Jump to content

Jenny's Dreams Tulum Review from 03-17-2009

Recommended Posts

We really had the "Luck of the Irish" on our side for our wedding day...no or little wind and a perfect sunset...I could not have asked for more :-)


Username: jennyjean7

Names: Jenny & Robert

Date & Time: March 17, 2009

Wedding package: Ultimate

Wedding extras: Hair Flower: $6, Flower Girl Basket and Flowers: $10 (or so), Speakers: $150, Bonfire on Beach: $60

Type of ceremony: Civil

Coordinator: Landy

Number of guests: 11

Ceremony location: Beach

Reception location: Beach

Photographer: Resort

Videographer: Resort

Special arrangements / activities: Everyday we had a special activity planned with our guests


First, I need to thank everyone on here for all their help in my planning and preparation for my wedding day and “weddingmoonâ€â€¦I could not have gotten some of the ideas and inspiration without yaâ€ll!!

Second, I need to clear up some confusion and misinformation. We were lucky enough to make really good friends with both Daniels (GM of resort and Director of Sales/Marketing…2 Daniels). Both them and Landy shared quite a bit of useful information…For example, the infamous “Massage Hutâ€â€¦this was torn down back in Oct-Nov due to new “government regulationsâ€. When the Mexican government came in and shut the Tulum hotels down, they required certain aspects to be changed, paperwork updated, etc. One of those was that hut. For some reason, Mexico wonâ€t allow a massage hut on the beach?? Another example was the resort had to widen the greenery around the grand entrance from the hotel lobby leading to the beach (the sidewalks had to be cut in and more plants around the resort). Third, the north wedding ceremony site (by the Dive shop) was taken down. Landy did state that it could be put up if needed, but honestly, the south cite is more accommodating.


Location: A+

Being that the resort was a 2 hour drive from the Cancun airport, it was quite a trek, but well worth it. The resort is secluded along with the beach with the nearest beach hotel/resort about a mile or so down the beach (walking). We found out that the Policia are not even allowed on resort grounds (because we had an incident with an angry cab driver), so feel secured!


Arrival/Check in: A-

Here is my only complaint on the resort and their staff. It seemed that the concierge and front desk staff are not all on the same page, as with any major hotel, but overall, they were very accommodating, friendly, and followed up on any complaints. We were supposed to have had 3 days in a Suite, then move to the Honeymoon suite, but we asked if we could just move to the Honeymoon suite for our entire stay. At first, the front desk staff said they were booked, but we made them ask their manager and vola! It wasnâ€t booked and we received the 3rd floor suite that overlooked the wedding site and Dolphin Pool…absolutely the best room there is! Since we made friends with some other brides, we were able to take pictures and video from our room and it was the perfect birds†eye view!


The Resort: A+

Again, this resort is totally secluded, so you literally feel like youâ€re in paradise the entire time! My fiancée (now husband) and I made really good friends with Both Daniels†(GM and Director of Sales/Marketing) and therefore were accommodated to more than most (from other brides that we made friends with while we were there). They were totally awesome. We had HIGH expectations and they exceeded every single one of them.


The Romantic Dinner on the beach is totally worth it!!!!


Restaurantâ€s: A+

Being from Dallas, we LOVE our food, so we were pleasantly surprised to find out that every restaurant we ate at was phenomenal! The only restaurant we didnâ€t eat at (b/c we had the kids) was Bordeaux (the French restaurant that doesnâ€t allow children). This resort chain is American owned, and compared to other “all inclusive†resorts in Mexico that are not American owned (such as Riu), the food is exceptional and the drinks come in large glasses with Call Brand liquors (such as Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels, Hornitoâ€s, etc).


Activities: A+

The main activity we did while down there was get our SCUBA certification and the resort dive shop was thorough, knowledgeable, and helpful. The guys there (Will, Deon, and the 3rd dive instructor) are all friendly and will give you as much time as you need to finish, learn or “do over†any diving or snorkeling lessons.

We visited Xel-ha…this is a HUGE outdoor playground…like Wet ‘n†Wild (minus the slides). Here, we snorkeled, hiked and swam with the dolphins. This was awesome!

The next day we decided to go to “Hidden Worlds Cenotesâ€. Here we rapelled down a hole, zip-lined across the jungle and also into a Cenote, snorkeled the Cenotes and a dark cave, and rode the “Sky-cycle†(this is a zip line where you ride a cycle)…surprising a great workout! This is definitely a place to go spend a ½ a day and just enjoy nature!

My husband went ATVâ€n on the day of the wedding and he absolutely loved it!

The last day we went to the ruins. This is an educational, breathtaking, and overwhelming place b/c itâ€s more than 1600 years old. Bring bug spray though b/c those natâ€s will swarm all over you!


Spa: B

I am not a “spa kinda-girlâ€â€¦I would have rather been riding horses that morning instead of hanging out in the spa; but since my husband bought a spa day for me and all my girls, I kinda had to attend. Jennifer, the spa coordinator (or spa concierge) was the best! The spa staff…not so much. The spa itself is beautiful, tranquil, peaceful, etc…but again, I just donâ€t like spaâ€s…Iâ€m an out-door-sy girl


Hair/Makeup: A

I had Trinidad (yes, sheâ€s a she), the resort “stylist†do my hair and makeup. She did an awesome job on my hair! I brought a few inspirational pictures and she worked her magic. My hair doesnâ€t hold very well (and I forgot to wash it prior b/c I was at the spa ALL morning), so there was a lot of hairspray, but it still ONLY took LESS than an hour!! I brought a picture for make-up too, and it turned out good, but a little “too muchâ€, so when I got back to the room, I toned it down and blended it all in


Wedding Coordinator: A+

The day we checked in, we were given a letter from Landy with a time/place to meet to go over the final wedding arrangements…so ladies, donâ€t worry, sheâ€ll meet with you either the day of arriving or the day after and everything will get taken care of! Landy was very poised, intelligent, and caring. I gave her all my decorations, color schemes, and told her to “run with it†and everything turned out so beautiful! They really know what theyâ€re doing!


Cake: B+ -A

Being that this was the FIRST time the chef at the resort had tried anything "unique" like this, of course it didn't turn out perfect...but it turned out different and it sure did taste good!! We called it our leaning Pisa Castle Cake :-) Landy had to go and buy (out of her own pocket) the mold for the top of the cake...I thought it was going to be the entire cake as a sand castle, but the chef couldn't do it like that....but again, it was tasty!!!


Resort Photographer/Videographer: A-

The main thing with this was we told them that we do not like to “pose†and would prefer natural pictures…thus some of the pictures that came out were not what I liked b/c of the “posingâ€â€¦overall, he took good pictures, (some of my guests took better picâ€s) and he wanted too much money for an additional TTD session (so we decided not to do this). PLUS you can NOT have a horse on the beach, in case anyone out there wants to include this in their TTD session :-( This was the main reason why I decided not to do this.

Since our ceremony was at 545pm, our pictures were at night…we wanted our kiss to be right at sunset and didnâ€t care too much for the “beach pictures†as we had soooo many before and after the wedding… the ceremony was more important than the “kissing†photoâ€s to us.

The videographer really didnâ€t talk much…he just followed us and the photographer. He will be mailing the video today and so we should receive it soon.


Wedding Day/Site: A+

I could not have asked for more. Of course, we had the beach ceremony and everything was perfect! I was so nervous and anxious, that the day just flew by. During the ceremony we not only had the resort photographer, but our guests and Both Danielâ€s again taking pictures (they will be mailing these this week to us).

After the ceremony, we had the Caribbean Band on the beach (much better than the Mariachiâ€s from what I heard), followed by the dinner on the beach (b/c the Massage Hut was no longer there). Now, the pictures that the resort show are deceiving because the set-up is actually between 3 palm trees, next to the Seaside Grill, that are lined with lights and itâ€s absolutely gorgeous! We paid for the speakers ($150) and had an iPod hook-up and we were able to play our music (blaringly loud too) until 11pm! During this, and after dinner, we opted for the Bonfire on the Beach…this was great! Although we didnâ€t roast marshmallows, we invited all people walking by to our fun, festivities, and dancing…


Ok, here's some pictures :-)

Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

both daniels are really great and so accomodating. they really make brides and grooms feel like they are VIP's and they treat your wedding day as it was their own.


it is one of the reasons i think dreams tulum is such a great place to get married...in addition to being in such a beautiful location, the staff is top notch!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally Posted by Blkatz View Post
Hey Jenny-Did you buy the hanging flowers or make them? I LOVE them but I am very DIY challanged! Everything looks great besides that

I made them when I got to the resort...it seemed easier to bring along the flowers, wire cutters, glue gun and fishing line versus trying to pack the wrapped flowers and keep them from getting squowshed! It only took about 1.5 hours and I made 8 strands of all different flowers and colors :-)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations Jenny! Thank-you for sharing your story with us. It sounds like you were really pleased with everything and your pictures look great. I've been communicating with one of the "Daniel's" and he's been wonderful with me as well. I hope I get a chance to meet him when I'm there in 5 weeks (!!!).

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally Posted by sgbrown View Post
Congratulations Jenny! Thank-you for sharing your story with us. It sounds like you were really pleased with everything and your pictures look great. I've been communicating with one of the "Daniel's" and he's been wonderful with me as well. I hope I get a chance to meet him when I'm there in 5 weeks (!!!).

They both are very accomodating and "caring" men...they would just show up where we were (for instance when we had our meeting with Landy and our rehearsal dinner and the wedding!) They make it a point to make everyone feel comfortable and they're "special day"...congrats and good luck! :-)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors

    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • So, this will be another one of those venting it all out topic but it won't be the last one (Well last one done by me)😂.   I got engaged back in the August bank holiday last year when covid restrictions were lifted. I knew this problem would occur so I wanted to get things rolling with my group of friends asap. I have 2 sets of friends that I plan on inviting to my DW (Next year). The first group are from the UK and the other group is from the other side of the world. Before I get started, we are planning our DW as normal with the hope that covid will be as less impact as possible. Me and my SO planned our guestlist and we would predict that there will be problems with both sides of invites. We both predicted that the UK groups would pose possible problems due to costs etc. Our other groups (Other side of the world) most of them will come barring any restrictions but all of them pretty much confirmed it. Now, this is where it gets interesting. My UK group (JAWSNA they're the initials of people within this group) posed the problem straight away when I announced that me and SO will have a DW (Even though A, A and W knew of this before I got engaged!). This group revolves around the first A and W.  A - I have known A since I first started university and it happens that A lives in the same city as me. Common sense will dictate that A will be the bestman of the wedding. Before I get started if it weren't for A then I would not have met everyone from the UK lot.Everyone knew including the test of the groomsmen knew I would ask A to be the best man. In total 3 groomsmen and a best man. I asked W to be one of the groomsmen and he gladly accepted it. The other 2 spaces were filled up by 2 people from the other side of the world group which means all I had to do is ask A to be the best man.  So forward 2 weeks after I got engaged I asked him. At first he paused for a few seconds then A went onto say "I feel the other 2 (Referring the 2 people that I asked to be part of the groomsmen from the other side of the world group) are better placed to be your best man because I feel suitable". When I heard that my heart literally stopped. He then went onto say "If the other 2 are still not up for it according to you then I will be your best man". That was the first warning sign. I didn't say much to A the following few days but I was adamant that A will be my best man. Ovdr the next month or so I kept at it to the point when he said "Sorry I do not want to be your best man so you can now do that 'group' you kept on saying" (Referring to my earlier point where I knew this will be a problem.  Things calmed down and he said that "We will have a heart to heart talk about your situation and will talk about the best man position" right until this day I have been waiting to see him in person. I know there wete 2 lockdowns but at the same time before the lockdowns occured couldn't A find the time even for an hour to talk about this? He said he wanted to do this face to face which is why he does not want to have this conversation over the phone but it's very hard considering we're still coming out of lockdown and easing of restrictions. This is where things take for the worse. From last February I kept in contact with A with everything and I let it slip that out DE will be next year. He went into a rant where he was "shocked" to find out that the DW was happening next year and warned me if I do not have a clear concise figure then people from the UK will not out effort into the DW. This is where I started a group from my side of the guest lists with the UK group and the Other side of the world group and effectively telling both sides of the group that DW will happen next year at this location (I do not want to disclose the location so I can remain as anonymous as possible). The other side of the group all confirmed they are going and this is where the UK group start to say their views. S and W sugfested that I was "loaded with money" whereas A start to say that I needed really clear figures otherwise people will not turn up. Ever since A messages that text the group has been stone called silent. A is literally impossible to get a hold off. I live really close to him yet he always has excuses to why he is not free. These ranges from "I have been getting a property", "Lifes busy man" or "Work gets in the way". Because of these lists of excuses I started to question whether I want him to be the groomsmen or not. He keeps on making excuses and I even tried to lie to him I was down the road from him to which he said "I have to get this furniture in place, watch the football then I need to get to bed by 9:30 pm)." I will invite him to the wedding but at the same time serious doubts are there whether I should or not and regarding the groomsmen? I don't even know because of all these doubts. To make things worse, A's girlfriend is a makeup artist and for obvious reasons A will have her as a plus one if he was a groomsmen. My SO reached out to her asking for a price to be my SO's MUA. A's girlfriend tried to make my SO to pay for her travel and flight costs along with her rates as the make up artists for the day. When this failed, A's girlfriend then mentioned that she looked at the costs and flight and it would be very costly for her. Then she made the point that she does not want to travel currently due to covid and wouldn't know if it's safe or not so my SO should reach out to her later down the year to seek clarity. Needless to say this is the works of A because this is something he would do so A must have taught his girlfriend to try and get a holiday out of my SO. A keeps on saying that I am.mkte financially stable than a lot of people throughout. This may be true but at the same time I have had to save and budget out money throughout my life so I do not see a major problem although I do understand where A is coming from. That's it for now for A. We move onto W who has been unsupportive but not to A's scale. W - as I have mentioned he is the other person I asked to be the groomsmen. Unlike A, W accepted straight away. I told him that the wedding would be abroad back in September and he was excited about this. Fast forward late February where I made the group telling people that it will be a DW, I felt something was wrong with him. I called him up a week later to which he said "I'm not going to lie, it seems pretty expensive. I have been saving up for a holiday since 2019 with a couple of the lads in the UK group. The destination we are going? It is a lot more less expensive than your DW. We wil be going to this destination for 2 weeks whereas for your DW it is for a week. Not to mention the costs. Before I step foot at the location of your DW I would need to spend hundreds of pounds before stepping into it. Not to mention the petrol costs and the car parking costs. I also have a plus one, that will be double. I can get off work for a week and wouldn't need to spend that much money on flights to your DW. If we did something in the UK you would receive a larger wedding gift and I still wouldn't be anywhere near your figure. What happens if S said "We not going to your DW but we will celebrate your wedding before you set off?" That would mean everyone from the UK group will stay here to celebrate with you but not come to your wedding." At first I didn't think much of W's comments. But the longer it went his comments infuriated me. I have been transparent from the first day I understand that costs for my DW will be a problem for some but it feels like I am forcing them to my DW at this point. S - probably the most sensible one out of everyone. He said he will try his best with his wife to save as much money as possible. It will be a test because he has a lot of things to pay for (But don't we all?). He is one of the ones who had supported me more than the others. He did mention that if the UK lot cannot make it they will do something to make it up to me. Nice gesture because A and W never thought of this. N - he is a nice guy because he is someone who I can talk. However I felt that he will be the first ones to drop out for my DW because he is less financially stable compared to the others. J - quiet throughout. Hasn't said a word to me. Thinking the same as everyone else and moaning about my DW. A2 - Ah, the second A. A2 has been one of the most supportive person throughout. I understand that he will probably drop out because he is the only person working from his family and money is hard to come by. He can even see that A has been very unsupportive. If he drops out I will not have a problem with him. He would have like to come but at the same time I know it will be very difficult for him because A2 and his wife wilk struggle to save up. I have already prepared my Plan B. Unfortunately I would like to not to use plan B but hearing from the consistent moaning of A and W's comments made me do this. I am planning for the worse and everyone from the UK group will drop out which is why I am ready to execute plan B. Forgot to mention. My SO's UK lot? We both feared it would have ended up the same situation as my side but to our pleasant surprise all of them confirmed they were coming! We were shocked to find out they are already booking that week off to celebrate our wedding! To make things worse, my SO's UK group's salary are a lot lower than my UK group yet her UK group can make it? Time to evaluate the friendship of my UK group!!!   /Rant over
    • Hello Guys, Can you please suggest me the best destination wedding places on globally, that must be with greenery and price must be cost-effective. i have searched on google too, its showing a-lot of places. But this is the platform where i can found real-time experience people.   
    • Greetings. I'm really confused because my younger sister's marriage is fixed. Now the date is fixed for April 15th. We are planning to conduct a function only with minimal members. I neec to find out a best wedding venue or organizer. I need your advice which will be really helpful. Thank you
    • I’m sorry but I just noticed this original post was from a few years ago. 
    • Hi girl, I was in the the exact same situation as you. I’ was a second timer too,  at the time my daughter was 16 when we had our DW. He also had a daughter from a previous marriage who was 28 at the time with a 3 year old son who we’re residing with us. His daughter was in no financial shape whatsoever to pay her way to Fiji. My husband said it meant so much to him for her to be there. We argued for months about us funding her way to go with us. I felt like the evil step mother too but put my foot down. It almost got to the point that we were just not going to go but finally my fi gave in and said we would  not pay for her. Talk about stress! We went with my daughter and a few friends and got married. I could see the sadness in my husbands eyes during the ceremony.It all hit me right there. He wanted his daughter there so bad that it crushed him. In fact none of his family were there and the friends I mentioned were all my friends. I thought to myself, why did I do this to this wonderful man who is so good to me and my daughter. He rarely asked for things for himself. I felt awful. He did his best to hide it from me. It’s the biggest regret of my life girl. He never got over that his daughter was not there and it destroyed me. I wish I could go back in time and do it all over again. I allowed $3,500 that we easily could afford, ruin what I wanted to be the happiest day of his life. If you can afford it pay for it, do it. It’s not worth the pain.It was  not worth doing that to him just to prove a point. This was 17 years ago and it bothered him for the rest of his life. He passed away last October and I still cannot forgive myself. That’s my two cents - Shel  
  • Topics

  • Create New...