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Top Wedding Resort Hacienda Encantada Highlights Getting Married in Cabo San Lucas This Fall

15 Oct

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Once travelers set foot at Top Wedding Resort Hacienda Encantada, they soon see exactly why so many travelers who visit the area find it to be such a romantic place. The resort is home to sweeping views, something that many who visit Mexico hope for. Using these as a romantic backdrop for wedding photos will create a lifetime of memories.

After their ceremony, many will want to stick around Cabo San Lucas for the honeymoon as well. Relaxing at any of the beautiful beaches in the area, especially Lover’s Beach will be the perfect place for newlyweds to celebrate their relationship for the first time ever as a married couple. There are many other beaches nearby as well, including the famous Medano Beach, where people watching and many delicious restaurants await.

After a day sightseeing around, come back to relax at Hacienda Encantada. Famous for providing the best place for travelers to unwind, and the holistic spa is a great place to do it. After the ceremony, every couple needs to take some time to just be. A sure way to beat the stress to spend time indulging in the luxury spa treatments available at a travelers fingertips. The Temezcal experience is one that many refer to as life changing, a ritual originating from Mexican tradition known to be cleansing, providing the ultimate relaxation. Following up with a couples massage or facial, Hacienda Encantada knows this honeymoon will be one to remember.

Hacienda Encantada knows those who are already married will have a wonderful time here as well. Hacienda Encantada shares the resort is also known for being a romantic place to plan other events than just weddings, so perhaps a future vow renewal or anniversary ceremony could be planned at the resort as well. This is a great option for all those wanting to share a special moment together in the near future. For more information on planning a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas with Hacienda Encantada, contact the resort today at; planner@haciendaencantada.com

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BODAS DESTINO LATINOAMERICA -DESTINATION WEDDINGS’ SITE- LAUNCHES. All the info you need to plan a dream destination wedding.

23 Dec

Destination Weddings on the Rise

Mexico City, Mexico December 20, 2014:  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 Latinoamerica, which literally means “Destination Weddings Latinamerica”, 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 Latinoamerica 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 Latinoamerica 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 Latinoamerica 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.

Bodas Destino Latinoamerica has finally launched under the lead of Carmen Laborin, which will provide a fabulous addition to Bodas Destino Latinoamerica due to her 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.  Laborin, is also a member of the Association of Bridal consultants and Bodas Destino’s owner. 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 company’s new direction, and 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 Latinoamerica is an ambassador for the top special events’ professionals and locales.

 

DREAM WEDDINGS. EXTRAORDINARY LOCATIONS.
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 The #1 Reference for locations and services for weddings and events, launches its online magazine.

 

DESTINATION WEDDINGS LATINAMERCA, launched on December 1st., 2014 the most comprehensive and attractive information platform in the world of weddings and events, as well as the direct link to the “Top Wedding Providers” or wedding vendors. This is a must for experts and current partners. A communication platform, which recommends everything needed to consider the integration of the most memorable in the world of weddings and romance moments; and only for firsthand experiences.

The launch of this online magazine, is great news for the events’ industry, for which is shared, is born from the expertise of prominent members of the industry, who have high sensitivity and knowledge within this highly specialized segments; as they are the romance travel and destination weddings ones.

DESTINATION WEDDINGS LATINOAMERICA, is a comprehensive and modern site, where the newest trends in event design, fashion, travel romance will be communicated; among other recommendations, the most extensive network of providers for planning and organizing a wedding. On this platform, new entrepreneurs will also find strategic partners that strengthen, reaching proposals for greater impact in creating unforgettable moments for its clients.

There are 4 main areas that make up this Online Magazine:

  • Locations Galleries: destinations, hotels and venues featured.
  • “Inspiration” articles: dreamy ideas, including ‘Real Weddings’ references
  • “Expert Zone” articles on specific themes suchas a budgeting, site inspections, protocol, etc., and including a form to send us your ‘Q & A’s’ which our experts will reply to.
  • Database of outstanding wedding vendors.

The launch event was held on December 1, 2014, at 17:00 hrs. in the renovated space that belongs to the Hotel Camino Real Polanco “TOY GARDEN”. The event gathered more than 150 trade guests and the most important figures of the Travel, Weddings and Special Events’’ industries from various cities of origin  Mexico.

In addition to communicating the launch of BODAS DESTINO LATINOAMERICA, a experts’ panel was held: Dagyi Rivera, Director of New Projects for Latin America ABC Bridal Consultants, the largest  Association of consultants and suppliers to the industry’s and most recognized in the world; author of “WOW QUE BODA: Secrets of a Wedding Planner for a memorable wedding,” Lucrecia Islas, who is a textile designer, fashion/color specialist, designer and owner of Butterfly Events Linens, Tony Yarto, Founder and Director of entrepreneurial ecosystem Incubatour. Creator and leader of Latour Turespacio -set Group of companies dedicated to the promotion of tourism and Jorge Hernandez Delgado, former President of the AMAV, the National Association of Travel Agencies in Mexico, and current President of the Confederation of Latin American Tourism Organizations (COTAL). This panel was moderated by Carmen Laborin, former Director of Weddings and Romance Meetings Industry for the Mexico Tourism Board and current Consultant for the Weddings and Romance segment as well as Managing Partner of Bodas Destino Latinoamerica. In this panel topics covered related to: “Destination Weddings today… And tomorrow: Trends and challenges in the industry by 2015 “.

 

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MEXICO MAKES MAGICAL DESTINATION WEDDINGS’ MEMORIES FOR ANY COUPLE & OFFERS SPECIALISTS A NUMBER OF VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIPS IN 2012

23 Mar

NEW YORK, March 22nd. 2012 – Destination Weddings Meet the Sensitive Needs of Today’s Couples, and for that reason Mexico invites travel agents and wedding planners to their 2012 familiarization trips so they can experience first hand.

While most couples on their honeymooners head south for Mexico’s perfect beaches and pristine waters, that’s not all there is to see and do. With decades of experience in wedding and honeymoon planning, Mexico wants to woo the world as its new capital of romance! Exotic cities, luxurious spas, rich traditions, vibrant history, friendly locals and a multitude of bonding experiences, make the allure of Mexico hard to resist when it comes to L-O-V-E. And some of the world’s most popular celebrities are taking notice. Mexico has already had success in attracting several high-profile stars to its gorgeous locales for romantic honeymoon getaways. In fact, US Magazine declared Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita as two of its “A-List Honeymoon Destinations,” for hosting couples such as actress Hilary Duff and hockey player beau Mike Comrie, as well as reality starlet Khloe Kardashian and L.A. Laker hubby Lamar Odom. It’s no surprise that Mexico was the only destination mentioned twice on the list, because when it comes to honeymoons, romance and weddings, Mexico’s got skills.

The country’s exotic locales, accessibility, romantic atmosphere and favorable climate are only a few of the reasons why more and more couple’s are finding themselves marrying south of the border. Having decades of experience in the destination wedding industry, the country offers knowledgeable wedding specialists to partner up with, creative event production and out-of-this-world culinary offerings. Not to forget, that with a number of cultural, adventure and social activities, a wedding in Mexico is the perfect excuse for a guilt-free mini-vacation! What truly sets Mexico apart as a prime wedding location is the great attention to detail placed on weddings. This is primarily due to the importance of marriage in Mexican culture, which ensures that every wedding in Mexico is only of the highest quality.

On top of that, destination weddings are “a profitable match for agents” says Travel Market Report, and Mexico is the number one locale for creating unforgettable destination weddings memories for anyone’s clients. For that reason, the Mexico Tourism Board, along with a number of local VCB’s and their Secretaries of Tourism in Mexico, have come together to invite qualified TRAVEL AGENTS & DESTINATION WEDDING SPECIALISTS from USA or Canada to participate on any or all of their “2012 VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIPS” scheduled on several dates ranging from April 30th., to November 7th., 2012, and covering 9 cities and beaches of Mexico that have romance product of excellence.

As a semi-hosted buyer program, the destinations aim to bring top wedding planners or related travel specialists to their magical destinations in an effort to showcase their locales as the perfect location for honeymoons, weddings & special events. The primary goal this trip is to increase their visibility and its premiere facilities and services, as well as strengthen the relationships with travel industry partners for an amazing opportunity to learn about the beauty, folklore, traditions and modernity of colonial jewels of Mexico, unparalleled in beauty & value, as you know, there’s nothing better like living the experiences firsthand.

2012 ROMANCE & WEDDINGS RELATED FAM TRIPS PARTICIPANT DESTINATIONS’:

LOS CABOS DESTINATION WEDDINGS’ SUMMIT

(4 days/3 nights) 30 April – May 3rd. 2012 . Open to 20-30 guests.

Cities of origin: Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, San Diego and Seattle (AIRPORT: SJD / Los Cabos International Airport).

CONTACT:  Paloma Palacios / info@visitloscabos.org

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels and resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing and much more. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach. Couples looking for the perfect place to get married and/or have their honeymoons need not look farther than the intimate and breath-taking location of Los Cabos. Warm breezes, star-filled nights, and endless beauty are the perfect combination for a romantic and luxurious wedding or honeymoon for lovebirds seeking a memorable experience. It’s Time2SayIDo!  www.Time2Cabo.com

*NOTES: Special flight rates might be offered for this destination with AA or The Los Cabos Hotel Association, might be able to reimburse qualified attends up to 250 USD per person, as travel aid.

PUERTO VALLARTA

(4 days/3 nights) May 22-25th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT: PVR / Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport).

CONTACT: Ana Regla / ana@visitpuertovallarta.com

Puerto Vallarta is a place full of fantastic food, culture, natural beauty and romance. The cobblestone streets, charming colonial architecture and lush landscape make Puerto Vallarta a unique location for your destination wedding, vow renewal or romantic getaway.

Puerto Vallarta is a popular choice among couples planning destination weddings because of its picturesque views, beautiful flora, clear-blue waters and magnificent mountains. Have your ceremony at sunset on one of Puerto Vallarta´s pristine beaches or exchange vows with a view of the mountains

*NOTES: Special flight rates might be offered for this destination.

CANCUN & COZUMEL (5 days/4 nights) June 18-22nd., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

18-20 CANCUN / 20-22 COZUMEL.

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT:  CUN / Cancun International Airport)

CONTACT: Rocío González Jonguitud / rgonzalez@cancun.travel

Cancun is the perfect setting for love, pleasure, passion and experiencing unforgettable moments. It is a magical place where you can be in harmony with nature while enjoying all the comforts of a large city set in the lush jungle. Cozumel, a dreamy caribbean island setting, fun day trip excur­sions, good restaurants and duty free shopping. For Cancun product guide, click HERE.

CHIAPAS (5 days/4 nights)  July, 4-8th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin:  Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas (AIRPORT: TGZ Angel Albino Corzo International Airport )

CONTACT: Patricia Castellanos / pcastellanos@destinochiapas.com

Chiapas is a great place to discover just how much more Mexico has besides beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Chiapas has beautiful colonial cities, vibrant indigenous culture, fascinating archaeological sites, and incredible natural beauty, from rain forests to waterfalls.  San Cristóbal the former state’s capital, where you’re being hosted, has gorgeous architecture, fascinating museums, and exquisite restaurants and bars.

QUERETARO (4 days/3 nights)  august, 21-24th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles. (AIRPORT: QRO Querétaro International Airport)

CONTACT: Graciela Gorraez / ggorraez@queretaro.gob.mx

Querétaro is a cultural and historic state recognized, more than once, as World Heritage. It is a natural paradise for finding adventures and discovering ancient traditions. It is an artistic, fun, safe, and romantic place. We invite you to meet the splendor of México.

RIVIERA NAYARIT (5 days/4 nights) September 18-22, 2012 / Open to 10 guests

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT: PVR / Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport).

CONTACT:  Richard Zarkin / rzarkin@rivieranayarit.com

Riviera Nayarit is an exciting and wondrous adventure; here you’ll have the best experience upon your arrival. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, a stunning treasure awaits you — Riviera Nayarit, a tropical wonder whose coastline stretches for almost 200 miles, and whose southern border unfolds just 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

This destination provides a backdrop of intense skies, emerald mountains, abundant vegetation and endless beautiful golden beaches for an unforgettable celebration experience. In every beach, in every little town, the lush vegetation, the extraordinary animal species and the beauty of nature will leave you totally awed. Nayarit’s coastline winds north through the municipalities of Banderas Bay, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago and Tecuala

MERIDA (5 days/4 nights)  October 7-11, 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles. (AIRPORT: MID)

CONTACT: Rosa Elena Vermont / rosa.vermont@yucatan.gob.mx

Merida, in Yucatan state is a perfect fusion of past and present, It is a constant dance of colors, aromas, sounds, flavors, textures… It is a never ending mosaic of prodigies to be discovered. Due to their status as a multi-cultural state and vibrant cosmopolitan city, Yucatan and Merida have become some of the trendiest places in Mexico. Luxury, exclusiveness and comfort, show themselves in their luxurious properties of finest style and care as if born for hospitality.

Their motto is to smile and make their visitors smile. The hospitality, the warmth of their locals and their singularity, sets them apart, and pride them into sharing it with their visitors, who easily become friends.  To know Yucatan is a unique experience, always different. Yucatan it’s said to be a “Land of Universal Wonders”

IXTAPA (4 days/3 nights)  November, 4-7th., 2012 / Open to 10 guests

Cities of origin: Los Angeles Calgary, Houston, Phoenix, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, Denver & Minneapolis. (AIRPORT: ZIH Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport ).

CONTACT: Guillermina Camarena / guille.camarena@visitiz.com

Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, is a dual offering of deluxe resorts and vil­lage charm; romantic tropical bay setting, good water sports and golf, very relaxed pace.

During the VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP, participants will enjoy a number of activities, site inspections, as well as some social events at properties, to be presented on an ITINERARY from each destination, with a fantastic program they have come up with for your enjoyment and convenience. This will be sent to you on expression of interest with them.

Complimentary registration for this VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP includes:  

  • 3-4 nights’ accommodations in a top hotels & resorts. Individual rooming.
  • All meals on program at destinations
  • Airport transfers to/from the destinations and hotels as well as TO/FROM tours, activities.
  • Planned social & recreational activities on program.
  • Attendee certificate from local VBC office as a destination expert.

***The local destinations have arranged with hoteliers & local vendors on additional incentives, which will be confirmed during the main destination presentation, for those attendees that close a wedding group within the next 45 days of the familiarization trip***

Interested planners and romance travel consultants willing to attend may direct their inquiries or RSVP’S directly the representatives for the participant destinations.  We suggest as early as possible, and no later than 1.5 months before each of the familiarization trips’ dates, since it’s a wonderful educational opportunity to be treated into Mexico’s premier destinations, spaces are limited.  Confirmations will be then confirmed directly with you, by each of the destinations based on those guests that fit the agent/wedding planner criteria, on first come first serve basis.

Aeromexico and American Airlines premier Mexico partner with a large number of daily direct connections from USA to Mexico tourist destinations will be offering discounted rates for agents attendant these Mexico familiarization trips.

Please allow MEXICO the opportunity to HAVE YOU AS GUEST OF HONOUR on our Fam Trips designed for you to experience all that these magical Mexican locations have to offer as wedding destinations for your clients’ memories for life.

Look forward ot seeing you soon in Mexico.

 

Carmen Laborin

 

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN MEXICO, PLEASE E-MAIL: weddings@visitmexico.com.

About the Mexico Tourism Board. The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB functions as an executive agency of Mexico’s Tourism Secretariat, with autonomous management and the broad participation of the private sector. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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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

www.visitmexico.com

 

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

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