Friday, January 17, 2014

Color Fusion: stylish and inspired

Deciding on the right color theme for your wedding may seem overwhelming. Color is most of the times the element that unifies the wedding details and it shouldinspire!

Holding the ceremony by the sea allows the colors of nature to combine with the rest of the color palette. And although having a wedding by the sea might suggest that the natural choice would be blue, that’s not written in stone!

Pastels are always a smart combination that works yearround, and they give a romantic and tender look to all set-ups.

Vibrant colors are naturally showcased through orchids and other tropical flowers, and are a fun statement that has endless combination possibilities with fabrics, napkins, center pieces, and personalized design touches!

Whether you decide to go with light coloring or if you have an adventurous spirit that makes a statement through color, be sure to use dark colors only for accents.

Make sure your color choices have the same intensity so you avoid despairing looks, and remember every color is beautiful but not every combination will capture the mood you want to evoke for your big day, so always keep focused on your theme.

If you want to change things up using a variety of color schemes, be sure to use a consistent color palette for each part of your special day, for example one palette for the ceremony, another one for the cocktail and a final one for the reception/dinner.

It is very important to take into account that most likely the colors should match the wedding flowers, so an idea is to pick your colors knowing what’s on offer in terms of flower availability.
Remember ambiance can also be evoked through lighting, and how it is used can make or break a space. Light colors often soften the ambience while strong color lights are more of a happening showcase!
So either if you go with your favorite color or a trendy one, consider first ihow it will come together with invitations, linens, accessories, centerpieces, reception tables, glassware and even you dress!

Stay Tune!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Rustic Charm in a Tropical Wedding..!

Having a rustic wedding is a wonderful challenge. There are many fantastic decorations and ideas to put together, often inspired by the country and forage from nature.

Therefore, essential rustic decorations can often pile up a lot of greens, yellows, and brownish colors along the arbor structure. But what if you chose to print your very own personal touch to pair these rustic options?

A superb way is to fill it with dazed splashes of your favorite color and play off with all the options that the beach and summer has to offer.

Create your bouquet between a playful mix of wildflowers, hydrangeas, and peonies, wrapped up with jute scarps, colorful ribbons, burlap fabric or a clean and fresh lace that matches other fabrics used for the set-up decoration.

Outdoor summer venues have endless possibilities when it comes to rustic decorations: garlands and candle-filled mason jars in jute hangers, suspended from tree branches fill the environment with charm and romance. 

Tree branches can hold mason jars with flowers as aisle decorations complemented by tiki torches. Another way to use mason jars is in center pieces: filled with sand, sea shells, as chandeliers with wire handles or water tinted filled with seasonal flowers. Pair them up with the seating cards decorated with a few elegant marine essentials such as sailboats, sailor’s heart knot ties and maps.

One or two theme pieces that enlighten the set-up will be enough to avoid going overboard with these kinds of details!

Learn more of our Rustic Charm decoration package for 2014, contact us at

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Warm regards from Papagayo, Costa Rica.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Vintage Weddings: less is more!

The vintage wedding trend is an excellent option that incorporates a little bit of fancy, romance and charm, while also expressing the couple’s personal touch.

Vintage inspiration can be found in a number of places. Many couples opt to include family heirlooms and antiques into their decoration; others have a way of romanticizing through colors and small details, whether you decide to do one or the other it is important to keep in mind that not every aspect of vintage should have the same intensity, make sure you don’t overcharge the scene with decorations! 

We’ve put together a couple of ideas to give your celebration an old-fashioned flair!

·         Check out all time favorite romance movies for inspiration: Casablanca, The Notebook or Meet me in St. Louis and use your favorite quotes on invitations and reception tables. You can create a touch of nostalgia by using letterpress printing and tea-stained papers.

·         Accessories are a great accent to dreamy ceremonies, but make sure you pick the right ones so that they compliment the tropical surroundings and climate. Feathers, and Art Deco jewelry or cute parasols make adorable summer accessories that will be a perfect match with beach surroundings.

·         Take bride and groom’s favorite pictures as children from family albums, and place them inside mason jars to create personalized center pieces. Painting them with dust blue and gray colors, plus adding white flowers is a simple yet elegant idea that will make the arrangements be near and dear to the guests’ hearts.

·         Soft color handmade ribbon streamers are a great element for vintage decoration. Tied around chairs, flowers or spread out on tables for guests to wave throughout the reception toasts.

Keep always in mind that when it comes to vintage wedding decor, less is more. Be sure the elements included are well balanced for your big day. A smart distribution of antique items and soft color balance is what will add character and visual elegance to this romantic style!

Stay Tuned!....

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Your love's soundtracks...

Music fits into our lives in the most various ways, every special occasion, every memory; every mood has its very own soundtrack that flips memories onto our heads whenever played again.

Music will indeed play a big role during your big day. Whether you are considering a playlist that includes the songs you love or a DJ or band that takes the lead on what to perform, here are some tips for you to consider:

  • It’s always a romantic idea to personalize your walk down the aisle with a song that has a special meaning for the couple, consider one song for the beginning and another one for your walk back up the aisle, this will help you feel confident and release your anxiety!
  • If you chose to create a playlist make yourself a big list of everything you'd love to hear at your wedding for every step of the way — check back every few days in order to make sure the list of songs fits for what you expect for yourselves and the wedding guests.
  • Include a good set of instrumental tunes or slow music to play in the background during cocktail hour and/or dinner, this works as a nice transition for your loved ones to prepare before raving about the music!
  • Wedding waltz was considered the symbolic first presentation of a young couple as “husband and wife’. As times have changed, it is now considered as a First Dance, often with the couple’s favorite song. You can always add a little touch of fun by starting traditional and then switching to your own style.
  • Friends and relatives are always in the mood to participate in unorthodox fun entrances and surprise first dances or flash mobs, this is a perfect ice-breaker for people to get together on the days previous to the wedding, and a viewing pleasure for those who rather watch from their seats.
  • If you chose to hire a DJ or band instead of using a playlist make sure you previously give them an idea on what style you are expecting. Have a 10-list must play songs, that should be performed and then they can take it from there, or explain they should focus on songs that will make it fun for everyone.
  •  When choosing destination weddings, liven up the venue with local music bands from the country you are visiting, this is always a great way to celebrate in a creative manner.

Finally, for a little inspiration, here are 
some of the most popular songs newlywed couples have selected for their first dance at Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
  1. “Love and Some Verses” by Iron and Wine
  2. “How Deep is Your Love” by The Bird and the Bee
  3. “All I Want Is You” by Barry Louis Polisar
  4. “Better together” by Jack Johnson
  5. “I want to marry you” by Bruno Mars

Monday, August 26, 2013

Lifetime memories… Tips for great wedding photos!

Having the perfect wedding is definitely every bride’s dream; like most life-changing moments there are no do overs and those magical moments tend to be gone much too soon in the midst of nerves and excitement.

We understand getting truly great photos of your wedding ceremony and reception is crucial. You’ve planned every detail, read every single one of our blog posts and become best friends with your wedding planner; it is now time to make sure your special day is photographed to perfection.

We decided to get some great advice from the experts. These tips from our close friends at El Velo Photography ( will help you plan ahead and make smart decisions to ensure your only job is to look joyful on your special day.

v  If your ceremony is outdoors, make sure you have an indoor backup location just in case, the last call should be take at least 4 hours before the event (this will depend on the wedding location).
v  It’s always a good idea to check the 10-day forecast to avoid any surprises on your wedding day.  If your location and season pose a serious risk of rain, try to have umbrellas handy, they can serve as a great accessory for a session with a light drizzle. You may even find some playful designs that match your wedding theme and could also be used as parasols in tropical locations.
v  Don't be afraid to express if you have an idea for a photograph, you’re always welcome to add your personal style to the session. Communicate with your photographer, they are very creative and will provide great technical knowledge to improve your suggestions.
v  For any pre-wedding outdoor activities (attention beach brides!), remember and remind your bridal party to wear sun block to avoid tan lines on your wedding day pictures.
v  If you have a makeup artist with you, make sure they coordinate with your photographer as well. Keep your photographer involved during your makeup test so that you can get a preview and make any changes. If any decisions you’ve made don’t photograph well, you’ll want to know in advance. 
v  No makeup artist? Not a problem! Just carry an emergency kit for a retouch every now and then so you look fresh at all times.
v  Unlike other countries, Costa Rica does not have daylight savings time. It gets dark between 5:10 and 6:10 depending on the time of the year. Check for estimated sunset times around your wedding day if you’re counting on daylight for your ceremony.
v  To take advantage of the sunset for your pictures, calculate walking down the aisle at least 75 minutes before sunset, here’s why:

Ceremony (Legal)
15 – 20 minutes
Guest congratulations
10 minutes
Photos with family,
25 minutes (depending on # of family members)
Couple’s photo session
20 minutes

As you can read above, having a photo session at Costa Rica (specially at a Tropical Beach) will definitely change the picture and conditions, which is why it’s so important to cover all details with the professional, just like we would do here at Hilton Papagayo…

We hope these tips will give you a usefull extra hand when it comes to the Photo Session.

Keep Tuned!
Warm Regards!