Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vallarta-Nayarit Weddings in Martoca Beach Garden: In Our Couples Own Words.

Martoca Beach Garden is an absolutely stunning venue that offers a beautiful and private ambience. Not only is the the venue special itself, but so is Martoca's team. I cannot express how helpful and patient Jimmy was with answering all my questions and concerns.- Megan Continues, "Don't even get me started on how good that food was!!! I wish there was a restaurant like that in California... best food I've had in a LONG time. I can't thank Jimmy and his team enough for their kindness and for making me feel more than comfortable in planning a destination wedding from California. They truly want to make your wedding the most special day of your life and that every single detail comes alive."

Dana and Dave. Very happy!
Dana says, "Martoca is hands down the most stunning venue for a wedding or any other big event. We got married at Martoca in November 2016, and it was absolutely beautiful and flawless. Here is why you should select Martoca over any other venue:
1. Location: You have the option to stay in Sayulita (we loved it there), Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, PV, but still get outside of the cookie cutter resort walls to have a unique, intimate, and private ceremony and reception. Rancho Banderas is a really good place to stay near Martoca (we highly recommend it). Alternatively, you can stay in the fun surf, boho town of Sayulita (we stayed there with our guests), and then you get a very incredible experience with an adorable downtown (a lot like Bali was 10 years ago). Regardless of where you stay, guests will appreciate the unique and stunning views at Martoca.
2. Designer/Planner: Martoca uses Kelley Karchoff (as part of the package) to plan every little detail. We are beyond happy with the elegance and feel of our wedding.
Dana's reception
She made our day (and the days leading up to the venue) entirely stressfree. 

3. Layout: I don't understand why more brides don't understand that the layout is crucial to a successful wedding. Too often, they separate the bar or dance floor from the dining tables. Believe me, I've been to too many $1M weddings that make this mistake -- and it is a real shame. Guests end up distracted at the bar or sitting at the tables, in another area, and then they never make it to the dance floor. You have an empty dance floor, so no one goes onto it, and then suddenly your wedding is remembered as the one where guests went home early. Martoca has the perfect layout. All of our guests were still dancing to the band at 1am in the morning.
4. Fun: Unlike Sayulita or resorts, music, fireworks, and a great time can go until 2am in the morning. They do not shut down at midnight. 
5. Beauty: It goes without saying, the entire place is stunning, with lush gardens, pools, and beach.

Jessica very happy with her hubby learning taco slicing!
Jessica announced, "I would use them again in a heartbeat! Everything I envisioned for my wedding became a reality (and beyond) because of the team from Martoca. Without this team I probably would not have ended up having a wedding, let alone having my dreams come true. I had originally booked my April wedding at a different venue; however, things just weren’t coming together and I wasn’t feeling confident about the way the wedding would turn out. I ultimately decided to leave that venue and left Jimmy a panicked message that same day. Jimmy got back to me in just a few minutes and from that moment on, I finally had the experience I was looking for. I wanted to be a destination bride because I wanted the process to be easy and laid back; however, with the people in our lives traveling and taking the time to celebrate with us we also wanted to offer an amazing time. Thankfully Jimmy and his team are true professionals at what they do; whatever experience you are looking for, they are able provide it (and exceed your expectations!). It only took one email exchange and a quick phone conversation to know that I was in the right hands with the Martoca team."

Melissa in full bridal bliss
Melissa mentioned, "I cannot express how pleased I am with Martoca Beach Garden and staff. After witnessing three weddings at all at different resorts I can say Our wedding was the best!! We had our wedding at Martoca Beach Garden last week and everything was beyond perfect! I can honestly say we had our dream wedding become a reality! From start to finish, Maite was amazing, she made the planning process a breeze. I didn't even have to stress on the day of because everything was ready to go. Our wedding was very private, something you cannot get at any resort, made it even more special. And their photography and video
Angela is very happy!
group was incredible, all the pictures were picture perfect and the video is amazing! I would definitely recommend Martoca Beach garden to anyone looking to get married, Everything was outstanding, delicious food, beautiful scenery, great decorations, top shelf drinks, great service, great staff .. There is nothing I can complain about, and absolutely nothing I would change! All our guest were "wowed" by our wedding." 

Angela and Jeff from Canada are very happy with friends

 Angela and Jeff say, "We arrived at Martoca two days before our wedding to check out the venue. We were blown away by the beauty of the property. The day had finally come and everything exceeded our expectations. We had 60 guests all coming up to us saying how they couldn't believe how amazing everything was. The whole team from the bartenders,DJ,caterers,decor, photographer, videographer and the minister were all exceptional! We can't thank the Martoca Beach Gardens enough for making our dream wedding come true! We would strongly recommend this venue to anyone. It was the best decision of our lives to get married off resort! (Privacy and beauty all in one place)."

Jennie and Colin said, "We are from Vancouver Canada so at first we were very worried about sending money overseas and doing all of the transactions via email. But I would 100% recommend this venue to anyone we know
Jennie and Colin taking pics after ceremony. Go Canada!
family/ friends if they are planning a wedding. Kelly was the wedding coordinator/ wedding specialist extraordinaire. She was so helpful I sent her images of flowers/decor that I liked or wanted and she got everything I asked for and more. I honestly couldn't have pictured how perfect it looked, she went far beyond what I would have ever imagined our wedding to look like. We had 45 guests there and when the guests showed up to the venue everyone was completely blown away with how gorgeous it looked. Absolutely breath taking! I was so happy that we connected with Jimmy(James) he is honestly such an awesome, patient guy to deal with. Thank you so much for everything and for the most amazing fun wedding ever!"
Tiff's wedding was truly amazing
 Tiff wrote to us on review board, "Stunning property. Absolutely gorgeous venue. If you're thinking about a destination wedding - look no further. We traveled all over Mexico looking at venues and ultimately decided upon Puerto Vallarta but were dissatisfied with the typical rules and generic offerings that tend to accompany big corporate hotel properties. After doing some research I stumbled upon Martoca Beach Garden. After we visited the venue we knew this was where we wanted to get married. James and his team really went above and beyond all of our expectations. No detail went overlooked and the end product was just phenomenal. I would highly recommend them to
Erin and Ulises' first dance in Martoca. Fun!
anyone looking to plan a wedding or other event in PV. They are truly masters of their craft."

Erin commented, "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Martoca Beach Garden! I too researched many other locations and when I came across Martoca online, I knew we wanted to get married there. I came into contact with Jimmy and from the first email( and there were many!) he was always so helpful and flexible and would answer any questions I had right away. He found me an amazing wedding planner and helped me set a "package" that suited us. We had 40 guests there for our wedding in January and every single one fell in love with the beauty of Martoca Beach! If you're looking for the most beautiful,magical, romantic destination wedding...THIS is the place!"

Our couples are very happy. Whatever you desire or wherever you are coming from we can help. As you can see, we help brides from all over the world and design and host many styles of weddings. Welcome to Martoca Beach Garden. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Puerto Vallarta Weddings: What to do before and After Your Big Day

Dear Amigos Mios:
Puerto Vallarta is more than just beaches. Keep that in mind.
You are all set with your date and location and services with a company such as Martoca Beach & Garden Weddings, or your hotel of choice for your wedding. You also have your wedding plans well on the way. Now you need to plan the before and after wedding activities. Let me help you.

In our venue's case, the weddings are not in a hotel since we are a private wedding venue. So our weddings in Martoca already are a nice distraction for guests who were in the hotel for a few days already. We are int the North side of the bay. Most hotels are in the center of the bay in Nuevo or Puerto Vallarta. So to come to the wedding in Martoca beach, well, that is a "tour" in itself for your guests. But, depending on your budget, you may want to do a rehearsal dinner, or a day trip for guests and even a day after hangover cure day. So let's explore some options that I think your guests will love and enhance the entire vacay-wedding experience for all.

    Welcome them with a Mariachi band. Or also for the day tour.
  • Welcome Fiesta: After guests arrive and change into beach clothes, welcome your guests in your villa or hotel or venue of choice with a trio or Tropical musicians and some cocktails and tapas to set the tone. Let them know the itinerary for the week and maybe have a swag bag for them with maps and a custom T-shirt or hats etc.
Go for day tour to the rivers in mountains and have lunch
  • Day tour before wedding: A day or two before the wedding, depends on your length of stay, you may have a tour planned for the guests. I have seen two ways of doing this. A girls day and a guys day separately or all together in one tour. 
  • For the gals: Of course, the Spa is a fave. You can go to a Spa in Yelapa area where secluded beaches and no cars are allowed. Fun and very relaxing and spiritual. Or other Spas in the area. Or you can do half shopping day and half Spa day. 
ATV tour up to mountains only 20 minutes from Vallarta

  • For the boys: Guys love to do deep sea fishing or ATVs or any activity that allows for legal drinking and driving like golf. It is up to you. There are many activities all around the bay that can entertain a large group of guys. 
Whale watching tours
  • Day trip for all: If you just want to all hang out together then choose an activity that everyone can enjoy. For example, charter a sail catamaran or watch to go around the bay for about 2,500USD for 40 guests with food and drinks for 3 hours. Or have a day trip to a beach town away from the hotel. Arrange transportation and go with a tour guide or go all together to an organized tour such as those provided by Vallarta Adventures.
Charters are fun. 40 or so guests for about 2,500USD
  • Walk-thru/rehearsal: The day before the wedding most couples have a dinner party after the walk-thru. The walk thru is very simple. Sometimes it is not even needed because you may have done it before in your site visit. Beach weddings are casual. So it is a fun relaxed vibe. Hence why you may not even need an actual rehearsal. Anyway, once you do the walk-thru, you take everyone to dinner somewhere fun. 
Rehearsal dinner can be in a local joint like this on beach
  • Rehearsal Dinner: If you only have 4 days total then you may want to do the day tour in the morning and the rehearsal dinner at sunset. I recommend a sunset dinner. It should be in a place that is different from the wedding venue. By this I mean, if your wedding or hotel is in beach "x" then have the rehearsal dinner in beach "y". Or even better, if you are having your wedding on the beach, then have your rehearsal dinner on a roof top like Barcelona restaurant, or a mountain side. That is the beauty of Vallarta area. We have mountains views and ocean and cliffs. So you can have a totally different experience for your guests all in one or two days! They can see their hotel beach in the morning, another beach or an island during their day tour and a completely different view on a mountain top or a roof top for dinner. And if you are getting married away from the resort
    Roof-top pool area for rehearsal dinner or chill day.
    in a private wedding venue like Martoca, then they will have that new experience as well thenext day. Three or four totally different locations and towns in one or two days; Now that is a great vacay-wedding hosting plan!
North side of the bay. Punta Mita golf course.
  • Chill Day after wedding: After the wedding: A relaxing and cure-hangover day is in order. A golf day or we can arrange for a DJ and have some house or chill music and have a Bloody Mary brunch catered to your villa with local seafood. Or host it in a beach/garden venue like Martoca (photographed here by Elizabeth Medina) with pools and garden for example (only if your wedding was somewhere else). We do not recommend having the chill day or the rehearsal dinner in the same place the wedding was held. Double dipping is a no-no. Unless you are in a villa then maybe wedding and day after is in the same place.

These are some ideas I have organized with my team for our couples. Sometimes the budget is not large enough for so many parties or events, so you can just make them less lavish but still have the activities. Just in a smaller scale within your resort, or in a local beach restaurant. If I had to choose one activity, I would have every one go to a tour together. It is just so fun. And you know someone will provide entertainment for all to talk about all day, by rolling over the ATV, or flipping the sail boat. Someone will get too drunk and dance with the MC of the tour or do something fun and silly. Bonding works. It is just full of possible classic moments that will bond and make your trip just that much more special and memorable.

Have fun and enjoy your once in a lifetime opportunity with your family and friends. It will never come again!-James. 
Email me if you want more free advice on your Vallarta-Nayarit wedding amigos. martocapv@gmail.com

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What is the Best Town for Your Mexico Wedding: Puerto Vallarta or Bucerias?

We are so happy for you! You are getting married in Mexico! Great choice. We will already assume you know what great advantages a Mexico beach wedding in Puerto Vallarta area has over Cancun area weddings: Such as our amazing weather and virtually rain-proof winters, great beaches and amazing value and savings compared to equal quality in USA or Canada.

So you are now only deciding on what location within the Banderas Bay is best for your guests and your amazing fiesta: Puerto Vallarta or its Northern neighbor Bucerías. (See map below) What is best for your guests? Well let's get into it: Let's  compare the towns themselves, their beaches, nightlife, outdoor adventures and overall safety. In order to really give you a micro view of these towns I want to defer the details to links you can check out. Many web sites go into details and give more pictures of the towns themselves and beaches. Also, this post is for you as a bride/groom and not just as a tourist. Click on the linked areas in you want more  detailed information on the subject. OK so let's get started shall we.

Puerto Vallarta and Bucerías are equally amazing and culturally rich wonderful towns. Amazing colonial feel for both and nothing like the Cancun area that is more like Miami. Puerto Vallarta and Bucerías are old souls. Tourism came organically to our town via word of mouth and some movies that made it famous after the towns had already been here for decades. In contrast for example, Cancun and other resort areas are created to attract tourists. So if you like culture and "real Mexico" feel then Vallarta and Bucerías are very good choices. You will see real city town life, culture, shopping and night life. I think it is a tie here as far as what town is prettier or more interesting. Both towns are very colonial and typical Mexico beach towns. Bucerías is much smaller and has less traffic. But you are here to vacation and not commute so who cares, right!

The beaches are a different story, Bucerías is much better than Puerto Vallarta for beach lovers and swimmers. Specially when you have families. Bucerías and Nuevo Vallarta area have an amazing beach with virtually zero undertow. Perfect for swimming. Puerto Vallarta is rocky and many beaches are very small and man-made. The views are spectacular in Vallarta because the mountains meeting the ocean are a spectacular scene. Nothing like lush beautiful mountains over seeing the blue-green ocean. So, in this case, beach wise, Bucerías is a hands down winner.  Now, around Puerto Vallarta there are amazing beaches of course, on the south side and some here and there. But not for "hotel beaches" I believe. The beach is much better than in some other places in USA or places I have seen, but we are comparing here Bucerías to Vallarta, not a bad beach vs a great beach. I mean they are both nice. Just Bucerias is better.

Your guests like to party and chase girls and guys or dance all night to hip-hop and DJs? They want to go bars and dancing? Well then, Puerto Vallarta is the town for your wedding. Just like Bucerías is the winner for beach quality, PV is the victor regarding nightlife. No contest. "PV" has much more action and options for night life than "Buce". There are bonafide world class clubs and bars everywhere. You can sit on the Malecón (sea wall) area and find many bars that turn into dancing clubs or just go to straight up clubs. There are many options and all are within about 15 minutes from your hotel. A cab ride is about 10 bucks
or less.
However, I must say, for people over 40 it is a much closer call. Maybe even Bucerias can edge out Vallarta if you just want to find locals and want more secluded vibe. Bucerías is full of ex-pats with great little hole in the wall bars and restaurants. Not so much clubs, but more for mature adults who are not looking for a date and are more into enjoying the view and their friends and the person they went with to your wedding. It is like comparing downtown USA to a beach town in the USA. So, Bucerias may not be as hip for the young crowd but it has it all for those who just want to hang out and party and there is dancing for sure. Just not "club style". I always remind my couples that there guests are here for their wedding, if they want a stag party or girl trip to go clubbing they should do that another time anyway. You do not need a bad experience or a fight the night before your wedding right?

As far are outdoor adventures and tours, they are both about the same. Both are within less than 30 minutes from any site seeing tours and boat rides across the bay. If you are a bit more South of Vallarta proper you may have some nice snorkeling areas. But then again, if you are a bit more North of Bucerías you will have the same and also surfing. So I think this is a tie. Both towns are within driving distance to any tour in the bay. Puerto Vallarta may have a bit more organic entertainment because all you have to do is walk down to the beach or Malecón and people watch, and Bucerías is more secluded and less rowdy and populated.

Safety is a key issue for your wedding guests, and when you are traveling with a group in general. Both are very safe for tourists as far as the cartel stuff or gang crime. I am not even worried about that, I am speaking about over all safety  as far as traffic, fights for girls or just guys being guys (the single dudes in your guest list), ocean floor and surf, etc. It is not the same to go on vacation and party with your boyfriend or girlfriend or spouse or a few single friends than be responsible for a group of 100 guests. If you want to lower your chances of an unexpected mishap, then smaller is better I believe.

For me both towns are safe. I just think the more temptations there are, the more trouble can occur for a young inexperienced guest. Or a drinking night gone bad. So I think Bucerías would probably be a safer choice for a large group simply because there are less variables. Unless everyone is just going to hang out in the hotel
all day then it does not matter anyway. But I am speaking about going out at night and during the day to explore, Bucerías is just a small beach town compared to Puerto Vallarta, a full blown city with clubs and everything that clubs and partying brings to the mix. So, like I tell my clients, if you want to make sure no crazy incidents occur then, try and keep people away from bad areas and clubbing after 5AM. Nothing good happens after 5AM. They can always come back when they are on their own. This is your wedding trip, not a party trip.

OK amigos, I hope this helps to decide what is best for your guests and where to stay for your off-resort wedding in Banderas Bay area. Vallarta-Nayarit is a great area because we pretty much have something for everyone. And remember that Bucerias is only 30 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta club scene and Bucerias' beaches are only 30 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta; So you can always just go visit whenever you want. Martoca Beach Garden, our wedding venue, is in Bucerias area. So your guests can stay in Puerto Vallarta, or Nuevo Vallarta or Bucerias and enjoy both a private garden venue on the beach and the clubs and nightlife of Puerto Vallarta. Best of both worlds. A short drive away for all.

Visit www.martoca.com for free wedding advice in Mexico or Vallarta area. We specialize in private venues. No hotel weddings here :). We like privacy and originality and not corporate

scenarios. Gracias- James

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Best Luxury Hotel Options For Guests of Non-Resort Private Weddings in Bucerías, Nayarit

Martoca Beach Garden in Bucerias Nayarit
You have done your research. Finally after working hard, or maybe getting lucky, you guys have decided to get married in an amazing tropical location like this one you see in the picture on the left. So now you sit in your family's living room as you break out the news-"We are getting married in a place called La Martoca in Bucerias". Everyone is very happy for you, but immediately ask you,-Where is "La Martoca" or, Bucerias!? So you explain: It is an intimate venue, in a charming fishing village that is on an amazing beach in on the West coast in tropical Mexico, inside the Bahia de Banderas bay; only 30 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta. Bam! They hear the key words "Puerto Vallarta". Now they feel they recognize a familiar name. But since it will not be a hotel wedding, where should they stay? Well, read on and let's help you and your guests find out all the luxury resorts that they may not know exist and where they can stay in within close driving distance to Bucerias, Nayarit. 

When you decide to have a non-resort wedding it is because you want to be original, private, intimate, free and have a truly special fiesta. Sometimes this requires a bit more effort than just picking a hotel for all to stay in and have a cookie cutter wedding. But is well worth it. You need to find some hotels or condos that your guests can stay in that are relatively close to the venue. 

Amazing private wedding venue weddings
The most important thing to remember is to not become a travel agent for your guests. I suggest you lean on your planners for support and have them supply you with some great options for your guests and point them in the right direction. Let them know you did the vetting and research and the options available and step aside. If you fall into the trap of booking rooms for them you will add extra stress and perhaps create problems with your friends and family. So stay away from travel agent mode. 

Just point them to amazing hotels and links to such places and maybe find some group rates in the main hotel. It is after all one of the best advantages of a private wedding venue wedding: The fact that guests can stay anywhere they want without restrictions or extra fees. So once you find a wedding venue then help them find a few good recommended hotels or condos and other than that, just point them to the right direction and let them book their own vacay! 

North side of Banderas Bay area near Bucerias
Before you concentrate on the hotels themselves, learn about the different areas that are available in the surrounding villages and beaches. The following link and previous post is a great guide for those who do not know about the Banderas bay area. Please take time to review the area here before we move forward with specific hotels in Bucerias area: http://martoca.com/where-to-stay/ 
For the sake of this post, we are focusing only on top class hotel choices that are strictly within a 30 minute drive from Bucerias. Anything outside the 5 star category, or further than 30 minute range, is excluded in this post just for the sake of abbreviation. Your guests can stay anywhere they like and do not have to stay in luxury hotels of course, that is the best part of a private wedding venue. Your guests can stay anywhere it suits their budget and style best. However for those that like high end luxury or special places the following is the best list I could come up with for you.

The brand new W hotel which is about 15 minutes from our Martoca venue is on a magnificent beach. A surf spot is close by so that is a huge bonus. It is a boutique hotel. In Punta de Mita area which is North of Bucerias.
Here is the link for that one:

The Four Seasons and the St. Regis' reputation as top class hotels is well known. They are also in Punta de Mita area and are within 30 minutes range from our venue. The W is 15 minutes which is half way between us and the 4 seasons and St Regis. So some guests can stay in the W and some in St Regis or Four Seasons and they would all still be easy to pick up and drop off by our shuttle service. Here is the link to these amazing resorts:
The common factor these hotels share is they are all on the North tip of the bay. We are on the North side of the bay as well.  In the map below, you can see we are located in the light blue part called Bucerias. And these hotels I am showing you are on the upper left side of the blue in the Orange section called North Coast. 
 Banderas Bay. Bucerias is on top section in blue

If guests do not want to stay in an area that is closer to Puerto Vallarta's downtown area and the airport, then Nuevo Vallarta is a great choice. It is exactly in the middle between Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta. A very convenient location. That is the pink section you see on the right of the blue Bucerias area in the map on left. Nuevo Vallarta has a great beach and is full of All-Inclusive Resorts that have packages that are affordable for those who do not want luxury. It is 15 minutes south of Martoca wedding venue. 
For those who do want luxury in Nuevo Vallarta we recommend the Grand Velas Resort and the Villa la Estancia Resort. These are amazing properties and the kid friendly beach and location is perfect. You have towns and local bars and restaurants on either side and Down Town PV is about 20 minutes away. . 

I love the Grand Velas Resort. Not a large chain. All Inclusive and amazing. All top shelf brands and amazing restaurants. 
Marival Residences is an independent hotel. Amazing condo style rooms. The only setback is the fact that the beach is across the street. It is an outstanding resort. About 266 per person per night All-Inclusive. You can use the beach of course but you just have to cross a boardwalk style road. No biggie.

Villa La Estancia is also a great location and top class independent resort. 1 mile walking or biking distance from Bucerias and the shops and actual town life. You will love the pool!

After all is said and done... Have a Corona in Martoca!
For top class hotels I think any of the previous ones will more than satisfy your most demanding guests. For those who like luxury but do not want to pay 700 dollars per night, I have also heard many people love Dreams Villamagna and the Marival Residences. They offer the same level of service as Four Seasons and St Regis, but for less money. About 30%-40% less. Take a look... It is also in Nuevo Vallarta. I have had many wedding groups stay here and they never had a complaint. I would say offer any of these hotels to your guests with complete confidence. They are very close to the same top level as the previous hotels mentioned.

Rancho Banderas in Punta de Mita area. I love this hotel. Not luxurious but just right. Full of rustic charm with the same beach as the W Hotel. This is a 166 dollars per person range All-Inclusive. So for those who cannot afford the W it is basically walking distance from each other via the beach. if you want some guests to stay in luxury and the rest in a viable middle range hotel this is a great one-two punch! Here is the link to Rancho:

Make sure your guests have many options for lodging
And of course there are many standard All-Inclusives in Nuevo Vallarta's hotel zone to choose from that are solid commercial type 5 star providers. These are in the 130-150 dollars per person All-Inclusive range. Among these I recommend two hotel locations.
Hard Rock Hotel for those who want fun and a theme: http://www.hrhvallarta.com
RIU Hotels are a chain that has solid options for mid level hotels. 3 different hotel levels all next to each other next to Bucerias area and this website they have is full of good information on locations and beaches to visit. http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/mexico/vallarta-riviera-nayarit/index.jsp

OK amigos, this covers all the major names in luxury hotels and a few nuggets for mid-level hotels for your guests and all are within 30 minute drive from Bucerias, Nayarit where La Martoca Beach-Garden is located. I also like to suggest private condos I know personally for those who are seeking maybe a non-hotel option. Please email me and I can help you locate some amazing private condos for your guests if that is your preference. I have found that a private condo that provides a chef and groceries, housekeeping and a rental car for the week may cost less than a normal AI hotel. So it is a matter of looking around...

Have fun and enjoy your wedding. Refer this link to those who need advice or if this is for you, well, congratulations on your amazing wedding journey amigos!- James.


Monday, September 26, 2016

3 Crucial Factors Before Choosing an Intimate Wedding Venue in Sayulita and Vallarta area

www.martoca.com Wedding Venue in Bucerias
You are getting married amigos! Congratulations!
All your closest friends and family are ready and RSVP'd for your Puerto Vallarta area wedding. Youknow the area you want, but now you must choose your venue for your intimate wedding. There are seemingly many locations but are they all truly intimate and private and allow your vendors and do they all have excellent references and reviews? No. So how to decide? Well, many factors come into play: Is your wedding large or small? Do you want a garden wedding or a beach wedding? Is it a rustic tropical cultural experience? All these factors and more are important for your final decision on where the ceremony and reception will be held. So let's break it down, the three crucial factors for choosing your wedding venue are: Event Planning and logistics, lodging convenience for guests and Travel viability for all guests.

Find a private Venue that works for you.
Event planning and logistics are extremely important. You must ask yourself if the venue you are booking gives you many options and privacy. Your event planning depends on flexibility in options: Like favorable time frame for example, among other factors. Here is a simple list of what you should ask them if they allow or not or what the restrictions are:

  • Ask if they provide in-house planning for your convenience
  • Ask what budget required for an average wedding for your guest count; Saves yourself time
  • Date availability and ask about weekday versus weekend pricing
  • Do they allow outside vendors and guests without penalty
  • Guest count capacity
  • Do they allow extended time for party or what is final closing time
    Secluded beaches and venues www.martoca.com
  • Do they allow fireworks and hot air balloons
  • Do they allow to have ceremony on grass or beach
  • Do they allow the dinner area to be on grass or beach
  • Can you import own photographer, decorations
  • Privacy: No other people around except your guests
Lodging convenience is a huge factor in deciding where to host your ceremony and reception. Many guests decide whether to attend or not based on the hotels or condos available within a 30 minute radius. They need flexibility in price and services. Many people cannot afford 300 dollars a night for 5 nights. Or 300 dollars per person per night like in a top shelf All-Inclusive. So it is important to find a venue that is close to as may lodging options as possible. Here are some points to keep in mind and tips on how to find the perfect venue:
Get a map of the area. Find convenience.

  • Is the venue within 30 minutes from hotels or condos
  • What type of hotels are there close by to venue: 3, 4 and 5 star ranges.
  • Access to condos or houses nearby
  • Does venue provide transportation
  • Does venue have discount deals with hotels
  • Can they provide hotel or lodging finding assistance
  • Emergency Medical facility within 5 minute drive
  • Easy return to hotel for early bird or kids who must go home early
Travel viability for all guests is very important in order to retain all your favorite guests. Not every guest has 5,000 dollars to spend on your wedding vacation. If you want to thin out the guest list then Australia is a great option; Otherwise, you want to choose a location with easy direct flights for many of your guests that does not go over maybe 5 to 6 hours in travel time. No one likes to waste 2 days traveling for a wedding vacation.

  • Is the venue location within 6 to 7 hours for most of your guests
  • What big cities are driving distance for Mexican Guests if a Mexican-American wedding
  • Are charter flights available
  • Can you book 6-12 months out for wedding
These three factors of event, lodging and travel logistics are the most crucial for a venue selection of a destination wedding. Of course there are the other more romantic and intangible factors like fun things to do during vacation, sentimental significance, tours or sightseeing options, etc. These are very important, yet the three main factors pointed out are logistically the most important and they will determine the success of your guest count and logistical success. So combine these with the romantic factors and you will have an amazing wedding vacay for all. We will discuss the romantic factors for Puerto Vallarta weddings in another post. You now have the tools to find an amazing location and venue so you have work to do! 

Have fun!-James www.martoca.com or write james@martoca.com for more free advice.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Puerto Vallarta's wedding planners will make your wedding Epic!


Ceremony on Grass. Mountain backdropA fun wedding is fine. But, all Brides and grooms want their wedding to be more than just fun, it should be epic! The best of all time! To do this, you will need to plan a wedding that excites all 5 senses. So, assuming you have already set the venue, the date you wanted and also a wonderful city or bay, such as Puerto Vallarta then, it is now time to begin the final phase. You must decide what theme and menu to offer, and how to decorate Bakeries Wedding Location-martocayour amazing fiesta so they your guests will remember this day forever!
A wedding ceremony and reception is comprised of three major opportunities to impress your guests: The sights and surroundings and the venue itself, the look and feel of the table settings and the decorations and overall theme, and that which is actually physically touched, smelled, heard and tasted by your guests; Such as food, music and drinks and any interactive entertainment you may have.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So the more designs and ideas you create, the more you assure you will please every single one of your guests and yourselves. Sight is probably the most important sense one must account for in a wedding. Not only because it is the first sense your guests will use in your wedding, but because it is the only sense that can be captured in pictures. Think about it.
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So if you want wonderful pictures then you must find and amazing venue you can decorate or enjoy as is. Sight is the most important sense to impress because not only is it in pictures forever, but it is constantly present all night and it is enjoyed in all three major areas of the wedding. The view from the venue is super important. Is their a sunset? Many venues are not located where you can see the sunset. Specially in East coast venues. What time does it set and can you have it as a backdrop? Does the venue have access to the beach? Does it have huge trees you can use as props and shine spotlights with changing colors? These are all fun props for pictures. They make for excellent memories and pleasing to the eye settings are a huge benefit in wedding planning. In fact, a beautiful setting almost does the work for the one making the plans. Many couples find that if they have a small budget, a beautiful venue is the best money saver because they will not have to spend much in decorations. Just let nature speak for itself. The ceremony area, cocktail lounge area and your dinner tables must be 57pleasing to the COcktail Lounge Modern Beacheye as well. Make sure your theme is prevalent in all sections of the wedding. You do not want to have a “boho” theme in one area and then an elegant classic theme in another. So coordinating all sections is important. Decorate your tables according to your theme colors and make sure the table arrangement have some sort of purpose. As far as your menu, your catering and bar choices also should be a wonderful sight. You can have amazing dishes and presentations. Not necessarily expensive, but classy. A Margarita in a decorated glass with fresh fruit garnishes is just as tasteful as one without; The decorated one however, will be remembered forever in pictures and in your guests’ minds.
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156531_10150776610024082_2084764421_nOnce you decorate the venue (or not), you must now focus on the second and third areas where sight is also very importantYour guests will take pictures of all the sights while they enjoy listening to amazing music and entertainment. There are many ways to excite the sense of hearing, but music is the most obvious and important on your list. However, you also need to prepare for your ceremony vows by having a good sound system ready. Also, find live musicians if possible for your ceremony or after ceremony cocktail hour. Of course it depends on the budget. And some couples prefer a DJ evenwhen they have the money for the band. It is up to you. If you decide on a DJ we have found that the most successful parties are the ones where the DJ has a good sense of not playing the music so loud that your guests cannot speak to one another in their tables without shouting. It is not a club, it is a wedding. Pleasant to the hearing sense is music that you can enjoy in your table as well as on the dance floor. The DJ should point the speakers to the dance floor and have the right quality. Turning up the volume does not mean good music quality.
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Texture is probably the most overlooked sense one can plan for since it is the most difficult to excite. I mean it is hard to get your guests to be excited at the touch of a beer. Well, some guests maybe truly look forward to that feeling. Most of us forget to provide for the sense of touch. Some props are fun to touch and are a good option. You can have an animal for a prop for 573636396003601example a horse your guests can ride and you can also use it for your pictures after the ceremony. You can have handicrafts as souvenirs and table center pieces.
However, I think the food you serve and the way you serve is your also an opportunity to excite the sense of touch. An interactive food station is the best way to do it. A guacamole making station, a tortilla making station, a churro machine your guests can crank themselves, the way you serve your appetizers and the vessels you use can be huge factors in creating a buzz. For example, if you are going to serve coconut ice cream, then serve it in the coconut itself. Or if you are going to serve tacos have the taco stand at your wedding and let your guests actually cut the meat from the spit if they want to: Have fun with it and let them touch!
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Have you ever smelled a scent that reminds you instantly of a place from your childhood? It is a wonderful feeling. It could be something trivial like a smell of an old leather coach or a perfume that your grandma’ wore. It is the same for your wedding. The scents of your food or bar, candles and flowers all can contribute to your guests’ enjoyment long after the wedding is over. If you are using candles then try and use some fragrance candles perhaps. For tropical weddings you may use coconut scents or any fruit scent. Flowers of course have strong scents you can play with as well. There are plants in our venue for example that have a very strong scent when blooming.
When choosing your menu you can select dishes that have strong wonderful scents as they cook; For example cooking a wood 591844904182750fire grilled fish or beef, Paella, grilled taco or fajita stations are all very popular ideas. When selecting a
food menu try and choose dishes your catering team can cook on site. There is nothing
more exciting for a cook than the smell of his dish. By cooking on-site you can actually let your guests delight in the scent of the dish as it cooks. Also, a coffee station is fun as well and nothing smells better than coffee while brewing. Well, mybe popcorn does. There are many ideas for featuring your food in an interactive manner and thereby, allowing your guests to not only taste the food but smell the wonderful fresh local ingredients as they cook.

Shrimp on a stick! Delicious
Shrimp on a stick! Delicious

Tasting these amazing dishes will be so much more rewarding after smelling the spices and herbs while they were exquisitely cooked before your eyes. Sometimes guests do not even remember what they ate even a few hours after the wedding! This is because the bride or catering team did not consider the five senses. As discussed before, you not only have the tastebuds to impress. You must excite all senses. Your catering choices are a wonderful opportunity to do this. You can have a food station decorated and make it interactive so you can hear and touch and smell the local cuisine. By decorating the food station you can please the sense of sight and also texture, and if you select a fun local dish, I promise you that your guests will not forget this menu because it will be memorable by all senses.

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Since memories are triggered by the senses, your loved ones will pleasantly recall your wedding by sensing a familiar sight or texture, taste or smell or sounds that they experienced at your wedding.Perhaps an ocean view will remind your family of your wedding venue or the sound of Mariachi music will remind them of your wedding cocktail hour bar. Or, they will remember your wedding every time they taste some real Pastor tacos back home. A truly amazing wedding designer converts a once in a lifetime event, into an occasional recurring event in the memory of all the guests, by exciting all 5 senses during your dream wedding; So aim higher than just for fun; Turn your wedding into an epic wedding!