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How to Plan a Mexico Destination Wedding (+ Sangria)

Saying I Do in Mexico?

Are you, your bestie, your daughter or anyone you heart thinking of saying I Do at a gorgeous Mexico destination wedding?  If so, stick around. I’m about to make your life so. much. simpler. 

Four thousand seven hundred forty-five days.

No, its not the number of hours I spent hanging off a cliff with just one banana as sustenance in my most recent life adventure.  Nor is it the number of gelatos I would have eaten in Italy in April had COVID-19 not sabotaged that plan. 

No, 4,745 is the number of hours I have spent pouring my heart into planning curated Mexico destination weddings which, in total transparency, at times equates in excitement and stress to hanging from the edge of a cliff.

Kristin Crawford, wedding planner in action! Photo by Alex Good

Needless to say, I’ve learned a few things in those four-thousand-plus days, and I’m ready to divulge.  I want you, friends, to know what I know about planning a celebration in Mexico.  I want to share what I have learned by trial and error through 15 years of professional event planning

Why?  Because I truly want to help make your planning experience simple and much less stressful than that cliff scenario above. 

Why should you listen to me?

When I entered the Mexico destination wedding industry 15 years ago in Puerto Vallarta, I did so with limited knowledge, one very simple photo shoot under my belt and less than a year of actual real-life experience with another company. 

I was young, ambitious and just knew that there were couples out there who needed ME, my limited talent and my flourishing creativity to plan their wedding.  Bless my naive little heart. 

I’m glad, though, that I jumped in head-first and never looked back, and I am SO glad that there were couples who despite my lack of … well, pretty much everything, hired me anyway.  The learning curve was immense, but fast-forward to today. 

Kristin Crawford, wedding planner. Photo by Elizabeth Lloyd

My heart is still young(ish), my ambition runs wild, still have the thriving creativity, but NOW, I also have a playbook full of tips and tricks that I want to share with you, and this time, its backed up by a decade and a half of solid experience. 

Coming on Thursdays . . .

So, I’ll see you here for my new Thursday Dazzle Sesh every other week. 

I’ll share from my playbook with total transparency:  how NOT to alienate your wedding planner during the first phone call, how to sidestep a few inevitable wedding planning challenges, how to know if a smaller, more intimate wedding is right for you, how COVID-19 may change destination weddings (like it changed my gelato plans).   

Have a specific question?  Do tell.  I’m an open book, and I’m here to serve.
Cheers to the next 4,745 days of sharing with you everything I learned during the first round.

*Cue the toast with my killer sangria. This is a celebration, after all! Sharing that sangria recipe below, (and I promise, it is the ONLY recipe I’ll share as I’m much stronger at wedding planning than I am in the kitchen.)

Dazzling Sangria for Wedding Planning Bliss

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 shots of rum or brandy
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • chopped strawberries, mandarins and blueberries (or any other damn fruit you’ve got in the fridge!)
  • lemon or lime slices
  • Diet Squirt

Muddle chopped fruit with sugar and rum/brandy shots in a pitcher to extract fruit juices. Add 1 bottle of red wine.
Fill glass with ice. Serve 1/2 sangria + 1/2 diet squirt and BLISS!

Love Kristin

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