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In 2014: Destination Weddings on the Rise, particularly for Mexico.

13 Jan

 

Destination Weddings on the Rise

Mexico City, Mexico. January 12, 2013:  According to Yahoo Finance, destination weddings are on the rise.  They are up an estimated 20% due to sites like Instagram and Pinterest promoting exotic locations for brides. Bodas Destino, which literally means “Destination Weddings”, is a promotion and wedding planning company, and is proud to offer fabulous events in wonderful locations for engaged couples who want a romantic destination wedding. Bodas Destino services international clientele and provides plenty of lovely getaways.   Destination weddings to Mexico and other Latin American countries are increasing in popularity among international couples.  According to the Knot Market Intelligence 24% of couples in the United Sates are now choosing to have a destination wedding. Cancun CVB, also publishes that 30% of them are international weddings, with Mexico accounting for 24% of that number, which equates to about 25,000 couples annually, providing a truly memorable experience that is sure to be unforgettable, destination weddings are hard to top.  People from all over the world are traveling to Latin American locations to have the experience of a lifetime among beautiful landscape and unforgettable views.  Many people turn to Bodas Destino to provide the best weddings in Mexico and Latin America.  For couples that are looking for special events, destination-wedding resources or planners, Bodas Destino procures convenient planners, locales and other top professionals for couples. With access to the most breathtaking destinations and venues in Mexico and Latin America, part of its portfolio, guests will have the time of their lives.

Noe Ariza founded Bodas Destino in 2012. Ariza formerly worked as Commercial Director for the well-known Nuestra Boda magazine.  A partnership was recently secured with Carmen Laborin, which will provide a fabulous addition to Bodas Destino due to his experience with Mexican tourism and special interest travel from her work with the Mexican government, tourism & hospitality industries, which procured more destination weddings to Mexico.  Ariza and Laborin are both members of the Association of Bridal consultants and Bodas Destino’s partners. Laborin was appointed “Rising Star 2012” among the top travel agent professionals who are 35 years old or under, by Vacation Agents and Agents@Home Magazines.   More services will be available due to the addition, and she provides excellent promotional and consulting capabilities, along with brand recognition skills.  If you are looking for a destination wedding in Mexico or Latin America, Bodas Destino can help you throw your dream wedding, for Bodas Destino is an ambassador for the top special events’ professionals and locales.

 

FOR CONTACT: Bodas Destino

Phone: +52 (55) 8421-9565

Email: hi@bodasdestino.com

Twitter: @Bodasdestino

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Beach Pink in Riviera Maya BY HUMBERTO CASTILLA PHOTOGRAPHER

 
Wedding by Carmen Laborin. Photo by: Humberto Castilla

 

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Mexico “by nature a romantic country”

5 Dec

Posted on: 30 November 2011

Couples who intend to book flights for a getaway should consider Mexico, as it has been described as “one of the most romantic destinations in the world”…

… Couples find themselves amazed by the freedom, colours and customs of the locals and the way life is celebrated,” Ms Laborin commented, claiming everything from sun bathing to exploring Mayan ruins is catered for.

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The latest… From Wedding Salon Chicago’s getaway winners, to The International Wedding Summit, passing by the Biz Bash blast had.

21 Oct

It’s Fun Friday times indeed for Erin Rohde & Sarah Dodds, from Roselle & Chicago respectively for they were announced today they are the so very lucky winners of the past WEDDING SALON that took place at the W Hotel Chicago a few weeks ago, where more than 700 brides gathered to enjoy, as the Chicago Wedding Planning Examiner, on October 5, says: for “Cookie-Cupcakes, Natural Accents, Colors of the Rainbow, Attention to Detail & Fashion Inspired Weddings, Amongst the Hottest Trends for 2012” showcased.

 

Erin Rohde, is taking a trip of her life with her beau to PUERTO VALLARTA in Mexico, staying at the BARCELO Puerto Vallarta, 4 days/3 nights all-inclusive, with transfers arranged by Tropical Incentives , round trip flights courtesy of the bet Mexican Airlines Aeromexico, an evening of guaranteed fun for “Rhythms of the night”  produced by Vallarta Adventures & to end the night with class and style, a dinner for two at renowned Cafe des Artistes. Oh la la!.

On the other hand who will be enjoying CANCUN at is best is Sarah Dodds, who along her fiancee will be staying for 3 nights at the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort. 4 days/3nights all inclusive stay for two. courtesy of TROPICAL WEDDING EXPERTS.

It was a fun fun event the one in Chicago, and among the lines of the “The Hottest Bridal Trends for 2012 Unveiled at the Wedding Salon” they acknowledged the Mexico Tourism Board, for Puerto Vallarta & Cancun as the ultimate go-to destinations in 2012.

Make sure you follow “TAT’S TIPS” for more news on the upcoming shows & wedding trends, where of course we will be treating you with plenty of surprises.

For those of you who by any reason, don’t know who the author of TAT’S TIPS is, of course Tatiana Byron, celebrity event planner and founder of The Wedding Salon, which produces luxury and high-end bridal expos in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, by the way, know that she’s launching a new business-to-business event for wedding professionals called The International Wedding Summit, which will take place November 1 in New York City, presented itself through a series of ongoing discussions with industry professionals. “Those attending will be wedding vendors from all different categories,” says Byron. “It ranges from photographers and videographers to invitation companies and travel companies. They’re business owners or people in charge of marketing for their business.” she says.

The Summit will have a series of educational sessions that take a question and answer style format, with Byron asking industry professionals for their business insights. Some of the topics that will be explored include brand building, social media, blogging, how to start a business and the art of Web marketing. Professionals from Google Weddings, Vera Wang, Kleinfeld’s and The Knot will be in attendance. Other non-wedding related speakers will be weighing in on topics in attempt to offer insight into successful business strategies at large that can be implemented across a variety of platforms.

For those of you eager to learn bore about “It gets to the core of how successful people become successful,” Byron says. “We have Dylan Lauren, who is the founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world’s largest candy store, and Rory Tahari, vice-chairman of Elie Tahari. They are not in the wedding business but we’re having them in because they’ve both executed successful business strategies. Rory Tahari transformed their brand to be a $500 million company. We’ll be addressing what the turning point was in her business, what were some of the key decisions you’ve made and what were some of the challenges you’ve faced within your business?”

Clients that have previously participated in roundtables and new companies will be invited to attend the International Wedding Summit, with a maximum of 100 attendees.

“Wedding marketers reach a new consumer base each year, which can lead to failure in so many start ups,” she says. “We have pulled together the best business minds behind the biggest brands in bridal, as well as renowned entrepreneurs to create the ultimate learning experience for business owners.”

Some of the BIG names that will be available to attendees of this Summit, and sharing their adventures are: David Berke, President of Colin Cowie Lifestyle, who we happened to say hi to during Colin Cowie’s master presentation on Biz Bash, Shawn Rabideau  (Celebrity Wedding Planner, Bethenny Getting Married), as well as Mark Ingram, Founder, Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier who we haven’t seen since he kindly hosted us for Wedding Salon’s Wedding Boothcamp along with marvelous Carley Roney, Founder of The Knot, bright, sexy, strong woman who we just saw at Las Vegas Wedding MBA, legendary Sylvia Weinstock, Founder of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, Mara Urshel, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld Bridal, Michelle Rago, Michelle Rago Destinations & Google Weddings, Dylan Lauren, Founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar and Rory Tahari, Vice-Chairman of Elie Tahari.

Some of the personalities taking part of the summit were of course at the most recent BIZ BASH event in NYC, which main goal is to reach the meeting and event planners, marketers, strategists and which basically covers the top markets such as New York, Boston, South Florida, Los Angeles & Chicago, not only with conference & trade shows but with great print magazines & online page with very useful references.

Thanks David Adler, for braking your diet while we had lunch at delicious Mexican Restaurant “Toloache’ in NYC, but above all for the great job done putting together a great program for this year’s NY event at the Javits Center just this past Wednesday, where I was more than happy to see &  hear Colin Cowie, whose sexiness I love, but mostly appreciated was his master presentation and ongoing inspiration -who by the way happens to be having a photo shoot these days in Mexico for a campaign with Palace Resorts. He has been more busy now that he recently launched his superb and chic COLIN COWIE WEDDINGS site, which has a beautiful and friendly platform for any bride to enjoy and use for their wedding planning. Also in attendance of Biz Bash (the leading trade publication in the event industry) event, was nominated for Social Planner of the Year awards, Shawn Rabideau.

The event’s highlight was to met in person with MEETUP founder and smarty Scott Heiferman, who on a heartfelt and simple presentation reminded us importance of #connecting.

Along the dynamics of the conference and also in the hallways, we were seduced by an almost magic and truly electric presentation of a so very talented violinist playing amidst a background of current top hits, managed graciously by  super energetic Premier Talent Entertainment’s, President, Troy Curtis.

Two amazing planners’ friends of mine who where there on top of everything at the event, were Andrinique Davis from Andrinique Special Events based in US, but with offices even in Mexico, produce sophisticated local and destination affairs, she has a fun blog if you want to keep up.  The one that deserves the most recognition here is definitely Caty Gomez from Caty Gomez Events, top planner and venues owner -based in Mexico, with offices in Acapulco & Riviera Maya but producing events nationwide- who came all the way to NYC just to check out Biz Bash event and meet with some local vendors for updates on most current products and trends on the industry. She is by far one of the most relatives and entrepreneur women I’ve met, and I’m very very proud she managed to get to NYC, whatever the excuse was originally.

I unfortunately missed out on the magnificent THE KNOT GALA this year and again held at the New York Public Library (still can’t get over last year’s Preston Bailey’s floral sculptures of “Bride & poodles”) but NYC keeps promising amazing happenings on daily basis so know that I’m open for invites. On the meantime I’m ready and confirmed for the The International Wedding Summit on the 1st. November & “Dia de Muertos” Show Installation on the 2nd., in NYC, ABC’s 2011 Annual Business of Brides Conference November 6-8, in Baltimore, MD., and the Wedding Salon NY on the 14th.

Fun Friday to you all.

Be Happy, and Love always,

Carmen.

P.S. Quick reminder on the “Marry Me in the Riviera Maya” wedding contest that has already been opened to Facebook fans and will be held from October 1st-31st, 2011. (You got to check it out. Wish I could participate, if I only had a willing man whom I loved and was committed to, I’d be the first one for sure to share my story and our creative wedding proposal, so simple). Read on here

So what do Peter Greenberg & Criss Angel have in common?

21 Sep

Let’s start with what a hectic day it was yesterday, September the 20th. Not only the day went by magically as if only seconds have passed by, but was so full of news and exciting happenings!!

First of all I find out that my darling beau CRISS ANGEL the ‘Mindfreak’ illusionist just engaged to Sandra her 21 y.o. girlfriend for four years’ in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Was a bit disappointed at first, for on one of my few but wild dreams, is I’d meet him and eventually you know give place to a possibility of falling in love, hey as an illusionist he is, I imagine it would be the ultimate rush to fall in love for a man like him, and bring to the relationship all kinds of trickery and have it be filled with all sorts of surprises, but guess now we would never know the type of fun it would be to marry me… Oh well.

Anyways that who broke the news to us was Vegas DeLuxe journalist Robin Leach and he walked us trough the proposal soirée that actually took place at The One and Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, he writes “It started just as a romantic sunset dinner on the beach close to the crashing waves. They walked along rose petals that had been scattered on the sand to an intimate table for two with a guitarist playing a discreet distance away. They stayed barefoot when they got to the table he’d arranged surrounded by a circle of flaming torches… At the beginning, it just looked like a romantic holiday dinner, but at dessert there were two hearts made from chocolate and cookies, and that’s where he’d hidden the ring to surprise her.” Gee, as you can see true romance is not only for common people like you and I and celebrities or not we can all feel the love well deep inside our hearts, particularly while enjoying the nice warm breeze, watching the sunset, zipping some fine wine  on any of Mexican beaches, made with love perfect for romance. I know love is expressed easier while in Mexico .

About the love, a really sweet ‘thing’ they did as soon as the couple celebrate their engagement -and that which Sandra insisted on- was paying a visit to a local orphanage there, which looks after 30 children, so they did and with all the trimmings, that is, the recently engaged couple trekked to a store and they loaded up minivans and four flatbed trucks with food and toiletries to give to the Casa Hogar orphans in Baja, and that ladies & gentleman is what I call being happy, thankful and caring, a great way to kick start a new stage on their lives. Oh yeah!.

Anyways, back to our initial ‘thing’ here, who I did met about to be 4 years ago was Peter Greenberg at a travel & Tourism even t in Mexico City, where I participated representing the State of Yucatan, where I used t olive then. Well, Greenberg happens to be Travel Editor for CBS News, and appears on The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and across many CBS broadcast platforms

And after having run into each other a few times before, and particularly in the past year while at the Mexico Tourism Board, yesterday let me tell you was a very special occasion, not only we met we greet, but along came the president, oh yes, I did I mentioned Peter, sort of ‘joint-ad-ventured’ with Mexico President Felipe Calderon into Greenberg’s latest “Royal Tour”.  Yesterday begin a very special day a very VIP list was invited to New York’s Guggenheim Museum to attend the private launch of MEXICO: THE ROYAL TOUR.

This “Royal Tour” which is to air on PBS’s network on Thursday September 22nd, 2011, and which is intended to  have producer and host Peter Greenberg, showcasing Mexico in a way ‘no visitor has ever seen the country before’ and yes, that is correct, for this time the show will be hosted and guided by no less than the same President of Mexico, a tour that couldn’t have been more personal, the President even took Greenberg to meet his family –and we mean mom, brothers and sisters- at this hometown in Morelia, Michoacan, they sat down for coffee at their living room and chatted, nothing like this I’ve seen before when it comes to featuring a president’s life on this what’s like a sneak peek into a very special family vacation, so I guess he will eventually face a lot of criticism, but then again, that always happens, and since now is the time to focus on what it’s important, so they did, and the well portrayed some of the Mexico -my home country- really is, and in this case what a better example of hospitality, a heartfelt— through the eyes of its leader.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism Secretaria Gloria Guevara hosted along with COO of Mexico Tourism Board Rodolfo Lopez Negrete welcomed everyone to witness the truthfulness & quality of the show we had among the VIP guest list the first lady Margarita Zavala; Mexico’s Ambassador in USA, Consul General of Mexico in NY, Ambassador of Mexico and UN representative, Mexico’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, joined by State Governors of Chiapas & Quintana Roo, Mexico, among other public affairs & tourism personalities. Truly outstanding was the attendance of Emilio Azcarraga for example who’s President of Televisa Group (largest TV network in Mexico), Juan Beckham, Casa Cuervo’s President (Largest Tequila company in the world), Kirk Kinsell, Intercontinental Hotels Group President, Matthew Upchurch, Virtuoso, John De Nhysschen, President for AUDI, Edward Bastian, Delta Airlines President David Scowsill, President & CEO of  WTTC, Neal Shapiro PBS / WNET President, Catherine Greteman, CEO for NTA, Sam Gilliland CEO of Sabre Holdings, Terry Dale President USTOA, etc. Here the list’s has got to stop since there were almost 300 handpicked guests on this very impressive list to tough to name all. Amazing experience was to be surrounded by some of Mexico’s fan with most influence on the world of travel & tourism.

So, in this trip that PBS and Peter are taking us in, led by President Calderón we have access to extraordinary locations, landmarks and amazing cultural immersions. In one hour, we will see a 5 day packed experience starting in Los Pinos (the Mexican White House), then Morelia in Michoacán, with a  top at the “Santuario de las Mariposas” (butterflies’ sanctuary) regal home to Monarch butterflies, out again to explore the legendary ruins of lost civilizations, seek out their descendants and find the ancient mysteries these sites have hidden for generations in Palenque & magical Chiapas. From soaring across the skies in a hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of Teotihuacan, to whale watching in Baja California, to rappelling stories into a seemingly bottomless pit, the world’s foremost travel journalist uncovers the essence of this captivating and complex nation with the President as his guide. Did we mention also, the visit to great Chichen Itza? or Calakmul in Campeche? Better be prepared, this isn’t for the beach, book & lounge traveler, but the world traveler… They say it is “this is the real Mexico of The Royal Tour”. You want to find out for yourself what is this all buzz about?

Ah, so the question was: what do Peter Greenberg and Criss Angel have in have in common? Well, one response would be: one does magic and another one takes us into close to magical places, one an illusionist and another one as a travel journalist, but hey isn’t; it obvious!?… They all LOVE MEXICO! And they both made my day yesterday, September 21st. Oh yeah! 

 

There you go.

Until next, just love.

 

Carmen

 

Photos: by Robert Landau , SolCaboFotexMX/TVT & Carmen Laborin.

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