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I Do Guatemala review follow-up : Questions and Answers

I Do Guatemala review follow-up : Questions and Answers

It’s been almost a year since our epic wedding in Antigua, Guatemala. It’s also been almost since our exorcism from the wedding planning outfit of “I Do, Guatemala” … we’re still not over how upset we were with them. Based on the number of e-mail responses from other brides who had WORSE experiences than us … I think enough time has passed and enough responses gathered to ascertain that we were not the only ones who were completely screwed by the lack of planning, preparation and care exhibited by “I Do, Guatemala”. Here’s a sample list of questions from one ... Read More »

I Do, Guatemala review : 8 reasons why you shouldn’t use them.

I Do, Guatemala review : 8 reasons why you shouldn’t use them.

Hiring I, Do Guatemala meant that I literally had to DO all of the work when planning our wedding… If you’re planning your dream wedding in Antigua, Guatemala it can be a dream … but, we strongly recommend that you do your research before hiring I Do, Guatemala and Diana.  When we originally began the search process to find a planner, I simply found one beautiful wedding featured on a bridal site, saw the planners name and thought “Wow! She must have been good if she pulled this wedding off” – and that was the single biggest assumption I made. ... Read More »

Rishi & Diane’s Wedding Trailer

Rishi & Diane’s Wedding Trailer

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Renting a house in Lake Atitlan … if you’re in Panajachel.

Renting a house in Lake Atitlan … if you’re in Panajachel.

If you’re in Guatemala for any extended period of time, a visit to Panajachel is a “must-do”. Panajachel, or “Pana” as it is widely known is a small town on the North shore of Lake Atitlán and along with Antigua is the other major tourism areas in Guatemala. Lake Atitlán is a volcanic crater lake and definitely the deepest lake in Central America. There are many indigenous Maya tribe still living around the volcano, to the point that there are 23 separate Maya dialects/languages spoken at the day markets. This type of linguistic diversity is incredible and leads the area ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #22 : Wedding Reception in Convento de las Capuchinas – Table Settings

Wednesday Photo Nights #22 : Wedding Reception in Convento de las Capuchinas – Table Settings

As the second part of the our wedding celebrations, we had our guests move from San Jose el Viejo and had the Wedding Reception in Convento de las Capuchinas. The Church and Convent of Capuchinas is a notable convent and church in Antigua, Guatemala. It is one of the finest examples of an 18th-century convent in Guatemala. The venue is an absolutely spectacular place to hold a great party. In putting on an epic wedding celebration, there are so many moving parts to consider … but women seem to love the small details in combination with the larger details like ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #21 : Meet and Greet at Fridas in Antigua

Wednesday Photo Nights #21 : Meet and Greet at Fridas in Antigua

As part of the wedding week, we did our second Meet and Greet at Fridas, which is a very popular bar on Arc Street in Antigua. If you’re going drinking in Antigua, it’s almost inevitable that one night will be dedicated to eating or drinking on Arc Street … it’s Antigua’s most touristy strip. It’s also where you go for New Years to see the lights change … it’s their version of the ball dropping in Times Square. The agenda at Fridas included a basic meet and greet for the late comers … as many people had been with us ... Read More »

Foodie Porn … Wedding Tastings in Antigua Guatemala

Foodie Porn … Wedding Tastings in Antigua Guatemala

Prepping for a wedding is just a steaming, stinking pile of stress. When one plans a ridiculous one week adventure wedding in a different country, you’re going to run into a lot of issues that require resolution. Combine this with someone who is ridiculously particular about his food and this generally leads to some type of disaster. If you think disaster will come, then it surely will come … as the chef that I chose to cook for our wedding quit the restaurant that I had settled on. That being said, we went through many tastings over the last 4 ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #20 : Ceremony at San Jose el Viejo, Guatemala

Wednesday Photo Nights #20 : Ceremony at San Jose el Viejo, Guatemala

Here continues the photo blog for our wedding … I thought I was being a bit self indulgent with my pre-ceremony posting, but I’ve gotten so many positive notes and comments from my readers, so I’m just going with it. It also helps to have some great pictures to post … so here is part 1 of our ceremony at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua,  Guatemala. Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #19 : Pre-Ceremony at San Jose el Viejo, Guatemala

Wednesday Photo Nights #19 : Pre-Ceremony at San Jose el Viejo, Guatemala

Today’s post is a special one with the wedding highlights from the pre-ceremony at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua, Guatemala. It’s a bit self indulgent, but it has to do with travelling and incorporating travel into one’s life … so I figured why not … the photography isn’t half bad either. Read More »

Why I love Meson Panza Verde … Part 2 and 3

Why I love Meson Panza Verde … Part 2 and 3

Avid readers of my blog have sent notes/tweets about my review of Meson Panza Verde in Antigua, Guatemala. It’s the place that made me decide that I should have my wedding in Antigua, Guatemala. Well that and I wanted Ignacio Boreli to play salsa and meringue at my wedding. We ended up taking the entire family … hers/mine to have them experience it … for the photography buffs … I didn’t change the White Balance on my camera, since I liked the red tint to the pictures. Even our parents liked the romantic atmosphere … in Trinidad, there aren’t enough ... Read More »