This was the last part of my review, but I'm moving it to the beginning because it's the most important to me. The only reason I was able to enjoy my wedding day so much was because of Gaby and the MarWeddings team. They organized and decorated flawlessly. Gaby was so professional, but also so warm, friendly, and helpful- it took so much pressure off of me and my wedding party. She stepped back to let us enjoy the evening, but gave us a tap on the shoulder during the appropriate times for the wedding introductions, speeches, first dances, etc. (now back to the beginning stages of the planning process).
From the minute I talked to Gaby from MarWeddings, I was at ease. I wanted to confirm and get a contract in place asap so no one else could take our date, but she assured me the date was reserved and wouldn't send across a contract until she had a full understanding of what I wanted for the big day, and I had an understanding of what Mar Weddings could provide, and we had agreed on a detailed budget that she put together, which included venue, DJ, dance floor, lighting, flowers, photographer, hotel, salon appointments, church, transportation, etc.
I don't live in Mexico, and I wasn't able to visit Puerto Vallarta before the big day, but MarWeddings did an AMAZING job of staying in touch, checking in, sending regular updates, and giving advice (even through the big hurricane scare). I shared a pintrest board of what I was interested in, and she was able to sift through it and figure out how to make everything look great in real life, while respecting our wedding budget. They are the professionals, and I appreciated every piece of advice they gave me (from adding a little bit of color to our tables with blue napkins, to NOT sending out our contact number in Mexico to our 130 guests the week of the wedding for questions). Gaby was able to send samples of various photographers, videographers, and several options of decor and style for the big day.
Once we got to Puerto Vallarta (actually, Nuevo Vallarta) the team received us flawlessly. Gaby set up a nail appointment, dance lesson, food tasting, and church visit with some of the team (Miroslava, Juan, and Guillermo). It was such a fun way to get ready for the wedding, and I was able to give them the wedding favors and some stuff I got for the big day.
On the day of the wedding everything was PERFECT. After my hair and makeup appointment, we had about an hour to get ready at our hotel, where I was able to relax with the wedding party, have a glass of champagne, and put on my dress. The car to take us to the church was right on time and when we arrived, our guests had started sitting down in the church. After the ceremony, we spent some time with the photographer, when we got to the reception everyone was already having a great time- the DJ adjusted the music because our guests were ready to dance (which I appreciated). The reception was GORGEOUS. I had seen the venue at the food tasting, but the way Mar Weddings decorated was breathtaking. The string lights over the dance floor were amazing, the tables were simple and elegant, and the decorations were better than I imagined. We had a very multi-cultural wedding, and Mar Weddings was able to help balance that at the reception.
My husband and family agree that getting the wedding planner was the best money we spent on the wedding. Everyone (including myself) was able to enjoy the celebration in such a beautiful location and I really can't thank Mar Weddings enough.