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When it comes to organizing your fantasy wedding, everything you desire should be at your disposal. Unfortunately, this doesn't always come so easy. By taking it step-by-step, you can make planning your big day an enjoyable process that allows you to gather everything you need to make your dreams of an unforgettable Cancun wedding come true.
What is the biggest secret to achieving a great Cancun wedding? The key is to begin the planning process as quickly as possible. A good system of time management should be developed because it allows you to save time when researching choices, making reservations, and coping with any complications that may arise. Beginning early also gives you time to take advantage of any possible deals that could become available.
Many couples who are planning a wedding in Cancun find that the most significant obstacle is making the arrangements from afar. Many couples hire a wedding or event planner to do what they do best - make the planning of their wedding as stress free and simple as possible. You can hire someone local to you, someone in Cancun, or choose to buy a resort wedding package.
If you choose to hire a wedding planner, make sure he or she has previous experience planning a destination wedding and has references available. Connections in the area and knowledge of the local language and customs will help guarantee that your experience is exactly what you want and expect. Remember, if you want your wedding planner to be on site the day of your wedding, be prepared to to pay for his or her airfare and hotel stay.
Many couples find that choosing an event planner in Cancun is a great way to ensure that they have someone on the island to be their eyes and ears. This person will be able to handle every detail of your wedding, and most importantly analyze venues and vendors in person.
Wedding packages offered by local resorts are most common and often the most reliable. Accommodations, venue, officiant, catering, adornments, and more are usually included in one flat rate. Read our guide to Cancun Wedding Locations and Venues noted at the bottom of this page for more information on resort weddings.
Preparing a Cancun wedding may seem stressful but many find it a fun challenge and have successfully achieved their dream event. Stay prepared, write lists, and keep notes of every phone call and transaction you make.
Developing a sensible budget is essential to any successful island wedding. On average, couples in the United States spend between $20,000 and $30,000 on their big day, while a wedding in Cancun can cost you as little as $2,000. Numerous major resorts and hotels have wedding planning services that can prepare your big event down to the very last detail, and charge a single set fee for the entire package. If you decide to arrange the entire wedding yourself, consider the expenses you may encounter.
|Officiant||$50 to $250(USD)|
|Photography||$500 to $3000(USD)|
|Flowers||$300 to $1500(USD)|
|Decorations||$300 to $1500(USD)|
|Venue||$0 to $1000(USD)|
|Food||$25 to $50(USD) per person|
|Lodging||$100+(USD) per night|
The chart above merely addresses wedding basics, and estimates are based upon average costs of the individual items. Consider other fundamentals such as the bride's gown, the groom's tuxedo, and the wedding rings. Overall, wedding costs will change drastically depending on which items you decide are the most important. You need to stay within a reasonable budget that is based upon your financial situation. List items commonly associated with a wedding from maximum value to lowest value and allocate a price estimate to each item.
Items ranked in order of importance will allow you to see exactly where you may be willing to trim back and where you aren't willing to compromise.
By this point you will have determined what style of wedding you would love to host, and the type of venue you would like to have it in. These selections will quickly trim down your list of potential vendors. Consult our guide to Cancun Wedding Locations and Venues for for more information about the types of weddings available in Cancun.
Every location, vendor, resort, decoration, and method of transportation should be evaluated. Contact companies for price estimates and inform them that you are arranging your nuptials from abroad, and that they should expect many long distance phone calls and e-mail communications. When you contract vendors sight unseen, ask for references from those who have previously used their services.
Also give consideration to the time of year in which you wish to get married, and the type of festivals and events that may occur during that time. If you want you and your guests to experience a party environment, getting married in Cancun during Carnival, for example, may be just the ticket. However, if you would rather have an intimate, discreet event, you should make other arrangements.
Now is the time to learn about how to obtain a marriage license in Cancun. Mexico has very stringent requirements when it comes to granting marriage licenses to foreigners, so you will want to begin planning well in advance. Read our guide to Cancun Wedding Requirements and Traditions to learn how to handle the process. While you're there, take the time to read about Cancun wedding traditions.
Mexican weddings tend to be very traditional, and if you are planning a traditional wedding yourself you may find a lot of ideas to incorporate into your own wedding. Even if you are hosting a more modern affair, you can still honor the country you are getting married in by serving Mexican cusine at your reception, or carrying a bouquet of daliah pinnatas (Mexico's national flower) down the aisle.
The vendors you select will essentially make or break your wedding event. When you make your final decisions and book your vendors, explain precisely what you are looking for, and the dates you have chosen. Get all of your price quotes in writing (have them send you a quote through the post office, by e-mail, or by fax). Keep duplicates of everything including invoices of all items that are included in the price. Some businesses require a deposit. Do not send anyone payments until you have received a paper statement. Protect yourself from any possible misunderstandings.
Many couples wish to bring a bit of personal flair to their Cancun wedding. If you are creating or purchasing any of your wedding decorations at home, there is no better time than now to start working on this project. This may also be the time to purchase the wedding dress and/or make arrangements to rent a tuxedo. List everything you plan on taking care of at home, and the estimated time it will take you to accomplish it.
Although you may think your arrangements are finalized, it is still important to talk to your vendors periodically to review their progress, or to discuss any changes that need to be made. Don't worry about calling too often. They are working for you, and you are paying them to provide these services.
Listed below are a few additional tips that will assist you in planning your Cancun wedding.
Whether you choose to plan your Cancun wedding on your own, or enlist the help of professionals, reviewing the steps listed above will ensure that you keep your planning done in an tidy, timely, and stress-free fashion. Your wedding day in Cancun promises to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
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