Dreams Cancun 2014 Brides
Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:12 AM
Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:06 PM
Thanks for making this thread Megan! Makes things A LOT easier. I'm getting married February 2014 and am also not planning on doing a site visit. I am a photographer and do not like the resort photographers work, they have multiple people working for the company so some may be better than others. I chose to use Juan Navarro, his work is absolutely amazing and he has great reviews. Any outside vendor you bring on there is a $150 fee. From what I've read, we can use decorations that past brides have left for future brides. Price wise, Dreams is ridiculous. DJ is expensive and so is the dance floor. I am already spending way more than I originally planned. You can choose to swap out items on the wedding package for other things. For example, I am not having a cocktail hour because there is a bar right next to the gazebo. Instead of having the cocktail hour I get comped for 10 extra people to eat. I am also not using their florist, I am using Maya Floral. In turn for not using that I get a sound set up for the ceremony and I get the gazebo decorated.
I'm curious to how good the stylists are because my package comes with getting my hair & makeup done. We are having our reception on the garden because some of our guests are in wheel chairs. I'm thinking I'm going to pay the extra to have lights underneath the tables. I have only read reviews on Claudia and Cynthia and my wedding coordinator is Ruby, so I hope she does good work. Wedding favors I'm thinking koozies? They are light and people can always use them haha I will probably end up doing another favor as well. Things start to add up quickly, so I suggest asking yourself "Do I REALLY need it?"
If any past brides have advice, please please share. I absolutely love this site!!
Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:00 PM
Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:02 PM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:43 AM
Originally Posted by megssweet1
Hi, Ashleyloriann! Yay! I'm glad you posted! I'd love to get this thread to be similar to the 2013 one. I'm so new to this site, so still figuring it out.
How did you find out your trades so soon? Have you had much contact with Ruby? I think my coordinator is Cecelia, but I've only communicated with her to make our deposit so far. I've heard a few brides mention dj/dance floor are expensive, but I have no clue what's reasonable. I feel like our package is so cheap, that I haven't been scrutinizing the cost for other stuff. But I guess I really need to because I want dean Sanderson as my photog and between the wedding and TTD it's a lot! I have two friends who do photography on the side semi professionally. Neither of them are invited to the wedding at this point. Idk, maybe I should use one of the for the wedding?
From the reviews I've read, the brides have all been happy with their hair. I'm a bit skeptical, so we'll see. I think I'll do my own makeup.
I'm in the process of trying to decide what items in my package I don't want to use, but I am not sure ill have enough value to trade for anything I want I am debating colored napkins, sashes, lights under the tables, lighted dance floor, and dj. But is a dj really worth it over a technician? I mean the technician would still do indroductions, cake announcements, etc?
Yeah, I agree about asking if I really need something. My priorities are location, which Dreams totally rocks! My dress, the food. I'm taking a huge chance on food, I'm not confident I'll be impressed! (I come from a culinary background) but to have such an amazing location, it'll be worth it!
As soon as I got engaged I contacted Dreams to make sure I got the date I wanted! Once you go over 20 people, they charge you PER PERSON for cake. I think its $5 a person. STUPID because no one cares about the cake really haha so we got a small cake and if people want a dessert they can go order something at the resort. I don't think I'm bringing sashes because the white chairs themselves look gorgeous against the ocean, I love the contrast. DJ is good because they will take care of all the announcements for you, I don't think the technician would. How many people are you planning on having? We originally wanted 30 but now it's up to 50. Once you have 40 people you can have the buffet which we want, fajitas, flautas etc. We're from Texas
Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:42 AM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:47 PM
Hi!!! I am also a Dreams Bride. My wedding is for May/2014. Im so glad you created this thread because up until i started reading the posts i really hadn't researched too much. There are some great suggestions here that i will apply as well. I feel really overwhelmed with planning a whole wedding by myself so this is great to have some feedback from other brides who are to planning to or have wed in the same location!! thanks so much!!
Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:10 PM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:31 PM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:13 PM
Hi Megan. Good job doing your photographer homework :-). If you become a fan of the Dreams Cancun Facebook page you can find some samples on there. Here is a direct link to the album I found of their weddings: https://www.facebook...40371933&type=3. I'm only assuming that is the resort photographer who shared those images. But, keep in mind, most resorts (if not all :-), contract a company of multiple photographers to shoot their weddings. Normally, these are the same guys who offer family or couples photos on the beach to anyone at the resort. So, the part to understand when reviewing their work is that they have multiple photographers. As far as I know, they will not be able to tell you which photographer will be at your wedding or show you any specific samples of his/her work. I could be wrong, so it's worth looking into. One more place you might want to try to get more information is this Facebook page: https://www.facebook...concierge.drecu. I'm not entirely sure the purpose of this page but she seems to have alot of information about the resort :-). I do not know the company that they have contracted as photographers, but maybe this lady will know. Then she should be able to point you to their company website. Good luck!!! Dreams Cancun has some of the coolest things to photograph!! So, I'm sure whichever route you decide to go, you will get some great photos. Here are a few of our latest: Congratulations and best of luck with all your planning!! Lori
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