Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The 5 biggest truths about a wedding no one wants to talk about

A wedding is such an important event that needs to be taken care of meticulously and with every detail. All couples get excited but 90% of the time, they have never been in this marrying process before so they are not aware of how it works. We are here to tell you what no body will but everyone knows. 

Potography by Eva Zelenková
x
1. Every time we meet with a couple and their families, and they start talking about their own “timing”, what they think is going to happen at each particular meeting of the wedding, it’s always the same mistake: how much time it takes for the ceremony. Always they give one hour for the ceremony, no more than that. Even, the wedding venues, will give just 60 minutes for the ceremony; but at the end, everyone knows it takes more than that. The estimate is at least one hour and fifteen minutes more for the official picture taking. As Wedding Experts, in our timelines, we always set at least 1.5 hours for the ceremony, including the most wanted pictures of close family, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Make sure you don’t underestimate the love of the people that arrive to your wedding. They WILL want to take a picture with you. Smile!

Photography by Lester Manchamé
2. The protocol states that the newly weds have to go from table to table toasting with all their guests and taking a picture for the future. Sometimes, this is the only picture the guest will have with the bride and groom. Let’s be honest: it’s painful, boring, I can certify you will want to quit this procession and most of all, the guest don’t want to wait for you either. If you wait for dinner to be served until you finish with the “table trip”, the guest will be annoyed and hungry, and probably, you will be too. Some couples think it’s better to serve food, but ultimately, it’s a trick. Your guest will see food and leave the table. Or, in the worst-case scenario, your pictures will have people with their mouth full. One piece of advice: if you take a picture and toast with one table, you will have to do it with all of them.

3. Time flies as the famous Janet Jackson used to sing. Really, it’s unbelievable but all recently married couples will give you this advice: enjoy it because it doesn’t last. Most of our couples spend from 8 to 14 months preparing their big day and it feels heartbreaking when after so long of working towards it, so much effort and detailed energy put into it, the wedding day goes by so fast. When you realize, it’s over and can’t believe it, feels like 9 minutes.


Photography by Daniel López Pérez
4. We know you have prepared everything in detail; you have taken care of every aspect and even hired the very best of wedding planners. Let me tell you the ugly truth: no wedding is perfect. The word “perfect” is overrated. You can be truly ready for the big day but there is always, always something that you can’t plan for. And when something goes wrong, anything, and it’s will happen, just breath, sit down, relax and enjoy the show. It’s not your job to solve it. And your wedding planner’s job is to solve it before anybody realizes, even you most of the time. At the end, make a good point about everything that doesn’t come out as you planned. Laugh at it and have it as a story to tell.

5. As we said before, everything goes real fast. You wont be able to meet and greet with everyone.  It’s practically impossible to say hi to everyone, so make the best out of it. Enjoy every minute of the wedding day and make it memorable. Don’t worry if you are not able to dance or talk with all your friends and family gathered there, but if you want to make it up to them, Thank You cards after the wedding are a must.

Now, go out there and make YOUR wedding happen with no mistakes. You can't say we haven't told you. :) 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Guatemala: a "new" eloping destination

There are a lot of reasons why to elope, but eloping in Guatemala will just blow your mind away.

At the end, eloping is exactly the same as getting married. It’s a real wedding and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise so planning for it is a must!

Not everyday you are going to get married so you should do it exactly the way you want to do it.

Why Guatemala?
Guatemala has a magical vibe to it. Surrounded by ruins and volcanoes, the breeze from Lake Atitlan and the magnificent natural scenery that enfolds the colorful culture. Amazing venues, more than four centuries old with glitches of the history they have lived, make for the most romantic spaces.

The “Land of the eternal spring” is famous for its ever-lasting flowers. Always blooming, always bright, always catching the tourist’s attention. Heartwarming and friendly locals will make your stay feel like a princess. They will get out of their way to help you enjoy your wedding stay. 

Be careful when planning for you ceremony. Think about what kind of light you will have at the time of your ceremony. Remember Guatemala has different times for sunrise and sundown. Ask your photographer about what is the best time to tie the knot.

Even though you think that eloping is a small gathering, most of the time, the two of you, you still need to enjoy it so make sure you get some professional help. The Wedding Planner can help you find the best venues, vendors and details at the same time she is prepared for any last minute challenges that might occur. We highly recommend that you if you already have your mind set on a specific space, you hire someone who has already worked at this particular site.

Like at in any wedding, the most important thing is to enjoy it, so make sure you do have some extra time to just have fun with your spouse, and not be hurried by the timeline.
Because these will be moments that you will cherish for the rest of your life, make sure to hire an expert to immortalize this adventure. This is something you won’t regret. You can always use these pictures to send your announcements afterwards to family and friends. Be prepared, not everyone is going to like that you didn’t invite them.

The best advice is to do it as you have always dreamed about. Wear the dress you want, don’t worry. It’s your wedding. You get to choose. It’s not anybody else’s opinion that matters it’s yours! And also, don’t forget to celebrate. Through a party, eat cake, dance, whatever you want to do, but it’s your wedding and it’s time to celebrate.

There are two things you can’t forget: check on the legalities to make sure you have your legal stuff in order and don’t forget to plan your transportation. At the end, it’s a new place where anything can happen, so make sure you have somehow to get to your destination.

Think about this wedding as the opportunity of travelling, maybe just with your love, maybe with some friends and family. This trip will let you honeymoon all together. Concentrating on love, romance and an adventure concentrating on just the two of you and not the guest list.

Last but not least, you will save a lot of money by getting married in Guatemala. For once, eloping saves you tons of money but also Guatemala is a very inexpensive country where vendors are much cheaper. Your dreamed wedding will finally become a reality.  It’s a big save up! And remember, everybody knows, Guatemala has the best rum in the world!

Photography credits to: Daniel López Pérez, Eva Zelenkova & Pilu Delgado