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Ronnie Fox Podkovik · Getting married on 10/12/2020
Best decision I made was having my wedding here
I thought it would be hard planning a wedding in Mexico while living in California. I was so wrong. The team at Blue Venado made the process so easy and enjoyable. Everyone was so responsive and helped throw me the wedding of my dreams.Sent on 12/30/2019
The food was AMAZING. Every person said that it was by far the best wedding food they had ever had.
My guests tipped the servers on their own because they thought the service was so spectacular. We had never experienced service like that even at 5 star restaurants. Servers had drinks ready for guests before they even asked and memorized their orders immediately.
It rained the day of my wedding but the staff was able to put everything under the main palapa and nothing got wet. They brought drinks out to the guests who were waiting in vans which was a nice and thoughtful touch.
My coordinator, Sofia, met with all the vendors beforehand to make sure everything was seamless. I could not have asked for a more thoughtful or professional coordinator.
My fiance was unsure about not having our wedding at an all-inclusive, however, after our wedding, he said a hotel wedding would have been awful in comparison. It really was amazing.
Bel Burt · Married on 12/23/2019
Unforgettable - dream Wedding
I could not recommend Blue Venado Weddings enough our Elopement was beyond perfect and all because of our Wedding Planner Nay. She created a personalised Wedding of my dreams. Better then my Pinterest board. Every detail and her communication was incredible. If you book - book Nay to organise your dream Wedding at Blue Venado.Sent on 02/01/2020
Yaritza · Married on 08/15/2019
Fantastic customer service
They are going above and beyondSent on 03/07/2019
Ryan · Married on 07/06/2018
We had originally been to Blue Venado in 2014 and were awe struck by how remote it was, the beauty, and magical feeling of the location. When we found out Wedding Vactions hosted weddings at this venue, we were interested to learn more. Boy oh boy, we did not make a mistake. We were lucky enough to work with Sofia Garcia (one of Wedding Vacations coordinators/planners). Not only was she extremely attentive, creative, and always available over Facebook and Skype, she strived to make sure that our vision was a reality on our wedding day. Sofia not only delivered our dream, but much more. Our entire family was quite literally blown away by the venue, location, and attention to every small detail – all thanks to Sofia. Sofia and her team have an extremely robust network of vendors in the area that can make ANY vision a reality. Not only that, one of the biggest things I appreciated about working with Sofia was how genuine of a person she is, each interaction showed she cared about Brittany and I, and the outcome of our wedding. She would often tell us what was or was not worth investing extra money in (anyone who has ever planned a wedding before can appreciate that). The food was excellent and no ask was too much for the staff at Blue Venado (they were extremely attentive and the food was beyond what we expected from the appetizers, main course to dessert). Sofia also assisted in arranging a tasting before the wedding, which we highly recommend!
Overall, my wife and I could not have picked a better choice or worked with a better person than Sofia. Our only regret is that we can’t relieve that magical night again and again. Thank you Sofia, Wedding Vactions, and Blue Venado!!!
Sent on 07/13/2018
Shaquana · Married on 07/01/2018
I had my wedding at Blue Venado in the beginning of July and it was perfect. It was 100 times better than I anticipated. Initially I was a little nervous booking a venue that I had only seen in pictures. We live in NY so we didnt got a chance to see the place in person until a couple of days before our wedding. We were blown away when we saw it. The views are amazing! It’s right on the beach, and the place is huge. It’s like you’re on your own private oasis. All of my guests were impressed. We had the all in package which I highly recommend (It makes things a lot easier). The food was great, and the drinks were always flowing. I used the in house DJ, I had planned to give him some songs so he can get a feel of the music I wanted but I never had time to do it. I didn’t have to though because he was incredible. He kept the party going all night with exactly the music I wanted to hear. The best part of booking Blue Venado is Sophia!!!! That woman is the greatest! She went above and beyond to get me everything I asked for. We communicated via WhatsApp and Skype for months before the wedding. Any questions I had, she answered. Any ideas I had, she carried them out. On top of that she gave me some suggestions that I wasn’t even thinking of, that were amazing. She’s really a pro at what she’s does. I managed to be stress free knowing that I had Sophia. She’s an amazing person. When I finally met her in person it was like we knew each other forever. She even assisted me with some prewedding tasks. I couldn’t have asked for a greater wedding planner. And I highly recommend you do what I did and book the Blue Venado as your wedding venue. You will not be disappointed! I’ve known people who have had resort weddings and they had nowhere near the location, service or experience that you get at the Blue Venado. Thanks to everyone working there who helped make our day as special as it was!Sent on 07/18/2018
FutureMrs · Married on 06/10/2018
We got married at Blue Venado on June 10th, 2018.
We found Blue Venado right after we got engaged late 2016. We had a trip planned in October 2016 and we contacted Sofia and she arranged a tour and tasting. We were lucky to have seen the venue before our wedding. We actually came back Spring 2017 and had our engagement pictures taken there. Our friends and families loved how beautiful the venue was.
Through the wedding planning process, Sofia was always a Whatsapp message away. The greatest advise I got from her was to create a google spreadsheet and share it with her. This was GREAT idea. We probably only had 2 skype call, the rest was messaging but mainly jointly completing the spreadsheet.
Having visited the venue last during our engagement pictures, which was about 15 months prior to our wedding date, I have to say I was blown away by the new decor they have. They have totally changed the decor and it looks AMAZING. The venue looks so beautiful.
We wanted a 100% private venue and Blue Venado offered exactly that. Walking down the aisle for me was so easy because I knew everyone in the audience unlike at a resort where you share your day with a handful of other hotel guests. Nothing wrong with that, just our preference was 100% friends and family.
Sofia worked very well with all my vendors, she made recommendations on vendors when we asked her opinion. There transportation was great, clean vehicles, great drivers. Easy transfer for my guests from resort to venue and back. Thanks Yarra.
Sofia makes her brides feel special. She is always calm and smiling, gentle but you feel her presence. She makes sure everything runs smoothly. She is like a coordinator, a maid of honor, a friend, all in one.
Blue Venado even threw in some extra decor for the wedding, thank you.
Our guests loved the food!
Thank you Blue Venado. We highly recommend them.
Thank you Sofia!
Here are a few guests photos.Sent on 06/14/2018
Theresa · Married on 03/18/2018
Blue Venado was AMAZING! We found Blue Venado in a Google search so we contacted them for more information. Sofia, the venue manager, responded back quickly and gave us a price list and all the options they had. I loved how informative their material was and how helpful Sofia was! So after more research and looking at Blue Venado's stellar reviews, we chose to have our wedding at Blue Venado site unseen. We booked Blue Venado a year in advance and throughout the year, I emailed and had many Skype conversations with Sofia for reassurance and clarity. She always let me know what the venue could do and who to contact for extra services. The process was seamless and so easy to do from Seattle!
My husband and I finally got to see Blue Venado a few days before our wedding and it was actually better than we imagined! The place looks like it is straight out of magazine and totally exceeded our expectations! Our wedding day went really smoothly and everything looked beautiful. Our wedding felt like a dream, complete with churro cart, beautiful flowers, beautiful decor, etc! And I felt like a princess! Sofia was definitely my fairy godmother :). She pays attention to detail and tries to make each wedding a little different in order to keep these weddings unique. She even surprised us with extra decor we didn't expect! Thanks so much!
+ Great communication
+ Quickly answers questions
+ Very transparent about everything
+ Great recommendations for other vendors (flowers, signage, dessert)
+ Helped with transportation for all guests (Thanks Fernanda!)
+ BEAUTIFUL venue
+ Friendly staff
+ Great food! Our guests told us they went for seconds and thirds because they loved the food so much!
+ Much more things things that I can't think about now
Sent on 05/08/2018
Hannah · Married on 01/13/2018
GREAT WEDDING VENUE, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!Sent on 02/09/2018
This place is beautiful! Our guests were blown away by the entire experience. You can see for yourself from the pictures... all I will say is it looks just as great in real life. Really a magical experience. We live in Chicago and are lucky to be surrounded by great food, venues, etc. - Blue Venado is five stars, and we are so grateful we found this place for our wedding.
I want to highlight the SERVICE! Some of the best service I've ever had, and so many guests (including some difficult to impress) commented on how great the service was. The bartenders are fun, the managers are on top of everything to be sure the event goes well, and every table had a designated server. Guests were commenting how their server would come up to them even after they left the table and ask if they needed anything, and most of the servers memorized drink preferences for the table. They were fun, helpful, attentive... what more can you ask for!?
The food was delicious and they did a great job with execution for a group of 100+.
The biggest obstacles with a destination wedding (maybe all weddings) revolve around planning and execution. Hire Blue Venado (and Lucy Gallagher for wedding planning) to make things easy. I honestly wouldn't have traded anything about our big day.
Blue Venado, thank you!
Brandi · Married on 11/20/2017
We have read a few articles that choosing your venue and choosing your photographer are the two most important and most difficult decisions you make when planning a wedding. I believe there might be some truth to that and if so then I think one of the best choices we made was in selecting Blue Venado as our venue. We spent countless hours scouring Wedding Wire and multiple forums, weighing the pros and cons of doing a separate venue versus at the hotel, costs involved, vendors used at the different venues and ultimately pulled the trigger on Blue Venado. We are so glad we did and a large part of that is in due to the amazing onsite coordinator they have with Sofia Garcia. The venue is beautiful but she makes the entire event a dream.
We planned our wedding at Blue Venado without ever seeing the venue until we arrived in Playa Del Carmen for our wedding 2 days before the event. Sofia was incredible to work with and answered our annoying questions throughout the process. She made things work that were important to us and was a dream. We didn't speak to the team a ton before the wedding but every time we had a question, it was answered and we were put at ease. Every photo we sent her was replicated in the finished product. Words cannot even convey our happiness with Blue Venado and Sofia. Thank you for making our day magical! The food was great, the lighting perfect, the DJ played out exact playlist and we even saved a baby turtle and sent him off to the ocean safely!Sent on 12/17/2017
Michelle · Married on 06/23/2017
If you are going to have your wedding in Playa Del Carmen, you must have it with Sofia Garcia at Blue Venado. My wife and I had our wedding in June 2017 and it was perfect. We were considering having it at our all-inclusive resort but they gave us such a headache with complex pricing schemes for food, drinks, and guests we decided to switch venues to Blue Venado. Thank goodness we did, with beach weddings at a resort you'll have loads of bystanders encroaching on your special day but at Blue Venado you have the entire beach reserved. Our wedding planner, Sofia Garcia, made everything easy and straightforward and relieved a lot of our stresses. Even though we really didn't have a clear vision of what we wanted, Sofia decorated everything so well that our wedding turned our more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. The beach is absolutely the most gorgeous setting for a wedding ceremony and the main palapa was the perfect place for the reception dinner and dancing. Servers were quick to prepare whatever drinks you wanted and the food was delicious. Additionally, there was a truly magical event that occurred midway through the reception, baby turtles began to hatch on the beach and our guests got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see them make their way to the ocean under the moonlight. Just like the baby turtles got a beautiful start in their journey through life, my wife and I got a perfect start to ours together at Blue Venado.Sent on 02/04/2018
Joshua · Married on 04/22/2017
My wife and I on April 22 2017 had our wedding here at Blue Venado for our destination wedding. Surreal is the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to describing our experience here. We stumbled upon Blue Venado after we saw what a resort wedding looked like, we wanted a completely private venue and the resorts couldn't provide that for obvious reasons. So our search began as most of you reading this are also doing, and trust me you will not be disappointed with this venue. As soon as the first email i had sent Sofia inquiring about the venue i was impressed. Sofia immediately asked for the date of the wedding we were requesting and as soon as she can confirm availability she sent us allllll the information about the venue with all the prices, alll the prices, to those that haven't started will soon see why i stress all the prices. Every venue I emailed or spoke to would hold on to all that information and make it impossible for us to even think of planning a budget, but not Sofia. We choose the all in Package and boy was it worth it. Everything my wife wanted or thought of Sofia made possible. Her response was timely and her wealth of knowledge and vision was just amazing. She made our experience something of a lifetime.Sofia is just one of the many people dedicated to this venue.There is another angel at this venue and her name is Miriam. These girls are just amazing at what they do and their absolute professionalism. The ceremony was beautiful, the food amazing, the drinks, the decor, I can write all day about this venue and its staff. Our wedding had 64 guests from New York City and all over the USA. Our family and friends loved the venue and till today they are still raving about our wedding and how it was the greatest wedding they've ever attended. Thank you Sofia and Miriam you guys are the best! And for the future brides and grooms reading this, trust me go with your gut feeling and book this venue. It will not disappoint.Sent on 05/10/2017
Laura · Married on 10/27/2016
Firstly, the venue is amazing! The beach is beautiful, the team are so friendly and the food is delicious.Sent on 02/13/2017
We got married at the Blue Venado in October 2016 and although it has taken me a while to write the review it feels like yesterday. Just as some background, I had completed hours and hours of research and we were looking to get married in one of the hotels until at the last minute, out of left field we started looking at beach clubs. The hotels that we were looking at had stated that over 90% of the guests had to be staying at the hotel for over 3 nights. We did not feel it was right to dictate which hotel people had to stay in when flying all the way from the UK. I discovered the Blue Venado through endless internet searches and it was always keen favorite. We 100% made the right choice!
The first time we saw the venue was the week before the wedding and although we had been endlessly looking at pictures for the last 18 months the venue exceeded our expectations. It was exactly like the pictures but so much more magical. The venue is stunning and the scenery is amazing.
The food was amazing and we have had so many great comments from the guests about how enjoyable it was. The staff were so attentive and could not have been anymore helpful.
Overall I cannot recommend Blue Venado enough to get married in. The setting, the staff and the organisation exceeded our expectations.
Lara · Married on 04/06/2016
Miriam was great she assisted us for every detailsSent on 04/07/2016
The ceremony was wonderful and the location stunning
We had a great wedding celebration in front of the ocean and very good lunch
pamella · Married on 01/29/2016
My wedding day was everything I imagined. All thanks to Sofia and the team at blue venado.Sent on 04/22/2016
Christine · Married on 12/07/2015
This was the best wedding I could have ever dreamed of.Sent on 02/29/2016
Sofia took care of all the planning details, met with me on Skype, etc to make sure she knew what we wanted for the decorations. She went the extra mile to get extra decorations at no charge. The setup was exquisite. Florist included in package made lovely bouquets and centerpiece.
The service at the reception was great. No plates were removed without your permission (yes, me + groom got to eat all courses, even if we left our seats for a while!). Drinks were flowing. The guests kept telling me how the waiters would bring them new drinks before they even emptied their glass! The food was excellent. We had to pick without a full tasting (although they let us taste for free a few days before the wedding) but everything was so delicious. I think you can order any food there and it would be delish. Best ceviche I had in Mexico! They make a mean mojito...my drink of choice, Yum!
Other nice surprises at the reception were that the staff brought out a bucket of sand toys for the toddlers and dumped them out in front of the stage. The kids were happy the entire evening either dancing or playing with the toys. And they gave the adults some fun and unexpected balloon props at the party.
They were flexible with rain plans and decided they could set up outside and move inside last minute if rain didn't subside. So much less stressful than big hotels that need to decide depending on forecast. We had great weather, as it turned out.
The venue is very private, unlike any other we looked at, but still close enough to PDC that we all stayed there.
We also got flexibility to choose our own officiant, DJ, photographer, etc with no outside vendor fees. The result...the most amazing music, likable and entertaining officiant, and wonderful photography and cinematography...all to OUR taste. Watch out, all the hotels want $100+ extra dollar for each vendor you choose. This was also very important to us.
Kellyn · Married on 12/05/2015
My husband and I were married at Blue Venado Beach club on 12/5/2015. It is simply one of the most gorgeous venues in Quintana Roo, staffed by the kindest people, and featuring some of the most incredible food we have had anywhere.Sent on 12/19/2015
Chef Angel Barreto Montes is an artist. Everything he creates tastes so fresh, complex, and satisfying. All of our wedding guests commented on how incredible the meal and cocktail hour appetizers were-- even days after the event. In addition, Angel is absolutely delightful to work with-- a wonderfully kind man who is so passionate about his work and it comes through in every conversation, and more importantly, every dish.
The beach is stunning and the stars are night are incomparable. Despite a massive rainstorm when our ceremony was supposed to begin, our wedding was gorgeous. We ended up getting married under the smaller palapa after our guests took cover there. It was impromptu and magical. All of the staff worked to keep everyone happy and libations flowing when we ended up under the main palapa for the entire event. Special thanks to Jose and Sela.
BV's wedding coordinator, Sofia Garcia, is an absolute doll. She answered all of our questions quickly, guided us through the process, and by the end definitely felt like an old friend.
We returned to BV a few days after the wedding to take care of some final details and were immediately struck by the beauty of the place. We just kept saying how much we LOVE our venue as we sat on the bar swings, facing the ocean, eating Angel's incredible tuna tartar, and drinking delicious cocktailsa that the staff insisted we stay to enjoy. We cannot recommend this place enough-- be it for a wedding or just an amazing afternoon in paradise.
N · Married on 12/01/2015
Blue Venado is perfect for a beach wedding. Sofia is great to work with - extremely helpful and went above and beyond to make sure everything from decorations, ceremony, food, cake, etc. was perfect. Miriam and Sofia did an excellent job coordinating, and the staff were great! It is a beautiful private location with great food and drinks. Loved everything about it!!Sent on 04/05/2017
User5235072 · 2+ years ago
Absolutely amazing experience! We had our ceremony and reception at Blue Venado on 08/08/15.Sent on 08/17/2015
From the start to the end Sofia was absolutely fantastic. She ensured her team were on top of everything and we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful day! Both my husband and I have worked in the events/hotel industry in the past and Sofia is top notch. Each time we even mentioned a single thing, Sofia was on top of it. She and the team were a great help on the day (even ensuring my husband and I ate!)
The venue is a blank slate - you can truly make it your own. Having a wonderful party on the beach was a dream come true. Many hotels in the area make you end by 10:30pm, but Blue Venado gives you the flexibility to have a later party and the absolute pleasure of not having to deal with on-lookers or wedding crashers, as the venue is completely private.
I have already recommended the venue and the team to numerous people and will continue to do so!
Thanks again for everything Sofia!
Sharit · Married on 06/05/2015
I surely recommend Blue Venado Weddings because they have the perfect venue to celebrate your dreamed wedding at the beach.Sent on 06/17/2015
Our wedding was perfect. Each member of Blue Venado Weddings Team was there for everything we needed. Food was excellent.
Our guests were happy and had a great time.
Ceremony at the beach was beautiful, better than our dreams.
We are so thankful with Sofia Garcia for being there for everything we need.
Ashley · Married on 05/10/2015
I had my dream wedding at Blue Venado last month. My Blue Venado wedding planner was Sofia Garcia, who was absolutely amazing! My son was only 4 months old when I started my 8 months of wedding planning so as you can imagine, my time was limited. Sofia was so well organized and kept me on track when I was falling behind. She made herself available to me all the time, whether it was over email, Skype, or phone. She was also very quick to respond to my emails...and there were definitely a lot of them.Sent on 06/17/2015
I was very indecisive as to what I wanted, decoration wise. Sofia always had such great suggestions though! I actually left some decor decisions up to her and I'm so glad I did because when I showed up on the wedding day, it was exactly what I dreamt it would be!!
I would recommend Blue Venado to anyone getting married in the Riviera Maya. The venue is gorgeous, the beach is beautiful, the employees are friendly, and the food is amazing! It has been over a month now since we had our wedding there and we are still having friends and family calling us to say what an amazing time they had at our wedding. I've heard the words "best wedding I've ever been to" so many times and that is because of Sofia and everyone else from Blue Venado! If I could do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Our wedding was perfect from start to finish and was exactly what I wanted AND MORE!
Lyndsay · Married on 11/11/2014
Sent on 11/21/2014
We had our wedding last week at the Blue Venado and wow, what a dream wedding it was. I had read up on the beach club on this forum and after speaking with Daymar and our wedding coordinator about the venue, we decided to proceed with booking it. I was a little nervous as there is not much information out there regarding BV but wow, let me tell you once we set foot there for our food tasting, we were speechless. It's a rather big open air palapa that is about 10 feet away from the ocean - just breathtaking. My husband and I were speechless. And we hadn't even tried the food yet! The food was astounding - we ended up going with the shrimp bisque, steak with foi gras sause & cheesecake for desert for our mains. Best food I have ever had. We had some picky guests but honestly, they still can't stop talking about how amazing the food was. We had some appetizers for cocktail hour - the blue cheese chicken was a major hit, we actually ended up going back there and the chef, Angel, specially prepared us some :)
As far as the wedding day went, everything was decorated beautifully. Joyce and Sofia understood our vision and then made it even more amazing. I was taken aback when my husband and I made our entrance into the palapa. Just gorgeous. The wait staff were so attentive & friendly, people didn't go long without a drink at all and any questions were answered promptly. I still can't believe how amazing of a day it was, just perfect in every way. If you are looking for a private venue that has amazing food, service and people, please consider Blue Venado! You will not regret it :)
Tina · Married on 11/06/2014
We had the perfect wedding at Blue Venado! The location was remote but spectacular, the food was amazing, the staff was fantastic. To make our day even more perfect, we got to witness baby sea turtles hatching and then being able to release them at night.Sent on 11/10/2014
Sofia was amazing to work with and was there for anything we needed.
Tina & Lezli
Nov 6, 2014
Blue Venado Beach Weddings's reply:Thanks so Much !! we love ti have you and lezli with us!! Love & happiness
Julie · Married on 10/17/2014
We decide to have our wedding at Blue venado from The fist minute Sofía was answering all of my questions, she really help me a lot ? ,at The end everything when just the way we imagine, Thanks to you all my Blue Venado friends, ángel thanks for the amazing food !!we couldn't be more happy. Everyone was delighted with The venue and your Servíces !! Big hug xoxoSent on 11/21/2014
User4388247 · 2+ years ago
We find the location beautiful, with special decoration for every moment. The Main Course, the open bar, the midnight meal , was awesome.Sent on 09/09/2014
I love the sea ceremony, it was the most romantic thing i ever imagine.
The dj pack that was include in my package, was hilarious , we had a lot of fun with all my friends.
I had the best weeding!!
Laura · Married on 08/02/2014
A friend from Mexico recommend this place to our family. The first time we visit the place we stay in shock like 5 minutes, the color of the ocean and the sand was incredible i never imagine a location like this ever before.Sent on 09/08/2014
My weeding was simple but full of details that made it wonderful. Thank you so much to the coordinators of blue venado weddings, for all their support and show off their exceptional style.
Dreams come true.