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Recent Favorites: Bridal Bouquets

We've seen some incredible bridal bouquets over the years. Here is just a sampling of some of our recent favorites. Hint: one of these belongs to Sarah Pease, can you guess which one? Read on to find out. Favorite Bridal Bouquets

Left to right and top to bottom: Lianna's flowing, garden-y bouquet by Blossom & Branch and photo by Lauren Rutten, Sarah Pease's colorful bouquet by Rountree Flowers and photo by Photo by Aubrey, Alena's beachy boho bouquet by Planner1 and photo by Elizabeth Medina, Lauren's art deco bouquet by Heather Lee and Cristina Lozito and photo by Jonathan Young, Britten's classic bouquet by Rountree Flowers and photo by Craig Warga.

 

Creative Escort Card Ideas

We love to get creative with our escort card ideas! Here are just a few that we've done recently that have been huge hits. Left to Right and Top to Bottom: Sharone and Elan had giant flower-filled walls by The Arrangement with hanging ribbon to display their table assignments. Anca and Nate opted for a sophisticated yet simple floral display by Rountree Flowers of single blooms in crystal vases and delicate cards. Alena and Andrew embraced the tropics with drink flags in hibiscus-infused margaritas at the start of cocktail hour. Sabrina and Matt's farm-to-table wedding was complete with mixed metal farm figurines connected with magnets to hold each card in a standing position. Abbie and Joon's library-inspired wedding featured wooden bookcases perfectly styled to hold their calligraphed books indicating the seating assignments. Heather & Chris's guests went nuts for rectangular boxes of M&M's (her favorite candy) displayed in a color-blocking style while Carolyn & Matt gave a nod to the antique bank atmosphere by doing a key and a vintaged tag. Finally, Petra & Chris kicked off the festivities in a genuinely Mexican fashion with Don Julio mini tequilas.

Creative Escort Card Ideas

 

Photos courtesy of: Rossa Cole Photography, Jennifer Davis Photography, Elizabeth Medina Photography, Daniel J Photography, Brian Dorsey Photography, Kelly Guenther Photography, Craig Warga Photography.

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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cocktail hour, lanterns, margarita escort cards, hanging tea lights

lounge seating, beachfront reception, table lanterns, undone floral centerpieces

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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!