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  • The French Connection Events & Travel

    Welcome to The French Connection Events & Travel. We are a boutique wedding planning firm where our focus is on the quality of the event not the quantity of events we plan. Meet the owner and creator of The French Connection, Tracy French. You may have seen Tracy before. She has been planning weddings for 17 years and was a featured core planner on the Style Network. She has had her work featured on two hit wedding television shows, Whose Wedding is it Anyway? and Married Away. She is an A-List Planner for Destination Weddings and Honeymoon's Magazine, is the go to gal on WOAI 1200 Radio for all things wedding and has had many of the weddings she has expertly planned featured both online and in print. Tracy is a destination wedding planner and is a destination travel specialist. Specializing in Mexico Weddings, Cancun Wedding, Tulum Weddings, Riviera Maya Weddings, Cabo Weddings, Jamaica Weddings, Punta Cana Weddings, Grand Cayman Weddings and more.

    When you team up with Tracy French and her team at The French Connection you get a partner to help you through the maze of planning your special day. As Tracy says, "It is for the bride's happy memories is why we do what we do". Enjoy your big day by allowing Tracy French and her staff of professionals to provide you with the services needed to make your wedding day an event to remember.

    Consultation By Appointment Only: 210-349-8301 Email: info@thefrenchconnectionevents.com

Here in San Antonio, we have been working through an unusually cold winter that has us longing for Spring weddings equipped with warmer weather and floral design! Looking back on last year, we still think about how much we enjoyed wedding planning a garden inspired Jewish wedding that brought family and friends from all over the world to San Antonio, Texas. Our Bride and Groom lived on the opposite sides of the country from one another and selected us to plan their destination wedding right here in San Antonio!   Nearly all of their 300 guests were from out of town!

We spent countless hours perfecting every single detail of this large, outdoor wedding.   As with all of our out of town clients, we had several “power meetings” with them when they were able to come to San Antonio to meet.   Then just three days before the wedding, San Antonio was hit with heavy rain, completely waterlogging the original outdoor venue (San Antonio Botanical Gardens) and it was not going to be dry in time for the wedding!   We were faced with having to call each the bride and the groom, who were both getting on airplanes from their different cities to travel here for their wedding, to tell them that the wedding would not be feasible at the Botanical Gardens.   We explained the situation but informed the good news was that we had a new venue that just happened to be available and let them know we felt confident we could make the switch.   They both said they trusted us and let us work our magic.   Our team worked to rearrange the entire wedding accordingly.   It was truly one of those moments where having a wedding planner helped the couple remain stress-free and enjoy their special day!   As we say, we felt the bumps for our client so they could continue to enjoy their wedding.  In the end, we all agreed that the wedding turned out to be perfect and the new venue, the Mc Nay Art Museum, and felt like it was meant to be!  Photos by:  Jeremy Minnerick

 

 

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Longing for a truly unique wedding destination?  Want to take your wedding away but not to a beach or other traditional destination wedding venue?   Consider Antigua, Guatemala.   Antigua, Guatemala is a Spanish colonial city in Central America.   Famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches.   The city literally feels frozen in time.  Travel is very easy to Antigua via Guatemala City that is just 40 miles away.   There are many things for you and your guests to see and do when visiting Antigua.   Guests can stroll the cobblestone streets and explore the many Catholic churches, visit a chocolate maker, tour a Jade factory or hike up one of the volcanoes overlooking the city for amazing views. Also near by there is deep sea fishing off the Pacific Coast that is approximately 1 hour away, a championship golf course near by that sits in the shadows of active volcanoes, historic Mayan ruins are a day trip away, there are coffee plantations to tour and so much more to do.   Antigua offers many boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants and markets in the small 9 square blocks of the city. The best time to visit is during their dry season which is November-April but weddings are best November-March.   This is a destination that is rich with culture and ready to greet couples and their guests to make a memorable wedding away.    I look forward to returning with my next wedding couple!  photos by Pixan Photography

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photos by:  Casey McCarty

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!

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