Hello to all future and past brides. As many of these reviews start, I also would like to start mine by thanking everybody on this forum and of course, especially Tammy for hosting such a great forum! That being said, we had the most amazing wedding! Our special day was everything I dreamed of and so much more! We enjoyed every minute of our wedding events, and the wedding day will forever be a wonderful memory! On to the goods………
My first review will be of the most vital person to my wedding from day 1 of my planning….
Wedding Coordinator/Karla Casillas: A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Literally off the charts!!!!!!!)
I met Karla via email a little over one year ago. After endless hours of research for wedding planners in Cabo, she is the one that met all my needs and stood out the most. I am a very visual type of person and need to see things, images, samples, etc. and Karla’s website and blog did just that. Before calling her, I studied her work ethic through past weddings on her blog, testimonials of past couples, and her ideas and style were fresh, modern, chic, elegant….a mixture of everything.
After a few emails I finally placed my call to her to hire her, we instantly hit it off and I knew right then and there that if I was going to place my most important day of my life in someone’s hands, it would be her! We did our site visit in June ’09 and Karla spent at least three days with us doing site visits and meeting vendors. She suggested venues that we didn’t even have in mind and I’m glad she did because one of those venues is were we decided to have our wedding, and could not have been happier with the results! She always listened to my ideas and what I wanted and elaborated from that. She was never pushy and I never got the impression that she did not understand what I envisioned for my wedding.
We were fortunate to have been able to make two trips to Cabo before the wedding, but honestly if it wasn’t for the fact that my DH and I are in love with Cabo, after seeing the end result, everything would have turned out just as fine if we had made zero trips to Cabo before the wedding. That is how detailed and amazing Karla is. Karla is bilingual and communicating with her via email was a huge weight off my shoulders. I was sure to get a reply to my emails that same day, if not with in a very reasonable time. Which I think is very important for all destination wedding brides!
Our wedding day was everything I envisioned….and MORE! If Karla had already outdone herself way before the wedding….the day of the wedding Karla and her staff proved what outstanding professionals they are! DH and I were able to enjoy absolutely every single second of our wedding because Karla and her team literally had everything under control. Never did I have to worry about timelines, vendors arriving, set up, etc. She took care of every single dynamic of the wedding and now that it’s over, I can say that my best investment for the wedding was to have made the call to Karla!
If you are looking to get married anywhere in the Cabo area and are looking for a Wedding Planner you can rely on, and one who is extremely knowledgeable and has a great relationship with sooooooo many vendors, you can not go wrong with Karla Casillas. You will have the best wedding ever, and be able to enjoy it from beginning to end thanks to her and her team!
American Airlines: A
We frequently fly American Airlines, and they are always pretty consistent with their customer service. I called the airline the night before we headed to Cabo to see If I would be able to hang my dress as opposed to putting in an overhead compartment. I was told I could hang it up, but it would count as my carry-on piece of luggage. Which was totally fine with me because we ended up checking in most of our bags. The morning of our flight I was able to hang my dresses in the front closet of the airplane ïŠ
SJD Airport- Customs Check: A
During our packing we made sure to distribute wedding related items that we were taking to Cabo so that no luggage (per person) had more than $300 worth of merchandise and I made sure to bring our receipts. Luckily we did not need the receipts since we got the green light. A piece of advice that my Wedding Planner suggested was to remove any “made in china” stickers/labels off any merchandise you bring for your wedding because you run the risk of them confiscating it if your bags get checked. In any event, just make sure to have your receipts and you should be fine.
Sheraton Hacienda del Mar: Various Grades
Welcome Dinner- De’ Cortez Terrace Restaurant: A+
This venue was excellent minus the high winds we had that day! Hahahaha, everybody’s hair was flying everywhere, but overall it was great night! We had a Mexican style buffet dinner…the food was delicious and desserts were even better!
Salon del Arco/After Party (day of the wedding): A+
All music in an outdoor venue needs to end at 11pm, and since we knew our family and friends are big party people we decided to have an after party after the reception. So when I mentioned this to Karla, she suggested we have an after party with a midnight buffet. I thought to myself….who the hek will want to eat at midnight? Well it was one of the many fabulous ideas Karla suggested to us. We had a DJ and a midnight buffet after the reception that went on til 3am….and to my surprise, everybody ate again at midnight and throughout the night since it was a buffet!!!!! We had a “make-your-own-taco” buffet which included a variety of tacos, rice, beans, etc. They were deeeeeeelish and definitely hit the spot after all the dancing at the reception.
This chapel is just simply timeless and beautiful. We could not have been happier with the way the chapel looked the day of our wedding. It has an amazing atrium through which the sunlight come through and sheds a beautiful light making it for a very romantic feeling.