Hard Rock Cancun Grand Opening

By: Tracey Manailescu

We have just gotten back from beautiful Cancun, Mexico.  Danielle and I were invited to the grand opening of Hard Rock Cancun.  Wow!  What an amazing time we had!

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We seriously were treated, and lived, like rock stars while we were there.  BTW, we have a newfound respect for those peeps who can party all night, and get up and do it all over again for days on end. (We sure gave it a good try, though…)

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and the festivities started that very evening.

Pinktober Fashion Show, auction & Cocktail on the Sunset Terrace featuring Juanras (it was a pink & white dress code).  What a stunning set up, and beautiful clothing from top Mexican designers.  Tons of drinks, food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres:

Tracey with the Pinktober car

 

Tracey “Kissing” it up!

 

Tracey on the pink carpet

Danielle at the Pinktober Fashion Show

Gina Tsirmpas, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada for Hard Rock, Tracey Manailescu, Sylvia of Event Simple and Lise, a travel agent in Montreal

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Flo Rida concert on the beach under a tent with lounge furniture and mobile bars everywhere (Staff were always on hand to order drinks from, too!):

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

This was the infamous grand opening “Guitar Smash” ceremony.

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Then there was the amazing Goo Goo Dolls concert (we were right up at the front standing-room-only for this entire concert):

Danielle at the Goo Goo Dolls concert

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Believe it or not, we then went to the VIP After Party with DJ Aliyo where we danced, drank and ate our hearts out in the Rock & Roll Ballroom:

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Danielle with Wilmer Valderrama

Gina Tsirmpas and I at the after party.

The last day was a pool party with DJ Dhanai and host, Wilmer Valderrama (who you may remember as FEZ from “That 70’s Show” or “Handy Manny” if you have kids) and a farewell BBQ with steak and lobster…For real!

Wilmer Valderrama Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

*Photo courtesy of Gina Tsirmpas, pictured above with Flo Rida, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada.

Gina, thank you so much for inviting us.  You are unbelievable! Your dedication and passion is contagious, and you do it with a great big smile. You make the planning process that much more enjoyable. We look forward to working with you closely on our 8th annual Wedding Professionals Conference in November of 2013. www.weddingconf.com

A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful staff and management that made this event happen.  Really and truly, the staff at the resort are amazing!  Very customer-based.  So many times they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Bartenders, servers, cleaning staff, entertainment staff and management; Thank you!

**All photos taken by Tracey Manailescu or Danielle Andrews Sunkel, unless otherwise mentioned.

 

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

Insignia

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 Canada.com 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.