Destination Wedding Cartagena: 5 Top Tips from a Wedding Planner

Have you chosen the romantic capital of South America for your destination wedding, and are hoping that everything runs perfectly? Well this Colombian destination has much more charm than simply stunning beaches and authentic colonial architecture. Although you’ll easily find good support within Cartagena to facilitate your marriage, due to the city’s ever-growing wedding industry, we at Zankyou have decided to make your life easier by speaking to wedding planners for their top recommendations within the area – you can thank us later!

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Bodas & Glamour - Wedding PlannerBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
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Bodas & Glamour is a company that has been dedicated to wedding planning for many years in beautiful Cartagena. Fulgencio Enrique, Mary Laura and their talented wedding planning team have successfully advised and helped hundreds of brides in organizing their weddings, and have given us a few top recommendations on both wedding styles and the planning process itself … which will enable you to have the wedding of your dreams in El Corralito de Piedra (the historic and romantic walled city of Cartagena):

  1. Plan ahead
  2. A wedding on the beach
  3. Take advantage of the scenery
  4. Style Recommendations
  5. Rely on a wedding planner
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Bodas & Glamour - Wedding PlannerBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
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1. Plan ahead

“If you plan ahead, everything should function without any hiccups”, state the experts from Bodas & Glamour. Their years of experience in giving personal advice to couples from all over the world has taught them that one of the most common errors, on the bride and groom’s part, is thinking that 3 to 5 months is sufficient to create the perfect wedding according to what they’ve always wanted. Their advice in Cartagena, for example, is that you book the church or an alternative dream wedding venue at least 8 months in advance, and the same goes for the suppliers. So… if you haven’t already started the process, you better get going!

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Bodas & GlamourBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
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3. A wedding on the beach

Who doesn’t like the idea of a beach wedding? We all dream of that sunset as the backdrop for our ceremonies. But be careful  that you match your desired marriage ritual to the style of your wedding, as some rituals and religions don’t consider beach weddings as valid. For this reason, a knowledgeable wedding planner comes in handy, as they can easily find out the requirements according to which ritual or ceremony you are opting for. 

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Bodas & GlamourBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
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3. Take advantage of your surroundings

Cartagena is an ideal place for all types of weddings, we already know it as the Romantic Capital of the Americas, but it’s really up to you to make the most of the best scenery that surrounds you. What time are you going to get married? Because if you’re having a beach wedding, these wedding planners recommend that you try to organize it close to sunset hours. If you plan to do it in a temple or church, what options do you have? Well, “we recommend San Pedro Claver, La Catedral de Santa Catalina de Alejandría, Santo Toribío, Santo Domingo… basically all of the old churches in the histroical centre of the city,” they explain.

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Bodas & Glamour - Wedding PlannerBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
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4. Style recommendations

Knowing of their quality experience with wedding design in Cartagena, we asked Fulgencio Enrique and Mary Laura about the most popular wedding styles within the city. They both agree that every couple is so wonderfully different, and so each wedding tends to be personal and customized to them. However, if they had to select two that are particularly on trend, they would be the more classic styles like “Glamour” and “Vintage-Chic”, which adapt perfectly to the romantic, fairy-tale environment of the city.

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Bodas & GlamourBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
Photo: Bodas & Glamour

5. Rely on a wedding planner

Let’s face it, you’re not going to be able to co-ordinate wedding-related issues all the way from your hometown, you may have little experience dealing with suppliers, you don’t know which ones are good, reliable and fairly priced, and basically this is most likely the first time you’re organising you’re own wedding abroad. So for ALL these reasons and more, it’s very important that you seek the help of a wedding planner that is local to the area. Enjoy a stress-free planning process with Mary and Fulgencio, the prestigious wedding planners from Bodas & Glamour, recommended by Zankyou, who will guarantee to work closely with you to set up the wedding that you have always dreamed of.

Bodas & Glamour - Wedding PlannerBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
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Bodas & Glamour - Wedding PlannerBook your wedding with Bodas & Glamour
Photo: Bodas & Glamour

And so to emphasize our final recommendation, you’ll need the help from someone who knows all about the legally required documents, the city and its wedding industry, as well as having worthy experience with helping destination wedding couples like yourselves have the best possible experience. With all this great advice, you’re going to have an unforgettable day and your guests will enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

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