Hey there! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Cristina, I’m originally from Barcelona, Spain and I am the Weddings Manager at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and TRS Coral Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.
How did you find yourself in the world of weddings?
Living in a city as cosmopolitan as Barcelona is, I was always interested in tourism, traveling and meeting people from other cultures. So I decided to study tourism and later I specialised in Hotel Management.
During my career I have undertaken internships in different areas of hotels, from administration to reception, also groups and events. That’s when I realised that I was passionate about this part of the hotel industry. I had the opportunity to manage company events to parties at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel in Ibiza, but it was not until I met the world of weddings at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa that I knew that I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to this.
How long have you worked for Weddings by Palladium?
Since 2012. I have been fortunate to work in different brands and destinations within the Palladium Hotel Group; Fiesta Hotels and Ushuaïa in Ibiza, Ayre Hotels in Barcelona and Grand Palladium Hotels in Jamaica, Riviera Maya and now in this new and incredible resort, Costa Mujeres.
You have really worked in many places! What have you learned from these past opportunities?
I have learned to always try to anticipate the needs for the guests before they need to ask, to listen and understand what they desire and of course, to work under pressure. I have also learned a lot from other cultures and I am passionate about that. And when it comes to my team, listening to their thoughts is important to me; to consider everyone's ideas to improve and thus exceed the expectations of the couples.
Why do you love your job?
Because, simply, I love feeling part of one of the most important days in someone's life. You know that all the effort and dedication you put in, to offer an unforgettable day to a couple, is rewarded by seeing their happy faces on the day of the wedding. That is very rewarding.
Plus, it's the perfect combination of pressure and happiness. Working in the world of weddings has its share of pressure because on you and the team is the weight that everything goes as the couple always dreamed. However, that moment at the end of the day, when the couple and the family are sharing their thanks with me and the team - it is everything.
Wedding office in Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa
Why do you love working for Weddings by Palladium?
Because we have stunning products, world-class destinations and strong values. My team here in Costa Mujeres is a youthful team, full of ideas and passion for what we do, I think that is the most important thing.
Tell us about a memory on the job that stayed with you.
I had a wedding of about 15 people in which all the guests were direct family of the couple - so it was very intimate. You could see the beautiful relationship they had and the love that there was. During all the planning we had a very close and good relationship with the couple, so I already felt a bond with them, and their family treated me with a lot of love during the wedding. At the end of the event the whole family surrounded me and applauded as a way of thanking me, it was very special and emotional.
Do you have a favorite collection of the Karen Bussen Wedding Collection?
I'm deeply in love with the Bliss in Bloom Collection, it's elegant and classic, a mix that always works and looks good no matter what the years go by.
You work in Costa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico. Why should a couple marry there?
Costa Mujeres is a new resort with a unique design and style. It has a wonderful Village Mall, the nocturnal heart of the hotel, where all the restaurants and some bars of the hotel are centered. On the other hand, within the resort there are 3 hotels - Family Selection, Grand Palladium and TRS Hotels - which offer options for all audiences and desires.
The wide variety of restaurants offered among the 3 hotels is wide, exotic and world class - such as Thai, Hindu, Spanish, Argentinian and, of course, Mexican - so you can try different cuisines in the same place.
South Asian celebrations in Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico.
The resort is connected by water canals, so you can move through the destination with on little boats. Also, not to forget, the luxury of having facilities like the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, for tennis enthusiasts or CHIC Cabaret & Restaurant, are things that make us unique here in Costa Mujeres. And when it comes to weddings, we have options to hold all kinds of ceremonies, Mayan, symbolic, civil, same sex, Hindu, Jewish, Catholic... because love is love and we must celebrate!
For more information on Costa Mujeres, Mexico contact:
Toll-Free Number from USA/Canada: 1 (800) 349-6829
Number within Mexico: + 52 1 998 868 5200 Ext. 88161