Colin Cowie’s Wedding Collection for Hard Rock Hotels

By: Tracey M Events

Attention couples:

If you follow us on Twitter or FaceBook, then you already know that we were in Dominican Republic last week at the Hard Rock Punta Cana.   This is a HUGE resort full of tastes to suit any couple. Romantic, silly, wild or family focused.  They have it all!

The wedding department at Hard Rock Punta Cana are a fab group of professionals, who I now know personally.  I am proud to say they are a part of WPIC and the WPIC Alumni Association.  This makes it SO-O-O much easier when we are working together for a destination wedding.  I really believe it takes teamwork to make a wedding successful. Respect between the vendors throughout the wedding planning process, only helps everyone involved do their best for you. I had a great wedding site inspection around the property where I got to see the prime ceremony and reception sites.  *There are plenty of choices and back-up plans in case it rains.

You can have your very own Rock Star wedding designed by the infamous wedding designer extraordinaire, Colin Cowie.  He is the designer for 9 wedding collections.

Check them out (*All photos with Colin Cowie wedding pkgs. are courtesy of Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel):

El Sol


Metallic Dunes

Purple Shimmer

Rocker Chic

Sea Galss

White Rosette

Compliments of Hard Rock

Elegant Ivory

For pricing and what is included in each of the above, please click here.  Hard Rock also has some pretty cool planning tools and optional services.  You also need to view their wedding guidelines.

Tracey on About Destination Weddings

Tracey Manaielscu of WPIC and Tracey M Events.

Tracey Manaielscu of WPIC and Tracey M Events.

Destination weddings are hot, with brides opting out of big hometown ceremonies and receptions in favour of tropical getaways surrounded by only their family and closest friends. If you’re thinking about a destination wedding, talk to our experts before you book. Tracey Manailescu is vice-president of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and Jennifer Borgh is a travel agent and destination wedding planner. Do destination weddings really cost less? How do you break the news to Mom that you’d rather get married in Cuba than at the local banquet hall? And which destinations offer the right settings for you? Tracey and Jennifer have all the answers and money-saving tips — join our discussion, Monday at 1 p.m. ET.

To view the entire live chat click here.

Heart Shaped Wedding Sparklers

Oh my gosh! How stinking cute are these heart shaped wedding sparklers from Say Anything Design?!?!

72 in each order, and they last for about a minute each. These could be used as a send off for the happy couple, during the vows for the guests to be involved or even on top of the bridal cake at a shower or on the wedding cake. Get creative!

*Just an FYI that these can’t be shipped out of the US

Swoon Worthy Wedding Menus

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

Wedding menus.  What a simple way to add a special touch to your wedding reception.  Menus can be simple, stylish, glamorous, blinged out or whatever you want them to be.  Menus are also an easy way to keep your guests in the loop.  What’s coming next? Is it paired with a wine? Is it something many of your guests may not have tasted before? Is the food grown locally? Is it special to you and your husband for any particular reason? (Maybe your favorite childhood food from the country you grew up in, or where your family comes from,  or Grandma’s secret family recipe passed on for your wedding, or a special dish created by the Chef for the two of you to share with your guests, etc.)

Here is an example of why menus are important to have from a previous wedding I coordinated:

The Bride & Groom had menu cards created for their wedding, and they had three choices to offer their guests, which were pre-selected when they sent in their responses to attend.  A filet mignon, a chicken dish and a vegetarian dish.  I had set the menus out on the reception tables during the cocktail hour, before the guests came in to the ballroom to take their seats for dinner.  A couple came in and took their seats and noticed the menu, and came over to me immediately. The woman had chosen the filet mignon but realized on the menu that it was blue-cheese encrusted, and she had an allergy to blue cheese.  I went straight to the catering manager and explained the situation, and they switched the meal to chicken without any ruffle in the meal.  Problem averted. Happy guest 🙂

Here are some gorgeous menus for inspiration:

Cootie Catcher:  Lift the flap to reveal each course.

Source:        Photo: Thorsen Photography

Source: A Life of Design

Source: Wedding Bells    Graphics & Design:  In The Now      Photo: Heidi Ryder

Source: Studio DIY   Photo: Cfuertez Photography

Source: Style Me Pretty    Design: Dreamy Whites    Photo: KT Merry

Source: City Catering Company