6 Destination Wedding Ideas from Engage!17: Nizuc

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We’re back with more amazing destination wedding ideas from Engage!17: Nizuc in Cancun, Mexico. If you’re hosting a destination wedding in Mexico (or anywhere really), we’ve got some incredible new ideas to dazzle your guests and celebrate in style! The talented team of international event professionals that came together to make this week happen shared with us the best of the best available to couples and we’re bringing a few of those fabulous ideas to you!

1. To start, I’m absolutely obsessed with this mini metallic pinatas that were filled with party favors for us after a fiesta. Such a fun idea! The pinatas were heart shaped, fitting for a wedding, but you could opt for a more personal theme and shape too. Fill them with small hangover essentials, local candies, or anything that your guests might enjoy (even a cocktail kit) and the kid in each of them will be delighted to get this party favor, just like I was!

2. You’ve heard us say time and time again that we love it when couples infuse the destination into their big day and that was no different at Engage. As guests arrived to the posh property, Nizuc Resort & Spa, we were greeted with a mezcal tasting to try some of the local flavors of the region and kick off the week with a celebratory cocktail (while learning about it too, of course). When a wedding weekend starts like this, you know you’re in for a good time ahead.

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3. Engage also brought out the personal details throughout the parties – in the form of custom decals! From staircase logos to decals on the restroom mirrors, every opportunity to share their message was used in a fun, playful and surprising way with something as simple and affordable as a temporary decal. Try it!

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4. The entertainment at Engage is also something spectacular to see. If you’re having a pool party for your welcome party or post-wedding brunch, consider dancers like these and synchronized swimmers. For those of us that were simply enjoying the sun and not the swim, it was so fun to have a show to watch throughout. Plus these incredible dancers (from Elan Artists) certainly encouraged guests to get into the pool and make a splash at this party!

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5. I love it when guests are asked to dress in theme, though sometimes for the actual wedding that can be a bit much. This particular party was not a wedding, but a Dia de los Muertos themed pre-party where guests dressed the part, but so did the entertainment. Consider dressing entertainers as over-the-top guests and everyone will have something to talk about!

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6. When hosting a beach wedding party what’s better than a form of entertainment you can really only enjoy outdoors!? At this fete, Elan Artists incorporated fire dancers from afar so we were safe from the heat but close to the action on the sand. This is a great way to entertain your guests during dinner or lead them to a post-wedding bonfire!

Designing a destination wedding can be a lot of fun, and with these extra ideas included, your wedding is sure to be the talk of your travelers for plenty of time to come!

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Photography: Gigi de ManioJohn Cain SargentPaul Morse PhotographyPhillip Van NostrandLaura Dee | Host: Engage Summits | Location: NIZUC Resort & Spa | Event Branding, Overall Design Creative Inspiration + Gifting Gifts for the Good Life | Decor design + Production Canteiro Weddings | Entertainment, Artistic Direction, Multi-Media + Stage Design: Élan Artists | Lighting, Technical Production + Sound JSAV Mexico | Graphic Designer + Show Director Trisha Hay | Attendee Guide, Name Tags, Agendas + Menus: Two Paperdolls | Custom Linen Nuage Designs, Inc. | Transportation Maritur DMC | Official Event App Appy Couple | Travel Assistance The Travel Siblings | Video: Cloudless Weddings

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Wedding Luncheon in Cancun, Mexico

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Today is the day! If you’re a wedding professional in the luxury or destination space, drop what you’re doing and head over to Engage Summits – stat! This week we’ve been sharing our experience at the recent wedding business summit, Engage!17: Nizuc and today is the day that registration opens for the next four events – all in 2018. They sell out fast so don’t miss out on booking your reservation today! The conferences are meant for wedding professionals (sorry brides and grooms!) and they are invaluable to our businesses. You’ll learn, connect, get inspired, and see amazing ideas like this lunch party we’re sharing today. The design, decor, entertainment and even food ideas we see at Engage tend to set the trends for the following year so today, check out this post-wedding brunch-worthy luncheon we attended for plenty of casual tropical wedding ideas and so much more.

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This pretty pink and green party was created by the local Cancun destination wedding experts and production team at Canteiro Weddings, who designed floral centerpieces complete with fresh fruit and provided all the rentals to match flawlessly. And these fun and festive linens from Nuage Designs finished the look and tied it all together seamlessly.

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A post-wedding brunch or even daytime destination wedding typically doesn’t include a big band and lots of dancing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain your guests! To coordinate with the design of the day, Elan Artists showcased their own style of dancers that encouraged a conga line without needing a dance floor to get the party started! Engage did a fantastic job of keeping this day event relaxed yet still festive, the perfect combination if you’re designing your day-after wedding fete.

Stay tuned for more from Engage!17: Nizuc tomorrow when we showcase the best destination wedding ideas from the week. And don’t forget, if you’re a wedding professional, sign up today for 2018 before it’s too late! We hope to see you there!

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Photography: Gigi de ManioJohn Cain SargentPaul Morse PhotographyPhillip Van NostrandLaura Dee | Host: Engage Summits | Location: NIZUC Resort & Spa | Event Branding, Overall Design Creative Inspiration + Gifting Gifts for the Good Life | Decor design + Production Canteiro Weddings | Entertainment, Artistic Direction, Multi-Media + Stage Design: Élan Artists | Lighting, Technical Production + Sound JSAV Mexico | Graphic Designer + Show Director Trisha Hay | Attendee Guide, Name Tags, Agendas + Menus: Two Paperdolls | Custom Linen Nuage Designs, Inc. | Transportation Maritur DMC | Official Event App Appy Couple | Travel Assistance The Travel Siblings | Video: Cloudless Weddings

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Destination Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas from Engage!17

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If you’re wondering what to get your guests when they arrive at your destination wedding or how to say thanks with a thoughtful and creative wedding favor, then this story is for you! We’re sharing more destination wedding ideas from our recent stay at Engage!17: Nizuc where they gifted us with the most amazing and super creative destination wedding goodies.

It’s customary to give guests at a destination wedding some sort of welcome amenity, in the form of a gift bag, a special treat or even just a personal note thanking them for their travel and time. But if you want to go a little bit bigger than that, the sky is the limit! You can theme your gifts to the location, the activities they plan to partake in and of course the wedding day palette or motif too. For the Engage event in Cancun, Gifts for the Good Life created the swag we received and presented it in a shopping format so each guest got exactly what we wanted as we filled our welcome bags. How fun for the entire family!

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During the “shopping” experience there was even a mezcal tasting to get the party started. Anything that reflects the destination is an ideal way to welcome your loved ones.

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The goodies we got were functional and fashionable – everything from a wrap to keep warm in the evening and sun protects to enjoy on the beach.

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The actual welcome bag itself was even sourced to reflect the setting of Mexico! The hangover kits we received matched the theme of the party the evening before and all the items were branded with the logo of the event and elements that showcased the best of Cancun.

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You certainly don’t have to give as many gifts as we were lucky enough to enjoy; even a small token of appreciate goes a long way. But consider the culture, the destination, and even your wedding palette to show your guests you went that extra mile to make their experience as incredible as possible. They’ll thank you for the thank you!

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Photography: Gigi de ManioJohn Cain SargentPaul Morse PhotographyPhillip Van NostrandLaura Dee | Host: Engage Summits | Location: NIZUC Resort & Spa | Event Branding, Overall Design Creative Inspiration + Gifting Gifts for the Good Life | Decor design + Production Canteiro Weddings | Entertainment, Artistic Direction, Multi-Media + Stage Design: Élan Artists | Lighting, Technical Production + Sound JSAV Mexico | Graphic Designer + Show Director Trisha Hay | Attendee Guide, Name Tags, Agendas + Menus: Two Paperdolls | Custom Linen Nuage Designs, Inc. | Transportation Maritur DMC | Official Event App Appy Couple | Travel Assistance The Travel Siblings | Video: Cloudless Weddings

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The Perfect Beach Wedding Welcome Party

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We’re back with more amazing destination wedding inspiration from the recent Engage Summit. This one took place in Cancun, Mexico at the modern and oh-so special Nizuc Resort & Spa. Engage!17: Nizuc is a conference unlike any other, designed for event professionals to gain insights into our businesses but also to get new ideas to take back to couples like you.

Nizuc is nestled on two picture-perfect beaches so it was only fitting that the week kicked off with a beach party that would have made the most amazing wedding welcome party in Mexico too.

The look was created by local floral, production and rental masters, Canteiro Weddings, who custom built the furniture, designed the floral and even created this massive tequila bar in theme for the night.

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The look was all white (with hints of gold) which I love for a welcome party or rehearsal dinner. In this case the guests didn’t dress in all white, it was fiesta themed for us, but even an entirely white dress code can be fun while the bride and/or groom dresses in a color of their choosing that pops against the neutral palette.

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One of my favorite details of this beach wedding party were these metallic pinatas as part of the decor! We didn’t actually break into them but they reflected the location and the look of the party with perfection.

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This tequila bar built by Canteiro Weddings was the hit of the party! What better way to get your Mexico destination wedding started than with a little tequila or mezcal tasting served up at a bar in theme with the cocktails?!

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But the theme of this party wasn’t just carried out by the cocktails, even the entertainment by Elan Artists paid tribute to the culture surrounding us – a great way to show your guests what you love about the region you pick for your destination wedding.

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And what beach party would be complete without the magic of fireworks to finish off the night?! Engage always finds ways to surprise and dazzle their guests and these fireworks certainly did that for me! A great way to end the evening!

Stay tuned for more amazing destination wedding ideas to come in the following days with new trends, themes, ideas and even swag for your destination wedding guests all from our week at Engage!17: Nizuc.

And for the wedding professionals out there, registration opens this week for the next four events in 2018. The summits sell out fast so mark your calendars and make sure to be a part of the party this year!

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Photography: Gigi de ManioJohn Cain SargentPaul Morse PhotographyPhillip Van NostrandLaura Dee | Host: Engage Summits | Location: NIZUC Resort & Spa | Event Branding, Overall Design Creative Inspiration + Gifting Gifts for the Good Life | Decor design + Production Canteiro Weddings | Entertainment, Artistic Direction, Multi-Media + Stage Design: Élan Artists | Lighting, Technical Production + Sound JSAV Mexico | Graphic Designer + Show Director Trisha Hay | Attendee Guide, Name Tags, Agendas + Menus: Two Paperdolls | Custom Linen Nuage Designs, Inc. | Transportation Maritur DMC | Official Event App Appy Couple | Travel Assistance The Travel Siblings | Video: Cloudless Weddings

 

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Getting Married in Venice, Italy

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As we wrap up our coverage of our week in Italy at the amazing Engage!17: Italy event, we thought we’d share a little swag to send you into your weekend. Each time Engage takes place, guests are greeted and gifted with goodies beyond any simple wedding favor (these gifts require extra luggage home!). And our trip to Venice was no different. Gifts for the Good Life concepts the swag bags in theme with the destination, just like a destination wedding welcome bag would be, and so our treats were not only Italy inspired but delicious, fashionable and of course, fabulous. Take a look at some wonderful wedding favor and welcome bag inspiration from our trip to Engage Italy!

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And if this red party and this colorful gala weren’t inspiration enough to make you want to wed in Italy, we’ve got a few of our favorite Venice photos from the trip to entice you too!

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If you’re in the wedding industry and want to be wowed in an experience unlike anything else, registration for the next four Engage Summits opens next week, Jan. 18th, 2018. Spots sell out fast so be sure to mark your calendars. The events take place all around the world with the best in the business featured and represented and all of it is created and led by these two incredible ladies below, Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts. If it matters to the world of weddings, they know about it and share it with all of us so that we can better our businesses for couples, each and every single year. We hope to see you at Engage in 2018. You won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure!

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Event Team: Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio + John Cain Photography | Hosts: Engage Summits | Gifts: Gifts for the Good Life, Paper Design: Two Paper Dolls, Location: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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