Bay wedding in Paamul

We often cry at weddings, but this time it was lighthearted, relaxed and vibrant. People often ask me why I chose to become a wedding planner. The answer is pretty simple! When my husband and I were searching for our perfect planner, we had real difficulty finding someone who ticked all of our boxes, we wanted someone we could relate to who was trustworthy, vibrant, personable, full of passion and who was able to plan and deliver a wedding that truly reflected us.


Eventually, we found her and she made the whole process such a simple and enjoyable one.
Now, I am the lucky one who is able to create for my couples what our planner did for us and I truly love the whole process!  From our first coffee catch up, to hearing all of the funny little stories that you’ve made throughout your own journey together, to the new journey you’re about to embark on in becoming a married couple.

What i really love at weddings, is the beautiful stories that surround the air. How you met, how you came together, what emerges from your family and friends: the atmosphere you create and feed for the family and friends that join you. It is magic!

Raoul is in love with Jamie

Jamie, the bride, wrote to us: Maria, thank you so much. Yes, the wedding was wonderful. Due in large part to Paula – she gave a beautiful ceremony that a lot of the guests commented on later that night – it was heartfelt and touching, and it just felt like it was being said by someone who truly cared.

The restaurant could not have been more perfect. We were so worried that the seaweed would ruin our day that we actually drove out there that morning to check on it, but it could not have been in better shape. They really do a great job of caring for the beach there. Really impressive. And I say the same for the staff at Paamul. The staff went above and beyond. The food was incredible. I already wrote a review for them on Google. 

What counts is the FUN!

So she wrote and we are extremely happy that another couple has lived a great day! What makes our job real is the people behind the ceremony. Real, vibrant, fun people who want to celebrate life, love and family. We love it!

Grazie to Alessandro Banchelli from PhotostudioAB, Kalu from Paamul and Paula Riquelme, super minister!!

Maria

Why we do what we do

Profit is only half of the story. Discover the rest.

Read on to understand why we love what we do (so much) and why we are so grateful to the people of Mexico who have taught us to be real.

Gandhi once said: Be the change you wish to see in the world. I love that because it puts in our hands the authority to do something to change what we do not like. Why do we love Mexico so much? Because it’s helping us to learn this: you can really do more for others and doing that you become something different, something less selfish and more joyful. Like in the Velveteen Rabbit: you become Real.

We have been in business in Mexico for over 20 years. Things have been great and we are still alive. Clients have been wonderful, happenings happened in the right way, we have been lucky and, maybe, diligent. But the real amazing fortune has been to live and learn from Mexicans. When I arrived in Mexico, this is Maria speaking, I was extremely (inadvertently) Eurocentric. I thought that I was coming to live in a Third World country. Little did i know that the limitations were all inside of me and that opening up to this country has been a real blessing. Real good has been done to me. It’s almost impossible to define the Mexican spirit to the ones who do not live or deal with Mexicans. From the outside Mexico looks like a dangerous, messy, chaotic place. I won’t deny that. 

But the spirit of Mexico is a pure, genuine open heart that gives. Only in Mexico can you read a letter to “Dear friend robber” on the door of a business, explaining that there is nothing to steal since “i am a poor devil like you” (real story). Only in Mexico they can steal from you (just a little :-))) and you love them nonetheless because they make you feel happy they are in your life.

There is a true difference between us and them: They take life in a joyful, disenchanted, free way that we only dream of. The real teachers have been my maids, the workers of the garden, the people that have helped me to organize weddings. The real teachers have been the most humble people in all moments of the day showing me generosity without money, joy in loss, security amongst dangers, hope in despair.

I have only received beauty, laughter and real help from all the Mexicans that I have encountered. The price? To open myself to a different way of life, to let go of my (false) securities and my beliefs to grow more and experience a different possibility of being alive… like a MexiCan.

Five tips to glam up your Beach wedding

Blue Venado Wedding Laura Joe

Beach Wedding anyone? All of you!

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…

STAN LEE WE LOVE YOU

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.

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

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!

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.