See what some of our wonderful clients are saying!
My husband and I were recently married in the Playa Del Carmen (Paamul) area on 12/13/14. We initially thought we could plan, coordinate and organize the wedding from afar but very quickly found out it would be more of a challenge than we anticipated. After a quick search of the internet, we found Weddings In Playa and were instantly impressed with the number of outstanding reviews. I can now attest and confirm for myself the reason for all the great reviews: From the initial contact to the hug goodbye (and everything in between), Weddings in Playa never failed to provide us with quality services and professionalism, while handling and organizing just about every detail of our wedding, which was, needless to say, perfect. Maria was our gal and she is an expert!! Not only did I have confidence in her as our wedding coordinator, but I left Mexico with one friend more than when I had gotten there. Maria lived up to our every expectation and more.. she is fun, inspirational and truly a wonderful person, which makes her the best at what she does!! If you’re reading this review – choose Weddings in Playa!! They will not disappoint! ~ Katie
“The morning of June 28th flashed before my eyes, before I knew it – it was hair and makeup time, the photographer arrived, and it was time for the groom to leave the premises. My nerves set in, I could hear and feel my heart beat faster than normal, after over 1 year of planning the day had finally arrived. Where did time go? The save the dates, invitations, church, venue, flowers, decorations, food, music – would everything run smoothly? There was no time to worry, and no need to worry – I took a deep breath, sat back, and allowed the styling team to make me look beautiful, everything was going to go great because Maria Tripaldi had everything under control!
Having our wedding in Playa del Carmen was a dream come true, and it would not have happened without having the fabulous Maria Tripaldi on our team. I have to admit that at first I did not think I needed a wedding planner, I thought I could do everything on my own from 3,000 miles away. I became overwhelmed with just thinking about how everything would be done without any help, I decided to look into planners in Playa del Carmen. After some online research I sent emails requesting a quote, the replies were somewhat agitating and I’ll sum up the conversations by saying that my vision of a dream destination wedding was slowly dissipating and becoming someone else’s vision of making profit on my behalf. Then, Maria appeared…
…She didn’t magically appear, my venue suggested I contact her and honestly, I expected the same negative response I received from the others, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Maria is not only good at what she does; she is good at everything in between. She is reliable, detail oriented, honest, communicative, quick to respond to emails, will go 110% to find what you need, and the day of your wedding, she is ready to take on any situation. Everything went smoothly on our wedding day she was in charge, and took control of everything with a smile! All we had to worry about was having a good time and enjoying every moment with our guests.
Our family and friends were delighted with the wedding and every detail that came with it, from the ceremony to the mariachi parade down 5th Avenue to the party and wedding cake. It is the wedding of the year and left at least one couple wanting to have their own destination wedding. We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity of working with Maria and truly recommend Weddings in Playa for planning your destination wedding.” ~ Ivette and Alvaro
“Choosing Weddings in Playa was the best decision, out of all the decisions a bride has to make, hands down! If you are reading this and still considering these ladies, stop and hire them already!! Erica was our gal and she is absolutely amazing. She is the essence of organization, follow up, and professionalism! (Which can be tough in Mexico). She knows her business well, the vendors well, and takes immediate charge over any situation that may arise. I was never worried, because I knew she would take of it. We had our wedding/reception at the Grand Coral Beach Club, a wonderful/private venue, who is unfortunately under-going an extensive employee remodeling 😉 She had a lot to deal with, and there is no way I could have dealt with them myself! The wedding was beautiful, the reception was beautiful, and yes it rained at the end of the ceremony, but Erica sprung into action. There is nothing she can’t handle! The rain was fast and furious, and brought a beautiful rainbow for our guests enjoy. She ran the reception perfectly and silently. Who knows what was going on behind the scenes; we just kicked back and truly enjoyed our event. She gave us the stress free-experience that we will always remember, and the reason we choose PDC. Erica is a strong independent business owner who truly provides the absolute best to her clients. She gave us everything we asked for, within our budget, and more. We can’t thank you enough Erica! Playa del Carmen was such a wonderful experience for both our wedding and honeymoon! We also highly recommend our photographer Alessandro and hair/makeup artist Sarah. They know great people! Cheers to your continued success!” ~Jenny & Jason Miles
“Thank you so much Maria for making our special day a dream come true! We wanted a beautiful and intimate wedding. We loved every moment and didn’t want it to end. Maria is so professional and truly talented at what she does, we couldn’t have done it without her! All our family commented on how amazing she is. Our special day was more than we imagined because of you! We loved the service (great flowers), Dj Diego and the incredible tasty food… and the way you flow through all kind of problems… solving them like magic!” ~ Melissa and Shawn
“THANK YOU so much from the bottom of our hearts for the most beautiful day of our lives, our wedding! Our small and intimate wedding turned out exactly as we wanted it and we couldn’t be happier that we hired you as our wedding planner.
We found Weddings In Playa online as we began researching a destination wedding which at the time felt like a very daunting task…planning a wedding in another country, who does that?! We did! After contacting several wedding planners, researching reviews and testimonials we contacted Weddings in Playa and quickly received correspondence back from Maria. From the beginning, the communication between us was very clear and timely and she answered all of our questions with great knowledge and professionalism. As the planning continued, I felt very confident in her abilities and many suggestions for planning our big day. Maria was always conscientious of our established budget and was always suggesting ways we could stay within it. She also works with the best vendors in town!
We would 100% recommend Maria and Weddings In Playa to anyone looking to get hitched in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico! We had the BEST experience and constantly receive compliments from our family and friends that attended that it was the most beautiful and personal wedding they had ever been to. It is an experience we will surely never forget and for us, we can truly say we had our dream wedding with help from Maria!” ~ Amanda and Edgar
“Words can not even express how happy we are with how our wedding in Playa turned out. Maria handled absolutely everything for us. From the months leading up to the big day, right through our entire experience. Maria took care of everything, we put full trust in her and she did not disappoint.
We had a beautiful beach wedding planned and unfortunately it rained all day. Maria sprung into action and implemented her plan B. The ceremony and reception were held indoors, but Maria made it all work so well. Everything was just perfect and beyond my wildest dreams. I know I am biased, but it really was the best wedding I have ever been to. I highly recommend Maria to anyone looking for a wedding planner in Playa, or anywhere for that matter.
There is no way we would have been able to do it on our own. Maria knows all the best vendors, entertainers, and personnel in Playa Del Carmen. She really made it all come together and really put us at ease. Maria is the best at what she does and we couldn’t have asked for more. We will miss you Maria, you truly are a friend.” ~ Rick and Gina Repa
“We love you Maria! Weddingsinplaya.com was the best decision we could have ever made for our wedding planning details! We were a little stressed with planning a destination wedding, AND it being in Mexico, but right away when we started working with you, you made us feel so comfortable and our worries were lost.
Thank you so much for helping us with all the vendors, The Royal, and for giving us suggestions throughout the entire process. We had the most amazing two weeks of our lives with family and friends and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! I’m so glad we’ve become friends throughout this process, I can’t wait to come down and see you again! I will recommend you 100% to anyone!!” ~ Annie and Ian
“Talk about professionalism…Erica and Maria take the cake. From The date we met one year before our wedding to pick out the site to the moment they left the evening of our wedding, it was perfection.
I knew I had chosen the right wedding planner when I emailed Erica on a Sunday afternoon to inquire about her services and she responded that Sunday ! She maintained swift and effective communication throughout the entire year before the ceremony and managed it all so well. I met with them 3 days before, and they were prompt, swift, and effective with our time. This meant i could feel at ease on my wedding day, and have more time to relax on the beach before the big day.
We picked out flowers, decorations for the table, chocolate and cigars for the reception, flowers, a boat for my fiancee to arrive in and much more. They even thought to add toiletries and facial products in the bathroom at the site for our guests, went out and bought them along with a basket, and set them up beautifully the day of our wedding. It’s in the details, and these ladies are on it. Erica and Maria set (scheduled, paid, tipped, etc) up the bus for transport of the guests from Tulum to the Blue Cacao in Playa del Carmen- a dream in a paradise for the ceremony and reception. We were the only ones at this isolated beach with it’s own beach club.
When I arrived the tables were set beautifully, the DJ was ready, the flowers were amazing, the huppa was simply elegant, my soon to be husband was out to sea and ready to come in on his boat, my guests were anticipating our arrival, and I could relax and enjoy my day.
The reception then followed with fire dancers, superb meals, a lot of dancing, and I had not a worry. They orchestrated our reception with grace. Simply amazing. Thank you for your kindness, diligence and perfection Erica and Maria. I couldn’t have imagined how professional, detail-oriented, creative, and passionate you both are.” ~ Tamara
“Choosing Weddings in Playa and Maria Tripaldi to plan my wedding was the best decision I could have made! They were on-the-ball and since we could only communicate through email, I always heard from Maria within the day.
They thought of everything and got us the best deals and the most beautiful decorations. She helped with everything from the rehersal dinner to the day of the wedding and all the way through the reception. I can’t imagine how my wedding could have been any more beautiful. The thing I was most concerned about were my guests having fun, and my wedding being classy at the same time, and Maria did a beautiful job with that. I would highly recommend WeddingsinPlaya.com and Maria to anyone who is planning a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya area!” ~ Micah
“So exactly a year ago, we took our first trip down to Playa. We met with 5 wedding planners and every single one of them was exactly the same. They wanted to put me into one of their packages in some resort and call it a day.
I had one more appointment scheduled but as we only had 2 days left in Playa, I emailed to tell her to forget it, we just wanted to enjoy the beach (convinced all wedding planners down there were the same). She wrote back and said “Well let me come meet you on the beach”.
We were staying at the Playa Maya and at 10am the next day, a beautiful, fiesty, Italian woman named Erica came shuffling across the sand. She says “First of all, I don’t have any packages so just tell me what you want and we’ll make it happen”. I rattled off a few things, she says “Oh yes, and we could also do this and this and this”. All things that were in my head but I hadn’t said yet. In 10 minutes Erica had us convinced we could actually pull off our dream wedding (Erica Bressan of Weddings in Playa).
The next day (our last day in Playa) she came to pick us up and take us to look at Villas to hold our estimated 50 guests. All of the other planners said 50 was too many for a villa and we couldn’t do it. Never tell Erica she can’t do something.” ~ Jen and Adam
“I cannot tell you how amazing you are. Honestly-from the time I emailed you on your website with a general request to us departing Playa nearly a year later to come home after the wedding nothing could have gone smoother.
We were able to bring all of our closest friends and family down to a place that we love and have an unforgettable week and it was all because of you. Every vendor, every idea and plan we thought of you were able to execute it flawlessly.
We wanted a casual and fun wedding that was more like a celebration and party than a traditional wedding. You instantly were able to read us and know what we would want.” ~ Janae and Kevin
“We absolutely loved our wedding in Playa del Carmen! The location was great, the food was delicious and all of my guests were amazed at how smoothly everything ran. I am eternally grateful to Erica and María for doing such an amazing job.
I had researched many other wedding coordinating services and I picked Weddings in Playa because they made every effort to meet all of my expectations, they were flexible, and were great about working within my budget. They were very thorough and were great with communication, especially since I wasn’t able to go to Playa before the wedding. I highly recommend using their coordination service. Erica and María were a piece of mind. I was actually able to enjoy planning my wedding and the day was just the way I pictured it.” ~ Edlin
“Our wedding in Playa was the most amazing time of our lives, and we could NOT have done it without Maria & Erica! They worked so hard for us coordinating our welcome party, rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception. Many of our guest commented that the food for all the parties was delicious!
Our beach wedding was beautiful. The ceremony was perfect – from the guitarist to the flowers to our first dance on the beach! Maria suggested the most amazing photographers to capture our memories forever. The only small problem was a delay in transportation to the wedding site, but Maria was able to contact another transportation company and resolve the issue quickly. Our guests were amazed, and we all had a spectacular time. My husband and I cannot wait to return to Playa for many anniversaries to come!” ~ Amber and Jon
“We just wanted to thank you again for everything. You made it a great trip and a great day. We just can’t thank you enough. Everything was beautiful and you just made it so easy and hassle free. We both thought you went above and beyond what we expected. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone.
And you can count on us looking you up next we get down there (which I hope isn’t too long!)
Thanks so much again for all your help with our special day!” ~ Laura and Jason
“First let me say that it was so wonderful to meet you both. It was a joy to work with two women that are so upbeat and happy and love what they do (and both very lovely too!) Adam and I could not have had a more perfect day. The location on the Playacar Phase I beach was beautiful and very private compared to the weddings we saw at the resorts. The florist did a terrific job – our flowers were so beautiful, I just wish they could have come home with us. Having Miss Lily play violin for our wedding was the best choice of music we could have had. With the sound of the ocean and the violin solo, our guests particularly commented on that.
We would not have changed a thing. You were both wonderful to work with and would recommend you so very highly to anyone. We will be spreading the word, and have given your contact information to our travel agent in Ohio if any of her clients need help. I would never consider doing a wedding with a resort after having such a unique and intimate ceremony.” ~ Kathy and Adam
“Maria is the best! Our wedding was everything we hoped for and more, and we could not have done it without her. She made the planning process seamless, and had recommendations and ideas every step of the way. She has such a fun and easy-going energy about her, which made us feel that anything was possible, and she would know how to do it.
This calmness made the entire process far less stressful than it could have been, as we always felt we were in great hands with Maria in charge. She was able to coordinate 4 events in 3 days for 80 people at 5 different locations and she did so professionally and flawlessly. We have been told by several of our guests that ours was the best wedding they had ever been to, and we think much of the credit goes to Maria. She is smart, creative, organized, and fun, and we would recommend her to anyone planning a wedding in Mexico.”~ Nina Restuccia
“Ladies, Planning a wedding in another country can be stressful and nerve racking for brides. Trust me, I know…I am a true perfectionist and stressed out way too much about wanting things to be perfect for the big day. I found Maria Tripaldi of Weddings in Playa through someone I briefly met, I took their recommendation and ran with it. Words cannot describe how incredibly relieved, happy and oh so impressed I was to have her by my side. She truly made our wedding experience in Playa Del Carmen better than I even imagined!
Maria found her true calling in life by becoming a wedding planner, she is passionate, experienced, detailed and on her A game 100%. I ended up going with so many of her referrals when it came to our rehearsal dinner, hair, makeup, flowers, etc…. and was so happy I did. She has been working in Playa for a long time and knows what she is doing, trust me 🙂 I know how stressful brides can get about wanting everything to be perfect on their wedding days and when planning a destination wedding, a good wedding planner is key…Maria is it! By far worth every penny and then some. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with her performance and we are so glad she was the one we put our trust in. She took away so much of the worry and stress of our big day and we were able to relax knowing it was all under control. I could go on and on, but you get my point… I am a raving fan! You will be so happy that you chose WeddingsinPlaya.com to help make your day the most amazing moment yet.” ~ Chloe & Alex
“I am so thankful that I found Maria Tripaldi from Weddings in Playa to help coordinate my March 2, 2012 wedding. She was a wealth of knowledge, helping me to make my fragmented ideas about what I wanted in a wedding celebration into a reality. She was extremely prompt in her responses to all of my emails, which I really appreciated because we did not actually meet face to face until a few days before the wedding.
Her contacts in the local community are invaluable, and she made everything go so smoothly when we arrived in Playa for the wedding weekend. I am so thankful that she was there to coordinate all of the last minute details, it really allowed us to relax and enjoy the most wonderful wedding ever!” ~Jen and Benjamin
“Everything was amazing! We really don’t have a single complaint. You and Maria over exceeded our expectations. We understand that we had a very unique wedding with a lot of special requests and we greatly appreciated you two accommodating all of our requests.
Please let us know if you ever need to use us as a reference. Thank you again!” ~ Erica
” I want to tell you how amazing it was to have you as our wedding planner. From the very first day when we e-mailed you asking about your services and potential locations for the wedding, you were the first to respond and give us thoughtful and helpful answers. No one else came even close to your level of detail and care. I knew right away (and I can also speak for my mom) that you were the right choice.
You are warm, knowledgeable, organized, and you think of EVERYTHING. You took care of us. One very small example of this is how you brought me and Henry some hors d’oeuvres while we were taking photos. I’ve never seen a wedding planner at any of the weddings I’ve been to take care of the wedding couple as much as you did. You put so much time and effort into every step you take guiding couples, and their parents helping them plan a wedding. We are so lucky to have found you, and we are so grateful you agreed to help us plan our wedding. I can’t thank you enough. My mother obviously did more planning than I did, so she probably feels the same way I do but FIFTY TIMES MORE! I felt so comfortable and secure knowing that my mom had you as her support. You are the reason why I allowed myself the luxury of not responding to every single e-mail leading up to the wedding. You are the reason I was able to focus on work as much as I did in the months leading up to this wedding – because I felt confident that you had everything taken care of.
Thanks so much again for everything, with all my heart. I wish we had another wedding to plan so we could hire you again, right now! Maybe for anniversary parties, vow renewals… in a few years? I hope you are still there, in paradise!” ~ Andrea and Henry
” Ben and I just wanted to thank you again for the coordination that you provided for our March 2, 2012 wedding. Everything was even better than we had imagined, and we felt so confident in your ability to help us with all the little details!
Thank you for providing timely answers and advice, etc. You were so helpful with the whole process, and it would not have come together nearly as well without you!” ~ Jen and Ben
“Thank you for making our wedding spectacular. Everything turned out better than our wildest dreams. It was an amazing experience and we appreciate all your hard work.
You did a great job and we will always remember it fondly. If you ever need a reference for another couple, don’t hesitate to give them our contact info.Thanks for making our big day so special!” ~ Haydee and Jason
“Thank you so much for coordinating the most beautiful wedding that I could imagine for my daughter.
I have to admit that I was nervous about planning a wedding in a distant locale which I had never seen, with a wedding planner I had never met in person, but you created the perfect wedding– from the beautiful beach locale to the decorations to the wedding dinner– we could not have asked for any better. What wonderful memories our entire family will have of our daughter’s wedding! You are the best!” ~ Janet
“We wanted to thank you so much for making our wedding day in Playa del Carmen so perfect!! From answering all of our emails so promptly, to negotiating the venue contract, coordinating the flower arrangements, getting our special croque en bouche cake, and finding a fantastic photographer, you handled every detail beautifully and professionally. I thought it would be difficult to arrange a wedding in Mexico when we live in Virginia, but you made the process and the translations stress-free and easy.
We will always remember the very special ceremony and the fun that followed! Our guests were amazed at the beautiful wedding and they all had such a great time. We would be more than happy to recommend your services to anyone wanting to plan a wedding in Playa. Thanks again for making our wedding so memorable!” ~ Maud and Jonathan
“Maria at Weddings In Playa is a Miracle-Worker! We had our dream wedding mapped out in our minds, the only problem was that we couldn’t find a wedding planner that shared the same exceptional ideas that we had… until we met Maria. She put the conventional ideas of weddings aside to plan our dream wedding for us.
Almost every idea we shared with her was the first time she or any of our vendors had heard of doing such a thing. This did not deter her – she supported us through every single step, even when it seemed that what we wanted was not possible. She pulled off the most amazing wedding we, or any of our friends and family, have ever been to.
Our friends now joke that we have ruined weddings for them for the rest of their lives, because ours was so unique and fun. We owe it all to Maria – her positive attitude and amazing skill brought everything together to pull off an almost-impossible feat!
Maria was a joy to work with. Off the bat, she impressed us with her immediate follow-up. Planning a wedding over the internet was scary at first, but she made us feel very much at ease, because she communicated so quickly and thoroughly. At every step, we felt like she had everything totally under control, and we trusted her fully (so important!). I trusted not only that she was getting the job done, but that she brought together an amazing team of vendors – all a complete joy to work with. She made me feel like I was the only bride that she was working with, even though I know she was planning multiple weddings. Maria eased all my stresses (at times hard to do!), which made my husband very happy. I still can’t believe that she made my wedding even better than I could have imagined, and at the same time was such a beautiful person to work with. Her passion for what she does is infectious and her energy is pure and genuine. I wish I could get married all over again to work with her and see what else she is capable of!
And from the groom too…
Maria is Amazing!!! She knows what she is doing, and she does it well. There is no way we could have pulled this off without her. She took care of everything while keeping my wife calm and stress free. She went above and beyond what was asked of her to make our day happen exactly how we wanted.” ~ Lins and Ryan
“A huge thank you to Maria and Weddings in Playa for making our wedding happen and turn out amazing – even during tropical storm Ida! . Maria’s attention to detail, connections and vision was essential in helping us plan all of our wedding details all while living in Chicago. We were never worried or concerned about details and felt completely at ease letting Maria handle all of the arrangements and transactions.
Maria managed to move all of our wedding events to alternative locations within the matter of 12 hours. Although we ended up getting married in a different location than we originally planned, the wedding went off without a hitch and our guests loved the back-up location and were amazed that everything came together so seamlessly. Without Maria’s connections and ability to delegate and execute, we wouldn’t have had a wedding. Maria was available to us the entire weekend helping us figure out alternate options for our wedding that was crashed by rain. We advice any bride considering planning a wedding in the Playa del Carmen area, we highly recommend Maria and Weddings in Playa – as well as always having a “Plan B” for situations out of your control … like bad weather!” ~ Sandra and Tim
“Thank you so much for everything!!! I feel like I miss you already. It was the most beautiful day that I have ever had. If you ever need a recommendation, you can send them to me. Honestly, Erica, it was so perfect.
When I got out of the carriage I wanted to sit down and cry b/c the set-up was so perfect and everything that I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. Thank you for everything that you did for me, and thanks to Maria, you two were the best in the world. I am so grateful and so happy and I am crying right now. I am a good crier, aren’t I? We have decided we will get remarried every five years, so maybe we will see you again soon, if not just for a coffee or a modelo especial.” ~ Andrea
“Ya vi el video de la boda y estuvo todo maravilloso. Gracias por todo, hicieron un excelente trabajo coordinando la boda!! Todos quedaron encantados con ustedes !
Quede muy feliz con su trabajo , solo te escribo para agradecerte y felicitarlas por que hacen un trabajo muy profesional. Gracias.
I saw the wedding video and it was all wonderful, thanks for everything, you both did an amazing excellent job wedding planning!!! Thanks for everything, everybody was enchanted with you both” ~ Estella
“I can not thank you enough. The wedding was just like a dream. Everything was so beautiful! I absolutely loved the way you decorated the KOOL beach club at night. All of my family and friends can not stop talking about how perfect the wedding turned out to be!
Working with you was so easy and great. I really appreciate all that you did for us to make our wedding so memorable. We already want to have a future anniversary in Playa del Carmen! Thank you so much!” ~ Ginny and Phillip
“Carlton and I are back from our honeymoon and we wanted to let you know that you both did a wonderful job in assisting us with the wedding and making it a fantastic event! You two are truly amazing and everyone at the wedding were impressed by you and your professionalism. We really felt that everything came together perfectly. The trio was amazing, the DJ was great and very friendly, the flowers were beautiful and the food and ambiance at the restaurant was unbelievable…you even managed to hold the rain off. :)” ~ Gladys and Carlton
“Just a little note to let you know just how much we appreciated your help with our wedding, you made it so easy for us, even though it was away from home in a foreign country. Your help with all the paperwork, the required documents, etc. was especially welcome, as now we’re able to get our marriage officially recognized in our home country!
I also very much appreciated your help in getting the flowers, getting my hair done, and of course finding a brilliant photographer!
But of course, the most important was the ceremony itself, and again, thanks to you, it was totally hassle-free and easy-going, I only had to worry about being on time!! It was such a wonderful ceremony, simple, in the beautiful setting you’d picked for us. Our witnesses cannot get over how lovely it was, our guests thought it was the nicest wedding they’d ever been too.
You really helped make our dream come true, to be honest, it was even better than in my dreams. We’ll never forget this moment and can’t stop looking at the pictures and re-living every moment of this special day!
This wouldn’t have been possible without you, so a thousand THANKS. WeddingsinPlaya rocks!! ;-)” ~ Karen and Paul
“We never imagined that spending an activity-filled week with 90 friends and family could be incident and stress-free. Thank you so much for making our wedding week the smoothest, most perfect occasion it could be. We have since recommended you to everyone we know !
Thanks for giving us the best week of our lives.” ~ Kim and John
“I can not thank you enough for making our dream wedding a reality! Everything was absolutely perfect and all of our friends and family can not stop talking about our wedding.. we’ve even heard from some friends that it was the best wedding ever! All of our guests loved Playa so much that they are already planning to return next year.
All of the vendors that you suggested were amazing! I will soon be writing to them as well to thank and praise them 🙂 I also plan on writing reviews for everyone on wedding wire, the knot, etc.” ~ Sydney and Austin