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Natalia Schweitzer, WOW! This woman is truly amazing at what she does. My Husband and I got married in the Riviera Maya at the Barcelo Palace Deluxe. We had a rather large wedding considering that it was a destination wedding with 115 guests. We live in Tucson, Arizona and so the means of communication was primarily via email even though we did not do any planning over the phone personally she did offer that as an option. We planned our wedding in just over 1 year. During this time, I was a full-time student and it was very difficult for me to plan this wedding by myself so Natalia worked with the venue, my Mother-in-law, and I with all the planning. I am a very particular person and for my wedding, I wanted everything to be perfect. This is exactly what I got with Natalia. Almost everything we had at our wedding was brought into the venue with Natalia’s help such as the flowers, Photographer and videographer, Hair and makeup artists, DJ and band, the Chuppah, Bride and Groom Cakes and cupcakes, Dance floor, wall dressings, and so many more minor details that added to making our wedding perfect. I was pleased with all of the vendors she recommended. Not only did she recommend all of these wonderful people she also ensured that I would be happy by helping arrange trials with most of the vendors during a trip made before the wedding. During that time I tried cakes, confirmed floral arrangements, trialed hair and makeup, and met with various people concerning the event. Even though this trip is not necessary it did help calm the before wedding nerves. During this adventure, Natalia remained extremely professional and accommodated all of my hopes and desires. If I were to do it all over, I would not hesitate when choosing Natalia. She is extremely knowledgeable in her trade and helped guide me through the process with ease. I think that Natalia would be a great fit for any wedding big or small she is your gal.

Say “I do” on a Catamaran!!!

Welcome back for another installment of “Weddings on the Beach”.  We have a surprise for you this time.  We are going to change it up a bit this time and we will not be technically on the beach but on a catamaran!

What is even more enchanting than a wedding on the beach?  A wedding out on the open seas.  Feel the gentle Caribbean breeze caressing your guests and family while you take your vows with the love of your life.  The swooshing of the sails can conjure a relaxed state for everyone aboard while the view of open water and the shore will be a memory no one will forget.  This can be the memory of your wedding day.  Afterall, what is better than having the Mexican Caribbean all to yourself?

Catamarans do limit the people aboard but that allows for more personalaized service.  “Weddings on the Beach” can provide this to you with a variety of boat sizes depending on your guest list.  Wedding hours can be chosen depnding if you want a sunrise or sunset cruise.  Escape the normal world and imagine the warmth of the sun evolving into coolness as the sun takes its last bow for the day.  The wedding celebration turns into a celebration on the high seas with music and laughs and of course lots of dancing.

No need to look for a special backdrop for your wedding photos.  You will have 360 degrees of gorgeous scenery behind you, your beloved, your family and your guests.  The ambiance a catamaran wedding can provide is undefeated.  The romance will fill the air and ignite the love between your guests.  It’s not just a wedding, but a romantic getaway for all who board this special boat for this momentous occasion.

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Don’t forget you can also reserve side trips for snorkeling for your guests.  The bachelor or bachelorette parties can be made the days prior to the wedding.  A sunset cocktail cruise along the shore can create a bonding time for the wedding party.  Day snorkeling trips will add to the memories of the destination wedding for all of the guests.  Catamarans provide a variety of activities from lounging and mingling on the gentle waves to a grand celebration full of dance and happy times.

“Weddings on the Beach” makes its a promise to make your wedding the best it can be.  We provide you with the most variety in destinations and options to customize your wedding to perfectly match or exceed your expectations.  We loved the idea of catamaran weddings as an option to the popular beach wedding.  Catamaran weddings are innovative and unique.  How can your guests forget you taking your vows while the wind fills the sails and you glide across Caribbean blue waters?  Contact “Weddings on the Beach” to create an unforgettable wedding vacation for you and your guests.

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

–Mark Twain

What is a “Cenote” wedding?

The Riviera Maya is one of the best wedding destinations for several reasons, not only the obvious fact that the beaches are gorgeous, and perfect for a dreamy wedding, but rather a long list of awesome advantages:

Think about the wedding party and guests for instance; in the Riviera Maya there’s something for everyone. Coming to your wedding will be for them a double joy as they can also get a great vacation in the process.

There are attractions that will appeal to each age group of your loved ones; from the historical and cultural wonders of the ancient Maya world, to the gastronomy experience of the cosmopolitan restaurants, to the beautiful and challenging designer golf courses, to the theme parks where one can admire the jungle canopy swinging from a zip line; and the list goes on and on.

Think about the bride and groom as well; the wedding destination can automatically become the honeymoon of choice, with awesome things to do as a couple, such as taking scuba-diving or kite surfing lesson together, or going sky diving; that is, if the newly-weds are adrenaline junkies.

But let’s say that the bride and groom are into spirituality, alternative living, sustainability and the love of nature. With those in mind, a great and unique Riviera Maya choice is to have a “Cenote” jungle wedding.

Of all the attractions we mentioned before, none is as unique or as mystical as the famous “Cenotes”. They were sacred to the ancient Maya and great deal of their mythology revolved around them. But what are the “Cenotes”?

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“Cenotes” are fresh water sink holes carved by rain through the ages to become a gorgeous window to the underground rivers. The lush tropical setting of these crystal clear fresh water springs, provide a stunning back drop for your special occasion.

The “Cenotes” are obviously sought out by a lot of tourists that want to go cave diving, snorkeling or just swimming in them, and admire their natural beauty.

They are in fact naturally beautiful, but when we decorate them with your choice of floral arrangements, tiki torches, copal or frankincence aromas, colorful (or white) fabric ribbons, candles; it just turns the already amazing natural wonder into the most vibrant and alive setting for a couple to say, I do.

Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

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You been imaging your destination wedding. You’ve thought about it, dreamed about it and even talked about it with your loved ones.

The blue, Caribbean Sea in the background, surrounded by friends and family as you say your vows. You know this is what you want, but what about the concerns of your friends and family who will also make the trip to attend?

Allow us to help you address and calm those concerns. Coming to the Mayan Riviera for a destination wedding will not just be your dream, but a chance for everyone involved to create memories that will last a lifetime. Instead of a one-day event, they are complete vacations, reunions and opportunities for both sides of the family to become closer with each other.

When everyone arrives, the stresses of work and life evaporate in the Caribbean air. The sea is inviting and the drinks are calming. Picture a welcome party at the beach: dress shoes left at home, sand between everyone’s toes.

Between the food, the activities, the big day and the sunshine that comes with it, this isn’t just a wedding, it’s a trip and experience of a lifetime for everyone involved.

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Hire a local wedding planner to be always there for you while you are back home planning from afar, dreaming of the day to come. You will need someone with the experience to answer all your questions, teach you about the culture, the venues, the right vendors and logistics of creating your unique wedding.

If you would like to receive more information on how to start planning a destination wedding in Riviera Maya please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you create an unforgettable event and lovely memories for you, your family and friends.

Choosing a Fairytale Mexican Wedding Tradition

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Many brides choose to include Mexican rituals, customs and traditions in their Mexican “boda”; perhaps the bride or groom has Latino heritage or the bride has always loved Frida Kahlo, or simply that the charm of the mix of Spanish, Aztec, Maya and Anglo-American cultures can truly make an ordinary wedding into a fairytale come true.

Falling in love and marrying are some of the most important celebrations in Mexico and it’s all about the beloved couple. Love, romance and passion are always a part of Mexican culture, but it’s never more apparent than when there is a wedding. The whole town wants in on the fiesta!

A simple tradition that is very similar to American-style weddings is the “blue garter” tradition. The Mexican bride will sew three ribbons into her lingerie that she will wear for the wedding; one is yellow, one is blue and one is red. The ribbons are to bring the blessings of food, money and passion to the union.

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Another tradition is that of the “lazo” which translates to lasso, just like a lasso used to tame a horse.

The “Lazo” signifies a tied rope, but it can be made from anything such as a ribbon, a rosary, a silver chain, or a wreath of flowers, and signifies the joining of the two lives. It’s known as the Unity Lace. The lazo is seen in both religious ceremonies and spiritual ceremonies, such as Maya weddings, where the lazo is usually made of natural elements, vines, orchids, seashells, leaves and herbs. As the couple say their vows, a family member, close friend, or even the shaman places the lasso around the couple.

One of the most lively and exciting of Mexican boda traditions is the “Callejoneada” or street processional. Once the official ceremony is completed and the bride and groom are husband and wife, they will journey down the center of town to the location of the wedding reception. Mariachi musicians accompany the couple, the wedding party and all of their family and friends, announcing that there is a wedding to celebrate with a Mariachi trumpet and full band.

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Wedding-Mariachi. As they stroll down the main street, the whole town comes out of their homes, shops, restaurants and cantinas to applaud the new couple and join in the fun of the wedding day by blowing kisses, clapping and dancing. It’s quite an emotional event for all and a great way to announce the good news to everybody in town. Participating in a Callejoneada will bring warm memories for you for years to come, and perhaps a little tear in the corner of your eye, as you remember the excitement and magical moment of the wedding parade.