Colorful Beach Indian Wedding in Cancun

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Today’s destination wedding was actually several days of activities for bride and groom, Mike and Sweta, who celebrated with loved ones at Moon Palace Resort and Spa.  The bride shared their story with us.

“Mike had his heart set on a destination wedding from the very beginning, I was apprehensive as I wanted to have a full Indian wedding. We started looking into the Caribbean as there is a large Indian population there so we thought there would be a lot of great resources for us. We eventually consulted with a destination wedding planner that specializes in South Asian weddings, we were given a list of resorts in Mexico to look into. We picked Moon Palace Resort and Spa because it is a beautiful resort with high end amenities. They also have great wedding packages, an experienced wedding department, and all of the resources to host an Indian wedding. They also gave us a great deal on our room blocks.” 

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“On Friday afternoon, the henna artists, Veronica De La Paz (also a preferred vendor of Moon Palace), came to the resort to apply mendhi (henna) to my hands and feet as well as for my bridesmaids and close family (mothers, grandmothers). It was a fun-filled afternoon hanging out with all of them and enjoying the mini-bar in the room. Friday night, we had our first event, our welcome event which was on a terrace next to the beach. This event was casual, a way for guests to come meet us and meet the other guests. We also had welcome bags for our guests with personalized stadium cups, room key holders, 5-hr energy, itinerary for the weekend, etc. which we gave out at this event. We had our cocktail hour and dinner.”

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“Saturday night was the henna party on the beach, for guests to do their henna. The henna artist from Veronica De La Paz was there. JSAV was also present to provide the sound system and lighting for the beach. For this event, our DJ made a beach party playlist for us to play, which worked out really well. Decor was completed by Zuniga, a preferred vendor. Our family and friends were up and dancing in no time!” 

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“Sunday of course was wedding day! The priest was a Hindu priest that we got in touch with through the resort, he did an excellent job keeping In touch with us prior to the wedding to make sure he knew what we wanted. Indian ceremonies can vary  from region to region. After the ceremony we served an Indian lunch.”

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One of the bride’s favorite moments?  “Our first look, this was not something we had planned to do, but I’m so glad we did!”

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“I was able to watch mikes procession from the room I was getting ready in, which was an amazing surprise, usually the bride doesn’t get to see that.” 

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 “That night was the reception for which the decor was done by Zuniga, sound and lighting by JSAV, and music by Shaadi Entertainment (from Chicago).”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design

Wedding Vendors: Clothes: We did all of our wedding shopping in Mumbai, India from Paaneri, Jewelry: Various jewelry stores in India, Entertainment: DJ Krush and dhol player / Shaadi Entertainment, Hair + Makeup: Styling Trio, Music + Lighting: JSAV, Henna: Veronica de la Paz, Decorations: Zuniga, Location: Moon Palace Resort and Spa

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Luxury Resort for a Destination Wedding in Cancun, Mexico

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Recently I had the pleasure of touching down at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach located in Cancun, Mexico, just a quick flight from the US. Cancun is known to be the perfect place to celebrate – beautiful white sands and crystal blue Caribbean waters, a quick trip from the airport and from most US cities, an easy transition into a foreign country where most people in the hotel zone speak English, and of course the amazing hospitality (and food!) of the Mexican culture. And that hospitality truly shines at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.

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Perfect for a destination wedding, they’ve got everything your group could need. For starters, if you want an a la carte dinning option, you’ll find several delicious restaurants (some, like La Joya, with entertainment like mariachi in the evening), but you’ll also have the option of all-inclusive for your guests. So no matter what kind of experience your family and friends expect, they’ve got it for all kinds of travelers…in style. The five-diamond property has over 600 suites and plenty of party space (think wedding ceremony on the sand, cocktails on a deck just steps above, and a reception in several spots – like right back on the beach!). For weddings up to 600 people, they’ve got you covered. But the resort also has ideal intimate wedding options too! I recommend renting the presidential suit and entertaining on the expansive rooftop deck, complete with full size swimming pool and jacuzzi. A great option for a rehearsal dinner, post-brunch, or even a wedding reception with views of the city and sea from high above!

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach has it all. Like one amazing spa!!! The Coral Beach Gem Spa is something you do not want to miss during your visit. Unwind after the big day or de-stress before you say “I do” with an indulgent couples massage and hydrotherapy treatment for two. A must do!

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Then when you emerge an even more blushing bride-to-be than before, you just might return to your suite to find a warm bath drawn and rose petals surrounding your space for a special occasion.

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The wedding team at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, and the entire staff on property are spectacular! Few places put as much love, heart, and personal attention into your experience, as if it was there own. The Romance and Celebrations Expert, Silvia Gutierrez, is a dream come true, and will not rest until your wedding is just as you imagined it to be.  When you wed here, you know you’re in good hands.

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When you say “I do” to Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, you say hello to your new family, one that will work tirelessly to make your experience unforgettable. And I assure you, it will be. I know I’ll be back!

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All Photo Credits: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

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Formal Destination Wedding Decor: Engage!15 Nizuc

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If you’re hosting a big destination wedding or one a bit more formal than barefoot on the beach, then today’s event is for you!  This dramatic yet relaxed event at Nizuc Resort & Spa was held in Cancun, Mexico as the finale party for the wedding industry event, Engage!15: Nizuc.  Each year the last night gala showcases innovative talents and wedding ideas from the local region – this time, designed by Elena Damy.

Woven hearts could be seen throughout the ballroom, hanging from the ceiling right down to the coffee tables.  The theme was inspired by the heart of Engage, something that everyone in attendance can certainly feel.

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The color palette was very neutral and organic – whites, greens, taupes and gold that fit perfectly in the grand ballroom of this spectacular resort.

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No detail was forgotten at this party, even the chargers were etched with the menu for the meal!

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Our hostesses, Kathryn and Rebecca from Engaging Concepts and Engage!15 did a truly magical job throughout the week, like all those past!  If you’re in the luxury wedding industry, this is one educational and inspirational event you should not miss.  The best part?  The next one is at the brand new Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World!  Clear your calendar for November and don’t miss what’s to come!

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But what’s a gala without a few fun surprises right!?!  How about this surprise – Salt-N-Pepa was the secret musical act to kick off the dance party!

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Engage!15: Nizuc was such an incredible experience that I will never, ever forget and this very special gala was a great way to round out the week.  Now I’m just counting down the days until I get to go back!  Hope to see you there!

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Photography by: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio

Gala Vendors: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Vendors: Design: Elana Damy, Entertainment: Elan Artists, DJ Ray Jarrell, Escort Cards +Laser Cutwood Menu Chargers: Two Paperdolls, Event Support: Solen Group, Black Ghost Chairs + Crossback Chairs: Grupo Gama, Custom Linen: Nuage Designs, Gala Invitation: Gifts for the Good Life, Cocktail Area Lounge Seating: Archive Rentals-Mexico, Live Event Painting: Antologia

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Beach Wedding Party in Mexico: Engage!15 Nizuc

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Today and over the course of the next few days we’re going to be sharing some incredible destination wedding inspiration from the recent Engage!15: Nizuc wedding business summit where we got to see firsthand some of the best of the best in weddings in Mexico and the US.

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This spectacular beach welcome party was on the sand in front of the amazing Nizuc Resort and Spa, where the conference was held.

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Local wedding professionals in the Cancun area came together to show us what a truly fabulous fiesta is like – perfect for a destination wedding in Mexico.

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Pillows, runners, and textiles all around us were woven in this colorful motif that fit the locale perfectly and really infused the local culture into the event.

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But my favorite might have been the mariachis!

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The motif was also found on the custom bar, right next to a speciality tequila bar for guests to enjoy the local flavors.

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The bright flower colors mimicked the fabrics and helped carry the theme throughout the beach.

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There were even tiny birds telling fortunes and futures for us!

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But the most unique design element was probably the giant, lit ‘tacos’ sign in the sand, where guests stood for photo ops throughout the evening.  As the night when on and the sun went down, this became a guest favorite for sure!

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It wouldn’t be Engage without a few surprises, like fireworks at the end of the evening!  We stood on the beach and had our own private show!

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To say this party started the week off right is an understatement.  The night was incredible!  And there’s so much more to come so be sure to check back tomorrow when we show you more from the wedding industry event, Engage!15: Nizuc – with lots of destination wedding ideas ahead!

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Photography by: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio

Beach Party Vendors: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Sponsor: Mexico Tourism Board, Party Design + Decor: Canteiro Weddings, Tequila for Welcome Party: Jose Cuervo, Fireworks: Special Events Mexico/Pyrotech

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Getting Married at the Ritz Carlton Cancun

ritz carlton cancunIt’s always fun to revisit a place you have fond memories from your childhood and recently I had the opportunity to do just that.  While in Mexico to speak at the Love Mexico Weddings Conference, I got to spend some time at the Ritz Carlton Cancun.  A property on the Yucatan Peninsula where beautiful blue waters flow just outside of Downtown, the ‘U’ shaped resort encases a wonderful pool area that almost beacons you away from the beach, which is no easy task there.  The beach is as you would except in the Caribbean, clear blue water, soft white sand, plenty of space for R&R, but the waters are a bit rougher than you might except.  If you love to crash in the waves but like the warmer waters, then Cancun could just be the spot for you!

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The resort is close to completing it’s room renovations so you’ll find soft, serene, greys, whites and blue beach hues awaiting you while the rest of the property is as I remember it.  Grand staircases, a bit of old world regal charm, and exceptional service as one might except from a Ritz Carlton.  The staff was exceptionally friendly, accommodating and helpful.  The food was delicious and the property even boasts a gym (for those who can’t completely disconnect) with a fabulous view of the pool.

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For honeymooners looking for a quick flight, a very Americanized city but still the charm of the Mexican culture, you might just consider this spot as home.  If you’re considering a destination wedding, they’ve got all you need for that too.

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From stunning ceremony settings on the beach to two top rated restaurants, an epic spa and Cancun’s only restaurant on the beach (perfect for dinning under a cabana), the resort has all you need to say “I do,” host your rehearsal and even post-wedding brunch.  You can wed in front of the beautiful blue water, host a formal reception in the ballroom, and even lean on them for assistance with florals and other planning needs.

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For more information, check out their website here.

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