I'm back from what I would call the BEST week of my life. I had the most amazing experience and I couldn't have asked for anything better. My wedding was April 16 at 4pm. We had 43 people attend from all over Canada (Newfoundland, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Vancouver). We were at the resort from April 13 to April 20th. Most of us flew Air Transat but then group from Newfoundland flew Air Canada. If you flew Air Transat you had a few more perks (bottle of tequila) but nothing to crazy. Everyone arrived on time and check in was busy but not too bad. I had personalized thermal cups with lids and straws ready for everyone as they arrived as a little welcome gift. Inside the cup was a little message and a quick itinerary for the week (rehearsal dinner, wedding time). It was great seeing these cups used throughout the week by my guests.
Our first morning there we went to meet Marcela our wedding coordinator and boy was she great. I can't begin to describe how much I loved her and how fabulous she was. She made my wedding day so easy for me. I arrived with a huge bin of stuff for her to put out on the day of the wedding and she went above and beyond. We went over pricing and created an invoice and then paid for everything. It was very smooth.
The Wedding Day
I woke up the day of the wedding alone, my groom had spent the night with his friend and I wanted to have time alone to prepare cards, and a speech so I decided alone was best for me. I went over to the window and it was pouring rain. But it was also 6:30 in the morning. I had remembered what Marcela had said about rain and how it can pour for hours and just stop, so I knew I had lots of time before the ceremony so I didn't stress. Had my shower, coffee and wrote my speeches. Around 8:15 the bridesmaids and my mom began to arrive at my room. By 9am we went down to the buffet by the pool and had some breakfast (groom was going to buffet in lobby, so we avoided that area). At 10:40am we left my room and went to catch the shuttle to the spa. The spa is absolutely beautiful. Once at the spa, the 6 of us (myself, 4 bridesmaid and my mom) were taken into the salon and it was amazing. The ladies started with myself and 2 bridesmaids, and as the bridesmaids were done the others switched in. By 1:45pm we were all beautiful and went down to catch the shuttle. Anyone that is worried about getting their hair done by the ladies at the salon, don't worry, they are amazing. I have long thick curly hair and they had no problems whatsoever with it.
We arrived back at the room at around 2:05pm and ordered some room service, played some music and started getting ready. This was the time that I looked around and realized I was getting married. I took time to take it all in and really cherish the moment. My photographers arrived around 2:15pm and started taking pictures of everything. I choose to go with an outside photographer just because I had heard that the resort photo were not as good. I think that was my best decision I could have made. I went with Photos In Cancun, and they were phenomenal. Derek and Lorena were awesome. They just fit right in and took photos as we were just hanging out. They never got in the way of anything. We continued getting ready and by this time the sun was starting to shine The shuttle arrived to pick us up at about 4:15pm (15 minutes late, but I didn't stress because I knew the day couldn't start without me). Marcela was on the shuttle with us and shortly after the shuttle pulled away from the door we were all singing "Going to the Chapel". It a memory that will be forever with me.
Once we arrived at the location, Marcela got off the shuttle and went to make an announcement, that we were ready to start and had everyone take their seats. The music started and one by one the bridesmaids headed down the aisle. Then music changed, I kissed my mom and we started our walk. It was emotional, beautiful and everything I had dreamt about since I was a little girl. The décor looked great and the setting was stunning. The ceremony was the symbolic one and it was quick and sweet. We kissed, he pronounced us husband and wife, we turned around and walked back down the aisle to Celebration. It was perfect. We then had a champagne toast and a group photo taken.
I had paid to have an extra hour of open bar before the reception so my guests could stay in the location while we were having pictures taken. We also had booked the mariachi band to perform during this time and my guests loved it. They danced and took photos with the guys! By 6pm we were ready to head into the Palapa for the reception. It was decorated beautifully and all my guests kept saying how perfect it was for a Mexico wedding location.
For dinner we choose the Beach BBQ and it was great. There was plenty of food and lots of chooses for everyone. My cake looked absolutely gorgeous. The DJ was good however, I had brought an iPod full of songs so guest could choose songs from that as well. Once the party started it never stopped. Everyone had a great time and the staff was amazing.
My photographers were enjoying the night sky because it was a full moon, so my husband and I would sneak out once in awhile with them to get some awesome night pictures. At the end of the night I was handed 3 memory sticks with over 1800 pictures on them. Now I have to go through all the pictures and pick 250 that we want edited and they will do that and send them back to us. I was so happy with them, they made our day so easy and were never in the way. They were just like any other guests at our wedding. I look forward to seeing them again whenever we return to Mexico.
We had also paid for an extra hour for the reception because we knew no one would want the party to end at 10pm. So we paid the extra hour and at 11pm most of our guests walked over to the Disco and let the party continue. At this time Marcela, told us she would clean up and take everything back to her office and we could swing by on Friday and pick it all up. That way we were not trying to take the shuttle back with all our stuff, it was great. We went to the Disco for about half an hour and danced with everyone then said our goodbyes and headed to the Presidential Suite. All I can say about this suite is that it was AMAZING.
Overall, I can't find one negative thing about the whole day. The staff was so awesome and Marcela made my day truly amazing. I had no stress and enjoyed every minute of the day. Looking back on the whole experience, I would not change a thing. My guests are still taking about how amazing everything was and how much fun they all had.
Sorry for the long post, but just wanted everyone who is unsure about the resort or the whole Mexico wedding thing to know that I couldn't be happier with my choice and I would recommend it to anyone.