I also "lurked" during wedding planning, more than I actually posted, so here's my attempt to provide a little Vendor Info to those of you who are also getting married in amazing, beautiful Tulum! Here are some pics from our photographer, so you can see the decor, hair, makeup in action!
Canada Transfers - Transportation
Since Tulum is approximately 90 minutes from the airport, we wanted to arrange our guests' transport arrangements from the airport to the hotel. This was my husband's wedding project since he's detail oriented and speaks Spanish. Whenever he called, he always talked to the same person (a live human!) who quickly became familiar with our wedding info and guests. All the drivers were prompt, professional and received rave reviews from guests. One driver even waited when a guest couldn't get into their condo right away. We also had to make last minute changes due to missed flights. They handled it all without missing a beat. We can't say enough good things about working with Canada Transfers. In fact, we always rent a car when visiting, but have decided on our next trip, we'll just let these guys take care of us!
The Makeup Pros - Hair and Makeup
Yes, prices are very similar to DC or NY bridal hair/makeup, but it was SO worth it. I can't even begin to describe how beautiful I felt and how great it was to have these guys help us get ready. It was like chatting with an old friend who happened to do the best makeup EVER. Friends and family were so complimentary - I mean, I guess it's to be expected, I was the bride and all, but they were gushing.
I communicated over email with Fernando to set things up, which was pretty simple. He wasn't available for my wedding, so he offered his partner, Julius, for makeup and then Cesar for hair. At first, I was a little nervous since all the reviews I could dig up were for Fernando, so I was wondering where they were hiding this Julius character. Turns out, he also does photo shoots and travels all over the place for MAC so isn't always in town. So yeah, I totally lucked out because he is incredibly talented! I explained that I wanted a shimmery brown/golden eye and whatever else he thought best flattered my features and coloring and he definitely delivered.
As for hair, I knew I wanted it up (would definitely recommend that in Tulum due to the wind!) so showed a few pics to Cesar on the day of. He and I had the same favorite look (updo with a braid wrapped around it), so he quickly got to work. I brought extensions to help give my fine, medium length hair enough oomph for the updo. He painstakingly put in all 7 of those bad boys and blended them seamlessly. I still have a big smile on my face thinking of my hair that day - for once in my life, could have been in a Pantene commercial or something.
I skipped trial to save on time and cost, and it was totally fine - these guys are pros. They arrived right on time, were so nice, and very talented.
Plugin Audiovisual - DJ
They actually had a place to review on the vendor reviews page, so here's my review there. To save yourself the click, they were awesome!
Blue Lens Caribe - Videographer
Long review short: We'd hire Blue Lens Caribe and Nicolas again in a heartbeat and am so, so happy we decided to capture our wedding on video. It's one area we were on the fence about, but now that I know how fast your own wedding goes by, having those moments on video is priceless. We got the package of one videographer, unlimited coverage on your wedding day.
Our wedding coordinator recommended BLC and from start to finish, communication was easy and they were very responsive. We met Nicolas (our videographer) onsite a few days before the wedding to go over style, songs etc.
During our actual wedding, Nicolas and an assistant videographer (surprise, score!) arrived right on time and worked their tails off all day long. Plus, like everyone else we dealt with when booking BLC, these videographers were really nice guys!
And less than a month after our wedding day, we had our five-minute video "trailer" in hand (full length had to be mailed). It was fantastic! They captured the highlights of our wedding so beautifully, so artistically, that we couldn't imagine having hired anyone else. We got a great value for our money, which isn't always the case with all things wedding.
Cherry Blossom - Florist
Flowers weren't really the most important thing to us, so this was one area we wanted to try to save a little money, while still having things look nice. Sandra from Cherry Blossom has to be one of the most patient people on the planet, since I asked her so many questions and took so long to make a decision that it would have to frustrate most anyone. She was also so nice, very responsive and took pride in her business. Prices were reasonable as well. Since our wedding was on the same weekend as Mother's Day, she gently helped us get our order in on time so we'd have the flowers we wanted.
Overall, she and her team did a wonderful job on our flowers, the overall color scheme being coral. They did our centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets and wedding arch using a variety of flowers incorporating coral, cream, dark pink and orange. I loved my ombre bouquet, but it was supposed to be coral, blush and cream -- and somehow lavender was swapped in for blush. It looked a little strange next to the orange boutonniere, but If that's the only snafu, I guess I'll take it!
Royal Table Cancun
Since we acted as our own wedding planner, we needed to make some additional arrangements. Especially important were the ceremony chairs. Some of my original quotes were way out of our budget ($15 per chair, no thank you!) but Royal Table was fair and had a great variety from which to choose. We ended up paying a little more to get ghost chairs, which I had never heard of before but quickly became obsessed with. I had this vision of guests walking down to the ceremony area and being able to see completely through the chairs and focus on the beautiful water. Then the chairs could be moved up for the reception. Once I learned that it would be a big logistical challenge to move 'em, I had to choose between the ceremony and reception for my beautiful ghost chairs - and due to the amount of time we were spending at the reception, it won out. We also ended up renting some basic tablecloths from them, but brought our own runners, napkins, napkin rings and table signs. They delivered and picked up right on time; you do need to realize that that is an extra charge, but nothing outlandish. It's just not quoted in the price of the chair rental itself.
Best of luck to all of the future brides out there! A destination wedding was a great choice for us and I hope it is for you as well!