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Not so long ago, I was interviewed to potentially be the wedding planner for a very unique event! Not only was it going to be a destination wedding but there would be two couples getting married at the same time! The client’s dream for the special day was ocean view (toes in the sand), all-inclusive and stress free. Specializing in all-inclusive destination weddings made these requests easy for me to take on. The couple’s hired my services and while I searched for the perfect destination they came up with a name for the double wedding. They decided on The Double Knot.
The couples originally said they did not want a wedding in Mexico as they had recently attended a family member’s destination wedding in Cancun and they wanted their day to be different. After learning more about the couples and what they each were envisioning, I felt that Cabo San Lucas, Mexico would be perfect for them. I am particularly fond of Mexico because of the ease of travel and the variety of amazing all-inclusive resorts to choose from. I suggested Los Cabos, as it has a completely different feeling from Cancun. The climate is completely different in Cabo from Cancun, it is arid and dry vs tropical, it is truly a completely different taste of Mexico with all the benefits of having a wedding in Mexico. I knew that the weather would be amazing in Cabo in February!! I recommend 3 different properties for the couples to choose from. They settled on Dreams Los Cabos Resort. While this newly renovated property is not a huge resort, it is nicely spread out and has great spots for a picturesque wedding! After booking the resort, room blocks were quickly set up and save the dates were sent!
Throughout the next year, many details would be thought through and planned out. Reception meals were selected, ceremony floral was designed, excursions were planned and welcome bags were assembled. Being a travel agent in addition to wedding planner, I was able to help all 60 guests with room reservations and coordinate with the resort transportation to and from the airport. With all of the thoughtful details from custom koozies to escort card bottle openers and the important aspects like a photographer and flavor of cake, the Mexico destination wedding came together at a remarkably low price. We were able to plan a double wedding for 60 guests for a budget that was 1/2 the cost of what an average wedding in the US would run. This included hiring The French Connection Events destination wedding planning services!
What makes planning weddings so satisfying is the gratitude clients have for helping them make their dreams come true! Both couples were busy professionals with conflicting schedules, not allowing them time to sit down and plan every aspect of a wedding. Not knowing “where to even begin planning a wedding in Mexico,” I was trusted to bring their dreams to reality.
The Double Knot Wedding was a dream come true for so many people. I will forever remember the time spent working with both couples to achieve such a beautiful wedding. A destination wedding is like a mini-vacation for all those attending to celebrate the love between two people or in this case, four! One thing I always tell people is “no one ever says they HAVE to go to a destination wedding” this is because it is more than just a couple of hours celebrating. It is truly an experience!
We are teaming up with our pals over at Pixan Photography to bring you this fab Summer Destination Wedding Idea list. With the 1st day of summer here and we are excited to share these great ideas to help make any Summer Wedding amazing! Be sure to head over to Pixan Photography to see even more of their gorgeous photography and ideas! Happy Planning!
For me, it started with my days of filming weddings for the reality TV show Whose Wedding is it Anyway? and Married Away on the Style Network….I began receiving more and more requests to plan destination weddings. Over the past 10 years I have seen the Destination Wedding industry grow and I really don’t foresee it slowing down. After all, why would it? When has anyone ever said “I HAVE to go to a destination wedding…” Instead guests who plan to make the journey are excited from the moment they decide to go. That excitement continues throughout the entire time of their trip.
For the couple, they have the opportunity of going away to an amazing destination and experiencing it with their friends and family which turns into DAYS worth of an experience not just a few hours.
Destination weddings are really very affordable when you consider what couples are spending on average to have a wedding. Again, with a destination wedding, you are spending this money on days worth of an experience instead of just a few hours of a wedding day. The value is in the memories you will have during this time at the destination.
When you hire an experienced travel professional who specializes in planning destination weddings, your experience is all the more enjoyable. Sometimes dealing with vendors in a foreign country can be challenging. Trying to do that when you are on your lunch hour can be next to impossible. Some travel professionals stick to handling only the travel portion of planning the destination wedding while others will handle all communications with the resort and vendors making it a seamless experience. You simply arrive and begin enjoying yourself when you hire a destination wedding specialist to help you plan your wedding away. Going it alone is doable but so is planning any wedding on your own. The difference is really the experience you want to have for yourself throughout the entire wedding planning and when you are in the destination.
Bringing your destination wedding specialist with you further insures you will have a smooth experience while at the destination. Your specialist will be acting as your advocate throughout the time you are at the destination. Your destination wedding specialist is managing the setup and flow so you don’t have to worry.
It is common for resorts to have multiple weddings occurring on the same day….resort coordinators often have multiple weddings that they are personally handling. Having your destination wedding specialist with you is the difference from being the most important wedding for that resort planner’s day vs just another wedding.
As your destination wedding specialist we have resources and relationships that we can rely on when the time comes.
We LOVE destination weddings!
The Southwest School of Art is one of our favorite locations for a wedding and reception in San Antonio, Texas. Being a San Antonio based wedding planning firm, the bride and her mother reached out to us to help in planning this destination wedding. The bride literally booked this venue without ever having seen the location in person! She relied on photos from Pinterest and other sources to give her inspiration. She fell in love with it’s charm and history. We had the best time working with Suzanna and her mother to create this romantic wedding. Photos by: Christine Sargologos