WE just returned from 2 weeks at Le Blanc and our wedding was June 3, we had about 30 guests with us and it was AMAZING!!!!! I knew it would be and it was....Our on site planner was amazing...Sandra Prieto deserves more than I could ever giver her!! We were her last wedding at Le Blanc as she has been promoted and relocated to another resort!!!! She made everything perfect and was with us all day to cue important moments and coordinate everything from the I Do's to the last dance!! Here are some pointers
1. Silvia in the Miami office is very new (she told me she just started) and has soooo much incorrect information and do remember her job is in wedding sales so she is there to help you with planning but to also show you options to add on to your exixting package...It was a difficult start to the planning process and while Silvia was very quick to reply and as helpful as possible there were very many miscommunications and incorrect info. They did try to charge the $500 vendor fee but we booked our DJ (DJ MANNIA) and LA LUNA PHOTOGRAPHERS (DEL SOL) [AMAZING BY THE WAY I HAVE BEEN DREAMING TO WORK WITH DEL SOL SINCE WE DECIDED ON A DESTINATION WEDDING]...anyway we booked them a year ago and i had the OK from YESENIA to have them come on property for just the day pass fees per person.
2. OUR TRAVEL AGENT CAROL PECK. God Bless her she coordinated and arranged all our travel needs for 30 guests! everything was perfect! YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY work with her for your destination wedding or honeymoon or any trip!!!! You can email her at CarolP@allabouthoneymoons.com!! and tell her LAUREN & ANDREW sent you!
3. The resort is perfect, we are New Yorkers and have high expectations and have been to many nice and not so nice resorts but Le Blanc is #1 in Cancun for a reason so know you all made the right decision in choosing Le Blanc. I love the all white, Miami feel and wanted an all white wedding and they were perfect. Luxurious and wonderful!
4. Wedding stuff ... everyone there was amazing the restaurants were delicious and we ate filet mignon every night (really we did and sushi and everything else..i gained a husband and 8 lbs!! haha). the restaurants dont take reservations but I asked if we could arrange for a welcome dinner/gathering and they accomodated 30 of us with a special menu, beautifully decorated tables and everything was perfect!! Another night we asked to arrange for the 30 of us to eat together again and we had 3 birthdays to celebrate and again they took care of us! Treated like we were guests in their own home!!
I brought tons of gifts and welcome bags and parasols for the beach, maracas, starfish, etc and almost had a problem bringing it into mexico since customs was concerned that we were bringing too much merchandise to mexico...bring receipts (which i did not do) but i was lucky and was as nice as possible and used my years of spanish lessons to work it out...Sandra my coordinator took all of my stuff including guest book with poloroid, place cards table cards EVERYTHING even fans and bags of rose petals and put EVERYTHING into place...all of it was perfect!!
THERE WAS ONE MINOR INCIDENT...WELL IT WAS A GRANDE INCIDENT...we were supposed to be married on the sand and reception at the gazebo terrace however we woke up the morning of the wedding and there was a HUGE i mean HUGE tent being built directly on the beach blocking the beautiful view we dreamed of....I was a bit angry at first since noone let us know about the event (which turned out to be a fashion show and concert which we were invited to later that week which was fabulous) being so massive BUT i realized what was important was being in this beautiful place and the ppl i loved and i told my hubby to do whatever he thought and make all the decisions and i went to the spa for the day...he ended up moving the ceremony to the other side of the beach and they closed the terrace upstairs overlooking the beach (which is normally a restaurant and a club/bar. They closed it for our wedding until our party was over and it ended up being even better than we couldve imagined...poor sandra was so worried it was going to rain all day but it was fine, a bit gray and cloudy but perfect. Food was perfect DJ was good OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE AMAZING...Jonathan and Melissa from La Luna/Del Sol were like part of our crazy family and they were a pleasure!! we already miss them!!! Everything was great and we ended the night by me jumping in the pool in full wedding gear!!
Salon...i did a hair and makeup trial with Minerva in the spa and she was so sweet and great!!! i wanted natural and beachy messy curls/waves...the trial was great and she did my makeup beautifully but i decided to not wear any makeup at all for the wedding day but she did do my hair and mani/pedi...FUTURE BRIDES if you think your hair will stay nice for any outdoor ceremony and party think again...i wasnt worried about it but my curls/waves lasted through 20 minutes of ceremony and then i was a hot mess but i didnt care at all!!
Spa is amazing use those resort credits!!!!! use the credits for the gift shop, tequila and the Aqua world excursion...So fun with a big group!!
FLOWERS and centerpieces were gorgeous...didnt love the bouquet as it wasnt what i really wanted but it was still beautiful and who cares!!
Im sure ive missed many topics but in the end you will all be happy just go with the flow (which in my everyday life i could BEVER do) and enjoy...your in paradise with all your friends and family marrying the guy of your dreams....who cares if there is a giant tent in the way, or it drizzles, or if something is out of place or your hair is frizzy or you drank the pool bar out over dos equis and tecate lite and don julio....they can always re-stock and the party continues...if you have any questions pls message me!!!
oh yea i forgot to mention the officiant who married us (it was just a civil ceremony but noone knew that) was this funny old man and at the end of our vows he pronounced us Mr & Mrs McCord...we still have no clue who the McCords are but we thought it was sooooo funny!!!
also if you could hire your own photographer...the package i chose included one but we wanted great, photo journalistic style photos and del sol is THE BEST!!!
I am attaching some photos...on includes a photo of sandra the coordinator i wish she would still be there for all you future brides she is incredibly GREAT at her job!! I work in the field as a wedding cake designer and pastry chef so i deal with a lot of weddings and she is a true professional!!! PS the wedding cake Le Blanc made was delicious I made the toppers and brought them to mexico they were made out of sugar so they did melt and change color a bit but its all in fun!!
our beautiful setup
i brought the parasols for our guests
I didnt wear makeup so minerva just did my hair and i was scared my curls were too tight but good thing they were since the humidity and the breeze loosened them right up...PS ..ICK!! dont get too tan like me!!
see..bye bye curls
we had a HUGE crowd of ppl staring from every direction....i was super nervouse esp. since i didnt write my vows until 20 minutes before the ceremony and i am seriously camera shy and speaking in public is not my favorite thing to do
my groom is great at playing it cool ...notice the hair slowly going back to my usual pin straight-ness
I made sugar toppers for our cake...the grooms suit WAS gray like the real thing but it faded from the sun...i made a mini version of my wedding dress and our dog who couldnt come to mexico
I jumped in the pool...my groom followed and everyone freaked out because of the dress but hey...its your wedding day DO WHAT YOU WANT