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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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Wedding by Carmen Laborin. Photo by: Humberto Castilla



ZANKYOU MAGAZINE: El amor y los rituales sagrados de la Boda Shamanica Maya

20 Nov

I’ve been asked to collaborate with ZANKYOU (Gee I so love their name!) a fabulous worldwide wedding registry, wedding website provider and super fun magazine with a number of useful and current articles on all weddings-related topics. One of their best features is that it provides brides & grooms free personal -and easy to use- website builder to publish and share with their loved one the main aspects about their upcoming wedding.

I’ve featured my first article on something I’ve suddenly been hearing and people commenting a lot about lately, and that is the MAYAN culture, with all the end of the world buzz (not happening like that by the way, at least not according to our savvy Mayans) but mostly because of people trying to go “back to basics” when it comes to marrying the one they love, putting aside more and more the formalities of the traditional ceremonies in the quest of authenticity and more meaningful exchanges of vows and commitments. For that and with the help of some very kind guides and friends I’ve written this first collaboration named “El amor y los rituales sagrados de la Boda Shamanica Maya” (How your Spanish knowledge these days by the way?).

Ok, while my articles are currently in Spanish on ZANKYOU MEXICO, I found that my article could easily be translated into english language VIA GOOGLE URL TRANSLATE (what a tool uh!?) and so I’ve come to have a second version of my article right HERE for you, may you want to check it out. It is on LOVE AND SACRED MAYAN SHAMANIC RITUALS for non-traditional or spiritual wedding celebrations. I really hope you like it, and if so please share your comments and click like for me would you 🙂

My next article in ZANKYOU MEXICO is about the great destination of LOS CABOS Baja Sur, Mexico. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like me to talk about, please let me know what it is, as I’d love to write more for you and the topics of your interest.

Hope you like my article on ZANKYOU.



And the DESTI Award goes to… MEXICO!!!

17 Feb

2012, is the the inaugural year of DestinationWeddings.com “DESTI Awards” by DestinationWeddings.com , the leading destination wedding and romance travel company in the world, rewarding the absolute best of the hotel and destination performers. Trough the DESTI AWARDS, the company recognizes resorts for their destination wedding capabilities and accomplishments within the wedding market. These awards are the exclusive result of DestinationWeddings.com customer service and satisfaction feedback during the course of 2011.

DestinationWeddings.com has recognized Love Mexico Weddings, as a recipient of a special award for the incredible contributions to the destination wedding and romance travel industry. “Love Mexico has amazing educational forums and must be applauded for their efforts in educating travel agents, wedding coordinators and resort staff” say Destinationweddings.com officers.


  • The top destination winners of the 2011 “DESTI” Awards are: Special Recognition Award: LOVE MEXICO WEDDINGS
    And this was the surprise we received yesterday!: “… We are delighted to inform you that Love Mexico Weddings is awarded The DESTI Award for your significant contribution to destination weddings and romance travel. Love Mexico Weddings has been recognized for its outstanding destination wedding training and exceptional accomplishments within the destination wedding and romance travel market. This DESTI Award is testament to the professionalism and hard work of the team at Love Mexico Weddings and we would like you to pass on our congratulations and thanks to all of them. The ultimate accolade is customer satisfaction and this is what we mutually strive for”.

The award ceremony will take place at Vallarta Palace where this year’s recipients will meet during Tianguis Turistico 2012 in Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit.

When I asked Ed Cotton, Chief Operating Officer for DestinationWeddings.com what where his thoughts about marrying in Mexico he immediately responded “I’ve seen thousands of couples marry in Mexico. We have had approximately 7,800 of our couples marry in Mexico in the past seven years and we have arranged travel accommodations for about 343,200 guests attending weddings there. Nearly 60 percent of our destination weddings take place in Mexico and there are plenty of reasons why”.

We discussed as per his experiences how Mexico offers those with small and large budgets much to choose from in terms of resorts, wedding packages, activities and tourist attractions. He added: “Mexico boasts a rich culture, lush landscape, stunning scenery and a variety of activities, making it one of the most popular destinations for couples to marry at. And the most trouble couples and their guests have during their weddings in Mexico is partying a little too much!”.

In terms or styles and sites, we agreed there are endless romantic ceremony sites from which to choose. Whether a couple envisions their ceremony on one of Mexico’s incredible white sand beaches, in a beautiful botanical garden or in one of the country’s historical churches, there’s truly something for everyone.” Then he added:  “couples can also choose from hundreds of beautiful resorts which feature gorgeous suites, quaint double rooms and luxurious designs. Whether a couple is looking for a small hotel on the coast of the Riviera Maya or a high-end resort in the heart of one of Mexico’s colonial cities, there is a property to meet their needs”, and that’s what the DESTI awards praises, excellence for destination weddings clients.

Other very important point that he made, had to do with weddings in Mexico being  affordable, which is one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding where to have a wedding, considering also the trip is also affordable for their guests.  Not to mention, once the main events have passed, there’s so much for couples and their guests to see and do.  He talked then about the archeological sites, exciting excursions, beautiful beaches, hip restaurants, local eateries and swanky bars and clubs. “A wedding in Mexico truly allows couples and their guests to be immersed in culture, music and romance. The plethora of activities, sites and ceremony and reception venues keep engaged couples coming back year after year” Mr. Cotton highlighted.

The wrap up our session, Mr. Cotton concluded “No matter where our couples stay in Mexico, the atmosphere, culture, attractions and landscape in unbeatable. While couples leave Mexico with incredible wedding memories, their guests leave with wonderful memories as well”, and I couldn’t agree more.

Friends, with this opportunity I remind you to make sure you check out the MEXICO WEDDING PLANNER online booklet for a weatlh of wedding realted Mexico destination profiles and references. Or for some Mexico weddings testimonials, we were invited to check out DESTINATIONWEDDINGS.COM blog

Thank YOU very much DestinationWeddings.com for awarding Mexico trough Love Mexico this very meaningful award.


Carmen Laborin, Romance Director, Mexico Tourism Board



Xcaret, an absolutely magical place in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Wedding Venue ‘spectaculaire’!

17 Feb

I felt like I just HAD to share with you a wedding that was recently e-mailed to me and that so happens to be one I helped negotiate and arrange while I worked for Grand Velas. I had the pleasure to meet this lovely & handsome couple Venus & Jaime, trough Ana Cruz from ANA CRUZ EVENT PLANNING, all of them based out of Florida. They indulged in amazing journey in Riviera Maya with the closest friends & family, stayed at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, where they spent most of their time and had their pre-wedding events, and for the big day Xcaret, was picked to host a very meaningful religious ceremony follow by an exciting reception dinner and endless partying.

I must confess, I got chills when I looked at their wedding pictures, not only for they are spectacular, but for they are FILLED with true emotion. I love it. Glamorous Mexican Wedding, of fine & fun people. SO GLAD, SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS, WHAT A TREAT!!!

A BIG BIG hurray for Ana Cruz of Ana Cruz Event Planning in FL. HOPE YOU ENJOY.

To see the full gallery click HERE.


Riviera Maya’s Xcaret, is so amazing, that Bridal Guide Magazine, just shot a fashion editorial in this eco park, wish published on the magazine’s first issue on newsstands on 2012. You can read the fantastic blog post by Bridal Guide’s Fashion Editor Naima DiFranco from the editorial photo shoot in Mexico HERE.

See the slideshow for other amazing wedding photos at Xcaret that I love:

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***Note: Various photographers. Pierre Visual Studio, Fer Juaristi, Zasil Studio, pending.

Xcaret is an archaeological park located in Riviera Maya, Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean Sea shore. Enjoy a show at night, with more than 300 actors on stage, resulting in a musical journey through the history of Mexico since pre-Hispanic times to the present day, with all the colorful costumes, folklore and dancing. The recreation of a pre-Hispanic ball game, a charro celebration, a Mexican cemetery, a coral reef aquarium, a butterfly pavilion moreover underground rivers, beaches and natural pools, a place where you can swim with dolphins and have fun with countless attractions and activities that will make you live magical experiences. Xcaret has 2 chapels, in which you can have catholic, or non-denominational wedding ceremonies, one is an outdoors-indoors chapel on the hill overlooking the Caribbean sea and another one, is actually on a cave, with an amazing sculpture and lighting, that welcomes and surprises anyone that comes in, for it feels so magical, the main area where the minister and bride and groom stand is semi-surrounded by a natural cenote (sweet water sink-hole), and that my friends it’s pretty unique.

Gabriela Rodarte, is the special Event’s Manager, and can be reached at: grodarte@xcaret.com .

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