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Mexico’s official website has a revamped design and content including a Destination Weddings’ micro site

9 Jul

The Mexico Tourism Board is the organization entrusted to coordinate, design and develop the national and international strategies for tourism promotion for Mexico, specifically the one responsible of promoting the numerous incredible destinations and activities that Mexico has to offer, as well as Mexico’s many natural and cultural locales. For this matter and looking into way of spreading the good news and all the wealth that Mexico has to offer for first time visitor and for long time travelers alike, the tourism board has today re launched its website on a new and more friendly platform, with revised and more useful content and social networking capabilities so we can all share the best of Mexico’s to the world, including the amazing exotic locales that the country offers for destination weddings’ groups or other special celebrations.

A dedicated weddings micro site style, is part of the revamped Visit Mexico site with an impressive amount of information including destination weddings destination profiles, Mexico specialists & wedding planners directory, frequently asked questions, photographer directory, honeymoon travel advise, etc. Make sure you check out the new Mexico Weddings website: http://www.visitmexico.com/en_us/VisitMexico30/Weddings__Romance

In 2011 Mexico had a record breaking year for tourism, with 23.4 million international travelers visiting our destinations; which was historically Mexico’s best year for international tourism. In 2012 already about 4.9 million international tourists have visited Mexico in the first five months of 2012 representing a 5% increase year on year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN MEXICO, check out the new Mexico Weddings website or for specifics you can e-mail: weddings@visitmexico.com . Be our guest. Marry Mexico.

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$27,000 USD worth: The 32+ Mexico giveaways at the HOUSTON BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA, air fare and honeymoon hotel stays in PuertoVallarta, Los Cabos, Morelia, Cozumel and other 10 destinations in Mexico.

6 Jul

This weekend -July 21 & 22nd-, Mexico representatives are coming together for the Bridal Extravaganza showcase, to take pace in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston, Texas. The show is on its 27th. Bi-Annual edition, and considering it gathers more than 400 companies in 700 display showcases, the Bridal Extravaganza is definitely the place where brides from the area will find everything they need for a dream wedding, be it a destination wedding or a local one, from flowers, to dresses to extraordinaire honeymoon locales in Mexico.

The 10 Mexican destination and hoteliers represented at the MEXICO TOURISM BOARD booth -located on Aisle 1300- are eager to meet all the prospect brides attending the shows to share with them honeymoon & destination wedding ideas for their special day, some promotional gifts and also of course the more than 32 prizes, for which attendees must enter to win by signing up to our raffle in booth 1331 to be one of the lucky ones to get home with one of the multiple mexican honeymoon giveaways there are for you.

The overall value of the prize bag colected for giveaways for this show is of about $27,000 USD, with about 100 room-nights to be delivered to some of the lucky registrants.

Round trip air giveaway is provided by Aeromexico. The 14 different destinations that are providing the amazing prizes are:

Se the details of our sponsoring partners and start planning which prizes do you wish to win:

TRAVEL: AIR, Anywhere to Mexico with Aeromexico flights

(2) TRAVEL CERTIIFICATES for one roundtrip economy class positive space ticket on Aeromexico form any USA gateway to Mexico Destination for two.

White sand beaches, turquoise waters and amazing colonial cities are just some of the beautiful settings in Mexico where Aeromexico takes you to say “I do” on that very special day; or spend a honeymoon full of unforgettable moments. Mexico is a destination selected by thousands of US couples every year to celebrate this special moment. Aeromexico makes it easier for friends and families to couples by offering special fares from major gateways in the U.S. such as Chicago, New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Houston, just to name a few; to some of Mexico’s most beautiful destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Leon; new couples can fly in comfort and style with the superior service that Aeromexico offers on board.  Brides and grooms can also receive an upgrade to business class when flying to their favorite Mexican destination.

Mexico’s premier airline Aeromexico from routes such as LAX, HOU, NYC & CHICAGO. They have  a modern and safe fleet, outstanding service and one of the few airlines –if not the only one- offering complimentary warm meal on flights over 4 hours, and up to two checked bag as complimentary baggage allowance on international flights. Aeromexico currently operates more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s Mexico City International Airport hub to 40 destinations in Mexico, 15 U.S. locations in 11 states.

MICHOACAN STATE: Patzcuaro

HACIENDA UCAZANAZTACUA /// 4 days/ 3 nights STAY ONLY at Royal suite “REINA IRERI” for 2 people (valid for one year).

Hacienda Ucazanaztacua, is an amazing 7 suites, Lakefront hotel built with the higher standards of labor force of the native artisans of this region as well as with endemic materials of the best quality, handmade adobes, just to mention some. A property that took years In the making with a lot of love. This dream property is located in a traditional fisherman’s village in the state of Michoacan in Mexico, only 20 minutes from Patzcuaro, which centuries ago was the heart of the Purépecha culture. Indulge in your relaxation and the love for food, nature and your partner, for this place is like heaven on heart.

Contact: www.haciendaucazanaztacua.com / contacto@haciendaucazanaztacua / Twitter: @ucazanaztacua

MANSIÓN ITURBES ///4 days/3 nights STAY ONLY, in DBL room for two people including breakfast (valid for one year).

Former residence of one of the leading families in Patzcuaro, Hotel Mansion Iturbe is an enchanting Inn, nestled in front of Vasco de Quiroga Square with an outstanding location close to all major attractions. This XVII Century Mansion has been meticulously restored to its former splendor by the descendents of the original owners.

Come to Patzcuaro and enjoy this beautiful hidden treasure of the colonial Mexico from the XVI Century. Strolling the town from Mansion Iturbe is very easy due to its location close to everything, but Patzcuaro is also an excellent base to explore the tourist attractions of Michoacan. Patzcuaro and the Lake Region have a lot of festivities during the whole year to share with you, full of color and traditions. Don’t miss the traditional Market on Fridays in Patzcuaro

Contact: Ph. +52(434) 342 0368 / www.mansioniturbe.com / recepcion@mansioniturbe.com / Facebook/HotelMansionIturbe / Blog: www.mansioniturbe.blogspot.com / Facebook/ HotelMansionIturbe / Twitter: @mansioniturbe

 

HOTEL POSADA LA BASILICA /// 4 days/3 nights STAY ONLY for 2 people (valid for one year).

Posada La Basilica is a gorgeous mansion built in the 18th century and converted into a hotel in 1942. This property is beautiful, rich in antique furniture, spectacular patios crowded with colorful plants and quiet areas, a peaceful getaway for relaxing in a tranquil environment. From the hotel you can admire the most beautiful city views with its red roofs, the antique Cathedral and San Agustin Convent.

Located across from the church from which it takes its name, this 18th-century colonial home is the personal work of its owners: quiet, luminous, and full of details, overlooking like no other location the tiles and the lake that define the city.  La Basilica is THE place to call home during your travels because of its discreet charm… and its authenticity visible in every detail of the house, its location… next to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud. Because of candlelit table in the patio… a postcard image that comes alive at sundown.  Because of Tekare… its’ traditional restaurant and panoramic lookout point. An indispensable stop while in town.

Contact: Ph. +52 (434) 342 11 / www.posadalabasilica.com.mx /

Morelia

HOTEL LOS JUANINOS /// 4 days/3 nights STAY ONLY at Superior room with a view for 2 people (valid for one year).

Originally a 17th-century noble palace, Los Juaninos was converted into a superb 30-room hotel in 1998 when it was renovated with all modern facilities and comforts. Yet this landmark building faithfully retains its architectural grandeur, harmonizing with surrounding Spanish colonial buildings of Morelia’s Historic Center which, in its entirety, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, these aristocratic buildings “reflect the town’s architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements.”

The hotel’s impressive facade and lobby, thick stone walls, graceful stairways and arched hallways combine with guestrooms and suites, each one distinct, forming an ambience reminiscent of Morelia’s glorious past. Balconied windows have breathtaking close-up views of Morelia’s cathedral: the varying shades of its pink quarry stone facade by day; glowing magnificently at dusk; and dramatically illuminated at night. The city’s tree-lined main square is just across the street, a vibrant setting in the heart of Morelia, capital of the State of Michoacan.

Contact: Ph. +52 (443) 312 0036 / www.hoteljuaninos.com.mx / juaninos@hoteljuaninos.com.mx

DEGUSTATION MENU AT LOS MIRASOLES RESTAURANT & WINE BAR /// Enjoy a delightful tasting menu for a traditional gourmet ‘Michoacano’ lunch, for two (valid for one year).

Contact: www.losmirasoles.com

 

GUANAJUATO STATE: San Miguel de Allende

HOTEL CASA DE SIERRA NEVADA /// 4 days/3 nights STAY ONLY for 2 people (valid for one year).

The hotels 9 historic mansions holds just 37 rooms and suites, many with fireplaces, exquisite fabrics, art and antiques. Select from 3 different venues for your vows and festivities, and enjoy casual and fine dining at two prominent restaurants, relaxation at the pool and spa and sightseeing by foot, horseback, bike and hot air balloon.

Contact: http://www.casadesierranevada.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/casadesierranevada / Twitter: @OrientExpress

 

QUINTANA ROO: Cancun 

BARCELÓ TUCANCUN BEACH ///4 days / 3 nights ALL-INLCUSIVE HOTEL two people (valid for one year).

Cancun The Barceló Tucancún Beach hotel, is located in Cancun, on a beautiful white sandy beach bathed by the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean and Nichupte Lagoon.

Barceló Tucancun hotel stands out for its quality and personalized Barceló All Inclusive program, which lets you to enjoy all its services and facilities. These include
4 restaurants, 5 bars and  3 swimming pools.

Only 25 minutes away from the Cancun International airport, 25 minutes away from downtown, just steps away from “Kukulcan Plaza” shopping centre and 5 minutes walking from “La Isla” the newest shopping mall in Cancun, here you will find the best boutiques, restaurants, bars and fashion discotheques.

Contact:  www.barcelo.com / +52(998) 891 5900 /  tucancun@barcelo.com

BARCELÓ COSTA CANCUN /// 4 days / 3 nights ALL-INLCUSIVE HOTEL  two people(valid for one year).

The Barceló Costa Cancún hotel is a beautiful complex built in the Mediterranean style in the Bahía del Caribe with views of the Playa Linda.

Barceló Costa Cancun hotel stands out for its quality and personalized Barceló All Inclusive program, which lets you to enjoy all its services and facilities. These include
4 restaurants, several bars and lounges, a giant swimming pool, a gym as well as both daytime and night time entertainment.

The hotel has 358 comfortable luxury rooms and junior suites providing you with everything you need to fully enjoy Cancun’s sun and sea on your holiday.

In addition, the Barceló Costa Cancun hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Cancun International Airport, very close to a golf course, shopping centers, and the city’s nightlife.

Contact:  www.barcelo.com /  +52(998) 849 5601 / costacancun@barcelo.com

Puerto Aventuras

BARCELÓ RIVIERA MANAYA COLONIAL-TROPICAL /// 4 days / 3 nights ALL-INLCUSIVE HOTEL  two people(valid for one year).

Barceló Maya Colonial & Tropical sets amidst the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean and the mystery of the Mayan World, only 45 miles south Cancun International Airport, 12 miles south Playa del Carmen and 20 miles north of Tulum, it is surrounded by spectacular lush gardens with tropical vegetation, this  Colonial style architecture resort is the perfect mix to rest & relax or participate with endless entertainment options. Barceló Maya Colonial & Tropical is ideally for families, couples, groups of friends and meetings. Barceló Maya Colonial & Tropical features a total of 960 guest rooms, 8 restaurants and 8 bars, free form pools with Jacuzzi, children’s pool, a fun filled Barcy Kids Club including a water park specially designed for children up to 12 years old, non-motorized water sports, 18 hole mini golf, Teen’s Club, Discotheque, Theater, Gym/Fitness center, spectacular nightly shows with live band music, 7 tennis courts, professional soccer field.

Contact: www.barcelo.com / +52 (984) 875 1500 / asistenteventas@barcelomaya.com / TWITTER      @barcelomayabr

COZUMEL

HOTEL ALLEGRO COZUMEL (OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS) /// 4 days / 3 nights all inclusive hotel stay for two (valid for one year).

In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel resort. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs.

Contact: Ph. +52 (987) 872 9770 / www.occidentalhotels.com/allegro/Cozumel.asp / agerenciaoac@mx.occidentalhotels.com

www.facebook.com/#!/AllegroCozumel /

HOTEL OCCIDENTAL GRAND COZUMEL /// 4 days / 3 nights all inclusive hotel stay for two (valid for one year).

Only the Caribbean’s most famous reed system could match the beauty and splendor of the Occidental Grand Cozumel, which is exactly why the two exist side-by-side. Located on Cozumel’s gorgeous San Francisco Beach, just above the bottomless blue paradise of the Palancar Reef system, you’ll find and authentic-style state that delivers all of a private oceanside hacienda. Gourmet dining, bright and airy rooms, nightly music and entertainment, daily sports and beach activities, and an on-site spa and salon make the Occidental Grand Cozumel the jewel of any Caribbean experience.

Contact: Ph. +52 (987) 872 9730 / http://www.occidentalhotels.com/grand/Cozumel.asp

reservasogc@mx.occidentalhotels.com / www.facebook.com/OccidentalGrandCozumel / Twitter: @ohr_tweets

HOTEL CORAL PRINCESS HOTEL & RESORT/// 4 days/3 nights hotel only stay for two (valid for one year).

Turquoise clear waters, a relaxing milieu, the most amazing sunsets, a warmhearted service, starry nights, a tropical/contemporary decoration, natural coral reefs and luxury hotel facilities are waiting for you with arms wide open, here in Coral Princess Hotel & Resort.

Oceanfront resort located on the North side of Cozumel Island, 5 minutes away from the airport by car, just 15 minutes walking distance away from San Miguel Town and 5 minutes away walking distance from Puerto de Abrigo Marina. We are well known for a kind and friendly staff which will do almost anything to make you see we sincerely care about you. 142 Luxury rooms, Standard rooms and One, Two and Three Bedroom Deluxe suites.

Contact: Ph. +52 (987) 872 3200 / www.coralprincess.com / reservation@coralprincess.com / Facebook: Coral Princess Hotel & Resort / Twitter: @coralprincessmx

HOTEL B COZUMEL /// 4 days/3 nights hotel stay only for two (valid for one year).

Surrounded by the beauty of the Caribbean, this hip hotel has an avant-garde offer for travelers in search of new experiences. The boutique property blends modern and traditional trends in design, cuisine, music & art. It offers diving, SPA, Jacuzzi& more!.

Contact: Ph. +52 (987) 872 0300 / www.hotelbcozumel.com / info@hotelbcozumel.com / Facebook: hotelbcozumel / Twitter: @hotelbcozumel

HOTEL EL COZUMELEÑO BEACH RESORT /// 4 days/3 nights hotel stay only for two (valid for one year).

A truly unforgettable all inclusive experience with over a mile long sandy beach famous for snorkeling and sunbathing. Spacious rooms with tropical décor all open to furnished balconies with beautiful views of Caribbean turquoise waters and breathtaking sunsets. Specially designed kids club, minigolf, Tennis Court & non-motorized water activities included.

Contact: Ph. Toll Free 1 (800) 437 3923 / www.elcozumeleno.com / rsv@hotelcoz.com / Facebook.com/hotelcoz / Twitter: @Hotelcoz.com

HOTEL MELIA COZUMEL ALL INCLUSIVE GOLF AND BEACH RESORT /// 4 days/3 nights hotel stay only for two (valid for one year).

Meliá Cozumel All Inclusive Golf & Beach Resort makes the perfect home base for experiencing “La Isla” natural and historical splendors. Top-notch service and stunning ocean views offer a fine welcome after an inspiring day of sightseeing. Still, with the resort’s extensive activities menu, plush accommodations, premier golfing, plus all-inclusive food and drinks, many couples happily spend their entire vacation on property.

Contact: Ph. + (987) 872 9870 / www.meliacozumel.com / www.romancebymelia.com / melia.cozumel@melia.com / www.facebook.com/MeliaHotelsInternational

HOTEL PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL COZUMEL RESORT & SPA /// 4 days/3 nights hotel stay only for two (valid for one year).

With breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and its crystalline water, Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa is an intimate, elegant destination on the beautiful island of Cozumel …

Imagine standing on a white-sand beach, looking at the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by candles and flowers, saying “Yes, I do” to the person you want next to you for the rest of your life. What a better way to start your life as husband and wife, with the perfect setting for a storybook fantasy honeymoon.

We can provide you the menus, the beverages, the decoration and the music and a wedding specialist on site. The only thing you need to do is to choose what you would like to have on your first day of husband and wife. For more information please visit our weddings web site, www.cozumelwedding.com

Contact: Ph. +52 (987) 872 9500 / www.intercontinentalcozumel.com /

AURA GRAND RESORT COZUMEL ///4 days/3 nights hotel stay only for two (valid for one year).

At Aura Grand Resort Cozumel –adults only- everyone will find a place that suits them perfectly. It could be because we are the largest beach front resort hotel on the island of Cozumel. But we think it is more about the service and the fun we serve up. Those looking for a more exclusive experience will love our Sabor Exclusive section with its large rooms and additional amenities.

Our Garden Villa Section offer beach front access rooms or a quiet and relaxing Caribbean garden view room, but everyone gets to enjoy lots of amazing things to do at this active resort.

Contact: Ph. Toll Free: 1 (800) 413 3886 / weddings@auraresortscozumel.com / www.saborcozumel.com

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR: Los Cabos

ME BY Melia contemporary Resorts & Urban Hotels /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two.  In Deluxe Ocean View room (valid for one year).

On the finest stretch of beach, as one of the premiere Cabo San Lucas resorts, its 151 rooms and suites with our luxury “The Level” experience, arranged in a terraced embrace of free-form pools and gardens, Bali beds and sunshine. Well known for being a midweek Lounge hotel & a hip-sexy-cosmopolitan weekend Party Hotel Me Cabo holds a cool hypnotic groove.

Individualized service is the living, breathing soul of the culture of ME. At its heart is the belief that “Everything Is Possible.” The Aura Managers of ME Cabo, a Los Cabos resort, are the key to discovering just how much fun it can be to be you, at ME Cabo.

Bar and Restaurants: Passion Club and Lounge, Nikki Beach, The Deck & Tequila Fusion.

Contact: www.facebook.com/experiencemebabo / www.me-cabo.com / Ph. +52 (624) 145 7800 / @followmecabo

HOTEL FINISTERRA “The Heart & Soul of Cabo”/// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two (valid for one year).

Location is everything in Cabo! . Live the legend of Hotel Finisterra’s unique architecture overlooking the Bay of San Lucas on our Deluxe Rooms or enjoy the largest family rooms facing the Pacific sunsets in any of our Jr Suites. All within a short walk to restaurants, night life, shops, fishing and water sports. Free WiFi in Lobby and Restaurants. Let us host your Wedding at Lands End!

Contact: www.finisterra.com / ventas@finisterra.com / Ph. +52 (624) 143-3333 x 2042

RIU LOS CABOS, BCS /// 4 days / 3 nights ALL INLCUSIVE hotel stay for two (valid for one year).

Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas is a luxurious and exclusive five-star hotel with a total of 642 tastefully decorated Junior Suites and Suites. This All Inclusive property has breathtaking views, unlimited leisure options and fabulous cuisine. Reliably the best option to recover strength and to escape from the big city noise.

Contact: www.riu.com / +52 (624) 146 7160 / palace.cabosanlucas@riu.com / FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Riuhoteles / TWITTER: @RiuHoteles

La Paz

HOTEL COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two.  In golf course view double room. With 2 breakfasts included at Mosaic Restaurant (valid for one year).

CostaBaja Resort and Spa is just 10 minutes south from downtown La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. The resort is set on the magnificent Sea of Cortez overlooking a 250-slip double-basin marina and a white sand beach. Just north of the hotel, lies Isla Espiritu Santo where you’ll discover one of the greatest marine reserves in the world, along with the best sport fishing in Baja Sur.

Contact:  www.costabajaresort.com /  mmaldonado@costabajaresort.com / Ph. +52 (612) 3 60 13 / Twitter: @resortcostabaja / www.facebook.com/costabajaresort

FUN BAJA ”/// 1 tour for 2 people to either  Isla Espiritu Santo (all gear, meals and drinks included) or whale watching tour (all gear, meals and drinks included). Valid for one year.

Grupo Fun Baja provides snorkeling and scuba diving trips, excursions to the islands of the Sea of Cortez, whale watching, camping, kayaking and land tours of the highest quality. Fun Baja also offers combination scuba camping trips and scuba certification programs from beginner to advanced. Whether it is your first time to visit Baja California Sur or you are an experienced traveler to Baja, you will find a Fun Baja tour package that is right for you.

Contact: www.funbaja.com / Ph. +52 (612) 106 7148 / ecastillo@funbaja.com / Twitter: @enriquemrfun / www.facebook.com/funbaja

Todos Santos

HOTEL CALIFORNIA, TODOS SANTOS, BCS /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two (Valid for one year).

Welcome to The Hotel California. Choose from 11, sumptuously appointed, fancifully furnished rooms and suites. Each has been individually decorated with rich fabrics and a collection of unique artifacts. Sip a cocktail on your private terrace while watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Gather in one of the hotel’s secluded lounges or discover a mysterious hideaway. Take a dip in the “Hotel Guests Only” lushly landscaped pool and enjoy the idyllic weather that only Todos Santos, Pueblo Magico,  can offer.

 Contact: Ph. +52 (612) 145 0525 / www.hotelcaliforniabaja.com /  www.facebook.com/hotelcalifornia /  www.twitter.com/hotelcalibaja / info@hotelcaliforniabaja.com

Loreto

POSADA DEL CORTES HOTEL BOUTIQUE /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two (Valid for one year).

In Loreto, B.C.S. Mexico, is available on your upcoming visit to the First Capital of Las Californias. Posada del Cortés offers 7 very comfortable rooms, specially designed.

Stay with us, we guarantee a nice and comfortable stay, with the advantages of being located a few steps from the Historic Center, You will also have access to bank services, the City Hall, different restaurants, cafés, car rentals, spa, supermarket, drugstores, etc. The Loreto Malecón, Loreto Bay Marine Park are only 150 mts. away.  Welcome!

Contact: www.posadadelcortes.com / reserva@posadadelcortes.com / www.facebook.com/stayingloreto / http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-03ec-b342-756b?ln

GUERRERO: Ixtapa

LA CASA QUE CANTA /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two at Grand Suite (valid for one year).

La Casa Que Canta: Small, Private, Romantic hideaway surrounded by the ocean. 25 suites with breathtaking views of Zihuatanejo bay. Infinity pool, sea water pool and Jacuzzi, Spa, renown Restaurant and attention to details.

Contact: Ph. 1 (888) 523 5050 / guestservice@lacasaquecanta.com / www.lacasaquecanta.com / 

 

OAXACA STATE: Huatulco

BARCELO HUATULCO /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel stay for two in all-inclusive (valid for one year).

This magnificent premium category 5-star hotel, is situated right on the beach front, with a 351 rooms.

Our facilities: 2 pools, 2 restaurants with buffet sevice, 4 restaurants (Spanish, Mexican, Japanese, seafood and steak house), 6 Bars, Theatre air conditioning, 3 tennis courts and a lighted multi-purpose, water sports, mini club and children’s play area, gym with sauna and Minigolf. 

Extra services: Laundry, Tours and Excursions, Boutique, Tobacco, Spa, Beauty Salon, Wireless Internet, Medical Clinic and Babysitters. It has been awarded various quality distinctions: H, Cristal, Star’s & Diamonds and the Green Globe Award for sustainability.

Contact: Ph. +52 (958) 583 1440 / huatulco.ventas@barcelo.com / cm.huatulco@barcelo.com / www.barcelo.com / Twitter: @barcelohuatulco

RIVIERA NAYARIT

Riviera Nayarit is providing a full package for this giveaway:

  • (1) Local transfer for 2: airport-hotel-airport, provided by TRAFICTOURS
  • 4 days / 3 nights hotel stay for two at all inclusive – 4 diamonds AAA, MARIVAL RESIDENCES
  • And a tour for two for Rhythms of the Night by VALLARTA ADVENTURES.

Details As Follow:

TRAFICTOURS /// Local transfer for 2: airport-hotel-airport

The largest inbound tourism company in Riviera Nayarit, one of the top three in the Mexicna Caribbean representing The Mark Travel Corporation and Vacances Air Transat Holidays among other.   

 MARIVAL RESIDENCES ///4 days /3 nights hotel stay for two at all inclusive (valid for one year).

Picture perfect romance starts here. Bride and groom begin their life together in perfect tropical settings; with reception, flowers, wedding cake and much more, all included on you special day.

Contact: Ph. +52 (322) 226 9740 /  www.marivalresidences.com /sales@marival.com.mx / http://www.facebook.com/MarivalResidencesWorldSpa / https://twitter.com/ResidencesWSpa

VALLARTA ADVENTURES /// Tour for two people, for Rhythms of the Night show (valid for one year).

Vallarta Adventures, Riviera Nayarit ’s premier tour and activity provider, offers a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions with things to do for people of all ages. 

Luxury is our magic. There’s a sense of fresh beginnings that saturates the pure and natural Riviera Nayarit, making it ripe for romance; stoking the flames of passion here is a simple venture.

JALISCO STATE: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is providing a full package for this giveaway:

  • (1) Local transfer for 2: airport-hotel-airport, provided by TROPICAL INCENTIVES
  • 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two at MELIÁ PUERTO VALLARTA
  • And a tour for two for Rhythms of the Night by VALLARTA ADVENTURES.
  • Romantic dinner for 2 at THIERRY’S PRIME STEAK HOUSE

Details as follow:

TROPICAL WEDDING EXPERTS /// Local transfer for 2: airport-hotel-airport  (valid for one year).

We are a DMC with a wealth of experience in the area and also have a very successful wedding department. Our mission is to surpass the expectations of the Bride and Groom in the most important day of their lives: Their Wedding.

We are experts in Destination Weddings in Puerto Vallarta, offering the planning and coordination of the wedding, wedding services, wedding venues (villas, houses, etc), transfers (airport, church, etc), help to find hotel, etc.

Contact: Ph. +52 (322) 225 2400 / elva@tropicalweddingexperts.com / www.tropicalweddingexperts.com / Twitter: @tropicalWedExpt

MELIA PUERTO VALLARTA /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel only stay for two (valid for one year).

Melia Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place for an intimate and relaxing holiday in the Mexican Pacific Coast. This all inclusive resort features general breathtaking location for couples to enjoy a stunning destination wedding and unforgettable romantic sunsets. Guest can enjoy a la carte and buffet dining, national and imported beverages and a wide variety of daily activities for all ages.

Contact: Ph.  +52 (322) 226 3054 /  www.melia-puerto-vallarta.com/ romance@meliapvr.com / www.facebook.com/MeliaPVR / Twitter: @meliapuertovallarta

VALLARTA ADVENTURES /// Tour for 2 people for Rhythms of the Night show (valid for one year).

Vallarta Adventures, the premier tour and activity provider, offers a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions with things to do for people of all ages. 

Luxury is our magic. There’s a sense of fresh beginnings that saturates the pure and natural Puerto Vallarta, making it ripe for romance; stoking the flames of passion here is a simple venture.

 And other individual additional giveaways for Vallarta are the following:

 SECRETS VALLARTA BAY RESORT & SPA /// 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS in Junior suite Ocean View in Unlimited Luxury Plan

Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa is elegantly appointed just a few steps away from famous boardwalk “El Malecón” and its vibrant. All luxurious accommodations are equipped with ultimate gadgets and sophisticated decoration, overlooking Pacific Blue waters and relaxing beach. Suites magnificent view in addition to superior amenities such as 24-hour room service, secret box, Ipod dock, satellite cable television, mini-bar refreshed daily and more.

Contact: Ph. +52 (322) 226-2900 / www.secretsresorts.com/vallartabay / sales.sevpv@secretsresorts.com / https://www.facebook.com/secretsweddings.vallarta / https://www.facebook.com/SecretsVallartaBay

 GARZA BLANCA PRESERVE RESORT & SPA * PUERTO VALLARTA/// 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS in Junior suite Ocean View  in Unlimited Luxury Plan

The Perfect Wedding… Spectacularly flanked by the vibrant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the verdanant tropical forests of the Sierra Madre mountains, Garza Blanca unveiled an unprecedented level of luxury and a new standard in romantic elegance for Weddings. 

Contact: Ph. + 52 (322) 1760700 / weddings@garzablancaresort.com / www.garzablancaresort.com

GOLDEN CROWN PARADISE, Puerto Vallarta 4 days / 3 nights hotel all-inlcusive stay for two (valid for one year).

It is an All Inclusive Resort with personalized and friendly service. With an intimate atmosphere it embraces guests with romance and sensuality and welcomes them for a memorable vacation. It’s the perfect place to just relax with that special someone or a group of friends. The focus is on pampering, tranquility, and rejuvenation, a place to reconnect. Sleep late. Indulge in a spa treatment. Play golf or tennis. Swim in the pool. Read a book on the beach. Take up a new water sport. The opportunities are available if you want them — or it’s perfectly fine to sit back and do nothing at all. Enjoy well-appointed ocean view rooms or suites equipped with everything you need to stay well. The décor is bright and tropical and inspired by the surroundings of beautiful Puerto Vallarta.

Contact: http://www.crownparadise.com/golden/index.cfm / Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoldenCrownParadisePuertoVallarta / Twitter: @crownparadisemx

DREAMS  PUERTO VALLARTA /// 4 days / 3 nights hotel Unlimited Luxury all-inlcusive stay for two (valid for one year).

The only true Unlimited Luxury® beachfront hotel located within 5-minute drive to the colonial district and its famous boardwalk “Malecón” in downtown Puerto Vallarta. This uniquely decorated property features 337 distinctive and tastefully appointed ocean view rooms and suites, with 5 star services in a romantic and intimate setting.

Contact: Ph. +52 (322) 226 5000 / www.dreamsresorts.com/drepv / info.drepv@dreamsresorts.com

www.facebook.com/DreamsPuertoVallarta / Twitter: @DreamsResorts

 
All of the above companies and the offered giveaways are just a token of our appreciation for all of those Mexico lovers that like us wish upon exotic travels, a million adventures & once in a lifetime memories to create during their dream getaways. Let yourself be surprised, be seduced by Mexico’s charm.

Remember visit our booth in the upcoming HOUSTON BRIDAL EXTTRAVAGANZA and enter to win. We will be pleased to meet you and share with you some of Mexico’s sweetness.

Mexico Weddings: Frequently Asked Questions

4 Jun

On this time that I’ve worked on the hotel business, weddings and tourism, I’ve heard in numerous occasions a series of questions related to destination weddings, from both agents and prospect couples’ looking into tying the knot on a destination wedding type of celebration, and specifically interested in our beautiful country Mexico.

For that, hoping you would ran into this, I’ve gathered some FAQ’s and responded them mostly myself and some with the help of  a couple of my favorite industry partners, hoping you would not only find of use but enjoy reading. 

 MEXICO DESTINATION WEDDINGS FAQ’S

By Carmen Laborin.

As far as romance travel there are thousands of gorgeous places to visit, what about Mexico sets it apart for a destination wedding? Or for a honeymoon? The appeal we can’t deny, so can’t we deny the accessibility from the US to any of our amazing spots. In Mexico, there is a vast array of romantic activities, service providers ready to meet everyone’s expectations, truly and creative professionals to partners up with, not to mention Hollywood-like backdrops for any affair the country has to offer.  And regarding settings and activities, we truly have everything -from beach getaways to rich and unique cultural experiences– all couched in romantic themes.

What specifically sets apart Mexico from other locations is primarily year round fabulous weather and value for money, meeting today’s couples need’ and about choosing their venue; in Mexico we pride ourselves on complying with that very straight forward offer, along with the beauty of the country’s exotic locales, all of them ready for “picture perfect moments”: Pacific sunsets, mountains in colonial heartland, tropical sexiness on eastern jungle. Colonial cities, historic haciendas, adventure spots; in Mexico you can find it all: Beach, centuries’ old churches, mosques, underground caves, ballrooms, historical Buildings, dream parks, wineries, vineyards, country clubs, museums, galleries… you name it.

Must mention also wedding can be 100% customizable, Mexico is ideal for non-traditional, exotic or non-cookie cutter weddings, some ideas include Mayan or Pehispanic symbolic ceremonies, traditional hacienda, yatch or even underwater weddings just to mention a few.

Having decades of experience in the destination wedding industry, the country also offers knowledgeable wedding specialists to work with, creative event production as well as a number of cultural, adventure and social activities for your group to enjoy or together as a newlywed couple, ready to live many “first-time” experiences, classes, dances, dishes, rituals…  There are plenty of reasons why more and more couple’s are finding themselves marrying south of the border, as it has been said: so close to home, yet far from ordinary.

***From DESTINATION I DO MAGAZINE “Learning from the Experts” series***

Considering the top reasons Mexico is recommended for destination weddings, honeymoons, or romantic travel, what are the activities couples can experience while abroad? While in Mexico, there are hundreds of activities there to do. If at a beach destination, there are several options including water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving, river rafting, fishing and site seeing. 

 Mexico also has more spas than any other country in the world, other than the U.S. Since plenty of to do’s are better when in company there are outstanding cooking schools and very gourmet and sexy classes, latin & cumbia dance lessons, golf lessons, photographic excursion, genuine market tours, golf, followed by horseback riding lessons at the same property, volunteering, sunbathing in one of the Mexican islands, moon light dining and stars’ watching, and one of the most up and coming activities mezcal and tequila tastings at actual functional distilleries, be it trough the Tequila Route (at any of its numerous factories) or maybe a more boutique mezcal refinery house in Mexico’s heartland, gallery touring or contemporary Mexican art class, archeological sites visits, etc.

Activities abound, and folklore accompanies couples every step of the way during their romance travel in Mexico: welcoming smiles, perfect weather, tequila or “aguas frescas”, a wealth of colorful food options of the freshest ingredients, live music, flowers, live music and strangers that become friends.

***From DESTINATION I DO MAGAZINE “Learning from the Experts” series***

What is the number one misconception about Mexico to address? There are many misconceptions about Mexico, and many times one small issue can be blown out of proportions. Sometimes misconceptions rise just as a lack of proper information, in our case very much related to geography… yes geography. For that important to understand our country, a friendly neighboring country for the most part misunderstood. Mexico is a vast country, roughly the size of Western Europe with over 2,500 municipalities (the equivalent of counties in the United States), has about 111 million inhabitants, on 760,000 sq. miles.

Only in 2011, our beautiful country received 22.6 million international travelers.  Mexico has a rich cultural history, exemplified by myriad sites and ancient cities in addition to its gastronomy – a UN declared, world heritage cuisine.

As seen in the campaign that Mexico has used in promotion, it is about discovering or re-discovering Mexico, “THE PLACE YOU TOUGHT YOU KNEW”, the campaign showcases amazing places and stores that you would never even think existed. Some of these “treasures” are summarized in: 37 World Heritage Sites, Cuisine as World Heritage (2010), 40 Magical Towns, 3,000 years of history, + 40,000 archaeological sites, Over 62 indigenous groups and dialects, 14 AAA – 5 diamond hotels, 623,000 hotel rooms, 50 world class golf courses, First place in cruise ship arrivals, 174 natural protected areas, 4 World Heritage natural areas, Number 2 in luxury travel and First place in SPAS, and country with most number of spas besides USA.

***From DESTINATION I DO MAGAZINE “Learning from the Experts” series***

So, what exactly is a Destination Wedding?  When a couple decides that they want to exchange their vows and celebrate their love in a dream location that is not either the place of  birth or the place of current residence and there’ s travel involved, they are deciding on a Destination Wedding.

It might be just the two of you (AKA “eloping”), or you might include a group of friends and family. The average destination Wedding group has about 50 guests in the party. It’s an appealing option if you want to do something unique, secure a smaller guest list, find an excuse for a mini vacation, hold the wedding at a place equally convenient for far-flung family, or just to get away!. The entire wedding party will travel to the destination and enjoy a long weekend – or an entire week – and be on vacation mode while enjoying themselves and celebrating along the wedding events.

Around a 23% of weddings from North American couples are now Destination Weddings. Locales of choice are often beaches and tropical areas but more and more we are seeing people choosing for example a 16 or 17th. century colonial town for a perfect backdrop. 

Why plan a Destination Wedding?  There are many reasons to choose a destination wedding. Many couples look to a destination wedding as a way to have a unique and memorable wedding experience. Often, when looking at a guest list, many people will have to travel from far away states or countries. A destination wedding allows them to travel with a purpose somewhere exotic and fabulous, where they can also enjoy a relaxing vacation; as opposed to asking guests to book a flight and hotel in a less exciting hometown. Some couples are in love with the destination, and want to spend the most special day of their lives in their idea of paradise. More couples decide upon a destination wedding as they are from different areas of the country, and do not want to decide against one hometown for another, so they opt to go to a location that will, from now on, be somewhere special to each of them. One of the most common reasons to choose a destination wedding is to save money. Destination Weddings often allow couples to save upwards of $20,000 versus a traditional wedding!

***This great Q&A, provided by www.destinationweddings.com DW specialists***

Why have a destination wedding in Mexico? Mexico is the top 1 international country for a destination wedding, getting into this place not only for its natural beauty and milliard of perfect scenarios for picture perfect weddings, but for: accessibility on first place, secondly comes hospitality & value for money on third.

 How do we know if a Destination wedding right for us and our Guests?  For many reasons –from budget, to fun, to memorabilia- a destination wedding is right for many engaged couples, for the celebration is about them, and what they want and not about what everybody else’s think your wedding should be like. For many modern and multicultural couples this is very convenient, as well for those whose guests’ are all over the country and would still need to travel to attend, or if celebrating one of the partner’s second nuptials.

On the other hand, to consider that certain people – family or close friends-, without whom you would not have your wedding, it is advised to do an informal “poll” to these guests to see if attending your Destination Wedding is feasible for them.

How far in advance should I plan my destination wedding?  This really varies with the destination. One major factor is how many guests are going to be invited. For a traditional wedding a month or two is acceptable notice for “Save the Date” cards. Destination Weddings however involve travel arrangements, and therefore should be sent out at least 4-6 months in advance. This is to allow the guests to properly budget and plan for the trip, and to make sure that they are able to obtain reservations.

It also may vary from location to location and according to your groups needs in size and services projected. We suggest you consider holiday dates and seasonally for the booking period because tourism locations would be high in demand and it might impact the wedding budget. Usually the further away from the wedding date or off peak date selections the better it is for a good availability and group rate negation.

Selecting your destination and venue with one year – 10 months is preferable if you have exact dates in mind already, but considering Mexico’s flexibility you can plan a wedding in no time, if you didn’t had much…  A week? You got it.

 ***Part of this great Q&A, provided by www.destinationweddings.com the DW specialists***

 Cruise Weddings. For those couples that want to enjoy a cruise and venture off shore on Mexican land for a fun destination wedding, can definitely have it all: a beautiful ceremony arranged at the port of call for them and their group if they plan on having guests. You can get married at the same day that you arrive in Mexico, be it by the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific, the gulf of Mexico or the Sea of Cortez.

You can have an amazing seaside ceremony and a fun cocktail or reception ashore. The many local destination wedding specialists and DMC’s can help arrange what is to make sure your symbolic wedding is unforgettable.

What if we just want to renew our vows? That’s a superb idea as well! All you would need is a marriage officer. All other details relating to your special moment can be arranged at your discretion with the destination of choice on site coordinator’.

Do you know if airlines offer group discounts for weddings? You’re in luck a number of Airlines such as AEROMEXICO –Mexico’s premier airline- for example, has a Weddings Aeropass, with discounted flight rates and special perks for the couple as VIP lounge access on Salon Premier, flying in complimentary business class, a 20% discount on their first year anniversary trip among others, you can visit their website or call them at: 1.800.237.6639. American Airlines also has a “Wedding Event Travel discount program you can check out for your wedding guests.

Some other airlines such as a Delta, although not having a specific “wedding deal”  for your party, does offer some room for negotiation: “When your travel plans involve 10 or more passengers on the same flight, Delta Air Lines can easily accommodate your group needs. Group discounts are offered; discounts vary. Net fares may be offered in some markets…”

Many other airlines offer some sort of group deal, but so do specialized companies such as www.destinationweddings.com for example, who work with major tour operators to secure the best deals for wedding group clients. Considering the do more than a thousand weddings a year worldwide, they do have an important buying power that usually translates into benefits for your wedding group.

Is there an online photo gallery of different weddings that have been celebrated in Mexico so we can get some visual reference?  Of course, you can see some amazing photos of destination weddings in Mexico in our image Gallery as follows: (LINK TO: LIGA EN WEB DE GALERIA DE LAS FOTOS INSTITUCIONALES INTEGRADAS POR LOS DIFERENTES FOTOGRAFOS).

Many destinations and their resorts have other galleries that you can explore, we suggest that your visit the local DESTINATIONS VISITORS AND CONVENTIONS’ official websites to learn more about the specific locations.

With a destination wedding some of my guest might not be able to attend; can you advise on ways to work around this? First of all, we advise you to give them as much time in advance as possible, so they can no only save the date but work out their travel plans and arrangements accordingly, as any vacation, travel takes some time and resources and need to be planned. The more time the better position they’re in, even in some cases with travel agents offering payment plans for their travels so it’s easy on their pocket and everyone can enjoy.

 How about the folks who can’t attend our destination wedding? Another thing to consider is to hire a webcam service for the ceremony or even the party for those who won’t be able to accompany you, so they would enjoy the wedding of your dreams in real time, and share your special day with guests who are unable to attend. Many resorts have professional service providers that offer this service.

Also you can try and negotiate with your photographer or have one friend in charge of making at least some of the main wedding pictures available following your main events so they can be quickly posted on an online album and family and friends abroad can see them.

Do I need to bring vendors with me to the location of choice for my wedding? NO. Although that’s a very personal decision we suggest working with any of Mexico’s reputable local vendors who have the experience of the customs, locations and resources to make the magic happen. You can get help to find the best vendors with eh help of Mexico specialists, through the Mexico Tourism Board wedding department, local wedding planners as the ones listed on this website as TOP WEDDING PLANNERS “resources” or with your resorts coordinators.

 Or, you could download the files below to have access to the wedding catalogues of the top 12 wedding destination locations in Mexico. This is a jumpstart for any dream wedding to come true. These bilingual ‘Wedding Planner Guides’ for Mexico’s most popular wedding destinations are filled with detailed contacts for hotels, local planners, venues, florists, stylists, photographers, etc. The works!. 

MERIDA 

MORELIA 

OAXACA 

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE 

GUANAJUATO 

LOS CABOS 

PUERTO VALLARTA 

RIVIERA NAYARIT 

ACAPULCO 

CANCUN 

COZUMEL 

RIVIERA MAYA.       

 

I’ve been asked this questions many times “Who Pays for Destination Wedding Accommodations?” are we obliged to pay for our guests stays? There is a general consensus among wedding etiquette specialists that the marrying couple is under no obligation to pay for any of their guests accommodations, regardless of where the wedding is taking place.  This would be true regardless if the wedding was to be at a local venue or at an international locale such as in Mexico for example. 

It is however, very gracious when the couple makes a thoughtful selection of the host venue with their guests in mind so they can all manage to stay together in the same resorts and to have a good experience during those days, while having all guest feel as they are part of the group, rather than having to stay elsewhere because of unaffordable host hotel’s rates.  In some cases, bride and groom (or their parents, depending who is paying for the wedding) will offer to pay for some of the additional nights’ stays of some of their dearest guests or in-laws, or co-pay the stay of a few special guests who’s because of current situations wouldn’t have made it otherwise without their support.

The wedding attendants are responsible for their own travel expenses, such as airfare and all the other personal expenses.

Are same-sex weddings allowed in Mexico? Although many states in the United States voted to outlaw gay marriage, there are many places now where LGTB couples can get married or obtain civil unions. In Mexico there are two places where same-sex couples can get legally married or enter in some kind of legally recognized partnership, and these are the states of Coahuila & Mexico City, which allow legal same-sex unions. Mexico City allows same-sex couples all the rights and responsibilities of marriage since March 2010, including the right to adopt children. By law, marriages entered into in Mexico City must be recognized elsewhere in the nation

Will I need a wedding consultant to handle the ceremony at my destination wedding location?
Depending on the ceremony details, it is recommended that you work with someone at the location to help finalize the details. Many resorts and hotels have on-site wedding coordinators, who maintain reputable local vendor lists, and can help organize your big day.

Most importantly the consideration of a wedding consultant be it local or from your hometown, will depend on the amount of time you’ll have to put into the research and planning of your destination wedding. If you don’t have the time or patience, of feel qualified to do so (to research the legal requirements that go along with a destination wedding, the vendors in that area, officiant options, where to stay, etc) it is then advised that you rely on the specialist to help you, at the end of the day, this is once in a lifetime event and you want it to be perfect. If you’re investing so much time, effort and money on such a milestone celebration, why not trust a wedding planner to help you out. Weddings is what they do best, they have a wealth of experience and know most of the vendors like the palm of their hands, considering they hire them regularly they also develop more loyalty and responsiveness from them than many of us would ever get individually.

Is there a fee for the coordination services provided at the resorts?  Some hotels or wedding venues would provide this service for free, however. Some do not. Travel agents can also act as coordinators, but the fact that can arrange wedding group travel plans doesn’t make them necessarily qualified to plan wedding event details. So make sure you know well in advance, what are the roles of each of the specialists you’re working with are, so there’s no room for error.

In the case of some travel agents/planners and wedding consultants may base their fee on a percentage scale– and/or offer a flat rate. Some may provide packages, while others may offer their services à la carte. As mentioned the coordination service provided by the resorts usually have no fees, and a specialist would usually be assigned to assist you with the planning and the special day, for them to guide you through the entire experience. Do remember however that these coordinators are hired by the resorts, and they are to act on the resort’s best interests and not necessarily although their offer their best, they won’t necessarily push for the best negotiations in your behalf, for that and for the fact the resort coordinator many time oversee many events taking place around your event dates as well might have a heavier workload that won’t allow her/him to response in such as prompt manner as if had been hired independently by you for that matter.

Are there dedicated wedding planners on resorts sites in Mexico? Can they be reached by email?  Nowadays is very common for all major resorts & hotels in Mexico to have a dedicated wedding coordinator on site. Most time they can be reached through the resort’s group department, but regardless a simple contact with Reservations department in any case would be happy to redirect you to the person that can help you with information, to schedule a site inspection visit, start your destination wedding planning process, etc. Yes, most likely they can be reached by e-mail, photo, skype, etc.

 How can we confirm our wedding date? Usually the resorts will provide with a form to fill out with more detail, and that is needed to check and confirm availability. In most cases the wedding will only be considered confirmed only when you receive a written communication stating so and some down payment to secure.

 Is there only one type of wedding ceremony? No there are many types of ceremonies, religious, symbolic or spiritual and civil or legal to name a few.

 What is the difference between legal (civil), religious and symbolic ceremonies? Only a civil ceremony is legally recognized. A religious ceremony has no legal bearing and does not replace in any way the binding legal civil marriage. A symbolic ceremony do not either have a religious or legal validation. A symbolic ceremony is performed by a Non denominational minister, shamans or other officiants and is pretty much adapted to what you as a couple wants. The bride and groom will receive a symbolic marriage not legally valid.

On the other hand, a Catholic ceremony is only performed by a priest (please note that Catholic ceremonies cannot be performed outside the church). Church weddings may accompany the civil service, but the marriage is not legal without the civil ceremony. As a result, many couples in Mexico have two wedding services: civil and church. The marriage vows that a couple repeats during a civil ceremony include several important statements.

It’s important to note the fact that about 72% of foreign couples marrying in Mexico opt for a symbolic or spiritual wedding for which the couple might only need: themselves and the officiant, being a minister -non denominational, Christian- shaman, etc. This option is very common, the couple would just make an appointment at their local courthouse (in US for example) for a quick & easy legal ceremony, sometimes prior sometimes on their return from the destination wedding, with this option, they can not only save some money on paperwork preparation and lab tests. In many cases the GUESTS of a DW can’t really tell the difference between a legal or symbolic ceremony, but the couple would definitely know. Symbolic celebrations are able to be personalized, versus the civil ceremony where you can’t.

For religious ceremonies what documents are necessary from your house of worship at home?/What is required in regard to marital counseling? Pre Cana- is that something that can be done here? If you’re looking to have a catholic wedding, all paperwork and preparation such as the pre-cana must be arranged at your local parish in the US and then communication between the two churches (US & MEX) must be established –and can be done with the help of local or hotel coordinator-. The parish in US must validate the preparation, paperwork and permissions ready, so a sign off form the local parish will be needed. This is only of course regarding catholic wedding. No pre-cana or other alike marital counseling needed if the ceremony was to be legal or better yet, if it was symbolic only. Learn more on the BILINGUAL WEDDINGS’ CATALOGUE.

If they are NOT married in a Catholic Church what are the requirements? A symbolic or spiritual wedding might only need: the couple and the officiant, being a minister -non denominational, Christian- shaman, etc.

 What are the requirements to get LEGALLY married in Mexico:

  • Valid passport
  • Tourist Cards (blue sheets that you receive at the airport)
  • Apostille certified birth certificates for Bride & Groom (see below)
  • If applicable, final Record of Divorce
  • If applicable, Death Certificate
  • Blood test & health certificate and provided by a Mexican doctor.
  • Bride & Groom must arrive 4 days business days prior to the ceremony (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays do not count).
  • 4 witnesses.
  • * Please note that some requirements vary depending on city and state*

So, witnesses are required?  Yes, four witnesses are required and if foreign as well must present passports and tourist cards (blue sheet received at the airport at time of arrival to Mexico), or in some cases witnesses can be provided by the hotel if needed.

 What is an Apostille document, why do I need it and where do I get it? Apostille is a French word which means a certification. It is commonly used in English to refer to the legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

Documents which have been notarized by a notary public, and certain other documents, and then certified with a conformant apostille are accepted for legal use in all the nations that have signed the Hague Convention. (courtesy of Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostille)

I was divorced less than one year ago. Can I have my civil ceremony  in Mexico? Unfortunately no. If you have been divorced you will need to wait at least one year before remarrying by civil law, and you must bring a copy of your divorce decree. But you can have definitely a beautiful symbolic wedding by all means.

Will the judge perform the ceremony if all of our documents are not in order? Are there any exceptions? No, there are no exceptions. All documents must be presented, and they must be in order for the ceremony to take place. If not, there is no legal ceremony.

So, is a blood test really mandatory and if so, what diseases does it check for? Yes, to be considered valid the test must be taken in Mexico and should not be taken more than 15 days prior to the ceremony. It is for “disclosure” purposes to both parties that are gathering in marriage. The blood will be tested for HIV, RPR (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results will be ready in 24 hours together with a certificate of the blood test. Usually, upon arrival, your wedding coordinator sets the appointment for the next morning for is required to have the blood test taken on an empty stomach. The professional laboratory and its’ doctor will meet you at the resorts and take the blood test either in your room or in the coordinator’s office and it shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to be done. To learn more, you can read the BILINGUAL WEDDINGS’ CATALOGUE.

Can I have a doctor perform the test in my country and take the results to the resort? No, the test must be taken in Mexico in order to be valid, no exceptions.

What is the latest time that we can arrive at the location for it to count toward the “business day” requirement for civil “legal” weddings requirements? Arrival day does not count, nor do weekends or Holidays. You must arrive either 2-4 full business days prior to the event date; it varies from location to location.

How long the ceremony does takes? The ceremonies usually last no more than 20 minutes if they are legal. If it’s a symbolic ceremony it may vary slightly, since it can be more flexible, so the time will depend on the elements or rituals you want to incorporate into it.

Do we need to send any documentation prior to arrival? Usually copies of all required documentation are required to be scanned and sent in to the resorts or coordinator for validation purposes and then verified in originals upon arrival.

How do I get the final marriage license? Usually it’s the wedding coordinator will provided the copy of the license to you immediately after the ceremony. The translated, final license –that is valid as legal internationally (recognized as valid in the U.S.) for example- would be mailed to you within 1.5-4 months from the wedding date.

If my name is different from the passport and birth certificate will this present problem? Yes, in order for the documents to be finalized and legal in Mexico, there must be proof for different names in order to get married (i.e. divorce, birth certificates, etc). The wedding coordinator will be able to explain in further detail.

“I’m concerned with rumors that “some people’s weddings that are supposed to be LEGAL are not”. So I must say there are clear differences of symbolic and legal weddings. For instance a symbolic wedding with ministers, shamans, or us “ordained” ministers-officiants are not legal marriages in Mexico. Legal marriages in Mexico are only performed by a JUDGE or minister of peace form the Mexican REGISTRO CIVIL. For this to happen very specific paperwork (translated into Spanish) and a medical lab test performed in Mexico prior to the event are required, a number of witnesses and some documentation paperwork signature are required prior (can be e-mailed in preparation) to the ceremony.  Then after the ceremony, in order for the marriage license expedited to be valid in US it has to be translated and stamped by a public notary in Mexico and once done, THAT is a legal marriage. Do not believe “the rumors” as anyone would definitely know when a ceremony is legal or symbolic. Maybe the guest won’t be able to tell so much, but you as the couple would definitely know, for the officiants of either one of them are always very clear about this, in order to avoid situations like the one mentioned, not to mention the type of paperwork required –if any-for it to happen makes the whole difference.

Are ceremonies performed in English or Spanish? Most ceremonies are performed in Spanish with an English translator. Some judges speak English, and many ministers do, however, it’s difficult to guarantee which official will perform the ceremony although most likely the local coordinator can confirm which ministers or spiritual officiant would perform your wedding. Ministers are fluent in English and are able to perform symbolic ceremonies in either language in some areas including French.

What if we want a ceremony that honors a particular religion; can someone of that faith be provided? Not on all cases but feel free to bring your own official of that religion.

Is there someone who can handle the legal details for us and will guide us through the process?  Yes, the wedding coordinators deal directly with the local officials to coordinate the legalized wedding process.

I don’t speak any Spanish. Will I have a problem? No, English is spoken quite extensively throughout the area by businesses dealing with tourists. Most precisely anyone in a group coordination position at a resort of choice will be English speaking, as will many of the one taking care of your groups. The level of proficiency will of course depend on the location and hotel of choice. However, you may become frustrated if you expect everyone to speak fluent English or to understand you, so be patient and explain yourself in as much detail as possible so there’ no room for loss in translation. Remember, you are guests of a native Spanish speaking country, which always goes above and beyond your request to make your visit the most pleasant.

What travel documents do I need in order to travel to Mexico? You must have a valid passport to enter. In case you don’t have a valid passport issued, you can learn more or apply for a US passport.

Passport requisite is required to enter Mexico, Canada and the USA regardless of your nationality.   If you are a single parent, parent traveling alone with children, or parents with children are bearing a different last name.  You will require a signed, notarized letter from the other parent consenting to the child leaving your home country and possibly additional documentation.  Check with your travel agent, airline or US & Mexican Embassies for current document requirements long before flight time:
Mexican Embassy in USA
Mexican Embassy in Canada
Mexican Embassy in the UK

Can I bring into the country things bought for my wedding in the US? You may freely bring your personal luggage and a variety of exempt goods that vary according to the route by which you enter the country. Only when the total expense of the purchases being imported to Mexico and quantities, are beyond the normal personal use parameters, the objects might be subject to revision and must be stated in the mandatory customs declaration to be delivered on entrance to the country.

If the objects brought into Mexico, are for a different use than personal it may be subject to tax paying. It’s advised to bring the original invoices of the goods that you may bring into Mexico, in case there’s a need to declare them in customs.

There’s an “Manual of Tourism Entry” for Mexico you can download where you can find the necessary information to visit Mexico, whether by land, in your own vehicle, by sea, or by air, whether in a commercial airline or on board a private plane, where there are also described some of the regulations for the goods that are allowed/forbidden to bring into Mexico (please refer to pages 4 and 5).

I hope the above infromation is of use to you and you find it  conforting to learn about this questions, that are more common that you would think.

If I can be of further help, please let me know.

Love always. Best,

 

Carmen

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Villa Premiere in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A dream place for hopeless romantics.

14 Mar

Well, thought I wouldn’t never say this, but just now wish I wasn’t single. Traveling as a single person it’s always easier right? not really having to mind for other people’s assigned seat numbers, lost luggage, delayed flights, etc., you would think: “absolutely sweet”, until… Yes, you get to a hotel that is obviously built for Romance, and you feel well, just a bit lonely. But if you are like me, always looking at things on its brighter side, well, you may think this property and it’s guests, would make anyone hopeful.

That’s my feeling right now as I was just confirmed, me and a couple of my Mexico buyers invited to attend Tianguis Turistico Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit 2012, are staying at the beachfront VILLA PREMIERE HOTEL & SPA, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. It so happens that I absolutely love boutique hotels and their contrasting personalities

I’m counting the days until my trip to Puerto Vallarta to stay at this oceanfront, adults-only retreat and after completing our dedicated Romance Agenda of the destination and Tianguis’ commitments, let myself be totally pampered. But truth is papering starts upon arrival with amenities such as welcome champagne glass, 5 minute welcome anti-stress massage, butler service, and more, oh yes this must be the life, I can feel it. After so many places to see, people to meet and deals to close, during Tianguis, this will be absolutely heaven.

I remember –now mouthwatering- having one of the most amazing ceviches at their oceanfront restaurant during my visit last May, it was all oh so great, and so perfect until well we had to head out to check out another in our fam trip.

One of the things I like the most of the Villa Premiere experience – AAA Four Diamond hotel-, was attention to detail and personalization in their service, actually “In order to make your stay more enjoyable” as their motto, they go above and beyond any request, and start serving you way in advance, for example they would send along with your reservation confirmation, a link for your to select from a list your preferences of pillow menu or aromatherapy in your room, among others.

As for their hotel amenities; they pride on surprising their guests the glass of champagne and refreshing cold facial towel on guest’s arrivals, concierge service, personal butler (that can assist you unpacking and packing your luggage, some ironing, shoe shining, and even preparing your Jacuzzi for a romantic evening with candles, rose petals, incense and chocolates. Isn’t it ideal for lovers, honeymooners or what?), two pools (one with swim up bar, which we all like), very comfortable loungers and beach beds, free wireless internet access throughout the property and suites, and all of this conveniences, at just a 5 minute walk to the famous boardwalk in downtown Puerto Vallarta (where you can find shopping, restaurants and bars, discos and more.) what’s not to love right?

However if you thought that was all there was, you were wrong. Villa Premiere is a property with a very strong focus on wellbeing and has Yoga classes, even for those gourmands they have an offering, how about cooking and cocktail preparation workshop with their Executive Chef? Or maybe you just want to chill and enjoy of some quiet time while at the steam room and sauna at their SPA, or if you are one of those individuals than rather use the gym instead of the beach to workout, well, you got that too.

In regards of the rooms and suites -and I would always take a suite in this place- they feature private balconies with ocean views, luxury bathroom amenities, robe and slippers, flat screen TV and DVD player, safety deposit box, minibar, coffee machine, iron and ironing board. A very virtuous property it is. Can’t wait to get back there ASAP, I’ll make sure I prepare myself for a wonderful time as I always have while in Mexico, regardless the destination of choice.

I’m flying out there on the 24th. this month, so beware my “Mexico, lindo y querido” (Lovely, beloved Mexico) for here I go, by myself, the hopeless romantic and travel lover. I head there hopeful too, we never know what there is around the corner, or a thousand miles away, so let’s embrace the trip, the experience and the romance that Puerto Vallarta exudes. Who knows, I just got a memo from a friend, telling me that because of Tianguis’ high demand, there is a room shortage in the destination, so I might be “forced” to sharing some space…   Yeah, there are always great excuses for love in Puerto Vallarta.

VILLA PREMIERE HOTEL & SPA. Ph. +52 (322)22 67 40

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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.

PHOTOGRAPHY: By THIS IS IT .

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 .

Today, the launch of CASA VELAS Facebook Contest to Win a -$20,000 USD value- Vow Renewal Vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

8 Feb

Winning Couple Receives All-Expenses Paid Vow Renewal Vacation Experience at “Beyond All-inclusive, Beyond All Compare TM” Casa Velas Boutique Hotel & Ocean Club Puerta Vallarta, Mexico 

“Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare TM,” Velas Resorts is launching a Facebook contest on Valentine’s Day to win a luxury all-inclusive vow renewal vacation for up to 10 guests at Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel and ocean club in Puerto Vallarta. The winning couple will receive a four-night stay in the 5,550+ square foot Presidential Suite which features original artwork by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, a spacious private terrace with a 376 sq. ft. plunge pool, expansive living and dining areas, full bar, formal dining table for 10, Italian marble bathrooms and more. The vow renewal ceremony includes a minister service by Incredible Weddings & Events, floral decoration by Florística , incomparable scenery courtesy of Celtrev, photography by DreamArt , video coverage by Memories Studio. The couple will be treated to a Nature Spa Experience four days of treatments and wellness activities dedicate to healing of the self, soul and spirit at Spa Casa Velas. An evening aboard the Velas 55 ft. yacht; unlimited golf at Marina Vallarta Golf Club; a unforgettable tour courtesy of Vallarta Adventures, dazzling gift courtesy of Diamonds International, a welcome dinner at the Casa Velas Ocean Club for the couple and up to ten guests, and a special rate for guests accommodations at Casa Velas are also included.

With premium international liquors included throughout their stay, the winning couple can opt to dine at Casa Velas or any of the gourmet signature restaurants at its sister properties’ Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit or Velas Vallarta.

Beginning Valentine’s Day (February 14th) through March 14th, couples from the USA, Canada and Mexico are welcome to enter by submitting five photos of themselves on the Casa Velas Facebook Page. Photos with captions should best represent their marriage and key events in their life together. 10 finalists will be chosen by The Velas Resorts Communications Committee in a drawing on March 15th. The following day, the 10 finalists will be notified and public voting will take place through March 31st on the Casa Velas Facebook Page. The winning couple will be notified on April 2nd, along with the corresponding results.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST:  http://on.fb.me/VelasContest
Phone 24 Hrs: 1-888-309-5385

For more information, visit www.hotelcasavelas.com

About Casa Velas: Casa Velas, a boutique hotel and ocean club nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course, is a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award. Located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 from the popular downtown area, art galleries and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk), the hotel features 80 suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. The recently remodeled Spa Casa Velas, a Leading Spa of the World, encompasses five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, a garden-view fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and a beauty salon. Emiliano a la carte fine dining restaurant is at the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine. Casa Velas was chosen a Top 10 in three categories – Luxury, Relaxation/Spa and Hotel for Romance – by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards, and Expedia® named Casa Velas among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list which formally recognizes the best hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.

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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