the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

May/June 2017 Volume 7, Issue 2
International
To Be the Best Destination Wedding Planner, Be Yourself

To Be the Best Destination Wedding Planner, Be Yourself

Want to be a great destination planner? Learn the ropes, network with pros, research the countries and cultures, market your business, and be authentic. Though it sounds like fun to travel internationally and plan weddings in lush, tropical locales, destination wedding planning is far more complex and “not for the faint hearted,” says Nikki Begg,...
Real Wedding: Italy

Real Wedding: Italy

Real Wedding Italy Planner: Diana Da Ros, Diana Da Ros Event Planner, www.dianadaros.com, info@dianadaros.com Photographer: CameraOff Alessandra Fuccillo Length of time in industry: 6
REAL WEDDING | PANAMA

REAL WEDDING | PANAMA

Planner: Gabriela Abraham, Stylo Panama, Panama City, Panama, www.stylopanama.com, info@stylopanama.com, gabrielaabraham@hotmail.com Years in Industry: 7 Photography: Lizzie Photography Businesses: Intercontinental Miramar Hotel Panama, Los Rabanes, Joker Animation, Dragon Rojo Fireworks, Belle Invites, Blue Mango Music band Wedding date: Oct. 10, 2015 Guest count: 200 Involvement: Full consulting The couple: Paula and Ernesto say they met...
Five Destinations that Make Couples Feel Like Celebrities

Five Destinations that Make Couples Feel Like Celebrities

Couples who wonder what it would like to wed or honeymoon like a celebrity need look no further than these international hotspots. Destination weddings and honeymoons are a time when couples want to feel like royalty or celebrities. Where should they go? The top five international destinations encompass areas within Mexico and the Caribbean, according...
REAL WEDDING | CANCUN

REAL WEDDING | CANCUN

Planner: Jen Kasten, My Event by Jen Kasten, Chicago, www.my1event.com, jenkasten@my1event.com Years in industry: 8 Photography: Alyssa McElheny Photography Businesses: Claudia Vazquez/LatinAsia Destination Wedding Décor, Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort Wedding date: Nov. 6, 2015 Guest count: 84 Involvement: Full consulting
REAL WEDDING | VIRGIN ISLANDS

REAL WEDDING | VIRGIN ISLANDS

Planner: Michelle Marquis, Weddings by Michelle Marquis, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, www.weddingsbymichellemarquis.com, michelle@weddingsbymichellemarquis.com Years in industry: 20 Photographer: Kelly Greer Photographer Businesses: Red Couch Café, Antilles Lilies Florist, Kiki and The Flaming Gypsies, The Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies, the Randy Mason Trio, Unlimited Sounds DJ, Frank Robinson Cocktails and Culinary Experience Wedding date:...
10 Destination Wedding Tips for Working with Pros Worldwide

10 Destination Wedding Tips for Working with Pros Worldwide

Planning a destination wedding is anything but simple. Here are some ideas for overcoming cultural differences to get the job done. When it comes to destination weddings, the details are endless. Not only do destination wedding planners need to anticipate the sometimes vast cultural differences among the couple, guests, and locale, but also they need...
Understated Elegance & Fine Food Are French Wedding Highlights

Understated Elegance & Fine Food Are French Wedding Highlights

By Nancy LaTart, Fête in France, Paris photo by KHulett Photography France’s beautiful regions offer unparalleled scenic beauty that is perfect for weddings. And, whether the weddings held here are locals tying the knot or international couples seeking a destination event, there are distinct differences to be noted in everything, from formalities to traditions. Don’t...
Weddings Out of Africa—South Africa that Is!

Weddings Out of Africa—South Africa that Is!

By Milena Santoro, CMM, CMP, PIDP, MS Productions, Canada and Europe, and Christina Holt, Wedding Concepts, Cape Town, South Africa photo by Jean-Pierre Uys Looking for a wedding or honeymoon setting that combines beautiful scenery, world-class wineries, and opportunities for a bush or safari experience? Consider South Africa. South Africa has emerged as one of...
Modern Hmong Weddings Blend Culture, Heritage, Trends

Modern Hmong Weddings Blend Culture, Heritage, Trends

By Anna Senrick, Sunrise Styling, LLC, St. Paul, Minn. photos by merina burda photography As with many weddings in Asian cultures, traditional Hmong weddings are handled by the family and are intricately pre-planned or determined by ancestry, last name lineage, the value of the female/bride, and gifts to the bride’s family. There is no “reception,” only...
Barefoot Elegance:  A Grand Cayman Destination Wedding

Barefoot Elegance: A Grand Cayman Destination Wedding

By Tracey Schultz, Travel Writer/Blogger, Hartland, Wis. photo Courtesy of The Wyndham Reef Resort
Lake Como – Lago di Como

Lake Como – Lago di Como

By Milena Santoro, CMM, CMP, PIDP, MS Productions, Edmonton, AB, Canada Photos by Riccardo Bestetti, Studio Fotografico Bestetti, Lecco LC, Italy “When you write the story of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como.” – Franz Liszt