Picture it: It’s your wedding day in Mexico! All of your hard work, research and stress has led up to this moment. Your nearest and dearest have saved their pennies and taken vacation time from their jobs to share in the tropical celebration. Having them with you here in the Mayan Riviera on such an important day of your life means the world to you! I’m sure that is it important to you that they come away from your destination wedding with nothing but positive memories and happy stories to share. The last thing you want once all the dust settles is to hear your guests complain about how uncomfortable they were during the ceremony, or that they couldn’t hear your vows, or worse yet, that they did not feel their basic needs for food and drink were considered! Fret not, dear Beach Bride! Today we will help you plan ahead to ensure your guests’ happiness at your destination wedding!
If you missed Part One of this series in planning ahead for a worry-free beach wedding, be sure to check it out!
Shade and Seats
Please do not skimp on these necessities! It is very hot down here in the Mayan Riviera. Consider that the majority of your guests will not be acclimated to this temperature. Even if you are planning for a super casual and short ceremony, you should give your guests somewhere to sit. Folding chairs are pretty standard and easy to come by, but a fun spin on the traditional could be waterproof ottomans or big wooden benches strewn in the sand. Go a step further in ensuring their comfort and create some sort of shade over the seating area. Even ten or fifteen minutes of sitting clothed in the hot Mexican sun can be too much for most people to handle. If a canopy is not possible, make sure at the very least there is shade a short distance away for guests to retire to immediately after your ‘I Do’s’.
Barefoot, Burn & Bug-proof
Two elements that can ruin your guests’ beach wedding experience? Mosquitos bites and getting sand in their shoes! Impress them with your forethought by setting up a station at the entrance to your ceremony site where they can kick off their shoes, in exchange for flip flops or bare feet. Have brushes to dust that powdery sand off, or buckets of water and towels. This is another great location to consider some seating too! Add to this station several bottles of stain proof insect repellant and 30+SPF. Friends and family who are prone to being a crispy fried lunch for mosquitos will praise your consideration!
Speak Up! and Keep It Short
Warm ocean breezes and crashing waves make for a wonderfully romantic setting for your vows, but they can also wreak havoc on the audibility of your ceremony! You have both worked hard (I hope!) to write the perfect vows, and plan the perfect ritual, it would be such a shame if your guests could not hear anything being said! So, please remember to speak clearly and loudly to avoid any blank stares from the audience. Rent a wireless microphone and speaker, or have your resort or DJ provide them, and be sure to do a sound check. Also, think again of the heat on the beaches from Cancun to Tulum, and try to keep the ceremony short and sweet. Save the speeches, readings or performances for the reception.
Refresh and Rehydrate
It is hot, hot, hot in the Mayan Riviera, and so it is safe to assume one thing of all your guests: They will be thirsty! Upon arrival, set up a station with bottled water and ice cold cervezas (if you are so inclined!) and plan for post-nuptial thirst by providing either a service bar or big ice bins stocked full of your refreshments of choice. This is an excellent opportunity to put your own personal stamp on the celebration, by serving up a favourite Mexican signature cocktail. (Think; build your own Margarita bar!)
The take away is this: Yes, of course this is YOUR day, dear Beach Bride, and memories of the tropical celebration will always bring a smile to your face…don’t you want your guests to feel the same way? When planning ahead for your destination wedding in Mexico, a little careful consideration for your loved ones will ensure that everyone has a fun filled vacation they will never forget!
***And of course, if you want an amazing Riviera Maya wedding photographer, who’s FUN personality will lower the stress level of any wedding day, then contact us today for a free consultation!
Stay tuned next week for Part three in this series!