Anuj and Shruthi’s wedding in Cancun, Mexico at The Grand at Moon Palace was a stand-out one because of the way they added in special personal touches that echoed who they are as a couple. It had all the glamour and style you’d expect from any good South Asian wedding. But there were details the couple chose to include that made it especially memorable.
Here is what this beautiful couple had to say about their experience:
“Working with Ateet and Indian Destination Wedding was an amazing experience. From day 1 to when we were still considering a destination wedding, he was always by our side. In our initial conversation we told him what was important to us and then he short listed our options to help us find what we wanted. After locking in the resort, we left the room bookings in his hands and he took care of everything for our guests giving us one less thing to worry about. Furthermore, due to his strong relationships with our resort, any time we had an issue or needed something escalated, he personally handled our concerns and made sure they were resolved to the best of his abilities. Lastly, his presence at the resort during our wedding was extremely helpful. He greeted most of our guests when they checked in and tried his best to tend to any rooming concerns of theirs and ensured their departure shuttles were taken care of. From day 1 he treated us as family and the little details that were important to us could not have been executed without him and his team.”
Here are a few key takeaways that you any bride should consider for their destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean:
- Shruthi wanted to honor the cultural traditions of both herself and Anuj and did it through her clothing details. Here is what she said in her own words: “As a Malayali bride I always knew I wanted to wear a Kerala cream colored outfit, but as a fusion destination wedding I wanted to combine our north Indian and south Indian cultures. I wore a custom made ivory and maroon silk gotapatti lehenga made by Nazranaa. I absolutely loved it!”
- You can also do the same with your destination wedding. Blending in culture can come in many forms. You can choose to include certain foods that are from the regions of the bride and groom’s heritages. You can opt to ensure your wedding invites
- The couple mixed traditional and untraditional wedding photos. They had the obligatory shots from their Sangeet and ceremony in front of the mandap. But they also had shots that incorporated a light saber!
- They merged tropical and city vibes by including signage for the wedding that had a silhouette of them with Washington, DC monuments behind them. But they also took advantage of all the tropical settings that they resort offered by having as many of their functions be outdoors as possible. Their reason? They wanted their guests to have enjoy all the benefits of a full destination wedding experience.
- They wanted to make sure the color schemes they chose were consistent throughout the wedding experience. This helped add a classy vibe to the wedding.
- Don’t be afraid to throw in a surprise for your guests! Anuj and Shruthi decided to include fireworks as part of their festivities that were a surprise to everyone, including their families. This detail helped make it memorable for everyone and added magic to their wedding!
- From their wedding hashtag (#AnujShrootsAndScores) to the names of their signature drinks (“Shruthi Slam Dunk” and “Anuj Alley Oop”), to koozies in the guest gift basket that looked like they were made from basketballs, you can easily see their mutual love for basketball. These were simple and playful ways to show this that enhanced the wedding experience for everyone.
- They ensured the guests felt the love by including t-shirts, sunglasses and other fun (and functional) items in the gift bags that helped them enjoy the tropical weather.
- They valued every guest and wanted to show it. And one fun way they did that was with the way they did their guest book. The guest book table had two modern polaroid cameras that produced pictures with peel-off backings. Guests had to take a picture, stick it in the wedding album and leave their comment. What a brilliant way to do a guestbook!
Their wedding was as wonderful as it was because of the incredible work of the following partners:
Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding
Resort: The Grand at Moon Palace
Hair/makeup: Styles by Swati-SBS Salon
Wedding planning and Design: Dream Shaadi
Photography: Regeti’s Photography
Video: Mari Harsan Studios
DJ services: DynastyAV
Floral and Décor: Zuniga Production & Events
Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehendi by CB & Co
Every part of Anuj and Shruthi’s wedding had pieces of each of them in it that showed their bond between each other and their guests. That’s what made this wedding especially wonderful to experience! As you think about your destination wedding, we hope these ideas will show you how you can bring your own personal style and taste into even the smallest details.
Ready to plan out your wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean? We’ll help you find the right resort for you and bring together all the travel details for you and your guests. And we’ll even connect you with vendors that specialize in South Asian weddings so you can shorten your wedding to-do list.