Q&A with Joyce Gonzalez, Wedding Coordinator at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Complex

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Joyce Gonzalez is a Wedding Coordinator at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Complex in the Riviera Maya who loves helping couples from all over the world plan their dream wedding. 

This month, we had chance to talk to Joyce to learn more about her, her job as a wedding planner, and the lovely Iberostar Playa Paraiso Complex – a fantastic Mayan-inspired resort at the foot of the Caribbean!

Read our Q&A with Joyce below!

Q: How long have you been a wedding planner at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Complex

I have 2 years as a wedding coordinator and I love it.

Q: What is your favourite part of your job? 

When I see the face of the couple saying their own vows and, of course, when the officiant announces them as a husband and wife. I cannot change the happiness that they reflect. For me, that is the best moment because I'm part of their special day and I know that they will remember it.

Q: Favourite wedding ceremony location and why? 

I believe that the best location to get married is the beach. All of our brides come to marry in our hotel for our beach. They see pictures, so they imagine their wedding there.  

Beach venue set up at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Complex, Riviera Maya, Mexico


Q: Must try when visiting this property? 

Our spectacular Japanese restaurant because the chef cooks in front of you and all the guests can enjoy the dinner and the show.

Q: Most memorable wedding moment?  

The "I do" moment.

Q: Best colour combinations you have seen? 

As we know, all of the brides have different ideas for their wedding, but I think between gold and red colours are the best combination because they look fancy. Nevertheless, all of the colours that our brides match for their wedding day looks great.

Q: What trends are you seeing for 2020? 

Most of our brides are eco-friendly and they do not use plastic or decoration to harm our environment. Also, the bridesmaids are wearing mint coloured dresses and some of the wedding dresses are using are more classic.

Q: Favourite wedding flowers and why? 

I love the dendrobium phalaenopsis flower because it is fancy. When the brides use it in their bouquets and matching with other flowers, the dendrobium makes the bouquet look even more gorgeous.

Q: Favourite local recipe? 

Cochinita Pibil.

Q: What are you reading at the moment? 

Pride & Prejudice

Q: Any New Years resolutions? 

Be more aware to care for our environment.

Q: Tequila or Mescal (for Mexico)?

Of course, our tequila!!!

Q: Favourite Drink? 

This is a difficult question to answer, but I think the best one is mojito.



Q: How can wedding clients give back to local communities or support environmental initiatives? 

Avoiding using plastic, shells, or fake petals for decoration. To be honest, they can use different items and I am pretty sure that the wedding will look beautiful. Also, if they have excursions, please do not contaminate our beautiful tourist places. We need to preserve our common home – The Earth.

Like this series? Tune in for more Q&A's with wedding planners at our favourite properties on MyWeddingAway.com in the future!