Destination Wedding CaboWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Amy Bennett Photography
Arizona couple Jamie and Jesus have always had a special connection to Cabo San Lucas, “There was never any doubt that if we were going to have a destination wedding that [Cabo] was where it would be,” says the couple. “Our first vacation together was to Cabo and two years later that is where we got engaged.”
Not only did Cabo hold special meaning for their relationship, the couple had a good amount of family and friends in Mexico – making it the perfect choice! “We wanted to do something none of our friends had done,” recall the newlyweds. “We also knew that everyone who made the trip truly wanted to be there and have a party, so we felt it would be the most fun and laid back way to celebrate.”
Once the decision was made, the couple made a real effort in making the travels costs less of a burden on their guests. “We did what we could to find affordable room blocks and make the weekend logistics easy for those who chose to attend,” say Jamie and Jesus. “We also scanned for flight prices and sent out numerous alters to let everyone know what options we had found.
“The biggest issue for our guests was the high cost of airfare to Cabo. There is only one airline which flies direct from Phoenix to Cabo, so guests had to pay the high cost or go with another carrier which involved layovers and much longer travel time.” To help offset some costs, the couple prearranged transportation to and from all of their wedding events for their guests.
While the planning process had its ups and downs, the couple looked at the experience as an adventure and said that over all the process was exciting. One example of the “adventure?” “Our first reception location cancelled on us six months before our wedding date, but everything happens for a reason and we ended up with the perfect location. Having a wedding in another country also brings a variety of issues with importing favors and dealing with currency exchange rates and multiple languages, but in the end it was all worth it!”
Jamie and Jesus have some tips for other couples: “A local wedding planner is a must, especially if you are holding a destination wedding in another country. [Also,] being open minded and listening to suggestions from the photographer to the caterer and other vendors is also very valuable. Planning a destination wedding pushed us to be create and incorporate details that we would not have if we had held our wedding back home.”
While the couple ended up spending about the same as they would have for a hometown affair, they say the experience, atmosphere and combination of cultures which a destination wedding provided was priceless!
Some final words of advice from these newlyweds: “Stay calm and remember that everything which goes ‘wrong’ is just correcting your parth towards the perfect day. Listen to the opinions of your friends and family, but remember it is your big day and, in the end, make sure you incorporate details which make it your wedding.”
Vendors: Photographer: Amy Bennett Photography, Wedding Planner: Leslie Llaca Bost with ONE Happenings – Weddings & Events, Ceremony/Reception Site: Iglesia San Lucas/Club Campestre in San Jose del Cabo, Florist: Mazarte Floral, Catering: EAT Cabo Catering, Videographer: CP Wedding PhotoCinema, Event Management: Del Cabo Event Design, Gown Designer: Jim Hjelm from Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, Arizona, Groom’s Clothing Designer: FitWel Custom Clothes, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Glint from Nordstrom/Brother’s Tailors in Phoenix, Arizona.
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