Q&A with Olga Mantilla – Sales Executive, Wedding Specialist

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Question: How long have you worked at Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa?

Two years.

Question: How do you incorporate the interests of wedding couples into their resort stay?

During the planning process, I get to know the brides.  I ask how they met, what common interests they have and what is the overall general vision for their wedding day.

Question: What specific things have you done for brides and grooms that fits their lifestyle?

I had one couple who enjoyed golfing together so we hosted a welcome reception for family and friends on our putting green with themed drinks.  Another couple came to Cozumel for the diving.  We actually arranged for them to exchange their wedding vows underwater.  The photos were amazing!

Question: What is your favorite part about being a wedding planner?

Creating cherished memories for couples that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Question: What is your favorite part of the wedding ceremony?

At the end of the ceremony, when the bride and groom kiss, you can just see how happy everyone is for the couple.  Everyone is smiling, laughing, crying, and clapping.  It’s just a rush of happy emotions.  I feel like a part of the family on their joyous day.

Question: How does a bride successfully plan a wedding in Cozumel if they live hours away?

We can plan an entire wedding from start to finish in five days.  Skype, email, phone – technology allows us to plan with ease.  In fact, I had a bride email photos of wedding items she liked (centerpieces, reception layouts, the bouquet, etc.)  So I could get a sense of what she wanted. When she arrived for the wedding, she couldn’t believe the bouquet looked exactly like the photo she sent me.  She was thrilled!

Question: How do you accommodate different cultures and wedding traditions?

We are a beautiful Mexican-Caribbean destination but our weddings are customized for all cultures.  Our culinary team is fantastic and can prepare authentic cuisine for many tastes.  One bride from Lebanon enjoyed a traditional Lebanese meal prepared by executive chef Daniel Lentz.  We’ve also prepared Indian cuisine.

Question: Indian weddings are known to have many strict traditions – how does that fit with the island destination?

One of the traditions is for the groom to arrive on an elephant or horse.  There are no elephants on the island of Cozumel, but we arranged for a beautiful white horse.  It was perfect!