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Ryan and Denielle: After the I Do at The Royal Playa del Carmen

Ryan and Denielle tied the knot in paradise in April and we have the inside scoop!  Beach Bum Becky was instrumental in this amazing experience along with our partner, Real Resorts and their beautiful resort The Royal Playa del Carmen!

What some of the guests said:

The Royal Playa del Carmen was an absolutely beautiful resort. As we walked through the lobby and it overlooked the ocean I truly felt we were transported to paradise. The entire week was an amazing experience. The best part was watching our best friends get married in paradise. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. We wish nothing but the best for Denielle and Ryan and are truly grateful we were invited to share their special day with them in paradise! 

Kasey & Rob

Ryan and Denielle’s wedding was spectacular!   The resort was fabulous, as well.  The planning that Beach Bum Becky and Ryan and Denielle did was so well done!  There was a real “touch of class” throughout the ceremony and the resort. 

Everyone that attended appeared to be very happy, especially the wedding couple!  There was a lot of love that permeated throughout the group!  Ryan has married a beautiful young lady whose beauty is evident both inside and out!

I could not be prouder of my son and the girl that he married!  Her family is so nice and it is wonderful to have us all joined as one family now.  It was one of the best experiences of my life!

Rick Paynter
Father of the Groom

We want to thank this happy couple for the opportunity to share their Before and After the “I Do” wedding experience with us and wish them many years of joy!  We hope to send you two on many more Beach Bum Vacations!

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Please review the resort and overall wedding experience in as much detail as you wish:

Overall, our destination wedding was everything we could have hoped it would be and the resort was absolutely amazing.

The Royal Playa del Carmen is true paradise and I do not think that you can find better service anywhere. We’ve both been to several all-inclusives, and agree that The Royal Playa del Carmen was the best resort we’ve ever been to. The food & drink are plentiful, the service is the best you can get, there’s tons to do, and the rooms are fabulous. (One tip – spring for a swim up suite if you can! No “towel game” at the pool and we loved our suite! We would also order room service for lunch so we never had to leave the pool area!) Our favorite restaurant was Asiana for dinner, get the crepes at breakfast, and order room service – they’ll bring you anything you want! Venturing out to 5th Avenue is also a ton of fun – you cannot beat The Royal’s location!

My off-site wedding coordinator (Ana) and my on-site wedding coordinator (Lili) were both great – very detail oriented, organized, and friendly – exactly what you need in a wedding coordinator.

Our ceremony in the Oceanfront Gazebo was just breathtaking. The Royal’s staff set everything up for the ceremony and reception exactly how I wanted them, nothing was amiss! We loved having our own friend officiate the service so that we could write our own ceremony – for us, personal touches mean the most.

Our reception was more than we could have asked for!

Did anything drastically change from your original wedding plans once you arrived on property?  If so, what was it and why did it change?

The only drastic change was where our cocktail hour and reception was held. Due to impending rain clouds, we moved our cocktail hour and reception from the beach to a covered patio and a ballroom. The location of these events was not as important to me as the outdoor ceremony in the gazebo, so the change was really not a huge deal, and actually turned out to be a better option!

What was your favorite moment of your wedding trip?

Besides our ceremony, my favorite moment was our reception. The resort made the ballroom into what seemed like our own personal club, and all of our guests had a great time with amazing food, personalized service (the wait staff was awesome!), and fabulous music. Seeing everyone have a great time made everything worth it!

Did you go on any off-site excursions or sight-seeing trips?

We did not do any for our wedding in Mexico, although several of our guests did (ziplining, ATV, bicycle tours, visits to the ruins, etc.). Everyone enjoyed the off-site excursions.

We did offsite excursions once we relocated for our honeymoon at Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We enjoyed the Island Village shopping trip, Dunns River Falls, and the Catamaran Cruise.

What kind of feedback did you receive from guests?

Our guests absolutely fell in love with The Royal Playa del Carmen and the idea of destination weddings after they saw one for themselves. Many guests are already talking about return trips. 

If you used a resort photographer, what was your experience and feedback?

We used an off-site photographer (Juan Navarro Photography) for both our wedding and a Trash the Dress session the next day. Juan and his staff are true artists and absolutely amazing. Juan was able to provide me with advice about the weather when I was stressing about it on our wedding day, and he also made sure to get every single shot I wanted. His team is truly dedicated to their work!

What advice would you now give to another couple going through the destination wedding planning experience now that you have returned?

Read the online forums – there is a wealth of information there! I got so many great ideas from those forums.

Stay in constant communication with your Travel Agent. I was so thankful that I had daily access to Beach Bum Becky by email (or phone if I wanted). It made my Type-A OCD Planner personality happy, lol. She always answered questions promptly and always let me know I was important to her. I always tried to keep her informed of everything that I could; it’s great to have someone who is able to back you up on things and help organize the travelers.

Research! I was able to save a lot of money by using an outside florist, bringing my own chair sashes, and by doing a lot of planning. Also, research outside photographers and videographers and be aware of your resort’s vendor fees. I had vendor fees for both my photography team (Juan Navarro Photography) and my videography team (Cancun Wedding Video) but it was worth every penny to know that I was getting the service and style that I wanted to capture our wedding day moments.

Be organized and document everything! It helped when I had my meeting with our on-site coordinator before our wedding. I had notes of how I wanted everything, diagrams, and table seating charts. I brought a suitcase full of stuff and Lili & her team took it from there!

Don’t let the weather stress you out! I let the weather stress me out for the days leading up to my wedding, even though I already knew the resort had alternate options if bad weather did come. Enjoy yourself, your wedding will beautiful no matter what the weather – plus, rain on your wedding day is lucky and cloudy days make for better pictures!

If you are going to do out of town bags, give them out before you leave! We did a “travel document pickup” meeting where we gave everyone their travel documents and gave out the bags. That way, less for us to lug down, and the guests could figure out exactly what they wanted to bring with them on the trip.

Do the Trash the Dress photoshoot! It was a lot of fun (although very tiring), and they are such original pictures that you can’t get at a “regular” wedding.

Most of all, enjoy your day – it goes by SO fast!

Top 5 Favorite Beach Bum Sunsets

May 3rd, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Beach Bum Vacation, Caribbean, Jamaica, Mexico | Leave a comment

Throughout our various travels we have seen some stunning sunsets and captured some gorgeous photos to remember the amazing moments. Here are our Top 5 Favorite Beach Bum Sunsets! Enjoy and be inspired! If you love sunsets we can recommend the best destination/resort in order for you to enjoy that perfect sunset each evening of your Beach Bum Vacation!

Kauai Sunset by Beach Bum Melissa

Montego Bay, Jamaica Sunset by Rich Miller, photographer to Beach Bum Marcie

Amazing Sunset in Ocho Rios, Jamaica captured by Beach Bum Nanda's clients

Italian Sunset on the Amalfi Coast by Beach Bum Becky

Sunset in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Beach Bum Jennifer