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Cultural Cancun Destination Wedding Part III

From the warm welcome to every fabulous festivity, Heather Waraksa has whisked us away to witness one culturally stunning fete. And now m’dears, it’s time to see the wedding that followed. A bright and festive bash graced with Planner 1 Events blooms, it’s the ultimate celebration. A dreamy day perfectly planned by AaB Creates, we’ve got the insider scoop on how to plan YOUR destination affair below!

From AaB CreatesFrom an event designer’s perspective, Linda and Sam’s wedding was a dream, because we got to play around with so many looks, all of which worked so well on the property at Nizuc. We were able to create really bright and festive Indian-inspired Mehndi party that fit with the lounge vibe of the location we had selected for the event. Then, literally just a few hours later, at the Rehearsal Dinner all of our decor was Mexican inspired. People often think super casual when they think “Mexican Inspired”, but the location, as well as our couple, were so chic, we wanted to make it feel fun and traditional, but also stylish.

We went with a colorful Otomi theme, which is a traditional design native to Mexico that is so graphic and fresh, it felt modern despite it’s timelessness. The next day we toggled between more traditional decor for the Sikh Anand Karaj (wedding ceremony) and luncheon and then got to have a fun, contemporary glam moment for the dinner and dance party later that night. From a planner’s prospective, we were really grateful that we take a team approach here, because while planning a weekend of events from afar isn’t unusual for us, we were incorporating a lot traditional Indian and Sikh elements while planning a wedding in Mexico from a home base of New York. Luckily we had great vendor partners in Cancun!


A destination “I do” offers a ton of possibilities for making lasting memories that extend well past the traditional 5 hour wedding reception, but let’s me honest – it can also mean a LOT of extra work. Here are some must-read tips from AaB Creates for planning (and enjoying) the entire destination wedding experience.

TIP #1: Hire A Coordinator

If your friends and family are flying in from around the globe, you don’t want to spend your whole weekend answering questions from vendors! Build into your budget having a coordinator.

TIP #2: Don’t Equate Vendor Response Time with How Good/Bad Your Wedding Will Be

This is particularly true if you are planning a wedding internationally- vendors just don’t have the same response times that you might expect back at home (especially if you live in a big, fast paced urban center). Your venue might take a day or two to respond to an email (maybe more), you might not get an immediate response from your DJ when you send a song list. This is often par for the course for planning a wedding abroad. This isn’t an indication of how things will go when your wedding weekend actually arrives, so you shouldn’t stress about it too much.

TIP #3: If You Bring in Vendors from Elsewhere, Remember you Need to Accommodate Them

If you love an amazing photographer or a florist or an event planner in your area where you live, or anywhere in the world, really, by all means hire them for your destination wedding, but remember you are also responsible for getting them to and from the destination and also housing them, so budget for it. It can be tempting to “save” in this area, but do so within reason, because remember your vendors still have a job to do and you want them to be in the best state of mind to do so. No one is expecting to fly first class or get a presidential suite, but it is important to clarify in writing before hand what travel and lodging requirements they do have.

TIP #4: A Wedding Website is a Must!

We love paper, we really truly do, but at a destination wedding, websites can be clutch for guests’ experience. You have no shortage of space and can update it easily, so you can fill people in on all sorts of details as you get them hammered out. So you can elaborate on dress code for each event and fill people in on all that there is to do in and around your destination. If you have a URL that’s easy to remember, your guests will always know where to look for info as they are shopping, packing and on site for all of your weekend events.

TIP #5: Arrive a few days before everyone else!

At a destination wedding, the couple hosting the weekend definitely sets the tone for the rest of the guests, so if you can get there a day or two before your guests are set to arrive, you will be chill, relaxed and in “party” mode. Your guests will immediately pick up on your vibe and be ready to get the party started!

TIP #6: Be sure to BRAND your weekend!

Even if you are going paperless with your destination wedding, working with a designer to come up with some “branding” for your weekend will make personalization of all your events a lot easier (and cheaper) in the long run! You have so many opportunities to infuse your personal style with so many events, having a cohesive graphic scheme will make tying them all together easier.

TIP #7: Avoid the Pressure to Over-host

If you are taking people away for a whole weekend, you will probably decide to host more than one event. Decide which events feel the best to you and also fit into your budget and stop revisiting it. It can be tempting once the RSVP’s start rolling in to feel “pressured” to add more hosted meals or activities, but it’s self-imposed pressure. Guests may choose to arrive earlier than you expected or stay days afterwards, but you shouldn’t feel that anyone expects you to host more events than what you indicate on the invitation.

TIP #8: Consider a Well Chosen Welcome Gift vs. a Welcome Bag

It’s super lovely to have something waiting for all of your guests when they arrive at your destination, but a snack laden tote bag isn’t necessarily the only answer. An awesome bottle of wine and a hand written note, or a keepsake present that might be local to your destination can send the message of “welcome, I’m happy you are here.” without the hassle of assembling bags or giving guests useless amenities.

TIP #9: Plan a Daytime Activity

One of the benefits of having a destination wedding is all the extra time that you get with your friends and family. Take advantage of it and make one of your events a day-time activity. Maybe it’s an excursion, or even just an organized afternoon of lounging and snacks by the pool, daytime fun adds an extra dimension to a wedding weekend.

TIP #10: Don’t be too Matchy-matchy

While you might love everything having a cohesive feel, having more than one event can be an opportunity to have 2 or 3 (or more!) different style parties! Have fun with the opportunity and don’t be afraid to make one event totally modern and fun and another more romantic, or have the night before be super casual and the next day be more formal. Diversity is the spice of life!

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Floral Design: Planner 1 Events | Hair & Makeup: Alexandre Corbanezi | DJ: DJ NVM | Transportation : Mayan Hospitality | Event Design & Planning: AaB Creates | Fireworks: Special Events Mexico | Live Entertainment: Visuddha Entertainment | Mendhi: Veronica De La Paz | Paper Goods + Accessories : Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Booth: La Cabina Smile Booth | Rentals: Planner 1 Events | Speciality Linens: BBJ Linen

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Perfect Celebrations With Pristine Weddings & Events

It’s true: planning a destination wedding can be daunting.  But with the help of Pristine Weddings & Events, your Mexican soiree will be everything you have ever dreamed of… and more.  Think a talented team of planners that really understands you and your vision, and will work tirelessly to make that vision a reality.  All YOU have to do is kick back and relax with your toes in the sand.

Your wedding should be the most amazing day of your life, which is why the team at Pristine Weddings & Events will handle every last moment with their more than perfect planning skills.  From your ceremony to your reception to that ever-daunting budget, not a single detail will be overlooked.  Even better?  They’ll walk with you throughout the entire process, supporting you and offering you guidance on those hard to reach choices.  That’s what happens when you hire a planner that is completely committed to making this the happiest day of your life - an awesome affair that runs seamlessly; saving you time, money and stress along the way.  Believe me, loves, you’ll never regret saying “I do” against a gorgeous Mexican backdrop, especially with the team at Pristine Weddings & Events on hand to make sure it’s all caps PERFECT.

Be sure to head over to the Pristine Weddings & Events’ website for even more details on planning that spectacular destination wedding!


Destination Wedding at Dreams Los Cabos

Escaping to tropical paradise with the one you love is as good as it gets. Unless, of course, it involves a wedding celebration with all your dearest friends and family at Dreams Los Cabos. Then it’s EVEN better. That’s exactly how Howard and Suzanne planned their destination nuptials, and thanks to Florenta Flower DesignHana Chung Photography and a team of dream vendors, the day turned out to be one for the books.

Beach Resort

From the Bride… Howard’s favorite color is turquoise and as a child I always loved the color orange. So when we decided to get married in Cabo, I thought the perfect color scheme for our wedding would be a seafoam green with a coral accent to go with the desert and the sea. After finding my dress, I knew I wanted a romantic vintage wedding filled with lace, roses and candle lights.

We choose to have a destination wedding in Cabo because of its surreal, crystal clear beaches and pure romance. Cabo gave us an excuse to celebrate our marriage over an extended vacation with our closest family and friends. Dreams Los Cabos made our wedding extra special by helping us host a welcome bonfire the night before our wedding and a Mexican themed night consisting of dancers and a mariachi band the night after our wedding.

One of the highlights from our wedding happened days later when we decided to do our own version of “trash the dress” by going horseback riding in our wedding attire. Cabo was a beautiful destination! We are so grateful to Dreams Los Cabos and all the vendors who made our wedding day one we will never forget.

Photography: Hana Chung Photography | Videographer: Jorge Ibarra | Floral Design: Florenta Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lauren Conrad | Venue: Dreams Los Cabos | Hair + Makeup: Arriana Mendoza | Photography - Assistance: Pixan Photography

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Tropical Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding

Give me a tropical escape to paradise and I’ll be one very happy blogger. But when that escape just so happens to be set at the amazing Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta? Let’s just say it takes everything I have not to pack up and book a vacay for myself. Shot by Melissa Green it’s the destination wedding at its prettiest, and you can see if all for yourself in the gallery right here.


This beautiful destination wedding took place at Dreams Villamagna in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tony and Julia were the most stunning of couples and had impeccable taste in style, music, friends, and wedding locations! Tony being from Canada and Julia from New Zealand, guests were coming from all parts of the world.

Dreams Villamagna fit Tony & Julia’s destination wedding dream perfectly, providing beautiful landscaping, surrounded by palm trees and pools leading to the ocean. The resort was mostly white with orange and green accents, which gave many options for portrait scouting. And the beach was simply beautiful and perfect.

Dreams Villamagna provided the flowers and cake. Tony & Julia decided on everything else from the wedding colors to the centerpieces to the music played throughout the ceremony and reception.

This destination wedding was exquisite and with just the right amount of Mexican flare and touches to bring all the foreigners together, made this wedding a one of a kind.

Photography: Melissa Green | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo "Mocha" | Bridesmaids Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | Grooms Attire: J Crew | Wedding Venue: Gohan Sky Bar At Dreams Villamagna | Bride's Engagement & Wedding Rings: Blue Nile | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Dreams Spa | Bridesmaid's Necklaces: Gem Passion Jewelry | Catering/Cake: Dreams Resort | Flower Bouquets: Dreams Resorts | Groom's Ring: Wedgewood Rings | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Hair Comb: David's Bridal | Veil: Under The Veil | Wedding Dress - Belt: Davie And Chiyo

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