Our tropical wedding at the Canciones del Mar
exceeded our every expectation. We had 38 guests who were also amazed at the
absolute beauty, organization and atmosphere of the sunset beach ceremony and
tropical garden reception.
The planning process itself went more smoothly
than we had imagined. Of course planning a wedding in another country and trusting
in the process is not the easiest of tasks. Our initial negative experiences
with other Costa Rican wedding specialists left us in doubt and very anxious
about our dream wedding. With peter and the staff of the Canciones del Mar our
experience became a successful one.
We were able to make well- informed decisions
during the planning process because of constant communication, a wealth of information
and honest dialogue. By the time we actually arrived in Jaco there was little
left to arrange, with the exception of sorting through the enormous variety
and combinations of tropical flowers available for the wedding. Having no worries
we were able to enjoy several sunny days with our friends and families prior
to the big day, time we were able to enjoy with them on the river, on the beach,
in the waves and in Jaco.
Our ceremony was performed on the beach before
sunset during high tide. With the waves pounding to our backs and the palms
stirring above us the amazing qualities of Costa Rica were in attendance. We
can add that there were multiple possibilities for ceremony location and we
had a difficult time deciding between the beach, the palms and the garden. The
Canciones del Mar is perfectly situated for sunset photos and we took full advantage
of the evening colors and settings available on the beach, among palms and in
the gardens of the hotel. We had scouted out some locations out of town, but
found the efforts a waste since there was so much beauty near the hotel. Several
of our guests actually hit the waves during our photo session while others watched,
The reception was a true tropical party. Our
food selection was anchored by Costa Rican fruits and fish and enriched by a
flare of European cuisine influenced by the staff. We had both a mariachi band(for
the ceremony) and a five-piece salsa band (for dancing) that set the atmosphere
. Salsa moves were put on display that evening as everyone had a go on the dance
floor. Draped with the abundance of flowers and growing darkness of the evening
the party settled under the open tents we had selected. Rain eventually arrived
at about 1AM, but as a welcome guest as by that time many of the guests were
enjoying the swimming pool or sipping cocktails under the tents. A very active
lightning storm added a wonderful finishing touch and left us in awe of the
natural beauty of Costa Rica.
We offer a whole-hearted recommendation of the
Canciones del Mar to those seeking a destination wedding on the beaches of Costa
Rica. A gracious tank you peter and the staff of the Canciones del Mar-Charles
and Francesca Henley, New York City , 2002.
We have organized already two weddings right in front of our Hotel, right at the beach.
We would like to thank Jean Michael and Marina Landry and Heather and Kenny Miller, who used our facilities.
We have also rented out the whole hotel several times by big family
reunions or anniversaries or special occasions and we think we have the
perfect place for you if you want to be in a private setting with only
your familiy or friends since the hotel is very private and small
enough to have the whole hotel for yourselves.