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A Dream Come True – What a Destination Wedding in Cabo Really Looks Like

It’s one thing to describe a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, waxing poetic about barefoot nuptials on a secluded beach or an elegant terrace reception at a luxurious villa carved into a cliffside with magnificent Land’s End views. It’s quite another to see what the region’s spectacular settings really look like, at an actual wedding with a real bride and groom, and photos documenting the entirety of this most magical of experiences.  

We’ve chosen a selection of photos from some of our favorite recent weddings in an attempt to show those pondering their own destination wedding in paradise what’s really possible, and how they can use weddings past as an idea generator for planning their wedding future. 

Destination Wedding in Cabo #1 – Bridget & Keirsten at Villa Land’s End

When it comes to a “destination wedding in Cabo”, the views always matter. But although mere beauty alone is captivating, the best local wedding planners are able to skillfully integrate the breathtaking panoramas into a more nuanced presentation, teased out from consultations with couples, then refined through digital models and floorplans. Bridget and Keirsten’s photogenic nuptials at the luxurious Villa Land’s End, for example, set a visually striking tone with a colorful symphony of blues, greens, greys and whites.

Framed on the magnificent snow white balcony of a luxurious hillside villa, with the infinity-edged pool and endless Pacific Ocean below showing the same remarkable shade of sparkling sapphire blue, this ceremony layout was going to need to feature some eye-catching accents to distinguish it from the simple yet jaw-droppingly beautiful backdrop. Much of this visual challenge was accomplished with a single grace note, the garlanded green circular wedding arch, which introduced a new hue into the color palette, one which not coincidentally blended seamlessly with the wedding party attire.

Long-time visitors to the region might make the connection between the garlanded wedding arch and Cabo San Lucas’ most famous landmark, a naturally occurring granite arch at Land’s End that is nearly, but not quite visible from the terrace at Villa Land’s End. It’s a clever reference, but much more than that. As noted above, it’s a visual grace note, and one of many touches of green that you can see in photos taken throughout the day.

Notice the traditional white gown of the bride and the gray vest and pants of the “groom” in this stylish same-sex ceremony, which are reflected, respectively, in the attire of the two wedding parties.  Notice how the gray and white ensembles “pops” visually against the green wedding arch. Notice how the lush tropical backdrop in photos of the happy couple features nearly identical shades of green. Notice how the green shows up on the dinner tables in flower arrangements, and even on the dinner plates themselves with garnishes.

This was an intimate and loving wedding affair, but also a consummately fashionable one, with every detail planned to perfection.

Destination Wedding in Cabo #2 – Uliana and Peter at Villa Bellissima

Every couple has a dream vision for their destination wedding in Cabo. For Uliana and Peter, it was a ceremony that took advantage of the region’s breathtaking natural beauty, and a classically elegant reception at Villa Bellissima, a luxury villa located in the exclusive hillside neighborhood of Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas.

Villa Bellissima’s charms include stunning elevated views of Land’s End, miles of golden sand beaches, and a vast expanse of Pacific Ocean blue. But it’s not just the picturesque vantages that work wonderfully for a destination wedding reception, but also the villa’s gated and immaculately manicured grounds, where dinner tables were flawlessly set for an al fresco feast to feed family and friends in attendance.

Notice the fine linen, polished silverware, gold-accented chargers, glassware and candlesticks. This was a graceful proceeding, with an enduring elegance reflected in the reception’s table settings, and augmented by post-prandial entertainment that included live musical performances from a charro clad mariachi band and local Latin jazz standouts Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez, as well as a spectacular fireworks display overhead to fête the newlyweds.

Destination Wedding in Cabo #3 – Jacqueline & Gabe at Villa Estero

Those who have spent any time at all in Los Cabos know that the region has its own inimitable style, a sort of laid-back yet casually elegant aesthetic that reflects the languorous rhythms of a sun-kissed tropical paradise. Call it rustic beachfront chic, with a few “only in Baja” accents thrown in for good measure.   

Jacqueline & Gabe’s nuptials at Villa Estero reflect this uniquely Cabo sensibility to a tee. Unlike the other two weddings we’ve discussed, this one took place not in the hillside heights of Pedregal, but rather at Villa Estero, a sprawling beach adjacent villa at the upscale Puerto Los Cabos development located just outside San José del Cabo. Named for the region’s enormous fresh water estuary, which first attracted the attention of Spanish mariners in the late 16th century, Villa Estero’s architectural details reflect colonial Spanish as well as decadent Roman influences (the latter in the stone aqueducts which shower water into an infinity-edged pool that looks out over the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortés).

The ceremony was a testament to Cabo’s beachfront orientation, with a simple altar set on a nearby stretch of soft golden sand. Family, friends and wedding party members held hands in a circle as vows were exchanged between the bride and groom. Bridesmaids wore tropical pink, and soon after the ceremony more formal footwear was traded for flip flops or bare feet.

The stone terrace by the pool provided a colorfully lit stage for the reception, with guests enjoying food, drinks, dancing, and convivial conversations around the villa fire pit. Wooden signage and distressed wooden furnishings added to the understated boho charm, and overhead palm tree fronds were blown to and fro by fresh sea breezes…just as one would expect of a Cabo destination wedding.

Ready to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding in Cabo?

Creative Destination Events is the premier full-service planning and production company in Los Cabos, and there’s nothing our talented team likes more than working with couples to plan and execute their dream wedding.

Our process at CDE starts with a one-on-one consultation in which your dedicated planner will help you define and refine your vision for the perfect wedding. From there, we’ll start the transition from vision to reality by means of timelines, digital renderings and three-dimensional floorplans, before finally helping you pull off the biggest moment of your life with smooth precision and seamless production. Call us today at (619) 819-9180 for an initial consultation.

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Happily Ever After Starts Here – How to Plan the Perfect Destination Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

The most important wedding decision is of course to say yes to the proposal, but after that the next biggest is deciding where the ceremony will take place. Okay, maybe that one isn’t so crucial if you plan to tie the knot at the chapel down the street. But if you’ve decided on a destination wedding…where is a very big deal indeed, adding some important logistical considerations to the planning process. This is particularly true for a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, a hugely popular destination for both travelers and those who want to get married in a sun-splashed tropical paradise, but one which despite its proximity to the southwestern U.S. (in terms of short flights) is in another country. That’s not to say that planning a destination wedding has to be any more difficult than the one at the chapel down the street, but prospective brides and grooms should understand from the start that the planning process will be different, especially when it comes to the timelines for accomplishing certain tasks. Not difficult, mind you, but definitely different.

How to Plan a Destination Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

Planning 101 for a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas requires doing the following things in the following order.

The first thing, when planning a destination wedding anywhere, is to find your local ally. It is absolutely imperative for a destination wedding to have wedding planners that are intimately familiar with the local scene, that have relationships and experience working with all the best vendors–from officiants and caterers to photographers, videographers and musicians–as well as a comprehensive knowledge of all the available event venues and potential outdoor ceremony sites.

For Los Cabos based cities like Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, that means Creative Destination Events.

Creative Destination Events is the premier full-service planning and production company in Los Cabos, and there’s nothing our talented team likes more than working with couples to plan and execute their dream wedding.

Our process at CDE starts with a one-on-one consultation in which your dedicated planner will tease out your vision for the perfect wedding. From there, we’ll start the transition from vision to reality by means of timelines, digital renderings and three-dimensional floorplans, before finally helping you pull off the biggest moment of your life with smooth precision and seamless production.

But there are a few things that take precedence along the way.

Locking in Venues & Vendors

We mentioned you’d need a local ally with knowledge of area venues and vendors for your “destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas”? Well, now that you have CDE onboard, steps two and three are locking in your preferred venue and vendors.

This will require a site visit, preferably up to a year prior to your actual wedding date. This will be the only site visit necessary prior to the wedding itself, as all other communication with your dedicated wedding planner can be handled by phone or email. At CDE, we pride ourselves on our close communications with clients, and our quick responses to all questions and queries.

But looking at a photo of potential ceremony or reception sites–if you decide to use multiple venues–just isn’t good enough. You need to physically be in Cabo San Lucas to ensure you have the place you really want for the biggest day of your life. The other good news, of course, is that this means one more trip to Cabo!

As to vendors, it is very important for a popular wedding, anniversary and renewals of vows site like Los Cabos that you have the people you want locked in for the day in question, because make no mistake: there will be competition for their services. No need to worry, though. Your CDE planner will help you make sure everything happens on time and on schedule. Ideally, vendors should be reserved about six to eight months in advance, with a priority given to photographers and musicians, for whom there is usually the most demand.

Exquisite Attention to Details

Once you have your ally, your venue and your vendors taken care of, you really can relax, because the most important parts of the Cabo San Lucas destination wedding planning process are behind you.

From this point forward, you and your designated CDE wedding planner can concentrate on all the myriad details that make a wedding truly special; not only for you as bride and groom, but for your guests…who have traveled to be with you on this biggest of all days.

Making things easy for your guests is a big part of the logistical planning process, from getting out invitations in a timely fashion to providing information on travel requirements, transportation and lodgings.

Your CDE planner can help provide you with information on Los Cabos based lodgings–from budget-friendly hotels to five-star resorts and rental luxury villas–and will also work with you on digital renderings and three-dimensional floorplans to ensure everything looks exactly as you have always dreamed it would when you finally arrive for the wedding itself. This is fairy tale time, after all.

Your CDE planner will also work to tighten up timelines for the big event, and ensure smooth transitions and perfect execution for each link of the wedding chain…rehearsal dinner, bridal hair and makeup, ceremony, reception and so on.

Your Wedding Day in Cabo San Lucas

Thanks to your local ally, you can be completely confident when you and your guests finally arrive in Cabo San Lucas that everything will be perfect. All the arrangements have been made precisely according to your wishes, and there’s not a single thing left to worry about. You can simply enjoy the special moments with family and friends, and most of all with your soon-to-be partner for life. That’s the beauty of a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas…that, of course, and the golden sand beaches, the swaying palm trees, the ever-present sunshine, and the spectacular Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortés views. You know, all the reasons you chose Cabo San Lucas in the first place!

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The Most Important Day of Your Life – Planning the Perfect Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

It’s fairy tale time, the day you walk down the aisle into an everlasting commitment with your true love. We like to say it’s the most important day of your life, but even if you believe that celebratory events like the birth of children are more important, it is undeniable that all such future happiness begins on this day, the day of your wedding.

Not only is it the most important day of your life, it’s also the most romantic. This is princess time for brides, who finally get to fulfill the dream scenario they’ve imagined a thousand times, hand-in-hand with their charming princes.

From commitment and kisses to dinner and dancing, your wedding day is a celebration of love and romance generally, and of your love for each other specifically. And unlike serendipitous and play-it-by-ear celebrations, this is one you can plan for, and absolutely should plan for to ensure every single detail is exactly as you’ve imagined.

If you are planning a destination wedding–and given the option, why wouldn’t you choose to get married in one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on earth–then you’ll definitely need an ally to help in the planning process, even if you have a passing familiarity with the place from previous vacations or visits. There are simply too many details, such as knowledge of local venues and vendors, that require professional help, a trusted ally.

If you’re planning a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas–and why wouldn’t you, given that even among gorgeous tropical locales it’s a standout, with a spectacular variety of mountain, desert, beach and ocean vistas–then that ally should be Creative Destination Events.

The CDE Advantage

Creative Destination Events is the premier full-service planning and production company in Cabo San Lucas, and there’s nothing our talented team likes more than working with couples to plan and execute their dream wedding.

Our process at CDE starts with a one-on-one consultation in which your dedicated planner will tease out your vision for the perfect wedding. From there, we’ll start the transition from vision to reality by means of timelines, digital renderings and three-dimensional floorplans, before finally helping you pull off the biggest moment of your life with smooth precision and seamless production.

Along the way, however, there are a lot of other decisions that have to be made. But we’re committed to close working relationships with our clients, and take pride in our quick responses to queries and questions

Venue

Site venue is among of the biggest of the pre-wedding planning decisions. It may be that you ultimately choose different venues for the ceremony, reception, and even the rehearsal dinner, but for simplicity’s sake let’s assume it is merely one all-purpose venue.

Even so, there are many factors to consider. How many people are you expecting to attend? What is your budget? Does the venue work well with your style and vision? Is the venue appropriately equipped and provisioned for all of the vendors you have in mind?

Luckily for those planning a wedding in Cabo San Lucas, it and sister city San José del Cabo each offer a wealth of well-appointed and picturesque venues, in a variety of sizes, locations and rental price points.

An early site visit will be necessary for couples so you can choose and inspect the venue, but once this has been accomplished and the venue has been rented for the date in question, the rest of the details can be handled by your dedicated wedding planner at CDE, who will remain in contact regarding the continued refining of floorplans for your chosen venue, as well as all other details, including…

Vendors

Yes, you’ll need more than the professional planners of CDE to pull off your perfect wedding in Cabo San Lucas, but we’re happy to help you assemble your dream team of vendors. We have years of experience working will all the top local vendors in Los Cabos, from ministers and other officiants to caterers, florist, musicians, photographers and videographers, and more.

The most important thing in this regard is to find the vendors you want and then lock them in for the wedding date you’ve chosen. Like the locking in of your preferred venue, this is essential, and the earlier it’s accomplished the better.

We mentioned earlier that Cabo San Lucas is a standout even among gorgeous tropical wedding destinations, and this fact has not gone unnoticed by others. The Los Cabos region has been and continues to be a very popular spot for destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and renewal of vows ceremonies, which means there is always competition for the best venues and the best vendors. The sooner you start planning, the easier it will be to get exactly what (and who) you want.

Attention to Details

Those are the major decisions to make when planning your Cabo San Lucas wedding, but of course there are myriad other smaller details to consider, from invitations and travel plans to accommodations and local transportation.

As a wise man once said: “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.”

When it comes to planning a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, you might as well make that “attention to details.” But don’t get the idea that planning a destination wedding is overly difficult or troublesome.

You’re planning for the day of your dreams, so of course you want it to be perfect, but the process itself can be and should be enjoyable. That operative words “should be” are in large part, however, dependent upon whom you choose to be your ally in this endeavor.

The obvious but paramount item in regards destination weddings is that they generally take place far away from where you actually live. For destination weddings in Cabo San Lucas, that means U.S. and Canadian couples will be planning a wedding in another country. So finding the right ally in terms of wedding planners is truly the most important thing of all. Don’t worry, though. It as easy as AB…well, you know what letters come next. Right? CDE. Creative Destination Events.

Photographer & Videographer: Pink Palm

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What is a Proposal Planner, and Why Do You Need One for Your Destination Engagement in Cabo San Lucas?

Everyone understands, at this point, why a wedding planner is so important. The wedding planner is the master organizer, the trusted ally that turns a couple’s dream vision into a dream reality. The wedding planner is that indispensable someone that makes sure everything happens exactly when and where it is supposed to, thus freeing up the bride and groom to enjoy their special day without worrying about the innumerable details and distractions that are part and parcel of the wedding experience.

The wedding planner, in other words, is every bit as essential to a dream wedding as the officiant; and doubly so in the case of a destination wedding, where couples may be unfamiliar with the local landscape, and vendors may even speak a different language.

The proposal planner serves a similar function, but has yet to enjoy the same sort of widespread acceptance and acknowledgement. Think about it, though. You can’t have a marriage unless both parties agree. Right? So isn’t the proposal, the “popping the question” moment, just as important in its way as the wedding day itself?

You may think you don’t need help to kneel and ask your true love for her (or his) hand in marriage, but trust us…for a moment this big, with so much of your future happiness riding on the answer, you need all the help you can get.

And if your goal is a destination engagement in Cabo San Lucas, you specifically need Creative Destination Events. This is the moment you’ve waited for all your life, after all, and you want to make sure it’s perfect. Meaning: you need the perfect ally.

Why You Need a Proposal Planner, Part I:  This is a Situation Where There May Be No Second Chance

This cannot be stressed enough. Popping the question is a signature moment in your life and in your relationship, and the way it is handled in large part determines whether the relationship will continue. If she says no the first time, there’s no guarantee you’ll ever get a second chance. That being the case, don’t you want to take every step possible to ensure her answer has three letters rather than two, and is accompanied by tears of joy rather than regret?

The good proposal planner is like a romance coach. They’re a trusted confidant that can help you create and refine your ideas for a beautiful destination engagement in Cabo San Lucas, yet also has the contacts and the know-how to help you see them through.

Forget popping the question at a crowded sporting event. Any proposal planner worth his or her salt would tell you that’s a terrible idea. She may be a little more embarrassed to say no, but you’ll be a lot more embarrassed when she does.

This isn’t a moment to share with thousands of strangers. This is a moment that requires intimacy, and the utmost delicacy and finesse; a moment that accounts for all of her likes and dislikes, yet is also calibrated to take her completely by surprise.

Proposal planners aren’t strangers. They’re your best friend for the biggest moment of your life.

Why You Need a Proposal Planner, Part II:  This is a Story That Will Be Told and Retold Throughout Your Life Together

How you met and how you popped the question are stories that couples constantly retell in social situations. If you’re having dinner with another couple for the first time, for instance, it is almost inevitable that you will share the story of how you became engaged. Your engagement story will become an oft told tale, a part of your personal narrative.

So don’t you want the story to be a great one?

Don’t you want your engagement in Cabo San Lucas story to include a blindfolded journey to a secluded beach with spectacular vistas, a table in the sand for two, and a bit of creative signage that helps you at precisely the right moment? Of course you do! You might even want to throw in a horse drawn carriage and a mariachi band, just to add to the epic grandeur.

A proposal planner will help you sketch out the perfect “pop the question” scenario, and be with you every step of the way to ensure the plan is not only perfectly thought out, but perfectly executed.

Why You Need a Proposal Planner, Part III:  The Way You Handle This Situation Says a Lot About You as a Person, and Your Suitability as a Life Partner

Not to add pressure to an already stressful situation, but you do realize that the person you are proposing to is using the way you handle the moment as an important indicator of your overall competence and reliability? This is your moment to shine, to essentially say, “I’ve got this! I’m up to this or any other big moment, whether it’s helping to plan a wedding, or helping to raise a family.”

The bottom line is that your fiancée is not going to be disappointed you hired a proposal planner. She is going to be impressed that you cared enough about her to do everything possible to win her love, from proposal planning assistance to the plane flights and luxury resorts that are a necessary complement for any destination “engagement in Cabo San Lucas”.

Why You Need Creative Destination Events

Like wedding planners, not all proposal planners are created equally. Some are better than others, that is to say, and indeed some have risen through the ranks to become acknowledged as the very best planners in their given area. If you’re targeting a Cabo engagement, that means you should also be targeting Creative Destination Events.

CDE is the premier proposal planner in Cabo San Lucas, thanks to a talented team that loves nothing better than working closely with prospective husbands or wives to make their dreams come true.

If your goal is a destination engagement in Cabo San Lucas, calling CDE at (619) 819-9180 should be the first item on your to-do list.

Allysa + David the proposal - YouTube
TESTIMONIAL
 
Allysa & David
“Melissa’s craft and attention to detail made our proposal day absolutely perfect. My fiancé says it was more than she could have ever dreamt of.
 
She definitely brought out my vision and went far above and beyond what I expected. I’m forever grateful for her assistance and she’s truly earned my business if we decide to do a destination wedding here in Cabo.
 
The team she was able to build around this special moment were all such a pleasure to work with. Her local network or professional decorators, photographers, and videographers were all so passionate about their work. It definitely shows in the photos and trailer of our full video. Many many thanks to Oswaldo, Lands End Films, and Cabo Linens for the seamless execution. Very professional, friendly, and easy to work with. The whole team has an amazing eye and I can’t wait to see the finished video.
 
Melissa was very accommodating of ALL my requests and the collaboration was as easy as it could be. She is amazing at what she does and I’m glad I reached out to Creative Destination Events for my proposal. I highly recommend collaborating with Melissa for your next event, big or small.
 
Best wishes and more success for the coming years to Melissa and the whole team at CDE!”
 
David Tulabut

Photographer: Oswaldo Lieras 

Videographer: Lands End Films

Venue: The Resort at Pedregal

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Wow Factor! 5 Over the top Special Elements for Cabo San Lucas Weddings

Weddings are always memorable. There’s no chance a bride or groom will ever forget the experience of walking down the aisle, or of pledging their eternal love to one another; nor will friends and family ever forget being part of such a singularly special occasion. But let’s be honest: some weddings are more memorable than others. The appeal of the destination wedding, for example, rests largely on its ability to deliver something well beyond the expected norm, from breathtaking tropical locales to over-the-top extras. That’s certainly the case with Cabo San Lucas, which has become one of the world’s preeminent destination wedding sites not only by showcasing plenty of spectacular coastal settings–think swaying palm trees and waves cresting dramatically off golden sand beaches–but also by providing surprising and often delightful one-of-a-kind experiences.  How delightful, you ask? Here are five of our favorite over-the-top special elements for Cabo San Lucas weddings.

Let the Fireworks Begin

Most people when they think spectacular fireworks, think of the 4th of July or similarly patriotic occasions. It’s a treat generally reserved, at least in the common perception, for special holidays and celebrations. The latter category should certainly include weddings, yet think how rarely it happens that a fireworks display is integrated into a wedding ceremony or reception.

It’s not as if fireworks are inappropriate for weddings. Indeed, for decades, fireworks have been a sort of cinematic shorthand for first love, for that first kiss or night spent together. As onscreen lovers embrace, pledging themselves to one another, the camera cuts to a succession of exploding fireworks, a kaleidoscopic burst of bright lights and colors. It’s a metaphor for the excitement of young love, the power of commitment.

Fireworks don’t just work as metaphors, however. They’re must watch attractions, entertainment of the highest order, a stimulus to which no one can remain indifferent. Imagine fireworks exploding over the majestic granite monuments at Land’s End as you and your betrothed enjoy your first dance together as man and wife.

That’s an over-the-top extra, but an essential one for truly wow factor Cabo San Lucas weddings.

These Dancers Are on Fire

Anyone can hire a DJ to spin the wedding reception standards, from Etta James’ At Last to Sinatra crooning The Way You Look Tonight. It’s a popular choice, but hardly one that rates highly on the entertainment scale. To the contrary, it’s unoriginal and anathema to the very idea of an unforgettable wedding.

If you really want to impress your guests with something exciting and unpredictable, try a performance from Mexican fire dancers.

Take folkloric dance and traditional costumes whose origins date to the time of the Aztecs, mix in flaming torches manipulated in rapid fire fashion, and what you have is the very definition of a wow factor experience.

Flower Power

Flowers aren’t quite as exciting as fireworks or fire dancers, but they are a wedding staple, from garlanded altars and tabletop floral arrangements to colorful blooms for the bridal hairdo. In fact, one of the abiding principles of wedding design is that you can’t have too many flowers.

That principle finds its truest expression in the flower cart…an old fashioned wooden-wheeled cart filled to bursting with beautiful flowers, from roses and lilies to sunflowers and Aztec marigolds. The beauty of the cart is in its aesthetic possibilities. Guests can put together their own bouquets, braid flowers in their hair, or simply revel in the overwhelming profusion of exotic colors and intoxicating fragrances.

The timeless appeal of flowers is precisely that they’re not timeless. They beg to be appreciated in the moment, before their captivating charms start to fade. The appeal of the flower cart itself, however, never fades. The wooden wheels may evoke nostalgia, but the contents liven up any party, especially one in a setting already overflowing with lush tropical foliage.

The Complete Cigar Experience

This one has a decidedly masculine appeal, but why not? Fact is, most wedding design, décor and amenities are tailored to a feminine sensibility. Girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day in a way boys typically don’t, and so over time the wedding has become less civil ceremony and more fairy tale romance. And that’s as it should be, but it doesn’t mean there can’t also be some treats set aside for the guys…like say a cigar bar where the men can loosen their bow ties and relax with robustos and snifters of finely aged añejo tequila.

México may not be Cuba in terms of cigar prestige, but the country’s premier tobacco growing state, Veracruz, does produce some of the finest cigars in the world, not to mention some of the finest cigar rollers. And yes, veracruzanos and other skilled national practitioners are available to hand roll cigars on demand at “Cabo San Lucas weddings”, wrapping fresh tobacco leaf to custom dimensions. Prefer a modest petit corona or a more impressive Churchill? In terms of wedding experiences your guests will be talking about for years to come, this is a guaranteed winner, a unique upscale touch sure to delight the gentlemen in attendance…and perhaps a few of the ladies as well.

The Magic of Mariachis

Nothing says “Mexican wedding” quite like a mariachi band. Born in the haciendas of 19th century Jalisco, the state that also gave the world tequila, these iconic charro suit clad balladeers have proved just as popular in modern times.

The enduring appeal is obvious. A full mariachi band (most feature about 12 members) is an absolute feast for the senses. The men command attention in their wide-brimmed sombreros, spangled suits and cowboy boots; and their signature blend of instrumentation (violins, trumpets, guitars and bass) allows them to cover a wide range of material, from stirring party favorites to romantic love songs.

One of the underrated things about choosing mariachis as a wow factor, over-the-top extra for Cabo San Lucas weddings is that both their look and sound can be custom tailored for any occasion. Planning an elegant all-white wedding? You can have your mariachis attired in matching snow white outfits, so that not only do they charm guests with their harmonies while singing time-honored Mexican standards, they do so within the bounds of the overall design aesthetic. Want to have a special song played? The mariachis can arrange their own rendition, serenading you in the inimitable Jalisco style.

The magic of a mariachi band is that it’s much more than a mere entertainment spectacle. It’s an immersive cultural experience.

Why Creative Destination Events

Thinking about your own destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, complete with fireworks and fire dancers, cigar rollers and mariachis? Call Creative Destination Events today at (619) 819-9180.

We’re the premier full-service planning and production company in Cabo San Lucas, and our talented team loves working closely with couples to translate wow factor wedding dreams into an unforgettable reality.

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Popping the Question in Paradise – How to Seal an Engagement in Cabo San Lucas

It’s a moment you’ve dreamed of and anticipated all your life: either as the proposer, kneeling and unveiling the sparkling diamond engagement ring to your true love; or as the proposee, surprised and swept off your feet by the promise of marriage. If you’re the latter, there is no need to prepare for this life-changing moment. It’s meant to come as a surprise. If you’re the former, however, planning is crucial, even if you’re confident you’re going to get the answer you want when you pop the big question. This is a moment that will be remembered and relived throughout your marriage. You want to get it right. You want it to look and feel like a special moment, because it is…every bit as special as the marriage vows to follow. And if you’re not confident of the answer you’ll get when you take that knee, where and how you propose can make all the difference in the world. With that in mind, here are three tips to seal your destination engagement in Cabo San Lucas.

Choose a Setting That’s Equal to the Moment

A golden sand beach bounded by towering rocks and two major bodies of water is a place so special it inspires awe and wonder. The momentous nature of an occasion like a wedding proposal is not elevated–it’s already as big as big can be–but rather confirmed in its overwhelming importance by the spectacular beauty of the backdrop.

This idea of matching big settings to big events is important to remember when planning an engagement in Cabo San Lucas. It is, in fact, the reason many choose the Land’s End city in the first place. Blessed with a temperate year-round climate, miles of gorgeous coastline, and a stunning diversity of picturesque panoramas–rugged mountains, stark desert, windswept beaches with swaying palm trees–Cabo is a sun-splashed tropical paradise, a picture postcard come vividly to life.

Imagine a place filled with magnificent settings that seem to have been custom-crafted by a higher power specifically to host momentous, once-in-a-lifetime events. What could be more appropriate, for example, than popping the question on Lover’s Beach, steps from the 80-million-year-old granite arch that marks the terminus of the 800-mile-long Baja California peninsula? What about taking a knee by the infinity pool of a cliffside luxury villa perched high above crashing Pacific Ocean waves, or on the deck of a gleaming private yacht as whales breach or dolphins frolic in the distance?

The options are nearly limitless, so much so that you might want to speak to a local expert about which breathtaking location works best for your specific vision. Speaking of which…

Get Professional Help from a Proposal Planner

If you really want to seal the deal on an engagement in Cabo, the best decision you can possibly make is enlisting professional help.

For starters, as important as setting is, there are many more things you can do to create a proposal scenario that will wow that special someone, from hiring musicians or having caterers pack your basket with Champagne and truffles for a Lover’s Beach picnic to romantic horseback rides or soaring excursions over Land’s End in a motorized hang glider.

Enter Creative Destination Events, the premier full-service planning and production company in Cabo San Lucas. We may be best known for planning destination weddings, but our talented team of planners has experience with a wide variety of special events, including proposals and engagement parties.

Our process starts with a one-on-one consultation (we’re committed to close working relationships with our clients, and take pride in our quick responses to queries and questions) in which your dedicated planner will tease out your vision for the perfect proposal. From there, we’ll start the transition from vision to reality by means of timelines, digital renderings and three-dimensional floorplans, before finally helping you pull off the biggest moment of your life with smooth precision and seamless production.

It can be as simple as a romantic sunset walk to a designated locale, or as delicate as a dinner for two with a cadre of friends and family hidden nearby. With CDE, the only thing you have to worry about is popping the question. We’ll take care of everything else!

Capture the Moment for Posterity

You’ve found the perfect spot to pop the question, and you’ve engaged Creative Destination Events to make sure your “engagement in Cabo” goes exactly according to plan. What else is left, other than keeping the entire plan a surprise for your soon-to-be-bride?

A moment as special as a destination Cabo engagement needs to be documented, certainly by a photographer and preferably by a videographer as well. Obviously, if you’re being followed by a film crew it’s going to clue your significant other that something out of the ordinary is taking place…only celebrities are regularly stalked by photographers…so CDE will organize the event logistics, keeping photographers and other vendors well offstage until the big moment arrives, but ensuring your surprise proposal is being faithfully and exhaustively captured for posterity.

Essential though it is, however, planning can only take you so far. What’s ultimately most important is that you cared enough about your significant other, and this once-in-a-lifetime moment, to do everything within your power to try to make it perfect. Intentions matter, and so if you stutter a bit as you ask that age-old question–“Will you marry me?”–she (or he) will undoubtedly understand that it’s nervousness rather than a lack of preparation.

Heartfelt conviction and a real commitment to your future together always trump slick perfection.

That’s really the key to sealing the deal on an engagement in Cabo San Lucas. That, of course, and Creative Destination Events.

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Anyone who has ever dreamed of a destination wedding in some tropical paradise has a very vivid idea in mind of what their special day will look like, from the ceremony to the reception and perhaps even the honeymoon beyond (one of the benefits of getting married in paradise is the seamless segue into the honeymoon). But although destination weddings tend to share some distinct scenic similarities–beautiful beaches, swaying palms and crashing waves are virtually standard–they can and do vary widely in their planning and carrying out, and certainly every dream vision conjured in the mind of future brides and grooms is unique in its specifics. No two weddings are ever completely alike, nor should they be. With that last thought in mind, we’re going to focus on varying approaches to some of the most common themes for destination weddings in Cabo San Lucas.

Traditional with A Twist

 The traditional white wedding is just as popular in Cabo San Lucas as elsewhere, with the Land’s End city’s picturesque coastal panoramas paired most frequently with elegant and luxurious white furnishings and appointments. Indeed, so favored is the locale by the luxury market that gold is often worked in to a predominantly white visual palette as an accent color.

But white weddings in Cabo San Lucas needn’t necessarily be opulent tropical fantasies. There’s also elegance in simplicity, and a very real value in opting for a rather straightforward style of sophistication…particularly when planning for a full slate of wedding related events, from rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding outings to ceremony and reception. However, if you’re set on at least one wow-factor wedding element, you can always choose “the best of both worlds” approach: a simple and elegant white wedding in one of the magnificent luxury villas which cling to granite cliffs near Land’s End, showcasing stunning views of the Pacific Ocean or Sea of Cortés, and sometimes both.

 

Rustic Beachfront Beauty 

For most weddings in Cabo San Lucas the beach remains in the background, an arresting visual component that like the gorgeous blues of the Sea of Cortés or Pacific Ocean offers breathtaking backdrops without entailing any real logistical issues. But the area’s spectacular collection of beaches can certainly be directly integrated into a ceremony or reception, and because of unique local architectural elements like palapa roofs and palo de arco pergolas, Cabo’s beaches can imbue weddings with a very attractive and charming brand of rustic beauty.

A great example of what might appropriately be termed “Baja rustic” is a wedding ceremony on the beach, with simple wooden-backed chairs rather than gold accented ones for guests, and an altar built in the local fashion and garlanded with fresh regional flowers. It’s simple and beautiful, with a postcard pretty background. You don’t necessarily need to kick off your shoes for a true barefoot wedding, but just know that you could…and that it would be perfectly appropriate given the relaxed and comfortable setting.

Receptions of the sort can follow a similar aesthetic pattern, with wooden tables and chairs, simple table runners rather than sleek or kaleidoscopically colorful linens, and unadorned but evocative accents such as lantern-like candle holders and hand-painted wooden signs.

But there are plenty of beach-y alternatives to “Baja rustic”, including slightly more upscale versions of the ceremony and reception–more of a “rustic elegance”–as well as tropically themed celebrations that feature casual but colorful apparel for the bride and groom, tiki torches, and luau-style buffets with oversized pillows for seating. The variety of beachfront celebrations is really only limited by one’s imagination.

 

Trendy Touches & Spectacular Venues

Prefer “boho chic” to “Baja rustic”?  

The middle ground between tropical luxury and “Baja rustic” belongs to a laid-back yet trendy style that is typically referred to as “boho chic”, or in its local incarnation simply as the “Cabo style.”

Imagine casually chic décor in a breezy coastal setting:  comfy but stylishly upholstered lounge seating arrayed around an infinity pool for cocktail hour conversations, say, or vintage furnishings on a tile terrace overlooking a sweeping stretch of coastline. Think signature touches like tequila shot tables, with caballitos accompanying individual guest cards; or standalone doors covered in colorful complimentary maracas.

 

More moderne visions are also popular for “weddings in Cabo San Lucas”, from small ceremonies amid starkly beautiful natural or architectural designs to fashionably minimalist receptions featuring sleek tables and stripped down place settings.

Speaking of trendy Cabo San Lucas weddings, one of the surest ways to add stylish ambiance and spectacular views is to opt for one of the region’s impressive assortment of upscale venues. We mentioned luxury villas earlier, and certainly there is no shortage of these majestic and scenically situated casas. But plenty of other enchanting options exist, including some rather magnificently located resorts and restaurants.

Few places on earth boast as many gorgeous coastal resorts as Los Cabos, and the vast majority offer a varied range of potential ceremony or reception sites, from traditional chapels to spacious ballrooms and airy patio lounges. Coastal dining meccas too promise sunset ocean views and superb service, as well as mouthwatering menu options for the reception dinner.

Planning the Perfect Wedding

As you can see, there are myriad approaches available to those planning weddings in Cabo San Lucas. The only real constants are the stunning ocean views, of course, and also Creative Destination Events. We’re the premier wedding planners in Los Cabos, and there’s nothing our talented team loves more than working with couples to translate their vision of the perfect wedding into a perfect reality. For more information, call us today at (619) 819-9180.

 

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Dream Scenario – How to Plan a Wedding in Cabo in Only Three Months

Three months is longer than you think. Three months is enough time to learn a new language, write a novel, or take an around the world cruise. You can build a house in three months, or a boat.

But you can’t plan a wedding in three months, or can you? Wedding planning is supposed to be incredibly time consuming, filled with innumerable details and decisions. Right?

Actually, not only is it possible, it’s easier than you think…even for a destination wedding in a foreign locale. As a matter of fact, if you follow a few simple guidelines it’s no problem to plan a wedding in Cabo San Lucas in as little as 90 days.

Photography: Ana & Jerome

And not just any wedding, but a picture perfect dream wedding in a spectacular ocean view setting, with every last detail flawlessly designed and executed.

Sound too good to be true?

Trust us. We’ll even show you how.

Getting Started

Our three month “we can do this” wedding planning claim doesn’t come with a lot of qualifications and conditions, but there are two:

1)  The wedding should be limited to intimate friends and family; no more than 20 to 40 people in total. It’s no problem to plan a small wedding in 90 days. But if your dream nuptials involve a grand scale ceremony that would put the royal wedding to shame, we’ll need a little more time.

2)  The use of the word “we” may have tipped you off, but you’re definitely going to need a wedding planner. The reason it’s possible to plan a wedding in Cabo San Lucas in such a simple, swift and stress-free manner is that someone else is taking care of all the day-to-day details. An experienced local wedding planner is the key to an enjoyable and efficient planning process.

Photography: Sara Richardson

Enter Creative Destination Events. We’re the premier full-service planning and production company in Los Cabos, and there’s nothing our talented team of event specialists like more than taking a couple’s “big picture” vision of the perfect wedding and turning it into a reality. And yes, we can and have planned weddings in as little as three months.

The way it works is this:  you make all the big decisions in terms of budget and vision; we make all the actual arrangements, albeit while keeping in close contact so there’s never any confusion about the timeline or details.

At CDE, we take pride in our close working relationships with couples, and in providing an immediate response to all queries, questions and concerns. The quick response commitment must be mutual, however, for a three-month wedding plan to work. That’s why we always ask for a primary contact we can reach at any time via phone, email or WhatsApp.

When there’s only a 90-day cushion, after all, anything other than an immediate response–on either side–comes under the category of “too slow.”

The First 30 Days (Weeks 1 – 4) Photography: Ana & Jerome

A key concept to remember when you plan a wedding in Cabo is “working big to small,” and taking care of the big issues is absolutely essential during the first month of a three-month planning window.

For the first 30 days, these “big issues” include the budget, the invitations, the vendor team, and choosing the venue or venues for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception.

The budget should necessarily come first, since it determines so many other things. It’s crucially important that couples have a realistic understanding of their budget, and that it makes sense to them in terms of their overall vision. There must be total transparency here to avoid any misunderstandings, and of course a deposit will be needed to get things started in terms of venue and vendors.

Photography: Ana & Jerome Photography: Ana & Jerome Photography: Ana & Jerome

Locking in major vendors should be taken care of early on, from the minister or officiant to musicians, photographers and videographers. To get this commitment it will be necessary to contract and pay them at least 3 to 4 weeks before the event, but ideally this should be accomplished during the critical first month to ensure they don’t accept any other work on your wedding date.

Photography: Fer Juaristi Photography: Gonzalo Verdeja / EM Weddings

Fortunately, CDE enjoys excellent working relationships with the finest vendors in Los Cabos, including the florists and design and décor specialists who’ll be tasked with transforming the venue to meet your ideal vision.

Speaking of venues….one of the reasons Cabo San Lucas is such a popular option for destination weddings is its spectacular array of beautiful settings, from golden sand beaches to cliffside luxury villas, desert oases to resort-based ballrooms. Picturesque venues are available at a variety of price points, and the selection is so large that locking in a preferred site on short notice is rarely an issue.

Photography: EM Weddings The Next 50 Days (Weeks 5 – 12)

Once the big four items–budget, invitations, venue and vendor team–are under control, then it’s possible to start shading in the finer details. But although they may be smaller in scope, these are the sorts of “extras” that can elevate that special day into an unforgettable celebration for you and your guests.

Such details can include hiring specialists like cigar rollers, tequila and wine sommeliers, or fireworks vendors; or building out the timeline to include auxiliary activities like a pre-wedding golf outing for groomsmen, or a poolside spa day for the bridal party.

Photography: Sara Richardson Photography: Sara Richardson

What’s important to remember is that even on a truncated timeline, you can “plan a wedding in Cabo” that goes well beyond the basics.

The Final 7 Days (Week 13) Photography: Sara Richardson

For most of this three-month process, it isn’t necessary for the bride and groom to be in Cabo San Lucas. We can coordinate and report progress via phone and email. A week out from the actual wedding date, however, it is important for us to meet you in person and go over all the various “day of” details.

These details include a visit to our showroom, and a step-by-step check and confirmation of all the décor and flower arrangements.

Then, two days before the wedding we’ll need to do a rehearsal, and the day before the ceremony we’ll do it again with a line up practice for all participants.

Finally, the planning is over and the big day has arrived. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all your life, and thanks to the efficiency of Creative Destination Events, you’re not even mildly harried or stressed out.

Instead, you’re rested and ready, primed to say “I do” in a sun-splashed tropical paradise.

That’s how quick and easy it can be to plan a wedding in Cabo. All you really need are 90 days and CDE.

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Love Rules! See All the Romantic Photos from Vanderpump Rules Star Lala Kent’s Oceanside Proposal | People

✨This weekend we had the honor to be part of Lala Kent and Randall Emmett Engagement in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ✨ CONGRATULATIONS GUYS! ❤️

Exclusive: People

Photos: Josafat de la Toba @josafatdelatoba

Decor: Cabo Linens Things and More  @cabolinensthingsandmore

Planner: Creative Destination Events @creativedestinationevents

Venue: Esperannza Auberge Resort 

Engagement Ring: @richierichny

Vanderpump Rules‘ Lala Kent Engaged to Boyfriend Randall Emmett | People

✨This weekend we had the honor to be part of @lalakent and @randallemmettfilms #EngagementinCabo at @esperanzaresort ✨ CONGRATULATIONS GUYS! ❤️ @richierichny . . Featured: @people | LINK IN BIO ✨ Photos: @josafatdelatoba Decor: @cabolinensthingsandmore Planner: @creativedestinationevents . . #getengagedincabo #caboengagement #givethemlala #engagement #luxurylifestyle #destinationweddings #destinationweddingplanners #caboweddingplanner #caboweddingplanning #weddingplanner #weddingplanners #caboweddingexpert #eventplanning #caboeventplanning #socialevents #socialeventplanning #bestplannedevents #cabowedding #caboweddings #caboevents #caboeventplanner #cabosanlucas #mexicoevents #visitmexico #visitcabo #beachwedding #Exclusive #beachevents @creativedestinationevents

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