Destination Wedding Bootcamp: México Romántico

Cancun had the honor to be the host of the Destination Wedding Bootcamp by México Romántico a specialized training program for travel agents and wedding planners that want to learn all about Mexico’s number one wedding destination.

Photo: Jaime Gonzalez

Photo: Jaime Gonzalez

The bootcamp took place from dec. 6-9 and was hosted by Live Aqua, a modern and luxurious resort by Grupo Posadas.

With specialized sessions for wedding planners and travel agents, the speakers featured celebrity event planners like Harmony Walton -founder of The Bridal Bar, Bridal Bar Radio and Jet Fete-, Branding and Marketing  expert for the Romance Industry, Jeff Hendlin -VP of Bridal Guide-, and award winning top travel agent, Jennifer Doncsecz, -owner of VIP Travel Vacations Inc.- to name a few personalities.

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Both agents and planners got a chance to experience the destination and live through all of the advantages Mexico has to offer for the wedding industry. The Live Aqua resort showed why it is an amazing experience for destination weddings, featuring an elegant infinity pool, a large ballroom foyer and top quality restaurants and SPA.

A very unique venue for the wedding ceremony is the pool itself, offering a water cermony; the concept and the look of supreme elegance and minimalism propose a very interesting option for a market seeking creativity and originality.

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Today’s world demands that we stay on top of the game with creativity, authenticity and conectivity, couples from the Millenial Generation already know there is a variety of destinations to choose from, but when it comes to planning their wedding,  it is up to the travel and wedding professionals to become trustworthy advisors and to provide couples with accurate and truthful information as to what they can expect form their wedding choices.

As a part of that generation myself, I understand what we value and why we believe it is important to always stay connected, always get involved with others, always share your life’s sotires and make your own life an inspiring journey!

Thank you very much to Mexico Wed as the organizer of this bootcamp, for bringing this important event to Cancun and Riviera Maya every year. As professionals in the wedding industry, we  share the commitment to work harder with the intention to make this destination number one in the world.

by: Kristina Guerrero

 

 

Warm winter weddings in the beaches of Mexico

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Winter is coming and we are happy because of the fresh breeze we recieve while we still have our lovely sun to warm us up!

Some facts about getting married in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum during the winter:

1. Sun sets at 5 pm local time so make sure to plan your times accordingly

2. Average temperature during the day is about 20-23 ºC and normally it’s breezy.

3. Night time can get cooler so if you are having the reception outdoors advice your guests to bring a light sweater or a pashmina.

All year round is a great time to celebrate your wedding in the mexican caribbean, so our most importanta advice is:

Get out and enjoy the warm winter!!

-Kristina

Cancun Bridal Show 2013

Each year hotels and wedding planners along with vendors get together for their annual bridal show.

This year we had the privilege to collaborate with Grupo Intermar and design their stand for the event.

Our inspiration was brought by the victorian era and the vintage old hollywood feel.

We designed a victorian  booth with a vintage feel inspired by the biggest trends of the year.

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Some of the finest vendors in cancun got together, colleagues that we have the pleasure to work with and recommend.

One of our favorite booths was the display for Giraud Catering, a delightful dessert table offering artistically displayed sweets and hors d’oeuvres. Congratulations to Aline :D

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It was our pleasure to create new business alliances and to show couples in Cancun, the great options they have access to when they decide to get married in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.

From Collin Cowie wedding collections at Palace Resorts, to a Rock and Roll wedding in Hard Rock or a stunning mexican wedding in Xcaret.

DSC09729 copiaCancun and the Mayan Riviera represent the top destination for weddings in Mexico and we thank the Bridal Club for their work at organizing this event.

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The night ended with a catwalk from local bridal designers and the presentation of two bands that gave a wonderful and amusing performance for everyone.

There were gifts and sweepstakes that included free wedding services and free hotel nights for couples.

Special thanks to our host, Fiesta Americana Coral Beach for allowing us to give the Bridal Show Cancun 2013 a remarkable touch of elegance and sophistication.

You can view a full list of participants at http://www.bridalshowcancun.com

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Indy & Frank’s wedding

September was a busy month for weddings in Cancun, between the Bridal Show and the local wedding season, we were very glad to have a full workload for a couple of months.

I am very happy to share a few images and tips form Indy and Frank’s wedding.

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This lovely couple met and found love at first sight, ever since they started dating they have been together building a wonderful and playful family. They were legally married 10 years ago with many odds to face.

Now that their son is part of their lives, they decided to celebrate the holy matrimony in the Catholic Tradition bringing their union to a new sense of love, blessing and prosperity.

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It was a very intimate wedding full of people that know their story and that truly share their love and appreciation for the couple.

The color palette featured chocolate, coral and Ivory, the bride’s bouquet was made of carnations i different tones of pink and coral and ornamented with crystals.

ramo claveles copiaThe reception was held at a private Beach Club in Cancun and in spite of a very heavy rain, the wedding celebration went on full of life, fun and love.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of a video telling the story of the couple as told by their closest friends and family.

They also shared a funny Harlem Shake dance with their bridal party surprising everyone in the middle of their first dance.

Congratulations for Indy and Frank, and thank you for letting us be a part of this celebration and for sharing with us this new stage in your lives!

 

The New Cocktail for Mexican Weddings

Destination Weddings in Mexico are lovely because we have all of the mexican colors, flavors and traditions to incorporate elements and set the mood for a unique wedding.

For many years the Margarita prepared with Tequila has been the representative cocktail of a mexican destination wedding. Now the time to innovate and get creative has come and we discover a new rising cocktail to give an amazing first impression at your reception.

We are talking about the “Paloma” it’s a less dense cocktail than the margarita and it gives you plenty of room to play and create your own signature cocktail. You can prepare it with Tequila or Mezcal (trendiest mexican liquor at the moment).

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Here is the recipe to make a rocking Paloma:

Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/4 cup mescal or tequila, add ice, and top off with 1/4 cup club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2013/01/paloma#ixzz2XWXhLzpq

Experiment with presentation, change the glasses and ornaments to make it your own.

Ask your bar tender to help you out and feature it in your menu as the welcome drink, for a wedding in Mexico, specially in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum or Yucatan, your guests will be delighted with it’s freshness.

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News: ABC workshop in Cancun

This week we had the honour of recieving a guest lecturer from The Association of Bridal Consultants in Latin America (ABC) to host an important workshop and keep professional wedding planners updated and in constant growth.

Dagyi Rivera González is an ABC Wedding Planner Professional (R) and a successful business woman, keeping her own wedding planning agency, as well as several books that have turned her into a celebrated author and a very important lecturer in the wedding industry.

She is the owner of ¡WOW que boda! wedding planners and her blog has been awarded several prizes including Zankyou International Wedding Award 2012.

She has participated as a lecturer in several international congresses and she is a very active and respected member of ABC Latin America.

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Through the workshop, we had the opportunity to learn from her experience in the field and get a different perspective on beach weddings and city weddings that will help us enrich our service towards our clients that come from cities to have a destination wedding in the beach.

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Special thanks to our Coordinator in Quintana Roo, Helena Rincón for making this possible and to Wedding Manager @Holiday Inn Isis Gallegos for hosting the workshop.

Very special thanks to all the Holiday Inn staff who were wonderful hosts.

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By: Kristina Guerrero

Your wedding under the sun

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Having a Destination Wedding under the sun is a wonderful option for most couples, the pristine beaches of the Caribbean offer a luxurious and indulging experience for all the guests and the couple can have their wedding and honeymoon at the same time :D

There are many things to plan for a wedding under the sun, and with all things happening around the wedding day, there is often one thing that concerns all of your guests and wedding party alike and is often overlooked.

Taking care of your skin!

As exciting as it is to take a week long trip to a beautiful sunny beach, skin care is probably the one thing that should be on top of the list. There’s more to it than just buying sunscreen and pouring it all over, taking care of your skin is a very important process specially for brides and bridal party (looking like a burned lobster in wedding pictures is not that great). Here are some skin care advice from a specialist, a sun care advisor from sun care central.

Quick facts you should learn before you expose yourself to the sun:

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1. Being in a completely different climate has effects in all of your body, although you might not notice it you need to make sure you hydrate yourself all of the time (specially if you’ll be drinking a lot of alcohol, and if you’re on holiday for a wedding chances are…you will).

2. Applying sunscreen must be a very thorough process, not just rubbing it in and getting in the pool 2 minutes later, the less time you give the skin to absorb the sunblock, the more chances it won’t work at all. This means your skin will be very affected by the sun.

3. Keep your skin protected, direct exposure to the intense sunlight will get you burned in 20 minutes even in a cloudy day, so make sure you reapply sunblock frequently throughout the day but the most important thing is to get a skin reconditioning lotion that has aloe vera as the main ingredient. Aloe Vera will turn pink skin into brown allowing you to tan the next day

4. Manage your time in the sun, tanning is a process that develops gradually, limit your time in the sun to 2 hrs a day. Avoid being in direct exposure to sunlight during the peak hours 11-3 aprox depending on your location, the sun is at it’s highest point and it will reflect the rays in the sand and the water increasing your risk of getting burned. Plus the more your skin is exposed or burned the drier it gets and the more it’s prone to get hurt.

5. Too much sun is a real health risk, so take your time to protect the biggest and most sensitive organ in your body: your skin.

The difference between tanning and burning.

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There are ways in which you can maximize your tan and minimize your burn son that you can look spectacular at the wedding and pain free.

The key to do it is to get the proper sun care protection. Many commercial lotions are made based on chemicals and heavy waxes which can cause aggravation on blisters and peeling or simply not be adequate for your skin type.

The most effective way to do it is to get a natural biodegradable filter and a proper aloe after sun lotion. A natural filter will allow you to get a base tan without burning which will increase your body’s natural sun protection while the aloe lotion will help keep your skin moisturized and repaired after the daily exposure.

Inquire more about proper skin care measures and a guest blogger from sun care central will help you out.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Bodas Verdes

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Se habla mucho de las bodas eco-chick o bodas verdes, realizar tu boda en una locación rústica o de campo puede ser un buen inicio pero ¿Qué es lo que realmente hace que una boda sea verde? y ¿Por qué considerar ésta opción?

Las bodas verdes son esencialmente bodas sustentables, esto quiere decir que son bodas igual de hermosas y espectaculares pero que no generan tanto desperdicio.

En la economía del día de hoy, resulta una opción digna de evaluar ya que al reducir el desperdicio y al elegir opciones verdes, no sólo se reduce el impacto ambiental (cosa que nuestro planeta agradece) sino que se reduce también el costo de la boda (cosa que nuestro bolsillo agradece).

5 maneras de hacer tu boda sustentable:

1. Elige un menú con ingredientes frescos, locales y de la estación, pregunta si pueden incluir a productores de la región, de esta forma se traen beneficios directos a la comunidad.

2. Selecciona papeles reciclados y tintas amigables con el medio ambiente al imprimir tus invitaciones, recuerda que aunque son un bello recuerdo y una parte de la boda, la mayoría terminarán en desperdicio. Si te gusta la tecnología, opta por invitaciones electrónicas.

3. Recuerdos de la boda, regala a tus invitados algo original como productos artesanales hechos a base de miel de la región o artesanías creadas por comunidades mayas originales.

4. Dona todas las flores de tu boda a una causa como un hogar de ancianos o de niños.

5. Utiliza maquillaje no tóxico ni agresivo con el medio ambiente, difunde la semilla con tus damas de honor.

Happy wedding planning!

K

Boda en la Playa

Tener una boda en la playa es el sueño de muchas parejas y aunque puede parecer una opción limitada a ciertos presupuestos, el secreto está en consultar con especialistas para encontrar al equipo adecuado y hacer la boda una realidad.

Existen varias opciones en las playas de Cancún y la Riviera Maya para diferentes presupuestos y gustos desde casas privadas hasta restaurantes o salones que se pueden adaptar perfectamente al concepto de la boda.

Tenemos varias locaciones ideales para una boda perfecta en la playa y paquetes que incluyen cenas gourmet y decoración para la ceremonia.

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Para solicitar cotizaciones o reuniones de orientación: kperiodismo@gmail.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

K

Private Beach House Wedding Playa del Secreto

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This beautiful wedding was celebrated in a private home in Playa del Secreto, near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In a wonderful day of preparations, the bride and bridal party enjoyed their brunch while getting their hair and make up done beautifully in the room we had set up for them.

Meanwhile the Rabbi baked the bread that the couple would share at their wedding table and with all of their guests.

Later on, the groom and the rest of the bridal party arrived for preparations.

With three floors and the entire property at their disposal, the wedding started with a cocktail serving hors d’ouvres and drinks in the terrace overlooking the ocean and was then followed by a beautiful ceremony in the beach, and an abundant family style dinner.

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Pictures: Kristina Guerrero Organic Weddings// Venue: Playa del Secreto// Wedding Coordinator: Ultimate Mexico Weddings// Catering: Festiv Catering// Video: Cancun Wedding Video.