Couples of different nationalities hear us: the Mayan Riviera, a nearby heaven for legal weddings
Love does not know boundaries nor walls, but sometimes it requires a visa. Do you want to get married to your French fiance’?
Do you urge to marry your beutiful Brazilian girlfriend?
If you are a US citizen, Canadian or European, you know how complicated it could be if your partner comes from abroad.
The Governments require a Spouse visa and you need to arrange a lot of papers to make sure they can be able to enter the US or Canada and legally spend their lives with you.
Even the wedding friendly Las Vegas won’t help and if you plan to travel to their country and get married there, think again, you still have to hassle with bureaucracy.
We have great news for you: Weddingsinplaya.com can make this process pretty simple. Here in the State of Quintana Roo, the Mayan Riviera, the legalities are simplified.
You can travel here to get legally married, while having a small vacation by the Caribbean sea andall you need are your valid passports.
Even if you are eloping and nobody is coming with you, we can provide witnesses. Nothing else. No birth certificates, unless one of the two is a Mexican citizen, no special visa or any kind of permit. It is as simple as having a shot of Don Julio Reposado… with lime.
Come to Playa del Carmen for 3-4 days and we will make it happen. Around one month later we will mail you your international wedding certificate with the apostille, which makes the certificate internationally valid. We also provide the service of legally translating it into English, so you do not even have to worry about that, when you register your wedding back home. Now you can file your wife or or husband visa permit as your legal partner and start your happy life together! Contact us for specific infos and we will explain you all the steps of the process.
Andrea and Daniela wrote over a year ago, they are both from Casale Monferrato, Italy, in the delightful hills of Piemonte, which means at the feet of the mountains.
They wanted to come to Playa, which they love dearly, with 40 friends and get married symbolically to celebrate 20 years together. I love that, because it is clear that getting married is the promise of love, but celebrate twenty years together means that the promise was kept… and keeps going!
So i jumped on the occasion and proposed the semi secluded beach of Paamul, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Paamul is a hidden gem a bay with very few hotels, one restaurant only and few tourists.
They loved it, so the party was organized with a prompt visit to their home town in Piemonte by yours truly (they do have excellent Dolcetto D’Alba, there and the food? mmmm… to die for!).
Ten months after the planning, Daniela, Andrea and a large group of Italian friends arrived in Playa, at the Magical Hotel Iberostar. We went to see them and had incredible fun shopping to accessories like sombreros, masks, collars and colorful blankets, to add folklore to the wedding.
When the Big day arrived, Daniela was very emotional, but Andrea was even more! Unfortunately, a deep rain fell just few minutes before the wedding, having us all wet and allowing us to use no chairs as the pillows were wet. Alas, Andrea was not missing one beat, wearing a sombrero as umbrella!
A big full moon was romantically hanging in the sky for us and Alessandro Banchelli, photographer, decided to immortalize the two before going home after an incredible dance party.
thanks to Kalu restaurant for the food and drinks, Floreria Jardin for flowers and decor and AB Photostudio for the great pics.
To Daniela and Andrea, i can only say one thing: auguri e figli maschi, like we say in Italy…(best wishes and boys!!)
This is Maria, we have reachedthisyear 18 years of Life at weddingsinplaya.com. Finally we can vote ( or drink)!
Many clients ask us: what is yourstory?
how did you becomewedding planners?
how did you land here in Playa del Carmen?
Today wewillunveilthe story of us, Erica and Maria.
We were born in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, a region of great wines (Picolit, among all) and intense wind (bora winds canarrive to160Km/h in winter through the Julian Alps).
I am thethird of three and Erica is only child, but she grew up with her 3cousins just next to her.
Here is me at one, in the middle, with my two Brothers. They are honorary bros. to Erica as well!
Growing up in a little village, even ifLeonardo Da Vinci createdthe project, is boring ( I tried running away at 2 years oldbut Iwas found on theroad, happily walking, by a neighbour). Erica, born 6 years later, was facingthe same challenges.
Finally oneday in 1990, one cold day in October, we met. It was Fun at first sight! We recognised a kindred spirit in one another and we decided to have a good time, whenever we could.
It was a great friendship and we planned a lot of trips and adventures together…. one summer we left with our motorbikes for Rimini, in the Italian Riviera, on board of our Vespa and Ciao, for a long haul of 390 Km… Needless to say it was a cool adventure and a fond memory!
Over the years we lived in different countries: Erica left for Shangai and I went to Australia. After 16 months around the world, after many countries and many beers, at the beginning of 1996, i first saw Playa Del Carmen: it wasa simple paradise: 5th Ave. stopped at8th streetand Constituyentes was jungle! Can you believe it?
I fell in love!
This was Playa in 1996. All green…. Porto Real Hotel had not been built and neither the others. I found a job at Viva Maya and met the future husband i did not know I was going to marry.
Destiny is grand and after a year in Playa I went to live in Texas, happy new motherof a baby girl, born in 1998, Skylar. Erica came tovisit me and my husband, Sharky, in Houston and assisted to the birth. Happy times! And life flies: we move back to Playa in 1999. Immediately Erica and I got together, just to find out that she was pregnant with Maia, who was born inthe year 2000, another incredibly happy event! Here they are, all grown!
But back to business: in 2001, Erica was working at the famous Yaxche’ Mayan Restaurant and was getting a few inquires from Americancouples to organise a weddingin Mexico. I owned the Coffee Press, a cafe’ for expats that used to wake up at 7a or return from the beach at that time after the party….
One day wewere chit chatting and she blurted out: What do you think, Maria, do you wantto enter into business and do weddings together?
I said YES I do ( right in theme… ahaha), and that was 18 years ago.
There was only another wedding planner in town, Brenda, an American restaurant owner that organised weddings at her restaurant.
The first year we planned 3 weddings, asking very little money and making a lot of mistakes.
We knew a Mayan shaman and started organising Mayan weddings first at Yaxche’ and then in many other locations.
Then we started getting an education from the best, going to courses and meetings in Usa, like Weddings MBA and courses with Alan Berg.
Once we were on our 3rd years, we were making some sense. On our 10thyear, about 30 morewedding plannersstarted to work in town, now we have celebrated over 500 weddings! What i love about wedding planning is that for 1 year, you are the confidential sister of the couple. Then after the wedding has ended, you go back to being nobody: it’s healthy for the ego!
Life has been a wonderful gift, i still meeta lot of ex clients that 15 yrs later come to Playa with their kids and stop by to say hi: we love to see how our clients have kept the promise of Love of their wedding day and transformed into a lovely family!
Photo courtesy of A. E.
So, this is our Story,
we have been so lucky to arrive inPlaya at a time when therewas so much opportunity, so little people, so muchto live. We know that.
We can onlysay:
Gracias, Playa. Gracias to all of our clients, past and future, that love us, support us and believe in us. We give the best to all of you!
This is Maria here offering a personal and uber selected array of wedding trends for 2019. Ready?
First of all, let’s keep something very clear: it’s YOUR wedding.
Not your mama’s, not your sister’s and not your best friend’s.
So get personal! Hire vendors you connect with on a personal level, not just the ones that suit your aesthetic or budget, you will be working with your planner for a year or more so it would be grand if you 3 click.
You 2 are the heroes of this story and you 2 are going to decide together what is important to theboth of you. Never mind grandma wants a Catholic Wedding: if you want to get married bya Mayan shaman on the beach at the sound of drums on a full moon, that is what grandma should see (and she will like it too, because your happiness is her happiness).
Be bold enough to be you: aren’t you worth it?
I always tell my clients : this is YOUR dayand you pick how the day will unfold… so go big. This year’s trends finally are listening to the wisdom of the centuries (ours! LOL): that’s why I am particularly excited aboutthem and happy to introduce my top fav coming up in 2019.
They’re proof that these major life events are becoming more and more about the couple : weddings are getting more personalised and that is a great sign!
No more FOMO nor following the trend: you are the trend, you never missed out anything, because you are creating this Moment!
The year is shaping up to be one of the most incredible wedding seasons ever.
So here we go:
Inever address this topic long enoughbut mark my words: this is the one day that will be in your memory forever: why not just go all the way?
if youlike purple, go purple.
If you want to get married in moody colours, go with them (colour will feature more heavily than in previous years, think deep shades like burgundy and hunter green for a striking and moody look to your day or mix several shades from the same palette to create a fresh style….gowns with asymmetrical elements will also be trendy… bridesmaids no longer in same colour but shades of same palette…)
This one-shoulder dress is from Justin Alexander’s spring 2019 collection. Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock
Smaller weddings but unique experiences
No one wants to have a cookie cutter wedding or copyMeghan Markle and her prince: the trend now is
Expect 50 to 70 guests weddings but a lot of flare.
We will see more planners getting out there tocreate a journey and experience for all the guests to enjoy…not only on the wedding day but also at welcome parties and post wedding brunches (sometimes on a catamaran, sometimes in a cave), something we have always done and got rewarded with lots of loving gratitude from our over 500 clients (yep we have started in 2001, many of our clients are parents and soon will be celebrating 20years married… Erica Bressan how come we got so grown-ish up?)
Food as art, amazingly yummy and beautiful to look at!! that is a trend i relate too, as Italian. Many couples are ditching traditional wedding buffets for more memorable options. Popular examples of interactive food stations include tequila tasting with meat and veggie tacos, ceviche bars and churros carts. Also a trend: grazing receptions, where there won’t be a sit down dinner but more of a selection of different appetisers and snacks with something for everyone, from the vegan to the meat lover. Tom and Jon you are totally 2019!!
Also a trend: less traditional array of seating elements and more fluid use of space: high top tables, pillows and carpets to create a Maroccan suuk with hookas and belly dancers, use of beach chairs covered with Mexican blankets, use of indigenous art like Huichol and Otomi…. in a word: Whimsical!
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Greenery instead of too many flowers, but also colours!!
We love palms leaves, theyare cheap and beautiful! So many brides are chosing the option of a mostlygreen arch or bouquet.But also bright and rich colours… You can incorporate these colours in all aspects of your wedding decor from table settings, candles, linens and florals. Turquoise is definitely one of the key colours for 2019… Coral as well.
We love our couples and we would love to see something personal in every ceremony. Whether it’s writing vows that tell an untold story, a touching song from your brother or the newest and original rings warming passage (all guests pass the rings in a pouch and hold them in their hands sending their blessed energy to the couple), we love that unique touch that talks about you. Also signs in all languages and fonts!!
Lots of unexpected twists on the traditional wedding in the year….
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So you got the idea: it’s all about you! We are here to simply send an invitation: an invitation to livingeverymoment fulfilled. We want to invite you to a dance that will never cease to amaze you. The dance is yourlife. The invitation is to live it in joy, amazement and infinite Bliss. Your guests will thank you. And years from now, the memories will be amazing!!!!
I know you guys are tired to hear me say that I always get the best clients, but I DO!!!
Thisweek´s featured wedding makes my heart sing. I want to start with a quotefrom R. Queen, because this quote made me think about what do we do and howwedo it. We loveour work, becausewe cherish every client, we never take for grantedour vendors and we show our passion. That is the secret of our success.
AxelandMelody Vanessa are such kindred spirits, that when we met via Skype with their young son Mateo i just loved them with apassion.
They were young, in love, accomplished, living in California, had 2 kids, and they had very clear ideas about their wedding.
A Catholic wedding in a unique location. lotsof great music, amazingfood, incredible scenery. A memory to cherishfor years to come.
I had a vision:
the church atPueblito Mayakoba’ and Grand Coral.
BAM!they loved it!
We want to show it off immediately witha 4´ video:
Mayakoba, an eco-resort on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico, opened Riviera Maya’s newest attraction and event venue, El Pueblito, a few years ago.
Modelled after the historic plazas of Mexico, El Pueblito transports the culture and charm of Colonial Merida and San Miguel de Allende to the sandy beaches and jungle landscape of Mayakoba and is set to be the destination’s most sought-after location for weddings and private events.
Anchored by a beautiful white chapel – christened La Santa Cruz – the venue features a cozy park with a traditional kiosk in the center of the esplanade for entertainment, as well as shops and restaurants to create a traditional plaza. El Pueblito is accessible fromPlaya in 15 minutesand offers guests a new option not only for events, but also for socialising, casual dining, shopping, and fun for the whole family. The gentle manager, Mauricio, even allowed the bride to use the prepping room for make up and last touches! Thanks Mauricio.
The ceremony was touching but also light, with Father Quin performing in Englishand Spanish for the bilingual families.
After the ceremony, a quick bus ride toGrandCoral for the 55guests wherefood and tequila was waiting for all….
Dinner in a simple yet unforgettable setting, thanks to Chef Rigel from Grand Coral Beach Club.
The party was great fun, Axel is a great lapdancer…. ahaha!
Every guest had great fun, including the little ones.
We have been blessed to witness many weddings, listen to many ceremonies and seen many exchanges of vows. I have to admit there is one ceremony that I will never forget. Not just because the groom came to the ceremony on a boat, but due to the way the ceremony had been performed. Let me tell you this whole story.
Russell, the groom actually wanted to get to the wedding site with a catamaran. As any good planner, after also seeing the desperate look on the his bride Tamara’s face, I had completely forbidden it! I could see the groom stranded in the ocean, if the wind was not cooperating! No way that I could give him that chance!
So we settled on a fishing motor boat.
As in any good story, the two moms got lost on the way to the venue and they had the rings too. No moms. Ceremony delayed till their arrival. The groom had to wait offshore and was offered to fish to try to entertain himself. Tamara was waiting in the limo and getting nervous for him.
Anyways, like any good tale, we finally started.
They had their own minister and made a sand ceremony as well.
The highlight of the ceremony were Russell’s vows. I have never seen anything like that before and I do not know if I will… well maybe somebody will be inspired.
He was actually very clever and did not have to work hard on preparing them. He got everybody in the party involved. The microphone was passed from one to another. Each one of the 50ish guests asked him a question to which he answered I DO or I WILL.
Will you take her as your beloved wife?
Will be with her in good and bad times?
Will you embrace her family as your own and seek out ways to strength these ties?
Will you wake up every day early in the morning and prepare a coffee for Tamara and not talk till she has finished it?
Will you let her go out with her girlfriend every Thursday night?
Will you help her taking care of your future children, change diapers and feed them in the middle of the night while she is resting?
And so on. I will let you imagine the questions!
At the end, the final surprise. Diego, our dj, had the recording of Grandma’s question? She was not able to come due to her age and health but she was there with us, in more than spirit!
Well we were all crying, from laughters and emotions.
It was very romantic
And spectacular with a fire show, when they were still allowed!
Well, i have one more anecdote to share about Tamara. That goes way before the wedding. She had the biggest tasting in the history of all the tastings I have done in 17 years. Chef Luis accepted it, not without grinning. It was Tamara, her mom and of me. They loved everything, but half way through the tasting we had way more than enough.
My beloved chef came out of the kitchen after hearing that and from his 5 6” height (he kind of looked 6 4” that moment) and he said very quietly: I am sorry. You made me cook all this and now you are going to try it all. We all felt like little kids and very obediently did as we were told. I won’t comment on the way we ended up walking to my car!
It has probably been 7 years since that wedding. We do not remember the names of all the couples. Though we remember the faces, those little stories and what they made us feel. This is what makes our job the best in the world.
With love Erica and Maria
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