Discover How to Make your Tropical Beach Wedding a Hit

Make Your Tropical Beach Wedding Rock

Planning a tropical beach wedding and want to be sure it knocks the socks off your attendees? In addition, do you want your first day of the rest of your life with your spouse to be as close to flawless as possible?

Over the years, we’ve designed a good number of destination wedding and want to share a few things we’ve learned that will make a difference in wowing family and friends. (Why should the happy couple be the only ones who gush over the momentous occasion?)

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Don’t Have Your Ceremony on the Beach

If you are having an outdoor wedding, especially one that’s on the beach, make sure to let your guests know so they can dress appropriately. For some folks, anything that isn’t paved means they’re going to need to wear flats. You’re better off to warn your family than to have an empty dance floor at your reception due to turned ankles and rolled joints. (Plus, you’ll be happier if you don’t try to trudge through sand in stilettos, too!)

Don’t Give Bugs an Invitation

Mosquitoes and other pests can ruin even the most festive weddings and receptions. Plan for bugs! If you’re traveling for your big day, it’s not unreasonable to see what the locals recommend warding off insects in their area. If you don’t get a specific recommendation, bug spray for guests would be advisable.

When I attend weddings in tropical cimates, I personally pack Skin-so-Soft. But use your favorite repellant.

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Your Ceremony Doesn’t Have to be Open Air to be Amazing

Some of our favorite wedding ceremonies, destination and otherwise, have been held in chapels by the water rather than out in the elements. Beautiful scenery and serene beaches are just as perfect when visited after the ceremony. (Plus, it saves the photographer time and effort in the retouching phase – there are bound to be fewer fly away hairs when you don’t have winds coming off the water!)

Stay Cool and Hydrated 

Depending of the season and time of day of the wedding, it may be a great idea to ask your wedding coordinator to pack some bottled water for your guests. While they are waiting for things to start, it can get hot if your wedding is in the summer, at 3pm in the Caribbean or Mexico.

You may intend to do a welcome bags for your guests which is great. It is a good idea to have the cute folding fans in the bag so on the day of, your guests can use them for helping to keep cool if they are outdoors for the wedding.

Want more tropical beach wedding tips? Make sure you’re following us. If you already have your wedding in the works, what are you planning to make your beach wedding out of this world?

Contact us if you need help making your wedding is a hit.


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You can get more from your wedding in Cancun

Real Wedding – couple stuns guests at wedding in Cancun

I can still remember the day I met them…my first thought “beautiful and a very discerning couple.” My first thought, I can see them having their wedding in Cancun.

Karen was stunning in a beautiful blue dress and Brian was sharp in his shirt and tie. As we started our dialog, they listened intently, asked a ton of questions and they both took pages of notes. Our meeting lasted over an hour and two things were pretty clear – they were deeply in love and they wanted a wedding that would capture their individual personalities and lifestyle.

Brian and Karen had a vision of their wedding and they were adamant that their guests have the time of their lives. They wanted the “wow” factor. That meant finding the perfect location, affordable pricing for their guests, having amazing food and a place to party.

We went to work and about 15 months later, we met at Moon Palace Cancun for the big day.

To describe the wedding is an impossible task but I’ll try.

The eve of the wedding, the couple hosted a welcome reception at Lake Terrace.


Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music/dancing and about 55 guests having an amazing time. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Except on the day of the wedding…

Karen arrives for her wedding in Cancun

The chapel overlooking the ocean was the most spectacular location for them to say their vows. It was charming, it was beautifully decorated, it was inviting, and it was imitate. As I sat in the pew towards the back of the chapel, I spied the carriage …

OMG that is Karen in the horse-drawn carriage!

Kleenex please!

And here she comes….

OMG, she’s stunning (I heard myself say while everyone else was totally quiet, speechless to be exact) …

More Kleenex!

Not just for me this time, but for almost everyone!

Her stunning dress was a Provonia…and she couldn’t have looked lovelier. She looked like a princess.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographers at a wedding in all my life. Well, maybe at Princess Diana’s wedding (I think.) May I say, it will be a task to select pics for this wedding album (I would not want that job!)


We went on to a cocktail reception while the couple and bridal party took more stunning pics.

Oops, I digress…

We were ushered to the reception and every single guest stood there for a minute or two in utter amazement. Where did they get these fabulous favors? There were two armoires with pictures, favors, flowers, trinkets…and a table with hand-made plaques. Everything was personalized for Brian and Karen. It was like being in a candy store as a kid…so many things to capture my attention.

The decor was impeccable, the dance floor changed colors, the music was incredible (a mix of Caribbean and Spanish) and the tables were stunning. The wedding team deserves an award for transforming the terrace by the ocean into the most amazing reception area I’ve ever seen.

Brian and Karen's wedding in Cancun

The bridal party came out dancing (their own signature dance to music) and the moment came…the announcement of the newly-weds.

Shut the front door… (my saying for when something is utterly amazing) they took this to a whole other level.

More Kleenex! I really didn’t think Brian could dance like that, but we were in for a real treat.

Dinner was just absolutely to die for. I could have gone back for more, but I wanted to behave and not look like I hadn’t eaten for days. Plus, I may be tempted to lick my fingers.

Pictures aplenty, everyone was snapping! I had to recharge my phone. I was in paradise and experiencing a magical wedding. Where do they do that? Only in Cancun I guess!

Then it was time for the first dance! A standing “O” for the couple…they dazzled us!

Karen and Brian's Wedding in Cancun

I didn’t dance but I watched everyone else, I was having way too much fun. It was a party to remember. This couple…they set the bar for weddings. To have 55 guests echo one word over and over is kind of hard to imagine. But, the theme among the guest was “Perfect, it was perfect.”

The following day we bumped into the couple. They said, they had the magical wedding they dreamed of. It was my honor to help them make their dream come true. It’s a wedding I will treasure for a lifetime.

And…the best part, I grew to love Karen and Brian and I think of them as friends. What more can I ask for?

There is nothing I like better than taking the dreams of a couple and transforming those dreams into reality, so they can have their magical moment.

I’d love to help you plan your fairy-tale. Contact us to start planning your amazing and customized wedding.


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Get more excited about your magical honeymoon

Design a magical honeymoon

Do you find yourself daydreaming? What do you day dream about?

I want to be a princess for my wedding and a queen for my honeymoon! I want the entire fairy-tale…we want a magical honeymoon and the one I dreamed about since he put the ring on it!

We want the whole enchilada!

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This is the conversation that I recently had with Claire. Does this sound like you?

Are you finding that the planning of your dream honeymoon is not as easy as it looks and may take far more time than they imagined?

Yup…I know!

I just spoke with a bride who is planning a destination wedding and she was in tears on the phone. Another bride called about planning the honeymoon her fiancé and her have dreamed about for some time and said she was exhausted, there was too much to sift through.

Let’s face it your dream honeymoon is called a dream for a reason!

If you’re looking to design your fairy-tale, a luxury honeymoon that is magical, then you may be a little overwhelmed on where to start and how to create everything that you dreamed about. You may also find that because of the mountain of information that is available to you, you may have to invest a lot of time (time you don’t have) to zero in on what you want.

Additionally, it does require some knowledge on how to plan, what to look for, how to get the best value, add-on amenities at no extra cost…and the list goes on and on.

Would you like to be able to create memories that will last a lifetime, without having to personally manage every single detail of your experience?

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Many brides get excited to plan their honeymoon, because they want to create a customized experience that they and their fiancé will love. But… then they are unprepared with how many details are involved…

The guest list… the flowers… the DJ… the venue… there are so many things to take care of that it can take months of careful planning, and that doesn’t even include the honeymoon! There is so much information on the internet. It can be very overwhelming!

And, if you DO hire a wedding or honeymoon planner, most of them will deliver a “cookie-cutter” experience, not the customized fairy tale that you’re envisioning.

Whatever you decide, let your honeymoon be all about you.

Reach out to us to share your ideas, questions, comments.


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6 surefire relaxation tips that will revive you

Are you looking for relaxation tips?

Well, here they are?

On Fridays, I literally do a happy dance! The tone of my voice is more cheerful and you can hear the smile. People are amazed and ask why am I so cheerful. They ask for my relaxation tips.

I wasn’t always this way…I would just drag into the weekend. I would think of my stressful week and want to just hibernate. But then I focused on the possibility of just unplugging for the weekend.

Did someone say mini vacay!

Do you feel like that too? Like you want to just chillax and pamper yourself a bit?

Yup…I can really relate!

So, your wedding seems so far away but now…suddenly, there is little time your big day. Every day is one day closer to your dream!

I remember when my son was getting married, every weekend was another interview with a vendor, another visit, another review, more research on wedding tips…

And… and… and…

With so much to do and think about, it’s almost certain that you will find this period a little bit stressful. And just remember, there is no pause button to put life, jobs, obligations on hold because you are planning this special event.

I know what it feels like to be a bride planning a big day.

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Here are some of my favorite tips to help you relax and feel amazing before your big day. Keep in mind you can make these tips simple or elaborate. The point is to try something, so you can de-stress.

1) Meditate – With so many details to give your attention to it is very easy to feel overwhelmed. This tip will clear you head of all thousands of things running through it. Take some time and breathe for a minute per day to get relaxed.

2) Aromatherapy – This is one of my favorite tips when I am stressed. Nothing puts me in a better mood than getting in the tub with some great smelling candle and a nice warm bath. Lavender, chamomile, jasmine and basil have soul soothing capabilities so them in your bath or brew some floral tea.

3) Pamper – A facial, a manicure and pedicure, a hair-do, getting your brows arched and filled in or your favorite style of massage can work wonders in relieving stress as well as making you feel amazing about how you look. Don’t think of these treats as indulgences. Think of them as necessities for staying well-balanced, de-stressed and on point.

4) Exercise – Not only will exercising help you look amazing for that stunning dress or tuxedo, but it has amazing emotional and psychological effects as well. Take a walk, go for a run or take a dance class. Physical activity will help produce uplifting and stress-stabilizing endorphins.

5) Journal – This is a safe way for you to express your feelings and not let them bottle up. Identify what you are stressed about and address the topic. Keep your mind fresh with as many positive thoughts as possible.

6) Romance – Too many days and nights of planning can leave you too tired or stressed to spend quality time with your fiancé. Schedule time together, plan date nights, a movie night or just time together without planning. De-stress together and enhance your mood.

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These are 6 great tips to help you unwind. You know you do not have to be stressed and there is no need to spend your precious time doing things you do not enjoy. Free yourself of the stress and know when to get help.

Let us know about your ideas and tips for relaxation.


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Learn how to curate your dream wedding

Have your dream wedding…the one others will envy!

A wedding is special…as women, we have a very definite picture of our dream wedding. Heck, we been thinking about the event since we were little girls.

I didn’t have my dream wedding, it was not the fairy-tale I imagined. In fact, my photos are in an album…digital images weren’t very popular then.

I got married in Jamaica but had no idea about how stunning a garden or a beach wedding could be.

Beautiful backdrops of the ocean or the lush, beautiful gardens of a fabulous resort…


I didn’t!

My wedding was cool, but there are so many things I would do differently if I was planning it now. We are talking over-water chapel with stunning ocean backdrops, horse-drawn carriage, fireworks etc.

Uhm, I think I am the beach wedding kind of girl!

And…I would have this fabulous beach wedding for less than a traditional wedding.

Are you kidding me?

Nope…it’s all true!

If you want to have a casual, intimate ceremony, outdoor weddings are magical. There’s something about hosting a beach or garden wedding that makes the whole affair feel more relaxed and leisurely. The scenery of either makes for breathtaking photographs and natural light tends to be the best friend of your photographer.

LeBlanc Los Cabos Wedding
Credit: DreamArt Photography
LBLC Wedding Lifestyle Photo Shoot

So, what is so darn special about a Garden Wedding?

Here are a few points:

Beautiful scenery – often the floral decorations can be bypassed altogether in favor of the natural, beautiful abundance the garden offers.

More enclosed – garden weddings have the benefits of an outdoor wedding but tend to be more enclosed. Depending on the venue, a garden wedding may offer more protection from the elements than other outdoor options.

Less expensive – depending on which garden you would like to use to tie the knot, the venue may be reserved for little or no cost.

But you want a Beach Wedding

You can expect:

Incredible views – beautiful beach weddings are the norm. Photos which are taken outside of churches, chapels, and other indoor venues rarely compare.

Le Blanc Los Cabos Wedding
Credit: DreamArt Photography
LBLC Wedding Lifestyle Photo Shoot

Minimal décor requirements – although beach ceremonies can be customized extensively with everything from lighting to music, the coast doesn’t generally require a great deal of intervention.

Cost – A beach wedding is a much more cost-effective choice than a traditional wedding for several reasons. There are no site fees to be paid. There is no need for costly décor. Additionally, your wedding attire will be casual, and less costly than tuxedo rentals and expensive attendant’s dresses purchased at a bridal salon.

If you’re not sure if you want the garden or the beach, consider a Wedding Preview to peek of your special day.

The opportunity to explore the locations, sample caterers and bakeries, hair and make-up etc. can go a long way in helping you “test-drive” your wedding before you commit.

Go ahead…explore, take pics, walk around, see yourself and your guests in the gardens or on the beach.

Can you walk in heels on the beach?

What about décor?

Which pics are most stunning?

Questions like these will help you get a feel for the type of wedding that will fit your lifestyle and tastes.

We’d love to hear your views on your wedding style, contact us to share your views.


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