Hello wedding world! Today I am excited to have a special guest from the beautiful beaches of Mexico - Rafaela Lantigua. Rafaela is the Wedding Department Manager for Lomas Travel and for all of the Karisma weddings. She is THE beach wedding guru and a wonderful asset to the Weddings by Legacy Travel team.Rafaela and me at the GIVC ceremony at the El Dorado Royale.
Hello Rafaela and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us today!MY PLEASURE AND THANK YOU TERRAH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY…
So how long have you been helping plan dream weddings for the Karisma resorts?WITH LOMAS FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS AND OVER TWO THOUSAND WEDDINGS LATER….HAHA
What is your favorite part about your job?SEEING THE FACE OF THE BRIDE AS SHE WALKS TOWARDS HER FUTURE HUSBAND AND HER NEW LIFE.
What are some of the most fun/memorable weddings you’ve planned?WELL TERRAH, THERE HAS BEEN SO MANY…AS EACH ONE HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL TOUCH…KEEPING IN MIND THAT OUR JOB IS TO MAKE THEIR DREAM A REALITY. THERE WAS A WEDDING TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR THAT WAS UNIQUE. THE BRIDE WAS OF MEXICAN DECENT AND WANTED HER WEDDING TO FALL ON THE DAY OF THE DEAD. IT WAS HELD AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL DORADO MAROMA. SHE REQUESTED THAT THE CHURCH AND RECEPTION WAS ALL IN THE DAY OF THE DEAD THEME. THE COLORS, THE DECORATIONS, EVERYTHING WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL! THE ORANGE COLORS AND SKULLS MADE IT VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN. EVEN THE CAKE WAS A SKULL! IT WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE, UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL.
How do you feel about wedding favors? Have there been any impressive or creative ones that made you stop and admire?I LOVE WEDDING FAVORS!!! ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT THE BRIDE OR HER FAMILY HAD HANDCRAFTED…THOSE ARE ALWAYS SPECIAL….THE ONES THAT IMPRESS ME THE MOST ARE THE ONES THAT ARE HANDMADE OR OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIAL, BEACH BAGS, NOTEBOOKS WITH DRY FLOWERS TO MENTION A FEW.
Being in a tight economy right now, would you suggest an area to cut costs or downsize?
DEFINITELY VOTIVES AND CANDLES ON THE BEACH…DUE TO THE WIND AND COST.
Is there anything new and exciting going on with Karisma weddings?WE ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING NEW AND INNOVATIVE GOING ON AT OUR HOTELS…FROM THE BRAND NEW SPA AT EL DORADO ROYALE CASITAS, A NEW SWING BAR AT AZUL SENSATORI, A PRIVATE GARDEN LOCATION AT EL DORADO SEASIDE SUITES…AND MORE! JUST ASK US AT TIME OF BOOKING.
If you were to give some tips or advice to a soon to be bride, what would it be?PLAN EARLY SO YOU CAN HAVE OPTIONS ON CEREMONY TIMES AND LOCATIONS.
A big thank you
to Rafaela for all of her comments. :)
If you are interested in having that stress-free, picture perfect destination wedding, feel free to call me at 972-517-9130 or toll-free! 1-866-329-7157. I'm here for you as well as some of the best coordinators out there like Rafaela. It's what we do best! :)