One of the first things to do is decide on a wedding venue.

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Planning a wedding is hard work. From finding a venue, picking a date, managing the guest list, hiring caterers, decorators, etc, it can sometimes feel like a full-time job!  One of the great things about planning a destination wedding is that you can pass all those tasks onto someone else!  Your guest list is likely going to be much smaller although you may have the added stress of wrangling in some of your non-Spanish speaking guests.

 

One of the first things to do is decide on a wedding venue. Many of the hotels provide the services of an on-site wedding planner – make sure to check if that is included in your package.  If you want to get married in one of the churches and have the reception at a hotel, they can help you figure out who to contact (and can be an invaluable Spanish-speaking resource in case anything goes wrong).

 

 

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Once your guest list begins to take shape, you can either provide your guests with flight recommendations to Cartagena or have them book the same flights as you. From most major US cities, you can get direct flights or ones with short layovers and the Cartagena airport is extremely close to the city. Overall, the trip there is pretty straightforward compared to other destinations.

 

 

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Next, you can schedule group activities or provide your guests with a list of things to do while visiting the city. The last thing you want is a bunch of friends and family sitting around wanting you to play tour guide.  Depending on the size of the group and their preferences, you can hire shuttles to take them to places like Playa Blanca or if you are feeling fancy, you can even charter a yacht.

 

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Be prepared for people asking if Cartagena is safe. Colombia still has a bit of a reputation so this may be a concern for some guests.  It could also be fun to schedule some Zoom Spanish classes for anyone who is hoping to learn a few phrases in preparation for their trip!

 

Our Concierge Dream Team will be happy to coordinate your Dream Destination Wedding or a Dream Experience of your preference for you and your group.

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