@JessicaLK: No problem at all, happy to share my experiences!
I haven’t been to the Allegro but I’m sure it’ll be awesome 😀
I loved my wedding planner, she was great. She really listened to what we asked for and did a very professional job. I think you’ll really have a leg up since you (or your FI at least) speak Spanish. I had to depend on my planner speaking English (which she did very well, of course).
I did choose my flowers, decor, etc in advance. However, I specifcally had a very open approach to these items. I really couldn’t care less about choosing the exact look of the flower arrangements, I’d rather tell them the idea of what I’m looking for and then let the professionals do their jobs. So while I did choose a flower arrangement our of the info packet provided, I made it clear that all I really cared about was the flowers being colourful, locally available (not paying for them to fly in exotic flowers), and they could use their best judgement. The flowers etc were more beautiful than I had anticipated.
If you were more picky, maybe you’ll have challenges? I don’t know.
For makeup and hair I did consider flying down an aquaintence who is the most AMAZING makeup artist. I sort of wish that I had…but it would have been kind of silly. I had the stylists at the resort do my hair and makeup and they did a lovely job. I did not do a trial as I figured that if it didn’t go well it would just stress me out (and who wants to spend hours in a hair salon instead of on the beach). I arrived with a few pics for inspiration (nothing too complex) and let her do her thing. I was very pleased with the results. I decided to stay on resort just to make life easier. A low stress wedding day is a big reason to go to Mexico!
I found my resort was really expensive for a lot of the little extras so I skipped most and sourced a few on my own. For example, we did hand painted maracas for our favors. Instead of spending $8 each (!!!) to get them through the hotel, I spent $2.50 and got them via a seperate vendor who delivered them to me at the hotel. Similarly, instad of spending $5 each to buy fans for guests to use durring the ceremony I bought my own at a market for $0.50 each. Leaving those tasks for while I was in Mexico was a little stressful, but I had help from family and it was certainly worth saving several hundred dollars.
I can’t think of much I would have done differently. We spent money on what seemed to matter most (highest end food offered, good entertainment, kept things like decor, cake etc simple because we really didn’t care). The resort over delivered. I was a bit nervous before I went down there, but once I got there and saw the quality of the resort, I felt like I was in good hands.
I’m a big believe in letting the professionals do their jobs. When I saw how professionally everything was handled at the resort I let go and just trusted they’d do a good job. And they did a GREAT job!