Simri and Craig met at a friend’s birthday party in New York, and began dating shortly afterward. They were together for a year and a half, and Craig took Simri by surprise with his proposal. They were on a ski trip to Canada, and he proposed with a special ring that he had requested from one of Simri’s friends, who is a jeweler. Simri said, “I was very surprised and very happy.”
Simri is from South Africa originally and much of Craig’s family is from Connecticut. Their families hadn’t spent a lot of time together, so a destination wedding sounded like the perfect way to bring everyone together from all across the world. They chose Tulum because it’s one of her favorite beach vacation destinations.
Together with their Destify agent, Jordan, they chose the Dreams Tulum all-inclusive resort. It had the garden venue that Simri envisioned for her wedding ceremony, and Jordan was great at accommodating all of the travel arrangements for their guests. Simri said, “She was so helpful and responsive.” The wedding department proved to be responsive in their communications too, by phone and email.
The couple had over 60 guests attend, and Simri and Craig were in Mexico for 8 days in total. Many of their guests chose to take scuba diving excursions, and the couple made time to enjoy downtown Tulum. They took full advantage of the resort for the wedding festivities as well. They hosted a welcome party on the Sunset Terrace with a full buffet the night before the wedding. On the day of the ceremony, Simri met early with her closest girlfriends and mother to get ready.
The ceremony was at 4pm, and Simri’s father served as the officiant. After, the couple took photos and met their guests for a cocktail hour. The reception was in the Secret Garden. Simri said, “It was perfect, everything was so beautiful.” The couple chose to extend their reception for an extra 2 hours, and everyone had a blast dancing the night away, enjoying the delicious food and the great DJ.
Simri’s feedback for couples planning their destination wedding is that your resort’s process may not be as streamlined as you would think. There can be a lot of information presented all at once, so it takes some time to go through it all, from food to decor menus. Her other source of advice is to let go of all the stress, what matters is the vibe and the relaxation for you and your guests on vacation.
The reception was so much fun, everyone was dancing the entire night. It was magical.