Sierra Madre, California Travel Agent
Beach Wedding in Mexico
My Experience with On-Site Travel Agency Services and DJing at a Beach Wedding in Mexico
I met Nancy and Michael at a wedding expo in Beverly Hills. The cute couple from Pasadena approached the Protravel International booth with an idea for a honeymoon. While they weren’t initially thinking about a destination wedding, a quick conversation about the benefits and about my travel agency services had them intrigued. Along with a fantastic honeymoon trip, I told them, they could get married in a beautiful locale and even bring their friends and family.
They asked me what exactly a destination wedding included. And, how much it would cost. Nancy and Michael, like many of my clients, didn’t know that destination weddings including lavish beach weddings can be incredibly easy and comprehensive, and often cheaper than a traditional wedding. I inquired about their budget. They confidently told me, "Our budget started at $20,000, but it’s looking like it might double when you add everything up.”
I hear this a lot. I replied to the bride and groom to be, "What if I told you that with less than $10,000, you can have a dream wedding in the Caribbean at a 5-star all-inclusive resort, for a minimum of 5 nights?” It was uphill from there.
Nancy and Michael visited me at my office and we had coffee, Porto’s pastry and a wonderful conversation focusing on what exactly I meant by “less than $10,000.” I went through all of the details and explained to them exactly what their destination wedding would entail.
After our discussion, they were hooked, and they decided to have a beach wedding at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa in Tulum, Mexico. This phenomenal 5-star all-inclusive resort prides itself on its picturesque backdrops of Caribbean sunsets. It’s only an hour away from Cancun International Airport and 25 minutes from the world-famous “Quinta Avenida” or “5th Avenue.” Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa provided Nancy and Michael with the best of the best, including proximity to tranquil and historical pyramids and cenotes, which they would take in while on their beach wedding trip. It was near adventurous terrain, and all the fun and excitement the Riviera Maya has to offer. AMResorts, the company that manages Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, has a wonderful romance program that includes an abundance of concessions for the bride and groom.
Because of the comped rooms and upgrades I was able to obtain for Nancy and Michael, as well as some unique wedding packages and an attentive on-site wedding department at the resort, I now have another happy couple client who has memories to last a lifetime.
I Do Wedding Travel provided Nancy and Michael, and all of their guests, with competitive group rates to Cancun from Los Angeles and other cities within the United States. This was incentive for friends and family to book their transportation through I Do Wedding Travel, which allowed the bride and groom to receive additional concessions with the company.
Protravel International’s packages for Nancy and Michael included 24/7 Concierge Service, superb pricing for all aspects of their beach wedding (vs. higher prices with other online travel agencies), an I Do Wedding Travel payment plan and more. They also received my personal on-site management expertise. Nancy and Michael took me up on my offer to travel with the group and ensure that everyone’s flight, transfer and hotel stay went without a bump.
Additionally, I managed a pre/post wedding event, which included a rehearsal dinner, bachelor/bachelorette gathering and thank you breakfast along with an excursion for the group and the wedding itself. I made sure that all the vendors arrived on time and that everything went as planned.
My duties also included making sure the wedding group had what it needed on non-wedding activity days, in the case that the resort’s on-site team wasn’t available. I was the right hand to the already magnificent on-site wedding personnel at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. But most importantly, I was the bride and groom’s go-to guy.
Along with my travel agency services, I wanted to give Nancy and Michael something personal and special. I ended up DJing their wedding. I have DJed events for 25 years, and this is one of the main reasons why I decided to combine weddings and travel agency services (which I’ve arranged for 22 years) to offer destination weddings.
Nancy and Michael’s wedding went off without a hitch. The bride and groom couldn’t have been happier with what Protravel International, my travel partners and I offered them. With the money my clients saved on their beautiful beach wedding, they were able to save $30,000 and allocate that money toward a down payment on a house. This gives me a great sense of pride because I helped make an American Dream happen, all while doing what I love – facilitating destinations weddings, traveling and DJing.