CASAR 2017: Your Guide to Mayakoba’s Wedding Expo

In Bridal, Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum by Suzanne Koch

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially a destination wedding in unfamiliar territory. But for those looking to escape to the Riviera Maya for their big day, Casar is a must. The event will be held at Mayakoba’s newest venue, El Pueblito, and will feature more than 40 wedding professionals and a variety of vendors, suppliers, planners and industry experts. All vendors that will be featured at Casar are based in Quintana Roo and offer their services throughout the Riviera Maya. Vendors include those specializing in catering and banquets, beverages and mixologists, flower, furniture, lighting, music, photographers, stylists and makeup artists.

Not only will guests have the opportunity to connect with those in-the-know on Riviera Maya weddings, but cocktails, food tastings, amenities and exclusive promos will also be in full supply for a weekend full of fun. And to really get the feel of what the big day will be like, Casar will be topped off with a faux wedding at Andaz Mayakoba as part of the closing dinner.

Casar 2017 is taking place Feb. 16-18 at El Pueblito, the heart of Mayakoba resort that resembles an authentic Mexican village square complete with shops, restaurants, an art gallery and a chapel.


Casar 2017 will also feature Bernadette Smith and Alan Berg. Smith specializes in same-sex wedding planning, is the award-winning author of three books, and is the founder and president of 14 Stories and Gay Wedding Institute. Berg has more than 20 years experience in wedding-related marketing and spent 11 years at The Knot, with the majority of his time there as Vice President. He is also the Leading International Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings and Events.


Thursday, February 16

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Workshop with Alan Berg
    • 8 Tips for Better Digital Conversations and Conversion-how to better answer emails and get people to reply
    • The Price is Right-how to handle pricing questions in email, on your website, at the expo and more
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 3 to 5:30 p.m.: Workshop with Bernadette Smith
    • The Emerging Gay and Lesbian Wedding Industry-overview session
    • Excellence in LGBT Customer Service
  • 6 to 9 p.m.: Inauguration and first day of Expo CASAR 2017
    • Book signing with Alan Berg and Bernadette Smith

Friday, February 17

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Workshop with Alan Berg
    • Creating an exceptional customer experience
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 3 to 5 :30 p.m.: Workshop with Bernadette Smith
    • Same sex wedding trends and traditions
    • Best practices in marketing to engaged same-sex couples
    • LGBT destination weddings and honeymoons
  • 6 to 9 p.m.: Second day of Expo CASAR 2017
    • Book signing with Alan Berg and Bernadette Smith

Saturday, February 18

  • 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.: Dinner “Wedding Not Wedding”
    • The first “fake wedding” of Riviera Maya



Casar 2017 Package: $1,670

  • 3 night stay at Andaz Mayakoba with breakfast included at Cocina Milagro Restaurant
  • Workshop participation on Thursday & Friday by invited wedding and sales experts
  • Expo Casar 2017 entrance
  • Mayakoba Experience
  • Closing dinner at Andaz Mayakoba

Workshops Package: $325

  • Workshop participation on Thursday and Friday by invited wedding and sales experts
  • Expo Casar 2017 entrance
  • Closing dinner at Andaz Mayakoba

Individual Prices

  • Participation in the workshops by invited wedding and sales experts: $150
  • Closing dinner at Andaz Mayakoba: $95
  • Expo Casar 2017: FREE

“Mayakoba offers magical, unique events, with a variety of breathtaking scenery to choose from,” said Carl Emberson, Director of Marketing and Operations for Mayakoba. “Verdant mangroves, the clear waters of the canals, beaches of white sand and turquoise, or a colonial town experience inspired by Yucatan villages complete with a chapel, are all ideal for saying ‘I do.'”

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