It’s Spotlight Day! Where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding venues and vendors, and the stories behind their companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce, Rick Martin, the private events director at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
2008, immediately following college graduation. I was hired by Colette’s Catering in Southern California, to operate their (then) premier wedding venue, Muckenthaler Mansion. The owners mentored me in everything I needed to know about catering, wedding coordination, and eventually sales. I was sad to leave them behind when I moved to Orlando in 2012. After a brief time working for another caterer in Orlando, I was hired as the Banquet Manager at Mystic Dunes in 2014, and have been here ever since. I am so thrilled and feel privileged to be the first and last point of contact for our wedding couples here.
What is the best compliment you have received from your clients?
I couldn’t have done this without him, or something along those lines. I am continually and sincerely humbled by every single review and compliment.
What types of events do you specialize in?
Tell us about some of your package options. What is the price range for these packages?
The best piece of advice for brides or grooms?
Find vendors you connect with, including your venue contact. If you connect with your vendors, you are far more likely to trust them to deliver a fabulous experience, product, and service.
Tell us some vendors you enjoy working with and why.
I enjoy working with any and all vendors that are kind, and works with me and my team with the common goal of making the couple feel like a VIP. After all, the wedding day is the COUPLES day, to enjoy alongside their guests, with zero stress.
I have curated a non-exclusive list of vendors that I know and trust, and encourage couples to contact them, however couples are welcome to use other vendors, as long as they are licensed and insured.
Here is what some previous couples had to say…
“I highly recommend Mystic Dunes for your wedding ceremony and reception. Rick is supposed to be your day of coordinator but he felt more like our fairy godmother/ godfather. He made me and my Husband feel so special all throughout the process. He has little nit nacks to help you not purchase so many things. He provided an easel for our picture, our cake stands, knives for the cake-cutting ceremony, chairs, and much more. I know the venue provides a lot but Rick went above and beyond what was asked of him. I can’t express my gratitude. The venue has large windows overlooking all of the greenery.” – Adela L.
“Rick and his team are AMAZING! They made my day as smooth and calm as possible! It started to rain the morning of my wedding, and without hesitation Rick had a resolution, and I didn’t even have time to be upset that it was raining on my wedding! He is so organized and pays attention to every detail! Thank you to everyone who participated in making my day so special!! – Haley C.
“Rick Martin came in with only a few months before my wedding and it was like he was helping plan it the entire time! I was nervous when the previous coordinator left but after our first meeting with Rick, I felt so comfortable and at ease! He made sure everything was perfect, supported me in ways I didn’t even know I needed, and took care of everything during our big day, from making sure we had to food to any issues that arose during, as well as the rehearsal dinner. The venue and food were amazing as well! I cannot recommend Rick Martin and Mystic Dunes enough!” – Melissa D.