25 Reviews for Runaway Bride Destination Weddings
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My now husband and I knew what type of wedding we wanted to have, from the country to the location, venue, decor and the vibe. What we did not know was that our wedding dreams were not going to come together easily. At first, we were faced with language barriers, lack of knowledge in terms of vendors, the list kept going while at the same time our heads just started to spin fast and faster.... We knew we needed help! Fortunately, we found Runaway Bride through a mutual friend and without a doubt, Kimberly and her team made our wedding dreams a reality!!!! Runaway Bride (RAB) consistently showed professionalism, extremely fast follow up, attention to detail, and inside wedding knowledge that I could never have thought of (such as backup generators). But most importantly, the RAB team was always personable, kind and understanding to our requests and wishes. And from a bride’s POV, I always felt I was in the best of hands and that the entire RAB team had my back (even when I didn’t know I needed it). Planning our wedding took over a year. RAB built a budget for us, found us vendors and negotiated on our behalf, and held our hand through the entire process while really understanding and respecting the look + feel of our wedding we wanted. We had monthly calls which turned into needed weekly calls, that were always more productive than any work meeting I had earlier that day. On the actual Wedding Weekend, Kimberly and her team blew it out of the water! Every single and small detail was addressed. It all came together what looked like smoothly but behind the scenes I know it was not the easiest of tasks. I say this because, RAB did not let myself or my fiancé know what was happening behind the curtain… they protected us from some of the dramas to ensure that our wedding was perfect. For this I am forever grateful. Kimberly and her team have become family. To any future brides, I can assure you that you will be in the best of hands with RAB!
Awwww... thank you Emily and Santiago for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of your wedding weekend. We miss our weekly calls with you! Wishing you all the best for a very happily ever after!! xoxo
There are no words to express how thankful I am to have met and hired Kim as our wedding planner. I travel a lot for business and Kim handled everything with such a great care and understanding since day 1. I was extremely impressed by the way she was able to handle my mom from the start. She did it in a way that was caring towards her feelings, while being mindful of my wishes. She is a great listener and understood what we wanted at all times. My only recommendation for Kim would be hire an extra person for the day of the wedding because there are lots of things going on that day that it is too much for Kim and one more person to handle everything. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would hire Kim in a heart beat. Kim, thank you again for all your patience, understanding, good judgement and remarkable planning. XOXO
Thanks so much Sintty! It was a pleasure to have been part of your special day. Thank you for placing your trust in RAB. xoxo
The Runaway Bride team surpassed all expectations, and I had high ones. Even as a planner, I was able to 'let go' with confidence and enjoy the celebration - because of the RAB team. Once I chose Runaway Brides, the 8 months of calls, coordination, and decision making became something I looked forward to and had fun with. They took the overwhelm out of the planning process.
One of our friends said. “Thank you all for including me in the most uplifting, heartfelt, joyful and transformative event. It was a mesmerizing, immersive and emotional three-day experience, which is rare for most all events and especially weddings.” Attention to detail, organizational skills, budget and vendor management all a 10. RAB went above and beyond to make our vision a reality within the defined budget. Thank you RAB Team!
Xanath made all of our dreams a reality and went over and beyond to exceed our expectations . Xanath literally took care of everything for Jason and I which gave us the ability to relax and enjoy ourselves at our wedding. It was truly awesome to work with Xanath and Kimberly throughout this whole process, we wish we could get married all over again!
Thanks so much for the kind words about RAB and about Xanath. We certainly our lucky to have her on our team. Many congratulations to you both and thank you again so much for allowing Runaway Bride to be part of your special day!
Kim and her team are amazing. We were floored by their attention to detail and ability to make our vision come to life. On top of everything, they handled everything from interviewing vendors to the smallest details on the day of our wedding. We could not have been happier with Runaway Bride. We only hope they create a Bar Mitzvah division so we can work with Kim again one day!
Thanks for the kind words! It was an honor to have been part of your special day..... ❤️
Kimberly and Araceli made our wedding the relaxing, fun, carefree event we always hoped for. Throughout the planning process, they were on top of it and really let us enjoy what is normally a stressful part of the process. It was such a relief to rock up to our hotel and have them there prepared with a detailed plan. They took questions from guests and made sure we were left just to enjoy the party. We can't thank them enough for creating what was truly the best day of our lives. The only negative I have to say about the work they do is that you'll probably enjoy it so much you'll want to do it again. ;)
Awwww thanks so much for the kind words, Leah. We loved working with you and Shane and miss you guys already! Please keep in touch. Hugs to you both! xoxo
Do not think twice. We just returned from our daughter's wedding at Banyan Tree, Riviera Maya, Mexico. With a total of 5 different events, each one was flawless and even exceeded our dreams. Our 200 guests told us they have never experienced anything like it and will never forget it. From the second we hired Kimberly, she worked tirelessly to give us the best advice, negotiate the very best terms with all of our vendors, and produce an indescribable weekend of events. Not only is Kimberly and her crew in Mexico, headed by Xanath Banuelos, knowledgeable and competent, they are warm and empathetic, tireless, funny, and kind. I have been part of the event industry myself for 17 years and am a tough critic. It was the best week of my life. Hire Kimberly and her staff immediately.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Mona! It was a true pleasure to work with all of you. Thank you so very much for allowing RAB to be part of such a special event. We enjoyed every second of it!!!! Wishing Lacey and Justin a lifetime of happiness together! xoxo
The Runaway Bride Team is incredible! I recently had my wedding in Rivera Maya, at Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Kimberly and her team put together the most incredible wedding weekend. There were 5 events throughout the weekend, each one was truly perfect and better than the next. I spoke with Kimberly (and Xanath!) for months. I am from NYC and being so far away from the wedding location can feel confusing at times. No need to ever feel worried or concerned about anything, these ladies are true professionals AND perfectionists. They made sure every single detail was covered and executed in a way that was beyond my expectations. Even though we were planning for months and I knew what was scheduled for the weekend when I actually got to the events I was completely taken back and lost for words at what these amazing girls put together. From the moment we landed in Mexico everything was taken care of. We had 194 guests travel from NYC, Miami, California, & Chicago and there was never a moment of chaos. Our guests had the most incredible weekend and were also blown away by the RAB staff and the weekend they planned. I can honestly say I miss speaking to Kimberly all of the time! She is calm, organized, and easy to work with. She works extremely hard to get you what you want while being very cautious of your budget. Xanath is a joy to work with as well! You will never see her without a smile on her face, she is very knowledgeable and boy do people listen when she speaks! The girls are a great team. They don't let anyone take advantage of you and all of the vendors love working with them! Liz, Claudia & Aldo also helped throughout the weekend & were a pleasure to work with as well. I highly recommend working with Runaway Bride for a wonderful wedding planning process and a guarenteed magical wedding.
Lacey! Thank you so much for the amazingly kind words. It was an absolute joy and a pleasure to work with you and be part of this magical weekend. I, too, miss our million emails and calls! Wishing you and Justin a lifetime of happiness together. Thank you for allowing RAB to be part of your special day. xo
I can not truly express in words how much I love Runaway Brides wedding planners! I had a destination wedding in TULUM, Mexico and these ladies did a beyond fantastic job! They helped with everything from searching for destination locations, searching for resorts, finding vendors to fit our needs, entertainment suggestions, etc. They were all very polite, down to earth and professional. I even had some last minute changes that I wanted to make, with only a week before the wedding and they totally took care of it the same day I asked. At no time did I feel panicked because they made me feel relaxed and they had everything under complete control. I highly recommend them!
Awww .... thank you for the kind words, Bobby Jo! It was an absolute pleasure and honor to be part of your special day. Thank you so much for placing your trust in RAB. Wishing you and Joseph a lifetime of happiness together! xoxo
Kimberley and her fabulous team were simply beyond...beyond professional, beyond knowledgeable, beyond comforting (especially on the big day), beyond organized, beyond passionate and beyond a doubt, worth every penny! They were involved in every step of our wedding planning from hotel selection (Banyan Tree Mayakoba), our pre-planning visits, budget keeping, decor, vendor relationships and everything in between. They were a firm yet fair liason between us and the vendors and helped negotiate reasonable contracts...their intricate knowledge of the hotel and region allowed for us to really trust their suggestions, as it was quite evident that they have long standing and valuable relationships with all of the right people in the business. This team of ladies is dynamic, organized and just an overall pleasure to work with-they each bring a distinct skill set to the team which really allows for a well rounded and thorough planning experience. Their taste level is top notch and they just get it. Our wedding weekend was absolutely magical, and they coordinated and oversaw 5 unbelievable events (welcome drinks and snacks, beach party, rehearsal dinner and the main event followed by a beach front bon fire with smores and acoustic guitarists). In 4 days I was not made aware of one issue, however minor or major they may have been behind the scenes; the girls handled everything with ease and allowed us to just relax and enjoy the experience. Their creativity and attention to detail is what made our wedding truly memorable-I can't tell you how many people said it was the most incredible wedding/event they had ever been to-and I happen to agree. Pure magic from every angle. I can't possibly recommend RAB enough...we'll be calling them when we're ready to renew our vows!
Lorin, we cannot thank you enough for allowing RAB to be part of your special day. It was an honor and a pleasure to join you on this magical journey for the past year. We're thrilled to know that we exceeded your expectations and we would LOVE to help you and Satoru renew your vows. Lots of love from the RAB team. xoxo
Kimberly Richmond is absolutely world class!!! We had our dream wedding in Playa del Carmen in May, 2016 and could not have been happier with our wedding reception. From the moment I had my first conversation with Kimberly, my stress dissolved away, and I knew that my fiance and I were in the best hands. Kimberly "gets it" - she listens to your vision, is reassuring and kind, has great taste and incredible relationships with the best vendors, and she gets the job done. I'm sure there were so many things happening behind the scenes that I never knew about, and that is most amazing part of it all....she makes the wedding planning process appear seamless. Because I knew that Kimberly and her team had everything covered, I had the luxury of actually being able to enjoy my wedding day from start to finish...imagine that! After having such an amazing experience with Runaway Bride, my advice to all future brides out there is to get the best planner that you can afford - you will not regret it. And if you are having a destination wedding, Runaway Bride is best in class without a doubt.
Awwwww .... thanks so much, Kathy! It was an absolute pleasure working with you and Phil. We are thrilled that you were so happy with RAB's services and thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your special day. We wish you both a lifetime of happily ever after! xoxo
Kimberly and the Runaway Bride team is absolutely incredible. Beginning with our wedding venue selection trip in Mexico the team was there from the start. We toured about 10 venues in 2 days and I couldn't imagine a better team to guide us through our decision making process. Their patience and constant upbeat and positive attitude made the best first impression and we knew we were in good hands from there on out. Kimberly was incredible negotiating with the vendors and venue to make sure we were getting the most for our budget. She knew exactly what to ask for and how to ask for it, something I had no idea how to tackle on my own! A few months later we headed down to Mexico for our pre-planning trip where the team coordinated every single detail, including having all the vendors come to us at the resort! We felt so special that entire weekend and knew that this was only a preview to what we already knew would be a fairytale wedding. After countless phone calls, emails and Skype conferences, the big weekend arrived and from the moment we arrived the RAB team was there to take care of everything. One thing that was incredibly important to us was that we wanted to enjoy vacation aspect of our wedding and the team truly made that happen. After one brief meeting, my (now) husband and I were free to enjoy the amazing fact that all of our family and friends were together in paradise! From the welcome party the day before the wedding to the big day itself, the level of service, calm and reliability was off the charts. RAB and its network of amazing vendors made our wedding the most incredible and magical event of our lives.
Thank you so much for your amazing words, Carolina. We truly enjoyed every second of the planning process with you and Mike and are so happy to have been part of such a special occasion. We miss our bi-weekly calls and daily emails with you. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!!! xoxo
We absolutely loved our experience with RAB! They were a team of rockstars and were crucial to our wedding planning process. Kim stayed on top of our vendors and budget, which was incredibly helpful. And Ary is a total rockstar. She introduced us to the most talented vendors from the beautiful design and flowers to a killer DJ and live music, everything and everyone was on point. They truly made our vision come to life. Not to mention they are lovely people, so charismatic and positive throughout all of it. We felt like we were in good hands the entire time and never had doubt, which through the stress of it all was so key to feeling at ease. I am in the PR and events industry in Chicago so attention to detail and execution are very important to me. They went above and beyond. And our guests were blown away by the details and creativity put into each aspect of the weekend. We are forever grateful for all their hard work and dedication throughout this process and during our wedding weekend. We cannot thank them enough. They are the best of the best in Mexico!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Amy! We were thrilled to be part of your special day... thank you so much for placing your trust in RAB. It was a true pleasure to work with you and Mike and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!!! xoxo
Kimberly and the RAB team are the best of the best. I am a bride from New York City and got married in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and had the most wonderful experience working with Kimberly's team. From the moment we started working together, the RAB team was knowledgeable, warm and helpful! We are so grateful for all their hard work, dedication and creativity leading up to our wedding and during our wedding week. We really cannot thank the team enough for making sure our vision came to life. Kimberly's team is thoughtful, organized and professional - you really can't go wrong. The team takes care of everything from soup to nuts through weekly calls, emails, mood boards and their very flexible schedules. We were not in the same city as the RAB team, but felt like we had their full attention during the year and a half planning our wedding. The team is professional, has great relationships with vendors and their execution is flawless! We always felt like we were able to collaborate and bounce ideas off of Kimberly during the planning process.
We are lucky to have found the RAB team to manage all the details of our wedding week. The honesty, patience and love they put into our wedding was noticed (and complimented) by each one of our wedding guests.The RAB team created the most memorable and fun dream of a wedding week. We are truly going to miss our calls with the super cool team who have become more like friends to us during this process!
5 stars isn’t enough from Kimberly and her team. Wedding planning and the day of is stressful but they walked us through the entire process seamlessly. They were professional, gave honest opinions of vendor selection and were always available. Planning our wedding from the states in Mexico seemed like a daunting task but Kimberly, Ary and Alessio made it better than we could have imagined. The resort was difficult to work with and made a lot of errors but Runaway bride was always there to pick up the pieces and never let us know all of the issues that were present. They always said yes to our requests and made it happen. The day of our wedding we had to change everything last minute due to weather but the team already has a number of backup plans that I was so excited about. Our wedding day was amazing and it would have never been the wedding of our dreams without this team. If you are thinking you might not need a planner, like I did, please think twice. I would have payed Kim and team 100 times more than her fee all said and done because they made our wedding day better than I could have imagined with no stress. That to me is worth more money than I could have imagined. I got to spend time with my loved ones and friends without have to deal with every issue. I will happily refer Runaway bride to anyone who will listen!
Runaway bride is a great company! Kim took care of everything throughout the planning processes, so we could just relax and enjoy being engaged, the creative part of planning, and the wedding day. In addition her negotiating saved us on cost, so adding her services were overall beneficial to the budget.
Our wedding in Tulum was not only the best wedding and reception that we had ever been to, but it was the best that most of our guests had been to as well! We are both avid travelers and wanted to do something different and more off-the-beaten path. Kimberly and her team worked with us to create a truly unique experience that our guests are still raving about. Runaway Bride went above and beyond to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams, even though we had a smaller budget and a type-A groom. :) Having an event in Tulum can be challenging due to the fact that they are off the grid, and the RAB team worked tirelessly to make sure everything came together better than we ever dreamed. From recommending spectacular vendors - our guests are still raving about Dulce - or managing difficult ones, we were always comforted to have them on our side looking out for us. Ary and Alessio were wonderful to work with on the ground in Mexico and such a pleasure to spend time with - we were truly happy to have them be a part of our special day. :)
I can't believe it's been nearly 7 months since our 4-day wedding event in Mexico - I had the most fun there than I have ever had in my life. We had been working with RAB for 18 months to coordinate everything. They were there and organized every event - dinner on Wednesday an Thursday evening, Friday sandwich bar, Friday sunset catamaran cruise and dinner, Saturday brunch and the wedding itself. They organized with the caterers, audio visual people, and decorated for many of the event (every meal for GORGEOUS - Arianna make everything look amazing!). They help the guys plan a jet skiing bachelor part and helped plan other activities and events that occurred even before the wedding weekend started. They were available to us 24-7 and helped us with anything and everything that we needed. They found the most amazing place for us and our group (there were about 80 people who stayed here and anywhere from 100 to 125 people came in for each event) to stay - it was a grouping of gorgeous private villas right on the beach. They also found the company who did the dinner and cruise (super fun!) on friday and the most perfect venue for the wedding on Saturday! For the wedding itself, they found us a fabulous photographers for the wedding , transportation for our guests, an awesome DJ, a wonderful decorator and florist, a great hair and makeup team - every detail was superb! If you need kick-butt coordinators, this is the DREAM TEAM. I had the most wonderful wedding a girl could ever ask for and Runaway Bride was responsible for every minute of it!!!!
I cannot write a review that does the job Runaway Bride did for us justice. Being New Yorkers who are used to getting anything we want when we want it there was a fear that anyone we hired wouldn't live up. Our goal was to not really think about the wedding, show up, have a fantastic time with our friends, and get married. Kimberly was fantastic in every facet of planning our marriage. She interfaced with the venues, suggested vendors (every single one was top notch), organized the rehearsal dinner and transportation, managed the drama, ran the entire weekend's festivities, and absolutely crushed it. She is a professional in every sense of the word. Impeccable taste, always well prepared, fluent in Spanish, extremely organized, and well informed are what you can expect with her. Really we cannot be happier with the job she did as we let her run with everything and had 0 doubt that things were getting done and getting done well. Her and the team (Ariana and Alessio are amazing) went consistently above and beyond the admittedly high bar we'd set. The cherry on top was discovering Kimberly is a truly decent human being who orchestrated a beautiful memory for us in Mexico. Do yourself a favor, spend the money, remove all stress, and just have a great time knowing that Kimberly and the team are running a tight ship.
I cannot stress this enough- hands down the BEST wedding planner ever. I couldn't have been more at ease with this entire process. Kimberly is a total rockstar and she has a fabulous team that helps her as well. I'm quite picky and hands on, yet she knew exactly how to make me feel comfortable. All the details were covered. Not only is she worth every penny, but I would go thru this all over again the same way if I knew I had her by my side. Love her! Meeting her was the best gift I was given.
Kimberly helped plan our beautiful wedding in Cuernavaca, Mexico in April of 2008. It was so helpful to have someone who is so knowledgeable not only in detailed wedding planning (cake, music, photography, flowers, site selection, etc.) but also someone bilingual who could easily communicate with everyone involved in the process. I felt like she was able to fully explain the details of exactly what we wanted so everything was perfect for our special day. She was also great at keeping things within our budget but still very tasteful and elegant. One of my favorite things was how she planned activities for our guests on the day before the event so everyone got to know each other prior to the wedding. She really helped reduce the stress of planning things from the very beginning and it was a blessing to have someone available that I trusted to make decisions so I could relax and enjoy the BIG day! I would highly recommend her to plan your event. Thank you for everything Kimberly!
I found Runaway Bride just about the time I was ready to give up on my destination wedding in Mexico. The resort's wedding planner was unorganized and inefficient and I wasn't sure how all the pieces would come together. Kimberly Richmond and her team came in and immediately changed the experience of planning my wedding. Kimberly was dependable and attentive, and the end result was absolutely beautiful. My husband and I cannot thank Runaway Bride enough for their contributions to our special day.
We had our wedding in the Riveria Maya Mexico in March 2014. I hired Kimberly Richmond owner of RBDW and I had the most perfectly planned wedding. To this day everyone continues to tell me that my wedding was the best wedding they have ever went to and this is a direct consequence of all the hard work and meticulous planning by RBDW that allowed me to be a carefree bride and truly enjoy every moment of my wedding experience. Kimberly went above and beyond in every respect, handled every headache so I didn't have to worry about it and was the best friend you want planning your wedding. I absolutely could not have imagined my wedding to be more perfect.
Kimberly was not just a wedding planner, she was my partner, my left and right hands! Thanks to Kimberly, we had a wedding that was beyond our dreams... and without any worries! Kimberly was a stress reliever throughout the process... from planning to execution. She listened to our ideas and wishes... and always found a way to make it happen, AND within our budget. She was a voice of reason when we needed to make the inevitable trad-offs and encouraged us to make the smart investments. I recommend Kimberly to everyone I know!
Kimberly and her team at Runaway Bride Destination Weddings were beyond fantastic. I selected her because I liked that she had experience both in corporate events (past career) and wedding planning. That combination made me confident that she and her team would be able to cater to my wishes, while also remaining professional and extremely organized. Right from the start she was fun, informative and relaxed. I knew I was in safe hands, and that she would help me to achieve the wedding of my dreams with minimal stress. She had no ego, and really listened and understood what I wanted. She and her team had an uncanny ability to take my Pinterest boards, ideas and descriptions and create events that not only met my expectations, but often surpassed what I thought was possible. I had so much confidence in Kimberly and her team that I completely signed off the week of the wedding and let her call all of the last minute shots (so I could enjoy the wedding) and she did not disappoint. She made all the right decisions and tweaks. She did such an amazing job that I literally gasped with joy the moment I saw the wedding ceremony setting. It was beyond amazing. As I reflect back, I realize that Kimberly's hidden talent (and secret for a stress free wedding planning experience) was her ability to manage the parents in a way that was loving and caring towards their feelings, while also respecting my wishes and direction. I had no idea she was so good, and am thankful that she was able to keep the peace for all of us. :) Finally, my wedding was Kimberly's first Indian wedding... but she was so incredibly amazing in digging in and learning/listening/taking notes that everything went smoothly and without a hiccup. (Believe me, Indian weddings can get complicated!)