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    I am a former Best Destination Wedding bride! My husband and I are now a destination wedding and portrait photography team based in Southern California but documenting love all over the world. We love working with destination wedding couples! To see our work visit www.mariesamsanchez.com or www.mariesamsanchez.com/blog

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    Changes to Dominican Republic Entry Requirements

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: As of April 2018, the cost of the tourist card while visiting the Dominican Republic will be included in airline tickets. With the new inclusion, visitors of the Dominican Republic will no longer need to purchase a tourist card separately. If staying beyond 30 days, visitors can expect to pay an additional fee upon departure–determined on a sliding scale according to the total length of your stay. Those fees can be be paid at the airport’s immigration section–after check-in and past security–upon departure. There is also a US $20 departure tax required by law, which is always included in your airfare.
  2. Plunging necklines are definitely a modern approach and I LOVE them!!!
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    Going away for brother's wedding :)

    Definitely get a home alarm system, that's always a great line of protection when you are away. Also try contacting your local sheriff's or police station and ask if they do vacation checkups. Many cities will offer this when residents are away for an extended period of time -- basically a law enforcement officer will drive by your home periodically while you are away just to check on things.
  4. If you think Secrets Playa Mujeres as the ideal spot for your wedding vows, the time to book your celebration is now! Say "I Do" at Secrets Playa Mujeres between now and November 2019 and you'll receive several wonderful perks to enjoy for your wedding celebration. Couples who take advantage of this promotion will receive: a complimentary rehearsal cocktail hour with up to 50 guests, including international open bar and chef's selection appetizers 15% off additional guests on top of 20 guests included in the Love or Ultimate wedding package use of sound system and microphone for the wedding ceremony white tiffany chairs for the ceremony and reception for up to 50 guests white or ivory drapes for the wedding gazebo 20% off on all DJ packages The special promotion must be booked before August 31, 2018, and travel must take place between April 15, 2018 and November 15, 2019. This offer is valid only for new bookings at Secrets Playa Mujeres. There are no substitutions or cash value given in lieu of taking advantage of this offer. The wedding date and room availability must be confirmed with resort prior to purchasing this promotion package, which cannot be combined with any other wedding offer. For more information about booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at Secrets Playa Mujeres or any other destination location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE! This post has been promoted to an article
  5. If you think Secrets Playa Mujeres as the ideal spot for your wedding vows, the time to book your celebration is now! Say "I Do" at Secrets Playa Mujeres between now and November 2019 and you'll receive several wonderful perks to enjoy for your wedding celebration. Couples who take advantage of this promotion will receive: a complimentary rehearsal cocktail hour with up to 50 guests, including international open bar and chef's selection appetizers 15% off additional guests on top of 20 guests included in the Love or Ultimate wedding package use of sound system and microphone for the wedding ceremony white tiffany chairs for the ceremony and reception for up to 50 guests white or ivory drapes for the wedding gazebo 20% off on all DJ packages The special promotion must be booked before August 31, 2018, and travel must take place between April 15, 2018 and November 15, 2019. This offer is valid only for new bookings at Secrets Playa Mujeres. There are no substitutions or cash value given in lieu of taking advantage of this offer. The wedding date and room availability must be confirmed with resort prior to purchasing this promotion package, which cannot be combined with any other wedding offer. For more information about booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at Secrets Playa Mujeres or any other destination location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE!
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    Weddings at Secrets Playa Mujeres

    For more information about booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at Secrets Playa Mujeres or any other destination location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com
  7. Hi there!!! I have not visited Dreams Riviera, however, I did a site visit at Now Sapphire and I thought the beach looked lovely. I have a gallery of photos I took there, including a ceremony setup on the beach, if you'd like to see them feel free to message me and I'd be happy to share that with you. As far as Hotel Xcaret Mexico -- it's the area's newest luxury all-inclusive resort but also comes with the incredible perk of each guests having unlimited access to all the water parks, excursions and cenote and ruins tours. It's AMAZING!! I am actually headed there in mid May for 5 days and I will be sharing lots of photos, a review and writing a few articles about my experience here on the BDW site. Here's the article I wrote on it a few months ago: Hotel Xcaret Mexico: Taking The All-Inclusive Experience to a Whole New Level If you'd like to get an idea on pricing for Hotel Xcaret as well as additional insight and suggestions for locations in the Riviera Maya area for your destination wedding, I highly encourage you to contact one of the BDW Travel Agents. They Specialize in Destination weddings. You can contact them HERE! Hope that helps and best of luck to you! Feel free to message me if you want to see that gallery from Now Sapphire or if you have any additional questions
  8. With the opening of the all-new Impression Villa inspired section at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, wedding couples who book the entire Impression Villa section are now eligible for the resort's newest wedding package filled with several complimentary private events and perks, sure to leave an unforgettable impression to the newlyweds and their guests. The Lasting Impression Wedding Package extends a wealth of complimentary wedding events and inclusions to wedding couples who are guests of the Impression suites at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya. Wedding parties booking the nine exclusive Impression suites for a minimum of 4-nights will receive the following events complimentary (inclusive of the wedding couple and twenty guests*) in addition to other incredible perks to the couple and their guests: A Welcome Cocktail Party (1-hour private event) A Rehearsal Dinner (2-hour private event) A Wedding Ceremony (private event) A Wedding Reception (3-hour private event) And a Day-After Brunch Below is the detailed information and inclusions for each of these wedding events: A Welcome Cocktail Party (1-hour private event) • Welcome your guests with an exclusive event on the roof-top terrace of Impression • Private bar and bartender, serving top-shelf international and domestic spirits, soda, juice and water • Experience an exclusive Tequila tasting for you and your guests • Hors d’oevres station with selection of light bites A Rehearsal Dinner (2-hour private event) • Anticipate the big day with a festive dinner with your guests at either the intimate Chef’s Table or the stylized Dragons restaurant – with selection of cuisines to choose from A Wedding Ceremony (private event) • Preparation of the couple’s wedding day attire • Choice of sparkling wine, beer or cocktails and light snacks for the two wedding parties while getting ready • Choice of locations, depending on group size & style desired: Beach, Roof-top Terrace, Garden or Ballroom • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for the wedding couple • Choice of violinist, or guitarist for ceremony (1 set, 45 minutes) • Sound system • White-linen covered chairs for guests • Shoe check station provided for ceremonies held on the beach • Service of Judge, Minister, or Shaman (with specialty blessing for the wedding couple) • Sparkling wine celebratory toast • Floral Centerpiece for ceremonial table A Wedding Reception (3-hour private event) • Private dinner reception at choice of locations, depending on group size • DJ Package (Zoëtry’s preferred vendor for 2 hours) • Private bar with bartender serving top-shelf spirits, juice, soda and water • Specialty wedding cake And a Day-After Brunch • Recount all the special moments from the wedding day, with a post-celebration lunch at the Chef’s Table • Choice of select cuisine options Wedding Couple Perks But the Lasting Impression perks do not just end there. In addition to the private wedding events, wedding couples booking the Lasting Impression package will also receive: • A dedicated onsite wedding coordinator • Unpacking service for the couple, including preparation of the wedding day attire • Wedding menu tasting for the couple the day before the wedding • Delivery of couple's "welcome bags" to guest rooms • Specialty couple's massage (50-minute treatment) • Nightly romantic turndown service for the couple • Private dinner for the couple one night during their stay • Complimentary anniversary nights (stay 4 paid nights or more over first anniversary return stay and receive 1 additional complimentary night) Guests' Perks And all guests staying at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita will receive specialty touches, as part of the Endless Privileges® offerings, including: • Private chauffeured airport transfers • Welcome bottle of tequila and handmade beach bag • Traditional Temazcal steam room experience • 20-minute Thalasso Seawater Experience • Catamaran sunset sail • Complimentary greens fee at nearby golf course • And so much more! See additional Terms and Conditions of the above package below. For more information about booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya or any other destination location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE! Lasting Impression Wedding Package terms & conditions: The Lasting Impression package is available to wedding parties that buy out the Impression section of Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya for a minimum of 4-nights. Package inclusions subject to change without notice. Discount on spa treatments cannot be applied to spa packages or combined with any other spa promotion or offer. This package is not combinable with the Save Your Date or 3G promotion. This package is inclusive of the wedding couple and up to 20 guests. Additional guests can be added for an additional cost and additional cost varies between guests staying at Zoëtry Paraiso or neighboring AMResorts property and guests staying at another resort brand. Included event locations are contingent on group size of 22, changes to size of group will affect locations offered. Upgrades, customizations and additions can also be made to the package through the resort’s wedding coordinator for additional costs. Package must be added on at time of booking. Certain additional deposits may be requested depending on customizations and securing of floral and entertainment. Guests not staying in the Impression’s section can access to this area only for paid wedding events (additional costs apply). Guests staying in the Butler suites can enter to Dragons restaurant only, once per week, but do not have access to the rest of the facilities. If full buy out in Impression´s section (09 rooms) is not fulfilled, Wedding Package cost of $4,499 usd will apply. 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  9. With the opening of the all-new villa inspired Impression Section at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, wedding couples who book the entire Impression Villa section are now eligible for the resort's newest wedding package filled with several complimentary private events and perks, sure to leave an unforgettable impression to the newlyweds and their guests. The Lasting Impression Wedding Package extends a wealth of complimentary wedding events and inclusions to wedding couples who are guests of the Impression suites at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya. Wedding parties booking the nine exclusive Impression suites for a minimum of 4-nights will receive the following events complimentary (inclusive of the wedding couple and twenty guests*) in addition to other incredible perks to the couple and their guests: A Welcome Cocktail Party (1-hour private event) A Rehearsal Dinner (2-hour private event) A Wedding Ceremony (private event) A Wedding Reception (3-hour private event) And a Day-After Brunch Below is the detailed information and inclusions for each of these wedding events: A Welcome Cocktail Party (1-hour private event) • Welcome your guests with an exclusive event on the roof-top terrace of Impression • Private bar and bartender, serving top-shelf international and domestic spirits, soda, juice and water • Experience an exclusive Tequila tasting for you and your guests • Hors d’oevres station with selection of light bites A Rehearsal Dinner (2-hour private event) • Anticipate the big day with a festive dinner with your guests at either the intimate Chef’s Table or the stylized Dragons restaurant – with selection of cuisines to choose from A Wedding Ceremony (private event) • Preparation of the couple’s wedding day attire • Choice of sparkling wine, beer or cocktails and light snacks for the two wedding parties while getting ready • Choice of locations, depending on group size & style desired: Beach, Roof-top Terrace, Garden or Ballroom • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for the wedding couple • Choice of violinist, or guitarist for ceremony (1 set, 45 minutes) • Sound system • White-linen covered chairs for guests • Shoe check station provided for ceremonies held on the beach • Service of Judge, Minister, or Shaman (with specialty blessing for the wedding couple) • Sparkling wine celebratory toast • Floral Centerpiece for ceremonial table A Wedding Reception (3-hour private event) • Private dinner reception at choice of locations, depending on group size • DJ Package (Zoëtry’s preferred vendor for 2 hours) • Private bar with bartender serving top-shelf spirits, juice, soda and water • Specialty wedding cake And a Day-After Brunch • Recount all the special moments from the wedding day, with a post-celebration lunch at the Chef’s Table • Choice of select cuisine options Wedding Couple Perks But the Lasting Impression perks do not just end there. In addition to the private wedding events, wedding couples booking the Lasting Impression package will also receive: • A dedicated onsite wedding coordinator • Unpacking service for the couple, including preparation of the wedding day attire • Wedding menu tasting for the couple the day before the wedding • Delivery of couple's "welcome bags" to guest rooms • Specialty couple's massage (50-minute treatment) • Nightly romantic turndown service for the couple • Private dinner for the couple one night during their stay • Complimentary anniversary nights (stay 4 paid nights or more over first anniversary return stay and receive 1 additional complimentary night) Guests' Perks And all guests staying at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita will receive specialty touches, as part of the Endless Privileges® offerings, including: • Private chauffeured airport transfers • Welcome bottle of tequila and handmade beach bag • Traditional Temazcal steam room experience • 20-minute Thalasso Seawater Experience • Catamaran sunset sail • Complimentary greens fee at nearby golf course • And so much more! See additional Terms and Conditions of the above package below. For more information about booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya or any other destination location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE! Lasting Impression Wedding Package terms & conditions: The Lasting Impression package is available to wedding parties that buy out the Impression section of Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya for a minimum of 4-nights. Package inclusions subject to change without notice. Discount on spa treatments cannot be applied to spa packages or combined with any other spa promotion or offer. This package is not combinable with the Save Your Date or 3G promotion. This package is inclusive of the wedding couple and up to 20 guests. Additional guests can be added for an additional cost and additional cost varies between guests staying at Zoëtry Paraiso or neighboring AMResorts property and guests staying at another resort brand. Included event locations are contingent on group size of 22, changes to size of group will affect locations offered. Upgrades, customizations and additions can also be made to the package through the resort’s wedding coordinator for additional costs. Package must be added on at time of booking. Certain additional deposits may be requested depending on customizations and securing of floral and entertainment. Guests not staying in the Impression’s section can access to this area only for paid wedding events (additional costs apply). Guests staying in the Butler suites can enter to Dragons restaurant only, once per week, but do not have access to the rest of the facilities. If full buy out in Impression´s section (09 rooms) is not fulfilled, Wedding Package cost of $4,499 usd will apply.
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    Impression Section at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bo

    The all-new Impression Section villa inspired suites at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
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    The Perfect Wine Lovers Getaway in Mexico

    A wonderful weekend getaway to Mexico has never been easier now that the El Cielo Villas and Spa in Baja, California has opened its doors to guests seeking a luxury experience on this incredible vineyard property. The El Cielo boutique hotel, which is an easy two-hour drive from the San Diego border, is nestled within immense vineyards, mountainous landscapes and two lagoons. Wine and food lovers will immediately connect with this beautiful hotel space, which offers 5 diamond services, gourmet dining, a swimming pool and a kids club. El Cielo is an ideal location for events both big and small -- like a romantic weekend getaway, family trips, bachelorette celebrations, and special events like anniversary celebrations or weddings. The property currently offers Junior Suites, Master Suites and 2-bedroom villas, with vineyard, lagoon and mountain views. Master suites also include two bathrooms, indoor Jacuzzi, dining area with fireplace and a fully-equipped kitchen. Located in Valle de Guadalupe, this area is well-known for being the most famous wine region in Mexico. Visitors can also partake in various wine tours throughout the area, which has more than 90 wineries and one brewery. For more information about booking a stay at El Cielo, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE! - - - To find out more information about booking your honeymoon, vacation or destination wedding, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE!
  12. So I had cute heels for photos, then cute/dressier styled flip flops for the rest of the day and comfort LOL. But since my ceremony was on the beach, I ended up going barefoot and it was totally fine. Hot sand will really depend on the time and location of your ceremony! Lots of ceremony sites on the sand will also have a runner -- ask your resort planner about whether going barefoot would be a problem, they would be able to give you best insight!
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    Destination Decision

    Congrats on your engagement and upcoming destination wedding! You have come to the right place to plan your dream destination wedding The site is full of wonderful resources, insight and tips from vendors as well as past, present and future brides, like yourself! Definitely agree with what TA Wendy suggested -- contact Wright Travel Agency, these agents are awesome and they will help guide you in the right direction along with offering you the best deals/promotions for you and your guests! Picking a destination location/resort can be so challenging, but their agents have the expertise and knowledge to assist you in the planning process. The contact form can be found on their website Best wishes to you and yours!!!
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    Newbie Getting Married In Cuba

    Congrats on your engagement and upcoming destination wedding! You have come to the right place to plan your dream destination wedding The site is full of wonderful resources, insight and tips from vendors as well as past, present and future brides, like yourself! Cuba is on my travel bucket list, you are going to have an incredible wedding!!! If you haven't already connected with a travel agency to help you with you and your guests travel needs, I highly suggest that you reach out to the this wedding forum's official travel agency -- Wright Travel Agency -- the agents there are Destination Wedding Specialists and would be happy to offer assistance to you for your celebration. There are no fees to use their service. The contact form can be found on their website Best wishes to you and yours and happy planning!!!
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    Bride And Groom Fly Free 2018/2019

    We have a great new promotion for BDW Brides and Grooms! Book your wedding with Wright Travel Agency and fly FREE! See below for more information. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wedding expenses tend to quickly add up, but with the help of the Best Destination Wedding's official travel agency -- Wright Travel Agency -- the bride and groom can fly to their destination wedding for free! BRIDE & GROOM FLY FREE - GROUPS EXCLUSIVE FOR WRIGHT TRAVEL CLIENTS Book 2/1/2018 - 6/30/2018 (wedding date and travel can take place anytime after this period) Book a total of 60 nights or more for your group at selected properties and receive free round trip coach air tickets for the Bride & Groom (up to $1,000 in value). For more information: Email: info@wrighttravelagency.com Or Call: 1-415-839-7511 Featured Resort Brands - AM Resorts (Secrets, Dreams, Breathless, Zoetry, NOW, Sunscape) - All-Inclusive Collection - Hard Rock Hotels - Blue Diamond Resorts (Royalton) - Melia Hotels International Resorts (Paradisus, Melia and ME) - Bahia Principe Resorts - RIU Resorts - Barcelo Resorts - Iberostar Resorts - Palladium Resorts - Karisma Resorts (El Dorado Resorts, Overwater Bungalows, Sensimar Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts, Sensatori Resorts, Nickelodeon Resorts Punta Cana, Hidden Beach, Karisma Villas) … and more (inquire with Wright Travel Agency to see if your resort qualifies) Terms and Conditions: Offer is valid on new Group Bookings with Wright Travel Agency, LLC and applies to the wedding couple ONLY. A minimum of 60 paid room nights) booked in the group block in order to qualify for the offer inclusions. Any complimentary nights or bookings made outside the group block will not apply towards this promotion. Wedding couple to receive credit 2-3 weeks after travel (valid for the wedding couple only when traveling from any US gateway, for a maximum value of $1,000.00 total for both tickets). Customer is responsible for any cancellation fees once airline tickets have been issued. Offer is subject to availability at time of signing contract and receipt of deposit, and may be changed or discontinued without notice. Blackout dates, minimum night stays, room category restrictions, seasonal surcharges, taxes, resort fees, and other restrictions may apply. Wright Travel Agency, LLC CST# 2084813-40. This post has been promoted to an article This post has been promoted to an article
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