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Booked, Planned & Married In Only 72 Hours

How long does it usually take to book a destination wedding? 1 year? How about in 2 years? After planning hundreds of weddings per year, we have come to a very important bottom line: all couples are different.   It doesn´t matter if you wish to book 3 years in advance or 2 months in advance, we have got it covered. There are only so many factors that go into a wedding, to name a few; flowers, food, dress, cake, photographer, venue, colors and decorations. Now imagine planning all of this in only 72 hours, yes you read that right, 72 hours. Not 72 days, not 72 weeks, but only 72 hours! Well, we made it happen and it all started on a Tuesday afternoon. Last Tuesday afternoon we received an unusual request, as a bride was inquiring about availability for Friday, for that same Friday. Now, even though January is a very busy month for weddings in the beautiful Las Caletas beach, which is located in warm Puerto Vallarta, we were lucky to have availability on such short notice.   So what did we do? We got to work! Our amazing Adventure Weddings team did the unthinkable yet not impossible. We contacted our future bride in no time, who let us know her fiancé and her were in town and decided to have an elopement wedding, how cool! Once we explained in a very brief yet precise way of how we would make this work, it was only Wednesday and the adventurous couple had booked their Barefoot ceremony with Adventure Weddings and was already working with our coordinators.   The date and time were set, Friday at 8:00am was the meeting time for our couple to begin this adventure. Our wonderful coordinator had 24 hours to arrange a wedding, a beautiful barefoot ceremony for 2, on a hideaway beach which is only reached by boat.   Flowers & Decorations: As they say, there is beauty in simplicity, and even though simple was key in this wedding planning, beauty was definitely achieved. For their reception they chose wood exposed tables & chairs with white table runners and napkins. For the flowers, they chose an adorable combination of white and greenery, using mostly white roses, eucalyptus and gypso for the boutonniere, bouquet & centerpiece. The bride also wore a gorgeous flower crown made by our florists using only baby’s breath. However, we are sure no matter what flowers she chose, her happiness was glowing at all times.   Cake: There is always time for cake, which in order to match the theme was a naked, vanilla frosted, 1 tier oh so delicious cake with a couple of white roses on the top.   Key Ingredients: Love & Happiness The entire day was magical, their love and happiness was glowing every minute. Not only did we manage this “express” booking and planning, however they made our week by sharing this amazing love story and allowing us to be part of it. We look forward to having many more unique stories of this kind, where only love matters, where we could make a dream come true and witness the beginning of an amazing adventure.   Adventure Weddings truly appreciates each of our couples for allowing us to bring their dreams to life and we can´t wait to see what many future brides and grooms have in store for us. Thank you!   -Adventure Weddings

LasCaletas

LasCaletas

 

Need Help Finding The Perfect Wedding Spot In Bermuda!

Hi everyone! I recently got engaged to the love of my life and just barely started planning! Ive always dreamed of a destination beach wedding and thought Bermuda would be perfect since its only a 3hr flight away. We both have huge families and am probably looking at a min of 100guests. I would love an Oceanside resort however i know mosts resorts require most if not all of the guests to stay at that resort and not sure i want to tell my guests on where they need to stay. Im aiming for Wedding to be in Sept/ October of 2018. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Selena0001

Selena0001

 

Paradisus Cancun Wedding

We have been planning a wedding at the Paradisus Hotel in Cancun for about a year. The wedding took place on May 28, 2017. 120 people came from all over the world to celebrate with us. We had 50 rooms at the hotel. The person from the Romance department that worked with us was Melina Andrea Guerrero Rios. She was horrible!!!!! Words can not describe the aggravation we had all this year and especially the weekend of the wedding. Melina Andrea Guerrero Rios is unprofessional, does not have a clue how to organize a wedding, we don't understand how she got to this position. She did NOTHING we asked for. Melina Andrea Guerrero Rios over charged us for things she didn't do!!!! We paid $3500 for flowers, and two hours before the wedding Melina tells us that she did not order the flowers and ended up just putting some ugly flower arrangements throughout the wedding area not the flowers that we paid for. Melina Andrea Guerrero Rios came in the middle of the ceremony and asked us to sign papers for extras putting us in a tight spot where we couldn't even look at what the terms and conditions of those extras were, forcing us to sign minutes before the ceremony under stress and committing to payments that we were not aware of. Melina Andrea Guerrero Rios pulled out the plug of our music in the middle of the reception and asked for extra $2000usd if we wanted to continue for another hour, when asking her to show the contract where the time was stated she pulled out a paper that had the time in very small print without our signature on it, our signature was on all the other pages except that one surprisingly!!! Worst experience ever!!!!! She made the bride and groom very upset!!!! If that wasn't enough we had so many problems with the rooms. Many of our guests had to switch rooms including the bride and groom. Some rooms did not have air conditioning for three days in a row, one room had a leaky air conditioning causing the floor to get wet causing the groom to slip and hurt his arm. The hotel itself has no air conditioning in the lobby at all, or in any of the restaurants in the hotel, the hotel is built with an open top so that they can have airflow but in Cancun with 100% humidity that's just not enough. Finally after the horrific ordeal with Melina, when we requested to have the centerpieces (valued over $3000) that we provided returned to us, Melina claimed that it's in the contract that we need to pick up the centerpieces immediately as soon as the wedding is over, and now they are lost, (you really expect a bride and groom or family members to start collecting centerpieces in the midst of their celebration?). A day later when we came into Melina's office to discuss the ordeal she had a bunch of our centerpieces sitting in her office, she never bothered to call us and let us know that she found some of them, not even 10% of what we provided. Finally after being told by Melina that she does not have a supervisor and there is nobody above her that we can talk too we got to one of the hotel managers Mario and after we presented to Mario a bunch of the emails that support all of our claims and all of our complaints including the flowers that we have paid for and ordered, his resolution to all this BS that we had to deal with, was to offer the bride and groom two nights stay at the hotel. The condition was that they would accept this as satisfactory, sign away any rights to future claims and not place any bad reviews about what has happened. Refusing to offer a refund for the stuff that was not provided per our contract. Obviously we refused So if you are planning a wedding in Paradisus Cancun I would recommend to think again, and definitely for sure not to work with Melina Andrea Guerrero Rios!!!!!!   In all honesty there are some excellent staff members at the hotel namely Tabata Who is in charge of the pool area and the Coco club beach cabanas and her amazing staff such as Manuel who treated us like royalty.   Devastated mother of the bride.

Ofra5

Ofra5

 

Help! Need To Find The Right Place In Cancun

Hello everyone! So I recently got engaged to the love of my life and just started the planning. However, I haven't picked a location and I'm already stressed! He wants to tie the knot in Mexico and having that we love to party we heard Cancun is the way to go. The more I search the more indecisive I am and my options just expand. I will have a minimum of 40 people and our children present. I need a breath taking resort hopefully all inclusive. Wedding will be in October of 2018. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Agonzalez429

Agonzalez429

 

Excellence El Carmen Brides?!

Hello all!!! Looking into venues for our destination wedding... anyone have any experience with the Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana?!? Any Information would be helpful!! I know it is a newer resort and I can't find many reviews Thanks!!!

LOberg

LOberg

 

How Do We Decide? - Hyatt Ziva Cancun Or Dream Tulum

Hello BDW Brides!!   I am a newbie to this site and I am already grateful for finding it.   My fiance and I got engaged on Labor Day weekend 2016, and since then it has been a roller coaster of emotions trying to decide a location. I am currently a full-time nursing student, and trying to accomplish both was driving me insane. So early on I found a wonderful TA and focused on school while she took the information we shared with her and did some research.   Thank heavens she did, because the amount of time I spent staring at screens reading reviews, looking at photos, and messaging people that had vacationed in Mexico and the Caribbean was overwhelming. Finally, with our TA's amazing help, we narrowed it down to three and then pretty quickly to two.   Now I am torn. With every good review, there is a negative one. Any time I think I find a flaw in one resort, the same flaw pops up in the other. Hyatt Ziva Cancun and Dreams Tulum are both gorgeous, yet quite different. Instead of asking myself which I love more I constantly wonder which one my guests will love more. Which one will have them walking away in awe of what they experienced. Now that I have the costs I still don't know what to do. So here i am, ready to read through as many forums as possible on these locations in hopes there is another bride out there that wants nearly the same things I do that is basically reading my mind and has made the decision first. Crazy??..yeah, I think so too.

ChristinaDuv

ChristinaDuv

 

8 Creative Ways To Seat Your Wedding Guests

You’ve figured out who you want to sit by whom, now it’s time to get creative and make it your own. Here are 8 creative ideas to customize your seat assignments! Personalized Notes As an alternative to traditional escort cards on a table, create a board and pin the cards horizontally. Use a mix of colors and designs that match your wedding theme. A touching addition is a thank you note on the back side. Let your guests know how much you appreciate them for attending and add a cute memory you have with each person!   Frame it up For a creative twist, Maxine & Eric used several picture frames and they listed their guest by table on each one; creating a beautiful display. Bonus: Keep the frames for your house décor!   Incorporate your wedding theme Add elements to the seating cards according to your wedding theme, for instance, since our wedding receptions take place at a beautiful private beach, we’ve had couples bring cute, ceramic coral place card holders. One of our favorites was Jackie & Andrew’s wedding – they used ceramic sand dollars with the guest names written in gold pen. Let it be If you prefer that your guests have the freedom to sit anywhere, let them know with a decorative board and a catchy phrase like: “We found each other, now find a seat!”   Hang in there Some couples bring cardstock with a list of guests per table that we can hang at the entrance of our reception area. Nicole and Nick went a step further and attached a cute, old-fashioned key to each — it looked classic and lovely!   Pick your “SEAT!” For a Wedding in Mexico, a great way to make a reference and get the party started is by greeting your guests with a shot of Tequila while sending them to their seats! The seating cards are perfect to fit on a lime slice and add a little fun to set the mood for your wedding event.

LasCaletas

LasCaletas

 

Having Our Destination Wedding Sept. 2017-Azul Beach Riviera Maya

Hello BDW dolls! We are having our wedding at the Azul Beach resort! I twas highly recommended, by our fantastic travel agent! If anyone wants their information, I;m happy yo share! I would love any feedback, suggestions, ideas, do-don'ts; or any direction from anyone who has had their wedding and or planning their wedding at this lovely resort! I look forward to planning via BDW and sharing and gathering information to make this even more of a dream come true! Also, I'm debating about photographers and outside DJ's. I'm almost 100% certain that we are obtaining an outside photographer, but I'm still debating on the DJ? Suggestions? Best RMV!!

RivieraMayaVelic

RivieraMayaVelic

 

5 Tips To Organise The Perfect Destination Wedding

If you have got the ring on your finger, it's time to plan for your wedding. Destination weddings are all the rage now because it allows you to tailor a ceremony that you have always dreamed of. You have the freedom to keep the affair intimate and private, or go all out and have an OTT big fat Indian wedding.   Traditional weddings offer you the luxury of familiarity. You know everything from the best venues and locations for various ceremonies, to most creative dress designers to trustworthy jewelers. You also know everyone from light guy and décor person to caterer on a first name basis. You also will get reliable, trustworthy and bankable references from friends, family and relatives on every vendor you want to work with. But in a destination wedding you would not have any of these.   While planning your dream wedding hundreds or thousands of miles away, you need to put in extra effort to ensure everything goes according to plan.   1) Choose the Right Location   Location is of utmost importance if you want to pull off a successful destination wedding. There are several factors to consider, least of all being whether you are a beach girl or a mountain buff. Of course that matters, but you also need to weigh the accessibility of the place, cost, availability of facilities, budget and time requirements.   Destination weddings allow you to plan a ceremony that reflects your personality as a couple, as well as your individual interests and preferences. If both of you enjoy adventure and outdoors, you can plan your wedding in Costa Rica, Nepal, Machu Picchu, Kenya, South Africa or Australia. These countries are famed for their gorgeous outdoors where you can have the time of your lives. If you are both foodies, consider the wine country Chianti in Italy or the Californian vineyards. Beach lovers have amazing options ranging from budget-friendly South America, Thailand and Maldives to more exotic locales in Bahamas, Peru, Italy and France.   2) Think About Logistics   If you are planning on a traditional ceremony you will require florists, décor specialists, specialised caterers, suppliers of religious or ethnic paraphernalia like puja arrangements, and of course, stylists and makeup professionals. Finding specialised manpower will not be easy if you are opting for far-flung and exclusive locations. And if available, they will definitely charge a premium. Flying in professionals from your home town again will prove expensive and stressful. So do take these factors into consideration when deciding on the venue.   3) Choose the Right Time   Time your destination wedding carefully in order to not clash with high-demand tourist season or other important events or national holidays in the host town when businesses shut down for extended periods. This is applicable in big cities as well where you will be greeted by empty streets and closed businesses during holiday season. During off-season also you will find many establishments closed in tourist locales.   Check the weather conditions in the location and decide whether they will be apt for the type of ceremony you have planned.   If you have chosen a popular tourist spot, try to push your wedding to the shoulder season (the months just after the peak tourist season). This will help you save money on hotel bookings and travel. If you must have your wedding during the peak season, plan well in advance and pre-book hotels, vendors and venues by at least a year.   4) Get Your Trousseau Ready   With destination weddings, you cannot afford to leave anything for the last minute.   Decide on your wedding outfits and get started with fitting sessions as early as possible. Coordinating bride-groom ensembles, shopping for the rest of the trousseau, deciding on jewelry for various events, and attending to the bridesmaid outfits all will take up quite a lot of time.   As mentioned earlier, the weather plays a very important role in destination weddings, especially if you are planning an outdoor event. Choose outfits and jewelry that will give the right vibe in the natural settings of the location.   Reserve heavy jewelry and traditional outfits for the main ceremony. For all other functions go light and fun, with floral ornaments or delicate diamond necklaces and bangles. They will also help you move freely and enjoy the occasion.   5) Take into Consideration Extra Expenses   Extra expenses occur in local weddings also. But in a long-distance affair it will be on a much larger scale. Scrupulous planning and excellent organisational skills are essential to ensure that you do not blow your wedding budget sky high.   If you are importing everything from florists to choreographers, then mark at least 10%-15% of total budget to cover unexpected expenses. Welcome bags for guests, activities and games you plan for them, local transport, special needs like dry cleaning, babysitting, medical emergencies, and other miscellaneous costs can all add up pretty quickly. Make sure you have planned your budget accordingly.   Also, remember that taking help from a local wedding planner is sensible if you are on a tight budget. This will save you money because planners from home will have to make at least a couple of visits to the location prior to the actual wedding. Local planners will help you choose local and cost-friendly options as far as food, drink and other needs are concerned. If you are going for a planner from home, choose one that has experience organising weddings in the same destination.   Conclusion   Organising and planning a destination wedding is not easy, but if you do it right it is worth every iota of effort you put in. So, get started right away and make maximum use of the luxury of time you have at your disposal. As with every big project, planning is the secret to a successful destination wedding bash.   (Image source)

SwaraSegal

SwaraSegal

 

Top 10 Honeymoon Destination

It is hard to believe that your long awaited wedding day is over and now you are looking forward to rewarding yourself with the perfect honeymoon. It was not easy to make the millions of choices about every detail of your wedding (cake, decorations, music, garments etc.) and you deserve a treat. Every couple is unique and you want your honeymoon to match your personalities. Are you wine appreciators, adventurous souls or beach lovers? Your head is spinning with all the options available. We have selected some interesting honeymoon destinations and hope that one of them will click with you. Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic
It may be a classic option, but who says that classic is any less romantic! It is a top honeymoon destination for a reason. White sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, lush tropical flora and all inclusive resorts will help you relax and enjoy exclusive time together. If you would like to include some activities in your laid back vacation there are plenty of places for hiking, horse riding, zip lining and snorkeling in Punta Cana. Bonus: Many resorts offer special honeymoon prices. Take advantage of the gorgeous backdrop and book a photo session. You can make a fascinating coffee table photo book afterwards that will bring back good memories every time you show it to your guests. The professional photographer Denis Boyko (http://boykophotography.com) will help you to choose the right spot and make the process comfortable and fun. Chile
Thanks to its unique geographical position Chile is a winemaker`s paradise. Famous Chilean vineyards scattered across the spectacular landscape would be the best honeymoon destination for wine lovers. Combine your wine indulging tour with a trip to colorful, chaotic Valparaiso with its art deco architecture and gourmet restaurants. Explore the driest place on earth, Atacama Desert, and the lush green Elqui Valley. Both are known for their crystal clear skies which make them a remarkable star gazing experience. Cappadocia
Cappadocia`s captivating scenery and rich history promise to make your honeymoon unique. The result of natural phenomena and human influence in shaping the landscape over thousands of years is magical. There is no place even vaguely similar to it. Admire the range of shapes of the “fairy chimneys” tall rock formations, visit underground cities and splendid rock-cut churches and experience real cave living in one of Cappadocia`s cave hotels. Quebec Canada
Want to add some French flair to your honeymoon without going to France? Choose budget friendly Quebec. Wander through its charming streets full of history and beautiful architecture, enjoy shopping, fine dining and nightlife. The city is famous for its many fortified walls, a river port with marine mammals, festivals and friendly people. Breathtaking Montmorency falls are another not to miss Quebec City attraction.

JulyHardy

JulyHardy

 

Reasons Why You Want Rain On Your Wedding Day

You'll love your photos   When you think of taking snapshots in the rain, put aside your visions of frizzing hair and stepping your peep-toes into puddles, and instead focus on the photo-op at hand. "Photos with umbrellas can be so cute that you might even wish for rain," says Samuels. "Multi-colored or completely clear, there's an artistic opportunity to take advantage of with rain." In fact, if you fear rain is in your forecast, "consider silk-screening the bridal party's names on the umbrellas so that the photo is even more cute," Samuels suggests.         It'll make for a great story   Wedding day disasters may not seem funny in the moment, but one day you'll love telling your children — or, heck, anyone who will listen — the epic story of how you battled a big storm on your wedding day to your grandchildren, Samuels says. "Everyone loves a good story, and if hurricane winds ripped your wedding arch down or a torrential downpour caused your updo to go south or makeup to melt, you can be the hero of the story that persevered and loved every moment of it, the good, the bad and the ugly."         Your flowers could last longer   You can't wait to see your centerpieces, only to find that when you've arrived to your tented reception, they've succumbed to the heat and wilted. But that won't happen on a rainy day, says Rhae Adams, owner and lead designer of Found in Nature in Kansas City. "Flowers are less likely to wilt in rainy conditions," she says. "Overcast skies, cooler temperatures and humidity all generally make flowers happier than sun, heat and dry air."         Rain gives you an excuse to cuddle   As Nicole Harris, co-founder of One Last Frog in Southern California, reminds us, "rain is romantic." Think of it this way: A light drizzle or a huge downpour will encourage you to cuddle close to your new spouse under the same umbrella — or find fun ways to warm one another up or dry one another off! Plus, Harris says, "the patter of the rain on umbrellas and the windows is the sweetest sound you'll hear, and is a sound that is associated with romance."         You could see a rainbow   What comes at the end of an awful storm? "If it rains and the rain stops, the perfect rainbow backdrop can be created," says Harris. And, she adds, "it's free of charge, thanks to mother nature." Who doesn't love free decor?         You can say bye-bye to that stuffy nose   If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the last thing you may want on your wedding day is hot, sunny skies — the perfect conditions to kick your allergies into high gear and turn your nose and eyes red, says Adams. "Rain reduces airborne pollen," she explains, "so if it's allergy season, you and your wedding party will feel better."         It could be good luck   Maybe in your mind, rain on your wedding day is the worst thing that can happen. A sign, if you will, that you have really bad luck. But, says Samuels, "in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. So whether you are superstitious or just prefer to look on the bright side, think of it this way: Who couldn't use a little good luck on their big day?"     Source: BRIDES ©DreamArt Photography 2010 - 2016. All Rights Reserved

DreamArtPhotography

DreamArtPhotography

 

Photos All Grooms Will Want To Take With Their Groomsmen

The getting ready shot   The getting ready shot. This one’s a classic! Get photos of the groom and groomsmen tying their bow ties, buttoning their vests, and donning their suit jackets. Make sure to capture the groom helping the ring bearer with his attire. So precious!         The Chair Pose   The chair pose. Guys and recliners have a history, right? You can mimic that connection by having the groom sit in a stuffed chair with his guys posed around him.         The Superhero shot   We love it when the guys in the wedding party wear superhero secrets under their wedding dress code, then pose with a few buttons undone to reveal the superhero symbols underneath. If they’re wearing superhero cufflinks, too…even better!         The Groomsmen Pose   Have the guys throw some sunglasses on and strike their coolest pose while the groom does the shoulder-brush attitude.         The Cowboys   The cowboys. Have the wedding party bring a hat. Dress down to the vests and put on your cowboy gear. If there’s a horse available, have the groom saddle up and pose with the groomsmen nearby. You can bring in other props like hay bales and rope, too         The Stunt Doubles   The stunt doubles. If you have a group of athletic guys in the wedding party, have the groom stand with his hands in his pockets or however he’s comfortable while the groomsmen chose to pose, jump, flip, or otherwise try to harness their inner stunt man.         The Party Shot   The party shot. A lot of guys enjoy a beer or cocktail, especially at a wedding. Get a photo of a toast with just the guys, or a candid shot of the guys laughing and enjoying a drink together.           The Hollywood Stroll   The Hollywood stroll. Have the groom take the lead in a casual stroll with his guys. The groom can wear sunglasses to stand out in the crowd and look more “Hollywood.” This is a natural and fun type of photo to capture.         The Smoking Pose   The smoking lounge. Break out the cigars and pose around a card table while you all enjoy them.         The Bro Hugs   The bro hugs. Even guys have to have some tender moments on the wedding day. Capture the groom giving his groomsmen bro hugs. These will be among the best shots of the day, we guarantee it!         The Selfie Shot   The selfie shot. There’s no avoiding cellphones these days. Why not incorporate them into your wedding photos? Have the guys each take a silly selfie and then pose with everyone holding their phone out towards the camera.     Source: Perfect Wedding Guide ©DreamArt Photography 2010 - 2016. All Rights Reserved

DreamArtPhotography

DreamArtPhotography

 

Majestic Elegance, Punta Cana

Hello!   My fiancé and I recently booked the Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana for our wedding next December 2017.   We are getting married at the gazebo on the beach and having our reception at the Steak House.   If anyone could provide feedback on their experience at the Majestic Elegance it would be greatly appreciated as we are a little nervous on having a semi private dinner.   Thank you!

EmilyC

EmilyC

 

Useful Questions To Have Answerd By Your Wedding Photographer

1) Why are you worth the amount you charge? There are many reasons we charge the rates we do, some of which are quite obvious: all of our photographers have many years of experience and many, many weddings under their belts, we offer full resolution images with full reproduction rights, we use very expensive equipment, we edit the photos ourselves – each of the photographers edit the photos from the wedding, their own and the second-shooter’s; then there are the “hidden” costs, like having a beautiful lounge in most hotels we work with, having to pay all the additional people involved in the process of organizing photography and cinematography for a wedding – our colleagues at the Call Center, our Wedding Planners that meet the bride and groom in the hotel and help plan and organize the whole experience etc.     2) Do you shoot natural light or artificial light? Or both? All of our photographers in DreamArt, myself included, are comfortable shooting both. We do prefer using natural light whenever possible and as late as possible, but we also always look for opportunities to be creative with off-camera flash, or complement that available light with a little fill from our flashes. We also use flash to create better quality photographs when there is an actual need for the extra light – like during a reception where there isn’t much light or the light is in all different and weird colors.     3) Do you back up your files online just in case of a fire? Do you have backup equipment? We actually have several backup plans in place at all times. First off, we download the photos to the photo lounge in the hotel the same day we take them. Second, we have a NAS in place in our main office, where everything gets copied to, then there is the Online Gallery, where our brides can actually access and download their photos at all times. We also keep our photos for a minimum of eight months, most of the time much longer than that.     4) Will I get a high resolution DVD? We actually give the Full Resolution images (between 20 and 40 megapixels’ resolution), which is perfect for doing both large prints – we regularly print our photos in 18*12 inches – and also larger or smaller things too, like huge canvas prints or just regular 6*8 inch prints. We also give our photos on USB and online. Both versions are the full resolution files.       5) How do you make us feel relaxed for the photographs, especially when posing? Both myself and all of my colleagues have extensive experience working with people, from all walks of life, and we also have photographed quite a few weddings (I photographed over 150 weddings). Also, we all come from different parts of the world, so, if nothing else, our quirky accents will make you laugh.     6) What is your shooting style? Do you focus on storytelling? We pride ourselves in capturing your special day with all the possible details, storytelling being the main focus. It will be a combination of both photojournalism and some posed shots (especially the group shots and some of the bride and groom). We tend to be as unobtrusive as possible so as to be able to capture all those natural, genuine moments that cannot be posed and planned for, nor repeated. We only take center stage when we need to organize a specific shot.       7) Will you help us with the planning of photos and video for the wedding day? Yes. The most important things for us are for the bride and groom to first, have a great time and not worry about anything, and second for their photos to be as beautiful as possible. Since we live here and know what light is better, how long it takes to move from one place to the next inside the hotels, what can end up taking longer than initially thought etc. we do our best to help you plan accordingly, so that you take advantage of the best places with the best possible light and with all the time you have with your photographers and videographers. It happens often for a bide to come to the interview with our Wedding Planners with a specific timeline in mind or even written down, and leave with a very different schedule after that meeting. We try to have the photographer present during that interview, or at least have several questions and ideas written down by our Wedding Planners and communicated to the photographer.     8) What happens if you get sick on my day? We are very lucky in the sense that we always have someone that can take over if needed. The benefit of working with such a talented team for such a long time (there are around 40 photographers in DreamArt, and we have been working together for the past 3 years, or more) is that if you were to have a situation where you really can’t attend a wedding, one of your colleagues could take your place easily. This is something that hardly ever happens, and it has never happened to me personally.     9) What happens if it rains? This is an important question, because most brides would think their photos and video would be ruined if this happens. This is actually not the case. There are some photographs that can only be done on a rainy day, with rain as a backdrop. We always make the best of any situation and rain is just that: a different situation. There is always a Plan B in terms of where your cocktail or reception will take place, in case of bad weather, and we also I have also offered couples an hour of two of extra time on a different day so we can get photos with the beautiful Caribbean Sea in the background, rather than just rain.     DreamArt Photography is the leading luxury photography company based in resorts in Mexico and Jamaica. In the past years, DreamArt Photography & Video has become world leader in its category with more than 1,000 weddings, 6,000 lifestyle sessions, and almost 250 events yearly, in both four and five diamond resorts.   By Andrei Mihalache Kay English Photos: DreamArt Photography Event Resources   ©DreamArt Photography 2010 - 2016. All Rights Reserved

DreamArtPhotography

DreamArtPhotography

 

Hot Topic: What To Give Your Bridesmaids

Did you know that in Roman history, the bridesmaids dressed alike and formed a bridal troop to march alongside the bride to the groom’s village?! They protected the bride and intervened if anyone tried to bother the bride or steal her dowry. Times have changed a bit since early Roman history, but your bridesmaids will still surround you and protect you (from anxiety!) on your wedding day! You have probably already picked out the ladies who are closest to you. So now, what are the best gifts you can give them to show your appreciation? How about these trendy ideas:   1. Monogramed Gift Bags A great start – the gift bag. Give gift bags for your destination wedding with little goodies that they will need during their beach getaway. Maybe with several miniature things they can keep in their purse that come handy during their trip – like a mini nail file, a Tide Stick, chapstick, sunscreen, a small mirror, flip flops, and necessities like aspirin and band-aids! Make the bag, itself, even more special by adding a monogram of their name.   2. Silk Robes On Trend: Your girls are will be there by your side getting ready (almost) all day! A comfortable and stylish way to help them feel special (and look great in photos) is to give them each a silk robe to wear as they prepare for the wedding. Embroider cute messages on the back like: “Maid of Honor”, or “Team Bride”!   3. A Makeup Bag We know that nothing is more important when you are away from home than a small bag with life-saving touch-up items like a small lipstick, eyeliner, mascara and more inside to “freshen up” – especially on the wedding day. This is definitely a gift that will come handy for a destination wedding. Pro Tip: Go online and order cute makeup bags from a major cosmetic company with samples of the top selling seasonal items and colors already inside the bag!   4. Customized Jewelry Nothing says “everlasting” and “luxury” like a gorgeous bracelet, earrings, or a personalized necklace. If it is in your budget, give a gift of matching jewelry to wear on the wedding day. It’s fun to wear a common detail at the wedding that you can also cherish forever. Customize it with an engraved message or initials!   5. Pamper Them With a Spa Basket There are moments in our lives when we simply need to take the time for relaxation and pampering! Encourage some pre-wedding relaxation with a gift of aromatic sea salts, exfoliating creams and a scrubby brush. There are so many options – add in an organic face peel and essential oils and top it off with comfy house slippers (also pairs nicely with the silk robe!). Give this gift at your rehearsal dinner so they can pamper themselves the night before and show up fresh, relaxed and ready for your big day!   TELL US: What is the best bridesmaid gift you have received?

LasCaletas

LasCaletas

 

Wedding Albums. What Is The Big Deal About Them Anyways?

By Ana Ballesteros.                   We all wish to have a something that makes us relive the excitement of one of the most important days of our lives, something that lasts long enough to show our grandchildren.   What better way to have a tangible memory on hands than a unique Luxury Book, stylish and fully personalized. And all that Made in Italy.         Every wedding is unique and has its special moments and highlights, that is why, I always make one-of-a-kind Luxury Book.     "I truly love my job"     Designing such an important Book is a great responsibility, that is why I put all the love and care as if it is for myself.   The Young Book (my personal favorite) comes in a beautiful box, which can be personalized with a choice of texture and available colors. There are hundreds of combinations to make it perfect just for you. Also, inside the lid of the box, we can write a phrase and place one of the most significant photos of that special day.       In case the couple can't decide over the many color combinations, and if they allow me, I present a beautiful combination considering details I see on the wedding photos, I get inspired by bridesmaids' dresses, groom's tie, bridal bouquet, decoration, theme colors, among other details. I usually come up with at least two choices for each the album's exterior design and the box.   When designing the interior of the Luxury Book, I choose one of the most stunning photos of the wedding, and then I continue to display the photos in order just as that day went (getting ready, ceremony, family photos, session with bride and groom, and the party)           0 comments     In the Young Book, when you open it, the display is lay-flat, allowing a panoramic view (for example, a group photo can be 60x20 cm size), which allows to see perfectly the faces of every single person on the photo.     Most of our costumers love my designs at first sight, and I rarely get asked for a few changes. Of course there have been a few exceptions, but I can say that 80 percent of the times I succeed with the design.   Once the Luxury Book gets the newlyweds' approval, I send it to production to Italy. The album will get home directly from Italy. My greatest satisfaction, once the wedded couple have already received their wedding album, is to know through them that every dollar they spent was definitely worth it. The Luxury Book is truly the best wedding back up.

virginiaherm

virginiaherm

 

Planning A Multi-Cultural Wedding Celebration

Weddings are full of touching and heartfelt times to share with the one you love as well as friends and family. They are especially moving when they involve different cultures and backgrounds. Here are some of the suggestions we have for planning a multi-cultural wedding full of inspirational traditions that will bring together cultures, backgrounds and religions into a party that is sure to be loved by all!   Celebrate Diversity! Enjoy this time of planning! Work together to combine traditions in a diverse celebration that will be uniquely yours! Sharing your culture with your partner, understanding together and appreciating the different customs will give you a great start to a long and happy relationship together!   1.Be Daring with a Fashionable Fusion We hosted a Hindu wedding for a couple and the celebration lasted 3 days!!! We loved the professional henna artwork that the bride and her entire family wore on their hands and feet. In the Hindu culture, it is believed that henna enhances the beauty of the bride – and we definitely agree!   2.Wedding Party Customs Bring together traditions from each background for the wedding party. You can add small symbols that represent each culture on the bouquet or the boutonniere. Or have the wedding party arrive in a traditional fashion. In the Hindu wedding, the groom arrived to the wedding with his family and closest friends in an incredible parade that included traditional singing and dancing. The entrance represented the happiness the groom and his family felt toward the new bride.   3. Blending Ceremonial Traditions In Jewish weddings, the couple breaks a glass together to be reminded of the fragility of relationships. In the Filipino culture, they include a money dance. At our Hindu favorite, they included a Ganesh Puja ritual for good luck. Ganesh represented the destruction of all obstacles. It may not be feasible to include ALL of the traditions of both the bride’s culture and the groom’s culture – but pick the traditions that will be the most meaningful and respectful to you and your family. Most of all – have fun while you plan! Check out the images above for more ideas and inspiration!   On Trend: Reciting Your Vows in a Different Language We have seen this displayed in two ways. One: recite the vows to you beloved in your first language. There’s something so special about saying your vows in the language of your heart and mind. You could also change it up and read the vows to your spouse in his/her language – this version takes a lot more practice!   Tell Us: What is the most memorable tradition you have seen at a multi-cultural wedding?

LasCaletas

LasCaletas

 

Imperial Wedding In A Royal State

Imperial wedding in a royal state   Imagine an artistic mandap at a magnificently decorated royal palace by the side of a pool and as you step outside the palace, you see splendour of eternally changing sand dunes as far as your eye can go. Rajasthan as the name goes is the land of royal kings and that is what makes it a perfect destination for those seeking an aristocratic wedding. We are presenting our 3 favourite locations in Rajasthan to get married: Udaipur: Rightly called as the most romantic city of India, this place is the most scenic destination for getting married. The beautiful lakes and palaces provide a perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. Book a location near a lake or at The City Palace Complex, this is the most affordable location in Rajasthan for a wedding.
Jaisalmer: Known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is a well-established place for weddings with heritage hotels and resorts. It lies in the middle of Thar desert, providing a picturesque wedding environment. Inculcate parts of Rajasthan culture such as the camel ride, Kalbelia dancers and authentic food to make fun-filled evening.
Jaipur: Invite your guests to The Pink City and indulge in a luxurious wedding in a resort or a heritage hotel. You can get the benefits of best facilities and charm of royal heritage in this city. A perfect day time Mehandi by the pool side, a star studded Sangeet and a grand wedding- everything that you need for a dream wedding!

PoonamMayankSharma

PoonamMayankSharma

 

Wedding Decor Inspiration "adoro"

Where the Mexican Flair meet the modern surfaces, as wood, concrete, graves and the mixture of bold color flowers.         The Mexican Mangrove expire and inspire to explore the several ambiances offered by this destination, presenting the diversity of the themes we can reach for a real Mexican Traditional decor.         Skulls of Day of Deads, Mexican textured fabric pillows contrasting with the neutral color cozy cushioned furniture of this beautiful collection.         Text by Gabi Lavor Setup by Canteiro Weddings Photo by DreamArt Photography Venue by Nizuc Resort & Spa   ©DreamArt Photography 2010 - 2016. All Rights Reserved

DreamArtPhotography

DreamArtPhotography

 

4 Steps To The Perfect Ceremony Processional

4 Steps to the Perfect Ceremony Processional   How will you line up your ceremony processional? We’ve created a key for you…   #1: List the Participants First, make a detailed list of participants to include. Make sure the people you both feel closest with, are included. Keep in mind: do not over-do it! The idea is to keep the list within the bridal party and a few family members not to bore the rest of the guests with the processional.   #2: Fiancé Entrance Traditional or Non Traditional The next step is to consider if you want your fiancé to walk down the aisle or to wait for you at the alter. Some grooms prefer to wait for their bride, whereas others want to make an entrance as well — so this is something you definitely want to decide together. Our beach wedding venue gives a casual feel to the ceremony and some couples feel inspired to go outside of the norm — we’ve even had grooms who walked down the aisle to funky music, which created a lot of excitement for their guests!   #3 Consider Pairs or Singles Back to a traditional ceremony… if you have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, consider having them walk in pairs. Walking individually does work for smaller processionals, especially if there are no more than 6 people.   Odd Numbers If you must have an uneven number, have the extra groomsmen or bridesmaid lead the bridal party, walking alone.   The order is up to you, you could have your Maid of Honor and Best Man walking in first or last just as long the rest of the bridal party knows they will be standing from the outside in, that way you and your fiancée will have them standing right next.   Children If you chose to have kids participate in the ceremony, you have a couple of options: If you want each child to have their own moment, you could have the ring bearer walk down the aisle and then the flower girl. Or they could walk together so they can hold hands (this is also a good idea if you have a really young child since, the older one can lead and help to keep the procession going).   TIPS: One of the cutest wedding ideas we’ve seen is when one of the children walking down the aisle holds a sign that reads something like: “Here comes your bride!” Or even a funny phrase like, “Last chance to run!” Which your guests will love and it will also make wonderful pictures!   Or for a wow factor, in our case we have a parrot that can deliver the wedding rings! From our experience this brings a lot of surprise and excitement to the wedding ceremony.   #4 How will you enter? And for the big moment: you, the bride, walking down the aisle. You can choose to walk the aisle with your dad or both your parents. If that is not an option consider having any other person dear to you to be holding your hand in such as special moment. Some brides even choose to enter the aisle alone. Every option is correct and we suggest you to choose the one that makes you feel the most comfortable and happy for your big day!

LasCaletas

LasCaletas

 

Azul Five Wedding

Hello,   If anyone is planning or have already planned and held a wedding at Azul Beach in Riviera Maya please post here! I'm looking to have my wedding at this resort next year and needed a little advance or insight. Any information will be helpful. Thanks

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clarisse86

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