Tis the season, am I right!? These Mistletoe Margs are a sure fire way to enhance your festive spirit.
They're great for holiday parties, catching up with friends and family, even NYE parties! In my opinion these are the perfect cocktail to sip while gift wrapping, baking holiday treats, and creating clever Elf on the Shelf magic!
I'm not sure about you, but margaritas always make me feel like I'm on a exotic beach with my toes in the sand. Here's my tip: crank up the thermostat or fireplace (or tune your TV to the fire show) and put on some tropical beach music while making these and really feel the margarita take effect!
Recipe from Jessica at How Sweet Eats
Xcaret, pronouced SHH-car-et, is a Mayan word meaning "small inlet". Many tourists and visitors to the Cancun area know it as the BEST ATTRACTION to visit on vacation in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and anywhere along the Riviera Maya.
Xcaret is a water, theme, amusement, eco-archaeological park and more, in one place. Due to its privileged location in the Mayan jungle among underground rivers, cenotes and facing the Caribbean Sea, Xcaret has impressive scenarios where you can do different activities and enjoy to the fullest those scenarios. Besides that, Xcaret is a park that celebrates Mexico’s present and rich past, a country known for its traditions, culture and folklore.
Xcaret opened in 1990 and since has become a landmark of Cancun and Riviera Maya, even considered my many, as THE destination of this region above the aforementioned. Its name means “small inlet” due to the fact that a portion of the Caribbean Sea enters the land. Because of this, the Mayans used Xcaret, know back then as Pole, as a merchandise port.
With over 50 natural and cultural attractions where you and your family will get closer to each other by living together experiences close to the heart; and to nature, in a wonderful setting rich in fauna and flora. Discover why Xcaret is the most emblematic attraction in the Riviera Maya.
Have fun in water activities that will take you to mystical places in the territories of Chaac, the Mayan god of water. Enjoy underground rivers, a beach area, a lagoon, and natural pools of seawater. For the little ones, there is a special area, Children’s World, where they can swim in shallow cenotes and wading pools designed for them.
In the park you can visit the Coral Reef Aquarium and the sea turtle center. Learn more about regional flora and fauna at the Butterfly Garden, the Aviary, the Rainforest Trail, and the Living Orchid and Bromeliad Museum. Additionally, in different sections of the park you will see jaguars, manatees, flamingos, spider monkeys and saraguato, bats, deer, and tapirs.
Xcaret’s Butterfly Pavilion is the first butterfly breeding facility in Mexico. The structure is 49 feet high and has nearly 38,000 sq. ft. of free flying space, the largest such facility in the world. This Pavilion features only regional species in their natural habitats and its caretakers work diligently with some 5,000 butterflies in an intensive breeding program for 20 endemic species.
Xcaret is home to more than 24 species of tropical birds, most from Mexico’s southeast. Today—mostly due to poaching, the destruction of habitats and the black market—many of these animals are on the endangered species list. To date, we have successfully reproduced the Scarlet and Military Macaw, Yucatan Green Parrot, Lilac-Crowned Amazon, Yellow-Headed Parrot, and Flamingos. Flamingos, one of the most admired species at Xcaret, are beautiful pink birds that have found refuge here. You will be able to find this beauty throughout the Park: at the entrance, river exit, at the beach and also at the reproduction area.
On June 1st 2011, Xcaret was granted a Guinness World Record® for “most macaws born at a single location in one year”, the first of its kind granted to a Reproduction Program for endangered species
One of the main reasons to visit Xcaret is the presentation Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, an experience that will give you goosebumps. In the park you can also enjoy the Papantla Flyers ceremony, the Equestrian Show, or the pre-Hispanic Dances in the Mayan Village. Do not miss the Mexican Folk Art Museum, the "Bridge to Paradise" Mexican Cemetery, and the Hacienda Henequenera.
Visiting Xcaret Park is a must when you're staying in the Cancun - Riviera Maya region! There's so much to see and do and it's fun for all ages. Xcaret Park is just one of most popular attractions and tours but it's one not to miss!
Lastly, guests staying at Hotel Xcaret have full access to Xcaret parks, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours, plus food and beverages and transportation between parks. It's one of the many reasons to stay at Hotel Xcaret to really have the full Xcaret experience!
What's the best way to warm up when the temperature cools down? A spicy margarita! A spicy mango margarita to be exact! I love a good marg, maybe this is because I have spent years living in Mexico visiting beach bars all with margarita specials. I'm partial to Patron Silver but this cocktail can be enjoyed with any tequila. Fresh mangoes are great if in season, but don't let that stop you, frozen mango chunks work fine too!
This cocktail pairs perfectly with chips, pico de gallo and guac, so grab your snacks and your blender and get ready to spice up these chilly nights!
This blended margarita is sure to warm you up. Whether you are sitting in front of a cozy fire in a snowy city or poolside in a warm weathered town this delicious drink will have you feeling like dancing to a mariachi band on Tulum beach!
What's your favourite cocktail? Feel free to share in the comments - I'm eager to try new delicious drinks!
I know you've heard it before but its worth repeating, 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙚!
Your wedding is a big deal, 𝙬𝙚. 𝙜𝙚𝙩. 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩!
Most destination weddings are booked about 12 to 14 months prior to saying I Do. So, you'll be working with your travel agent and wedding planner for a long time. Think of all that can happen in 14 months; Birthday celebrations, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and all things Pumpkin Spice, Santa dropped off presents, New Year's Eve kisses, Heart-shaped chocolate boxes on Valentine's day, the Easter bunny comes, babies are born... OMG the list goes on.
I can't stress this enough - you have to like who you're working with.
Everyone's goal is an amazing wedding to be shared with friends and family and an unforgettable vacation experience.
Throughout the year process you need to work with someone who understands your expectations, vision, lifestyle, sense of humor (we can't take everything so serious).
It doesn't hurt to have some common ground, perhaps a favorite wine or can't miss tv show, or favorite sports team! Get to know each other. Maybe you both belong to book clubs, or have a shared love for golden retrievers, or you can't go a week without hitting up a hot yoga class.
Our clients are not a number or just another wedding. We love to get to know our couples and their guests and creating friendships with them!
So I'll 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚: when vetting your travel agent / wedding planner absolutely yes, make sure they're well versed in group travel, destination weddings and the resort/venue and promotions that apply but also get to know them. Find out a bit about them and see 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙟𝙞𝙫𝙚!
And hey, if we aren't your style that's okay too! Different strokes for different folks 😉
Did you know you can book up to 39 rooms for your destination wedding with only a $500 deposit!
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This is Casey. She's a big part of Wedding Butlers.
She's our behind the scene support, whether it be during client calls or creating wedding websites, planning your big day, arranging travel reservations, preparing invoices or sending travel documents she is always next to us (or stealing our chair).
She's an international traveler too! She's lived in Mexico! She's been to several resorts and all inclusives so she can recommend the best dog friendly ones! She's even been in a destination wedding herself as the ring dog and totally stole the show (apologies to her auntie Pannie). With her extensive past staying at amazing resorts and a former destination wedding PAW-ty member she is your go-to for advise on how to walk down the aisle and deliver the rings.
Casey's a huge part of our life and business! We know how much pet family members mean to our clients and clients to be. We are fortunate to now have several resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean who feel the same about our furry family members and can't wait to welcome and spoil them!
To date, Casey has been on 17 international flights and all have been smooth sailing. The process may seem overwhelming to bring your dog with you -- but rest assured it's EASY PEASY!
Although there is paperwork involved with traveling to another country with your dog it's all pretty straight forward. This is just another area of travel that we can help navigate and guide you through.
Are you thinking of including your dog at your destination wedding and need help to do so? We're the experts!
Feel free to comment or reach us directly!
Does your travel agent specialize in river cruises, weekend getaways to Las Vegas, family trips to Disneyland, luxurious African safaris, all inclusive vacations, AND destination weddings?
I've got news for you:
Wedding Butlers exclusively plans destination weddings in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.
This means we aren't sidetracked by a last minute vacay request.
Your wedding and your guests are always our first priority.
Let's face it - it's a big world and there are lots of unique vacation experiences, that's why we are fully and passionately focused on destination weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Sound like the right fit for you? Let's talk!
Book your wedding for only a $500 deposit - learn more here.
When you book with Wedding Butlers, asking your guests to attend your destination wedding means an easy, straightforward, secure online booking form available 24/7. It takes less than a minute to fill out and at the touch of a "book" button your reservation is submitted to our agents to complete your reservation and provide you with a copy of your receipt. It's just that easy!
Watch below to see the mobile version of a wedding couple's website booking form.
In under 2 minutes your guests are booked!
We like to keep things simple! Let's face it - there's already way too many complicated things in life: Starbucks coffee orders, choosing which gym to get a membership at, potty training kids! But this doesn't need to be as complicated as a 2008 Facebook relationship status!
Check it out in real time!
First: Wedding Evite
We create a complimentary evite for all of our couples.
Our wedding couples provide us with their guests' email address, that we input into our mailing system. From there we send each guest the evite.
This is an awesome system - we are able to monitor it and see if and when guests open and click the evite. We can also see who hasn't opened it so we can re-send it or advise the wedding couple that a guest of theirs hasn't opened the evite.
Second: Wedding Website
We create a complimentary wedding website for all of our couples.
The website contains all the need to know information about the couples' wedding - hotel amenities, accommodation options, flight info, costs, payment due dates, how to pay, how to contact us, and a booking form.
The booking form is super easy to use, simply fill out all the required fields with your information and click "book".
After submitting your booking form you'll receive an email with your confirmation and invoice from us within 2 business days - but typically get this to you the same day you book!
Take advantage of the $500 wedding promotion!
For only a $500 deposit from the wedding couple you can book up to 39 rooms for your group.
Learn more here
This is our NUMBER ONE question and explaining it has several variables!
Here's the low-down on the BASICS:
● a group reservation means everyone is booked through one supplier, as one reservation
● booking as a group allows far more flexibility on the reservation payment
● group reservations have flexibility on changes
●booking as a group reservation qualifies the wedding couple for exclusive promotions like earning room upgrades (for themselves or to give out to their guests), flight credits (to save money on airline prices--in some cases flying for free!), wedding package promotions (like free welcome cocktails, free group check in, free rehearsal dinner, etc.), and even free rooms which essentially is a dollar value that can be applied towards guest reservations, their own reservation, or taken as money to use towards their wedding costs or paying for a group excursion like a group sunset catamaran!!
There are so many reasons why a group reservation is ideal for a destination wedding.
You would be missing out on so much if you choose to go the route of Individual Reservations!
Want to learn more about how to get started? Is a group reservation is right for you? Or, ready to talk about your destination wedding!? Reach out! Let's talk! 📲💻
Getting married in Jamaica is simple – visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving provided all prior paperwork and applications have been approved.
Jamaica does not require any blood test, but the following documentation are required:
All documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an Official Translator and subsequently certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of residence and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
The processing fee for the Marriage License is Four Thousand Jamaican Dollars (approximately US$50.00). The marriage license is valid for 3 months and the application is a same day process.
We choose to work with resorts and venues who we are confident can host your wedding, after all, it is one of the most special days of your life!
The resorts and venues we work with offer great wedding packages, add on options and have create incredible events to make your wedding day the best day ever!
One important thing to know is the resorts and venues we choose to work with not only offer amazing wedding packages, décor, florals, food, entertainment, etc… but they also are prepared for back up options – while no one wants rain on their wedding day, some elements are simply out of our hands, but rest assured the venues we recommend offer beautiful back up locations just in case!
The island offers resorts to suit all needs – adults only, couples only, family friendly and anything in between. Most often wedding couples choose to stay at All Inclusive resorts, to make the vacation seamless and easy for their loved ones. These resorts are plentiful in Jamaica with a variety of price points and amenities.
We highly recommend and advise wedding couples to choose a resort that can accommodate their needs and wishes for their wedding events as not all resorts can, but don’t worry – we are here to guide you through that and help make selecting the right resort easy!
Apart from the resorts, the island always has something to do! Whether you want sun and sand or culture and history, Jamaica’s got it mon!
Ride a bobsled down the rainforest or hike in Fern Gully. Climb the famous Dunn’s River Waterfall or snorkel the reef in Ocho Rios.
Sit back with a Red Stripe and watch the cliff drivers jump from Rick’s Café in Negril while taking in one of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see or play a round of golf at Half Moon Golf Course – it’s internationally known for being challenging and breathtaking.
Still need more excursion ideas?
Take a bamboo raft down the Martha Brae River.
Bike through the famous Jamaican Blue Mountains.
Tour the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory where Blue Mountain Coffee is processed.
Stop at any roadside jerk hut for Jamaica’s own Jerk Chicken – be sure to try festival if they have it! Visit the White Witch at Rose Hall, who is said to still haunt the property.
Stop at Appleton Estate to learn the history and see how Jamaica’s famous rum is made from sugar cane.
The list goes on and on… there truly is something for everyone in Jamaica!
Jamaica is such a special island in the Caribbean. One of the most common thing people say if they’ve been to JamRock is how friendly and warm the people are. And they really are! The vibe on the island is laidback with people who are genuinely warm, hospitable and happy. You can walk through the market and hear folks humming Bob Marley or hear it at any bar.
What are you waiting for – let’s plan your Jamaican Wedding now!
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