SOURCE: Esencia Estate

November 19, 2013 12:59 ET

From a 20% Increase in Destination Weddings to Pin-Spiration and the Insta-Boom, Mexico's Esencia Estate Sets 2014's Top Five Trends for Vogue Weddings

TULUM, MEXICO--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2013) -  With destination weddings in Mexico increasing at the unprecedented rate of 20% per year and brides enjoying "Pin-spiration" and the "Insta-boom," inspiring and capturing weddings around the globe, 2014 is set to take the wedding industry by storm. Already Vogue approved as the site of Flavia Kelson's April 2013 nuptials featured in Vogue Weddings, the Riviera Maya's exclusive, intimate Esencia Estate is Mexico's top venue for destination beach weddings. For the first time ever, Esencia's expert wedding planners are providing an inside look at the top wedding trends to watch in 2014.

Insider Secrets from Esencia's Wedding Planner Extraordinaire, Litzie Vazquez

A favorite hideaway of supermodel Kate Moss, and the venue for Bones star Tamara Taylor's nuptials, Esencia Estate reveals the secrets to putting together a Vogue wedding that will wow your guests next year.

1. Mexico Destination Weddings on the Rise - The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau is already reporting a 20% increase in the number of destination weddings in 2013 over 2012 in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, home to the Riviera Maya and Tulum. Located on the region's finest stretch of private beach, the area's most luxurious, boutique hotel and top wedding venue, Esencia Estate, saw the number of weddings on site more than double over the past year.

"As a leading destination wedding resort in the Riviera Maya, we've experienced a surge in bookings for 2014 weddings at Esencia as this trend gathers steam," says Litzie Vazquez, Esencia's Wedding and Event Planner. "More and more couples are seeking the intimacy that comes with traveling with your closest friends and loved ones to share this once-in-a-lifetime moment in a spectacular destination." With one in four US couples now opting for a destination wedding, Mexico and the Yucatan peninsula in particular, will continue to rise in popularity as the destination of choice over the coming year.

2. Pin-spiration and the Insta Boom - In 2014, brides will look to Pinterest for inspiration for their dream day. Weddings will continue to have highly personalized, hand-made elements -- from save-the-date cards to table decorations and place cards, the DIY touch is definitely here to stay.

Bringing social media action to the ceremony, couples are creating personalized hashtags for guests to tag their instagram photos. Wedding guests and those family and friends that couldn't make it can all share in the day's joy with photos and posts capturing the ceremony and reception easily available just a click away. "At Esencia, our guests enjoy wifi throughout the resort, making it easy and convenient to share their experience via social media," says Vazquez.

3. Non-traditional Ceremonies - Parting ways with traditions of the past, many couples are now opting for non-traditional ceremonies held outside of religious institutions. In Mexico, Mayan beach ceremonies, officiated by a Shaman and incorporating natural elements will experience a strong revival in 2014.

"As a boutique hotel, Esencia prides itself on offering guests an authentic cultural immersion. The Mayan ceremony incorporates nature in a ritual that celebrates and forever confirms the couple's union within the universe," Vazquez says. "It is always very memorable both for the couple and their guests."

4. Intimate Is Chic - Embracing the quality over quantity approach, many couples are moving away from large wedding parties in favor of smaller gatherings between 50 and 120 people. Yet while guest counts are decreasing, budgets are definitely on the rise and are only expected to increase. At the 29 room, Esencia Estate, intimacy is unparalleled with more couples than ever opting to buyout the hotel for their special day.

"There is a magical, all-encompassing feeling that comes with buying out Esencia," Vazquez describes. "Being surrounded solely by your closest family and friends in a bohemian beachside estate provides couples with the intimacy of home and luxuries of a completely personalized experience."

5. Creative, Customized Cuisine - The foodie renaissance has sparked new interest in one-of-a-kind culinary experiences that are sure to wow wedding guests. At Esencia, renowned Chef Noe Bernardo works with couples to completely customize menus and options to fulfill their foodie fantasies. From welcome Mexican style barbeques replacing more formal rehearsal dinners to delectable ceviche and taco bars, the options are endless.

"At Esencia, we see an increasing number of wedding parties focusing on diversifying the food options for guests," says Chef Noe. "Our priority is to bring the couple's dream to life and customize a culinary experience that is uniquely their own."

For further information visit www.hotelesencia.com or call 877-528-3490.

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