Pretty thrilled to be inlcuded in Sean Low’s blog today. Sean is the president of Preston Bailey, the amazing wedding designer to the stars and one of the most savvy, smart people about business I’ve ever met. Sitting down with Sean over coffee when I was in New York recently was like an epiphany, as he showed me knew ways of looking at my business and the market. Amazing insight. So I’m really honoured to be considered as an example of a ‘global rock star’ by him. Thanks for the shout out, Sean and looking forward to collaborating in the future. Stay tuned, folks, for exciting new developments at Weddings Costa Rica!
Archives for May 2009
All this talk about Villa Caletas as a wedding venue and poof! One of our favourite weddings held there is featured in a brand new magazine! We’re thrilled that Lindsay and AJ’s gorgeous event was chosen for the premiere edition of Wedding Event Style, a fantabulous new wedding mag aimed at the discerning bride in Atlanta and Florida. Look for it at Barnes & Noble.
This wedding was in July and the rain stayed away until the end of cocktail hour, sprinkling just enough to give a dream-like sheen to the terrace. The amazing team of Marc and Joi from Pennington Photographycaught stunning images from this blowout event. Lindsay was a dream to work with – she had amazing design ideas and was very detailed yet she allowed me a lot of creative freedom. The result – well, take a look.
Moving onto the ampitheatre, this is the showstopper at Villa Caletas. Built into the side of the mountain, it’s a touch of Greece in the midst of the rainforest. There is a lounge/bar at the top along with a long, covered terrace, perfect for ceremony rain back up or dancing at the reception. An air-conditioned restaurant, with floor to ceiling windows, opens off of the terrace. It’s perfect for groups up to 60 people.
But the ampitheatre itself draws thousands of visitors every year as there is really not a better spot to watch the sun set while sipping a cool libation.
Pros – gorgeous spot, incredible view, one of the few air-conditioned reception locations in Costa Rica, site fees are reasonable
Cons – very steep stairs so not recommended for those suffering vertigo (no one has tumbled, knock on wood), needs a lot of flowers to give colour pop for photos (it’s a concrete bowl, afterall), ceremony space is private only for groups of 40 people or more (smaller groups have to deal with lookey-loos there for the sunset)
Photos by Lifetime Digital
Continuing in our ‘Location’ series where we look at different wedding venues around the country, we turn our attention to the gorgeous Villa Caletas. Located on a mountain overlooking the rainforest and ocean, it’s a stunning hotel that is one of the most unique places in the world (I think). It’s on the closest beach to the capital of San Jose, Playa Herradura, which is just a few minutes down the road from the beach town of Jaco. Clocking in at just under a two-hour drive from the capital, the new highway being built (which we hope will be finished in the next two years) will bring the drive time down to about an hour. Sweet!
A boutique hotel in every sense of the word, the 45 rooms are each different than the next. One of the most romantic suites anywhere is the Master Suite at Room #20, complete with a hidden garden, pond, jacuzzi and a drop-dead gorgeous view of the ocean.
There are a few areas for weddings and ceremonies at the hotel and today, we’ll look at the beach.
It’s a 10-minute ride down a steep hill in a 4 x 4 but worth it as you have the beach to yourself. It’s in a cove and has a little beach club, with a covered terrace area. It’s pebbly, though, not sandy and for some folks, this is a drawback. Super private and a great spot for a ceremony or a beachfront rehearsal dinner.
Pros – very private, flat, above the high-tide mark, surrounded by lush jungle, bathrooms, bar, covered area, can have a bonfire (included in $300 site fee)
Cons – road needs a 4 x 4 and is very difficult during Rainy Season (not great for large groups), would need a tent as back up for rainy season, not a sandy beach
photos by Lifetime Digital (all) and Brett Buchanan (last photo, bottom right corner)
So I’ve moved blogs and I hope you all enjoy the new look of Weddings Costa Rica Blog. The old blog is still around at weddingscostarica.blogspot.com so be sure to check out our old blog for great info.
Well, looks like the rainy season (or Green Season as they like to call it) has started in the Central Valley so that means we’ll be seeing showers on the Pacific Coast shortly so you’ll need a rain plan if your wedding is happening anytime between now and November. My recommendation is to have an open-sided tent for a beach ceremony Plan B or have a covered location at the hotel or restaurant, etc. where you can move if the weather turns for the worse. If you don’t have a planner, nominate someone in your crew to be the weather person and settle on a time to make the ‘call’ on where you’re going to set up. Remember that chairs and decorations take time to move and set up so speak with those folks ahead of time to see how much time they’ll need for set up. Typically, the early part of the day is sunny with clouds moving in during the afternoon and a short shower hitting in the later afternoon/early evening – yes, right around sunset when we usually want to do the ceremony 🙁
Keep in mind that the weather here in Costa Rica can change on a dime so don’t be lulled into a false sense of security if you wake up and see sunny skies. As the old saying goes here, ‘manana oscuro, tarde seguro’ which means ‘if the morning is cloudy, the afternoon should be rain free’.
Here’s hoping your wedding skies are sunny and blue!