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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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  1. This is such a shame, I am really so sorry this is happening to you Well, I would exhaust all sites you can write reviews on -- Wedding Wire, Facebook, Trip Advisor, etc. If you paid by credit card, can you contest the charge since he failed to deliver the product? Also, maybe contact the venue where you got married -- they may have a working relationship with him and letting them know may force his hand since he wants to keep a good relationship with them. It's really so awful when vendors do this to couples, especially when it comes to a day that means so much to them. Sending good thoughts your way that you will somehow get your photos!!!
  2. Couples who book their wedding groups at one of Karisma Resort's luxury all-inclusive properties in Mexico and Punta Cana before the end of 2019, can receive a free Sky Wedding Package if they book their group through Wright Travel Agency -- the official agency of the Best Destination Wedding Forum. This exclusive perk -- a $1,700 to $1,800 value -- is valid for wedding groups staying at one of these properties: Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya, Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun The Fives Azul Beach Resort El Dorado Royale El Dorado Casitas Royale El Dorado Maroma El Dorado Seaside Suites Generations Riviera Maya Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Sensatori Punta Cana This offer is valid for groups of 20 people or more and the wedding location must be reserved and confirmed at the time of booking. To take advantage of this complimentary promotion, your group must be booked at one of the above resorts before December 22, 2019. Travel can take place at any time. This offer applies to new bookings only. Please contact info@wrighttravelagency.com for more details on this promotion. What Does the Sky Wedding Package Include? The Sky Wedding Package includes: A cocktail area with high cocktail tables A Sky ceremony location overlooking the Caribbean sea A Sky welcome cocktail drink served to all guests upon arrival Sky deck cold towel service for each guest during ceremony Sky deck fans placed on each seat Sky personalized printed ceremony program Sky webcam service featuring live internet broadcast of the ceremony The Sky Wedding Package is available as an add-on to the Always & Forever Wedding. Other important things to note: For weddings groups at El Dorado and Generations Riviera Maya: The rental of the wedding locations is $500 and with this exclusive promotion that fee is waived. For wedding groups at Azul Beach Resort and Nickelodeon and Sensatori Punta Cana: This perk only applies toward the ceremony. To find out more details about booking your wedding group, vacation or honeymoon at a Karisma resort, or any other resort/location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: info@wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE! Wright Travel Agency is the official travel agency of the Best Destination Wedding Forum.
  3. Finding an all-inclusive resort that offers a good balance of family-friendly fun and an equally relaxing space centered for an adults-only crowd can be quite difficult. But Now Onyx Punta Cana Resort & Spa passes the test with flying colors especially when it comes to the property’s adults-only section, which offers guests an intimate yet spacious area that soothes and relaxes all the senses. The first thing one notices about this resort is that everything is expertly laid out in that nothing ever feels too far away, including the family-friendly area and the adults-only area. This makes it convenient for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds — those who want to partake in the festive spirit of the family-friendly area, but also unwind in the serenity of the adults section. The adults-only area is framed by ground level rooms each equipped with wonderful private Bali beds and their own plunge pools. If you want to immerse yourself in relaxing vibes — this is the spot for you. Just steps away from the adults-only rooms is the quiet peace of the adults only pool, swim-up bar and the unique island lounge spaces throughout the massive pool area. Large pool mat floats can also be found poolside and are free to use. What I really loved about the pool area is that there was always ample seating and lounge chairs around the pool. If there’s anything that kills a relaxing vibe, it’s having to scramble to get a lounge chair. But that was never a problem during our visit and to top it off, the service around the pool was always top-notch. The servers are attentive and the drinks are delicious. For those who want to splurge a little, you can rent one of the island lounge spaces for the day and it comes with two extremely comfortable Bali beds, fresh towels delivered to your island throughout the day, drink/food service and two bottles of champagne. The island spaces also come with their own private stairs into the pool, so it’s easy to dip into the pool if you find yourself needing to cool off a little. I felt so at incredibly relaxed whenever we spent time at this pool and if you find yourself there long enough, the sunset view facing the ocean is exactly what tropical dreams are made of — the ocean breeze will calm your soul and the view is absolutely spectacular. Now Onyx offers the perfect mix of family-friendly appeal and adults-only serenity. It’s the perfect resort for wedding couples who want to accommodate guests with children, but also satisfy guests who want a relaxing adults-only getaway. And to be quite honest, this resort excels on so many levels in terms of food, service, accommodations and amenities, I'd even consider this property over a complete adults-only resort. Yes, it's that good. Wright Travel Agency is the official travel agency of the Best Destination Wedding Forum. To find out more details about booking your vacation, honeymoon or getaway at Now Onyx Punta Cana, or any other resort/location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: info@wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE!
  4. I'm so sorry to hear this Did you have a signed contract with him? What did he or the contract say the turn around time be? If it is way past the deadline, you have made several documented attempts to contact him, and he has broken your contract and failed to produce what has been promised, you could resort to writing an online review of your experience -- often times, that motivates vendors who've dropped the ball to rectify the situation because it affects other potential clients.
  5. It's really tough when you put your heart and soul into planning your destination wedding and people aren't supportive for whatever reason. I think maybe letting people know how much it will cost for 2 weeks may be an issue -- a lot of people can't take that much time off and I"m guessing because it's such an extended period of time, the price may seem high to her. A good way of presenting a destination wedding celebration is to give rates based on 4 days, 3 nights -- which is typically what resorts will require for a group booking. This way, people will view it more of an extended weekend celebration and the time off as well as the costs becomes much more feasible to people. More likely, you'll have guests who will opt to stay longer and at that point you just let them know how much the extra cost will be. I suggest you talk to your best friend straight up about this and let her know how important it is for her to be there and find out what is holding her back. Communication is key!!
  6. A question engaged couples planning their destination wedding often find themselves asking is, “since we’re having a destination wedding, should we also plan a honeymoon?” And the answer is really quite simple and depends on a few factors. Do you have the time to take a honeymoon? Planning a honeymoon immediately after your destination wedding is a great way to unwind and decompress after several months of wedding planning and all the hustle and bustle of spending the past few days with your friends and family who attended the festivities. If you have the time to spare another few days or even a week to vacation on your own post-wedding, you should definitely plan a honeymoon. Do you have it in your budget? With a destination wedding can come significant expense. But if you can manage to squeeze in a honeymoon, it will be well worth the costs. While you may have the time of your life with all your wedding guests, it’s nice to be able to spend at least a few days with your new spouse to truly enjoy your wedded bliss. Staying at the same resort after all the guests leave, can be a cost and time efficient way to honeymoon. And if you’ve got room in your budget, getting an upgraded room for your extended stay is a nice way to change the pace and setting. Other couples may choose to move to entirely different resort in the area and that’s a way to make it feel like an entirely different experience that sets itself apart from your destination wedding. Maybe consider spending a few days at that resort that you thought would be too costly for your guests, or perhaps it’s a property that you’ve always wanted to visit. For couples who opt for a family-friendly resort to accommodate the children in their guest list, honeymooning at an adults-only resort is a great way to change things up. Where do you want to honeymoon? If your preference is to honeymoon in the same region as your destination wedding or somewhere that is a short flight away, then it will be more cost efficient to honeymoon immediately after the wedding because you’ll save on overall travel costs since you’re already in the area. MOST IMPORTANT: Is taking a honeymoon after your destination wedding important to you? For some people, their destination celebration fulfills the need to honeymoon and extending their trip just isn’t important. And that’s totally OK. For others, a honeymoon is a must and in that case — go for it. Another thing to keep in mind is that the honeymoon doesn’t have to take place right after the wedding, many couples opt to honeymoon weeks or months after the Big Day. It really is up to you to decide. There really is no right or wrong answer on whether destination couples should take a honeymoon — it really depends on your situation, needs and preference. The bottom line is, do what makes you happy as a couple and be it on honeymoon or at home — the most important thing is to simply find a way to enjoy the start of your marriage, together. For more information about booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at any destination location, contact the official travel agency of the BestDestination.com -- Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com.
  7. Many tourists flock to the Cancun-Riviera Maya each year seeking the warm and clear turquoise waters the region is known for. But often times, vacationers find themselves disappointed when they happen to be staying at a resort with less than desirable beach conditions — a rough tide, less than crystal clear waters and red flag warnings spread throughout the beach dissuading people from swimming in the ocean because of dangerous conditions. If you have your hopes set on staying at a resort that will give you the crystal clear Cancun beaches you see in postcards, then Hyatt Ziva Cancun is the place to be. This 5-star all-inclusive resorts sits on the peninsula along the popular Cancun hotel zone, giving resort goers the convenience of being able to walk into town and partake in the lively nightlife, but most importantly an idyllic beach with incredibly calm waters that are perfect for swimming and basking under the warm Caribbean sun. Hyatt’s turquoise waters are truly a sight to see, one that greets guests the minute you walk into the resort’s lobby. Protected by a cove from the tip of the peninsula that boasts the resort’s well known lighthouse, this beach is perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, swimming or simply sitting in the ocean with a drink in hand. And if you’re willing to swim about 40 yards out, you’ll find a sandbar in the middle of the ocean that allows you to stand in waist deep water. If you’re want to enjoy the water but also take a relaxed approached, you can snag one of the hammocks set out close to shore. The shoreline is also lined with lounge chairs and beach umbrellas if you’d rather relax and sunbathe or doze off to the sound of the ocean. Resort-goers can also enjoy Habaneros — an oceanfront restaurant right on the sand that serves delicious drinks and bites for lunch and dinner so you don’t have to go far for a quick meal or drink. On the other side of the resort, vacationers can enjoy a larger beach although the water isn’t as calm as the resort’s more private beach. Either way, when you come to this resort rest assure, this property has arguably the best beach in the Cancun area. Wright Travel Agency is the official travel agency of the Best Destination Wedding Forum. To find out more details about booking your vacation, honeymoon or getaway at Hyatt Ziva Cancun, or any other resort/location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: info@wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE!
  8. First of all congrats!!! Costa Rica is a magical place for a wedding Are you working with a travel agency for your rooms? If not, I would highly encourage you to do so because an agent can often help you get in contact with the wedding department to get that conversation/communication going. I would suggest working with Wright Travel Agency, the official agency of this forum. These agents are specialist in destination weddings and have access to great promotions and group perks in addition to being able to secure the best rates for your group. Best of all the agency does not charge any fees to use their service, but it will take a load off your plate not having to worry about arrangements for travel for you and your guests. Shoot an email over to info@wrighttravelagency.com and one of the team members will get back to you and get the ball rolling for your group and the wedding department! Best wishes!!!
  9. For decor and rentals, I would suggest contacting Archive Rentals based in Playa del Carmen. They have incredible pieces, decor and items for rent! http://archiverentals.com/category/?type=riviera
  10. contact Archive Rentals, they are based in Playa del Carmen and have amazing pieces and decor for rental!!!
  11. The holiday season is not only a time to celebrate with family, friends and good food. It is also prime time when it comes to engagements -- after all, who doesn't want to seal it with a kiss over mistletoe or New Year's Eve fireworks? Did you and your sweetheart get engaged over this past holiday season? If so, Congratulations on your engagement! We'd love it if you shared your engagement story with us and let us know if you've already started the wedding planning process. For free information or guidance on booking a group, wedding or honeymoon at any destination location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE! Wright Travel Agency is the official travel agency for the Best Destination Wedding Forum.
  12. Welcome to the BDW forum!!! If you want to get some ideas of pricing and insight about this resort, you might want to try one of the BDW Travel Agents. They specialize in destination weddings and have worked with brides at this resort as well as several others you may be considering. You can contact them HERE! Best of luck!!!
  13. Welcome to BDW!! First of all, Congrats on your engagement and plans for a New Year's wedding! I would suggest contacting the BDW Travel Agents for this forum as they have a lot of insight and expertise on choosing the best resort/venue to fit your needs and budget. These agents also specialize in destination weddings. You can contact them HERE! Best of luck!!! 😊
  14. I would honestly do some research on photo sessions -- weddings and engagements -- done at your location. Google for photos and if those images appeal to you and inspire you, then go for it! Your photographer will also be a great resource in giving you an opinion on whether it's ideal for photos. If your fiancee's father had a house near the lake a while back, then it's sure to hold sentimental value to your sweetheart and that alone might make it a great spot. But getting insight from your photographer would be a good next step -- he or she can give you some good suggestions on best spots for photos, lighting, etc.
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