Beautiful desert, beach and sea can be found at the northernmost point of sunny Colombia, and it’s this beauty that has attracted the eyes of brides-and-grooms-to-be from all over the world to La Guajira, one of Colombia’s most romantic paradises. Zankyou spoke with Dina Luz León Solano, a top wedding planner with 17 years of experience achieving the wedding dreams of many in this destination. She told us why its worth picking La Guajira over any other location, and gives us some useful recommendations.
Just imagine the sun setting and you saying ‘I do’ surrounded by your family, intimate guests, and the person you love the most. On the other side, and bathed by the last rays of afternoon light, typical Wayúu canopies that contribute to the atmosphere, and when the night arrives, stars will twinkle down on the desert.
But it’s not these moments that make a destination wedding in La Guajira worth it… just think of how amazing your pre-wedding and wedding photos will be with such an unrivalled backdrop! This paradise sets the stage for an unforgettable memory that you can be proud of.
Before and after the wedding
This paradise is ideal for foreign couples looking to organise both a destination wedding and a fantastic holiday experience for their guests, with plans for before and after the wedding: “from visiting indigenous Wayúu settlements and getting to know their culture, to walking along the sandy beaches (Cabo de la Vela, Manaure or Mayapo, among many places), taking part in exciting sport or activities, bird watching, visiting the salt flats and its even possible to visit America’s largest open coal pit,” explains Dina.
One recommendation that this talented wedding planner has given us, based on her wide-ranging experience organising weddings from her company, Dina Luz León Solano Eventos Sociales – WP, is that the couple make a visit to their destination before the big day to kickstart the wedding planning process, where she can accompany you from the moment you arrive until the day you leave, so that everything goes according to plan.
The best prices
Our favourite La Guajira wedding planner also told us that each one of the necessary providers for the decoration and set up of her weddings can be found right within this beautiful Colombian region, and from the photographer to the florist, she can find the best prices for both local and international couples. Dina also told us about the positive impact of the Wayúu communities, when they themselves are the suppliers of handicrafts and artisan decorations, a cultural customization to make your destination wedding really stand out, as well as being supportive of local vendors.
Another element of La Guajira that attracts couples from all over the world is, according to Dina, it’s contact with local culture, “it’s a unique experience where you’ll get a taste of the indigenous Wayúu customs that characterise this traditional destination. You’ll feel at the heart of a new culture with an ancestral legacy, in the most beautiful place.”
Not only will you have the chance to invite your guests to discover delightful handicrafts, in glass or clay, made by these indigenous peoples, you’ll also experience their traditional games, celebrations, music, dance and typical seafood that makes up their rich gastronomy. But one of the most interesting experiences that Dina Luz León Solano Eventos Sociales – WP works on, is including Wayúu ritual in the wedding ceremony itself, an experience that Dina has replicated ever since her first couple requested the cultural inclusion, and she is now the only wedding planner in the region who offers this marital experience.
This location is becoming more and more popular, and here the wedding industry keeps on growing, but professionalism is still something that couples can at times take for granted, not only in the hospitality sector, but the capacity of a service to respond to any need that brides-and-grooms-to-be may have before their big celebration.
So when it comes to professionalism in La Guajira, you can count on Dina, who with 17 years of experience, is the certified wedding and event planner for INIBEP and will soon be awarded the name of Master Wedding Authority of Colombia. Some of her successful events and celebrations have welcomed up to 800 guests at a time, and others have been more personalised, intimate events for the happy couple in paradise.
So, if you’ve made the excellent decision to tie the knot in La Guajira, we recommend that you have the best possible experience by seeking the help of a wedding planner who knows the region inside and out. Not only will she help you get the best possible prices in transport services and hospitality, but will also offer you the security of unprecedented professionalism and creative skill.
So don’t hesitate to contact Dina Luz León Solano Eventos Sociales – WP, who on top of everything will even offer you a great discount if you order your wedding planning with her. Enjoy your paradise wedding situated between the desert, beach and sea!