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Okay girls...get your coffee...popcorn popcorn.gif...whatever makes you happy...this is a long one :P

 

First let's start with our airport adventure....our luggage was something like 50kg over weight (did you know they charge $10/kg you're over weight??) so instead of paying $500 we paid $160 and got upgraded to first class where they allow you more weight, feed you like a king, and get you drunk cheesy.gif

The flight was awesome...so smooth and we really were treated soooo well being in first class!

 

Our flight landed at the Cancun airport at around 7pm, our luggage was first off (bonus!!) and we were on the bus heading to the resort by about 8pm.

We arrived at the resort around 9:30pm and by the time we checked in (they upgraded us to a junior suite!! woo!!) and got to our room all the buffet restaurants were closed. They've changed things at the resort since the last time we were there - there used to be snack bars open late, but they all close around the same time as the buffets. We decided to order room service because we were starving (despite having a huge meal on the plane!) and holy cow it was one of the best meals we've ever had - it actually made me glad we missed the buffet haha. After dinner we unpacked our bags, watched a little TV and crashed - we were exhausted after a day of travel!

 

The next morning we had an appointment with the doctor (they have an onsite medical office) to get our blood tests done....rant.gif I don't even want to get started on this, but I'm going to tell you all about it anyway just as a warning for any of the girls who decide to get married at the Barcelo - ASK FOR THE DOCTOR TO TAKE YOUR BLOOD, DO NOT LET THE NURSES NEAR YOU WITH ANYTHING SHARP AND POINTY!&*#@)%*#%

 

I went first because needles don't bother me (John needed some time to work up to his hehe). She couldn't get any blood out of my right forearm, fine, whatever....so she tried my left forearm....nothing there either....so then she tried MY WRIST...like right where that knobby bone is on the inside of your wrist....HOLY FRIG I've never felt pain like that before. Anywho, no blood there either...and when she was pulling the needle out she slipped and scraped it across my hand so now I have a nice big cut across my left hand (I'm sure it looks great in my pictures!). I was so upset/in pain that I started to cry...first time I've ever cried because of a needle. Because I was so upset she decided that she was going to try to get blood from John to give me a break.

 

She said she couldn't find any veins in John's arm...he has BEAUTIFUL veins in his arms...nice big blue ones...everywhere....I'm not a nurse and I'm pretty sure I could take blood from him hehe...so she decided she was going to take blood from his wrist too! It hurt him so much he passed out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He came to after a couple of seconds but it was so scary! But right after he came around she tried to go after him with a needle again...like are you friggin kidding me? After that there was no way he was having them take any more blood! He was absolutely livid...they had gotten about 1mL of blood from him and he made them call the doctor (who was about an hour and a half late coming to work that day) to see if 1mL was enough to do the tests. Thank God it was or they would have had some issues :P

 

Once I calmed down I had to go through all the poking and prodding again, and they finally managed to get some blood out of my right wrist this time.

 

So that was the end of that...we were outta there so fast you wouldn't believe it! I swear they had no idea what they were doing!! We asked one of our guests (who's a nurse) what she thought and she was shocked...she looked at us both and said we both have beautiful veins and she'd have no problem getting blood from us...rant.gif

 

Anywho, on to bigger and better things!

 

After the butcher's...I mean doctor's....we met up with our WC from the resort, Gabriela. This girl is so awesome! We were in and out of her office in half an hour and had absolutely everything planned (and didn't even feel rushed)!! She had big binders full of pictures of everything...different set ups for the ceremony and reception, flowers, cakes, food, everything! And we had 3 awesome menus to choose from for our reception (we chose ceasar salad, a "mixed grill" appetizer plate which was a chimichanga, a quesadilla, a big spare rib, a big chicken wing, and a stuffed jalapeno pepper...it was all sooooo yummy!, then for the main course we chose a ribeye steak with grilled veggies and baked potato, then a vodka infused sorbet to cleanse the pallette hehe and then a chocolate truffle with vanilla ice cream for dessert).

 

All we had to do now was wait a few days until the wedding to start!! (Oh and make a trip into PDC to find some favours for our OOT bags because of that place I ordered from earlier not shipping my stuff! We ended up finding the cutest shot glasses and filled them with Jose Cuervo, Baileys & Kahlua filled chocolates - everyone loved them!)

 

We spent most of our days before the wedding lounging by the pools and greeting all our guests as they came in a few at a time each day (we were lucky enough to figure out about what time they'd all be arriving at the resort and managed to meet all of them in the lobbies as they came in!!). It was so relaxing! I only had one little stress attack and I don't even remember what it was about now so it really couldn't have been that important hehe

 

On the Sunday we met all of our guests (except the few who weren't arriving until Monday) at one of the buffets for a welcome breakfast - we hit a little glitch there but the buffet staff worked it all out for us (one of the managers told us she'd have a section reserved for us, but when we got there that manager was nowhere to be found, there was no section for us and they told us they wouldn't set aside a section for us, but i batted my pretty eyelashes.....and yelled a little bit...and they sorted it all out).

 

Tuesday (the big day!) came up super fast...John and I didn't stay in separate rooms the night before, but in the morning we exchanged our gifts to each other (he bought me the prettiest gold anklet), gave a quick kiss and he left to go to his brother's room. I caught up with my parents for breakfast and then went back to the room to finish up a couple of last minute things. At around 11:30am my WC called to say that my flowers were there and asked if she could bring them up to the room. She dropped them all off and holy cow they were gorgeous! After that my sister and I headed to the spa to get our hair done. My sister's hairdresser was about half an hour late so it put us a little behind, but no biggie. Both of our hairstyles turned out beautiful! Mine wasn't exactly how I'd wanted it, but it was pretty close, and still super pretty anyway! We didn't get out of there until about 2:10pm and we still had to get back to the room, do our makeup, get dressed and all ready to go for 2:55pm. It was a bit of a rush but we did it and we looked hot hehe

 

At 2:55, Gabriela came up to the room to make sure we were ready, and took us down to the cute little golf cart they have for weddings, they have it covered in little flowers...it's too adorable! She let us (I had my sister, mom and dad with me) take a few pictures and then she drove us over to the wedding site.

 

The set up was absolutely beautiful! The mariachi band was there playing some nice soft music, John and our best man looked soooo good standing up at the front of the aisle, I just wanted to run down there and hug them hehe

 

I was able to hide behind a shower (don't worry girls, it doesn't look like a shower from the side the guests were looking at it from...just looks like a stone wall!) so no one could see me before I walked down the aisle, it worked out perfectly. My sister walked down the aisle first...it was too funny because she decided she couldn't walk in the sand in the shoes she was wearing and kicked them off halfway down the aisle (the guests couldn't see them though, thank God LOL) and when I started to walk down the aisle with my parents we had to try and find a way to manouver around them without it looking too obvious :P We had a good laugh though, it helped to kind of relax us all a little bit. Oh and then I realized just about where we hit the shoes that I'd left my copy of my vows in a bag that I'd handed off to my uncle/videographer just before we were about to walk down the aisle...so that was kind of funny too because I think all my guests heard for half of my walk down the aisle was;

 

me: "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god"

dad: "dont you remember them?"

me: "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god"

mom: "can't you improvise?"

me: "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god"

 

We managed to grab them quick before everyone got seated and it didn't end up being too much of a deal!

 

The rest of the ceremony was kind a blur...I was just so excited to be up there!!!!!!!!! Everyone else said it was beautiful though LOL

 

After the ceremony we were all served champagne and then we started our family photos with the resort photographers. They were OK but I felt really rushed and like they really didn't care about the pictures, they just wanted to get out of there. We spent just about an hour with them and then met up with Erick Rodriguez (from Claudia's team) who took us to Akumal for the rest of our photos.

 

I can't say enough about Erick...he was so awesome! We had originally planned to go to Puerto Aventuras to do our photos on the beach there, but he told us that he had checked out Puerto beforehand and their beach hadn't really recovered from last year's hurricane and that he knew of somewhere that would be much nicer. We ended up at Akumal (the dive center & resort). The beach was busy, but he found us a nice quiet spot and spent about 45 minutes with us. He made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, he kept us both laughing and took some awesome shots! His assistant Mike was awesome too - these guys were so much fun to work with!! I'd highly recommend them to anyone!

 

Erick & Mike dropped us back off at the Barcelo shortly before 6pm...we both headed to the washrooms to freshen up a bit, and then waited for our guests to arrive at the banquet hall.

 

We didn't have a receiving line or have anyone welcome the new couple as we entered the hall...I couldn't be bothered with all that stuff...we just kind of chilled out in the lobby and mingled with our guests until we were told that the banquet hall was ready (in the meantime they were serving these super yummy lime slushy drinks...i couldn't get enough hehe) we let everyone go in first and we followed and went right into our first dance and then father/daughter dance. John dances like my dad. My dad is a terrible lead. But it was fun!

 

After we got that out of the way we had one of our close family friends say grace (it was so beautiful!) and then dinner was served....everyone ranted about how good the food was!! I was so happy we picked what we did....even the presentation of it all was fantastic! And the waitstaff were phenomenal...they were so fast and friendly and everything was timed just right! During dinner we had planned to play our own music, but our WC had put in a CD with some beautiful soft music and we decided just to keep that on - it was so pretty!

 

In between courses we had a couple speeches...(me, then John, then my dad and John's dad)...we didn't want everyone doing toasts so we told them that if they wanted to wish us well that they could grab my dad or my uncle and they'd take a video of their well wishes. It ended up working out really well! Especially for those who wanted to say a few words but aren't really comfortable getting up in front of a crowd.

 

After dinner we did the cake cutting (I couldn't resist, I had to smush) and the bouquet and garter tosses...it was so hilarious...the bouquet toss was pretty normal, but when the garter toss came it got interesting. John had a headlamp that he uses when we go caving up north in the summer...he put it on and climbed under my dress to "Hot in Herre" by Nelly...he had put a bag full of things under the chair without anyone knowing and started pulling them out and tossing them over his shoulder one by one so it looked like he was grabbing them from out of my dress. I almost peed my pants laughing. I really hope someone got pictures because it was too friggin funny.

 

Then we had a wee bit of dancing (we only had the reception hall for 3 hours which kind of sucked...but we could have paid extra to have it longer) and we all headed off to the theater for the show. After the show we were going to head to the disco for more dancing but it had been such a long day that John and I just wanted to crash! We left all our guests to do their own thing, but most of them were in the same boat as us and just went to bed hehe

 

That was it for the night (well...that's all I'm telling you at least blush2.gif hehe)

 

We did hit those few minor glitches, but everything worked out just fine and the wedding was absolutely beautiful. I really couldn't have asked for anything more!!

 

The rest of our trip was spent relaxing, spending time with our family and friends, and drinking as much as possible shots.gif

The weather was great, the resort is absolutely beautiful and we had so much fun! I'd highly highly recommend the Barcelo to anyone!!!

 

Sorry for the novel LOL I'm sure I could have written more, but I'm sure I've already bored you enough by now hehe

I've got to go pick up my spoiled brat of a bird and then clean up the house a bit but tonight I'll be back upload my pics, I promise!!

 

 

As promised - here are the pics! http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t4239

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wow - great review! your wedding sounds like it was a blast to be at - i love that she kicked her shoes off half way down the aisle. and i really hope you got john at the garter toss - what a riot!

 

congrats again - and i can't wait to see some pictures!

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Melissa, it sounds like everything was beautiful and you had a wonderful day! I'm so glad to hear that you liked Erick from Claudias team, I hired Citlalli, so its good to hear that her team is good to work with, I've only heard good things about them. I can't wait to see your pictures!

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Okay girls...get your coffee...popcorn popcorn.gif...whatever makes you happy...this is a long one :P

First let's start with our airport adventure....our luggage was something like 50kg over weight (did you know they charge $10/kg you're over weight??) so instead of paying $500 we paid $160 and got upgraded to first class where they allow you more weight, feed you like a king, and get you drunk cheesy.gif
The flight was awesome...so smooth and we really were treated soooo well being in first class!

Our flight landed at the Cancun airport at around 7pm, our luggage was first off (bonus!!) and we were on the bus heading to the resort by about 8pm.
We arrived at the resort around 9:30pm and by the time we checked in (they upgraded us to a junior suite!! woo!!) and got to our room all the buffet restaurants were closed. They've changed things at the resort since the last time we were there - there used to be snack bars open late, but they all close around the same time as the buffets. We decided to order room service because we were starving (despite having a huge meal on the plane!) and holy cow it was one of the best meals we've ever had - it actually made me glad we missed the buffet haha. After dinner we unpacked our bags, watched a little TV and crashed - we were exhausted after a day of travel!

The next morning we had an appointment with the doctor (they have an onsite medical office) to get our blood tests done....rant.gif I don't even want to get started on this, but I'm going to tell you all about it anyway just as a warning for any of the girls who decide to get married at the Barcelo - ASK FOR THE DOCTOR TO TAKE YOUR BLOOD, DO NOT LET THE NURSES NEAR YOU WITH ANYTHING SHARP AND POINTY!&*#@)%*#%

I went first because needles don't bother me (John needed some time to work up to his hehe). She couldn't get any blood out of my right forearm, fine, whatever....so she tried my left forearm....nothing there either....so then she tried MY WRIST...like right where that knobby bone is on the inside of your wrist....HOLY FRIG I've never felt pain like that before. Anywho, no blood there either...and when she was pulling the needle out she slipped and scraped it across my hand so now I have a nice big cut across my left hand (I'm sure it looks great in my pictures!). I was so upset/in pain that I started to cry...first time I've ever cried because of a needle. Because I was so upset she decided that she was going to try to get blood from John to give me a break.

She said she couldn't find any veins in John's arm...he has BEAUTIFUL veins in his arms...nice big blue ones...everywhere....I'm not a nurse and I'm pretty sure I could take blood from him hehe...so she decided she was going to take blood from his wrist too! It hurt him so much he passed out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He came to after a couple of seconds but it was so scary! But right after he came around she tried to go after him with a needle again...like are you friggin kidding me? After that there was no way he was having them take any more blood! He was absolutely livid...they had gotten about 1mL of blood from him and he made them call the doctor (who was about an hour and a half late coming to work that day) to see if 1mL was enough to do the tests. Thank God it was or they would have had some issues :P

Once I calmed down I had to go through all the poking and prodding again, and they finally managed to get some blood out of my right wrist this time.

So that was the end of that...we were outta there so fast you wouldn't believe it! I swear they had no idea what they were doing!! We asked one of our guests (who's a nurse) what she thought and she was shocked...she looked at us both and said we both have beautiful veins and she'd have no problem getting blood from us...rant.gif

Anywho, on to bigger and better things!

After the butcher's...I mean doctor's....we met up with our WC from the resort, Gabriela. This girl is so awesome! We were in and out of her office in half an hour and had absolutely everything planned (and didn't even feel rushed)!! She had big binders full of pictures of everything...different set ups for the ceremony and reception, flowers, cakes, food, everything! And we had 3 awesome menus to choose from for our reception (we chose ceasar salad, a "mixed grill" appetizer plate which was a chimichanga, a quesadilla, a big spare rib, a big chicken wing, and a stuffed jalapeno pepper...it was all sooooo yummy!, then for the main course we chose a ribeye steak with grilled veggies and baked potato, then a vodka infused sorbet to cleanse the pallette hehe and then a chocolate truffle with vanilla ice cream for dessert).

All we had to do now was wait a few days until the wedding to start!! (Oh and make a trip into PDC to find some favours for our OOT bags because of that place I ordered from earlier not shipping my stuff! We ended up finding the cutest shot glasses and filled them with Jose Cuervo, Baileys & Kahlua filled chocolates - everyone loved them!)

We spent most of our days before the wedding lounging by the pools and greeting all our guests as they came in a few at a time each day (we were lucky enough to figure out about what time they'd all be arriving at the resort and managed to meet all of them in the lobbies as they came in!!). It was so relaxing! I only had one little stress attack and I don't even remember what it was about now so it really couldn't have been that important hehe

On the Sunday we met all of our guests (except the few who weren't arriving until Monday) at one of the buffets for a welcome breakfast - we hit a little glitch there but the buffet staff worked it all out for us (one of the managers told us she'd have a section reserved for us, but when we got there that manager was nowhere to be found, there was no section for us and they told us they wouldn't set aside a section for us, but i batted my pretty eyelashes.....and yelled a little bit...and they sorted it all out).

Tuesday (the big day!) came up super fast...John and I didn't stay in separate rooms the night before, but in the morning we exchanged our gifts to each other (he bought me the prettiest gold anklet), gave a quick kiss and he left to go to his brother's room. I caught up with my parents for breakfast and then went back to the room to finish up a couple of last minute things. At around 11:30am my WC called to say that my flowers were there and asked if she could bring them up to the room. She dropped them all off and holy cow they were gorgeous! After that my sister and I headed to the spa to get our hair done. My sister's hairdresser was about half an hour late so it put us a little behind, but no biggie. Both of our hairstyles turned out beautiful! Mine wasn't exactly how I'd wanted it, but it was pretty close, and still super pretty anyway! We didn't get out of there until about 2:10pm and we still had to get back to the room, do our makeup, get dressed and all ready to go for 2:55pm. It was a bit of a rush but we did it and we looked hot hehe

At 2:55, Gabriela came up to the room to make sure we were ready, and took us down to the cute little golf cart they have for weddings, they have it covered in little flowers...it's too adorable! She let us (I had my sister, mom and dad with me) take a few pictures and then she drove us over to the wedding site.

The set up was absolutely beautiful! The mariachi band was there playing some nice soft music, John and our best man looked soooo good standing up at the front of the aisle, I just wanted to run down there and hug them hehe

I was able to hide behind a shower (don't worry girls, it doesn't look like a shower from the side the guests were looking at it from...just looks like a stone wall!) so no one could see me before I walked down the aisle, it worked out perfectly. My sister walked down the aisle first...it was too funny because she decided she couldn't walk in the sand in the shoes she was wearing and kicked them off halfway down the aisle (the guests couldn't see them though, thank God LOL) and when I started to walk down the aisle with my parents we had to try and find a way to manouver around them without it looking too obvious :P We had a good laugh though, it helped to kind of relax us all a little bit. Oh and then I realized just about where we hit the shoes that I'd left my copy of my vows in a bag that I'd handed off to my uncle/videographer just before we were about to walk down the aisle...so that was kind of funny too because I think all my guests heard for half of my walk down the aisle was;

me: "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god"
dad: "dont you remember them?"
me: "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god"
mom: "can't you improvise?"
me: "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god"

We managed to grab them quick before everyone got seated and it didn't end up being too much of a deal!

The rest of the ceremony was kind a blur...I was just so excited to be up there!!!!!!!!! Everyone else said it was beautiful though LOL

After the ceremony we were all served champagne and then we started our family photos with the resort photographers. They were OK but I felt really rushed and like they really didn't care about the pictures, they just wanted to get out of there. We spent just about an hour with them and then met up with Erick Rodriguez (from Claudia's team) who took us to Akumal for the rest of our photos.

I can't say enough about Erick...he was so awesome! We had originally planned to go to Puerto Aventuras to do our photos on the beach there, but he told us that he had checked out Puerto beforehand and their beach hadn't really recovered from last year's hurricane and that he knew of somewhere that would be much nicer. We ended up at Akumal (the dive center & resort). The beach was busy, but he found us a nice quiet spot and spent about 45 minutes with us. He made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, he kept us both laughing and took some awesome shots! His assistant Mike was awesome too - these guys were so much fun to work with!! I'd highly recommend them to anyone!

Erick & Mike dropped us back off at the Barcelo shortly before 6pm...we both headed to the washrooms to freshen up a bit, and then waited for our guests to arrive at the banquet hall.

We didn't have a receiving line or have anyone welcome the new couple as we entered the hall...I couldn't be bothered with all that stuff...we just kind of chilled out in the lobby and mingled with our guests until we were told that the banquet hall was ready (in the meantime they were serving these super yummy lime slushy drinks...i couldn't get enough hehe) we let everyone go in first and we followed and went right into our first dance and then father/daughter dance. John dances like my dad. My dad is a terrible lead. But it was fun!

After we got that out of the way we had one of our close family friends say grace (it was so beautiful!) and then dinner was served....everyone ranted about how good the food was!! I was so happy we picked what we did....even the presentation of it all was fantastic! And the waitstaff were phenomenal...they were so fast and friendly and everything was timed just right! During dinner we had planned to play our own music, but our WC had put in a CD with some beautiful soft music and we decided just to keep that on - it was so pretty!

In between courses we had a couple speeches...(me, then John, then my dad and John's dad)...we didn't want everyone doing toasts so we told them that if they wanted to wish us well that they could grab my dad or my uncle and they'd take a video of their well wishes. It ended up working out really well! Especially for those who wanted to say a few words but aren't really comfortable getting up in front of a crowd.

After dinner we did the cake cutting (I couldn't resist, I had to smush) and the bouquet and garter tosses...it was so hilarious...the bouquet toss was pretty normal, but when the garter toss came it got interesting. John had a headlamp that he uses when we go caving up north in the summer...he put it on and climbed under my dress to "Hot in Herre" by Nelly...he had put a bag full of things under the chair without anyone knowing and started pulling them out and tossing them over his shoulder one by one so it looked like he was grabbing them from out of my dress. I almost peed my pants laughing. I really hope someone got pictures because it was too friggin funny.

Then we had a wee bit of dancing (we only had the reception hall for 3 hours which kind of sucked...but we could have paid extra to have it longer) and we all headed off to the theater for the show. After the show we were going to head to the disco for more dancing but it had been such a long day that John and I just wanted to crash! We left all our guests to do their own thing, but most of them were in the same boat as us and just went to bed hehe

That was it for the night (well...that's all I'm telling you at least blush2.gif hehe)

We did hit those few minor glitches, but everything worked out just fine and the wedding was absolutely beautiful. I really couldn't have asked for anything more!!

The rest of our trip was spent relaxing, spending time with our family and friends, and drinking as much as possible shots.gif
The weather was great, the resort is absolutely beautiful and we had so much fun! I'd highly highly recommend the Barcelo to anyone!!!

Sorry for the novel LOL I'm sure I could have written more, but I'm sure I've already bored you enough by now hehe
I've got to go pick up my spoiled brat of a bird and then clean up the house a bit but tonight I'll be back upload my pics, I promise!!

Melissa,
Loved the review.... I was trying to so hard not to laugh out loud in class today (subbing 8th grade math) with regards to your Doctor incident....I'm soooo sorry that happened...I can't believe they did that.
Everything else sounded beautiful and fun...loved the garter toss idea, maybe I can get erik to do that.
Can't wait to see pics.
Congratulations.
Andrea
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Melissa - great review. Sounds like it went great (even with the glitches!). You've made up my mind about a legal ceremony though - I'd rather not have blood drawn from my wrists and have Aaron pass out lol. OMG, garter toss is hilarious!! What kind of stuff was he tossing out?!

I just saw your picture (really, posting one is just cruel!) - it looks like there is no one on the beach - no one would guess that it was actually crowded!

Can't wait to see more pics!! cheesy.gif

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AWE! Wow, I just love to hear wedding stories. im so happy your day was everything you dreamed of. That sucks about the needles.. hence why I won't be doing the legal in Mexico. heheh. So did you take a video of the ceremony? It sounded so awesome! Can't wait for more pictures! thanks for the great reveiw!!

 

Were you a boogie dancing bride?!

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Wow Melissa - what a great review. The garter toss was hilarious!!! Can't wait to see more pics!

 

It makes me more at ease about you picking your flowers, set up and food when you got there. That's what we are doing too! Yeah - glad it all worked out!!

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    • Turkey, a country straddling Europe and Asia, boasts a unique blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, and luxurious amenities that make it an ideal destination for couples seeking an opulent and unforgettable wedding experience. In this article, we delve into the allure of luxury weddings in Turkey, exploring its exquisite venues, lavish traditions, and the extraordinary experiences they offer to couples and their esteemed guests.   1. Magnificent Venues: Turkey is home to a myriad of opulent wedding venues that range from historic palaces to contemporary beachfront resorts. Istanbul's palatial wonders, like the Ciragan Palace Kempinski and the Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet, exude timeless elegance. The Cappadocia region, with its unique cave hotels, offers a surreal and romantic backdrop for couples. The country's coastal towns, such as Bodrum and Antalya, feature luxurious beachside properties with stunning views of the Mediterranean.   2. Rich Cultural Traditions: Turkish weddings are steeped in tradition and culture, and many couples choose to incorporate these into their luxury wedding celebrations. Elements like the henna night, where the bride's hands are adorned with intricate henna designs, or the ceremonial breaking of the bread, bring a sense of authenticity and cultural richness to the event.   3. World-Class Cuisine: Turkish cuisine is celebrated for its diverse flavors and culinary artistry. Couples can treat their guests to a gastronomic journey featuring delectable dishes like kebabs, mezes, and baklava. Expert chefs and sommeliers ensure that the wedding feast is a memorable and indulgent experience.   4. Exquisite Decor and Entertainment: Luxury weddings in Turkey are known for their elaborate decor and entertainment. Couples can hire top-notch event designers and entertainers to create a captivating atmosphere, from stunning floral arrangements to live traditional music performances. Fireworks displays and belly dancers can add a touch of extravagance to the festivities.   5. Scenic Landscapes: Turkey's diverse landscapes offer couples the chance to choose the backdrop that suits their vision. Whether it's a wedding overlooking the Bosphorus in Istanbul, a fairytale ceremony in Cappadocia's otherworldly rock formations, or a beachfront soirée on the Turquoise Coast, Turkey's natural beauty enhances the luxury wedding experience.   6. Exclusive Guest Experiences: Luxury weddings in Turkey go beyond the ceremony and reception. Guests can indulge in spa treatments, yacht excursions along the Turkish Riviera, or hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia's surreal landscapes, ensuring a memorable and exclusive experience. Luxury weddings in Turkey offer a harmonious blend of opulence, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you envision a lavish palace wedding in Istanbul or an intimate seaside celebration on the Turquoise Coast, Turkey provides an unparalleled setting for an unforgettable wedding experience. With its rich traditions, world-class cuisine, and breathtaking venues, Turkey ensures that your special day will be marked by elegance and splendor, leaving you and your guests with cherished memories of a lifetime.
    • Picture yourself standing on a pristine beach with golden sands beneath your feet, lush tropical greenery framing the azure sea, and the soft melody of waves in the background as you exchange vows with the love of your life. Bali, the enchanting Indonesian island, has long been a top choice for couples seeking a destination wedding in paradise. In this article, we'll delve into why Bali is the perfect destination for your wedding and provide you with valuable insights and tips to plan your dream celebration on this magical island. The Allure of Bali: Bali's allure as a wedding destination is unparalleled, combining natural beauty, rich culture, and luxury amenities. It's a place where spirituality, romance, and adventure come together seamlessly, creating an ideal backdrop for your special day. The island offers diverse settings, from pristine beaches to lush jungles, tranquil rice terraces, and luxurious resorts, catering to all wedding styles and preferences. Stunning Wedding Venues: Bali boasts an array of stunning wedding venues that capture the essence of paradise. Beachfront resorts in areas like Seminyak, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua offer luxurious amenities and breathtaking ocean views, making them perfect for beach weddings. Ubud, known for its serene rice terraces and cultural heritage, provides an enchanting setting for those seeking a more intimate and nature-inspired celebration. Bali's elegant villas, jungle hideaways, and cliffside chapels all contribute to the island's diverse range of venue options. Natural Beauty: Bali's natural beauty is simply mesmerizing. Its picturesque landscapes, from terraced rice fields to lush forests and waterfalls, create captivating backdrops for your wedding photos and ceremonies. The island's sunsets, in particular, are legendary, casting a warm and romantic glow over your celebration. Weather Considerations: Bali enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: the dry season (April to October) and the wet season (November to March). The dry season is the most popular time for weddings due to its sunny skies and lower humidity. However, even during the wet season, rain showers are usually short and followed by sunshine. Keep in mind that Bali can experience a high volume of tourists during peak months, so early planning is advisable. Local Customs and Traditions: Incorporating Balinese customs and traditions into your wedding can add depth and meaning to your celebration. Balinese blessings, known as "melaspas" and "mekala-kalaan," are often performed to purify the wedding venue and invoke blessings for the couple. Consider incorporating elements such as traditional Balinese dancers, gamelan music, or a "ronde" procession into your wedding to immerse yourself in the local culture. Legal Requirements: Before planning your destination wedding in Bali, it's crucial to understand the legal requirements. These may include providing documents such as passports, birth certificates, and proof of marital status. It's advisable to work with a local wedding planner who is well-versed in Bali's legal processes to ensure a smooth and legally recognized ceremony. Working with Local Vendors: Collaborating with local vendors, including photographers, florists, and wedding planners, is key to a successful destination wedding in Bali. Local professionals have a deep understanding of the island's unique culture and can assist you in creating a wedding that seamlessly blends your vision with Balinese charm and expertise. Bali, with its natural beauty, rich culture, and world-class amenities, is the perfect destination to celebrate your love story. Whether you choose a beachfront extravaganza, an intimate villa gathering, or a spiritual ceremony surrounded by lush jungle, Bali has the magic to transform your wedding dreams into reality. Embrace the island's enchantment, spirituality, and warm hospitality as you embark on a journey to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. A wedding in Bali is not just an event; it's an extraordinary experience that promises to be the beginning of a lifetime of love and adventure in one of the world's most enchanting destinations.
    • Destination wedding in the Caribbean: The Caribbean, with its azure waters, powdery white-sand beaches, and lush tropical landscapes, is a dreamy destination for couples seeking a picture-perfect wedding. Imagine saying your vows under swaying palm trees, with the sound of gentle waves as your backdrop. In this article, we'll explore why the Caribbean is the ultimate destination for a romantic and unforgettable wedding, from its stunning natural beauty to its diverse culture and wide range of venues. The Caribbean's Natural Beauty The Caribbean is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. The region comprises numerous islands, each with its own unique charm. Whether you choose the vibrant blues of the Bahamas, the lush greenery of Jamaica, or the secluded elegance of the British Virgin Islands, you're guaranteed a backdrop of unparalleled natural beauty for your special day. Crystal-clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and radiant sunsets make for stunning wedding photos that will be cherished forever. Diverse Wedding Venues The Caribbean offers a diverse range of wedding venues to suit every couple's style and preferences. From luxurious beachfront resorts to charming historic estates, you'll find a plethora of options to make your wedding vision come to life. Many resorts in the Caribbean have dedicated wedding planners who can assist you in creating a personalized and stress-free experience, ensuring that your wedding day unfolds seamlessly. Tropical Cuisine Caribbean cuisine is a delicious blend of flavors influenced by African, European, and indigenous Caribbean cultures. Your wedding menu can feature mouthwatering dishes like jerk chicken, fresh seafood, and tropical fruit platters. Whether you opt for a beachside barbecue or an elegant sit-down dinner, Caribbean cuisine will add an exciting and flavorful element to your celebration. Rum and Tropical Cocktails The Caribbean is famous for its rum production, and no Caribbean celebration is complete without a selection of rum-based cocktails. From piña coladas to daiquiris, these tropical libations will add a festive and fun touch to your wedding reception. Consider having a rum-tasting bar to introduce your guests to the rich flavors of Caribbean rums. Activities for Guests The Caribbean offers a wide range of activities for you and your guests to enjoy before and after the wedding. Whether it's snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, exploring vibrant local markets, or embarking on a sunset catamaran cruise, there's something for everyone to relish in this tropical paradise. These activities not only provide entertainment but also create lasting memories for your wedding guests. Conclusion A destination wedding in the Caribbean is a romantic and unforgettable experience that combines natural beauty, diverse culture, and warm hospitality. As you exchange your vows against the backdrop of swaying palms and turquoise waters, you'll create a moment that will forever be etched in your hearts. Whether you dream of a barefoot beach ceremony, an elegant garden affair, or an intimate island escape, the Caribbean has it all. Your wedding in this tropical paradise will not only be a celebration of love but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and natural wonders of this enchanting region. So, if you've always envisioned a destination wedding in a place where paradise meets romance, the Caribbean is the perfect destination to make your dreams come true.
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