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Laylee Ghafar · Married on 02/22/2020
Hands Down Best Decision for my Wedding
Now, where do I even start this review for Celeste and her team.
I interviewed multiple wedding planners at the beginning of this process and decided to go with Celeste based on her experience, her responsiveness, and the great relationships she has with her vendors. I had two phone interviews with Celeste and she was the ONLY wedding planner who was willing to take the time to explain the pros and cons of each type of venue (on resort vs private venue) and help me decide on what would work best for my wedding and the number of guests we had. She did not try to push me in any direction for her own personal gain like other wedding planners tried to do. I could also tell from her social media presence that she had great relationships with her vendors and EVERYONE was recommending her left and right to other brides.
We did TWO visits to Cancun, and each time I came down either with my fiance or my parents, she took the time to plan out an itinerary for the day and prioritize must see items and decisions that needed to be made. By the end of each visit both my fiance and parents were SO impressed by her professionalism, knowledge of the industry, and flexibility with our every wish and whim. She would take every request with a smile and ensure us that she would take care of everything for us. I was always in constant contact via email and whatsapp with her throughout the year leading up to our wedding and she always responded to me even when I knew her schedule was packed that day!
Come to our wedding week, and Celeste was still able to make any last minute requests possible. She had all the pictures from my vision board and she made EVERY dream a reality. I just showed up to the wedding and everything from the florals, decor, DJ, lighting, furniture, transportation, catering, bartending and everything else was delivered flawlessly and my wedding day could not have been more perfect. I can't recommend Celeste and her team enough. She deserves ten times more credit than she gives herself. Her brides are her top priority and she will make sure you feel that way from the moment you sign on with her and even after the big day is over. Please Please Please do not hesitate to reach out to Celeste if you're looking for a wedding coordinator. When I reached out to one of her former brides they said "Everything Celeste touched turned into gold and I wish I would have let her handle every aspect of the wedding." So thats exactly what I did... and I'm so thankful I did!!
Love you Celeste!!! Thank you again for everything!!
Sent on 03/19/2020
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Laylee!!
Caitrin Snow · Married on 01/25/2020
Caitrin Snow (bride)
Celeste was truly exceptional! She is the person that MADE everything possible. She not only went above and beyond but treated me like her family. She exudes love and passion in everything that she does. The wedding itself was an absolute dream. I would recommend Celeste to anyone. She is a phenomenal person, an artist, and a creative mastermind! She also is an incredible sounding board. She listens to everything you ask and is so kind! I miss Celeste dearly! The wedding was THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.Sent on 03/30/2020
Valeria Villegas · Married on 12/10/2019
She got our wishes, and we made it true!
Celeste was the fourth wedding planner I spoke to before I chose her! I am an easy person but when it comes to develop the best day I ever wanted to be great, I became a little bit too picky. That is why I didn’t choose the first option, I wanted to met different planners so I could take the right decision, I wanted a true partner, kind of an associate, a person I could trust, someone who could give me smart options, not just the most expensive and easy ones, but the smart ones, so I could have the wedding day we wished, with the best vendors options she offered for each piece of the cake, from the lights, to the flowers, the photographer, the video maker, decorations, to the venue, the team, etc etc , I mean, really every single point.
She made me felt safe with her in charge. I live in Italy And even if the distance wasn’t on our side, everything went through just as I expected.
She is great, I really loved her job. passion and her. My wedding day can be resumed in one word: MAGIC!
❤️Sent on 03/22/2020
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Vale!!! thank you so much for your kind words, indeed it was a magical, beautiful day of union! Your personality helped so much and for that I'm also thankful for having you as a client. You are worth a thousand stars. Thank you for putting in our hands all the trust, because as you say, distance was a factor! We loved every minute!! Thank you x 1000 times.
The Martins · Married on 06/08/2019
Wedding Fairy Godmother!
We had the time of our lives and months later, our family & friends still can not stop telling us how our wedding was the most beautiful and most fun wedding they have EVER been to... and it all wouldn't have been possible without Celeste. She is EVERYTHING. She genuinely cares about making your day one to remember. Her kind heart and passion to work hard are just beyond words. Right from the start, she will make you feel like the most special person. From the moments leading up to your wedding, to the big day and even after, she is there for you through and through to make sure you stay stress-free and the day is exactly how you envisioned it. Her decor is magic. Her attention to detail is a dream. She's beyond reliable, patient, and efficient. I never felt like I was waiting around for her response to my e-mails and questions. Even after I changed my vision a dozen times, she was always there to listen, take the time to hear what I wanted and help make sense of the craziness and my indecisiveness. You can really count on her to have EVERYTHING under control for you. Finest Playa is a magical place and Celeste is the wedding fairy godmother EVERY bride dreams of.Sent on 09/08/2019
Brooke Corbett · Married on 04/27/2019
4/27/19 Wedding Review
We used Wedding in Riviera Maya for our destination wedding at Finest Playa Mujeres on 4/27/19. Services we used included planning/coordinator, flowers, and decor. Celeste was not only a pleasure to work with, but she was so responsive, organized, and beyond helpful. She truly made our wedding a dream come true. The bouquets and centerpieces were beautiful, the wedding decor was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, and the whole day went so smoothly. By using Celeste, we were so much less stressed with the destination wedding planning process. It was also awesome that she was able to easily communicate with the resort when needed. I would highly recommend Wedding in Riviera Maya over and over again.Sent on 05/16/2019
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:I couldn't be more honored if you please repeat your wedding over and over again!!! It was such a pleasure to work with you
Alina Lyamets · Married on 04/16/2019
Celeste made the entire wedding process stress free
Not only was our decor absolutely stunning but Celeste made the entire wedding planning process a stress free experience. She was always just a text away, answered all questions, communicated with our hotel on our behalf and much more. She is an angel!Sent on 09/03/2019
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Alina!!
Megan · Married on 01/27/2018
Celeste and her team are the best of the best. I had a wedding coordinator through our resort, but a friend highly recommended that we hire Celeste as well. I am BEYOND thankful that I did. The service that she provides is top notch. She has a very calming presence, is extremely organized, and was always on top of things. I did not have to worry about a single thing... even when it started raining right after our ceremony. Celeste and her team are a must for your dream wedding in Mexico!Sent on 06/12/2018
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Thank you so much for putting such a special day in our hands and with such short time, remember!!
Courtney · Married on 07/09/2017
I found Celeste through a Cancun Brides facebook group and immediately fell in love. The most difficult thing about planning a destination wedding is the slow communication with resort wedding coordinators. Celeste reached out to me within 24 hours of me contacting her and wanted a PHONE CALL! I was so relieved. I was SO over going and back and forth via e-mail with my resort coordinator. Celeste ask lots of questions to get an understanding of what I needed and my wedding vision. She then gave me her phone number and was always available via text to discuss all things wedding. She was familiar with my resort and would answer questions in minutes when it was previously taking weeks and even months to get answers. Fast forward to my wedding day where every single details was perfect and amazing and exactly as I had imagined it. Celeste allowed me to do what I had always envisioned at a cheaper cost that the resort was offering and she took ALL the stress and craziness out of planning. I can truly say I wouldn't have been able to do it without her and she is now a lifelong friend. She was a dream to work with and I would recommend her to anyone! Keep sharing your heart with others Celeste because you are incredible!Sent on 08/15/2017
Jade · Married on 06/30/2017
If I could give more stars I would!! She goes above and beyond and does so much more than just plan your wedding I would have paid her five times the amount I did trust me you won't regret it !!!Sent on 10/02/2017
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:It was a pleasure Jade, I would plan your wedding twice and three times again :) It was so much fun!! Gracias for all! <3
Andrea · Married on 05/27/2017
Celeste was completely invaluable to our destination wedding in Cancun in May 2017. I found out about her through a facebook group and met with her during a vacation in the area. She was extremely friendly and definitely knew her stuff regarding weddings in Cancun. She helped me choose a site and worked with vendors to make sure it would line up with our vision. From the moment we met, she was always available via phone and email to address comments, questions, and concerns. If I had to do everything all over again, I would definitely hire Celeste and her team. They made our wedding amazing!Sent on 06/26/2017
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Thank you for your sweet comments Andrea, I had so much fun at your wedding and working with such nice persons like you Daniel and your family makes me love my work more :D All the love to you!! <3
cindy · Married on 05/26/2017
When I started planning my wedding, I found the resort to be extremely slow and I found it very frustrating to get answers so I could plan properly. The happy & fun process became a headache. I found Celeste thru another bride, and I reached out to her, it was an instant connection. Celeste became a friend within the first phone call. She was extremely responsive, very helpful, intelligent, and very hands-on. The process became happy and fun again. My wedding was nothing short of perfect.Sent on 07/10/2017
My wedding was at the Finest resort, Playa Mujeres on May 26, 2017.
Celeste was my wedding planner, she handled all of the decor and furniture, and the flowers. She was even able to reduce the vendor fees because of her wedding planner status with the resort.
I could not have had a beautiful and happy wedding without Celeste.
If you are thinking of hiring a wedding planner, look no more, Celeste has all of your answers.
Rani · Married on 05/08/2017
My husband Erik and I had an amazing experience working with Celeste. I felt so overwhelmed and wasn't getting much of a response from the wedding coordinator the resort provided, so I decided to hire an outside wedding coordinator. I had heard fabulous things about Celeste from other brides that had used her services in the past, so I decided to call and book her, and that was hands down the best decision I made. As soon as I spoke with Celeste it felt like so much weight was lifted off of my shoulders. She was so willing to go out of her way to make our day very special and we still keep in touch. She genuinely cares about her clients and will go above and beyond to meet your needs. You will have NOTHING to worry about if you choose to hire Celeste. You will be in great hands!Sent on 07/19/2017
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Thank you very much! i feel so proud and happy I had with you, it was a great pleasure to meet you and party with you as well for a few minutes. Im happy you felt your wedding went smoother on the process. Thanks for encouraging me with your nice words, XOXO, Sincerely, Celeste.
Jamie · Married on 05/06/2017
From the day we met with Celest at Wedding In Riviera Maya she understood our wedding day vision and maintained that focus for the entire year of planning our special day. There was in instant connection with Celest in our initial meeting and our personalities meshed very well. We walked away from that meeting feeling confident that we would be well taken care of. Our instincts proved right and we couldn’t have asked for a better Wedding Planner!Sent on 06/16/2017
David and I were seriously fortunate to have found Celest at the beginning of planning our wedding in Mexico. Celest truly is the best!! She made the wedding planning process stress free and smooth sailing. I am so blessed to have had her as a wedding planner and pulling off our special day. Everything was beautiful and we received so many compliments on our wedding and it was all because Celest put everything together perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding planner, she knows what she is doing. I would definitely recommend her to anyone in need of a wedding planner, and if I had to rate her from 1 to 10...it would be a 20! Whenever we needed something or had a question, she always was responsive and quick. She was always professional and answered my text no matter the time of day. If I woke up at 3:00 am with a sudden thought, she had an answer back to me by 6:00am. I don’t know when she gets any sleep. Celest went above and beyond the call of duty many, many times. She understood our vision and it turned out better than I could have imagined. Celest also added special touches to our event, that I would never have thought of but because of her expertise she managed to pull off perfectly. She was able to work with our budget and keep us on track spending wisely.
When I hired Celest I was looking for a planner but by the end of this whole process I have now gained a friend for life. Thank you so much Celest!! Again, I would highly recommend her to any engaged couple!
David & Jamie Farrell May 6, 2017
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Jamie, thanks so much for everything, we are definitely friends for life and if you celebrate your next anniversaries with David I want to be part of them, and cry again!!! The energy of you guys together is what made planning so easy, love is all around you and you deserve that!! Thanks thanks thanks for your sweet words! <3
Jennifer · Married on 05/02/2017
It is understandable to feel a bit uneasy working with a planner in another country. Especially when you are sending large amounts of money and cannot see every little thing for yourself. I can ASSURE you Celeste is TRULY 100% transparent with every detail in the planning process. I interviewed about 15 wedding planners in Riviera Maya and she was the ONE because of her honesty. She does not discriminate if you have a low budget. No matter what, your wedding day will be perfect down to the last detail. I promise! We had the best day of our lives thanks to her and it could not have been more perfect. She executed my vision exactly as I saw it in my mind. It was just SO amazing. Thank you for the best day of our lives! <333 Celeste you are a beautiful person in and out! We are so glad we met you!Sent on 05/08/2017
Randi · Married on 10/22/2016
I can't say enough good things about Celeste!! When I found Celeste I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed due to lack of communication with the resort (even though they had an on site wedding coordinator, the response time was very long and lacking information). Celeste took away all of my stress. I chose her because of her very quick response time and friendly demeanor. You can tell she really loves what she does and is excited to be involved in your day. We texted pretty much every day and I am going to miss talking to her :(. She actually went to the resort multiple times and took pictures to send to me of the venues. She also worked with the coordinator there and I think he was very relieved to have her help as well.Sent on 11/07/2016
Her fee is extremely reasonable and the amount of money she saved me with her vendors was amazing! I had received estimates from the hotels vendors for decorations and photographers and Celeste's vendors were WAY more reasonable and did a great job!
Her help on the wedding day was amazing as well. Having her there to make sure that everything was set up the way that I wanted and to make sure everything went smoothly was just what I needed. Just a small example of how much she went out of her way for us is the hotel wanted to charge $144/dress for my bridesmaids to have their dresses steamed. Celeste went out and got a portable steamer for us to borrow. It was little things like this throughout the whole process where she went above and beyond for me that made it such a great experience.
Honestly, if there is one thing I would suggest to brides having a destination wedding in Cancun it would be to hire Celeste immediately!! She is the best and I will miss her!!
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Randi! that's so sweet for you to say, I'm not gonna miss you cause we can still keep talking and help ourselves in future projects :D <3 Thanks so much for your sweet words and invaluable recommendation, it inspires me more and more to do this with more heart! I appreciate you had the trust of putting your wedding in my hands, not even meeting each other in person once, it means the world to me.
Megan · Married on 05/18/2016
These lades are a must!! If you want peace of mind, quality, fast responses and to know your wedding day will go as you envisioned these ladies should be apart of your wedding planning experience. Celeste literally planned a wedding in less then 24 hours when the hotel dropped the ball. She provided me with fast responses and made me feel at ease. There were no hidden costs and when the day came everything went perfectly. I highly recommend these ladies and wish that I could work along side them for all my life experiences. Ill miss not emailing or texting them on a daily basis. Your not just another wedding with these ladies, your wedding matters to them as much as it does to you. They love what they do and they go above and beyond.Sent on 06/02/2016
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Megan !
Alisa & Tyler · Married on 03/17/2016
“The Dream Team”- Planning a destination wedding involves so many moving parts and Celeste and her team helped us to execute a wedding of our dreams. She made it easy, fun, and we would highly recommend the Riviera Maya team to anyone having a wedding in Playa Del Carmen/Riviera Maya!Sent on 05/19/2016
My husband and I interviewed (via phone) several wedding planners before making our decision on who to hire for our special day. Celeste won us over by her prompt responses, attention to detail, and the creative & stylish ideas to the table. Not to mention she is super sweet, has a sense of humor & extremely patient!
We had no idea where to start with the wedding process and Celeste took charge and developed a start to finish wedding plan. Her guidance helped reduce the stress with all the decisions and she helped with options, negotiations & selections.. We did all our wedding planning via email and facetime meetings.
Celeste helped develop a plan from start to finish including:
1.Selection of all vendors: With Celeste and team being local, and very reputable wedding planners, they were able to present several different vendors which we could select from.
2. Budgeting: Weekly/monthly budget updates, and handled all contracts with vendors
3.Excursions/group activities: help plan a catamran cruise with entire group week of wedding (one highlight of the trip!)
4. Rehearsal dinner: Presented rehearsal dinner options, menu selection, and reservations.
5. Day of coordination: onsite day of, coordinating vendors and execution day of
6. A memory that will not be topped.
I cannot tell you how many hours Celeste & team put into creating our dream day, and we are forever grateful for them! They went above and beyond to make sure everything came together perfectly.
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:You guys are awesome, thanks so much for your review, you went through every detail too and it brought me back to our calls and emails and the great day! You will be great together for ever if you always flow like you did during the planning, thanks for such important learning you gave us during this time :D xoxo
María · Married on 01/16/2016
Celeste was the best thing that ever happened to me, after a very bad previews wedding planning experience (I had to terminate my contract with my previous planner, for bad service and lies) Celeste litteraly took me in, I was short in budget but she saw I was desperate, so she helped me! What a great turn around was planning my wedding!! the final outcome was of course beautiful, my wedding was everything I dreamed Celeste went the extra mile, she helped with things that weren't even her responsability and was very flexible and supportive :) we even became great friends and still talk to each other after the wedding! totally recommend her!Sent on 02/15/2016
Ana · Married on 05/30/2015
Celeste helped us plan our destination wedding at the Nizuc Resort in Cancun. She was incredibly responsive and helpful in finding vendors and coordinating our plans. We chose the venue and then Celeste helped us with all our key vendors (photography, video, lights/sound/DJ/, flowers, etc.) She helped us communicate with the staff at our venue as well and was involved in planning pretty much everything except for our invitations and attire as we did all that in the US. She has excellent taste and although we knew the general style of decor we wanted she added her own ideas and flair and helped us achieve the look we wanted. She even went as far as to create beautiful place cards for us with seashells for our rehearsal dinner( even though this wasn't something we had expected her to do). She is extremely friendly and well connected and we really enjoyed having her help us plan our wedding and having her there on the day of. We would 100% recommend her and really believe she was essential in making our dream wedding happen. Through the 10 month process of wedding planning with us she became a friend and we have kept in touch since the wedding.Sent on 02/12/2016
User6573588 · 2+ years ago
Celeste was an absolute diamond. Very quick responses to all our questions. Very professional service. Our wedding would not have been perfect without Celeste Aviles. Thank you for all your hard work. If you need a wedding planner please be in touch with Celeste. We got married in in Riviera Maya. 2015.Sent on 04/08/2016
Danielle · Married on 04/08/2015
I would not hesitate to book Celeste! Our wedding was absolute perfection and we could not have done it without her incredible support. Organising a wedding in Mexico from Australia was proving difficult. There was a lack of communication and MASSIVE time delays getting information from vendors. Once we found Celeste the process was EASY! All questions were answered very quickly without delay! The service provided once we arrived in Mexico exceeded expectations!Sent on 04/17/2016
I am SO glad we decided on a private venue - rather than at a resort! It was very special and we didn't need to compromise on anything! The wedding had everything we wanted and we were not required to plan our wedding from a "hotel menu".
I would recommend anyone planning a wedding in Mexico to utilise Celeste's services! I wish we could do it all again!
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Danielle amd David you gorgeous! I would plan your wedding 10 times more and would have the same fun doing it, lovely couples like yours deserve the very best, thanks so much for your review! Xoxo
Ana · Married on 11/06/2014
I consider myself a extremely picky girl, Celeste exceeded my expectations and made everything beyond wonderful. Is really hard to plan a wedding from another country, but she made everything a wonderful experience.Sent on 03/14/2016
Farrah · Married on 11/03/2014
Celeste was such an awesome wedding planner! Planning a destination wedding in Mexico, we were a little anxious since we weren't familiar at all with the area. It was a relief to have such a great local resource I could rely on to pull together all the details. She was able to give me real perspective on the various venues and vendors and meet with them in person leading up to the day to handle all the planning. We did a lot of the initial planning over email and then we were lucky to meet Celeste in person a few months before the wedding, so we felt really at ease. She spent the day with us at the venue, Blue Venado, to do the food tasting and go over all the details about decor, set-up, logistics, etc... I think even if we weren't able to visit ahead of the wedding, it would have been ok because she has great attention to detail. She spent a lot of time working with each of our vendors to make sure everything was perfect (this includes the venue, florist, decor team, liquor distributor, band and photographer). I feel like Celeste went really above and beyond and exceeded our expectations. The day of the wedding was amazing...we had the time of our lives and so did our guests. I highly recommend Celeste and the people she works with!Sent on 04/05/2016
Wedding in Riviera Maya's reply:Farrah and Rick, you really are amazing! Thanks for your beautiful review, I can't lie when my eyes went wet ;) full of happiness when I read your lines, cause it makes me love even more what I do. Many thanks and best wishes with your life together!
Vanessa · Married on 10/29/2016
Celeste meets all of our criteria of a wedding planner, of being very responsive, a can do attitude, and able to be very diligence in budgeting. Working with Celeste is very enjoyable, especially with her positive personality. The process was very simple and there was no added stress on our side. All we need to do was to send Celeste some ideas, pick our options, and show up during the wedding day. Our event went very smoothly without any hiccups!Sent on 11/11/2016
giulliana · Married on 05/14/2016
you definitively go with this person, they made my wedding went perfect, they also organized the engagement session and it was a great surprise for me.Sent on 07/16/2016