Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Style Me Pretty Destination Weddings: Cabo

SMP Destination Weddings: "Have you ever seen so much cuteness packed into one wedding before? This adorable Cabo affair from Constance Curtis Events definitely brought it in the completely and utterly darling department! There are so many sweet details from the yellow and white straws to the coordinating bouquets and milk glass centerpieces. The awesome, hand-painted maraca favors/escort cards might be the big winner in my eyes but they are followed closely by the ribbon-clad ceremony decor and reception chairs. Click here to see the full gallery!" ... Read More

Ring Bearer Bowls From Paloma's Nest

I am absolutely in LOVE with these ring bearer bowls, as featured on Para ti Novia. Latin Designer and Artist Caroline Colom Vazquez puts her heart into her popular bowls, which are small ceramic dishes that replaces the traditional ring pillow. Genius! And perfect for any sort of Latin inspired wedding.

Her family roots are in Puerto Rico and her husband is from Buenos Aires, Argentina so she knows and understands as a Latina how important every little detail of a wedding is. She also creates the most adorable clay doves that can be incorporated in the reception decoration or given out as favors knowing that the piece will be cherish for years to come.

You can see more of her gorgeous work at her Etsy shop.

One Couple's Unique Wedding in San Miguel

In keeping with the local culture, this couple opted for an intimate Shaman ceremony at the beautiful Casa Schuck. Complete with a tequila parade through the streets of San Miguel, Meredith and Daniel's wedding was an extraordinary experience for everyone involved including California based photographer, and long time lover of San Miguel, Brett Butterstein

Check out the full gallery, from June Bug Weddings

Monica and Damian's Riviera Maya Wedding...In Black and White!

Check out these beautiful black and white pictures that captured this lovely Riviera Maya wedding. The stunning photography is from Joshua Dwain, and you'll definitely want to browse his website for the entire collection! The wedding was coordinated by The Kairos Moment & Event Planners, and the festivities were held at the Adventura Spa Palace.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beaches Provide The Ideal Backdrop For Mexico Weddings | Tropical Honeymoons

Beaches Provide The Ideal Backdrop For Mexico Weddings | Tropical Honeymoons: "Picture yourself stating “I do” over a tropical beach hideaway amongst your closest friends as well as family. With countless beautiful beach locations to choose from, Mexico weddings have never been more desired. Whether you are appear to being as for an intimate beach ceremony or a luxurious affair a beach wedding in Mexico promises to be economical alternative to a wedding in your housetown. Mexico has several of the all of beautiful beaches over the planet, ancient ruins as well as old world cities. And goes along with affordable prices as well as friendly locals, it is an ideal place as for a destination wedding." ... Read More

Mexico Destination Wedding - The Rehearsal

Source: Click Photography

Mexico Inspired Weddings Among Top Trend For 2011!

Para ti Novia is a site which features modern Latina weddings. They recently featured the top five wedding trends of 2011, and among them...Mexican Inspiration!

Para ti Novia fully admits that they may have a SLIGHT bias for all things Mexican, but they swear….Mexico/Mexicali beach weddings are really really the thing right now, and I've been saying the same thing!

"We love everything Mexico inspired of course. But, we really really love Mariachi’s and definitely love Papel Picado," exclaims the site. 

Real Wedding Spotlight: Nikki and Bobby's Cabo Wedding

Now here's one for the books -- I don't think this wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico could have been more charming. Planned by One Happenings Weddings & Events and photographed by Scott Andrew Studio, Nikki and Bobby's beach wedding was an intimate, romantic and incredibly stylish celebration that looks as if it couldn't have been any more chic. 

View the full gallery at Junebug Weddings!

Insuring Your Destination Wedding

It's true that insurance may not be the most exciting purchase you make while planning your wedding, but if you're traveling for a destination wedding to Mexico or elsewhere, it is certainly one of the most important.

Lisa Light, the CEO of, a destination wedding planning site, insists that having the foresight to invest in wedding insurance is a necessity. "As a planner I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. What’s life without a few surprises? And why should your wedding be any different? With the wonderful surprises your “big day” has in store for you, there may be one or two that are less-than-wonderful, and completely unforeseen," Light explains 

Planning Your Destination Wedding to Cancun? There's an App For That! it may seem that technology's infiltration of our lives shouldn't extend to your relaxing beach wedding. But this application is so convenient, and offers so much valuable information for those visiting Cancun, that it seems like a valuable tool for wedding guests while they're enjoying their time in sunny Mexico!

The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has released the new Cancun Mobile Guide. This new free app allows travelers to access information about local services and attractions in Cancun on their cellular devices. How convenient!

The new mobile travel guide is operated by Grupo Cerrando CĂ­rculos and features an expansive “Things to Do” while visiting Cancun section, which points travelers to the latest in adventure, nightlife, golf, restaurants, shopping, and spas. Additionally, the app includes a wide-ranging directory of hospitals, airlines, and consulates in Cancun and Puerto Morelos, as well as a complete list of hotels and accommodations in the area. The CVB hopes the mobile travel guide will become an important reference tool for promoting the destination, as well as a useful means for companies to publicize their services.

Visit Mexico Today for more information on this handy app!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Real Wedding Spotlight: Meghan & Nick in Sayulita, Mexico

Venue: Villa Amor, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Photography: Stephanie WilliamsEvent Coordinator: Karen Ruezga, Amor Weddings
Florist: Mireya Quintero of Flor Mimo

Photographs taken from The Collection Event Studio 

Mexican Inspiration at a Texas Wedding

When Melissa and Alex were planning their Texas wedding, they wanted to find a way to honor the bride's Mexican heritage. "Spending a lot of time in Mexico you are surrounded by colors, culture, food, and most of all family, and I really wanted that feel to represent our wedding," Melissa explained regarding the inspiration behind the courtyard wedding complete with a nine piece mariachi band, watermelon and pineapple agua frescas, and miniature quesadillas and empanadas.

The gorgeous wedding took place at The Mansion at Judge's Hill, just off the University of Texas campus in Austin. BZ Events put on the lavish affair, and Christina Carroll Photography was there to capture every beautiful detail!

Be sure to check out the full gallery, as featured in Style Me Pretty!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Archways: A Great Idea For Your Beach Wedding

Could there be a better way to frame your wedding on the beach than with a beautiful archway? If you're planning a destination wedding to Mexico, an archway is a great way to add some flair to your ceremony backdrop. 

The Thirteen Gold Coins at a Traditional Mexican Wedding | Mexico Current News and Mexico Current Events, all the Latest News on Mexico Today

The Thirteen Gold Coins at a Traditional Mexican Wedding | Mexico Today: "With its beautiful beaches and rich culture, Mexico is a very popular wedding destination. For Mexican natives, however, certain traditions exist at weddings that Americans may not know about.

For example, at a traditional Mexican wedding, one of the customs is known as “The Thirteen Gold Coins.” According to an article by Hacienda Tres Rios, this tradition stems from a Roman tradition where a piece of silver or gold is broken in half. Once the piece is broken, the bride takes one half of the gold or silver and the groom takes the other half. By each of the individuals taking one half, it symbolizes their promise to each other and pledge of marriage.

Within Mexican families, the process is a little different. The groom obtains thirteen gold coins, called “arras,” and gives them to the bride at the end of the wedding ceremony as a symbol of trust. By offering the bride these coins, the groom is saying that he trusts his soon-to-be wife with his finances and that he is sharing all responsibility with her. " ... Read More

via Mexico Today

An Ice Cream Social Themed Bridal Shower

Here's an amazing (not to mention delicious) bridal shower idea, brought to you by Brenda's Wedding Blog. As I've mentioned on this blog before, I'm a big advocate of throwing a real blow-out of a bridal shower or engagement party if you are planning a destination wedding -- this provides a great opportunity to celebrate in a big way with all of your friends and family that may not be making the trek for the wedding.

So I was more than a little intrigued when I came across this idea for an ice cream social themed bridal party...what fun! The photo shoot was created by Ashley from Attention 2 Detail Events . . . she explains that she used the purple, pink, and grey color palette to create a grown up Ice Cream Social themed bridal shower with a fun ice cream themed dessert table.

Be sure to check out the full gallery at Brenda's Wedding Blog!

Mexican Wedding Inspiration Board

Sunshiny Yellow For Your Beach Wedding

I love bright yellow as the color inspiration for a destination wedding...what better color scheme for your beach ceremony than one that mimics the surrounding beauty. Your sunshiny wedding will make everyone especially happy to be outside in the sun, waves rolling onto the sand, and not to mention how wonderful bright yellow will look contrasted against the blue sky!

Terra Amore and Alina Pizzano Eco-Friendly Gowns

Eco-Beautiful Weddings recently featured these two gorgeous gowns on their site The soft, feminine silhouettes, the flowy fabrics, the detailed beading…these are the gowns bridal dreams are made of!

Photo by Marta Locklear of Marta Locklear Photography

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Marrying in Mexico: An Overview For Destination Weddings in Mexico (via The Knot)

Why Here?Mexico has a little bit of everything -- from four and five star resorts (often at a fraction of U.S. prices) to a staggering array of natural wonders. It's not just about the beach: Your guests won't want to miss Mexico's ancient archaeological sites from the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan peninsula to the pyramid-lined Avenue of the Dead, just outside of Mexico City.
What to KnowSunbathing and sightseeing go hand-in-hand on the beaches of Cancun along the Yucatan Peninsula, where it's also easy to reach some of the most stunning Mayan ruins. Los Cabos is home to some of the country's most striking scenery, but the sometimes-choppy water makes these beaches better for kayaking and sailing than for swimming. The best golf courses are found on Mexico's Pacific Coast, while Puerto Vallarta is the great place to go for a true taste of Mexican culture, and colonial-era architecture.
One of Mexico's most popular ceremony spots is appropriately named Playa del Amor - Love's Beach -- near Cabo, which has breathtaking views of the Pacific.

Mexican Inspired Wedding Ideas

Here's a few fun ideas for touches at your Mexico wedding! If you're considering serving custom cocktails or margaritas at your wedding, consider making it into a fun place setting! Who doesn't want a personalized margarita? Also, these mini-patron bottles are absolutely adorable.

Looking to serve an authentic Mexican desert treat? Consider a plate of delicious churros, a fried-dough pastry-based snack, sometimes made from potato dough, and rolled in brown sugar. Yes please!

Mexican Inspired Wedding Dresses

If you are planning a summer or beach wedding and are looking for a wedding dress that is beautiful, airy and a little different than the run of the mill wedding dress you might want to take a look at some of the beautiful styles and designs that mexican wedding gowns have to offer.

While lace has become increasingly trendy in the world of wedding dresses, it has been a staple for Mexican brides for a long time now. Use these styles for some inspiration on a Mexican lace gown!

Jeremy & Stephanie- a Cabo San Lucas Mexico Film

Jeremy & Stephanie- a Cabo San Lucas Mexico film from Ray Roman on Vimeo.

Real Wedding Spotlight: Aileen and Alex in Los Cabos, Mexico

Here are some gorgeous pictures from Aileen and Alex's destination wedding in Los Cabos Mexico. Located on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos provides an ideal location for a destination wedding with its beautiful scenery, sweeping ocean views, and abundance of activities.

Alex and Aileen's beach wedding was casual yet elegant, and featured a "shoe valet" where guests could trade in their footwear for comfortable flip-flops, and a simple "sweets" table.

View the full gallery at WeddingWire.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mexico | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration Blog

Mexico | Wedding Ideas and Inspiration Blog: "Okay, so when I saw this wedding my longstanding plans for eloping to Vegas (you know, as soon as Mr.Right comes along–seriously, where is he? I’ve got a wedding to plan!) immediately became a thing of the past. Jennie and Rushi’s Mexican Riviera event incorporates all that is awesome about weddings–beautiful dresses, stunning shoes, great friends, and what appears to be a pretty fantastic afterparty. And all of this takes place on the beach in Mexico?! Sold! Check out all the gorgeous pictures below from Fer Juaristi!" ... Read More

Real Wedding Spotlight: Elise and Ned

Elise and Ned chose 30 friends and the gorgeous Riviera Maya in Mexico for their destination wedding. They went barefoot on the white sands, and chose a tasteful elegant emerald green and chocolate canopy. With large sparklers and a mariachi band celebrating their pronouncement as man and wife, the party moved to a beautiful beach side terrace where guests danced to the sounds of a live Salsa band and enjoyed the alluring talents of fire dancers.

Cool Down After Your Beach Wedding With This Creative Idea

As I've mentioned before on this blog, I absolutely love ideas for unique and non-traditional food and drinks, decorations, and fun touches at any wedding. So when I came across this great idea for serving gourmet popsicles at your wedding, I couldn't imagine anything better for a group of hot wedding guests out on the beach than this delicious cool-down treat! 

This idea, originally from Celebrity Wedding Planner Preston Bailey, was featured by Tanja Walsh and struck my fancy in a big way!

Check out Pop Bar for more inspiration on delicious (and aesthetically pleasing) gourmet popsicles!


Plan Your Dream Honeymoon:Travel Tips from an Expert

Looking for tips and ideas while planning your honeymoon? Destination I Do Magazine turned to the help of an expert for some advice.'s expert Katie took her love of traveling and turned it into a job – honeymoons!  Katie provides tips on how to create your dream honeymoon and peruse featured destinations. As a travel expert and honeymoon-planning aficionado, Katie has written some must-do’s when planning your honeymoon. Here are some basic tips she gives to any couple in the planning stages:

1. If you're looking to relax on a beautiful beach for your honeymoon, don't fly too far from home! Find the nearest coastline, this way you can spend more of your budget on a great hotel, spa and fun activities rather than on your flights. An added bonus is more time honeymooning, less time traveling!

2. If there is any activity you want to do during your honeymoon then make sure schedule it ahead of time. A safari, bus tour, spa package, zip lining, wine tasting or snorkeling... whatever you imagine you and your sweetie doing definitely look into it ahead of time.

3. The number one thing she reports hearing from couples is how thankful they were to have their first day or two of the honeymoon to recuperate. After all the wedding day stress, traveling and time changes don't try to load the first day full of activities. Take a day or two to relax, sleep, and unwind.

Re-Purposed Barrels, A Perfect Design Element For Your Beach Wedding!

Here's an idea for an inexpensive and creative wedding decoration that really struck my fancy -- specifically for a  casual destination wedding on the beach. If you're channeling that laid back feel at your Mexico wedding, or anywhere else, consider this idea. Occasions Online posted the idea of taking old wine barrels that have been re-purposed into fabulous design elements. The author said that when she came across this idea, she had an "aha" moment and wondered why she hadn't thought of this sooner...I must say I felt the same way!

Now I'm a big fan of every one of these ideas featured, and I think they add a look of rustic sophistication to your wedding. Check out the wine barrels turend beach bar and barrel chairs, my personal favorites for a wedding on the beach!

A Wedding Lasso for the Mexican Bride and Groom | Mexico Current News and Mexico Current Events, all the Latest News on Mexico Today

A Wedding Lasso for the Mexican Bride and Groom | Mexico Current News and Mexico Current Events, all the Latest News on Mexico Today: "If you attend a Mexican wedding, you are bound to see at least one of the many Mexican wedding traditions. You might witness the groom giving his bride gold coins or guests throwing red beads at the newlyweds as they leave the church. Another one of these important traditions that all Mexican families follow is the wearing of the wedding lasso.

The lasso in a Mexican wedding is not a rope that you use to catch an animal. It is instead a beautifully decorated rosary or white ribbon that is large enough to fit over both the bride’s and the groom’s heads. The wedding lasso is a symbol of the couples’ union and commitment to each other.

After the Mexican bride and groom have said their vows, the “padrinos de lazo” place the wedding lasso over the couple. It is first placed on the groom’s shoulders and then intertwined and placed on the bride so that it is in the shape of an eight. The couple wears the wedding lasso during the ceremony and then at the end, the wedding lasso is removed and handed to the bride as a keepsake. " ...Read More

Monday, July 18, 2011

Real Wedding Spotlight: Emily and Antonio

Style Me Pretty recently featured a gorgeous Puerto Vallarta wedding, with creative and unique touches galore! Emily and Antonio’s wedding hand-made invitations centered around a papel picado theme, and they really wanted to incorporate subtle touches of that same design into the wedding.

The cocktail hour took place beneath a large palapa where lounging areas allowed guests to escape the intense sunshine, relax and mingle with a margarita! Customized pillows on the couches spelled out words in both English and Spanish, and hand-painted maracas featured a papel picado detail! 

Candles danced along the perimeter of the palapa. Touches of bright color were incorporated into the area in the form of chiffon sheers and beautiful design pillows and were used alongside more neutral and rustic elements including tin stars, wooden tables and organic fabrics. Make sure to check out the full article and pictures from Style Me Pretty!