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Destination Wedding Planner Review from Maria and Dwayne Macik

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Destination Weddings

Destination Wedding Planner Review from Maria and Dwayne Macik

This awesome testimonial was submitted to me by Maria and Dwayne Macik, a truly lovely couple! Many women know the feeling of planning a wedding alone, with a loving family member, or helpful friend. Although we want our fiancé to be involved, when it comes to major accomplishments and execution, we tend to be the ones leading the charge. After Dwayne and I came down from the high cloud that is engagement, I was fully prepared to take the reins and plan our wedding. I even attended a local bridal show with my mom to begin collecting ideas. I visited countless booths, three of which were destination wedding booths. Three travel agents spoke to me about the possibilities and the excitement of a destination wedding. I returned home to show Dwayne the endless bag of brochures. After the shock wore off, we decided that a destination wedding would be our dream. Even though we made that decision, I did not know how to begin. I called a travel agent that was recommended by a friend and asked for her assistance. Roughly 20 email exchanges later, I was as confused as ever. Just when I was ready to give up and return to the idea of a traditional wedding, I received a phone call from Kelley Austin. She explained that she was unable to attend the bridal show due to travel, but her assistant had given her my phone number. It took barely 10 minutes for Kelley to put my mind at ease and get me excited about a destination wedding again. Rather than immediately bombarding me with questions about a location (like other agents had done), Kelley asked me questions about Dwayne and I – our personalities, special interests, and our families. I hung up the phone and couldn’t stop smiling. Shortly after, I received an email from Kelley. With just the few answers that I had given her, including the number of days that we would like to spend at our destination, she had narrowed the options down to the top 5 best destinations for our needs. She considered travel time, our interest in an adventurous experience, and family-friendly locations. With the helpful information that Kelley shared with us, including detailed brochures for each of the locations, Dwayne and I were able to make a confident final decision, something that we had a hard time doing before Kelley came into our lives. After the major decision of a resort was made, I was pleasantly surprised at how involved we BOTH were in planning the event. When Dwayne realized all of the potential pieces of paradise that could serve as the backdrop for our special moment, he couldn’t put the iPad down. Every other day, he showed me new photos of sunny, sandy beaches where Dreams resorts were located. When we thought we knew which location we wanted, Kelley...

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Passport to Love Open House Recap! – Wedding Planner in San Antonio

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Destination Weddings, Honeymoons

Passport to Love Open House Recap! – Wedding Planner in San Antonio

Our Passport To Love Open House, produced by Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings, Haute Weddings, and Kendall Plantation was an absolute success! Newly engaged couples were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the beautiful Kendall Plantation, and enjoy delicious eats, drinks, and treats, as they visited one on one with over 30 local and international vendors. It was a great event full of fun and energy! Here are some photos from the evening, courtesy of Ara Photography! From the Hill Country to Hawaii, we had representatives from Sandals, Royal Caribbean, Karisma Resorts in Mexico and Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico. All the caterers had a theme that they incorporated, Spice of Life did Jamaican, Heavenly Gourmet did Italian, Anne Marie’s did Asian Fusion and Pappas Catering did Mexican. Bartenders 4 You served up international signature drinks that went with each theme. A huge thanks to Ara Photography for taking the photos for the event! Here are some of the other wonderful photographers that came out! Now back to our gallery of photos courtesy of Ara Photography of additional vendors and attendees at this one-of-a-kind open house! A special thanks to Philip Chancellor with 5150 Productions who provided the entertainment for our guests with a classic game show concept. Winners received cash prizes and moved up in rounds to win the FREE Honeymoon courtesy of Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings. We had over 50 brides attend the Passport to Love Open House and it was a tremendous success! We are so excited to build off this momentum and produce another open house just as awesome in the future so stay tuned… Thanks again to all the wonderful vendors who helped bring our vision together and put on a spectacular event! Until next...

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Confessions of a Serial Overpacker

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Destination Weddings, Family Trips, Honeymoons

Confessions of a Serial Overpacker

Ok, I admit it: I’m a recovering Serial Over-packer. I used to be the lady in baggage claim with the cart loaded with 3, ok 4, huge suitcases for a weekend getaway. On a family vacation to Europe once my husband had to take a separate cab to the hotel from the airport with the luggage because 11, you read that right, 11 suitcases and 4 people didn’t fit in 1 cab, go figure. (Yes, we are still happily married and yes I do know how blessed I am). Fast forward to air travel today, and I have been forced to face my over packing issues. I start out with the best of intentions, I plan my outfits for each day with 1 back up, choosing easy simple items that can interchange and all coordinate with 1 or 2 pairs of shoes. All good so far right?… Then it strikes, that “oh, what if?” thought that sends me running back to the closet for anything, and well everything, I might possibly need. The list is endless of the things I have packed in the off chance it snows in July, rains in the desert or I somehow get to swim in the snow. I don’t know if there is a clinical term for this condition, I could come up with a few, my husband would be more umm, descriptive, we’ll say. Either way, I am conquering the beast a little more with each trip. About now you’re thinking that as a Travel Consultant, I should be an expert on efficient packing, and in a way I am. Do you have any idea how creative you must be to fit a month’s worth of clothes for a 7-day trip into 2 suitcases? It’s an art. I have found that utilizing travel tools helps. Like the travel planner on our website. Now, once I have what I need, I zip up the suitcase and I am done. No exceptions. With baggage fees and weight limits on most airlines, I recommend to my clients to be very conscious of what you need. If you don’t workout every day, leave the workout clothes at home. I walk everyday at home, but it’s more about walking the dog than exercise, so I tend to leave the workout shoes and such at home. Most times I end up not using them when I do pack them. There are many things I can leave behind, especially if the hotel has them available: hairdryer, toiletries and such. As your Travel Consultant, I will check these things for you so you know what goes in the suitcase and what stays home. What should you pack in your carry-on baggage? Please always be sure to pack any medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as all travel documents and identification. If you are taking a cruise and are not...

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Special Honeymoon Feature in the San Antonio Wedding Guide!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Destination Weddings

Special Honeymoon Feature in the San Antonio Wedding Guide!

Check out the special honeymoon feature in the San Antonio Wedding Guide blog, where Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings was highlighted as a Tropical Honeymoon Travel Planner! Meghann of the San Antonio Wedding Guide shares a special interview with Brandy Burriesci of Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings. Brandy described the types of things that honeymooning couples are looking for in their perfect getaway – from moonlit walks upon the beach, to candlelit dinners after a day of lounging in the sun. You can read the the full interview, as well as the SA Weddings blog post,...

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Do I Need a Wedding Planner for My Destination Wedding?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Destination Weddings

Do I Need a Wedding Planner for My Destination Wedding?

Destination weddings now account for 27% of all weddings. Destination weddings are more and more popular, and they now account for 27% of all weddings. Today, this romantic alternative allows a couple to combine the best of an adventurous honeymoon with a more traditional ceremony — and many times, they save money in the process. 
Destination weddings can be as simple as a couple exchanging vows on the beach at sunset, an intimate group of friends and family, or a grand affair that includes many days of celebration and activities. Wedding Coordinator and Travel Agent in One Service Due to the upswing in destination weddings, there are wedding coordinators with travel agent certifications who have chosen to specialize in this service. These experts are known as Destination Wedding Planners. But Why Do I Need a Wedding Planner for My Destination Wedding? Wedding planning in your hometown is difficult enough. Now imagine planning your most important day from hundreds — or even thousands — of miles away. Destination Wedding Planners have years of experience that make them experts at juggling the local, as well as long-distance, details. They are familiar with the legalities of foreign countries, tourist boards, and local vendors such as florists, photographers, and bakers (if the resort does not offer these services). Destination Wedding Planners know how weddings work abroad, and will be able to help manage any bumps along the way. A Destination Wedding Planner will also be able to plan tours, excursions, and other fun activities for your guests. Put Our Years of Experience to Use for Your Destination Wedding As both a wedding planner and travel agent, my job is to take care of your entire wedding planning needs and travel arrangements from start to finish. My name is Brandy Burriesci, and I’m the owner of Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. I travel regularly and visit sought-after destinations, taking time to meet with the resort managers, tour the properties, taste the local food and walk the beaches. I do this to ensure the highest level of service for you and your guests. With the increased popularity of destination weddings, “wedding factory resorts” have been popping up. At Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, you are never just a number, and we refuse to work with a resort that thinks in this fashion. From personalized service for all of your guests, to step-by-step wedding planning, as well as on-site coordination and personal concierge services, my specialty is to take care of it all for you…so you can relax and enjoy your PERFECT destination wedding. Get the PERFECT Beginning to Your Marriage! Please call me at (800) 676-8196 or complete our quick contact form to receive complimentary information about your destination wedding...

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Travel Gift Registry

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Destination Weddings, Honeymoons

Travel Gift Registry

What is the Growing Trend in Wedding and Honeymoon Travel? Travel Gift Registry! Thinking you’d like to skip the bath towels and blenders, and request the gift of travel and adventure for your destination wedding and/or honeymoon? Although not a new concept, travel gift registries are gaining in popularity and will help make your wishes become a reality. When you book with Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings & Honeymoons by Sea Blue Cruise and Travel, you can set up a Travel Gift Registry account. Within a few clicks, you can register for gifts such as a cruise, tour or land adventure, upgrade to a suite, shore excursions, romantic dining, spa services, and so much more. The list is endless! And there’s no cost to YOU! How does it work? REGISTER Your Honeymoon Plans REVEAL To Your Family & Friends RECEIVE Your Wonderful Gifts REMEMBER Your Honeymoon Forever How will my friends and family know where I’m registered? When signing up for your registry, you will be provided the opportunity to download announcements for print or email, create a personal wedding website, an on-line photo album, a wedding blog, and a share tool so you can post your registry on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. What other happy couples are saying: This honeymoon registry was our favorite registry by far, and this trip would not have been possible without it. Your help and service have been much appreciated. I would recommend this site to anyone. – J. & D. Martin Our guests loved the honeymoon registry; they said it made registry shopping fun because it wasn’t the normal china and silver patterns. You have been so great with all of your assistance. Thank you for helping us have the honeymoon of our dreams! – S. & C....

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What Does My Destination Wedding Have to Be…?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Destination Weddings

What Does My Destination Wedding Have to Be…?

The answer is anything. Your destination wedding should be anything you want. While there are etiquette and standard practices for any wedding, the choice is yours. Today, many brides have opted not to follow the standard practices, and have instead chosen to follow their own path down the aisle. It’s your wedding day, and most of all, it should reflect what you as a couple want. What does my destination wedding have to be? A destination wedding can be as elaborate or as simple as you prefer. Whether your vision includes a casual beach wedding with simple decorations that highlight the beautiful surroundings, an elaborate haute couture gala held in a castle, or anything in between, it can be planned and executed from a distance with ease. The most important detail is YOU! What do you want? Casual, whimsical, classic, themed, formal…you name it. All can be accomplished at any destination. Okay, there may be a limitation here and there for your location. For example, a certain flower for your bouquet may not be available in that part of the world, but the best part of a destination wedding is including some of the local flare from the location you’ve chosen in your plan. A destination wedding does involve being flexible on some details, but many amazing alternatives are usually available. The best part of a destination wedding is the relaxed atmosphere that starts the minute you and your guests arrive, and continues throughout your...

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Can I Take My Family on a Destination Wedding?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Destination Weddings, Family Trips

Can I Take My Family on a Destination Wedding?

Can I take my family on a destination wedding for me and my future spouse? This is a question for some couples considering a destination wedding. They’re just not sure how the dynamics of it all will work. And now I can honestly say in my opinion it is a wonderful opportunity to create wonderful lasting memories for everyone involved. I spent this past weekend at a family wedding in my home town. My family is scattered all over the country and we rarely are all together so it was a reunion of sorts. Ok, honestly I wasn’t sure how the weekend would be. So many different personalities coming together for a long weekend, it could be wonderful or a really bad episode of reality TV. But as I sit here at the airport waiting to catch my flight home I am smiling at what an extraordinary experience it was and how much I learned about my family and my history. Seeing cousins, aunts and uncles for the first time since I was a child was wonderful. You hear bits and pieces through the years but spending time together and really getting to know one another again as adults was just marvelous. We are all so different and yet that bond was there instantly and it wasn’t long before we were laughing and joking like best friends. I think this is one of the unexpected and perhaps best things about a destination wedding. Yes, there are many great reasons to have a destination wedding but before this weekend I’ve never had the family bonding that occurs in such a clear perspective. Every wedding is full of memories and wonderous times but I think a destination wedding in itself creates that opportunity to really bring a family closer together and forge bonds that won’t slip away so easily or quickly. Over the weekend I heard the story of how my Great Aunt and Uncle met and I wanted to cry. My Great Uncle was stationed in Italy during WWII and was on patrol when a beautiful Italian girl ran across the street clutching a loaf of bread (dinner for the family). My Great Uncle looked at the man standing next to him and said “That’s the most beautiful woman I have every seen. I am going to marry her”. The man looked at him and said “That’s my niece and No your not”. Undeterred my Uncle discovered her name and address and presented himself at the door of her family apartment the next day. My Aunt answered the door and my Uncle said “You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and I want to spend the rest of my life with you”. She slammed the door in his face. Still undeterred he proceeded to visit her everyday and when she answered the door he would say “You...

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