2017 Wedding Trends Part 2: Trending Invitations

Invitations are exciting and very important because they are what sets your big day into motion.  The theme hints to guests what the ambiance of the event will be.  Most brides want their invitations to be elegant but unique.  We looked to the experts at Elegant Wedding Invites for their take on next year’s trends for inviting your guest list.


This year is back to nature and natural designs.  Plant-based themes with leaves and branches will accent invitations.  These are great to announce outdoor weddings!  For your destination wedding in the Riviera Maya, use palms type plant impressions.


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Bringing back softness and romance, watercolor invitations will give that feeling of “aw”.  These you can do yourself if you have the creative gene.  Invitations such as these set the pace for a creative and unique wedding.  For a Mexican Caribbean wedding, watercolor captures the essence of the beach and sunrises.

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This not-so-new style can also be done by brides who are more creative and would like to put their own energy into their planning.  Calligraphy styles can be combined with the other trends for invitations.  There are so many styles, you may choose to pick one for use in a combination with one of the other themes.



For those couples having a rustic themed wedding, using wooden tags, lace band and burlap to tie up your cards will be the first choice.  For a Riviera Maya beach wedding, you could choose to use coconut accents or fibers from a palm tree; shells are also a beautiful touch.

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Invitations are like the first look for your wedding so be sure to pick something that sets the tone for your theme.  It is important that it is dramatic but stylish and lays the foundation for your theme on your big day.  Remember to choose a great destination wedding, such as Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya and contact me, Doranna, for hair and make up to make your big day a whimsical adventure!

Thank you to elegantweddinginvites.com for their insights into 2017 invitations.

2017 Wedding Trends Part 1: Seasonal Wedding Colors

This is the first part in a four part series on 2017 Wedding Trends.

Wedding Trends 2017: Colors

We are right on the precipice of 2017 and it is going to be a busy year for weddings!  This is why we have decided to do a series on what to expect for the upcoming trends.  The first in our series will be the colors for each season.  Before you can choose anything else, you need the date.  You can not choose invitations, dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, etc without knowing the season in which you will get married.  Choosing the wedding colors will set the tone for all of your other decisions, such as, flowers, bouquet, bridemaids’ dresses and accents to your bridal updo.  Choosing your colors is a first and important step.

Let’s begin.


Even though winter begins in 2016, it starts 2017 out on a classic entrance.  Winter has pulled into top place for the most popular season edging out Spring and Summer.  This season is all about muted and elegant colors.  Themes range from varying hues in the same color such as a mixture of greens like seafoam, olive, moss, etc or combining complementing colors such as gray, purple, and blue.  Cooler colors dominate this season and blend together like a monochrome veil but with an elegance that makes it a whimsical dream.  Silvers remind you of a cold, overcast day waiting for snow.  Blues and soft greens the blurred colors of nature under a sprinkling of snow.

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Spring is a time of new beginnings and is perfect for a wedding!  Spring colors are often muted pastels commemorating the gentle beginnings of life.  This year’s Spring colors gently blend together which will allow you to combine whatever combination you wish.

Spring color palettes for this year include aqua and cream; and pale lavender, pink and green.

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Summer is the time when everything gets more vibrant and intense.  But this year’s Summer colors are a bit more muted.  Colors that are popular for 2017 are combinations , such as French Blue, blush and gold; sage, blush and Rose; and a more vibrant selection would be coral, teal and peach.


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FALL 2017

Fall is a time when the temperature drops and everything gets more “crispy”.  The colors for weddings do too!  Colors change from bright to deeper elegant classic colors.  Wedding colors for next fall pull towards oranges, wines and deeper greens such as pine greens.

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Whatever season you decide to get married in, we congratulate you!  Please consider a destination wedding in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.  I would love to attend you and your ladies to convert your big day into a whimsical one!

Look for our next blog in this series about picking your invitations for your 2017 wedding!

We want to thank The Know, Wedding Pins, and Tree Hut Co. for their images.

Doranna De Bortoli & Team

Tips Before Your Hair and Makeup Session on Your Big Day

page1_pic1The big day has arrived.  It’s been months or maybe even a year or more in the planning.  Piece by piece it has fallen together all for this one epic day!  Your appearance and “wow factor” as you walk down that aisle and everyone sees you for the first time is probably a main focus for you now.  Here are some simple tips to make your hair styling session flow that much easier for you, your party and your stylist.



The few weeks before your arrival, it is always a good idea to a trim, as well as, a moisturizing treatment.  This will assure you to have shiny locks for your Big Day. If you have not already discussed what style you want, bring a photo.  All of this may have occurred earlier in the process.  Many stylists, such as Doranna, have galleries on their sites so you can peruse their previous satisfied brides’ styles to get an idea of what you want for your day.  Maybe you already knew and had sent photos along the process and she will have them in your file.  But if this has not happened it is always good to bring a photo because that is clearer than explaining in the last moment.  This is also a good idea for your makeup.


It is important to arrive to your appointment with hair ready to go. This will all depend on your wedding festivities schedule.  It is best to wash your hair the night before if you do not have a party or rehearsal dinner.  If your dinner is inside, it is ok to leave your hair unwashed for the next day’s service.  If your dinner or party is outside on the beach, however, you will want to wash it that night or early in the morning. It is important not to have any styling products or leave in conditioners in your hair.  Any oils or gels or mousses can create problems for the stylist or delays.  No one wants to experience those on their wedding day. Also arrive to your styling location with dry hair.  This will also make the appointment flow smoother and allow your stylist to do his/her magic effortlessly.

For makeup there are a few things you can do in the week or weeks prior to arriving to your destination.  One is to get a deep cleansing facial seven to ten days prior to leaving to  your location.  This will allow you to arrive with more luminous skin but with no redness.   Another key is a few weeks before and especially when you arrive to the Riviera Maya that you use a sun block with a high SPF factor.  The sun here is stronger and you do not want to have a burn or redness for your wedding day.  And on the day just arrive with freshly cleansed skin.


Another key to a smooth pre-wedding styling session is to make sure your bridesmaids, party, and mothers, anyone who maybe partaking in styling services, also know the above tips.  The more people who come readily prepared the better.  This avoids pre-ceremony delays and allows for a more relaxed pre-wedding environment.

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Be sure to check out Doranna’s gallery here






Coconuts and Palm Trees!

Doranna & Team <3

Airbrush vs. Traditional Makeup: The Ultimate Controversy

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Airbrush Make up

There are much confusion and many myths about airbrush makeup versus traditional makeup application.  We hope to clear up some of this and give you the facts so that you can make an educated decision on whether you want to incorporate airbrush into your wedding day look or go the traditional route.

Airbrushing is a newer technique that became popular for its unique application with an airbrush gun.  This seems easier and with a uniform layer many believe it gives the look of a flawless complexion.  The product used in airbrushing is very thin and comes out as a fine spray almost like pixels covering the surface of the face.  The truth is that it is a very thin layer of makeup and that it will accent your complexion, but not cover up flaws.  This saying, if you have flawless skin, the result will be glowing flawless skin.  However, if you have not-so-flawless skin, those imperfections will still be there.  A trusted airbrush artist can compensate for that by layering airbrush makeup for a heavier coverage.  It is important the experience here of the makeup artist on how to correctly use this technique.

This look was created with traditional foundation.

For those with imperfections, another way to use airbrush is to top off traditional makeup.  Traditional makeup being applied by a professional with a brush or sponge can create a flawless look even if that is not your natural appearance.  Traditional base is thicker and can have different consistencies from pancake to liquid to gel to cream to powder as well as lots of formulas and coverages from tint to full.  With this kind of versatility, traditional makeup can be used in any situation, any time and can add to its variety by application method from fingers, to brush to sponge.  The technique can add or subtract from the coverage needed.  A talented artist can work the product to achieve a flawless look almost like sculpting. Then, if you wish, you can apply a layer of airbrush to top it off, but it may not be necessary.  This is up to you.

Traditional makeup.

Many are under the idea that airbrush is waterproof.  It doesn’t matter if the makeup comes out of an airbrush for it to be waterproof.  It is the formula make up that makes a makeup waterproof.  There are formulas that can be used in the airbrush machine and there are also sealants that can be used to seal the makeup and give a waterproof layer.  But just because it comes out of an airbrush machine does not mean it’s automatically waterproof so if that is what you desire be sure to ask.  In fact, airbrush makeup sets well but cannot get wet through tears etc.  If it gets wet it will streak and the only way to fix it is to start from scratch.  Touch ups with airbrush makeup can be difficult.

Airbrush alone is best used on someone with near perfect skin or in a circumstance where touchups can be done every so often such as on a modeling or movie set.  Rarely in a wedding setting will you have a makeup artist on stand-by every time you need a touchup.  So it’s necessary to be sure you have the effect you want with a long lasting product or with a sealer to prolong the look you want especially in the Caribbean climate such as Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.  It is all about the artist.  Some artists can give you that airbrush look with traditional makeup and that is easier to touchup throughout the day.  And there are artists that are available your entire big day so that they are available for you for any touchup you may need.  Traditional makeup can be more forgiving and more flexible to use and get different looks where airbrush is the same uniform look.  Again, it’s really up to you.

An airbrush look.

A word of caution: many people get airbrush makeup confused with the airbrush technique of Photoshop.  There is a big difference!  Where airbrush makeup is a thin veil of base applied to the skin and the airbrush technique is what magazine editors use to eliminate flaws from models in photos.  Be sure you aren’t caught in the myth that airbrush makeup makes you flawless.

The perfect use of airbrush with traditional style makeup application.

It’s been more the marketing of airbrush that has made it seem like a superior product to traditional makeup.  Both styles have their place and can easily work together, as well.  But now that you have the facts you can decide which is best for you.  In most cases it will be a combination of both.  Just remember the most important part is the experience and talent of the makeup artist whether it’s airbrush or traditional makeup or both.

So when it comes down to it, the marketing doesn’t determine what is best for you on one of the most important days of your life.  It is what works best for you and what will make you feel amazing and whimsical on your Big Day.  With either technique, it is most important the experience of the makeup artist. The best way to find out is to do a trial with both before your wedding.  Check out Doranna’s custom packages that you can factor a trial in so that you can be confident before your ceremony.

Check out Doranna’s styles on her website http://www.dorannahairstylist.com/

Sources: Amelia C & Company

Fairytale Hair and Makeup

Tropical Salutations!

Doranna & Team <3

Mexican Flowers for Your Dream Destination Wedding in the Riviera Maya

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Tropical Wedding Flower Baskets by Del Sol Photography

One of the first things, after the dress of course, that appears in a young girl’s mind when thinking of her wedding day is FLOWERS!  Flowers create the atmosphere of the fantasy of love no matter where your wedding will be.  When you have a destination wedding, you are at an advantage, if it’s a tropical paradise that is.  Tropical climates are the birthplace of the most exotic flowers that most brides spend an arm and a leg to have imported to their hometown wedding.  When you have a destination wedding, those beauties are right there for the picking, well almost.

Caitlin Guariglia and Michael Burns wedding at Le Reve Resort and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Coordinating bouquets tie together the wedding party. Photo Credit: Del Sol Photography

When you choose to say the big “I Do!” in the Mexican Caribbean, you might want to pick color to dominate.  Mexico has a tradition of bright colors from the color of their houses to the flowers that grow wild in their jungles.  Color can set the tone for your Big Day whether you want it understated and romantic or bold and dramatic.

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If you decide to get married in Playa del Carmen, the cost will be significantly lower since you won’t have to import them.  You can now splurge on those exotic orchids that now are growing in someone’s back yard.

Types of Tropical Flowers for Destination Weddings

Here is a list of flowers that you may consider when your wedding will be held in the Mayan Riviera:


These beauties grow wild in the high jungle canopy here in the Riviera Maya.  They have their own subtle but alluring fragrance.

Orchids photo credit: thewildpapaya.com


The Dahila has an interesting Mexican history.  According to Wikipedia: “The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963. The tubers were grown as a food crop by the Aztecs, but this use largely died out after the Spanish Conquest. Attempts to introduce the tubers as a food crop in Europe were unsuccessful.

Dahlias photo credit: dogoilpress.com


Once you smell this flower’s fragrance, you won’t need perfume.  Use Gardenias in your hairpiece and be sure to put your groom under your spell.

Gardenia photo credit: elcriso.it


Gardenia’s sweet smelling cousin, Jasmine, is a great flower to choose for your wedding decor.  Imagine the light goddess fragrance floating along the ocean breeze calming and inviting your guests to be a part of your whismical adventure.

Jasmine photo credit: fabiovisentin.com


Hibiscus lines the streets of Mexico in the gardens of neighborhoods.  These come in bright and light colors depending on if you want a dramatic or romantic look to your wedding.

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Bird of Paradise

These tropical flowers come alive to take flight at your ceremony.  Perfect for bouquets, centerpieces even mini ones for boutonnieres, these will as a spark of “wow” to your big event.

Bird of Paradise photo credit: gardeningknowhow.com

Lillies (including Cala Lillies)

A classic for weddings, often lillies are ordered from faraway for hometown weddings.  Now you can get them at a local price while marrying in your tropical destination such as Playa del Carmen or Akumal.

Lillies photo credit: fineartamerica.com

Calla Lillies are renown for their trumpet shape and create a soft, romantic feel to centerpieces and bouquets.

Calla Lillies photo credit: callalillyguide.com


These colorful buds explode with a variety of birghtness.  They are abundant along the streets of Mexico.  These work well as cake decorations too because they are edible!

Bougainvillea photo credit: poinsettiaindia.com


Carnations a a classic for hometown weddings but also add the allure to tropical weddings.  These can come in simple colors or multicolor flowers.

Carnations photo credit: buffalo-niagaragardening.com


A classic for Christmas now goes South to perk up your tropical destination wedding.  Whether you pick classic or strong colors these flowers add to the drama of the atmosphere.

Chrysanthemum photo credit: riverbendnurseries.com


Known, as the Southern Belle flower in North America, Magnolias smell heavenly and are unique in their own charm.

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Magnolias photo credit: myclosetcatalogue.com


Always a classic that represents love and romance, the rose is always a classic choice that comes in lots of colors and is always a welcome original for any event.

Roses photo credit: gardenguides.com


Tulips are easily recognized by their time-honored shape and allure for the first signs of Spring.  But here in the Mexican Caribbean, they are available all year round.

Tulips photo credit: woodenshoe.com


How to Use Flowers on Your Big Day

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Flowers are used for so many things on your Big Day.  Even if you are getting married in a beautiful setting such as a beach in Tulum, you will want to accent with flowers.  The arch, the decorations, the chairs and of course the centerpieces will require your choice of a combination of flowers.

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Flowers not only add color to the day but emotion too! Photo Credit: Del Sol Photography
Caitlin Guariglia and Michael Burns wedding at Le Reve Resort and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Elegant Updo by Doranna with Tropical Flowers

And don’t forget the people.  You must decorate the people too!  Grooms will sport flowers in their boutonniers. Brides will want the bouquet of their dreams to stand out with the most beautiful and stunning of flowers.  And the bridesmaids may, along with their bride and maybe the mums, opt for flowers in their hairstyles.

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Tropical boutinneire photo credit: pinterest

Doranna also works with a wonderful floral crown designer to custom make wedding wreaths for the flower girls or the wedding party.

Beautiful mixed bouquet Photo Credit: Fine Art Studio

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(Check out the “Portfolio” section of http://www.dorannahairstylist.com/  to see how Doranna uses flowers in her hairstyles.)


Dorannas’s use of flowers for a romantic wreath look.


Check out more blogs and wedding ideas on Doranna’s site http://www.dorannahairstylist.com/

Waves Crashing!

Doranna & Team <3

How to Select a Wedding Gown for a Caribbean or Tropical Destination Wedding



We all want to look exquisite on our wedding day.  Often we get so excited about the dress, after all, we have dreamed about it since we knew what a wedding was, that we do not take into consideration some simple facts of where we are getting married.  On more occasions than you may think, brides have made decisions on their wedding attire that ended up affecting the happiness of their eventful day.  Here we will address (haha) some details you may want to think about if you are getting married in a tropical environment like the Caribbean.

Once you know that you are getting married in the Caribbean or a similar island destination such as Cozumel or Isla Mujeres, think elegance with a bit of a casual touch.  Remember the details of the location:  sand, breeze, heat, humidity.  Think of how you move in the sand.  These reminders will help you dictate the design of the dress as well as the fabric.


Let’s talk fabric.  It’s hot and humid in places in the Caribbean such as Playa del Carmen or Tulum, Mexico.  You will want something light that breathes such as linen or organza.  Although silk can be light, it stains.  So remember salt water, especially if you are going to take photos in or near the water, can permanently stain silk.  Also, be prepared to glow a bit!  You do not want sweat stains on your silk dress.  Linen is light and it breathes well.  You also want fabrics that flow easily in the breeze.  You can’t fight the breeze so you might as well factor it in from the beginning.  Other fabrics to consider are chiffon, superfine jersey, batiste cotton (manta), and tulle.  You also want to consider fabrics that do no wrinkle easily as you will be traveling with them.


The pattern is very important.  It isn’t always easy to walk through the sand.  It’s not even and sometimes it’s not sturdy.  You may want to opt to walk down the sandy aisle in bare feet.  Aside from footwear, think of comfort.  Walking wise you will want something that is not constricting such as a column or pencil skirt.  Let it flow.  Allow your steps to be free and the air to move under the dress as well.  Anything tight will be hot.  You will most likely want a strapless or halter type dress so that your arms can move and air can get to those delicate underarms.  Also, will you want photos in or near the water?  You may want a shorter dress to avoid it getting wet and heavy.


Embellishments, we all want those.  Beading is beautiful but too much can feel heavy and in the hot weather will fell 3 times heavier.  Embroidery is a good choice because not only will it look beautiful, it travels well because it will help hide wrinkles from being packed.  Ruffles will also look flowy on the beach in the breeze.

Trains are to be considered but try to remember you will be dragging it through the sand which will be taken inside to the reception.  Also if you are familiar with Caribbean sand, it is fine and will be there when you unpack to get home.  If you opt for a train, keep it short.

As for veils, keep them simple or forget about them.  They will need to be short but remember tropical breezes can pick up speed and that veil might end up fluttering all over your newly made up face.  Blushing veils, over the face, will just end up being stuck to you and making you feel suffocated.  You can very easily put a decorative comb in your hair which will help you keep your hair out of your face as well.

If you are planning a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya, check out the work of Doranna De Bortoli who has worked with over 3000 of the happiest brides.  Check out her website to see her gallery of partial and full updos which are great for tropical weddings.



How to be Excited Yet Zen During Your Wedding Planning


You are getting married!  Wow!  Just that statement gets your adrenaline flowing!  From the moment that he finally pops the question to the rushing off to the honeymoon, there are decisions and excitement and a range of emotions that are magnified by one of the biggest events of your life.  It is a beautiful ting to be excited but you must also learn to be Zen or calm during all the wonderful chaos.

The wedding planning experience can be overwhelming.  You have to make so many decisions with so many factors.  Where are you going to get married?  Uncle Rob got married in St. Paul’s but you always envisioned getting married under the palm trees in your in the Riviera Maya.  You have to try to create your dream wedding with the idea that you have to please everyone.  First of all, realize that is an impossible task.  To remain calm is to realize you cannot please everyone.

It is ok for your wedding day to be a bit selfish.  This is your day after all.  You have probably been mentally planning this most of your life.  By the time the proposal comes you most likely will know most of how you want the big day to go.  It is still a process and it takes time.  Here we want to share some ways to keep calm even when it doesn’t feel so calm.

1. Yes it sounds so simple but when we get stressed our breath gets shallow or we hold our breath all together and that puts our body into stress mode.  Take a few moment to take deep belly breaths.  It is even better is it is outside in fresh air.

2. This brings us to #2: go outside.  Nothing better than a walk alone or with a friend or your betrothed.  Nature is soothing and can get us out of places that make us feel closed in.  The open sky above you or the sounds of the birds in the trees all work to bring down those cortisol levels.  When you are getting married in the Riviera Maya you can experience nature on another level such as walking the beach and finding mama turtles laying their eggs.  You can’t get closer to nature than that!

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3.  Whether you are already a practicing yogini or you are thinking “yoga what?” you can find a few moments to strike a few poses to stretch and relax.  Running around trying on dresses or sitting at the computer learning all there is to know about the Riviera Maya for your destination wedding can cause muscle strains or knots so get that mat out and work your yogini magic.  Here in Playa you will find a menu of incredible yoga teachers and masters to help you with your flow.

4. Now that you are all warmed up from yoga, get that heart rate up.  Whether you like to pump iron at the gym or run a few miles, get moving.  Exercise is a great way to get the endorphins running and that cake tasting off your rear!


5. Eat healthy. Oops we just mentioned cake tasting!  Now you need to balance it with some superfoods.  Many brides want to look their best on their wedding day.  The easiest was to do that combined with step number 4 above is to eat right.  Eating healthy will help you stay in shape as well as make your skin and hair glow.  Color is the best way to go if you are not a nutrition expert.  The most healthy way is to add color in your diet (we are talking veggies not skittles girls).  A wide range of colorful fruits and veggies will get your glowing in no time.

6. Bubbly time. No not the kind in the flute glass, that is for your reception.  Bubble baths!  Yes nothing makes you relax more than a warm bubble bath with essential oils and candlelight.  Put on some music or soothing sounds and just let the stress evaporate with the steam rising away from you.


7. Ooo that’s a good idea! Music!  Sometimes we want to reminisce to some tunes when we first met out love.  Or we want to get up and boogie and shake it to some Katy Perry.  We may just want something soothing and instrumental.  Whatever your need is, Mr. Music has it.  Load up that iPod with different files with fun names and carry it around with you like a security blanket to escape when ever need be.

8. Go nostalgic. Oh how did all this get started? Well way back when….. Get out those photos of you and your partner when you first met.  Remember those awkward first dates.  This can make you realize that this person is worth the work of planning this big day.

9. Goddess time! Laughter is the best medicine.  Go out there and meet up with some sistahs and drink some wine and celebrate your Divine Feminine.  Nothing getting dressed up and being with important people to make you realize that life is great!

10. A romantic date with the “old ball and chain”. That used to be a condescending way to refer to your spouse but if that are great why wouldn’t you want to be chained to them, right? Take a time out and reconnect.  Planning a wedding with a job and other daily responsibilities can make it hard to connect.  Even if it means you have to pencil your partner in your agenda, do it!  Remember why you are planning this, to spend your life with this great person!

11. Be alone. Sometimes we just need to be alone and that is ok too.  Enjoy a meditation break or a walk on the beach.  Take some time to journal.  These are moments you will want to remember.  And don’t forget to hug yourself in these times too.

Another way to reduce the stress is to have everything in line for your wedding.  Hire a professional hairstylist such as Doranna for your wedding day.  This makes you feel pampered and like a princess moments before you take that walk down the aisle.  Check out our website for hair style ideas.


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Why a Destination Wedding Could Be the Perfect Answer for You


Destination weddings have become more and more popular in the last few years.  They can actually be less stressful than one in your own back yard.  Although planning a wedding far away may seem overwhelming and more work they actually are easier, cheaper, and you can enjoy your day or week even more!

Destination weddings are weddings where you plan to have your big day out of the town or country from where you live.  These are amazing to fulfill your dream wedding because you can pick the backdrop for your perfect day.  You can choose snowcapped mountains or a Caribbean beach such as Playa del Carmen, Mexico to be the background.  This is great if you live in a town or city that doesn’t have much oomph.  And imagine the incredible photos!

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Playa de Carmen, Mexico

Destination weddings are actually less stressful.  Most brides contact a hotel or wedding planner in the area where they want the wedding to be.  These wedding planners are experts in the area.  They will know the laws for marriage licenses and will have a list of preferred vendors to work with to satisfy your every bridal need, such as expert hairstylists and makeup artists.  This takes the stress off of you to allow them handle it and also helps you avoid the stress of family members telling you how to plan your wedding.  Of course, you still are in charge to choose what you want from the options the planner has to offer.  Some brides choose a planner in their country to work with the planner at the destination.  Having a destination wedding also allows you to avoid the family argument of where to have the wedding if the groom and bride are from different areas.  A destination wedding is neutral.


Destination weddings are incredible because they double as a family reunion.  Who doesn’t want a reason to get away?  Many will opt to travel for your wedding but may not for their own vacation.  Now you give them the gift of a vacation they may not have given themselves. And when people are on vacation, they are relaxed.  This may avoid any family drama that may exist.  You can plan group activities or tours a few days prior or after the wedding day event for folks to spend time together and get to know the culture of the area and each other.  Plus this gives you the choice to participate with them or give you some space to get ready with your bridesmaids. And because you have a planner, you have more time to spend with your family and guests if you choose.  For many family members or friends, they may not have traveled to this area and this could be a new adventure for them.  This creates wonderful memories for the entire family and for the guests.  People will be talking about your wedding for years!

Believe it or not, they are actually cheaper.  You wrap up the traveling to your honeymoon spot with your wedding location.  You are already there and it is combined with your hotel stay.  Many hotels, such as in Cancun, already have packages in place.  Another big ceremony planned in your hometown PLUS a honeymoon getaway could get very costly.  However, some couples decide to travel to another getaway after their wedding, and that is ok too!

You are already in your relaxing honeymoon location. So your honeymoon can start early (wink wink). And once your big day is over (Yea! You made it!), you don’t have to worry about packing and traveling.  You can go back to your suite and just collapse after the big celebration knowing you will wake up to lapping waves possibly in Tulum, Mexico or a mountainous view in the morning.

Let’s not forget the bonding effect.  Everyone who went to your destination wedding is like part of a club.  They will understand all of the inside jokes about things that didn’t go as planned (like Uncle Jerry falling drunk into the pool with the wedding cake) but still turned out awesome! (Because those things happen at all weddings.) Plus what a wonderful gift for all the couples who go.  Destination weddings are romantic.  And some new couples may even begin from it!

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya (Photo Gratitude: Del Sol Photography)

If you are planning to have your destination wedding in the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum), contact Doranna for all of your hairstyling and makeup needs.  She has 26 years experience in the field and 13 here in the Caribbean.  Plus she has the contacts if you are looking for people to fulfill your dream wedding.

Best blessings for your upcoming wedding! Please feel free to comment below and to visit the Doranna Hairstylist Facebook Fan Page

Doranna doing what she loves.

April 13th International Day of the Kiss

Happy International Day of the Kiss (April 13th)

It may have begun from an electric stare from across the room, but you know that you have it for someone from their first kiss.

April 13th is celebrated as the International Day of the Kiss.  What a wonderful thing to celebrate!  When there is a connection between two people, a kiss can strengthen and confirm that connection.  But kisses can bring so many emotions.

The first is the desire to kiss someone.  Wow!  Look at them!  I just want to show them what they stir in me by kissing them.  This immediately gets the oxytocin flowing and everything seems brighter and newer.  And the not knowing if it’s going to happen triggers anxiety.

Then it’s the uneasiness of whether to kiss them or see if they will kiss you.  Do you have enough patience to see if they will?  Do they feel the same about you?  And if you dare to kiss them, will your kiss be powerful enough to convince them to take a chance on you????

Once that kiss is planted, are there fireworks or disappointed hopes?  If there are fireworks, then something has been created and this could be the start of a new life for you and said kiss partner! Just remember not all first kisses work out perfectly.  If you long to try again, do it!

There are also lots of different kind of kisses:

Greeting Kiss:  This is not used in all countries.  Many European countries and Mexico use a kiss on one or both the cheeks to greet a person by saying hello or goodbye.

See You Later Kiss:  A quick peck on the cheek or on the lips often for a spouse or significant other.  Can also be for sending your kids off to school.

The Passionate Kiss: This is often referred to as a “French” or “tongue” kiss.  This is to show a deep romantic feeling or passionate desire for someone.  The slower, the more romantic it is.

The Boo Boo Kiss:  This is often for kids but can be for anyone who gets hurt.  We all know that the kiss shows that we care and that makes the healing go faster.

boo boo kiss

Forehead or Third Eye Kiss:  This is a sweet kiss.  Whether it be for a child, a mate, a friend or your pet, a third eye kiss shows that you care.  It doesn’t pack the punch of a romantic kiss but is still warms the cockles of your heart.


Eskimo or Nose Kiss: This was originated by the Eskimos since they are always bundled up.  They rub noses back and forth to show affection.

Butterfly Kiss:  This is getting your eyes close enough to flutter your eyelashes with the recipient.  Little kids love this one!

Blowing Kiss:  This kiss is placed on your fingertips then pointed at and blown to the person who will receive it.  Often this is a short distance kiss from across the room.

blowing a kiss

Fish Kiss:  The list wouldn’t be complete without the Fish Kiss.  This is made by sucking in your cheeks to make “fish lips” (do fish really have lips?) and making the kissing motion with them.  Another favorite with kids.

fish kiss

However the kisses begin, you never know if they could end up with a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya.  And with that, you already know who can take care of your makeup and hair…..that’s right… Doranna!

I am sure there are plenty more kisses.  Do you know any we left off the list?  What are your favorite ones?  Write below in the comments to let us know!

Today we want to give you some tips to choose the perfect hairstyle!

Nowadays going online can make your life simple but also you might encounter way too much out there, so let’s take is slow and consider the following hints when choosing your perfect look!

The wedding dress goes first! The hairstyle will always goes after the dress there needs to be a balance and harmony between them. Choose your dress first and the hair goes with it. A general rule would be that if you have a very busy dress, with lots of bead work and detail, you will need to make your bridal hairdo take a backseat, and let the hair quietly compliment the focal point, which is you, and your dress.

If you are wearing a simple dress, you can dress the hair up a bit more, but if you don’t feel comfortable having a huge up do, you won’t feel comfortable on the day. Make your wedding hairstyle all about you, just the more glamorous you. Don’t change who you are, you will feel weird and it will show.

Accessories, when choosing a hairstyle you have to also match the Veil, crown, and flowers in your hair, any accessories you want to use during the ceremony, reception, etc.

Make sure you bring these items to your hair trial so we make sure your look its perfect from beginning to end! Keep it simple do not charge it too much, always think in balance between your dress, hair, & accessories keep it clean, getting married in México doesn’t mean that you have to look like a piñata J

Wedding Location You should think about how your hairstyle is going to work with your venue. The weather conditions of your wedding location will be an important factor, getting married at the beach for example you have to consider it might be hot & humid and you might want to have your hair up, the wind might be also strong when having your ceremony on a sandy beautiful beach! So think about this as well when choosing a style!

Secondly we and many other stylists have the option of a hair change after the ceremony! So there is no limits for your dream day, we can work on TWO hairstyles for you!

Texture & Length of your hair has a big impact when choosing a hairstyle, when you look around make sure you are looking for a long, medium or short size hairstyle accordingly. Keep I mind than when you have very fine hair even using hair extensions help, so try to find models that look like you! Also you can always send a picture of you to your stylist along with 2 or 3 options so she can tell you what is doable, take your time… well find the perfect one for you!

Book a Trial, it’s simple you may find a look that you love in a picture-model, but it will not look the same on you, it does not matter how much your stylist tries, if you hair is different you will end up with a different look…. Also once you have the hair and dress together it might change the perception of your perfect look.

So, do not run into surprises on your wedding day and book a trial, it will make you feel comfortable, and you will free to experiment with your hair, dress accessories and this will also help out to have a better click with your stylist!

Tropical regards from Sunny Playa del Carmen!

~Doranna de Bortoli

Professional Hairstylist in Riviera Maya, Mexico