Wedding Date: April 27, 2023 ~ Resort: Dreams Natura ~ Photographer: Cineluk (Hector Yupit) ~ Videographer: Cineluk (Luis Paredes) ~ Bridal Salon: The Wedding Shoppe ~ Tux Salon: Express/Lululemon ~ Beauty: Sara Tamargo Makeup and Hair
Why did you choose Romance Travel Group?
We chose Romance Travel Group because while searching for destination wedding travel agents, we came across them and they had ALL good reviews. When we were going through the reviews, so many people mentioned how they made their wedding planning so much less stressful and that they handled all the guests’ travel arrangements, which was exactly what we were looking for. During our first phone call, Shelli was very informative, supportive, and accommodating to our wants and needs. On top of that, we were told that we would get our money back as soon as we arrived at our wedding destination. All of these things just made our decision to book with Romance Travel Group much easier.
What led you to choose a destination wedding?
We chose to do a destination wedding because we looked at wedding venues around the city we live in, and we could not fathom how much JUST the venue itself cost. We wanted to spend our money on something that we absolutely loved and we couldn’t find that around us. We always thought it would be cool to get married on the beach near the ocean but we didn’t think we would actually do it. After doing some research about destination weddings, we were sold on the fact that the resort pretty much does everything for you. The beach and ocean are obviously beautiful and that being apart of our venue made us feel at ease that we were going to love it even without seeing it before hand.
How did you select the resort? What were the deciding factors?
We chose Dreams Natura Resort and Spa because we loved the infinity pool glass platform for the wedding ceremony and we didn’t see that any other resorts had this. We thought it was so unique as the ocean was still in the background, so it was absolutely perfect. Some of the deciding factors of choosing this resort was that they had 7 different restaurant options, it was family friendly, it was within our price budget, and it was only about 15 minutes away from the airport.
Tell us about your wedding dress – How did you find it? Who went shopping with you? How do you feel wearing your dress?
I went wedding dress shopping with my mom and two sisters. We went to three different wedding stores. The wedding dress I found was not what I expected myself to wear, in fact it was the opposite. I initially wanted a flowy beachy dress with straps. Once I tried on these types of dresses, I realized I did not like the straps as they dug into my shoulders (I have broad shoulders), and I didn’t like how plain the dresses were. So, I decided to try on strapless dresses that had more detail and sparkles. I ended up with one of the most sparkly dresses that The Wedding Shoppe had. The sparkles made me feel like a princess and I knew that once the Mexican sun would hit the sparkles on the dress, that it was going to look even more beautiful.
Describe the booking process for your guests. Did they find that to be easy to navigate?
The booking process for our guests was SO easy. We didn’t get asked one question about the booking process and none of our guests complained about anything being confusing or difficult. If our guests had any questions, they went straight to our travel agent. We started a Facebook group with our wedding guests to keep them updated about payment deadlines and travel information.
What were some of the biggest fears or things you worried about as your wedding date drew near? How did you get through this?
Some of our biggest fears and worries we had as our wedding date drew near were not knowing what everything was going to look like, how the food was going to taste, and how we were going to pack all our wedding stuff. There was a slight communication barrier between us and our wedding coordinator, so we weren’t 100% sure if she understood everything correctly. One thing that helped us tremendously was the Dreams Natura Resort & Spa Weddings Facebook group. Brides who just got married at the resort post their review about their wedding day and anyone could ask questions. It was nice to see pictures of decorations, flowers, food, and the resort. We felt way more at ease knowing that other wedding couples had the same concerns as us and their advice was to trust the process as the wedding coordinators know what they are doing and will make your wedding day special. So, we trusted the process, and everything turned out perfectly. As far as packing our wedding stuff, we put all of our important wedding day attire and décor in our carry-ons as we did not want to risk our checked bags getting lost with our wedding stuff. It was a little difficult to sort what needed to be in our carry-ons as the bags are obviously smaller so we had to pick and choose what was most important to us.
Describe the meeting you had with the onsite wedding team when you arrived at the resort.
The meeting we had with our wedding coordinator was definitely needed. We had some questions that we felt were easier to ask and discuss in person rather than over email. We wanted to make sure our budget excel sheet was correct before paying as we felt there were a lot of hidden fees. She not only talked to us about our wedding day, but she also wanted to make sure we and our guests were well taken care of and had no issues. We told her that there were a few hiccups with our guests’ rooms, and she called a few people right away to help figure out those issues. She also wanted to accommodate those inconveniences, so she upgraded our reception lights at no additional cost.
Were your guests wowed by the resort and the all-inclusive concept? What was their reaction upon arrival?
Our guests absolutely loved the resort. In fact, a lot of guests had never been to an all-inclusive resort before, so they were excited to experience it. The staff at the resort was wonderful and everyone was so friendly. There was never a wait at any of the restaurants, even when we would go in a large group.
How easy/difficult was it to travel with your wedding dress? Did you carry-it on, where did you store it? Did you get a lot of comments at the airport?
I did not get a foldable garment bag for my wedding dress as I read mixed reviews about it. Obviously, the handles of the foldable garment bags are a convenience, but some said that folding their dress made it way more wrinkly. So, I decided to just carry my dress in the wedding dress bag it came in. It was awkward to carry around but it was only for a little bit, so I did not mind. We had many people come up to us and say congratulations which was really sweet. Once we got on the plane, I hung it in the closet. On the way back, I shoved my dress in my carry-on as it didn't matter if it got more wrinkly at that point.
What was the best part of having a destination wedding?
The best part of having a destination wedding was getting to make a vacation out of it with friends and family. It was like a weeklong wedding party which was so fun. We didn’t know if family and friends were going to go off and do their own thing or if we were going to stay together as a group for most of the trip. We ended up staying together as a group and it was a blast. We had so much fun that there is talk about having a big family reunion vacation in the future. We also loved that no one in our family had to help set up decorations or make sure everything was going smoothly, they just had to show up and have fun.
In what ways did Romance Travel Group make the planning less stressful for you?
Romance Travel Group did everything to make our planning less stressful. They were like the middle-man between us and the resort. I have heard from other brides that it is nearly impossible to get ahold of the resort and book your wedding without having a travel agent. Romance Travel Group answered any and all questions that our guests had (I don’t think we had one guest ask us a question), they made the transportation process seamless, and they sent emails reminding our guests about final payments and everything they should know about traveling to Mexico. As soon as we landed in Mexico, Shelli called us to make sure our flight was good and that getting through customs went smoothly. Any issues that arose with transportation or the resort, they were on it right away. We would have been completely lost and so stressed out if we didn’t have Romance Travel Group.
Would you recommend Romance Travel Group to other couples who are considering a destination wedding?
Absolutely! We have already recommended a wedding couple to Romance Travel Group (who have already started their destination wedding planning. We highly recommend Romance Travel Group!
Congratulations Megan & Justin! It was great to meet you in Mexico! Best wishes to you always!
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