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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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`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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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
Tuscany has a timeless familiarity with its iconic architecture, gently rolling hills and sculptural cypress alleys. This region in central Italy is picture postcard material. Golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and pea-green vineyards, all of which, make for the perfect backdrop to a dream Wedding in Tuscany.
From iconic Agriturismo, Grand Villa’s and Castles, Tuscany is packed full of wonderful historical wedding venues dotted across the region. Not to forget the world famous cuisine, and the wealth of locally produced wine. The combination of which, will leave any wedding guest feeling truly spoilt.
Given the amount this region has to offer, Weddings in Tuscany can accommodate wedding parties and budgets of all shapes and sizes. From intimate elopements in characteristic towns such as Lucca, Florence and San Gimignano, to larger events in Villas across the region. Couples may also consider renting a typical Tuscan farmhouse for their Italian wedding reception, with the ceremony itself taking place in one of the many wonderful medieval town halls dotted across the region.
In terms of budgeting for your Wedding in Tuscany, Villas and Castles have a rental fee and wedding receptions start from €100 per person, open bar and vat excluded. Agriturismo, which is a typical Tuscan farmhouse, do not require a rental fee, however, more often than not, you will be required to exclusively hire the venue including accommodation for a set number of nights. The number of nights varies according to the season and is usually between 3 nights, to 1 week in peak season.
Some Tuscany Wedding Venues may allow you not to book all the rooms, but in this case, exclusivity on the wedding day is not guaranteed. Whether offered by an external caterer or by the venue itself, a Tuscany Wedding Reception will start from €90 per person, Inc. Buffet aperitif, a three course seated meal with wine and wedding cake.
Rental fees are not necessary for a Tuscany Wedding reception in a Restaurant. Costs start from €70 per person.
By Italian law music outdoor can be played up to midnight due to the proximity to residential areas, while indoor music can be played until later depending on the venue. However some venues are located remotely enough for you to be able to enjoy your outdoor celebrations until the early hours.
With your guests in mind, Tuscany is well served by two International airports (Pisa & Florence), and is easily reached by road and rail. Guest activities can also include wine tasting, trips to iconic towns and guided tours of well-known art galleries and historical sites. More than likely, your guests will simply be happy to enjoy the wonderful panorama by the poolside of one of our many iconic Tuscany Wedding Venues.
In terms of styling, a Wedding in Tuscany is not necessarily synonymous with rustic charm. Regardless of the venue chosen, as Italian Wedding Planners, we will suggest the best suppliers to create your ideal setting and decorations.
If you are considering a Wedding in Italy and would like to speak with one of our professional Wedding Planners, please contact us directly.
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