[QUOTE=Mixie23;866695] I will say one thing though, and I am sure that Starlitk will echo this - there were THREE weddings on June 27, and despite the fact that I was told over a year ago that that was a possibility, I was also told there would be one at 12, one at 3, and one at 6. This was NOT the case and the beach looked more like a wedding factory than anything else as they tried to cram in all those evening ceremonies with three different color schemes and three different canopy decorations. Not to mention the fact all three brides were then on the beach doing photos at the same time. Is it a huge deal? No, but its not exactly the feeling that was "advertised" to me - they specifically said that you wouldn't feel like there were brides taking over the resort, but clearly this was not the case. QUOTE]
Hi everyone! I'm back, too. I plan on writing my full-length review, but I did have to just echo Mixie here... this place is a wedding factory, and it feels like it when you're there. There were three weddings on our day as well as MANY other days while we were there. And, the resort is NOT big enough for it, so you will constantly see other brides while you are there (even on your wedding day). I also believed that the volume truly affected every aspect of our wedding. For instance:
- In the spa - I wasn't that pleased with my makeup, but seconds after I got up to look at it in natural light, she was already working on someone else's bridesmaid's hair and seemed kind of annoyed that she had to stop and fix mine. Finally, I left without loving my makeup b/c I felt like I was out of time.
- When we were picking out locations for our cocktail hour and reception, we were basically given NO options b/c other brides already had things reserved and they had refused to give us the SSG. I didn't think this would happen b/c I thought there was only one other wedding on Saturday. Then, when I asked about rain locations for all three weddings, they told me not to worry about it. Well, needless to say, when it started raining on my reception Saturday night, I was slightly annoyed that I had been given one option (other than the convention center, which I refused to get married in), and that they REFUSED to close the SSG for us, even though we had the largest wedding that day (44 people) - and might I add - the largest wedding I saw the entire 10 days that I spent there.
- I think Anabel got our wedding confused with other weddings. For instance, we were supposed to have the mariachi band, but instead ended up with the Caribbean trio for our cocktail hour. When I told her that it was wrong, she just seemed totally confused.
- Weeks before our wedding, when we asked about the script for the symbolic ceremony, we had been told (by Aurora, I think) to contact Kiko Flores, our scheduled minister. We emailed him, he advised us to write our own ceremony if we did not want it to be very religious. We wrote something we were totally excited about, we emailed it to him, and he said he thought it was "beautiful" and "would honor it exactly as it was". So, you can imagine our surprise (and the priceless looks on our faces captured forever in our video and pictures) when the minister we did have (who knows who he was) started praying and reading from the bible, delivering his own VERY religious ceremony. Maybe this would have still happened if there were fewer weddings per day, maybe not. Either way, we were not given the minister we were told about, and it is clearly another instance of the poor communication between wedding coordinators and them struggling with this volume overall.
Granted, these are just the negative things about the day, but overall, I did LOVE my wedding. I was so deliriously happy to be marrying my wonderful husband amongst our amazing friends and family that we ended up laughing about this stuff all day and I truly did have an amazing time (even in the rain). However, a LOT of things did go wrong, and to be honest, if I could do it over, I would probably not pick Dreams Tulum again. That day, nothing bothered me, but the more I think about everything we went through with the resort, the way we were treated as if our wedding wasn't important (despite bringing a LOT of money to the resort) from Day 1, I realize the details did matter to me, and I would have liked at least a few less things to go wrong on our actual day.