Hi there, this is your host Will Medina, owner of Destination Weddings Expert. A boutique Travel Agency specializing in All-Inclusive weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean. This show was created to help you understand the world of destination weddings. By sharing my proven tips, tools, top destinations, budget ideas and best rated resorts I hope to inspire you and make your planning journey easy, fun and organized. Welcome to Destination Wedding Planning Made Easy. 💎#BeachBridePodcast
How to Plan a Destination Wedding in 6 Easy Stages
Learn my simple process to plan every destination wedding, including my own Mexico Wedding.
Resist the urge to spend the next year in overdrive. After all, this is why you are choosing an All-Inclusive Resort wedding, am I right?
Let the planning be easy!
The Truth Behind Traveling Abroad During COVID-19 #TravelConfidently
Two weeks in Cancun, 6 hotel stays, 8 resorts visited
My stand on safety, masks, and social distancing- I even Cancelled my own trip to visit my family in Punta Cana. Breaking out of my bubble - even at home we have pool and gym limitations - Nothing new herePrepping to fly: disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizerMy journey to the airport in FLL - ON Jetblue! Impeccable. Arriving in Cancun, Mexico - NO COVID Test Requiredprivate transfer is a mustFocus on contactlessSafety protocols and CDC guidelines at the resortsSocial distancing signsContactless Temperature check at every turnHand sanitizer stations at check-in and elevatorsQR code restaurant menusWelcome kit with mask and wipes (SOME resorts)Max occupancy limitation of 30% in Quintana RooFocus on health even outside of the resort - locals walking around wearing masks at parks and stores No Mask, No service What happens IF someone has symptoms in the destination? Self-quarantine What about the VACATION EXPERIENCE? Flawless & definitely neededDo NOT forget Travel Insurance, EVERFollow along this trip on Instagram for a day by day look into my 2 weeks in Cancun, Mexico.
4. Is a Destination Wedding Right for Me?
3 things to consider when planning a destination wedding:
Is a destination wedding right for me? WHY do I want a destination wedding in the first place? Guests and guilt? Contracts = guarantee. This is the only way to lock in hotel rates, wedding decor packages, vendors, etc - SO WHO DO I have to hire first in my team? Download my Expert’s Secrets Guide where I will share a ton of snackable tips to help you plan your wedding with EASE.
3. Should I hire the Resort Wedding Photographer or Bring My Own to the Destination?
Today I am joined by my friend and colleague, Gabriel Rosario to discuss all things destination wedding photography.
Gabriel is a wedding photographer based in Naples Florida available to travel where your love takes you.
Things to look for when booking your destination wedding photographerHiring the resort photographer versus flying your own photographerReal Talk on Free Photos on Exchange for TravelWedding Day Timeline and the optional amount of hours needed to cover the most important parts of your wedding day. Resources:
Gabriel's Wedding Website: https://www.grosario.com/Download our FREE Expert's Secrets to plan a fabulous destination wedding: destinationweddingsexpert.com/secrets
2. Destination Weddings During COVID-19 (Interview for Southern Noir Weddings)
You are listening to a recording of a live interview of Will Medina, hosted by Elana Walker at Southern Noir Weddings.
In this episode, we talk about,
the impact of International Destination Weddings due to COVID-19the benefits of working with a Destination Wedding Specialist versus the resort onsite coordinatornew trends in the destination wedding market after COVIDwhen the most popular wedding destinations are re-openingpassport processing times and all things travel insurance. Q&ARESOURCES:
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1. Are you considering a destination wedding? Help is here!
If you are listening to this show is because:
A- You are considering a Destination Wedding and don’t know where to start or even if a destination wedding is right for you.
B- You have started the planning process and quickly realized how overwhelming it is to find accurate and up to date information about planning a wedding abroad because let’s face it, inviting 50+ of your family and friends to fly away with you is a whole different ballgame than your hometown wedding.
I get it and I got you.
I have been planning travel with a focus on groups and destination weddings since 2009 so after working with dozens of couples over the years I think I know a few things about how to plan a wedding without stressing for the next 12-18 months.
Listen, I know weddings are known for being super stressful but one of the many benefits of planning a wedding abroad, especially at an All-inclusive resort is so you don’t have to stick to outdated traditions and burn all that cash for a few hours of ONE single day. Am I Right?
On this show, I promise to answer all of your questions so that you can ENJOY the planning the journey, save money and give your guests the experience of an AMAZING wedding in Paradise that they will rave about for years, and without breaking the bank.
Did you know that I also said #IDo to my better half by the Caribbean sea in Riviera Maya, Mexico? That’s right, I too have been in your shoes so get ready for expert tips and first-hand experience that you can trust.
And if you are JUST getting started, I wrote a quick guide with The SIX most important questions that nobody is asking you before throwing resort names at you:
Go ahead and download it completely free at: