OK HERE ARE OUR VERY LONG REVIEWS! (haha)
First, my husband's perspective...
If youâ€™re considering having your wedding at Dreams Riveria Cancun, do it. If youâ€™re considering other resorts, forget them and book at Dreams Rivera Cancun. And if you have any other wedding plans, cancel them and rebook your wedding at Dreams Rivera Cancun. We had high hopes for our wedding and DRC exceeded our wildest, well, dreams. It. Was. Amazing.
Dreams Riviera Cancun is not impressive from the outside. Actually it looks more like a fortress. But once inside, you will be instantly taken by the classy d©cor of the lobby area, and the view of the pools and beach will win over even the most skeptical of guests. Check in was pretty easy. We were greeted with champagne and then whisked away to the Preferred Club. Perks include faster check in, an exclusive lobby lounge area with continental breakfast (which we never used) and most importantly, free wi-fi. The wi-fi in the hotel is pretty spotty, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didnâ€™t and it was a bit slow, but you canâ€™t beat free! It is usually $15/day.
From there we checked out our room, honeymoon suite #2301. The best feature of is that there are two two-person Jacuzzi tubs, one inside and one on the balcony. It was also larger than the normal rooms, though the normal rooms are impressive in their own right. Our suite also featured a spread of fruit and chilled champagne.
From there we went to check out the pool area, which is stunning. Itâ€™s a quintessential view of paradise, and the hotel goes to great lengths to make sure everything is clean and well-maintained. We ate at the Oceana restaurant, where the margaritas apparently fill themselves. We also discovered one of our favorite foods at the resort, the won tons. Mmmmmmm!!! From there, we checked out the swim up bar, which was really cool and featured some of the most friendly staff at the resort (though itâ€™s worth mentioning that the entire staff is phenomenal. They have great attitudes, every single one of them, and I could never tire of hearing â€œItâ€™s a pleasureâ€ after they fulfilled every request). The swim up bar ended up being THE daytime hangout for us and our guests.
We met with Veronica on Thursday morning to iron out all the wedding details. Veronica is an ace wedding coordinator, a true professional that is very friendly and accommodating and is very good at what she does. She patiently went over all the details with us and was hip to all the conversations and arrangements we had made previously. We had a few special requests for the ceremony set up and she had no problem fulfilling all of them. When it came time settle our balance, we did notice some significant discrepancies that would have resulted in extra charges
if my wife (the budget spreadsheet queen) hadnâ€™t meticulously reviewed the bill. I strongly recommend going to your wedding meeting prepared with all the financial figures. The extra charges were certainly not intentional but I am really glad we caught them.
Later that evening we met with Linda, the officiant. Linda was a lovely lady. Sheâ€™s the type of person you feel like youâ€™ve known your whole life the instant you meet her, she is so down to earth and easy to talk to. She even wore an outfit to the ceremony that matched our wedding colors, which I thought was a nice touch. We were really lucky to have her, especially considering it was essentially a random person who was in charge of presiding over the wedding.
We hosted our rehearsal dinner at El Patio at 6:00 on Friday. We were originally scheduled to have it at 8:00, but Veronica recommended we move it to 6:00 so we could be seated properly and have a more private event, a move that proved to be wise. There werenâ€™t more than 6 tables worth of people in the restaurant during our dinner outside of our group. This was great because we had some speeches planned during the rehearsal dinner and we were concerned we wouldnâ€™t be heard. Fortunately this wasnâ€™t and issue and the speeches were heard just fine. Itâ€™s important to note that El Patio is one of four restaurants with dress codes that require men to wear long pants and close-toed shoes (Himatsu, Portofinos and Bordello are the others). We learned this a couple days before the dinner and had time to email our guests, but be sure to do the same. One of our more rebellious guests tried to get in with shorts and was asked to leave, change and come back. We chose an appetizer, main course and dessert for our guests and all the food was excellent. One of my groomsmen arrived about 45 minutes into the dinner and
was exasperated. Turns out he was accidentally booked at Dreams Cancun and not Dreams Riviera Cancun. Eventually it was all straightened out but he went through hell to rebook at the right hotel. I strongly recommend you advise your guests of the important distinction between the resorts.
After a delightful rehearsal dinner, we reconvened at the Rendezvous lobby bar, which was a good place to meet up and have friends and family mingle.
I was offered a room to myself for the night of the wedding as part of our package. However, I would have had to check out of that room at noon on the day of the wedding. Our wedding was at 5:30, so this would have left me with nowhere to get ready for the wedding. Instead I declined the extra room and stayed with my best man for the night.
We had a wedding rehearsal at 10:15 on Saturday morning that went smoothly and left everyone feeling confident about where to go and what to do. Veronica did a great job leading us all through it, working with our plan and filling in the gaps.
We were happy to find my suit and my wifeâ€™s dress cleaned, pressed and in our rooms after the rehearsal. Some have reported problems getting these back on time but fortunately we did not have this problem.
I was tasked with arriving at the ceremony early to make sure everything was set up right, and fortunately it was. I made sure to talk to the ceremony technician about the music cues. We had heard bad things about their knowledge of English, so I was sure to bring a friend who spoke Spanish with me to translate for me. Thanks to this, the music was played flawlessly. I strongly recommend bringing a Spanish speaker to this conversation, though this was the only time there was a language barrier during our whole trip.
The Dreams staff had the whole place under control and were able to make sure the majority of people walked around our ceremony so they wouldnâ€™t be seen by our guests. We had chosen to get married on the beach (as opposed to the gazebo) partially because it is known to be more private and would have less gawkers. We definitely found this to be the case. We saw a wedding at the gazebo later in the week and there were definitely lots of on-lookers (including ourselves) though everyone was well behaved and I doubt that anyone in their wedding really noticed or cared.
The ceremony went off flawlessly. Linda was well spoken and the sound system worked fine so everyone could hear us. It was a bit windy, but of course thereâ€™s nothing you can do about that.
We took many photos after the ceremony. Anel was our photographer and she was fantastic. She took all the photos we asked for and brought many photo ideas to the table. She had a huge smile on her face the whole time and seemed to truly enjoy what she was doing, a rare trait in my opinion. The photos came out really well, and we had a heck of a time choosing just 136 out of the almost 400 photos.
After the photos it was on to the reception. We had the reception on the pool deck, which was a beautiful location. It was well decorated and looked stunning with the lanterns, tiki torches and lit dance floor. The dance floor also featured some pyrotechnics, which was a nice surprise. However, it also surprised our guests sitting near the dance floor, as the wind blew a hail of sparks towards one of the tables, endangering my wifeâ€™s brother and singeing his shirt. Two others guests would have got it worse but fortunately they werenâ€™t sitting there at that time. This was the only thing that went wrong during the whole night.
We had DJ Mauricio from visual sound as our DJ. He was also great. Very personable and amenable to doing whatever we asked. We provided a couple of CDs of dinner music and several CDs of dance music and asked him to more or less stick to the script. He simply played the songs on the CDs during dinner, which worked out perfectly and got people in a great mood to dance. Once our speeches, cake cutting, etc were finished, he kicked off the dance music, and our guests practically shoved each other out of the way to get to the dance floor. The dance floor was
actually a bit small for our 60 guests, so we ended up compensating with dual dance floors, the lit one and an impromptu dance area on the beach. The DJ stuck to our list of songs, and mixed them together. Some of the mixes worked wonderfully while others were not as good. Overall the DJ did a great job.
After the reception we advised our guests to go to Desires dance club. However, Desires was decidedly dead that night so we all ended up at the lobby bar again, which worked out just fine.
All in all, we and our guests were absolutely delighted by the whole thing. The rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, the reception, the whole shebang. Many told us they had an AMAZING time, and some even said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. One of our guests, a typically a touch critic, was taken by how the event was both very classy and very fun. We were so pleased by how everything turned out, we would even do it all over again the same exact way.
If youâ€™re still not convinced about the wonder and magic of Dreams Riviera Cancun, dig thisâ€¦we were supposed to go to another resort for our honeymoon. We knew we were downgrading a little bit by going to this other hotel, but compared to our experience at Dreams, we found the new hotel to be woefully inadequate. Part of it was that our room was infested with bugs, the robes they gave us were dirty and it was cramped and not nearly as well kept up. Above that, it just wasnâ€™t Dreams Rivera Cancun. DRC is so beautiful, the service so fantastic, the food so delicious and the overall experience so unforgettable, we spent about 20 minutes at the new hotel before deciding to change our itinerary and go back to DRC for our honeymoon. Best decision we could have made. We had a blast finishing out our trip back at Dreams.