cake so we could get our money back for the upgrade.  Well – the DJ starts playing our dance music and I kind of forget about the cake (we didn’t cut it).  Significantly later I look over and the 1-tier cake is gone and they are delivering a 3-tier cake with our flowers and my cake topper.  I don’t know where she came up with a 3-tier cake in ~ 90 minutes, but somehow Claudia did it.  To make up for the issues of the day, our reception was extended for about 45 minutes to get in the cake cutting and more dancing.   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/f/f6/f60005c6_Receptionsetup.png This picture was taken from the patio of Himitsu restaurant with one chair of the sweetheart table visible on the right of the dancers.   From what I remember, the food was pretty good.  We chose the organic salad, lobster bisque, Dreams Trilogy, and chocolate napoleon.  The salad was okay – but well presented.  I can’t really comment on the lobster bisque as I don’t like seafood (that choice was for Paul).  The steak of the Trilogy was good, once again I can’t comment on the shrimp or fish.  I would have to say I was not impressed with the Chocolate Napoleon – and I am a sugar fiend.  I think I would recommend trying a different option.  DJ Luis did a great job with the music.  First of all, dinner service ran a bit long so he pulled our slow songs up to help fill in dinner (and there was a few minutes in between courses to dance – this is also when the little flower girls got on the dance floor to play) as well as adding in some other appropriate songs.  So once it was time to dance, he played nothing but our fast songs and I loved it.  I really think breaking in with the slow songs would have killed the fun.  There was a big group out on the Himitsu restaurant patio (that I later found out were guests from a wedding the previous night) that were dancing along in their seats.  When one of my guests saw this she asked me if she could invite those people down to dance with us.  As not all of my guests were up and dancing, I said sure and for different songs there were 2-4 strangers on the dance floor with us.  The rest of that group was still dancing in their seats.  Though it sounds odd, it made me happy to think that strangers thought my reception was fun enough to join in.    After the reception, I changed out of my wedding dress into a short white dress and met my younger guests at Desires.  I have to say that Desires was not “happening”, but we had a blast because we brought enough people to be our own fun.  Some of the group from the Himitsu patio showed up at Desires and gave Paul & I a round of applause when we left for the night.     Wedding Package Items: Bride’s bouquet – I showed Claudia a picture of a centerpiece I loved and she had them make it into a bouquet.  I loved it.  I gave Claudia two starfish stems and a bouquet charm and she had them worked in before it was delivered to me.  Before the pictures and after the reception, I put the bouquet in water and it was still in good shape Monday morning for a TTD session.   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/d/d0/d043b7b5_cancun-304.jpeg     Bout’s / corsages – I traded out my 2 bouts and 2 corsages for 1 BM bouquet.  With the linen shirts the men were wearing, the bouts would have been too heavy for the shirts and the corsages would have been too formal.  Of course my parents didn’t mind. Centerpieces for the sweetheart table and ceremony table – these arrangements matched the gazebo décor and coordinated with my bouquet.  The same bright colored roses were used, but lilies were added in to fill up the arrangements.  Now that I think about it – there is a good chance that the ceremony table arrangement became the sweetheart table arrangement...hmmm.  Not that it matters to me. Wedding Cake – here is the 3-tier cake at an upgrade cost of $150   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/6/64/64a35d83_cancun-1316.jpeg   Sparkling wine – we had 27 adults, so we asked for 1 extra bottle Bride’s hair styling   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/c/c2/c243b253_hair.png   Make-up application for the bride   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/5/56/5624adc0_Makeup.png   Photography / Gazebo Decor – I brought my own photographer from home, so we traded for “gazebo décor”.  The gazebo décor turned out to be four floral corsages with the tall sticks in the front two.  The flowers for the corsages matches those in the ceremony/sweetheart table centerpiece – which is to say it coordinated with my bouquet.   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/0/04/04abac81_cancun-675.jpeg   Live Mexican trio – my husband and his brothers had fun with them - once they arrived.   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/4/4e/4ea6edfd_cancun-1016.jpeg   Video of the ceremony (30 min. edited DVD) – I hate videos of myself, but I really like this video.  The production quality is quite good.  Claudia said they need 3 business days to edit the footage – so we happened to run into Claudia before we left Thursday morning and she checked her desk and had our DVD.  Otherwise she would mail it to you.     Wedding/Honeymoon Package Extras: “Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit” – Claudia told us when to have the items laid out on the bed for pickup (for us it was Friday 11am for our Saturday wedding).  When we returned to the room Friday afternoon the dress and groom’s outfit were hanging in the closet.  One issue:  the dress was taken away in a white dress bag, but it was brought back in a clear plastic cover (the white bag was returned to the room) – so if my husband had been more observant when he opened the closet to get to the safe he would have seen my dress. “Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)” – There was availability, but we chose not to get the extra room.  The extra room must be vacated by 11am so if your wedding is in the afternoon, it can’t be used as a getting ready room for the men.  I am glad we were together the morning of the wedding just because we had to take care of a few things (like paying for the wedding). “Personal dressing assistant” - There was never any mention of this item.  As I had my sister and mother, I didn’t ask about it. “Special turn down service” & “Private petit fours each evening at turn down service” – Each evening the decorative items on the bed would be removed and the top blanket would be turned down.  Also each evening, a small plate would appear of food items – it could be truffles or salmon.  We essentially didn’t touch any of this food because we had eaten our fill at dinner and drunk our fill at the bars. “15% discount on all Spa treatments” – I was able to get this discount on the hair and makeup for my 1 BM, my mother and the groom’s mother for the wedding day – as I paid for all of it. “Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)” – We didn’t try to take advantage of this item.  Our transfer pick-up was 12pm so we check out by 11am and dropped our luggage with the bellmen and then went to get lunch by the pool. “One Spa treatment (one Swedish massage for two)” + “Tension Release Massage for two (25 min)” + “Choice of either a Facial or Scrub (25 min each)” = 1x 50 minute couples Swedish massage.  I don’t know if we were entitled to more, but that is all I wanted.  There was no way I was risking a facial or scrub the week of my wedding.  I had scheduled the massage via email for 5pm on the day of our arrival.  The man working the Spa payment desk had to make a few calls to verify that we were to get the treatment for free as part of our package.  The Spa facility is nice with a sauna and a steam room in each locker-room as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi that you can use after your treatment.  The massage itself was pretty good – the pressure was minimal, but that is okay because I was looking to relax.  I think Paul fell asleep during his massage and woke himself up when he started snoring.  In the emails I indicated I wanted a massage outside in the palapas, but after it seemed a bit of effort to confirm a 50-min massage as free – I didn’t want to push my luck.  We tipped the ladies that gave us the massages, but I don’t recall how much. “Waterford Yours Truly Champagne Flute Pair” – No mention of this while I was in Mexico, but I am not going to follow through on trying to get them.  We don’t have room for any additional glasses. “Champagne, fresh flowers, and exotic fruit platter in room upon arrival” – Champagne check, flowers check, exotic fruit not so much (we got apples).  The flower arrangement was very pretty and lasted the whole 8 nights we were there. “Champagne breakfast in bed the first morning after arrival” – I didn’t remember this item, so the concierge mentioned breakfast in bed and then said it is the same menu as the regular room service and that you just call them to schedule it.  We had breakfast room service twice but 1) never ordered champagne with it and 2) never ate it while in bed (once at the table in the room and once on the balcony). “Private beachfront dinner one evening upon return from dinner you will find a romantic rose petal path and lighted candles (includes 1 bottle of domestic wine and silver menu)” – Hmm, not exactly what we got.  We did have a private dinner and there were several options of locations and some of those were beach front.  We selected the Palapa Himitsu and it is more private.  They have a specific menu for the private dinners - not the silver menu.  You get a bottle of champagne with the meal.  There were not any rose petals or candles upon our return to the room.   http://cdn.bestdestinationwedding.com/8/88/88d54db2_34-DinnerPalapaHimitsu.jpeg   “Earn Free Nights towards a first anniversary return stay” – When we received the certificate we signed during the ceremony, there was a coupon attached that would be needed to get the free 1 or 2 nights for an anniversary stay.  I didn’t get any additional information on this because we already have our 1-year anniversary/honeymoon trip planned.     Wedding Bill breakdown:   Rehearsal dinner (13 adults @ $15/pp + 15% service + 11% tax, kids free) = $245.70 Ultimate Package = $2799.00 Sound System ($180 + 11% tax) = $199.80 1x bag rose petals (for flower girls) = $22.20 1x bottle champagne ($35 + 15%) = $40.10 7 extra adults at cocktail hour ($26 + 15% + 11%) = $229.32  3 extra kids at cocktail hour ($13 + 15% + 11%) = $49.14 7 extra adults at reception ($48 + 15% + 11%) = $423.36         RESORT REVIEW Alright Ladies – I wanted to start by doing a review of the resort itself.  Even with all of the pictures online, I didn’t feel like I had a good idea of what the resort looked like before I arrived.  So I am hoping this “review” will give you a better idea of what the property looks like along with a bit of written commentary.  For any of the past brides, please feel free to add comments for anything you feel I may have left out or if you have a different opinion.   First, when we drove up to the resort I have to say that I was not impressed.  A lot of the other resorts we passed on the way to Dreams Cancun looked a lot more impressive from the front.  However, there is a very simple reason for that…the other resorts are on a less property so they had to build up where Dreams could use the geography of the point to spread out.  So don’t be discouraged…       The Mexican restaurant affiliated with the resort ($15 per adult for food and drinks, $7 per child) to one side of the front drive and Desires on the other side.     A note about Desires: this place turns into a “club” later at night.  My opinion is that this “club” is not a happening place unless you bring your own crew to have fun with…  The music is pretty good to dance to (though there may only be a few of you on the dance floor) and the DJ is open to requests.   Behind the van in the picture of Desires is where the Wedding Office is located.  So you have to walk out the front lobby and walk towards Desires.  The office for my airport transfer company was located in that row of offices – I had to go there for 2 different meetings during my stay.   Once you walk in the front lobby (no doors) you see a beautiful chandelier and the seating area with the Rendevous bar in the background, to the right is the check-in counter, and to the left is the coffee bar/spa/gift shop.       After you walk past the World Café and photo station, you cross over the dolphin pool to the Pyramid building of guest rooms.       Our honeymoon suite was in the Pyramid – we arrived to a “Happy Honeymoon” sign on the door as well as flowers & champagne in the room.  The view from our room was of the ocean as well as where the wedding party lines up before walking to the gazebo.  Due to our group of more than 10 rooms, we were upgraded from Oceanfront to the Honeymoon Suite.  I think the honeymoon suite is essentially like the regular rooms except there is a lot of extra square footage in the bedroom and bathroom.       After walking through the Pyramid you can connect to the Tower.  Here is a picture of the line-up area at the gazebo with the walkway from the Pyramid to Tower in the background.      Here is a picture of the Terrace from the line-up area, a picture from the Terrace of the pool & gazebo, then a picture back toward the Terrace from the gazebo.  My room was at the end of the Pyramid building which is on the right side of the last picture.     Standing near the gazebo, you can view the Tower Beach, including Seaside Grill which is the large thatched roof structure in the back.     From the gazebo you can walk around the Oceanside of the Pyramid toward the lighthouse.  Before the lighthouse you hang a left and head down a hill to Himitsu Restaurant.       From the front of Himitsu Restaurant, you can look down the interior length of the Pyramid building.     Standing on the patio of Himitsu restaurant patio, you can see the Himitsu beach where smaller beach receptions are held.     Leaving Himitsu Restaurant and rounding the Pyramid, you can see the of the dolphin pool/lagoon/pool area on one side and the main beach on the other.     Walking further you come to the bar with swings with Oceana Restaurant in the background.  If you walk past Oceana you come to the pier.      If you walk past the lagoon beach and pool area you walk through the Plaza and past the outdoor seating area of the Rendevous (lobby) bar.     And you have now completed a loop of the resort property.   A couple of extra picture of the gym.       Everyone that joined us for the wedding trip told us they loved the resort.  They all thought that the geography of the place made it unique and beautiful.  Everyone said the food was good at Oceana and Himitsu.  However, very few of our guests even realized that Seaside Grill (hidden past the Tower beach) existed – we didn’t discover it until after the first wave of guests had gone home.  My husband says that Seaside Grill was his favorite (steaks).  I know I saw that Oceana and Seaside Grill were open for lunch most days (each is closed one or two days a week).  I did not see that Himitsu was open for lunch at any point, but I may have just missed it.  Of course the buffet is open for lunch every day as well as a hamburger/sandwich stand near the pool area.   The beach past the lagoon is very pretty and in November there were plenty of chairs.  The beach at the Tower is HUGE…the chairs are a several minute walk away from the water’s edge over sand with a lot of broken shells.  However, the water is beautiful and calm once you get there (this is where we did our beach TTD shots). There are only a very few lounge chairs (though very nice ones) that line the pool area and those chairs get taken early in the day and are not turned over.  The pool area wasn’t very crowded because only families with young kids hang out at the pool (there is a shallow part to the pool for kids) in addition to the few people that got the lounge chairs.  Most everyone else is at the beaches where the lounge chairs are plentiful.  There is drink service at both the pool area and beaches.   Hmmm – what else might be of interest?  Let me think.   We ordered room service 3 different occasions – twice for breakfast and once for lunch (day of wedding).  The food was good though (of course) the options were limited.  It took approximately 30 minutes for food to be delivered during those normal meal times – we didn’t try it late at night.   Oh – my guests who had been to other all-inclusives did comment on the friendliness of the staff.   I am sure there is a lot more I could add.  If I can think of anything else, I will add it later in the comments section under the review.

By caboose, · 1 Comment

Pros: Gazebo, Staff & Service, Views
Cons: Not much we ran into a few room snafu's but nothing that wasn't resolved with room upgrades.
My wedding was September 3, 2011. I don't have any professional pictures yet but I decided I better post my review before I forget everything I wanted to say. It's also timing out when I try and add pics so I'm going to write the review first and then try and post pics after. Overall we had a fabulous time and it was money well spent! My only true cons are that the food is just average, the pool area is very small (but great beaches), the communication with the wc's is very poor.   Wedding Coordinator - Claudia - A I met Claudia during a site visit and she is very nice. Communication in the beginning was probably at it's best with maybe 2 week respond time it got worse as time went on but I'm not one of those super focus, psyched out detail oriented brides so it wasn't really that big of a deal. The one thing that disappointed me was that in the beginning told me that I could get fire dancers for my reception and a tequila tasting as an activity. Both of which she never found for me after numerous requests and to no avail I had not luck either. I was pretty sad about the fire dancers that would have been the coup de gra to a perfect wedding. LOL I must say that after my meeting with Claudia the day before the wedding I was completely at ease and with minimum direction she made everything absolutely stunning.     Hotel - B The scenery at the hotel is gorgeous! Ocean view from everywhere. The hotel rooms are just okay. I've been to much more modern hotels in Mexico but I think they attempt to give you a more cultural experience. Now they do have some rooms that are very nice, due to a few issues with giving people the wrong rooms or being over booked. My in laws received the Presidential Suit in the pyramid (different from the presidential suite in the towers) but still a very nice room. We got locked out of our room the day after our wedding and they had to break the door down with a sledge hammer so needless to say they upgraded our room to a bigger suite in the tower I think it was room 6156, I must say that the guests that had dolphin view rooms were not really happy because they start working with dolphins around 6am so the whistles and such is a bit much after a night of drinking but if you have kids it may be worth it.  
Kathryn Betts

By Kathryn Betts, · 0 Comments

Hi,    Just wondering if anyone can tell me if the venues at Dreams are private or cornered off when you are getting married i.e no one just walking past in swim-ware etc.   Thanks 

By emeraldy82, · 1 Comment

Pros: everything
Cons: communication
WOW! It is finally my turn to be able to review Dreams! I wanted to say thank you to the brides before me for their great reviews and reassuring me everything will be ok! I would give the same advice to all upcoming brides at Dreams, they will take care of you! My husband and I have a long history with dreams.  John took me to Dreams as a college present/late anniversary getaway 5 years ago.  We instantly fell in love with the resort.  He had his heart set on having our wedding at Dreams after our first visit.  Dreams  was also where he proposed last year…fast ward…Dreams has created my Dream Wedding.    Our small group of 8 arrived first on Thursday (May 19) in the morning. Like our previous visits, the staff greeted us with open arms, cold towels and champagne. Claudia (our WC) upgraded our rooms to an ocean view room and surprised us with a lovely centerpiece and champagne in the room.  We left our room number for the rest of our guests to reach us which was really helpful.  All of friends and family loved the resort and the friendly staff.  We met with Claudia the next day and went over all the minor details.  Claudia had a really busy week since it was really close to memorial weekend and many brides were having their wedding there.  I had many requests which she was able to accommodate but communication was slow. We had to many times hunt her down just to speak with her.  Our wedding party wanted to make our own centerpieces and bridesmaid bouquets so we had Claudia order flowers from a vendor so we can put it together ourselves.  The flowers arrived the day before the wedding…just enough time for us to get it together.    We also met with our DJ, Rodrigo on Friday.  I highly recommend him.  HE is AWESOME!!!!  I sent Rodrigo our playlist a few weeks before the wedding and basically told him, our vision for the reception:  FUN! During our meeting he totally got us as a couple and gave us various suggestions on song selections.    Wedding Day: John and I had a tradition Chinese tea ceremony before the wedding in our room.  So it was a pretty hectic day for me before our actual ceremony.  I did not use the resort spa for my hair and makeup instead I traded it in for my mom and mother law to get their makeup done.  They did a beautiful job.  After our tea ceremony, my bridesmaids helped me get ready.  I looked at the clock and notice Juan our photographer was late (30mins), found out later that he was at our resort but no one told him where we were at and apparently we were suppose to get him (but we were not told by Claudia to do so?) A little boo boo.  But once we had Juan he was amazing and fun to have as a photographer.  We connected and he was able to get some great shots.  Not sure if it was because of the mishaps or we had a great time with him, he offered us his private package where we get all of our prints and our original package.        Ceremony was beautiful and amazing.  I love every moment of it.  After the ceremony our guest had cocktail hour at the terrace where we had the staff decorated with pink lanterns.  We wanted our guest to be active so during cocktail hours, there were several table with various activities: how well you know the couple questionnaire, scrapbook for us (which we provided our guest with a portable printer to print their pictures, papers, markers, etc.), and write a message to us on sand dollars so we can bring home with us.  My sister and the staff help put it together, and our guests really enjoyed doing the various activities.        Party favors: mexican vanilla for females and hot sauce for male   Reception:   Centerpieces were created by us which I did not regret.  My sister in law did a beautiful job.      Rodrigo was amazing! He was a great MC and DJ. He really had everyone involved and partying! The night was a blast. We really wanted our wedding to be a big party which he was able to create! With his suggestion, many of our guests partied with us at Desire (a night club next to Dreams).    The wedding was beautiful, staff was awesome and without a doubt my Dream wedding. J 

By NurseM, · 16 Comments

Pros: Claudia is incredible, so sweet and the resort is very family friendly
Cons: not alot of communication before the wedding
I am back and a married woman! I am so so happy about how our wedding turned out.   Transfers/Flight American Airlines was awful, the flight attendants did not help at all with my wedding dress, and when i laid it out in an overhead compartment there was a piece of my dress outside the flight attendant slammed it many times in attempt to close it, until i yelled for her to stop it was my wedding dress that was there! On our way back from Cancun we had mechanical trouble sat on the runway for 3 hours, then got sent back to the terminal to collect our bags wait in line for another hour to get a new flight and hotel vouchers, then wait another hour in line for transfers back to a hotel all to fly out at 7am the next morning! Really not happy.   Our transfers were with VI travel in Cancun, they were great, waiting for each of our guests as they arrived and got them all there and back with no complications.   Checkin Check in was great, we were booked for a deluxe dolphinfront room and ocean view. We arrived and were greeted with a cold towel with orange blossom essence and champagne. We were told we were upgraded to a two story honeymoon suite! We got there at 11:30 so we had to wait till 3pm till it was ready, but we just went explored the resort, got lunch and had some drinks. Our room was ready at exactly 3pm. Our luggage was brought to our room and waiting for us was a nice welcome letter and an arrangement of flowers, with a honeymoon sign on the door.     All the rest of the guests check-in's were great too, no problems with anyone's rooms and one of our guests got put in a room with a king bed who requested two doubles. Two hours later they had her in a different room.   Resort Grounds/Pool/Beach   The grounds are just as they look in all the pictures on the internet. The beaches are beautiful and there is alot of them. We never had a problem finding a group of chairs together, the best part about this resort is it is not to big but yet big enough that you can find all your party, but still have some time alone to get away.  The pool is a bit on the small side, but hanging out at the pool bar with our friends in the afternoon after some beach time was great. Carlos the pool bartender is amazing! He was our favorite employee at Dreams.  The dolphins were great too, it was so much fun walking to breakfast every morning and stopping to see the dolphins, 90% of the people who came with us all had dolphin front rooms and would order room service for breakfast and watch the early morning dolphin shows. We swam with them and it was a great experience.   Restaurants   We loved every restaurant, we travel quite a bit, and so does alot of our guests. Everyone said this is probably the best all inclusive food any of us have ever had. The quality and presentation were amazing. There was so much selection, I never got sick of the food. World Cafe is the only fully enclosed restaurant, their breakfast buffet was great and the fresh omlettes and tostados were amazing!! We never ate there for dinner but they did have theme nights every night my parents said french night was really good. We went to oceana for lunch and dinner it was really good. The garlic octopus was amazing!!!!! Seaside had really good steak. Himitsu had great sushi and tempura fried ice cream! The shitake cream soup was really really good too. We had the romantic dinner for two out on the pier at 8pm so it was dark, we did this on our first night before any of our guests got there. It was so beautiful, they had pretty purple and pink lights lighting the canopy. We had our own server with champagne and wine. The meal was great and just a great way to start our wedding moon. We paid extra for our rehearsal dinner and had it at Oceana. It was for 30 people and they prepared a beautiful table, we had 5 servers for our table keeping our drinks filled always. We had a set menu and then everyone got to choose their own desert. It was really nice and well worth the money.   Wedding/Pre Wedding day   The second day we were there we met with Claudia, she phoned our room early that morning and we met with her in the afternoon. I know there is not great communication with her beforehand, but in the month of may alone there is 40 weddings at Dreams. She is hardly ever in her office. I completely understand now and I would tell every bride to not worry she is amazing! A side tip: We gave Claudia 150$ as a tip with a very nice card and it got us a few extras, plus just felt good knowing how much she does for every bride.   I went in the morning before meeting her and got a hair trial. Its 60$ but I would recommend it because you get the same hairstylist the day of and it goes alot smoother. I brought my computer showed the pictures and then i tested it out at the gazebo where it is so windy and made changes accordingly the day of. My hair did not move on our wedding day, they all did an amazing job on all the hair.   We met with Claudia in her office and within 45 minutes we had our whole wedding planned. I am a very laid back bride and it was the easiest thing I had ever done! We went back the day before our wedding to pay for everything and make sure all the details were right.   The day of the wedding my DH and I went for breakfast and exchanged gifts, then spent the morning at the pool. Our ceremony was at 6pm perfect for sunset pictures! My bridesmaids and I went up to my room at 12 and met Claudia up there, she took all the stuff for the reception and ceremony. I gave her a quick explanation of what I wanted and she did exactly what I wanted when it came to decorating. I could not ask for anything better! We had our hair appointments starting at 1pm, I know that seems early but we did not finish till 3:45pm. We got up to the room, ordered some room service lunch. Got photography and got dressed just in time to go down to the ceremony.   All the music I gave Claudia worked perfectly. I strongly recommend a sound system or you could not hear anything from the strong winds.   We had Juan do our pictures, we went over to the lighthouse for pictures, these were done by 8pm. We had our reception on Himitsu. We did not have the cocktail hour we traded it for 10 extra people at dinner. We got to the reception and it was beautiful, Claudia did an amazing job at setting it up. It was beautiful. She had added the white flags behind us. We got a dance floor and ended up with the lighted dance floor, this adds so much! She also gave us a DJ, he was awesome. Our dinner was great and service again was amazing!   After our reception ended at 11pm. we all headed over to Desires and danced with another wedding party from earlier in the day. It was so much fun.   Here is some pictures from our day and reception. I brought down all my own centerpieces, chair bows and table runners.  

By muitoquerida, · 5 Comments

Pros: amazing wedding planner! location is breathtaking - spa is amazing <3
Cons: rooms need updating! Bar needs to be open later!
It's finally my turn! I can't believe it. I don't know what I would have done without this forum. You all have been so helpful in pulling off this amazing wedding. So many ideas from everyone! Where do I start? I got the ideas for the Welcome Bags, do not disturb signs, ceremony fans etc etc etc from this forum. Thank you so much <3       Thursday We arrived in Cancun at 7pm and flew with Allegiant Airlines. Everyone was really nice. They let me put my wedding dress and hubbys suit in the closet at the entrance of the plane. I also brought a hand luggage with my wedding shoes and accessories…. Just in Case. My brother’s luggage was delayed for 2 days so bring everything that u can’t live without in your hand luggage. When we went thru customs we pushed the button and both got green. Whew!!! I would recommend removing all the made in china tags from all your stuff because the people in front of us had to hand their stuff over… not allowed in mexico. (felt so bad). Also a note – keep the immigration paper they give you when u land in Mexico. You need it for when you leave Mexico. They ask you for it at customs. Shem and I had no idea where we put them and had to wait one hour at immigration office for it. Good thing we were early at the airport!!   We took a taxi to the airport. In Mexico you have to bargain for everything. If they say $100 you say $50. They let us go for $60. My parents didn’t bargain at all and they were charged $100.  (Hotel is 20 minutes away!!). On the return to the airport from Dreams we only paid $30!!   When we got to the hotel we were treated like royalty. The door men took our luggage while we checked in with the concierge desk. They had our room ready for us right away since we got to the hotel room so late! The room was really amazing. It was in the tower, room 6086. It had a really big patio with a Jacuzzi. We were really impressed. We had flowers and champagne awaiting our arrival. We were also given a paper with all our appointments to be scheduled with the concierge since we got the ultimate wedding package. I scheduled everything the next day because the spa fills up quickly!! I confirmed my hair appointment for wedding day and following day for TTD, the Swedish massage and facials for wedding day, breakfast in bed and romantic dinner (p.s the coconut shrimp is amazing). We met everyone at Rendezvous Bar by the entrance. I had so many Miami Vice’s that night and also ordered lots of tequila shots. Rendezvous closed at 1am which was perfect I needed to get some much needed zzz’s.   welcome champagne and flowers - email concierge and request the honeymoon package one week in advance - also book the spa!!       Friday I really recommend disconnecting the phone line while you sleep lol! The phone kept ringing off the hook. Room service called to make sure everything was fine and Claudia called to book our appointment for the wedding planning. She told me to meet her in the Wedding Room (her office) at noon. The office was really amazing. She has a bunch of tables that are decorated and plenty of binders with table cloth options, flowers, you name it. I tipped her upfront $200 and my fiancé bought her a perfume at the airport. We arranged to have the decorations delivered to her the day of the wedding. She just came up to my room and grabbed everything the day of and dropped off my flowers. She also arranged to have my rehearsal on Saturday at 12.00 with Cecilia. On Friday I purchased my mom and sister massages. It was buy one get one for $25. Every day the spa has different specials. If you are unsure of what gifts to buy for your wedding party I recommend the Swedish massage. It was so AMAZING. I loved Doris!! I met everyone for lunch at the seaside grill. Steak was amazing!! I also had coffee right next to the spa in the coffee shop. It’s amazing. Try the Caribbean Frozen latte (it’s spiked ; ) yumm. I went to walmart after to buy fish bowls for my centerpieces and candy for my candy bar. There is a market place on the way (3 blocks from hotel). I stopped and bought maracas for the welcome bags. I only paid $1 each. If you want to buy souvenirs I recommend the market place. Again you have to bargain. They said $2 each. I tanned the rest of the afternoon. We had dinner at Oceana (Welcome Dinner/Rehearsal). I told them I needed a table for 7 and then my father and husband asked for a table of 7 as well. We asked for table on the patio so we were pretty much all sitting together. There was a bit of a wait. 30 minutes but that was completely fine because there is a bar literally 10 steps from the entrance.  Mojitos were delicious. I had the salmon that night and it was great!  At night we went to The City!! Amazing club. We had so much fun. My husband had his bachelor party and then they all came and met us at the club.  My girlfriend got so drunk and couldn’t walk when we got back to the hotel! They had to wheelchair her back to her room. What a night. Cover was $20 for entrance or $45 for all you can drink.   wedding gazebo and reception location         Saturday We had breakfast in bed! So amazing. It was sooo good. American Breakfast and Hotcakes. I miss it sooo much. I looked out the window and the weather was horrible. The wind was sooo strong and it was overcast. We couldn’t stand outside because it was so windy! I really started getting stressed out = (. They had two weddings that day and they had to be held inside. I felt so bad for the brides. If I were to book this wedding again I would wait till end of March or April. Summertime is too hot for me. I can’t deal with 40 degrees.   We had our rehearsel with Cecilia. She was really nice. We had the rehearsel inside because it was so windy. Rehearsel was really helpful! Cecilia answered alot of our questions during this hour and reassured us that the minister was awesome. The weather was totally crappy so we went shopping after hahaha. I also hung out in our Jacuzzi with my nephew! He had a blast! We had dinner at Palonoma. It was part of the all inclusive that day if you made reservations early. You will know about the promotions in the morning flyer thats delivered to your room. At night we hung out at rendezvous again. We were about 35 people so it was A LOT of fun! I prayed and prayed that night for the weather to clear up!   Our wedding Gazebo         Sunday I woke up that morning…. And it was SUNNY!! I was so happy I was jumping up and down on the bed lol. It was still very windy in the morning but calmed down a lot during the afternoon. My hair and makeup appointment was at 11.00 so Shem and I had our Swedish massage at 9.00. I recommend you do this! It def calmed me down a lot. I was so stressed before. Something about getting a massage outside listening to the ocean breeze!.   When we got back to the hotel at 10, I kicked Shem out of the room. (they gave him his own room). Juan didn't get any photographs of Shem getting ready so I recommend having the photographer come a bit earlier and go to grooms room for a couple of photos. Claudia came and got all her stuff for our room while i was at the hairdresser. I gave her the video cd with the 7 songs I wanted and then rushed down to the spa to get my hair and makeup done. They did exactly what I wanted with my hair. Don’t forget to get all the ladies to hairspray LOTS!! For my makeup I brought my own. I didn’t want them to transform me into someone else. I got the smoky eye look (MAC: Retrospeck eyeshadow, Carbon Eyeshadow and Satin Taupe Eyeshadow, Black Eyeliner and Dazzleglass BabySparks on my lips! I used Bareminerals Warmth to make my face look tanned and Ardell Eyelashes 107). On my body I covered it with Tantalizer by Lorac from Sephora. I didn’t tan at all before the wedding. I was scared of burning and looking red in pictures!!)  Make sure you do all your appointments early! One bride came down to request her hairstyling for her TTD session and they were all booked = (. We hired the onsite photographer Juan and he was amazing. He got there at 2.00 while I was getting ready. Our ceremony started at 3.00. I was so happy the wind died down during the ceremony. The funny thing is I got fans and I think the guests used them more as wind blockers then fans that day. Lol. The minister was really fun and he gave us the religious ceremony we wanted. He also performed the sand ceremony as well. After  the ceremony we took pictures with all the guests. I will be sending them a copy of the pictures along with their thank you cards. We took pictures with the guests for 40 minutes and told them to meet us at the cocktail hour at 6pm while we went for more pictures. Everyone really liked the break so they could rest their feet and grab a light sweater and change shoes. We showed up at the beginning of the cocktail hour for 15 minutes and then came back at 7pm so the dj could announce us. ( I wanted pictures with the Caribbean band lol). The DJ was amazing. He really had the party started. We had our first dance at the beginning of the reception, then father – daughter dance. Dinner was amazing as well. We had the Cancun salad. Lobster bisque soup, dreams trilogy and Bella Alaska for dessert. Best meal I have ever had. The shrimp was amazing! The Bella Alaska was VERY hard so I think I would pick a different dessert. (LIKE REALLY HARD). I had a dessert table put up and bought a bunch of props for the dance floor = funky glasses, maracas, tiaras etc. We had lots of fun. We cut the cake right after dinner and then I had my bouquet toss and garter toss.  At 10pm they asked me if I wanted to end the reception and I said yes. I asked everyone to meet us at 11.30 at rendezvous and I arranged to have us all taken to Sweet nightclub. It was so much fun! I def recommend not paying the extra for another hour and just taking the party to the nightclub!! My favorite was coco bongo when all the shows end and its dancing time! YOU HAVE TO GO TO COCOBONGO!! All in all everything went perfect! There wasn’t one thing I would complain about. I was really lucky with the weather and very thankful that everything went smoothly. I scheduled my trash the dress the next day and we had the time of our lives! I really recommend it. SO MUCH FUN!!     I dont have my pictures from Juan yet. I'll post them in the Dreams Cancun Forum. xooxx P.S - I know communication is slow with the wedding coordinators but dont worry about it! Just write out everything that u want in the contract and they will go through it with you on your appointment. I swear I changed my mind about everything during the appointment lol! Good luck brides! Everything will be amazing... trust me!<3   Juan sent us a sneak preview! Can't wait to see the rest!!   Our photos: http://www.juanphotos.com/blog/?p=10289  Trash the Dress http://www.juanphotos.com/blog/?p=10444         view from the patio <3  

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Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa   Flight/Transfer- All of our guests booked with a travel agent in Brooklyn New York that my husband and I have used several times in the past few years. We had guests flying in Saturday, Sunday and Monday and staying for 7 to 8 days. We were booked on Jetblue both ways and used apple vacations transfer buses there and back. I decided to take my dress onto the airplane and ask if they could store it, the flight attendant was really nice and actually spoke to the pilot who came out and took my dress personally and kept it inside with him.    Check In- Checking in was great! We booked an oceanfront jacuzzi junior suite in the tower, so we were immediately escorted to the tower for VIP check in. They gave us drinks and told us it would be about an hour for the room to be ready being that it was only 10 am. We decided to get some food and once we came back 45 minutes later our room was ready. There was a honeymoon sign on the door, the room had flowers and champagne and looked gorgeous.    Restaurants- All of our guests were from New York and have been to some of the best restaurants in New York so I knew we would have some picky eaters. Most of the guests liked the restaurants, however one night we went to the seafood restaurant and I ordered the lobster tail which was $35 extra and filet mignon. The lobster was horrible!!! It tasted like rubber and was so overcooked that it looked like anything but lobster. My husband didn't want to be a pest so we didnt' send it back and he ended up paying for it. Before I left the restaurant I did tell the waiter it was no good. Other than that the restaurants are pretty good, we had mexican night on wednesday by the volleyball area and it was really yummy!    Photographer- We hired someone from New York and paid for his trip to Mexico from Wednesday- Saturday. He gave us a great deal and because we have used him in the past we didn't worry about anything. I do not have any of his pics yet but will post them once they are ready.    Wedding Coordinator- Cecilia was our planner. Communication with her was alright, in the beginning it took her a very long time to answer emails and return calls but it got much better as we got closer to the wedding. I am very picky and I told her that from the beginning, I even apologized and told her I know she knows what she is doing because I had heard great things about her but I wanted to make sure she understood exactly what I wanted. We met with Cecilia, she had all of our emails saved, pictures printed and a new contract to go over. Two weeks before the wedding we had a bunch of stuff mailed to the resort and some of the items (first aid kits, beach paddles) did not make it through customs so I had to reorder them and take them with us. The things that did make it were delivered to her and she paid the taxes up front for us. So I knew we owed her $300 and wanted to give it to her right away. When we sat down we gave her $500 cash right away, $300 for the taxes and $200 for her. She looked surprised and I just told her that I was very happy with her, I know that I could be a pain in the butt and I thanked her for dealing with me for 6 months. haha.    Hair/Makeup- My mother, mother in law and myself had appointments for hair and makeup. My mother in law has short hair so there wasn't much that needed to be done, she was happy with her make up as well. My mother on the other hand was not happy with her updo and ended up canceling her make up because she felt she could do a better job. The ceremony started at 4:30 so my appointment was at 1 for hair and makeup. Honestly, I have read a ton of reviews and everyone seems to always be happy with the hair and make up. I was not happy at all. I actually ran back to my room afterwards and started fixing everything, I stopped the girl Jana while doing my make up, gave her a tip and ran back to try to finish the make up myself. I had a little bit of a panic moment but I think both hair and make up came out really pretty once I fixed it up.    Ceremony- My father in law who is a priest in NY married us in Mexico. Traditional music was played and Cecilia had the songs we wanted so I did not have to provide her with an ipod. The flowers at the Gazebo were $300. I showed Cecilia some pics and honestly I was a tiny bit disappointed in the flower arrangement but everyone else loved it.            It was very windy the day of the wedding so only the aisle rows had yellow sashes, which I bought and brought with me. By the way ladies, I left 60 of them there with Cecilia so if any of you are using Yellow ones make sure you aren't being charged for them because they didn't pay for them. I also left a white aisle runner but the day of the wedding we didn't use it because it was way too windy. We hired a company to fly over the gazebo with a banner that read Congratulations <3 Rachel & Chris <3 for $180. In case you are interested in doing the same the owners name is Eduardo and the email is ultralightsplaya@hotmail.com, We met with them several days before, gave them cash and they took care of the rest.                  Cocktails/apps- The selection of food was amazing! We also switched out the mariachi band for a violinist player who the guests loved! My husband was being extra generous that night (probably because he had way too much to drink) and was tipping everyone. So from the beginning to end I watched the busboys and all of the hired help walk over to him at all times asking if he needed anything and if everything was ok.                Reception: Originally we wanted to do the reception on the terrace. Once I found out that the terrace was an open area where guests from the hotel could just walk by I decided I wanted to do it in the ballroom. We paid $250 extra for a wooden floor and $400 extra for ceiling & light decoration and it looked gorgeous!!! We paid $1200 extra for the centerpieces and I loved loved loved them! Here are some pics                      The picture doesn't do the ceiling justice ... it was gorgeous! White and yellow sashes across the ceiling and the lighting was phenomenal. Sorry the pics really don't show how gorgeous the lighting was.    DJ: DJ Mannia was awesome! We emailed a playlist with a bunch of italian songs for my husbands side and Jewish songs for my side and he had every one of them. He did a great job! I had taken my ipod with me with all the songs but the day we went to the pyramids I lost it at the caves while swimming and I emailed him a few days before and he told me not to worry about it he would have everything and he DID!!! A++++++++ ... I have a close friend who is a DJ and he was worried that they wouldn't do a good job in Mexico, after the wedding he told me how surprised he was and how great Carlos and his staff were!!       OVERALL: The day was wonderful! Even though the hair and makeup freaked me out in the beginning I really had an amazing time! Our guests loved it and honestly every penny was worth it.    If any of you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.                                             
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Dreams Cancun Wedding Review Wedding Date: January 22, 2011 Colors: Orange & Cuppuccino   TRAVEL Trip Booking:We booked our travel on Expedia…absolutely no problems with our reservation.   Continental Airlines:Our flight was pretty standard.  Their coat closets are pretty small and are only about 3 feet tall or so.  They were full on all legs of our round-trip flight, so I folded my dress bag in half and stored it in the overhead bin…plenty of room.   Transportation: We have always taken a taxi when we’ve traveled to Mexico.  If you’re traveling to Cancun for the first time and have not pre-arranged a shuttle, make sure after you have gotten your bags and cleared all customs and security checkpoints you proceed all the way outside to the curb and you’ll find guys wearing “Taxi by Hertz” shirts.  DO NOT talk to the guys just inside the doors offering you a free ride to your hotel or free excursions…they will also set you up with a timeshare presentation!  A taxi ride to your hotel is always more expensive than what you pay returning to the airport.  Our taxi ride to Dreams Cancun was about 20 minutes and was $60 USD (we paid in pesos and he charged us $600 pesos..a bit of a savings since the rate we got on the pesos was $1 US=$12 pesos).  Our taxi ride back to the airport was $300 pesos or about $30.   DREAMS CANCUN RESORT & SPA   Check In: Check in was super fast.  We booked an oceanfront room in the tower so we were immediately escorted to the tower concierge for VIP check in.  We were promptly given water and champagne when we got there too! The oceanfront rooms in the tower are exactly the same as the oceanfront rooms in the pyramid, however the tower room bathroom did have a tub, but the tile surrounding it was a light yellow color and looked more outdated.  We’ve stayed in the pyramid before during a previous stay nearly 3 years ago and we like the walk-in shower in those rooms better, more updated looking.    My hubby’s family all arrived the same day, about 90 minutes after we arrived.  They had booked 3 rooms and had made a request at booking for 3 rooms together or near each other on the same floor.  The hotel was pretty booked and could only get 2 rooms together.  In a moment of confusion, my hubby’s aunt asked “why can’t we get 3 rooms together?”, and the lady at the front desk immediately offered them 2 nights in the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE until they could get 3 rooms together!  We all went up to check out the suite so they could decide if they wanted it.  The suite is on the top/17th floor of the tower and takes up the whole floor!  It was HUGE!  2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a huge living room, huge dining room, big balcony with heated pool, kitchen, office with free internet…AMAZING! They took it immediately!  We got online on the Dreams Cancun website and found out that suite goes for over $6600 a night…no, that is not a typo, over $6600 a night!  It worked out perfectly that they had that suite our first full day in Cancun because the weather was gray/cloudy and a little cool, so we partied in the suite all day and ordered room service.  It was also my hubby’s nephews 3rd birthday (our ring bearer) and he thought it was just the greatest thing to have this huge suite for his birthday party.  We had a personal-size birthday cake delivered to the room for him free of charge and they even wrote “Happy Birthday Tristen” in chocolate on the plate.         Restaurants: During our last stay at Dreams Cancun back in Spring 2008, our favorite restaurant was The Seaside Grill and our least favorite was the Japanese restaurant, Himitsu.  Wow how things have changed for the better! The Seaside Grill still has pretty excellent beef choices and we were pleased with the seafood at Oceana (Especially the Grouper! Better than Mahi-Mahi…try it!)  But we were blown away by the improvement on the sushi at Himitsu! It was pretty awful before…but I would now rate it right up there with some of the best sushi I have ever had.  I tried a couple rolls that our friends/family ordered, but we primarily got nigiri and sashimi.  The salmon and tuna were amazing and I tend to be pretty picky about my sushi.  Oh, and make sure you hit the Coco Café coffee shop at the resort, located by the spa, for a frozen Bailey’s (A Bailey’s frappucino)…delicious!!!   Meeting with Our Wedding Coordinator: Our WC was Cecilia and through our whole planning process she was great to work with!  We kept our wedding pretty simple, so I didn’t email her too much, maybe 10 times or so before we got to the resort, and I think the longest I ever waited for a response was 5 days.  We had many of the details figured out before we got there.  We did the legal ceremony, she had us pick our menu selections and appetizers for the cocktail hour about 2 weeks before the wedding. When we checked-in to our room, there was a bottle of champagne and a letter from Cecilia with the date and time of our meeting with her as well as the appt time for our blood test (required for the legal ceremony).  When we met with her she went through the contract we had so far and showed us pictures of cakes and flowers for us to pick.  It seriously took about 25 minutes and we were done!  We tipped her $100, and boy did that pay off!  More on that later!…  Oh, and make sure when you get your final contract that they take off the $500 deposit you already paid to hold your date...we had to remind our WC to take that off the price.   Legal Ceremony Blood Test: For those of you doing the legal ceremony, the blood test was a breeze.  A member of the hotel staff escorts the nurse to your room the morning of your appt, it took about 10 minutes and we were done. Here’s a tip…if you have small veins like me and require a butterfly needle for blood draws, learn how to ask for that in Spanish! Haha!  When I sat down I pointed to my veins and pinched my fingers together telling her “very small, I need a small needle”.  She smiled and I thought she understood, then she proceeded to poke me with the regular needle and my veins just do not give blood with those.  She kinda see-sawed the needle back and forth (not too comfy!) trying to get it to work then finally took it out. I kept looking in her kit for the butterfly needle to point to it, but didn’t see one.  Then she dug one out and showed it to me.  I quickly exclaimed “Si Si Si!!!”.  It worked like a charm!  Later that afternoon, my sis-in-law informed me the Spanish word for butterfly is mariposa…wish I had known!  J   Dreams Spa: 2 days before our wedding I scheduled a “family ladies” day at the spa for myself, my mother, my mother-in-law, my step-mother-in-law and her sister, and my sis-in-law.  I had made the appts with the spa 2 weeks prior via email and I was promptly scheduled and emailed back by Adrian Dong, the spa manager, not to be confused with Adriana who works the front desk at the spa.  The moms had massages and facials and absolutely loved it! My sis-in-law and I had mani-pedis. I had a French mani-pedi done and it looked good on my toes, because toes are far away and you can’t see the detail as well, but the French manicure was just ok.  I get better French manicures here at home, so if you have them do your nails, maybe go with a plain color or do it yourself.  If you do have a French manicure done there, I’m sure your pictures would turn out fine, but looking down at your nails you’ll likely notice the slight imperfections, mainly with how straight/even the white line is on the French manicure.  Also, Adrian, the spa manager, told me that if I needed any touch-up to my nails when I came back for the bridal hair/make-up appt, they would do that free of charge. Everyone at the spa is so gracious and nice and they really work hard to make your spa experience relaxing and enjoyable.  The hubby and I had our couples massage that came with the wedding package out on the beach in one of the tiki huts.  It was soooooo relaxing and the massage was very good.  You can tell them if you want more or less pressure.  It was a 50 minute full-body massage and it was so nice to hear the waves…as well as the occasional jet-ski, haha!...there is a jet-ski rental place on the beach right next to the massage huts!      Bridal Hair/Make-Up at the Dreams Spa: It took just over 1.5 hours for my hair and make-up.  Mareya at the Spa did both and when I saw that she was going to be doing my hair/make-up I was thrilled since I have read some very good things on the message boards about her.  I think she may be their primary bridal stylist because I saw her doing another bride’s hair the next day too. Maybe when you make your appt, request Mareya, because she did an amazing job!!!  She was using hairspray while doing my hair, then at the end she grabbed another can that looked like hairspray and she said “this is like glue”.  She sprayed several applications of it on and let me tell you, my hair looked amazing!  And I know everybody says it is windy at the gazebo, and yes, it is a bit breezy, but during our ceremony and pictures there was literally a windstorm going on…but thankfully no rain!!!  Nobody was out on the beach, the typically calm waves at Dreams were totally choppy and they put out the red flag for the ocean rating…however…except for the few shorter bang pieces I have that aren’t long enough to clip to the side with the others…MY HAIR DID NOT MOVE!!!  (Luckily after our pictures were done, we rejoined our party to start the reception on the terrace and the clouds immediately parted, the sun came out and the wind totally died down to a nice gentle breeze…it was perfect! And everybody was commenting on how great my hair still looked after battling the windstorm!)  I tipped Mareya $20, but wished I had  brought more with me to give her!   My make-up was just as beautiful! Mareya asked me before she started what colors I wanted.  I told her a more natural look since we were having a day wedding...I picked some browns and champagne colors for my eyes.  She did great, I loved it!  Here’s a tip…if you have sensitive skin, have a friend or family member pack a Benadryl to the wedding.  My skin can be sensitive at times…for example…I wear Bare Minerals make-up, and they state it’s so good for your skin you can sleep in it…well, if I sleep in it, I get a few zits 2 days later!  During our reception, a couple of my friends came up to me asking me if I ate something I was allergic to…I don’t have any food allergies, but I was developing some bumps (hives???) on my face and neck area where Mareya had also applied a sparkly powder.  Luckily, one of my friends who has a lot of allergies had a Benadryl on her, I took one, and 20 minutes later the bumps were going away.  I think I was having some sort of reaction to the make-up.  I’ve been known to develop a rash from certain brands of sunscreen as well.         The Big Day!: I just have to start by saying that we could not have asked for a more perfect wedding! The hubby and I vacationed at Dreams Cancun nearly 3 years ago, it was our first vacation together and we had been together about 4 months at the time.  We saw a couple weddings going on during our stay and compared to other Mexico resorts we’ve stayed at, we always knew that when the day came, we would return to Dreams Cancun for our wedding, and we are so glad we did!   Our ceremony was at noon.  I was at the Spa from 9-10:45am.  Cecilia came by and delivered my bouquet while I was there…it was beautiful! And she told me all the preparations were underway and everything was going smoothly.  I got back to my room with 1 hour to change and hang out with family and friends, the perfect amount of time to keep busy and not get too anxious/nervous before the ceremony.  J     The ceremony went smoothly. We brought our music for the entire wedding on our iPod. I titled playlists on it: 1 Guests Seated, 2 Walk Down the Aisle, 3 Signing the Documents, 4 Reception.  The technician played everything with perfect timing.  Here’s a tip…if you are having a legal ceremony, you and your 4 witnesses will sign 4 documents, it takes a little time.  We only had 1 song to be played for this part, but it took longer so our music technician played the song twice.  I think we’re the only ones that noticed, but pick 2 songs for that part of the ceremony.   Juan Navarro Photography: Our photographers were Tony and Alex with Juan Navarro Photography.  They were super-nice, especially for having to deal with the windstorm!  They were really working hard to get good shots despite the wind, they took over 900 pics total of the ceremony and our pictures!  We didn’t pay extra to have them photograph the reception.  He would pose us and take a bunch of shots trying to get a good one despite the wind, and when they’d finally get a good one, they’d give us a thumbs-up and say “amazing, we got it”.  We left Dreams 2 days after the wedding, so we left before we could see the pics.  9 days after the wedding, we got an email of the proofs to pick from.  We picked 50 for our album that was included in our wedding package.  He also offered to provide a cd of all the pics for an extra fee.  From reading other Dreams brides reviews on this site I knew our target price, other couples were able to get the cd for $300, so when they first offered $400, I countered with $300 and they accepted!  They had us leave $50 USD with our WC to cover the cost of them shipping everything to us via FedEx.  We can’t wait for them to arrive! Here’s a tip… a friend of ours was able to borrow a really high quality camera from a friend of hers to bring to the wedding, so we had her take some “getting ready” shots before the ceremony and she took a bunch of pics during the reception.  A real money saver!   Here’s a tip… Now I’m no dainty bride, haha! I’m gonna give you the real scoop…  You may want to have one of your guests or MOH/Bridesmaids carry with them some of those Wet Ones Wipes and some deodorant.  After the little bit of pre-ceremony anxiousness/excitement, and the humidity during the ceremony and pictures, we arrived back to our group for the reception, and my pits were pretty ripe! Haha! Would’ve been nice to have been able to quickly jet into the bathroom to wipe down and reapply some fresh deodorant J   We chose the Mariachi Band and our guests thought it was such a great touch to the wedding. We had the Mariachi Band begin playing after we were announced husband and wife and they played as we walked back down the aisle together.  They then did a set during the cocktail hour for our guests. Our guests told us the cocktail hour was good..we arrived back from pictures at the end of it and took our seats out on the terrace for meal service to begin.  This is when I started noticing the extras that we got!  We had brought our own chair sashes and napkins.  There were a few extras, so I had told Cecilia during our meeting that maybe she could tie some of the extras sashes on the pillars of the gazebo.  She did, but we also had flower arrangements on the gazebo pillars that she threw in for free! There were also extra centerpieces! We had a group of 23 of us and we didn’t want a sweetheart table, we wanted to be seated with our guests, so we did 1 long table and sat in the center on one side, so I figured the 2 centerpieces that came with the package would be enough, but she also put out bowls filled with sand and shells on the table…it all looked great!  She also placed groupings of round paper lanterns in clusters on the floor around the terrace area.  They were held down with a sand-filled water bottle inside them. After the wedding, the floral centerpieces were delivered to our room.       For dinner we had the Two Hearts Salad, Parmantier Soup (potato-leek soup), Dreams Trilogy entrée and the Peach Tartlet.  Everybody loved the food and the presentation was beautiful.  We had one child at our wedding, a 3 year old.  The kids' menu choices were a burger, chicken fingers or mac 'n cheese.  He went for the mac 'n cheese, but don't order this.  It was literally a plate full of penne pasta topped with nacho cheese...yes, the kind of cheese that comes on nachos at a sporting event or carnival.  He ate of his parents' plates and didn't touch the mac 'n cheese.  I had read other reviews stating that vanilla wedding cake was a bit too sweet, so I switched to the Mexican Tres de Leche (three milk cake) and it was amazing!!!  Super moist and not too sweet.     I had 1.5 hours of “dinner music” on our iPod followed by 1.5 hours of dance music, all the technician had to do was press play.  The dinner music ended at the perfect time just after we had cut and served the cake, and the first 2 songs of our dance music started…that’s when I noticed our best freebie!!!  The songs were being mixed together and a few extras that weren’t on my playlist were being played… I think we got a free DJ!!!  Here’s why I think we got him…  our reception was on the terrace from about 2-5pm.  We noticed they were setting up the gazebo for a 4pm wedding and I immediately went over to Cecilia and told her we could turn down/off our music for their ceremony.  She said she would have him turn it down but that they wouldn’t be able to hear it at the gazebo, but I insisted.  I would’ve felt bad if that bride was hearing the Black Eyed Peas and people hootin’ and hollerin’ during her vows  J  So I think that they paid for a DJ and Cecilia may have just had him come early and cover our reception! I think he was looking at what we had on our playlist and was playing them from his system.  It really made a difference and sounded a lot better than if we had just used the iPod.  We watched the other wedding ceremony and cheered for them as they walked down the aisle, then our party got re-started…nobody minded the short pause at all!  Everybody was in such a happy celebration mode that we thought it was fun to celebrate another wedding, and I am not one of those brides that thinks it is all about “MY day”. Since we put our party on hold for 20 minutes or so, they gave us that extra time and our reception went until past 5:30  J   --Small sidenote… I actually passed by that other bride later that evening at the resort and she immediately pointed at me and yelled “most gracious bride ever!”  I went up to her and she thanked me and said it was soooo nice of me to turn off my music for her ceremony and she felt bad we had to stop our party.  I told her I was the one that felt bad because I didn’t know there was going to be another wedding going on nearby.  It was a happy/funny moment with 2 brides in their wedding dresses! We hugged and congratulated each other! It was a pretty awesome moment as our girlfriends watched us!--   When the dance music came on, a friend of ours asked one of the waiters for a round of shots for everybody...he’s kind of our “get the party started” friend.  And the waiters kept the shots coming! Everybody was dancing and having a blast!  Then a guy came out with a big black garbage bag and started handing out long skinny balloons to everyone.  We all must’ve been happily drunk because I have never seen grown adults get so excited over balloons…just another surprise Cecilia added in!  We were all waving them around as we danced, people were making hats with them…even an impromptu limbo line got created out of balloons!    Here’s a tip…If you are hiring a DJ, you may want to ask them if they have the edited versions of the songs you want played.  My friend loves the song “Tipsy” by J-Kwon, so I went to ask the DJ if he had it and he said he did…all of a sudden it begins playing and rather than hearing “everybody in this club getting tipsy”, we hear “everybody in this b*#ch getting tipsy”.  It was near the end of the reception so our older family members were too drunk to notice and they don’t know the song, so they didn’t know the words anyways…but if that would’ve been played early on, I’m sure someone would’ve noticed J   We had a bartender and 2 waiters.  We gave them a little over $30 each for tip and gave the DJ $50 since we hadn’t even paid for him.  They were all very grateful and happy with those amounts.   After the reception we gathered at Rendez-vous, the lobby bar.  Some people went to get a little dinner and then we continued the party that night at Desires, the bar/music lounge that is next door to Dreams and is part of the all-inclusive.  They have a DJ nightly that starts around 10pm or so.  By that time, our family members were tired and called it a night, but us and our friends headed over there and danced and sang every song until past midnight.  I had so much fun singing every lyric as we danced that I sort of lost my voice the next day...it was pretty hoarse! But totally worth it!  All day everybody was telling us it was the best wedding ever and they were so glad they were able to make it.  We completely agreed. For us, it couldn’t have been a better day!                           EXTRAS Ring Bearer Bowl:I thought a small wood bowl seemed more fitting than a lacy pillow.  I found the bowl at Cost Plus World Market and I actually brought orange ribbon to tie the rings together in case our ring bearer dropped them, but I ended up tying them together with the orange ribbon with shells on it from the room! Housekeeping ties your washcloths together with this ribbon and ties it around the toilet paper roll too…kinda funny that I used that..but it looked perfect! Haha!     Chair Sashes and Napkins: Ordered from www.weddinglinensdirect.com…they were cheaper than paying the Dreams price for them and they arrived in flat packaging that took barely any room to pack in my suitcase.   Menus:Ordered from www.Minted.com…they have a great selection and I plan to order our Thank-You cards from them as well.     Wedding Favors:We ordered customized shot glasses for our guests from www.DiscountMugs.com.     BikiniBottoms: www.customizedgirl.com    

By SheenaMcDonald, · 3 Comments

Pros: beautiful resort, everything there was great!
Cons: as a marine biologist I really felt like the dolphin lagoon was too small to hold 7 dolphins!
Hi everyone!  Here ismy review in parts it is quite long and my pictures take up a lot of space so I had to put it in 3 different documents.  I couldn’t put very many pics of our room up because the files were so big, if you are interested in them just send me a message. The pictures that are in here are all pictures our friends took because we haven't gotten the pictures from Juan yet except for looking at the ones on his blog and we aren't too sure how that is going to work with Juan.  Hopefully we will hear from him soon, since it has been 3 weeks since the wedding! If you can't open the attachment let me know, my computer is a mac and I have had friends who can't open my documents on pc's. 
Pros: service, location, overall experience
Cons: communication
ladies, I had literally just spent 3HOURS working on my review, with tons of pics and great detail and the site kicked me off!!!!!! Im soooo pissed off right now!!!   in a nutshell: the wedding was amazing and i'd do it again, Cecilia, WC, sucked BIG F, Claudia took over she was great A+++++   Juan Navarro A+++++, review in vendors section   Alex from Mike Cantral Videography A+++++, review vendors section   Cancun Transfers A+++++, review vendors section   Dreams, as a resort A++++, needs upgrading but the service and location is great.   Spa, Mireya A+++++ hair and make up were perfect all day and night.   DJ Mannia A+++++, kept everyone dancing all night   pics... here you go.... http:// http://www.juanphotos.com/galleries/?/page/7964/carolina--alex-dreams-cancun/   sorry, but i'm not going to spend another three hours working on a review, i'm so upset right now i could cry!  if you have any questions direct them here   http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/2782/dreams-cancun-questions-for-those-married-here   thanks!

By Kat81, · 1 Comment

Pros: The resort is beautiful, the beaches are amazing and the service was great
Cons: Had a few mishaps with the wedding, the rooms aren't as up to date as they should be
Dreams Cancun is beautiful! The beaches are just breath taking and the food is amazing. We had a blast there. The rooms aren't bad but they aren't great either. They could be updated.   The WC that did my wedding is no longer there. I had many problems with her. I ended up with no videographer because she forgot to book him, we had no mic and the wedding started 30 min late because they weren't done setting up.   BUT all that said I would go there again to get married. The view is just beautiful and the atmosphere was exactly what DH and I were looking for. I can't wait to visit again and be able to just relax and not plan a wedding the whole time.
Pros: Amazing location, awesome service, great wedding packages
Cons: Rooms aren't as modern as some resorts but still nice and clean
My wedding review