Being a wedding planner can be a gratifying profession, especially if you are planning a destination wedding for someone outside Mexico. Being settled in San Miguel for about 26 years, the place is definitely home. Becoming a wedding planner here was a natural profession. It happened like this. My friend from college days was very excited when she told me about that special someone in her life. A wedding was in the offing and a bullied Skype conversation almost ordered me to plan her wedding in San Miguel. I had never done anything of the sort before but saw at least 4 wedding congregations in a week take place at San Miguel. I loved planning things it was true, but weddings are a big affair! Why not give it a try, I thought.
Our villa at San Miguel is quite a destination in itself. The quiet, serene white structure with terracotta tiled roofs cocooned amid the green garden with abundant bougainvillea creepers resting on the porch flushed the edifice. Crooked tiled walkways lead to a lush green lawn fringed with colorful foliage and tall acacia trees. A native styled fireplace made of clay and stone with rich traditional art lent its warmness to the outdoor setting. I decided that this would be the venue for the wedding. There was enough space to convert this little paradise to a romantic wedding seat which could easily accommodate up to 40 guests.
San Miguel is a place that has a bright canvas. The cobblestone streets and the beautiful architecture make for alluring spring San Miguel de Allende wedding. My friend had wanted a three-day event. So I decided to arrange a welcome party on the first day at the villa. A Mexican cook took care of the small party. A traditional meal in the lawn with Mexican Panama hats to shade from the teasing sun was a big hit. A traditional Catholic wedding ceremony took place at the Templo de la Inmaculada Concepcion. The church was a close cousin of the Les Invalides in Paris, France. The architectural splendor was quite breathtaking and the decorative elements inside the church, the large chandelier added grandeur to the setting.
The couple had asked for a traditional Mexican wedding. Planning the event to its details was really important by exchanging arras or coins, as symbols promising happiness at home and in life. With vivid rose centrepieces to the canopy of silver lanterns, the evening became magical as the guests enjoyed a four-course dinner. There was dancing and singing under a star studded sky. When all were tired and took off their shoes with tall glasses of Mexican wine in hand, the midnight fireworks illuminated the sky with brilliant streaks of color. I was thrilled at my first attempt at wedding planning. The couple was happy and so was I.