Caribe Cordial made my dream a reality. Planning a wedding can be very stressful not to add a destination wedding in 7 months. Daniela and her team made sure that each step to the process was so smooth with no worries. What I had envisioned she made to a reality. She knew exactly what my vision of my dream wedding was by just description. I truly cannot imagine using someone else. With all the events that happened before the wedding day, she made life easier. I did not stress one bit during the day. I never imagined I could be that calm, but knowing that Daniela had everything under control just made the day easier. All the vendors she recommended were better that I could have imagined. The food was fantastic, and the cake was so delicious. I could have not done it with out her and her team. I am so grateful that she was part of the whole wedding planning. Thank you for being there even when life got a bit crazy. Words cannot express how happy I am with you and your team and how much I appreciate everything you did for us.
Natalia & George
Caribe Cordial saved our wedding day after a bad experience with another wedding-planner and for that reason we are incredibly thankful. Everything was perfect, they truly understood what we dreamed and made it a reality. They are honest, collaborative and reliable people, always trying to make you save money with the providers (very hard to find wedding planners not willing to take commissions in addition to their salaries), polite, patients...If we had to pass through all of this wedding planning craziness again, we wouldn’t consider any other option different than Caribe Cordial.We recommend them 100%THANK YOU GUYS!!!
Natalia & Anthony
It was a real pleasure having Daniela from Caribe Cordial plan our dream wedding in Cartagena. It was an amazing experience and we are very pleased we trusted her. We had an Indian wedding in Cartagena - something unique but from the start Daniela found the concept an exciting challenge and worked with us to bring our ideas to life. We spoke with a few planners at the start of our process when we were deciding on Cartagena as a destination (we live in the UK but my wife Natalia is Colombian). Daniela was great from the start giving us lots of detail in terms of options, different budgets, venue types etc. from the very first email which no other planner gave us. We were also reassured by the fixed fee Caribe Cordial charges compared to other planners that charge based on the total cost of the wedding.....We had a year to plan the wedding including a very productive trip to Cartagena where we visited all the venues she had in mind and met various vendors. The visit was very well organized, and a great part of our planning process was done in those few days. The year spent planning was fun and she was always on top of things, always happy to accommodate our ideas as well as contributing her own and very patient when we were deciding or changing our minds about different options. I would also say that we always felt she was on our side and honest in terms of where she felt we could push different vendors for better deals, where we didn’t need certain items , were there might be a more practical or economical option etc. and was always understanding of our budget. I think the service we got made the wedding much less stressful than if we had done it ourselves or in the UK but I think other couples also agree as at times she was very busy with other weddings in the run up to ours even though she was always on top of our requests.
Sanjeev & Nati
Don't know where to start. Since the moment we decided to have our wedding at the most beautiful and historical place in the world, Cartagena, Daniela and the Team at Caribe Cordial were a dream come true. From the logistics, venue, accommodations, transportation, catering, decoration . . . our expectations were met beyond belief.To start, we had only six months to plan a destination wedding. We wanted to have our wedding and reception but also the opportunity for our guests to meet prior to the wedding and interact the day after. However, we didn't want your typical rehearsal dinner and the Chiva bus came to mind as reading reviews through Wedding Mapper. We also decided on a brunch the day after to finalize a wonderful weekend. All the logistics and final details were finalized prior and it was time for us to travel. My now husband was scheduled to arrive the day before the wedding while I arrived two days prior. However, due to weather delays, he was not able to make it and was schedule to arrive until the morning off. Daniela and her team quickly helped us shift our timeline from 4 PM to 7 PM to allow time for my husband to arrive in town. However, his flight got delayed and there was a point where we thought he was not going to make it for our wedding. After lots of phone calls, worries and tears, we found him a flight to Barranquilla and Caribe Cordial quickly helped us find transportation options for him from Barranquilla to Cartagena [even going lengths and find him a translator to receive him at the airport and bring him to me for our wedding]. The ceremony, reception and Hora Loca were the best experience in our life and can't thank Daniela and her team at Caribe Cordial for everything they did for us. We couldn't have definitely done it without them.
Derly & Brian
Caribe Cordial Best Wedding Planners! After doing extensive research and communicating with several planners, Caribe Cordial was the perfect Match.From the first conversation we had with Juan Camilo the connection was amazing. Very professional, easy going and with an extensive knowledge of venues and vendors.Juan Camilo took the vision of our dream wedding and made it 10 times better. Saying our wedding was better than anything we could've imagined is an understatement. Daniela was also a sweetheart, she is very detailed oriented and always available.Caribe Cordial not only planned our wedding day but also planned a beach welcome party, a surprise dinner, bachelorette and helped our guests with travel arrangements and activities. The best part of our wedding was having Juan Camilo, Daniela and the entire team as our support. We did not have to worry about anything during our wedding thanks to them.Thank you, Caribe Cordial for Making our Dream, come True!
Rosemary & Cesar
I have so many wonderful things to say about Daniela and her team. Daniela was there for us every step of the way. My husband and I both live in Canada and when we decided to get married in Cartagena we didn't know where to start. We did know that we absolutely needed a planner to help us out. I came to wedding mapper and contacted various coordinators in Cartagena. The only planner who passed my rigorous screening process was Caribe Cordial Weddings. Daniela was always there for us, from the first point of contact up until after 3am on our wedding day. I was the type of bride who knew exactly what I wanted, and Daniela understood my vision and executed it beautifully. She took care of every little detail, I was blown away. It truly was the best day of my life. I felt like a princess. The venues, the decor, the food, the cake, oh the cake was gorgeous, the entertainment, island trips, welcome bags, appointments to meet the vendors the day of she's truly wonderful. Not only is she amazing and passionate about what she does but she is a kind, caring person, who does everything she can to ensure everything runs smoothly on your day. Daniela, we love you! Also shout out to Christina who was there to help us every step of the way while the bridal party got ready up until the last moment before we walked down the aisle. Xoxo
Melissa & Alejandro
Daniela and her whole team at Caribe Cordial were fantastic from start to finish! I would recommend them to anyone getting married in Colombia. there knowledge of Cartagena is perfect as they can guide you around at each stage of your wedding. They arranged all our meeting prior to the wedding and helped us out as we were planning it from the UK. On the day its self there was a team of about 8 who made sure the whole day ran smoothly. We couldn't have done it without them!!! It felt like you were dealing with a friend rather than a pushy wedding planner trying to earn more money. Our Wedding Video Trailer https://vimeo.com/205639036
Carolina & Piers
We planned our wedding in Cartagena with the assistance of Daniela and her team. From the moment I met Daniela she was attentive and thoughtful, always concerned about how I was feeling and if I was happy with the decisions being made. Coming from the States where everything is fast paced and responsiveness is a must, Daniela exceeded these expectations and more. She’s available around the clock (literally), is incredibly responsive, and professional. She thinks of details that I would not have thought of on my own, and provides suggestions to make the experience better for all guest. Since we had family traveling from all over the world, she and her team assisted in coordinating two pre wedding night outs and transportation. Everything from my (the brides) perspective was effortless. The day of the wedding, I can honestly say thing nothing went wrong, it was PERFECT, better than expected and that is thanks to all of Daniela’s hard work. I was not an easy bride, type A corporate America type, but she handled everything with grace and pleasure. All of the vendors she recommended were great, we had photographer, videographer, band and DJ and ALL were AMAZING. Daniela is an angel and anyone that is fortunate to have her as their plan will be blessed with the best day EVER.
Diana & Jason
A year to the date of when we got engaged, we decided that we wanted a destination wedding. What a better place to do so, than Cartagena, Colombia where we took our first vacation. I asked one of my really good friends for points on where to start as she had gotten married in March 2016. Her exact words were "YOU NEED TO HIRE MY WEDDING PLANNER" Daniela from Caribe Cordial. Without hesitation we took her advice and reached out to Daniela via email. Since the first time we spoke to her over Skype we felt super confident in the decision we were about to make. Like every other bride, I was overwhelmed and stressed due to the distance, but Daniela always had the right answers. She managed to keep us calm and promised us that we would have the perfect wedding. She was totally right. The day of our wedding, we were at no stress, everything was perfect, and we were able to enjoy every second of our big day. Daniela and her team were with us throughout our one week stay in Cartagena. She was always available when needed, even if late. Thank you to Caribe Cordial, we had the BEST wedding ever. Thank you Daniela!! We will forever be grateful!!
Jessica & Scott
My wedding was absolutely perfect! I can’t thank Caribe Cordial enough. Since the moment I first contacted them, I knew Juan Camilo was the one I wanted to work with to plan my wedding, he is smart, professional, creative, super knowledgeable on the wedding field, honest, and above all an excellent human being. We started the planning back in November 17, we live in USA, so we got started with the planning/concept, and then my fiancé and I travelled to Cartagena in February to meet and select the wedding vendors. Everything during the visit was coordinated by Caribe Cordial and we left Cartagena sure that everything would turn out great and it did! In fact, everything was better than expected. Juan was able to work with our somehow small budget and make something great! Thanks to Juan Camilo and his team, we were able to enjoy our wedding day without ANY stress or worry, everything for the day, even what I was having for lunch was handled by them, so we could just sit back and enjoy our day. We had 90 guests on our wedding, who travelled from the USA, Venezuela, Mexico and inside Colombia to be with us in Cartagena. Every single person who attended complimented us in how amazing the party was, some of the comments were that it was “the best wedding ever”, “how beautiful everything was”, “how organized everything was, that there was no detail left out” , “that they had a great time and they were so glad they made the trip” . With so many people travelling Juan also coordinated a Welcome Cocktail that was the preamble to an awesome wedding and an Island Day trip where 50 of our guest were able to enjoy the Rosario Islands. We also gave our guest a Welcome Bag with some goodies, which Juan and his team assembled and deliver to my guest hotels. I can honestly say, there is not one thing I would change from my wedding day (I am pretty sure there must have been unexpected issues, but Juan Camilo is so professional that he probably solved them, and I will never find out). I was a little unsure at first because this was the first time for Juan Camilo to organize a wedding on my venue (Museo Naval), so what it something would go wrong that he didn’t expect, since he is not familiar with the place, but he went to check the place right at the beginning of the planning and he confirmed he could work with and it would be perfect, and it certainly was! If you are considering in hiring a wedding planner, please do yourself a favor and hire Juan Camilo y Daniela. Now, they are busy people and probably have 1 or 2 weddings every weekend, in fact, the day of my wedding they had another wedding, but that didn’t affect my wedding at all. So, if you can be a little patience and trust them 100%, you will end up with an amazing wedding like mine!
Rosana & Angel
We are a couple formed by a Spanish man and a Colombian woman who has been living for almost ten years out from Colombia. We live in Spain and we have always talked about that if we ever decided to get married, it would be in Colombia. Since we took this decision, the illusion we had was compared to the fear we had to organize a wedding so far, so finding a good organizer was an obligation, we talked with several of them and we surprised by the good reviews of Caribe Cordial, so we decided to call them and from the first minute of conversation we knew they would be good and our fears were gradually disappearing. Ask them to organize your wedding on the moon and they will take care of how to get it. Juan Camilo and Daniela specially, but Vanessa, Quique and all the team of Caribe Cordial made all our dreams come true. Endless Skype talks and months of preparations made by Caribe Cordial, made possible the most incredible, original and spectacular wedding we have ever been , our’s or any other’s, and this was widely recognized by guests with truly sincere enthusiasm. Recommend Caribe Cordial team is a must for anyone who had the wedding we had, everything, absolutely everything we wanted was possible. This team was not just asked to organize our wedding, but my father`s birthday and a private party for an entire day with complimentary night on a private Caribbean beach where they had to carry everything from Cartagena. It was that kind of days you'd like to live over and over again, and we would still call Caribe Cordial for organize it. If you want to organize a wedding in Cartagena, you will not find other organizers as good as them, the worst decision would be to not choose them, you will find many organizers in Cartagena, sure very good, but Caribe Cordial is simply the best.
Jenny & Eduardo
"We can't say enough about how amazing Daniela and her entire team at Caribe Cordial have been throughout the entire wedding process. We started talking to Daniela about a year before our wedding as she was our main contact.She would always keep in touch with us and provide us with updates on various options we had for the wedding day as well as other pre-wedding events.I was especially grateful because even though my husband speaks spanish, I do not and Daniela made it extremely easy for me to communicate with her.We were planning the wedding from the United States and Caribe Cordial made it seem like we were right next door.We had the advantage of being able to take a trip down to Cartagena for planning purposes before the wedding month. Daniela welcomed us and made sure all our appointments were set and on time.The big day was a huge success - we really couldn't ask for anything more. We can't say thank you enough for all the hard work that Caribe Cordial put into making our wedding so special.We highly recommend them.....They are truly amazing!
Angela & Carlos
Daniela and the Caribe Cordial Team,Matias and I are completely grateful for all of your attention, hard work, and flexibility. We had a very unique situation with both of us being sick and having to change a lot of our established plans at the last minute. And we are so thankful at how you were able to work with us and all the vendors to accomodate our situation. Not only that but the individualized attention we received from you was amazing. From sending us doctors, medications, and even pedialyte!! lol Honestly, we are so thankful and so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you. Your entire staff was very professional and attentive to any of our needs. Again, the entire Caribe Cordial team we had was very supportive and helpful!! Obviously, we were a little bummed that we could partake in the food or alcohol component or were able to meet the vendors (try the food, cake tasting, rehearsal, photoshoot). But all those were all things completely out of anyones control. And we are so thankful that because of your team we were able to make the best of the situation and truly was an amazing night and a story we will be telling for years to come. On a side note, I would love to go back for an anniversary and be able to recreate those little moment we missed at a MUCH smaller scale and would work with you again in a heartbeat!!Our greatest joy was really all the amazing feedback we received from our guests. They had such an amazing time and continue to discuss how wonderful everything was from the mini carnival that pick us up from the church, to the cocktail hour, to the hora loca, to the food and desserts. Again, a lot of this was due to your wonderful advice and vendor selection.
Maria & Matias
Working with Caribe Cordial (Daniela for most of the process) was a complete dream, she was extremely detailed oriented and made planning an ease because of her punctuality. Planning a wedding in Cartagena from NY was a concern for us at first but after one call with her we knew we could manage it with her help. Our very loose ideas and nonspecific theme was only brought to reality because of her expertise. I never could have imagined that planning for a destination wedding could be so smooth. From start to finish, Daniela and her team were absolutely perfect. Organized, thorough, punctual, friendly and full of great ideas and suggestions that met our needs. The vendors that they work with are also top of the line! The lighting crew made our venue feel magical, the amazing ladies from Atrapa Sueños made our theme unique with their designs and the caterers (had our guests signing their praises. Our dream wedding could not have been as perfect as it was without the help of Daniela and the Caribe Cordial team that we met in the days leading up to the wedding but quickly became crucial. They will always hold a special place in our hearts for making our special day absolutely perfect.
Maria & Jay
Daniela and her team (Mariana, Karina and Juan Camilo) were wonderful. We could not have picked a better wedding planning company. They did an OUTSTANDING job. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Daniela and Caribe Cordial. Daniela made our Wedding planning experience fun and exciting, and her first answer to everything was always yes! We planned our wedding in Cartagena from Singapore, which is literally on the other side of the world. Daniela was always willing to take a call regardless of whether it was day or night, and she was incredibly supportive throughout the entire process. She ensured we were able to get married in la Iglesia de Pedro Claver, and also have our reception at el Baluarte de San Francisco. She also organized a parade from the service to reception, recommended the highest quality vendors, and made sure that we could enjoy our special day and not focus on logistics. We almost didn't even notice she was there. She was integral in helping us throw the best party mot attendees said they had ever been to. It was without question the best day of both of our lives, and we owe a lot of it to Caribe Cordial. If you are considering using them, please do not hesitate. They will exceed your every expectation. It doesn't matter what type of event it is they will deliver to your satisfaction! And my husband's favorite thing of all?! She was able to secure permits for professional fireworks during our first dance. It was a magical night that will forever be a night to remember. Thank you, Daniela and team!!!!!!
Cata & John
“Our Wedding was great! Getting married in Cartagena was a dream!! and it is with great pleasure that Juliana and I recommend “Caribe Cordial Weddings”. We would like to thank them (Juan Camilo & Daniela) for transforming a stressful process into one that Juliana and I were able to enjoy. As we entered into the wedding planning process, we had so many questions: What venue should we use? What type of food should we have? Who should we hire for music? How will we entertain roughly 100 people (most of which were traveling from the United States). However, Juan Camilo, from the very beginning, made it his mission to make this a wonderful experience. Communication was constant via email, phone and/or Skype. We spent hours at a time planning every detail for our day. Juan Camillo and Daniella were so personable, professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly trust worthy. It is a daunting task to try to plan a wedding from another continent, but they were true rock stars! Not only did they make planning easy and enjoyable, but we are still receiving feedback from our guests about how great our event was. We echo these sentiments as well. The entire trip that Caribe Cordial helped us coordinate included a: Day excursion by boat to an island resort near playa blanca, “White Night” cocktail social the night before the wedding, and the main event itself. Every detail was perfect. Their service was impeccable, and we cannot express our gratitude enough. Along the way they provided a thorough accounting of all expenses on a regular basis. This helped ensure we stayed within our budget. We now consider Juan Comillo and Daniela dear friends and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get married in Cartagena (especially if you are from the United States).”
Juliana & Adam
“Planning a destination wedding is never easy. I work in the entertainment industry, so I know the demands of event planning and I wanted someone who I could fully trust on such a special day for my husband and I – and for our families. Daniela from Caribe Cordial Weddings was my saving grace. I would tell her what I envisioned, and she would somehow make it all happen. At times, she would make suggestions that far exceeded what I could even imagine. She was patient and kind and so incredibly helpful. We planned events from Thursday – Saturday and she was there every step of the way. Everything she did to help was amazing. On the big day, I didn’t worry about a thing. She had everything under control. She was organized and focused, and her staff made me feel calm and collected. I never once worried about a thing, and I can’t imagine a better gift than that on your big day. At one point, she even took off bobby pins from her hair to make sure that my hair piece would stay fit in mine. It’s that kind of attention and selflessness that you want from your wedding planner. One of the biggest thank yous I owe Daniela and her team (apart from making me look gorgeous and my wedding a dream come true) was the recommendation of my photographer who I’m still obsessed with. He captured out day so incredibly perfectly. He was patient and kind and didn’t make us feel like we were forcing the pictures. He caught our love and authenticity at the very core. I’m so thankful to Daniela and our photographer for making sure that I have lifelong memories of such a wonderful day.”
Melanie & David
“Planning a dream wedding is no piece of cake but when you have the best wedding planner who works her magic to make your day The Best Day Ever it just makes the planning process run smoothly and can actually fun. We hired Caribe Cordial to coordinate our wedding and worked directly with Daniela Lopera who all I can say, is a wonderful human being with a beautiful soul. Her expertise and attention to detail was invaluable to us. Since day one Daniela would always greet us with her warm yet, energetic poise that always helped alleviate any uncertainties and doubts we ever had. It’s so funny because I remember there were times (especially the last couple of months leading up to the wedding) that my husband and I would have a laundry list of questions for Daniela and before our Skype phone call we would feel completely stressed and apprehensive but after speaking to her we would both laugh at how silly we were to doubt her because she always had it down packed! Planning a destination wedding can be more stressful than having a wedding close to home because you’re dealing with vendors you’ve never heard of (other than on social media) and most if not all of the communication is dealt with via phone. There are so many moments and things I can highlight about our wedding and the entire experience but the one thing that I want to share that left us completely awestruck was the entourage of professionals that Daniela had on our wedding day. We never imagined having such a huge support team and attendants. Our guests were in complete shock and surprised to see all these beautiful girls dressed in gorgeous black gowns wearing what seemed like high- end wireless earpieces (my guests refer to them as CIA workers LOL, this is how professional they looked) in order to communicate with each other including the photographers to make sure everything was running smoothly and in a timely manner. Daniela also assigned me my very own personal assistant who was this beautiful girl named Juvissa whom my bridal party especially my man of honor/best friend was infatuated with because of her elegance. I’ve never had a personal assistant so I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do but that didn’t matter because Juvissa was always attentive to me, asking me if I needed a drink, wanted to retouch my lipstick (which she carried in her pocket throughout the entire reception) and even helped me get into my second dress. Now, I know that the bride is usually the one getting pampered and having all these amenities but my husband got special treatment too; he was assigned his own personal waiter who made sure his glass was always full with his favorite scotch and fresh ice cubes, my husband is a simple man, as long as he has a drink in his hand he’s happy. Meanwhile, Daniela was behind the scenes making sure everything was running smoothly at the bar, with the food, servers, music, lighting, the protocol of events etc. Not only did Daniela take care of everything the day of the wedding but we had several events such as welcome cocktail and rehearsal dinner that same week that Daniela helped coordinate including a post wedding tour to the Islas Del Rosario on Saturday. It might be difficult for some brides to say they had the “perfect wedding” because sometimes things don’t go as planned but I can honestly say my wedding was pure PERFECTION and all thanks to Caribe Cordial.”