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Brilliant Event Planning on Condé Nast Traveler

We are super excited to have our advice on planning the perfect destination wedding featured on Condé Nast Traveler!

Read the full article here!

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Destination Weddings: Spotlight on The Westin Grand Cayman

I recently got to experience a press trip to the stunning Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. The resort's prime location, on the widest part of 7 Mile Beach, and recent major renovation, make it a serious contender for the best resort on the island. Upgrades to the resort included the creation of a killer pool and hot tub and chic cabanas on the beach that stay light throughout the night. If you enjoy a more active vacation, the resort also has an array of watersport rentals available. Essentially, the Westin Grand Cayman has all the amenities of a high-end luxury resort with a much more laid back vibe. The best news? There are non-stop (3.5 hour) flights from New York City available every day of the week! Whether you are looking for the perfect destination wedding location or a luxurious honeymoon spot, the only question is, what are you waiting for?

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A Brilliant Wedding: Alena & Andrew

Alena & Andrew were such a relaxed couple to work with - they made planning their wedding a breeze! The couple chose the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico for their destination wedding. Picking this resort for their big day was a no-brainer as they had vacationed there with their families many times in the past. The couple was very laid-back and wanted this to be reflected throughout their wedding weekend. Alena picked a bright, coral color for her touchpoint and we went from there with decor. Their guests' names and table numbers were written on drink flags placed in festive watermelon-habanero margaritas to get the night off to a spicy start! The reception tables were decorated with lanterns and the floral arrangements were meant to look "undone", again reflecting the relaxed theme. Guests dined on locally-inspired fare all weekend and danced the night away under the stars.

We are super excited to have Alena & Andrew's wedding featured on Jet Fete, an amazing destination wedding blog.

Check out the post here!

Congratulations Alena & Andrew

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Thanks to Elizabeth Medina for the amazing photographs!

 

Why In-house Destination Venue Coordinators Love Us

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A big question we receive from prospective clients is "My venue offers an on-site wedding coordinator, so do I really need a wedding planner, too?" The short answer, which most on-site venue coordinators would agree with, is "Yes!". Why? The long answer is twofold:

1) A planner from NYC knows what your expectations are from all standpoints - a service perspective (example: a full open bar is standard in Manhattan and so is having table-side entree choice, whereas these things won't be standard at hotels outside NYC), a formalities perspective (the different cultural or religious requirements, or what is traditional for speeches, etc.), and even down to a granular perspective like the general style of music that you'd expect. Having someone who understands 100% what you expect from the get-go is key to pulling off a successful destination wedding. In-house venue coordinators are typically grateful to have a liaison to communicate these needs and wants clearly, resulting in less stress and frustration for both parties.
2) the venue's expertise lies in running stellar food and beverage service, not necessarily running all of the specifics of a wedding. Having a wedding planner from outside the resort allows them to focus on what they do best -- food and beverage -- whereas we focus on the rest...design, decor and all of the other details means that we have our "aces in their places" and you get the wedding you dream of with less stress and more fun.
Thinking of having a Destination Wedding?
Have a look at our Destination Wedding Gallery here!

A Brilliant Wedding: Petra & Chris

We were thrilled to plan Chris and Petra's wedding after working with Chris on his beautiful, heartfelt proposal. Not only did we work with this fabulous couple on their proposal, we also planned Petra's brother's wedding (Britten & AJ) last year. There's nothing better than the chance to work with the same family on multiple occasions, we are honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of so many special family moments! The couple was married at the lush Banyan Tree Mayakoba Hotel in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The ceremony took place under a billowing, draped canopy decorated with a crystal chandelier. After a romantic  reading from Emily Bronte's Jane Eyre the couple said their "I Do's" and the party moved to palapas on the beach for an oceanfront meal. Guests dined on fresh, Mexican-inspired food and danced the night away in the warm breeze from the Caribbean Sea. When the night ended, guests left with funny photobooth pictures and miniature bottles of tequila to keep the party going! Congratulations Petra & Chris!

We are thrilled that Petra & Chris' wedding was chosen to be featured on Carats & Cake! Check out the post here.

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Thanks to Craig Warga for the AMAZING photos!!

The Perfect Place for a Wedding in the South of France

I was lucky enough to experience a press trip to the South of France. And, believe me, it truly is the quiet paradise that you see in postcards.  As one of the most picturesque regions in the world, it's also a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate romantic destination wedding. If you're in love with Napa, California you'll be head over heels for the South of France.

Many of my clients dream of getting married in a villa, but why rent a villa in France when you can rent an entire village?  When you escape to the Hotel Crillon Le Brave you truly have an entire town to yourself.  A small village of its own, this resort encompasses more than six stone-crafted villas - ranging from an ancient stable to a local winemaker's home - with a total of 34 suites. The gorgeous hotel steps from a century old church that is ideal for Catholic ceremonies, boasts a wine cave where their sommelier hosts a private wine tasting experience (perhaps a great way for your parents to get to know each other?) and a bistro where everything on the menu has been sourced within 40 kilometers from the restaurant.

Dinner and dancing for up to 90 guests takes place on the hotel's outdoor patio as the sun disappears behind the French countryside and nearby snow-capped Mount Ventoux.  The experience and service is top-notch in every way - even relaxing enough for a stressed-out wedding planner to take a load off and enjoy from the moment I was greeted by the friendly Julian at the front step of reception to the directions to one of France's best cheese shops two towns away as we departed.  The world class team offer a refined yet friendly approach without feeling stuffy.  The best part?  Hotel Crillon Le Brave is an easy ride from Paris on the TGV, so you and your guests can spend a few nights in Paris before or after the wedding.

Do you dream of a wedding like this?  Contact us at sarah@brillianteventplanning.com or 347.201.2496.