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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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    Riviera Maya Wedding Decor Rentals

    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
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    Wedding Decor

    contact Archive Rentals, they are based in Playa del Carmen and have amazing pieces and decor for rental!!!
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    Engaged Over the Holidays?

    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.
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    Wedding at Sunscape Splash Resort in Montego Bay JA

    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!!!
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    Best location for a New Years wedding?

    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!!! 😊
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    Photoshoot near Loughborough lake

    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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    Photographer fee

    Having your travel agent speak with the resort is probably your best bet as good agents will often have close working relationships with the weddings department and can often work out an agreement with the resort as long as your photographer is staying at the resort or at the very least get the fee reduced. If that doesn't work, it may just be a cost that you have to eat unfortunately. Best of luck!
  8. Welcome to the Best Destination Wedding Forum! I am past BDW bride who used this forum to help plan my own destination wedding in 2009. This site is such a valuable resource for couples as they plan their dream destination celebration or honeymoon.

    Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have on booking your destination wedding or honeymoon. Because I am a wedding photographer myself, I'm also happy to help answer any questions on anything wedding photography related!

    Best Wishes!

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    A World Class Welcome at Grand Velas Los Cabos

    The minute you step onto a luxury resort, you're typically greeted with a delicious welcome drink. But when you step foot onto the beautiful Grand Velas Los Cabos, you immediately know this resort offers a different level of luxury. Upon arrival, you are greeted with a refreshing cool towel and an ice-cold drink to sip on while you go through the registration process which is personable, private and seamless. As you check in, you'll likely also notice the check-in area/lobby is quite grand and impressive as it's set atop the middle of the resort where you'll enjoy a lovely breeze. The lobby area is filled with incredible pieces of art and culture and you can also enjoy a complete view of the beautiful property set along the Sea of Cortez. The grounds here are magnificent and impeccably cared for. And just when you find yourselves in awe of what's to come, one of the resort's therapist will give you a neck and back massage as you sit in the lobby -- it's truly the perfect welcome especially after a day of traveling. Once your check-in process is complete, you'll immediately be whisked away by your assigned butler, who is available to take care of your meal reservations and any other needs you might have on your stay. The butler will also show you to your room and explain any special features you can enjoy as a guest, as well as answer any questions. At Grand Velas, you are well taken care from beginning to end -- it's a next level of world-class luxury unlike any other all-inclusive property. 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 Grand Velas Los Cabos, or any other resort/location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: info@wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE!
  10. I have to preface this by saying, I am NOT a waterpark person. I am more of a lounge by the quiet pool or lay on the beach all day in the sun type of person. Waterparks seem like an invitation for complete chaos and children loudly running around -- and I'm a mother of two, so trust me, it's not that I don't like being around kids. Water parks just aren't my thing. So imagine my surprise when I spent a full afternoon at the water park at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico, and absolutely loved the experience so much I spent the next day there too. For those familiar with The Grand, it's a huge luxury resort with a variety of areas to keep its guests busy. The main buildings are filled with several eateries, an arcade filled with every game imaginable, a 24-hour cafe, shops, a theater, bowling alley and a world class spa. If you're the outdoorsy type, there are pools located throughout the resort, including an adults-only pool club and lounge and of course the blissful sights and sounds of the shore and the Caribbean Sea. So there is no lack of things to do here, but the resort's water park is truly a hub of fun for all ages. At the water park, you can float in a lazy river, splash in a wave pool, and choose from a selection of different thrill-seeking slides. Guests of The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun have unlimited access to all these areas. The Lazy River The serene waters that encircle the Playroom give resort-goers a relaxing way to move with the river's flow using the inflatable ring floats at the water park. The Wave Pool With the state-of-the-art wave pool, you can experience oceanic thrills for swimmers big and small. The Water Slide With a collection of pool slides, guest of all ages are sure to splash up thrills and safe fun. The Splash Pad This playground offers a safe and fun way for little swimmers to enjoy water play. The Playroom This indoor playzone in the middle of the water park is filled with amazing activities such as: Neon Mini Golf, a 3-floor Labyrinth, Arcade, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Time Freak, Interactive Sports, Sky Trail, Mirror Maze, and much more. There's also a counter where you can grab a quick snack or drinks if you need a quick break from all the fun. The upper floor of the Playroom is open to children from 4 to 7 years old. Kids under 4 years are welcome under the supervision of a responsible adult guardian at all times. The ground floor is open to children from 8 to 17 years old. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The Playroom is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Food Trucks and Bar To ensure that those at the water park have everything they need and more, the park is also equipped with food carts and a full-service bar. Food carts offering freshly made hot dogs, corn dogs, tacos and shawarmas are available for guests throughout the day - and this isn't amusement park food, the food is made to order and it's delicious! There are also carts with freshly made ice cream, paletas and shaved ice to cool you off and satisfy your sweet tooth. All dining options are part of your all-inclusive experience at the resort, so you don't pay a thing. To book your stay, destination wedding or honeymoon at The Grand at Moon Palace, contact one of the Best Destination Wedding travel agents who specialize in destination wedding and honeymoon travel. You can contact them HERE! or visit the website at www.wrighttravelagency.com - - - About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and I was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world. I am also a mother to two girls, an avid traveler and a destination wedding photographer and writer/blogger.
  11. With so many great destination location options throughout the world, choosing the perfect location for your wedding festivities can be a tough task. But the agents of Wright Travel Agency -- the official agency of the Best Destination Wedding Forum -- are experts on the most popular destination regions and they are happy to share their insight when it comes to choosing the best destination area for your dream wedding celebration. Here are five reason why getting married in the Riviera Maya, Mexico is the right choice for you. 1. You're Looking for a Good Variety of Accommodations for Your Destination Wedding: The Riviera Maya is the gorgeous stretch of land between Cancun and the areas of Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum. In this areas, you'll discover a wonderful mix of simple and affordable and posh and luxurious accommodations -- all lined along the warm turquoise waters the areas is known for. 2. You Want to Be Near the Activities and Action: Most of the region's theme parks and natural attractions can be found along the stretch of the Riviera Maya. From Xcaret Park to Xplor and cenotes galore -- you will never run out of things to do in this region. 3. You Don't Want to be Around City Crowds: If you're trying to stay away from the city life and traffic of Cancun or Playa del Carmen, then finding a resort along the Riviera Maya is the perfect choice. The resorts along this area are like little islands, so rest assure, you and your guests will enjoy the serenity and peace. 4. You Enjoy Incredible Beaches: This stretch along the Yucutan is filled with beautiful beaches to you and your guests to enjoy. So if you have your heart set on a beach wedding or want to enjoy sun, sand and bliss, no need to look further. 5. You are Close to the Big Cities: While you may want to relish in the serenity away from the city, you may also want easy access to the hustle and bustle of city life. If you choose to stay along the Riviera Maya, city life is never too far. Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Akumal/Tulum are just a short drive away. So you have the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds if you choose. To book or inquire about a location for a destination wedding elopement or wedding, contact one of the Best Destination Wedding travel agents who specialize in destination wedding and honeymoon travel. You can contact them HERE! or visit the website at www.wrighttravelagency.com - - - About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and I was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world. I am also a mother to two girls, an avid traveler and a destination wedding photographer and writer/blogger.
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    Marrying the woman I don't truly deserve.

    Congrats on finding the perfect person for you! Love is a journey of patience and time Where are you guys planning on getting married?
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    Hotel Xcaret: What is the All-Fun Inclusive Program?

    it's a great program that saves guests a ton of money!!!
  14. Destination bachelor and bachelorette parties have become more popular over the past decade, and when it comes to an ideal party destination, Cabo San Lucas is at the very top of the list. But with so many resort and condo/home rental options, pinpointing the perfect resort for the festive getaway can be quite the task. However, there is one resort that is truly made for fun group trips and that is Breathless Cabo San Lucas. Ideally Located Located at the juncture of Marina Cabo San Lucas and Playa Medano — the town’s main beach — guests at the 169-room resort are spoiled by both beautiful ocean views and marina life. Every room has a balcony overlooking the marina, which gives way to watching the boats quietly sail in and out of the harbor throughout the day, spotting rays or seals playfully poke their head out of the water and epic sunsets dipping beyond the marina horizon. You can also choose from different room categories from the standard Allure suites to the upgraded Xhale Club Master Three Bedroom suites with preferred club access. The resort is on the smaller end -- the perfect size for bachelor/bachelorette party or a fun trip with friends. It’s intimate feel gives you a perfectly mixed ambiance of modern chic and a fun lively setting. Breathless guests can easily walk down onto the main beach and partake in the fun at the beach’s party-like atmosphere at the famed Mango Deck or The Office. A Pool to Suit Your Mood When it comes to pools, you have your choice of two options. The serenity of the quiet pool, which overlooks the marina and is next to the Bites restaurant and Wink the main lobby bar so you can enjoy food and drinks as you lounge poolside. You’re also close to the 24-hour Nook cafe, which offers quick snacks, baked goods, delicious coffee and other drinks. The other pool, which is known as the party pool, offers a vastly different experience. Here, you can lounge poolside and enjoy picturesque views of the main beach and all its hustle and bustle just down the shore. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a fun-filled foam party at this pool complete with a champagne spray. Loungers receive poolside service throughout the day, including delicious lunch offerings (nachos, wings, quesadillas) served in bento boxes. The Spoon International Buffet is on the same level along with Foam the poolside bar. But what really sets this pool’s vibe is the house DJ, who spins a mix of today’s hits and popular music from the past few decades starting at about noon each day. It’s not necessarily a wild and raucous party atmosphere, but it definitely serves up chic pool party vibes with a lot of fun in between — perfect for a bachelor/bachelorette celebration. Relaxing Spa Treatments for the Entire Group As you relax at either pool, staff from the resort’s Relax Spa by Pevonia will come around and share their menu of daily specials. The spa located on the floor just under the party pool offers a selection of luxurious and innovative spa and salon treatments. The resort also has party packages catered for bachelorette parties that include spa treatments so your entire group can partake in some true relaxation in between the fun in the sun. Incredible Dining Choices If you and your friends enjoy a good meal, you’ll find no shortage of delicious food at this resort. Most of the resort’s restaurants are located on the first floor facing Playa Medano — with ample outdoor seating at all the eateries, you can wine and dine while enjoying the ocean view. The restaurants here offer a plethora of dining options, including an international buffet, tapas and small bites, seafood, Mexican, Mediterranean and Italian food. Unmatched Nightlife When it comes to nightlife, you truly cannot pick a better resort than Breathless Cabo San Lucas. If you choose to stay on-site the VIP rooftop lounge a great spot to gather and toast the end of the day with 360-degree views of the marina and beach. And when you’re ready to enjoy the festive nightlife that Cabo is known for, it’s just a less than 5-minute cab ride to the nightclub zone or a short 10 to 15-minute walk thru the marina where you’ll find shops, bars, restaurants and eventually end up in the heart of all the nightlife action. Here you’ll find the music pulsating throughout the streets from clubs and bars and several small eateries mixed in between. If you and your friends want to live it up and party — this is the place to be at night. From top to bottom, Breathless Cabo San Lucas is the perfect resort for a fun group trip, like a bachelor or bachelorette getaway. For more information on booking a trip to this resort contact info@wrighttravelagency.com 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 Breathless Cabo San Lucas, or any other resort/location, contact Wright Travel Agency at: www.wrighttravelagency.com or you can contact them HERE!