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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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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A Mexican Fiesta Wedding You’ll Want to Celebrate At!

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If you’re entertaining the idea of a destination wedding in Mexico, then this story is for you!  On a trip in 2017 to one of my favorite properties in the world, Rosewood Mayakoba, I got to experience a Mexican fiesta rivaled by no other!  The colors, the cocktails, the food carts around the garden, the live mariachi music and the churros, oh the fresh churros!!  This dinner was to-die-for!  And the decor was perfection.  For colorful wedding inspiration, consider a fiesta outdoors among the stars like this one at the famed Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Whether you opt for the idea to be used as a rehearsal dinner or the big day, your guests will love the cultural experience you give them and the celebration that is sure to follow when arriving at a place as decked out as this!

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Events & Weddings in Cancun are credited with these fantastic bars and event accessories that really make a destination wedding in Mexico FUN!  How about a tequila and mezcal tasting during your cocktail hour?  Learn about the local flavors while you delight on the taste!

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Our dinner was under the stars and twinkle lights and was filled with vibrant orchids and flags overhead. Incredibly talented (and equally as kind), local floral designer Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design set the stage for this evening with her beautiful bright pops of color and details throughout.  One of my favorite things about a wedding in Riviera Maya are all the amazing professional talents in the region.  If you wed in Riviera Maya, you will not be disappointed by the beauty your team can create (like this!).

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As guests went from station to station, trying fresh tortillas and churros too, mariachis serenaded us with oodles of fanfare.

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Will you throw a fiesta at your destination wedding in Mexico?  After attending one as fun as this, we sure hope so!

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Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Location + Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba, Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design, Furniture, Rentals + Bars: Events & Weddings

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A Wedding Event with a Sign that Says it All

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This event was actually not a real wedding, but a wedding event for event professionals to get a sense of a special property and all the design ideas that could be dreamed up here! Last year we got to spend some time in Rancho Santa Fe (North County San Diego, CA) at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, where these decor trends dazzled us, especially the sign!  If you’re looking for a domestic destination wedding location and some design inspiration in a city where it’s almost always sunny, then be sure to stop and see The Inn and you’ll discover a little hidden magic in this Southern California spot.

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Event Vendors: Location: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Planner: Kelsey Rae Designs, Floral: Isari Floral Studios, Paper Goods: Brightly Designed, Photography: Brian Leahy Photography, Videography: Anthology Films, Decor Rentals: Jake Duke Studios, Music: Brian Stodart, Linens: Wildflower Linen, Bar: Wiens Family Cellars, Dessert Bar: Mallow Mallow, Marquee: My Marquee SD, Gifts: Gaspara Flora, Desserts: Kuba Kreations, Menswear: Friar Tux Shop, Other: Aisle Planner

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