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Tropical + Elegant Mexico Beach Wedding

What better reason to escape the bitter cold of winter than with a destination wedding south of the border in sunny Cancun? With a gorgeous Katie May wedding dress from Lovely Bride, beautiful ‘maids in pastel yellow Donna Morgan, a dreamy ceremony on the beach and close family and friends, this wedding wasn’t just a beautiful day—it was a beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Escape to Mexico with Meg Miller Photography here.

 

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From The Bride…Shortly after our incredible engagement in Central Park, Justin and I both agreed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. What better place to get married in February than under the Mexican sun surrounded by our closest family and friends?! We are both from different states, so we loved the idea of having our families and friends all able to meet and spend a weekend together.

Shortly after, we chose our destination – the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort just north of Cancun. The Excellence was fabulous and really exceeded our expectations. Not only was the resort beautiful and fun, the staff was also stellar. Andrea Munguia made the wedding planning process effortless and really enjoyable.

Choosing our photographer was an easy choice for us. We are in love with Meg of Meg Miller Photography’s work, for us, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our wedding photos! Not only is Meg a lot of fun and wonderful to work with, she is also such a talented photographer. She did a fantastic job and we’re so happy that we will forever have these photos to cherish.

Ultimately, we were very pleased with our decision to have a destination wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time.

Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Excellence Playa Mujeres | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride Tribeca | Bride's Veil: BHLDN | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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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!

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10 TIPS FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING

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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Cultural Cancun Destination Wedding Part II

One colorful soiree wrapped up in cultural meaning is a surefire way to get our hearts racing. But, add in the fact that this is only the second installment of this stunning affair and you’ve captivated our hearts and minds. With beautiful blooms by Canteiro, every snap from Heather Waraksa is a pretty pop of color within one show-stopping Mehndi party. See it all here!

Sunsets, sandy toes and stunning pops of color, this is our idea of the perfect fete. Winning the award for impressive color combinations, this darling pair celebrated their upcoming nuptials with crafted cocktails and plenty of Planner 1 Events blooms. Heather Waraksa was behind the lens capturing every minute to share including their wedding (up next!).

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From the beautiful Bride… During the holiday break in December, I went to India with Sam and his family to buy all of our Indian outfits for the wedding. We practically went to every single shop in Delhi and Chandigarh. There we spent as much time shopping for the accompanying jewelry as on the outfits. It was a lot of fun, but very intense. Luckily Sam’s aunt and cousin had already done the legwork of finding the best shops for us to visit, so we were able to get all the shopping done in under a week, which I’ve been told is miraculous. I had also wanted to wear a white dress in addition to all the indian outfits, and I shopped around for quite a while. I ended up with one from J.Crew because it was just the right amount of simple and understated elegance for me.

In India, Sam got his friends kurtas (traditional indian long shirt & pants) and I got my friends handprinted Indian scarfs. We wanted our friends to have something Indian they could wear if they wanted to for the Sikh ceremony and the Mendhi. We had fun picking out the colors for each of our friends. We also got a lot of bangles and bindis for women at the Mendhi. It was inspired by tradition and was all so very colorful, celebratory and playful.

Because we were hosting an entire weekend, we had a total of six events. When asked if we had a favorite, I honestly can say that we have been debating the answer to this exact question with family since the wedding. I just can’t pick one! I absolutely loved all of them.

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Videography: Mike Cantarell Films | Event Design & Planning: AaB Creates | Floral Design: Canteiro | Hair & Makeup: Alexandre Corbanezi | DJ: DJ NVM | Transportation : Mayan Hospitality | 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: Canteiro | Speciality Linens: BBJ Linen

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