Coming out of the winter we all dream about a warm beach and a margarita, better if in company of our newlywed husband and our families and friends. That is why we have created this post, to help you navigate in the realm of the easygoing yet OH so details filled beach wedding. There are a few things you need to find out before walking down the aisle…
Our experience of 20 years will help you to plan and solve any questions ahead of time. We are proud to share with future couples always incredible tips about our wedding planning skills. Yet mark my words: this wedding is yours alone… you decide what stays and what goes, only you! 1) Make sure your set up is wind proof Mexican beaches are windy locations, this means you want to think twice about candles, balloons or windy ribbons. Use sturdy decor, we secure everything so your flowers or photos don’t fly. Avoid breakable items. Anything important we will double secure it! Flowers: we have no preference, you want to make sure they stand up well against high temperatures so they don’t wilt. White flowers are the most delicate. Skip the veil or keep it short, or have a young child holding it…or let it fly, like our bride here in the photo.
2) Shade is vital Just as important as Plan B for rainy weather, you need to cover your guests from the elements. Schedule your wedding at Sunset, so more shade is factored in, especially for the sake of the children and older people. Monitor the weather : It’s what we do at WeddingsinPlaya and advise you for the best.
3) Consider an updo and ditch the heels Yes we all dream to stand tall and proud, yet heels in the sand are not the easiest. If you really cannot do without we will get you a solid surface where you can stand. Help your guests choosing the right attire, they will be thankful!
4) Food storage, keep it cool 😎 Weather here in Mexico is hot so food storage is a serious consideration. Consider food that is supposed to be refrigerated and don’t keep your cocktail food offer to more than 30 minutes. Prefer plated dinner to buffet. Avoid cakes with butter cream and creamy food. General rule: don’t pick anything that melts or spoils fast. Again, we are here to help and advise you.
5) Party wisely (…or at least try!!) We had to save people from falling down, crack their skull or have the great idea to swim out to sea when drunk….open bar is too much grace and tough to handle for some. If you know that uncle Jack loves Jack let us know and we will keep a special eye on him. That’s the unheard calling of wedding planners; saving guests from danger, we are kinda Clark Kent but in a dress…
Whatever the number of guests or the type of location focus on accentuating nature. No need to add in too many elements like stones, shells or many flowers. Add in colors to contrast the light color of sand, like tropical colors… Mexican colors are the best! Shop locally, like we advise. Our vendors are all Playa based and we are proud to cooperate with them since 2001! The perfect beach wedding requires planning and that’s what you can expect once you book with us. We will walk with you through the entire process and help you so you never feel overwhelmed. Here is what you can expect when you connect with WeddingsinPlaya. We deliver.
We have been open since 2001 and over 20 years, Erica and I, Maria, have had our share of interesting and incredible clients.
With over 500 weddings planned, there have been clients with whom we still talk, see and exchange information. Some have also come back for their 10th anniversary, or have asked us to plan the baptism of their firstborn. Some have gone forever and that is Life.
I treasure a dozen of them and so does Erica. This couple is in our hearts: Brooke and Travis. They were young, vibrant, artistic, successful and in love. They wanted to get married on the beach and have their best friends and family members around to celebrate their love. The wedding was a whimsical beach event, so original we still remember it after 10 years.
They wanted an original wedding, so Brooke organized with our help a lot of details.
She is an artist and a restaurant owner and wanted to inspire and uplift every guest with her original details. We were enchanted and participated with enthusiasm! From the arch, artistically created and composed to the colorful cake to the cigar table to the musical mariachi band to the fab wedding bends… all was once an idea and then real beauty!
We try to create local art from the source with local vendors and do so in Mexico, where so many artists have talent. The couple wanted to create an enchanted, open-art and unique setting, creating a different ambience for the wedding from the usual.
The result is just for you, under your eyes!
Beach weddings are alluring in many ways: the freedom of the immense ocean and the infinity of the sky brings out sense of joy and simplicity. We love to be the facilitators of such feelings.
Like in every wedding that we organize, if there is a pool… there will be guests in it dancing!
So this wedding was no exception and we all loved to see bride and groom end the dances in the water. Way to go! To infinity and beyond…
Now 10 years have passed, but their love is stronger than ever.
To Brooke and Travis, we can only say: CONGRATULATIONS!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
November is here and winter is almost upon us with its best season in Playa: wedding season. Next March our business will have its 20th birthday and we are incredibly happy to be still working in this amazing and rewarding field. Our approach has been game-changing and we have upped our business as we have learned from every client and every vendor over the years.
We have planned over 500 beach weddings and acquired a long list of virtues that are cardinal to guiding our journey. Humility is the first, always put the client first and listen carefully to the story of their how, what and when. Secondly, generosity.
This involves not just money, but also our skills, knowledge, and time. It also involves the way in which we give, which should be cheerfully and willingly.
Third, assertiveness: setting appropriate boundaries, and doing it in a positive way is extremely important. This virtue has helped us stand up for ourselves and our clients in any situation, say no when we are being pressurized to do something we cannot do (some episodes will go in a book, like ex wives and new wives’ conflicts…) and negotiate when disagreement arises. Treating other people with courtesy and acting according to this virtue, we are letting them know that we value them and respect them. Courtesy also helps us think about our decisions and how they affect other people and makes our interactions whole.
We never stop growing. Becoming virtuous is a lifelong process and we learn until we die. The trend is not in the colors or the type of flowers: it is being you, learning to express your creativity in your wedding because the only worthy end result is a wonderful memory, that you (and us) will cherish together, for years to come.