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Playbook Retreat: Day 3 — Luxury up close (Part 4)

Our final day together brought more beauty, as we toured the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun with the most stunning blue water in the hotel zone. 

The HRHC and Group Gama delighted us at every turn with options to offer our future couples.

Make your own Mimosa bar, anyone? 

Also, we toured the contemporary, clean, understated luxury of Unico 2087 Resort in Riviera Maya and got to experience a variety of wedding ceremony setups.    

Beach Ceremony

Photos by Gabriel Rosario Photography.

At last, after three very full days, it was time to wrap up and (literally!) sail off into the sunset.

 

 We finished our weekend together by taking in one last picture-perfect evening on the water.

 The air was soft, the ocean pristine, and the sunset seemed a perfect way to bring this incredible experience to a close.

 

It’s tough to convey everything we did — there was both so much fun and so much learning packed into three...

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Playbook Retreat: Day 2 — The Wedding Day! And also: punch your fear in the face (a hands-on DW training like no other) (Part 3)

Day 2 was ALL about Taking Care of Business — we spent the morning diving deep into the questions, practicalities, and challenges of being an entrepreneur.

Representatives from Hard Rock’s Wedding department shared their expertise with agents on things like social media marketing, planning, organization, communication, and collaboration with resorts. It really was invaluable to have these industry insiders right there, available for guidance and encouragement. They also received an entertaining but invaluable video marketing training from Noe Garcia, a Video Content Master.

Agents got a chance to say what was really on their minds as they are taking the leap and making a HUGE commitment to their futures. It’s thrilling — and it can be straight-up terrifying, too. So we did something that you probably won’t see at any other convention: we named our fears out loud and dealt with them. See those little scraps of paper on the floor? That’s all...

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Playbook Retreat: Day 1 — Welcome to LUXURY ( (Part 2)

From the moment they arrived at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, I wanted my agents to feel as amazing as their clients will feel. I wanted them to feel the luxury, the pampering, the awe, that sense of wonder and adventure and possibility.

This is part of what is so FUN about planning destination weddings! As an agent, you’re making that kind of happiness possible for your clients in every detail — from transportation to the resort to the welcome party to the food to the music.

Even though the ceremony is the main event, it’s so much more than just the ceremony. You’re creating an entire experience that will translate into a lifetime of beautiful memories for the bride and groom and for everyone there.

We started things off right with an amazing happy hour, complete with delicious food and incredible views. This was a chance for people to finally meet in person, to put faces to names, and to make more meaningful connections.

Look at this food!

Part of what sets...

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No one else was doing the one thing that Destination Wedding Travel Agents really needed — so I made it happen! (Playbook Retreat Part 1)

If you know me, you know: I’m not shy — but I don’t really like to talk myself up that much.

It feels kinda like bad karma because the reality is that most of everything we do is with the help of at least one other person and usually lots of other people along the way. But something also happened recently that I just feel SO PROUD about, and I’m bursting to share the great news and gorgeous pics.

A huge part of my exhilaration is that I have been working for so long to make this happen. It was the culmination of months of planning, years of work, and a vision to really transform how destination-wedding travel experts can have professional, fulfilling, and thriving businesses.

I launched Destination Wedding University this past year. The reason I started this 15-week intensive online program was that when I looked around, I saw a need to give agents who are passionate about destination weddings a place to get thorough, organized, in-depth, inside-track...

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#TBT Series: Benefits of Having a Professional Travel Agent as a Preferred Vendor

Hola Amigos!

Over the years I've been a devoted advocate for the Travel Industry and as such, I have contributed to many articles, magazine publications and podcast interviews both to educate the consumer and other industries about the value of working with a caring Travel Professional like you and I. I am also very passionate about mentoring and helping other Travel Agents to follow their dreams and build a successful business they love. 

Well, in the age of Facebook and Instagram these articles get pushed to the bottom of your feed rather quickly, don't they? so I've decided to create this #ThrowBackThursday Series to share with you some of these features that might benefit your journey. With that, cheers to "episode 1" of this series!

Let's dive into this contribution for The Bridal Society Blog, a Certified Wedding Planners Association that I both love and respect.

Benefits of Having a Professional Travel Agent as a Preferred Vendor

  • What is a Travel Agent...
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Featured Article: Ditch the Destination Wedding Hard Sell, and Be Yourself to Increase Sales

Did you catch my collaboration with Richard D'Ambrosio for the Travel Market Report this week?

"No one likes to be sold to, especially someone who is planning the most expensive and life-changing event of their life.

For travel agents to insert themselves into the destination wedding purchase decision-making process, Will Medina, founder of Destination Weddings Expert, LLC, a boutique travel agency that focuses primarily on destination weddings to Mexico and the Caribbean, advises agents to take the subtle approach.

Based in South Florida, Medina serves clients around the world, while mentoring dozens of agents around the U.S. in growing their romance travel businesses.

He recently published The Ultimate Destination Wedding Playbook, a four-part framework for travel agents who want to make more money through group travel. Travel Market Report asked Medina to expand on some of the tips he offered in his playbook.

TMR: When you say that great destination wedding...

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