Destination Wedding Welcome Bags from Engage!15: Nizuc

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We’re back with more destination wedding inspiration from Engage!15: Nizuc in Cancun, Mexico where we got to see what’s hot for weddings around the world, right down to the perfect destination wedding welcome bag.  (If you missed the amazing beach wedding party yesterday, be sure to check it out here.)

Each year, the team from Engage collaborates with Gifts for the Good Life to create a massive amount of swag for the guests and attendees.  This year, the theme was designed around the resort, one with a black and gold color palette and a nod to the ancient Mayan civilization.  Guests got to select their style of tote and then fill it accordingly with goodies that fit them best!

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Then each night during turndown service, additional thank you gifts and notes were left in each guest’s room to surprise them when they returned home from dinner!

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Even the trays used during the parties matched the style perfectly!

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You certainly don’t have to gift your guests this much product when they arrive at your destination wedding, but even one gift at night on their pillow or a small tote filled with useful items on arrival will go a long way in making a lasting impression for your audience.  Show them how thankful you are through swag!

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

Swag/Gift Products by: Gifts for the Good Life

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How to Order Your Destination Wedding Album

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Today we’re chatting with our friends over at Indigo Album Design, who create custom wedding albums for couples, using your photos and their local artisan partners who together, design, print, and bound a beautiful keepsake from your big day!  Not all couples opt to get their wedding album from their photographer, and those who don’t will love this affordable option to take your digital files and turn them into a family heirloom you will enjoy for decades!  We asked the team over at Indigo Album Design to tell us a little about doing it on your own, what to expect, and what to know before you book!  Oh, and they’ve even brought along a big discount to our friends and travelers too!  Keep reading…

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JF: Do couples need to include an album when they book a photography package, especially when planning a destination wedding?

IAD: Nowadays we find more and more couples are opting to receive their wedding photos by download or DVD and some photographers also prefer to go the electronic route and bow out of the album game. It can be a bit of a hassle for destination wedding couples to coordinate a wedding album with their on-location photographers, so we find that many of them forgo the album with their photography package. However, as long as you receive printing rights and high-res images you can absolutely create a professional quality album and for a more affordable price!

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JF: How do you recommend couples go about getting their wedding album made?

IAD: Many professional quality album companies only work with professional photographers and do not work directly with the couple. Our company works with both industry professionals as well as couples who are interested in making an album. We pair each client with a graphic designer who drafts the album design based on the couple’s input. This allows couples to truly customize the look of their album, so that it represents their personal style as well as the overall look and feel of their wedding.

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JF: Any tips and tricks to designing a professional looking album and layout once you commit to it?

IAD: The most important and most difficult part of the album design process is narrowing down the photo selection. Most couples will receive hundreds of photos from their wedding photographer, so it can be quite a challenge to pick only 100-150 images. We suggest saving the images to a new folder on your desktop and then going through and eliminating the images that don’t make the cut. In addition to selecting the photos that best represent the sequence of the day, it is also important to include detail shots that help embellish and fill out the album. Once you have your album images ready to go, the rest of the album process should be pretty easy as your graphic designer should handle the rest.

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JF: Why do couples even need an album in today’s digital era?

IAD: Yes, in the world of iPads and Facebook, one might question the need for a traditional wedding album. However, wedding albums have come a long way and our albums are by no means your grandma’s wedding album! We try to maintain some vintage aspects, but add a modern twist with graphic end paper options and thick high quality prints. Call us sentimental, but we find the wedding album to be a timeless keepsake and it is always nice to have a tangible memento in your home that you can share with family, friends, children and grandchildren for years to come!

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Indigo Album Design is offering all Jet Fete readers a 20% discount for the month of July (use code: JULY2015) and for those who have yet to receive their photos, feel free to email them regarding future promotions info@indigoalbumdesign.com.

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For more information on creating a beautiful, custom, unique wedding album, be sure to check out Indigo Album Design!  And mention Jet Fete this month for 20% off your order!

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Engage!14 – Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

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We’re back with more great destination wedding ideas from the Engage!14 wedding industry summit in the Cayman Islands.  Today we’re talking about the swag.  Yep, you read that right.  Engage gives it’s guests enough goodies and gifts to require extra luggage and just about all of it would make the perfect welcome gift amenities or welcome bag products for your wedding guests.

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The talented team at Gifts for the Good Life created all these amazing products, custom branded and of course in the matching color palette of the event.

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The hosts chose to display the swag bag products behind a bar as guests picked their favorite patterns and got to enjoy products perfectly suited for them.

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Most of the goodies were meant to be enjoyed on island (a great way not to overload guests with gifts they have to get through customs on their way home).

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My personal favorite?  An ipod speaker system for the beach that looked like a retro radio!

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Stay tuned tomorrow, when we take a look at an amazing property that could be home to your destination wedding or honeymoon in the Cayman Islands.

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

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Travel Inspired Gifts for the Groom

Finding gifts for men is hard. And if you’re planning a destination wedding, finding a perfect gift is even harder. Have no fear! We have put together a compilation of travel inspired gifts that are absolutely perfect for your globe-trotting groom. From masculine weekenders and travel kits to compasses and cameras to capture every moment, we’ve found gifts that guys want. If you’re looking for more classic gift ideas, we love the idea of an awesome pair of sunglasses or watch, or an even more amazing boudoir photo album for your hubby. These gifts are sure to be adored and actually used by your man – not to mention, they’re extremely convenient and easy to carry. What could be better?

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{Ray Ban Clubmasters: Discover0, Cameras: Will Hereford via Bon Appétit, Travel Kit: Fancy, Weekender Bags: J. Crew, Compass: Artfire, Watch: Leoni Bolt Photography via BridalGuide, Lingerie: Intimissimi }

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Wedding Travel + Honeymoon Registries

Are you on the hunt for the perfect honeymoon hot spot but wondering exactly how to pay for that once in a lifetime vacation?  Well, have you registered yet?  Consider a registry alternative with our friends over at NewlyWish.  NewlyWish makes registry fun by providing you with everything unique for your I do – from the best in kitchenware to the most luxurious couples massage, experiences and of course, honeymoons!

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What’s new to NewlyWish?  They now offers cash and honeymoon funds that give your loved ones the chance to contribute to your lives after the wedding day! Already got those pots and pans that you need? Register for some cooking lessons and invite your friends over for a celebratory dinner! (Your loved ones won’t regret buying you those lessons.)

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Better yet, skip the cash if you don’t want to ask for money and ask for gifts towards your honeymoon!  NewlyWish allows you to add your own experiences and items that you don’t see on the site to allow you to create a registry that truly represents you as a couple and the trip you want to take. (How great is that!?) Trying to raise money to be able to fly first class to your honeymoon destination? Create a cash fund on your registry so that your friends and family can help contribute to the ’cause’.

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NewlyWish offers it all from scuba driving at the bottom of the ocean to flying high above the ground in a hot air balloon! And with the ability to make a custom registry where could you go wrong? So sit down with your special someone and shop site for everything that you want and scour the globe for the trip you can’t live without taking. Creating a registry has never been so easy and honeymoons have never been so sweet to plan!

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