My fiance and I are getting married in Cartagena in January. We went in Febraury and fell in love with the city. It was the perfect venue for our wedding. I will be more than happy to help you in any way. We have a wedding planner down there that is AMAZING. I absolutely recommend her.
First, congrats on your engagement! How did you decide on Cartagena? My fiance and I spent several weeks in and around the city a few years ago, and it came to mind instantly when we were discussing wedding locales. I checked out your Wedding Mapper, which looks great! How did you find your wedding planner? Also, how big will your wedding be? I'd love to hear more about it all...
I am currently working/doing research with a bride on her destination wedding to Cartagena, Colombia as well. I think its awesome that someone finally put a posting up about this. Would anyone mind swapping information, venues and etc during the planning process? As I will do the same. By the way she will be getting married in August 2010, but other than that I would have to say that the place is absolutely amazing! I'm so happy that she chose that place. Hope we all can chat...my email is email@example.com
My fiance and I knew that we wanted a destination wedding. We live in Miami. He is cuban and my family is colombian. We looked at some islands in the carribbean but they lacked the latin flair we wanted. A friend had just gotten back from vacation in Cartagena and suggested we look into it. We did some research and instantly were intersted in the city as our wedding venue. I found several couples on line that got married in cartagena. Once couple in particular was from MIami so I reached out to her. She recommended her wedding planner in Cartagena. Her nickname is Chiche. We contacted her. Coincidentally she was going to be on vacation in Miami the following week so we met her in person in Miami. We LOVED her. We schedule a meeting in Cartagena. We flew in Thursday and left Monday. Chiche arranged for us to see all 5 churches, 20 wedding venues, meet with the musicians, hair people, florist, caterers, etc. We did everything in 4 days. We dont have to go back until our wedding week.
The city is amazing. It is old world romance. It is great. People may be concerned that it is dangerous in colombia. Cartagena could not be further from that. It you are interested in learning more about what we are going for our wedding, please feel free to broswe our website firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry, I forgot to answer some of your questions. Initially we thought our wedding was going to be 60-80. Now we think it is going to be 100-120. More people are intersted in attending that we initally thought. Obviously it is cheaper to have a wedding in Colombia than in the States, especially Miami.
My fiance and I are thinking of getting married in Cartagena next summer (August 2010) and would love to contact your wedding planner Chiche. Also, how much do you think we should expect to budget for a 50-100 guests? Just wondering how much it typically costs per person in Cartagena vs. California, and what that all includes. How is the weather in the summer? Do you need to worry about hurricanes?
Hi.. Its so great to see that there are quite a few other couples having their wedding in Cartagena. My finace and I are planning to have our wedding in the month of August in Cartagena. Margaux, who is your wedding planner and how can she be reached? I would be very interested as I will not be able to go to Cartagena beforehand, so I would love to work with someone who is trustworthy.Im planning a small wedding 35-40 people at the most. I would love to hear any feedback or advice. Thank You!!!!!
I'm glad we have more people planning weddings in Cartagena! So exciting!
Hey Margaux- I went to your site and its unavailable, is there an error or anoter way to get to it. Even though I'm a planner myself I would love to get ahold of the planner there so that we could possibly work together on making my client happy. Thanks so much in advance!
So far the planning is going great and I find after working budget that it is a litle cheaper to have a wedding there than in the states. =)
Our wedding Planner is Carmen Cecilia Canyon, nickname Chiche. Her email address is email@example.com. Please feel free to contact her. Let her know that we recommended you.
We are spending $175ish per person. However, this includes various events. A welcome cocktail reception ($20 p/p), the rehearsal dinner ($40 p/p), the wedding ($100 p/p) and a farewell brunch ($15 p/p). We have selected the most expensive venue for our wedding - The Sofitel Santa Clara. You can tailor your wedding to suite any of your needs and budget. Having a wedding in Miami would run us $175 a person at least. We decided to have a destination wedding and get more for our money by hosting various events. However, you can have an amazing wedding for $50 per person.
The main area you will save money on is alcohol. Most venues will allow you to bring our own alcohol. Chiche quoted us that buying our own alcohol for 7 hours of open bar for 100 people would be 1k. this in unbelievable since paying a hotel for 4 hours of open bar can easily run you $70 per person. the thing to consider is that any venue or catering company will charge you a corking fee. Still, it comes out cheaper!
There are numerous venues in Cartagena. Any nook in the city can be reserved for your wedding. There are tons of venues, hotels, restaurants, public areas that would be great for a wedding. Cartagena is a party city and they utilize every space of it.
As far as hurricanes, hurricane season is june-november. August does fall in the span but I have no idea how Cartagena has been with Hurricanes in the past. The temperature is always tropical. It is hot and sunny year round. You might want to see the average temperature in august on weather.com.
If you guys want to chat more about this on the phone, that would be fine with me. I think Cartgaena is amazing and I am a huge advocate for it. However, you have to determine if its a right fit for you. Hope this helps!
Thank you sooooo much! This was hugely helpful and it really pointed my fiance and I in the right direction! We were sort of walking blind, so thank you!
I'm going to check out your website (congrats again!) and email your planner. I just had a couple quick clarification questions.
1) Did the $175/person include the Reception Dinner or the Rehearsal Dinner? I know you wrote Rehearsal but I'm wondering then what your Reception Dinner would have cost or if this was just a typo?
2) Also, was this price quoted because all of your guests are staying at The Sofitel Santa Clara or is this the price regardless? I know I have some friends who won't be able to afford that gorgeous hotel for their accommodation so I'm just wondering if that ups the wedding package price per person?
3) Are you using a local photographer, and if so who, or are you flying someone in from Miami? My fiance and I are both pro photographers so our expectations are pretty high. That said, we can't afford a $5500 photo team plus 2 flights from LA + hotels in Cartagena. At the very least, we thought a Miami photographer's flight would be half as expensive. Just wondering if you're using someone from Miami or Cartagena.
Again, thank you sooo much! We really appreciate your help! It sounds like you're going to have an incredible day! If you want to talk on the phone, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll message back with my number.