Monday, April 30, 2007

Club Med Ixtapa Reopens in December 2007

Club Med Ixtapa is now closed for renovations, and will reopen in December 2007. The StrayWeddings.com team learned about the renovations after visiting the property in March. Currently, the resort has 374 rooms and some of the largest grounds in the Ixtapa area. Over the next seven months Club Med Ixtapa will undergo some major changes, and will be a completely new resort once it reopens in the winter. We will keep everyone posted as we learn of new developments at the resort. For more information, visit www.clubmed.com.

Friday, April 27, 2007

What's New on StrayWeddings.com - Weddings at Hotel Las Palmas in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Image: Copyright Hotel Las Palmas

One of the stops on our recent hotel tour of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo in the state of Guerrero, Mexico was an intimate bed & breakfast called Hotel Las Palmas. It was a bit of a challenge to get to (we had to ask several taxi drivers if they knew the place), but in the end it was definitely worth the effort and we were very glad we went.

Not directly in Zihuatanejo, the hotel is located south of the city down a remote road by the airport. It is a bit of a rough drive to the hotel, but hopefully the road will be improved as the area becomes more developed. Las Palmas is a high-quality hotel on a fantastic stretch of beach with a relaxing and unpretentious atmosphere. The hotel grounds are perfectly manicured, with plenty of green space, tropical foliage, and a serene infinity pool. The staff are warm and welcoming, including the resident dogs and cats, so if you are not an animal lover, this may not be the right place for you.

With only six rooms, your wedding group can easily take over the whole property. In fact, if you want to get married here, your group must book the whole hotel. Weddings are mostly held on the secluded beach, and receptions are usually held in the open-air restaurant. We had the pleasure of staying for dinner, and the food, although not gourmet, is decent and very reasonably-priced (approximately $100-200 pesos per entrée, which translates into approximately $10-20 USD).

Since the hotel is so small, they can offer you highly personalized service and customized wedding options. The hotel can make the arrangements for a legal wedding, or if you would prefer to have a religious wedding (non-legal), most couples choose to bring their own officiant to perform the ceremony.

At Hotel Las Palmas you won't have to worry about competing with other weddings on your special day, or a beach full of tourists. It's a place where you can share your wedding vows among family and friends in an intimate and romantic setting, while taking in the beauty of Mexico's Pacific coast.

For more information and photographs, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=178

El Dorado Seaside Suites, by Karisma - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the El Dorado Seaside Suites, by Karisma in the Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about getting married at this resort, and to see more photographs, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=139

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com. Image copyright Karisma Hotels & Resorts.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What's New on StrayWeddings.com - Wedding Insights

Thanks to a new feature on StrayWeddings.com planning a destination wedding in Mexico is even easier than before! "Wedding Insights" allows couples, travel professionals, wedding planners, photographers, and others to share their wedding knowledge.

Wedding Insights is an excellent way for professionals to introduce themselves to couples, and share useful information about weddings in Mexico. It is not a forum, it's an information sharing venue. It allows the thousands of couples planning a Mexican wedding to share information with each other in an organized and controlled format. Those couples who can do site inspections can share what they learn with other brides, or couples who were already married at a hotel can help other couples know what to expect.

There is so much research that goes into planning a destination wedding. StrayWeddings.com eases this process by bridging the geographical and language barriers assocated with planning a wedding in a foreign country. The website brings the information couples need to plan their wedding in Mexico, and introduces them to wedding planners, travel agents, photographers, musicians, and Spanish translators.

The Find A Resort directory highlights the best wedding hotels across Mexico. You will find information about each hotel including who to contact for weddings, and download files such as their wedding packages, wedding menus, extra wedding services, and honeymoon specials. In addition, couples can see photographs of the hotels and their wedding services, including galleries of real weddings.

To submit a comment about a hotel, simply go to http://www.strayweddings.com/find_resort.php and select the resort of your choice. Then scroll down to Wedding Insights and click on "submit a comment." Please try to keep your comments focused on weddings at these hotels, and feel free to share any insights you think will be useful to couples.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Royal Playa del Carmen - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at The Royal Playa del Carmen (formerly called the Royal Porto Real) in the Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.realresorts.com.mx/The_Royal_Playa_Carmen/.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com. Image copyright Real Resorts.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Zama Beach Lounge Spa - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Zama Beach Lounge Spa in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information, visit their website at www.zamabeach.com.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Occidental Grand Cozumel - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the Occidental Grand Cozumel in Cozumel, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about getting married at this hotel, including wedding packages and more photographs, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=119.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com. Image copyright Occidental Hotels & Resorts.

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa in Cozumel, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information, visit the hotel's website at www.intercontinentalcozumel.com.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photos of real weddings at the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya in the Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel, visit their website at www.thegrandmayan.com.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this resort and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Sueños Tulum - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photos of real weddings at the Sueños Tulum in the Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel, visit their website at www.suenostulum.com.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this resort and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Shangri-La Caribe - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Shangri-La Caribe in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit their website at www.shangrilacaribe.net.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Excellence Riviera Cancun - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Excellence Riviera Cancun (formerly called Secrets Excellence Riviera Cancun) in the Mayan Riviera, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=145.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Villa Tortuga - Wedding Photos

To view photos from real weddings at the Villa Tortuga in the Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this villa, visit their website at www.playasecreto.com/rentals/tortuga.html

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this resort and would like to share your wedding photos, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Riu Palace Las Americas - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancun, follow the links below.

To find out more information about this hotel, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=135.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this resort and would like to share your wedding photos, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in the Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about getting married at this hotel including wedding packages and more photographs visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=158

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com. Image copyright Palace Resorts.

Hotel Villa Rolandi - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Hotel Villa Rolandi in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, follow the links below.

Read a travel agent's wedding review of Hotel Villa Rolandi. For more information, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=112.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Cabañas María del Mar - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography - www.soltamargo.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Cabañas María del Mar in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=201.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Wedding Guide

Just north of Acapulco, this quaint hideaway of 100,000 inhabitants is nestled between the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo offer a tropical ambience without the busyness of the bigger tourist centers like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. Although two distinct towns, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are in such close proximity that they are often referred to as one - Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Despite the proximity, however, these two towns are worlds apart in flavor and vacation experience.

Ixtapa is a Fonatur contemporary tourist resort town that features a densely-packed hotel strip along a two-mile stretch of beach. Here you’ll find all-inclusive beach resorts, restaurants, bars and nightclubs including the popular Señor Frog’s Disco, retail stores, and two golf courses.

Zihuatanejo is more of a traditional Mexican town, free from large resort complexes and high-rise buildings. It is still an active fishing village and if you stroll down Paseo del Pescador ("the Fisherman’s Walk") you will see fishermen hard at work. Zihuatanejo's specialty is its beautiful boutique hotels and villas. In fact, it can boast home to some of the world's best hotels, including La Casa Que Canta and The Tides Zihuatanejo. La Casa Que Canta has repeatedly been named among the top 100 hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, and was recently awarded #1 in Mexico by both publications. The Tides Zihuatanejo was awarded #5 for the Top 15 Resorts in Mexico by Condé Nast Traveler's 2006 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Among the many attractions to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo are its pristine beaches. Playa la Ropa is perhaps the area’s best beach, and here you'll find Zihuatanejo's most luxurious properties. Beyond the beach, tourists can also enjoy activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, deep sea fishing, parasailing, whale watching, golf and horseback riding. And for an exciting day trip, the bustling city of Acapulco is only three hours away.

Weddings in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is a picturesque backdrop for a quiet and relaxed seaside wedding, and makes an excellent destination for a romantic honeymoon escape. Some of the best properties for weddings in the area include:

  • La Casa Que Canta
    Zihuatanejo's most prestigious hotel. Located on the end of Playa la Ropa beach. Stunning ceremony sites overlooking the Zihuatanejo bay. You'll spend your whole vacation relaxing at the hotel because you'll never want to leave! $$$$
  • The Tides Zihuatanejo
    A casual, luxury hotel with the best beachfront on Playa la Ropa beach. Larger and more relaxed than La Casa Que Canta, but still maintains an upscale atmosphere with excellent service. Try the guanabana daiquiri! $$$$
  • Hotel Las Palmas
    This small bed & breakfast (6 rooms) is located south of Zihuatanejo near the airport. Right on the beach, this remote property is an ideal place for an intimate wedding. Romantic accommodations and reasonably priced. $$
  • Las Brisas Ixtapa
    Large resort with a private beach near Ixtapa, with both European Plan and All-Inclusive rates available. All rooms come with a full ocean view and a large terrace complete with a hammock. Great place for a beach wedding. $$
  • Meliá Azul Ixtapa
    Located north of Ixtapa, this large all-inclusive resort is great for families. Beautiful ceremony site on the private pier. The most popular wedding hotel in Ixtapa. $$


More Romantic Hotels in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
If you are looking for some additional lodging to host your guests, or for a romantic honeymoon, these hotels in Zihuatanejo are excellent choices:

  • Amuleto
    This luxury boutique hotel is set high on the hill a few minutes from Playa la Ropa beach. This peaceful retreat features gorgeous rooms, romantic dining, and fantastic views of the Zihuatanejo Bay. An excellent choice for an unforgettable honeymoon. $$$
  • Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo
    A new addition to Playa la Ropa beach. This small hotel of approx. 80 rooms is wonderfully located just down the beach from La Casa Que Canta. The hotel's "Zi Restaurant" is a popular choice for reception dinners (max. 60 guests). $$$
  • Hotel Tentaciones
    Tiny hotel located up the hill from Playa la Ropa beach. The house features three luxurious suites with fabulous bathrooms, a spacious open-air living/dining area, and a pool surrounded by three ponds. The perfect spot for a romantic cocktail reception. $$$
  • La Quinta Troppo
    Small bed & breakfast just a short stroll away from Playa la Ropa beach. Intimate and quaint, this boutique hotel features some very romantic, open-air suites. The best room is La Ropa. Great food, great service, great location. Excellent honeymoon spot. $$
  • Villas del Palmar
    A quaint little villa just up the hill from Playa la Ropa beach with a casual and tropical atmosphere. Features six large villas in three palapa-roofed buildings, complete with kitchens. Very reasonably priced. $


Alternate Wedding Venues
If you would like to hold your wedding or reception outside of a hotel, here are some alternate wedding venues in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.


Hotel Map of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
To help you locate the wedding hotels in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, we have pinpointed them for you using Google Maps (Satellite Image). To browse the map, click on the link below:


Church Weddings
There are no hotels with on-site chapels in either Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo, and it is difficult to hold a Catholic wedding at any of the hotels. If you are more traditional and prefer to get married in a church, you'll be happy to know that there is a quaint church downtown Zihuatanejo on Calle Pedro Ascencio, next to the markets.


Legal Requirements
View a summary of civil marriage requirements between foreigners in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico: Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

Local Wedding Photographers

Here are some of the most popular local wedding photographers. To find more photographers in Mexico see www.strayweddings.com/find_photographer.php.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Major Attractions
  • Campo de Golf Ixtapa
    Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    18 holes, par 72
    6,898 yards
    Note: Water hazards have crocodiles!

  • Marina Ixtapa Golf Club
    Designed by Robert Von Hagge
    18 holes, par 72
    6,781 yards

  • Delfiniti - Swim with Dolphins
    For information visit their website at www.delfiniti.com
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Local Weather

Average Temperatures by Month (ºF)


Average Temperatures by Month (ºC)


Average Number of Days Precipitation by Month (Days)

Source: www.ixtapa-zihuatanejo.com

Images in order of appearance: (1) Hotel Zone of Ixtapa © Mexico Tourism Board, photograph by Guillermo AldanaMap; (2) Map of Zihuatanejo © MapQuest - www.mapquest.com; (3) La Casa Que Canta © La Casa Que Canta; (4) Suite at The Tides Zihuatanejo © KOR Hotel Group; (5) Main building at Hotel Las Palmas © Hotel Las Palmas; (6) Exterior view of Las Brisas Ixtapa © Brisas Hotels & Resorts; (7) Exterior view of Meliá Azul Ixtapa © Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts; (8) View from Amuleto © StrayWeddings.com; (9) Pool at Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo © StrayWeddings.com; (10) View from Hotel Tentaciones © Tentaciones Properties; (11) La Ropa Suite at La Quinta Troppo © StrayWeddings.com; (12) Villa exterior at Villas del Palmar © StrayWeddings.com, (13) Map of Zihuatanejo © Google Maps, (14) Zihuatanejo church exterior © StrayWeddings.com, (15) Zihuatanejo church interior © StrayWeddings.com.

Note: Maps are intended for illustrative purposes only. Stray Travel Publications, Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions that may be contained within the maps. If you spot any errors, please let us know!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Dolphinarium by Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Image: Swimming with dolphins in Xcaret © Mexico Tourism Board, photograph by Bruce Herman

One of Cancun’s most popular resorts, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, is now home to the first resort dolphinarium in Mexico. In partnership with Via Delphi, the resort opens Delphinus Dreams Cancun this April 2007. Resort guests and other Cancun visitors will be able to observe and interact with the dolphins in the new full-service facility. The Delphinus Dreams Cancun experience will include a 1-hour dolphin experience, complimentary goggles for underwater activities, and digital photography and DVD video services. In addition, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa will offer new room categories, including Deluxe Dolphin View Rooms where guests can watch the dolphin shows from their balconies.

Via Delphi also operates other popular dolphinariums, including the Escollera Dolphin Facility at Xcaret and the Xel-Ha Dolphin Facility at Xel-Ha, both of which are located in the Mayan Riviera. For more information about Delphinus Dreams Cancun or Via Delphi’s dolphinariums, visit the following sites:

For more information on getting married at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, including wedding packages and photographs, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=1

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Real Wedding Galleries - Destination Weddings in Mexico

Image copyright Sol Tamargo Photography

To help you envision your wedding day, and to give you some great ideas for your ceremony and reception, we've compiled some photo galleries and videos of real weddings at hotels and other properties across Mexico. To view the galleries, click on one of the links below. If you were married in Mexico, or are a professional wedding photographer, and would like to share your wedding photographs or videos, please contact us at info@strayweddings.com.

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Mayan Riviera, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Campeche, Campeche, Mexico
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco & Riviera Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico
Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ethical Destination Weddings: Saying “I Do” With a Clear Conscience – Conclusion

The Ethical Destination Weddings series of blogs was intended to give you some ideas on how to have a wedding in Mexico while giving back to the Mexican land and people. We hope you have found our tips helpful with this process. Our goal is to get couples thinking about Mexico not only as a wedding destination, but as a beautiful country worth preserving and supporting. In conclusion, we have summarized all five tips:

Tip #1 - Choose a Responsible Hotel
Choose a hotel in Mexico that is committed to helping the country’s environment, local communities, and historic sites. Hotels can do many things to help the environment, like using bulk soap or shampoo dispensers, having recycle bins, reusing sheets and towels, and paying staff fair wages, to name just a few. The World Heritage Alliance promotes responsible tourism by protecting world heritages sites. Several Mexican hotels have joined this Alliance, all of which offer luxurious accommodations and make excellent wedding locations. View full article Tip #1: Choose a Responsible Hotel.

Tip #2 – Hire Locally
By hiring a local Mexican business for your wedding, you can help the Mexican people benefit from the destination wedding business. Mexico is home to some incredibly talented local photographers, wedding planners, and musicians. You can find a wedding directory on http://www.strayweddings.com/. View full article Tip #2: Hire Locally .

Tip #3 – Give Mexican Favors
Giving Mexican favors to your wedding guests is another great way to give back to the local Mexican people while saying “thank you” to your guests for their participation in the event. Some ideas include CDs of Mexican music, Mexican art and folk art, Mexican pottery, Mexican wedding cookies, hot sauce, vanilla, tequila, coffee beans, Mexican chocolate or cocoa, Mexican spices, maracas, and pinatas. View full article Tip #3: Give Mexican Favors.

Tip #4 – Ecological Ceremonies & Receptions
Having an ecological ceremony and reception in Mexico will ensure that you preserve this beautiful country for everyone to enjoy. There are many easy ways to be ecologically minded. You can use recycled paper for wedding invitations and thank you cards, use candles instead of lights, reuse your bouquet flowers to decorate the reception area or honeymoon suite, and give your guests ecological favors like reusable water bottles or biodegradable sunscreen. View full article Tip #4: Ecological Ceremonies & Receptions.

Tip #5 – Give Mexican Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards
You’ll likely have to get wedding invitations and thank you cards for your guests, so why not be creative and do something good with them? One option is to purchase Mexican wedding stationery and help support local Mexican businesses. Alternatively, you can purchase thank you cards and gifts from non-profit organizations such as Unicef or Ten Thousand Villages, where proceeds go either to charity or to help Mexican and other artisans make a living. And of course, whenever possible use recycled paper. View full article - Tip #5: Give Mexican Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards.

Ethical Destination Weddings: Saying 'I Do' With a Clear Conscience

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas - Wedding Photos

Image copyright Cabo Wedding Photography - www.cabophotography.com

To see photographs of real weddings at the Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=197.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=200

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the Dreams Los Cabos Golf Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel including wedding packages, and more photographs visit http://www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=12

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com. Image copyright AMResorts.

Meliá Cabo Real - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the Meliá Cabo Real in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit their website at www.solmelia.com.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit their website at www.pueblobonitosunsetbeach.com.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

One&Only Palmilla - Wedding Photos

To see photographs of real weddings at the luxurious One&Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, follow the links below.

For more information about this hotel visit www.strayweddings.com/find_resort_details.php?resort_id=189.

*View Real Wedding Galleries for other hotels across Mexico.

Image copyright One&Only Palmilla. If you were married at this hotel and would like to share your wedding story or wedding photographs, please e-mail us at info@strayweddings.com.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Ethical Destination Weddings: Saying “I Do” With a Clear Conscience - Tip #5 Give Mexican Wedding Invitations and Thank You Cards

The term ‘responsible tourism’ has been used to describe tourism that is not only fun for visiting tourists, but also gives back to the world and local community by protecting nature and contributing to the lives of local people. This series of blogs will give you tips on how to contribute to the Mexican culture and economy, while preserving its beautiful land and ecological sites.

Tip #5 – Give Mexican Wedding Invitations and Thank You Cards

A destination wedding in Mexico strays from the traditional-style wedding. It is a fun, adventurous, and creative way to exchange your vows. This energy and creativity should be reflected in your wedding invitations, and what better way to introduce your guests to the idea of a Mexican wedding than through an authentic Mexican wedding invitation. You may be able to find a destination wedding theme in Canadian and American invitations, but by using invitations created by a Mexican company, you can also help support the Mexican economy.

Giving Mexican thank you cards is another unique way to say “thanks” to your guests after you return home from Mexico. You may also consider purchasing thank you cards from a charitable organization such as Unicef, which has a large assortment of affordable cards and other gifts. Finally, fair trade stores like Ten Thousand Villages carry several gifts from artisans around the world and throughout Mexico. Supporting Mexican business is now easier than ever as these kinds of organizations bring Mexican products directly into your own community.

Weddings are big business, and destination weddings are quickly becoming the new style of luxury weddings. To be an ethical bride and groom, all it takes is some creativity and extra thought. Instead of buying wedding stationery and favors from America’s largest wedding retailers, why not support a local Mexican business or even a charity in your own city? Not only will your destination wedding stand out as unique, you and your guests will feel better knowing that your wedding helps others too.

Here are a few websites to help you find unique wedding stationery and gifts. If you know of any other retailers that carry Mexican wedding stationery and gifts, please contact us at info@strayweddings.com.
  • www.circulosocial.com – Contemporary Mexican wedding invitations, with stores located throughout Mexico and in the US.
  • www.tenthousandvillages.com – A fair trade organization with imported goods from Mexico and other countries. Has stores across Canada and the US.
  • www.supportunicef.org – Unicef’s site for purchasing cards and gifts with proceeds going to charity.

Ethical Destination Weddings: Saying 'I Do' With a Clear Conscience

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Photographer In Profile - Jennifer Dery Photography

Jennifer Dery Photography specializes in journalistic images with a modern artistic style that shows the magic, emotion and reality of your whole event. Nearly all of Jennifer's couples live far from Southern California, yet she is as popular as ever despite the distance. When a couple falls in love with Jennifer's work, she is willing to travel anywhere to work with them. "When I really have a good connection with the couple and they love what I do, I just have to work with them. If someone goes to the trouble of bringing me to their event they deserve to get the best of the best."

For more information and to see a gallery of Jennifer's work, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_photographer.php

Image copyright Jennifer Dery Photography, used with permission.

Photographer In Profile - leografia Weddings

Based in Mexico City and available anywhere, leografia Weddings is one of many creative outlets for news photographer Josh Stephenson. A growing number of wedding photographers are adopting documentary or photojournalistic styles, but Josh is a true photojournalist. He is able to capture the mood, moments, and emotions of weddings unobtrusively. "In a sense, I'm meeting them halfway. My 10+ years of newspaper and photo agency work is not an adaptation, it is what I have made a career of and is my continual focus. Competition and demanding editors make capturing decisive and candid moments my strength. I enjoy putting these skills to work, capturing memories of a lifetime."

Josh's work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Newsweek, USNews & World Report, and Maxim International among other newspapers, magazines, and photo agencies worldwide. He has also received awards by the National Press Photographers Association, Associated Press Managing Editors, and New York Press Photographers Association.

For more information and to see a gallery of Josh's work, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_photographer.php.

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Photographer In Profile - Pierre Visual Studio

Pierre Violle is a wedding photojournalist with over 10 years of experience in Europe and around the world. His experience in magazine photography has given him the ability to improvise in any situation. Located in Cancun, Pierre is a perfect choice for a destination wedding in the Yucatan Peninsula, but he is also willing to travel anywhere. For more information, and to see a gallery of his work, visit www.strayweddings.com/find_photographer.php

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Photographer In Profile - Del Sol Photography


Sol Tamargo & Matt Adcock, a team of award winning photojounalists, offering international destination wedding photography, creative, fun, amazing dynamic coverage.
Sol is based in the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and Matt finds his home in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. For more information, and to see a gallery of their work visit www.strayweddings.com/find_photographer.php

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