Throwback Wednesday

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.

Mexican colors!

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.

WE LOVE YOU.

MANY THANKS TO meganthompsonphotography.com

Virtues for beach weddings

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.

Primož & Kaja, Love before lockdown

True love is a hug in the wind…

Slovenia is a lovely little country, nested between Hungary and Italy. I am proud to come from those lands, my birthplace is Gorizia, a city divided into 2 from 1945, one part is Slovenian, Nova Gorica and one part is Italian, Gorizia. Even if small, Slovenia has incredible gems: lakes, high mountains, incredible beauty and amazing people. Two of them are the protagonists of this story, a wonderful love story that will wow and move you. They are Kaja & Primož.

Slovenia, independent since 1991

Primož met Kaja a few years ago, they were fresh from college and trying to make sense of what comes ahead. He fell head over heels, she was giving priority to her career and study. But love and a steady heart can win over anything, Kaja soon understood how funny, amazing and sensitive he was and they started love story, business & life together. A few years later, after their baby was born, they felt ready for a wedding, but being such clever and whimsical individuals they wanted to have a real party in a real party town: Playa del Carmen , Mexico, in February. The ideal cure after a long cold tedious winter in Slovenia: MEXICO!!!!!

The newlyweds with their closest dear ones, on the beaches of Mexico

They wrote a few months before the Covid Chaos and i had the honor to see them a few time, in Italy and in Slovenia, Ljubljana, the modern and vibrant capital of Slovenia. They wanted a wedding tailored to their style: relaxed yet lively and high-spirited, as they are, young entrepreneurs with a full life, a satisfactory business and a young child. They are very much in consonance and one was finishing the sentence of the other, always with lightness and laughter. A joy to me!

Life smiles

They wanted a secluded place and chose the untouched beauty of the beaches north of Playa del Carmen, near Villa Secret Jewel in Playa del Secreto. A safe harbour with very few tourists…

The sky is not the limit…there is no limit

The condos were lovely and the owner super kind, allowing them to have a little celebration with a lot of heart & fun, as they are! Their flare and cleverness, joined with such kindness bruoght over 20 friends to Mexico to celebrate their lives, their love and the happy union…

Kaja’s beauty

The wedding was celebrated a few days before the Covid explosion reached Europe, and life as we knew was changed drastically. Yet the ceremony, performed by Paula Riquelme was heartfelt and family and friends will cherish a memory so amazing in the years to come…

Kaja’s dad, the fun guy with a tear…

The group was happy to be in a tropical setting, coming from a long European winter, they enjoyed not only a wedding but a whole week of fun and sun, as very often happens. After the ceremony a lovely dinner was held by the caterers of the villa with lots of Mexican ‘comida’ – a different taste and color greatly appreciated by the Slovenian bunch, used to different tastes!

Kaja in the wind, with a lovely look of her husband, Primoz

So, why are so many coming to Mexico to marry? I believe it is the possibility of have a great holiday and a very relaxed, beautiful wedding. Winter in some countries is harsh. Come to Playa, marry your love and celebrate with a lot of tacos, tequila and all your loved ones!

We will be here for you, 20 years ago and tomorrow.

To celebrate life, accomplishments and love with all of you!

Mayan Riviera, a nearby heaven for legal weddings

Couples of different nationalities hear us: the Mayan Riviera, a nearby heaven for legal weddings


Love does not know boundaries nor walls, but sometimes it requires a visa. 
Do you want to get married to your French fiance’? 

Do you urge to marry your beutiful Brazilian girlfriend?

If you are a US citizen, Canadian or European, you know how complicated it could be if your partner comes from abroad.

The Governments require a Spouse visa and you need to arrange  a lot of papers to make sure they can be able to enter the US or Canada and legally spend their lives with you.

Even the wedding friendly Las Vegas won’t help and if you plan to travel to their country and get married there, think again, you still have to hassle with bureaucracy.


We have great news for you: Weddingsinplaya.com can make this process pretty simple. Here in the State of Quintana Roo, the Mayan Riviera, the legalities are simplified.

Legal documents are easy to obtain with our help!

You can travel here to get legally married, while having a small vacation by the Caribbean sea and all you need are your valid passports. 

Legal weddings made easy

Even if you are eloping and nobody is coming with you, we can provide witnesses. Nothing else. No birth certificates, unless one of the two is a Mexican citizen, no special visa or any kind of permit. It is as simple as having a shot of Don Julio Reposado… with lime.


Come to Playa del Carmen for 3-4 days and we will make it happen. Around one month later we will mail you your international wedding certificate with the apostille, which makes the certificate internationally valid. We also provide the service of legally translating it into English, so you do not even have to worry about that, when you register your wedding back home.
Now you can file your wife or or husband visa permit as your legal partner and start your happy life together!
Contact us for specific infos and we will explain you all the steps of the process.

Just relax, have a margarita and let it happen!

Why do you want to hire pros Destination Wedding Planners

Wedding Day has Magic

Destination weddings have become trendy and posh. We started working in 2001, almost 20 years ago and the number of couples choosing Mexico as their final I DO destination has been increasingly growing. The market is full of planners, all ready to swear by their effectiveness.

Why do you want to hire pros that have been proficiently and longer on the market?

Find out 5 reasons why.

  1. We have mastered the experience of planning

Over 19 years, we have organized more than 500 weddings. Small, large, beach, cenote, interracial, inter religious, gender fluid, complex family dynamics… Stress can be felt. Yet we are open minded, understanding and resilient. We know the who and where. We possess a combination of skills and experience that will make your life easier and will make you look smart.

2. We have built strong relationships with reliable local vendors

Your wedding is a very serious matter to us: we are extremely particular about the vendors we work with: over the years they have proven to us that they are not only excellent at what they do, they are also reliable and genuinely care about our couples. We treat them very well and look out for each other. This results in an awesome wedding.

3. We will be respectful of your budget

Over the years, we have learned many tricks for saving our couples money and we love to share them. Plus we will help you with understanding how to choose a location, what is really important and how to get the best deals in Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya.

4. We will be there for you and your guests

Our planner attends to every wedding , so you can celebrate and enjoy your fab day. You can let us know of any allergies, any whims or any needs: we will help creating the best space for you both and your guests.

5. We know what we are doing and how to control different situations

Getting married is an important emotional milestone in your life.

We are here to make it a stress-free experience, so you can enjoy every minute.

Perfection is not about following written steps or a schedule. A wedding is a living entity shaped by each person and their wishes. If you need more or less time for your photo session or your speeches, or simply take a little time alone with your new spouse, we will make it happen.

Flexibility is key in the smallest of details and sometimes even big ones if you decide to make some mayor changes…… (except the partner!!!)

You can rest assured we will treat your wedding as our own.

Thanks to all of our fab photographer for their contributions: Del Sol, Quetzal photography, AB photostudio, Lili Breton photography and Marina Pochepkina.

Ten years later… what happens after they say I do?

What happens after the princess marries her prince?

A few success stories after we say good bye…. Happy Val DAY!

Today is February 14th, Saint Valentine.

I am in love with love, not for nothing i do this job.

It is so amazing to get to meet our clients before they get married and start their life together, but what happens after it?

I often remind to my brides that if they put the same effort in the marriage as in the wedding… it will go always incredibly well! Something must stick, because on 600 couples only 5 divorced, so we must bring some luck… or they are quite amazing themselves…

The fact that we say good bye at the beginning of the adventure is not a motive to let years go by without any news. We keep in touch with our ex clients, send them love and also see some of them in Playa, like Erica in this photo!!

We often hear from them, some come to Playa and remarry after 5 or 10 years… we meet the children and i cannot wait to see what else they are going to experience.

Not all have kids, some party like rockstars, like Maryann and Cesar, below, that got married with me in Tulum over 10 years ago….

We love all of their choices, because life is made of real people and real adventure. Here 3 of my fav, Jaimie and Denee, married at Grand Coral 11 years ago.

All of our clients are dear to our hearts, yet time goes by and some of them we never see.

Yet we have fond memories of all of them and wish them a life that is amazing, long and full of love .