When it comes to planning a destination wedding, the Caribbean or Mexico are popular choices. With their beautiful beaches, warm weather, and vibrant culture, these destinations provide the perfect backdrop for a dream wedding.
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Let’s jump into the weather you can expect for your destination wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico based on the time of year that you travel.
If you want to know the best time of year to have a destination wedding in the Caribbean and Mexico, it is between December to April. This is the region's dry season when rainfall is minimal, and the temperature is mild and comfortable, averaging around 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Hello sunshine!
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While the dry season is a safer bet for a weather-friendly Caribbean or Mexico wedding, it’s not a guarantee. Rain and wind can still occur. Additionally, it's essential to note that it's also peak tourist season. This means that flights and accommodation are likely to be higher than at other times of the year. Bummer, I know.
Based on my experience, the most popular months to have a destination wedding are in May and November. This would be considered “shoulder season” where you aren’t really dealing with the higher “peak tourist” prices, but also don’t have as much concern with the weather. Hooray!
The struggle there is that the dates at the best resorts and venues book very quickly. So, if you want to plan a destination wedding in May or November, do not waste time or you’ll end up compromising on the venue.
So, what happens if the dry season months don’t work well for you and you are hosting your destination wedding in the Summer or Fall months, when hurricanes could develop?
First, let me put your mind at ease. Just because it is “hurricane season” doesn’t mean that a hurricane will develop.
Also, there are some destinations that are “safer” during the tropical season, so don’t throw in the towel quite yet!
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Here are 5 ways to help avoid having your big day ruined by a storm, here are some tips on how to plan a destination wedding regardless of the season.
1. Choose your wedding date wisely
As mentioned above, the best way to avoid hurricane season when planning your destination wedding is to choose a date outside of the peak months. If that isn’t possible, consider these general rules of thumb… Hurricane season runs from June to November, with the most active months being August, September, & October. If possible, consider a wedding in June, July, Mid to Late November, or even early December.
2. Research the weather patterns
Each destination has different weather patterns during hurricane season, so do your research before choosing a location. Some islands or regions may be more prone to hurricanes than others. For example, the northern Caribbean islands are at higher risk than the southern ones. Consider speaking with a travel agent who specializes in weddings to help you pick the right time and location.
3. Consider wedding & travel insurance
Wedding insurance can provide a financial safety net in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. It can cover unexpected expenses such as cancellations, postponements, or rescheduling fees. It's important to note that not all wedding insurance policies cover natural disasters, so be sure to read the fine print before purchasing a policy.
Travel insurance is recommended for you and your guests. In case the weather prevents you from arriving to your destination, or requires you or your guests to depart early, it will protect your investment. Travel insurance is always recommended, but during the tropical season, it is much more imperative, so I encourage you to encourage your guests to have the right coverage.
4. Have a backup plan
Regardless of the date of your wedding, it's always a good idea to have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather. When booking your venue and vendors, ask about their contingency plans in case of inclement weather. For example, some resorts may have indoor facilities or covered areas that can serve as backup locations for the ceremony or reception. It’s always a bonus when you love the back-up venue as much as your chosen outdoor venue.
5. Stay updated on weather forecasts
If you're planning a wedding during hurricane season, be sure to stay informed about any potential tropical storms or hurricanes that could impact your wedding plans. Sign up for weather alerts, monitor weather websites, and keep in touch with your vendors and venue. Be prepared to make changes if necessary and I advise you to make a swift decision, getting the advice of the onsite wedding team, if things are not looking promising on your wedding day.
If the wedding team at your venue advises you to change to an indoor venue due the weather report, and you choose to move forward with an outdoor event, they will likely have you sign a contract. If weather does disrupt the wedding, there will be a fee to set up the wedding decor again in the back-up location.
In conclusion, the best time of year to have a destination wedding in Caribbean or Mexico during the dry season, between December to April. It's the perfect time to enjoy the region's stunning beauty, indulge in outdoor activities, and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to ensure you cover all your bases with your destination wedding planning, I’d be delighted to chat with you. Here is a link to schedule a complimentary consultation - no strings attached!
Planning your honeymoon is exciting, but it can also be a little stressful and overwhelming if you aren’t sure how to match the experience you're looking for to the right location. There are so many different factors you need to take into consideration that it can be difficult to even know where to start.
If you don't know where to go for your honeymoon, you should definitely read this blog post. It will quickly show you the 4 steps to discovering the best honeymoon location for you!
Are you ready? Let’s do this!
Here are my 4 simple steps to uncover the best location for your honeymoon vacation.
1. Create a Vision
While this may seem obvious, you’d be surprised how many couples turn to the internet first, when they really need to create a vision first.
Allow me to help you better define what you are envisioning for your honeymoon and break it down in a more realistic way so that you can get clarity on your vision.
Are you ready?
Here we go!
Do you want…
· Modern rooms with 24-hour room service
· Authentic and unique accommodations
· Adult or couples only setting
· Top shelf liquor
· Restaurants worthy of a foodie
· Onsite water sports
· Nightly entertainment
· Large and active
· Boutique and low-key
· Mountains and waterfalls
· Oceans and beaches
· History and culture
Go ahead and use the above list to get started creating your vision for your honeymoon.
2. Decide on your non-negotiables
I encourage you both to write down your must-haves and priorities, the things that are most important for you to have the honeymoon of your dreams.
For example, a swanky suite, high-end service, a world-class spa, the best beach, kick-a** dining, a downtown location with easy access to everything, beautiful sites, specific experiences like swimming with sea turtles or ziplining, etc.
Once you decide on your non-negotiables, the two of you can work together to create an experience that will give you both what you want.
3. Define the type of experience you want
Now that you know the most important things that each of you wants, it is time to work together to decide on the overall experience you both feel you will need.
Some couples really want to be pampered and relax, other couples want to explore and have an adventure, and some couples want a good blend of both.
The location you choose for your honeymoon will directly impact the type of experience you will have and without defining what type of experience you want; your honeymoon could be mediocre.
Here’s something I like to ask couples during a consultation: “Finish this sentence with the first word that comes to your mind: in order for my honeymoon to be perfect, it must be _________"
4. Agree on a budget
And the final step is to agree on a budget. Once you have an idea of what you both want, then the budget conversation will be easier to have, as well as help you both decide on something realistic.
It is best to consider your vision and your non-negotiables and fit those into your budget. You’d be surprised at how far your funds will go when celebrating a honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort.
When you honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort, you can earn that will enhance your romantic vacation. I love helping my honeymoon couples get the best honeymoon packages so that they can create the most memorable experiences possible! Once you have all these details, you’ll be able to have more clarity on what you are looking for in a honeymoon destination & resort so that you aren’t wasting your time on places that aren’t a good fit for you.
The reality, is that no two couples are alike, and neither should your honeymoon. Take advice, and look at reviews, but in the end, make sure the honeymoon location you choose fits these 4 steps as listed above!
My specialty as a honeymoon specialist is to match you to a location that is best for your vision and desires. If that is something that you need help with, I encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23771402 with me today so that we can discover the best location for your honeymoon!
Let’s dive into 4 simple steps to uncover the best location for you to host your destination wedding.
1. Create a Vision
While this may seem obvious, you’d be surprised that many couples turn to the internet first, and they really need to create a vision first. Allow me to help you better define what you are envisioning for your wedding day.
First, think about an overall theme or style that you want. This can be a color scheme or look. For example, romantic, whimsical, boho-chic, edgy, glamorous, etc.
Second, what is your vision for the setting when you say, “I do?” Is it at sunset on the beach, or is it in a garden, are you on solid ground with the water as a backdrop, maybe in a gazebo or on a rooftop?
Third, what is your vision for your reception also regarding the setting? Maybe a terrace overlooking the ocean, on the beach, poolside, in a garden, in a ballroom, etc.
Fourth, what is the overall vibe that you envision? For example, intimate, energetic, casual, extravagant, fun, etc. Ensuring that it reflects you as a couple.
2. Decide on your non-negotiables
I encourage you both to write down your must-haves and priorities, the things that are most important to you. For example, photography, a high-end look, privacy or exclusivity for the wedding and reception, a kick-butt party or even an after-party, an amazing resort that will wow your friends and family, an upgraded suite, an unforgettable honeymoon, etc.
Maybe you want to host a welcome cocktail reception for guests to get to know one another, maybe a morning after brunch, or maybe a night out on the town with your wedding party.
Go ahead and think about what you want the most in your destination wedding so that the two of you can work together to create an experience that will give you both what you want.
3. Define the type of experience you want you and your guests to have
Speaking of experience, let’s talk about what you are looking for and what you need for your guests.
It is easy to think about just the wedding side of this celebration, but the vacation side of it is a pretty big deal. After all, your guests will spend more time having a mini vacay than they will be celebrating your big day.
Spend some time considering the needs of your guests as well as the overall experience you want them to have. They are taking time and spending their money to be there, so it needs to be memorable, not miserable.
Let’s get them excited to attend your destination wedding! Whether it is an awesome resort with great restaurants, nightlife, pools, and activities, or you plan a group catamaran cruise, a golf day for the guys, and a spa day for the girls, write out what is important in the vacation experience for your guests.
· Modern rooms with 24-hour room service
· Kids club so parents can get a break
· Top shelf liquor
· Restaurants worthy of a foodie
· Fun activities
You get the point.
4. Agree on a budget
The final step is to agree on a budget. Once you have an idea of what you both want, I think the budget conversation will be easier to have and help you both decide on something realistic.
It is best to consider your vision and your non-negotiables and fit those into your budget. You’d be surprised at how far your funds will go when hosting a destination wedding at a resort.
Like any other wedding, the number of guests will be a factor in your wedding cost, but don’t allow that to keep your guest list small! When you host your destination wedding at a resort, you can earn so many freebies that will really expand your budget!
I love helping my destination wedding couples save thousands of dollars! It’s so fun!
Once you have all these details, you’ll be able to have more clarity on what you are looking for in a destination wedding location so that you aren’t wasting your time on places that aren’t a good fit for you.
Ultimately, picking the ideal location is all about how you want to celebrate this beautiful new chapter in your life. You and your fiancé may have a place or a country in mind, but once you have narrowed down your options to a particular region of the world, it's time to look at all of your choices so that you can make an informed decision. Your choice of location will affect every part of the wedding, so doing some research now could help you make sure that everything—from the venue and clothing to photography and transportation—measures up to what you really want for this wedding!
Short on time to do research and still feeling a bit overwhelmed clarifying your vision?
That’s my specialty! I’d love to connect with you via a complimentary consultation. Here is the https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=23771402 and I look forward to helping you!
Are you worried about getting the most out of your destination wedding budget? Are you wondering what aspect of your destination wedding you should splurge on, and which one you should save money on? In this post, I will discuss the most important aspects of your destination wedding that you should splurge on that can make the difference between a good destination wedding, and an AMAZING destination wedding.
Yes, most of your guests are going to be with you at your resort for at least two days before the ceremony, so even though they are already having a memorable time with you, you really want your ceremony, cocktail, & dinner decor to stand out!. Your guests are only a few feet away from centerpieces, tableware, flowers, and your other decorations, so you want them to be memorable. Anything that your family and friends can see up close, touch or feel, is worth going the extra mile for.
Another area you definitely want to splurge on, is any type of special event you are going to host at the resort venue: Maybe your own special welcome reception, complete with your own unique mixologist or specialty cocktail made exclusively for your wedding group. You may want to have a fire show put on for your group or your own special beach party. What about a catamaran cruise for your wedding party and guests? You may want to go on a special excursion to a historic sight, play a round of golf at a championship golf course, or do rum or tequila tasting! Whatever is unique to your group. You want it to be quality all the way to ensure that everyone in your group creates memories that will last a lifetime!
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You definitely want to splurge on your top entertainment package for your reception. This was the main event that everyone traveled to celebrate, and giving them rocking receptions will culminate your entire destination wedding on a high note! Make sure you can have input on the music list, and either you or your destination wedding designer should vet the DJs by looking at their reviews, and talking to the resort wedding coordinator, to make sure you book the dj you think will do the best job for your reception: Getting a lighted dance floor always adds a flash of fun and color to the mix, as well as having a firework show at the end of the night. The point is you want to send your family and friends home with a high from your wedding they won’t soon forget.
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When you are getting married in a gorgeous tropical location, with powder white sand, turquoise blue water, and lush green palms, you want the beauty of your special day to come through in your photos. You’ll also want a photographer who is a true professional and knows how to capture those special moments throughout the day that others would miss: These photos represent one of the best days of your life and your photos should display that.
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A destination wedding is an amazing time to celebrate your marriage, in a stunning locale, with all of your closest friends and family. When you splurge on the right elements of your destination wedding, it will be an unforgettable experience that you and all of your guests will cherish forever!
If you are getting frustrated or overwhelmed trying to figure out your destination wedding, you don’t have to do this on your own! I would love to talk with you and see where I can help you get everything in place for your wedding so that you can just enjoy the wedding process!
Use this link to schedule a free 45 Minute Consultation with me today!
When you plan a honeymoon to Mexico, You will quickly realize this is a country like no other with endless beauty and adventure as well as hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Here are 6 reasons why you should plan a honeymoon in Mexico.
Easy to Get from U.S. Gateways
With several nonstop flight options, same-day arrivals, and departures, plus multiple flights per day, a romantic beach honeymoon is at your fingertips. And with multiple flights, it gives you plenty of backup options in case of delays or cancellations.
Romantic Resorts for Every Couple's Style and Taste
When it comes to the accommodations, you’ll have your pick of the best. From lavish mega resorts to hacienda-style boutique hotels and everything in between! Plus, if you’re looking for an adult-only escape, there are multiple resort properties that offer the ideal atmosphere for couples who want a romantic honeymoon void of screaming children!
The Best Bang for Your Buck is in Mexico
Honestly, the level of luxury provided for the price is quite remarkable. From world-class spas to beach butlers taking care of your every need while you relax on the beach, you can’t go wrong with a luxury resort in Mexico.
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If you are looking for incredible service for the money, Mexico will get you the most bang for your buck when it comes to the level of luxury and service you receive for the price. Part of the reason is that Mexico is just miles ahead of other destinations when it comes to hospitality & tourism. A quote I once heard from a travel insider pretty much sums it up like this.“ In (the location I was at) if your drink spills, a waiter will come right away to clean it up. In Mexico, the wait staff will see the glass at the edge of the table and come to push it back.”
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Tons of Amazing Activities
One of the best parts of planning a honeymoon to Mexico is the incredible amount of activities and sites you and your new spouse can experience and make new memories together.
Looking for adventure, golf, or fishing? Take your pick! There’s so much to experience when you visit Mexico!
Two Unique Areas of Mexico to Choose From
Mexico has two completely different, but equally romantic & beautiful areas to enjoy an amazing honeymoon!
The Caribbean Side
The Caribbean side of Mexico is located on the Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean Sea and is the most popular area of Mexico for any type of travel. This is where Cancun, Riviera Maya, and many of the other popular destination wedding spots are located. Everything mentioned above will be available to you on the Caribbean side of Mexico, including white sand beaches and the ability to enjoy the Caribbean Sea if you love getting in the water.
The Pacific Side:
The Pacific Side of Mexico is of course located along the Pacific Ocean and was originally best known for travel spots such as Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco, but now the hottest new spots to travel or honeymoon in Mexico is in either Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta!
Located at the end of the Baja Coast, Cabo is home to luxury resorts, amazing foodie experiences, championship golf, yoga retreats, movie star getaways, and authentic cultural experiences. The beaches are wide and beautiful here as well, but darker sand than the Caribbean side, and are not usually swimmable due to the ocean currents and rip tides.
Known for its charming towns and people, the stunning landscape of sea and mountain, plus colorful culture and marine life, it’s easy to see why Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular vacation destinations for honeymoons!
Which Part of Mexico is Best for Your Honeymoon?
The hardest decision you’ll have to make when planning a honeymoon to Mexico is which part of Mexico is best for your needs and which resort or hotel will give you the atmosphere you are looking for. That’s where having the assistance of a honeymoon designer can come in handy.
Mexico is the perfect destination for a honeymoon because there is something for every couple. If you're looking for an active honeymoon, Mexico has plenty of opportunities to enjoy golf, snorkel, scuba dive, visit an echo park or historic site, and even ride horses along the beach. If relaxing on the beach and enjoying a few drinks is more your speed, that's also not a problem in Mexico. Your honeymoon can be as lively or laid back as you want it to be.
Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for a destination wedding. The sun, the sea, and the sand are just what many couples are looking for when planning their weddings. Mexico offers all that in addition to top-notch resorts with beautiful and unique venues. Let's take a quick look at some of the Pros and Cons of having a destination wedding in Mexico.
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Pro: Easy Access from the US
For the most part, Mexico is easily accessible to U.S. citizens and offers plenty of daily flight options. This allows for ease of travel for you and your wedding guests as well as ensures that if there are flight delays or cancellations there will be several flight options available for backup.
Pro: Plenty of Incredible Resort Options and Venues to Choose from
Whether you are heading to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, or the Cancun/Riviera Maya area, you will have more than enough choices of resorts and wedding venues to host your wedding celebration. With the myriad of options available, you'll also have your pick of luxury, chic, modern, or authentic resorts with lively, quiet, active, or pampering atmospheres. From boutique resorts with intimate settings to mega resorts with Vegas-style shows. Mexico truly offers something for EVERY wedding group!
Pro: Amazing Value of Luxury Services for the Price!
If you are looking for incredible luxury and service for the money. Mexico will get you the most bang for your buck when it comes to the level of luxury and service you receive for the price. Part of the reason is that Mexico is just miles ahead of other destinations when it comes to hospitality and tourism. A quote I once heard from a travel insider pretty much sums it up like this. "In the Dominican Republic if your drink spills, a waiter will come right away to clean it up. In Mexico, the wait staff will see the glass on the edge of the table and come to put it back in a safer spot."
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Pro: Wedding Package Value for the Price
The same is true for wedding packages. Your destination wedding budget goes so much further in Mexico! You will be amazed at the celebration you can plan that will be a day you and your guests will never forget!
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Pro: Endless Excursions, Activities, & Cultural Experiences
Regardless of what part of Mexico you head to, you'll have your pick of awesome experiences at your fingertips! Historical ruins, underground caverns, artistic cities, waterfalls, mountains, whale watching, snorkeling, nightlife, shopping, golf, catamaran cruises, day trips to nearby islands, you name it! There is something for everyone to enjoy in Mexico!
Con: Legal wedding requirements
Each State in Mexico has different requirements for your wedding in Mexico to be legal, but you can expect bloodwork, translation of documents, witnesses, and 3-4 day of residency.
If you don't need to have a legal destination wedding, then I suggest you and your fiancé get married legally in the States (basically at the courthouse) and then you will do a symbolic wedding in Mexico for your Destination Wedding ceremony. No one will know but you, and it will save you from jumping through a lot of hoops.
Con: Cancun/Riviera Maya Seaweed issues
With Cancun and Riviera Maya being the most popular locations in Mexico to host a destination wedding. I felt obligated to mention this "con". Over the last few years, environmental factors have caused an increase in the seaweed that floats into the waters and on the shore. It is impossible to predict when there could be a lot of seaweed or not as much because it can come and go at any time of the year.
While resorts are continually cleaning up the seaweed, it does affect the beauty and clarity of the water. If you are planning a beach wedding or want perfectly clear water, this are of Mexico may not be the best option for you.
As you can see Mexico really offers more Pros than Cons for having a destination wedding. The growth in popularity of Mexico as a wedding location is clear proof that this is true. Mexico makes for an amazing location for a destination wedding as it's bursting at the seams with amazing resorts, beautiful venues, tons of activities, rich culture, and natural beauty.
If you've been trying to figure out your destination wedding, but feel as if you're getting nowhere fast, then I encourage you to schedule a FREE 45-minute strategy call with me today, and let's get you moving forward in your destination wedding planning!
You’ve spent months planning the perfect wedding and now you want to spend some valuable alone time relaxing with each other. Thankfully there are plenty of amazing resorts that cater to honeymooners looking for an AMAZING honeymoon. Whether you’re looking for extravagant relaxation or an adventurous getaway, here are six resorts that will help make your honeymoon dreams come true.
If you're looking for a honeymoon spot that is as special as your union, here's a look at six of the world's top honeymoon resorts. Each of these resorts is truly awe-inspiring and has plenty to offer couples looking for a luxurious retreat after their big day.
You’ve taken care of all the details for your big day. After months of stress, you two will get to spend some valuable alone time together and make some great memories. Remember, this is not just another getaway, this is your honeymoon, a trip of a lifetime, so go big if you can.
Maybe you want to just relax on a beach palapa with a butler serving you drinks & snacks all day, swim and read your favorite book at the infinity pool, experience gourmet dining all day long, or just order room service from your AMAZING honeymoon suite. The choices are endless when it comes to where to go for your honeymoon. If you’re having trouble deciding where to go, we’ve got you covered with our list of six unforgettable honeymoon resorts that will start your marriage off on the right foot!
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort in St. Lucia
Of course, St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort is considered one of its best all-inclusive resorts for couples.
With unique accommodations like over-water bungalows and rondoval suites with private pools, lush and tropical grounds, plus a stunning white sand beach, it truly is a paradise.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian offers several dining options, premium drinks, spacious pools, daily and nightly entertainment.
St. Lucia is ideal for honeymoon couples looking to explore and have some adventures, so be sure to get out and see the stunning sites like the Pitons or enjoy zip lining in the lush rainforest or hop on an ATV to see the majestic countryside.
Namale Resort and Spa
Namale is located on the northern coast of Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu. The all-inclusive resort features 25 bures, or bungalows, that are all located in a rainforest overlooking the ocean. There are also eight villas featuring private pools and personal butlers. Each bure and villa feature a private deck with ocean views, an indoor shower, an outdoor shower, a mini-bar, and an iPod docking station.
Honeymoon couples can enjoy massages at the spa or relax by the infinity pool while sipping a cocktail from the swim-up bar.
Besides water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving, there’s horseback riding and mountain biking through the rainforest. Guests can also enjoy activities like ping pong, Fijian cooking classes, and yoga on the beach.
The resort staff can arrange tours to nearby villages, where guests can meet the locals and learn about Fijian culture.
Excellence Oyster Bay, Jamaica
Excellence Oyster Bay is an ideal resort in Jamaica that's perfect for honeymoons and beach lovers.
Set on a private peninsula about 30-minutes from the Montego Bay airport, this adult-only resort has it all.
Oversized luxurious suites with private pools, fabulous international restaurants, beautiful
bars with premium drinks, a world-class spa, and wonderful friendly service are just a few of
the highlights of this perfect place to celebrate your honeymoon.
I recommend splurging for the Excellence Club upgraded level of service for amenities like a
private pool and beach areas, private lounges with premium bars, concierge service, and
The resort offers plenty of activities for couples looking for fun, including sailing, kayaking, snorkel gear, daily activities, and nightly shows.
Único 20°87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Unico 20°87° is in the Riviera Maya Mexico and sits on prime real estate overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The staff at Unico 20°87° are known for their friendliness and will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time there. They're also happy to help you plan any excursions or activities you might want to do while you're in the area, making it easy for you not to have to worry about anything but having fun during your honeymoon!
Moreover, Unico 20°87° has an excellent spa, which offers a variety of treatments including massages, facials, and body wraps. These treatments are created using local ingredients and organic oils derived from tropical plants—plus they smell amazing!
Unico 20°87° is where our couples go when they want a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be talked about for years to come.
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
This glamorous resort offers an incredible beachfront setting that provides honeymoon couples with the opportunity to relax and enjoy each other's company. Le Blanc Spa Resort is a super luxurious adult-only resort tucked away in Mexico's Los Cabos. The views are indescribable, the level of service is top-notch, and the touches of luxury set this all-inclusive resort from the rest.
Luxurious accommodations with stunning views (even the basic room category is drool-worthy), fine dining, top-shelf liquor, butler service on every floor, an indulgent spa, plus it is only 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International airport and 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas.
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Punta Cana
Looking for an all-inclusive honeymoon in the Caribbean that sits on the most stunning beach?
Introducing Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, a sophisticated adults-only resort in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana, a true tropical paradise with an award-winning golf course and two miles of spectacular white-sand beaches.
Luxurious modern accommodations with 24-hour in-room dining, swim-up suites, a tranquil spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, several a la carte restaurants, 7 bars and lounges, an open-air theater with nightly live performances, watersports, and cooking lessons are just a few highlights of this honeymoon resort.
I must mention the state-of-the-art 14,000 sq. ft. fitness center with a separate cardio area, strength zone, TRX training, spinning room, offering yoga, step and Pilates classes. So, don’t stress over all those calories!
As you can see, there are plenty of options for your honeymoon, ranging from relaxing beach vacations to romantic getaways in interesting and exciting locations. Before you choose your ideal itinerary, focus on the type of honeymoon that you and your partner want. You may find you agree on several things or have opposing views—again, it doesn’t matter. That’s what makes a honeymoon memorable. Enjoy yourselves and explore each other’s ideas. You certainly won’t regret it!
And if you feel like you are stuck and need some help planning your dream honeymoon, feel free to schedule a free 30 Minute Honeymoon Consultation with me today!
Have you been thinking of having a dreamy destination wedding? Do you want to marry your love in a magical and picturesque setting in paradise? The best destination wedding resorts offer top-notch accommodations, breathtaking scenery, and private locations to ensure your special day is perfect. Whether you're planning a beach wedding in Mexico or a destination wedding in the Caribbean, our all-inclusive resort partners will help make your dream come true.
Here are five of our favorite destination wedding resorts for a beautiful, romantic, and stress-free experience:
El Casitas Royale
Surrounded by lush jungles and white sandy beaches, El Dorado Casitas Royale is the perfect place for a dream wedding in Mexico. The resort offers packages that include an on-site wedding planner, flowers, music, and more — all you have to do is show up! After your big day, couples can enjoy their honeymoon at one of the resort's many private plunge pools or swim-up suites.
And for couples looking for a one-of-a-kind exclusive wedding experience for your adult-only wedding, consider the Private Enclave Wedding Experience. This wedding package is your chance to reserve an entire private section of the resort, inclusive of your own private enclave with a private pool exclusive to your group, personalized butler service, private events including a Mexican Beach Fiesta with Live Mexican Trio, plus luxury accommodations and so much more.
At the end of your wedding celebration, you’ll be whisked away to an overwater bungalow or beachfront villa for your honeymoon.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
There are many reasons to host your wedding at a luxurious hotel and spa resort such as the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. This exquisite all-inclusive hideaway is located in the magical Mexican Riviera Maya, which is known for its picturesque beaches and abundant wildlife.
The resort is just steps away from world-class beaches and an abundance of fun activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, aqua aerobics, and tons of amazing excursions.
From the Pinterest-worthy grand ballrooms to the exquisite outdoor venues, and the world-class service to the executive chefs, Grand Velas has you covered.
With a gorgeous wedding chapel that seats up to 150 guests, an ocean terrace that is the perfect setting for an intimate reception, and an oceanfront wedding deck that offers stunning views, this destination wedding resort is truly jaw-dropping.
They only do a handful of weddings per year, ensuring that you receive the attention and help you deserve. Your big day should be as unique as your relationship, so let’s find your ideal setting at Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica
When you think about the most romantic destinations for a wedding, we invite you to consider the magical island of Jamaica. And after your dreamy wedding experience at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica, you’ll be glad you did. This newly designed resort offers numerous amenities catering to the needs of those celebrating their special day.
Weddings are a memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience that deserves to be planned with care and style. If you want your wedding to be perfect, do what the stars are doing and book at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica.
Another benefit to hosting your destination wedding in Jamaica is that legal weddings are easy and inexpensive.
Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos
There are a lot of reasons why people choose to have their destination wedding in Mexico. Some of these reasons include close friends, family, time off work, and the warm weather. Other reasons include the nightlife and of course the fantastic beaches. Whatever your reason is for choosing to have your destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico you can be sure that you’ll have an unforgettable time.
This resort has been built from its very foundation with the idea that guests will experience luxury while they are on vacation. With luxury comes comfort which will allow you to focus on making memories with those close to you.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect wedding or the most spectacular setting for a company event, the staff at this one-of-a-kind resort will make sure all your dreams come true. Their award-winning team is known for delivering seamless events by creating unforgettable experiences, which are designed to create lasting memories you will want to celebrate again and again.
For those celebrating a Catholic destination wedding, you will love the oceanfront chapel that seats 112 people and offers spectacular views!
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Beaches Turks & Caicos is the ultimate luxury vacation for guests of all ages. Featuring fine dining, premium drinks, butler service, large suites to accommodate bigger families, a waterpark, and unlimited water sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Why get married at Beaches Turks & Caicos? Why not? Because all eyes are on you and every memory counts, you need a venue where every moment of your wedding will be perfect. Choosing Beaches Turks & Caicos means never having to worry about anything going wrong, because they’ve got everything covered for you.
Plus, there aren’t many venues that offer award-winning services, stunning settings, and fresh Caribbean air — all in one place. The luxury resort and all-inclusive nature ensure that no detail is left unattended — making your wedding unforgettable.
These are just a few of the amazing places to consider for your dream destination wedding in The Caribbean and Mexico. The best thing about a destination wedding is that you get to say “I Do” in a bucket list location of your choice.
All of these resorts are incredible and have been known time and time again to host one-of-a-kind weddings and unforgettable honeymoons. And if you're planning a destination wedding, we applaud you for having the courage and imagination to go for something incredibly unique.
And if you feel like you are stuck and need some help planning your dream destination wedding, feel free to schedule a free 45 Minute Consultation with me today!
Cancun features the famous "hotel zone" where some of the most popular resorts in Mexico reside, on powder white sand beaches contrasting turquoise blue water! There is an abundance of great resort options in Cancun for your wedding. You can choose from ultra-chic & modern, to more laid-back and casual. Cancun has more nightlife, shopping, and powder white sand beaches, but you’ll also face more crowded beaches and resort areas.
The Riviera Maya is about 30 minutes and beyond south of Cancun and resorts here are more spacious and spread out from each other. The beaches are a little more natural here, due to protections set up by law to protect the natural coral and beach areas. The resort venues here in Riviera Maya, are going to give you a less crowded atmosphere and a more authentic natural vibe.
Do you want a poolside cabana, maybe a beach cabana? How about a private terrace with an ocean view, or an infinity pool that looks like it disappears into the ocean? Well, you can have all of this and more at one of the many fantastic resort properties here in Los Cabos. Luxury is the main focus at many of these resorts which is a win for both you and your guests! These resorts also have some alluring and brilliant wedding packages to give you a dream destination “I Do”.
Turks and Caicos:
There's a nice variety of fantastic resort wedding venues in Turks & Caicos, especially on Grace Bay in the Providenciales. These resort wedding venues offer amazing wedding packages, luxurious accommodations and great activities for both you and your guests.
You’ll have a wide range of accommodations to meet every budget for your destination wedding. You can go ultra-high-end or beautiful & balanced with many resort wedding venues St. Lucia has to offer. All of these resorts will do a great job for your destination wedding, it just depends on your style and budget.
While I usually recommend doing a symbolic wedding, for most locations, St. Lucia is one of the easier Caribbean locations to get legally married in.
PROS: Bucket list excursions and activities that will make lasting memories for your wedding.
CONS: St. Lucia is in the southern Caribbean, so it is about a 5-6 hour flight from the states. St. Lucia is more expensive than other locations in the Caribbean
Costa Rica is home to many unique and beautiful resort wedding venues. You can host your wedding at a beachfront resort, or at a resort tucked away in a jungle paradise, it really depends on what you and your wedding group are looking for. All of the resort companies in Costa Rica have great wedding packages and accommodations to give you a wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
When deciding where to get married in Jamaica you’ll want to consider the best fit for you and your wedding guests. For example, if you are more of a lively party type of crowd, and don’t want a long drive to your resort, then Montego Bay is a great location for your wedding as most resorts are within 5 minutes of the airport and there are some beautiful beach locations. Montego Bay is known for its shopping and nightlife as well.
If you are looking for a perfect beach, and a more relaxing vibe, then Negril could be just the spot. And if you like more mountainous terrain near some of Jamaica’s most famous activities, such as Mystic Mountain with the Bobsled ride, and Dunns River Falls, then a resort in the Ocho Rios area may be more to your liking. No matter what area of Jamaica you choose, there will be a resort wedding venue that will give you everything you need for a dream destination “I Do!”
The Dominican Republic has some of the newest and most sophisticated wedding resort venues in the world. Because the Dominican Republic is a relatively newer player in the tourism industry, compared to Mexico or some of the other more popular tourist locations, new resorts on some of the most amazing beaches and properties are still being built for an amazing experience for both of you and all of your guests! You can relax and know that there is a resort venue in the Dominican Republic that will give you a magical wedding day!
If you picture yourself saying “I do” with the waves crashing behind you, a remote, exotic beach might be the perfect spot. We’ve rounded up our top destination wedding locations that allow you to tie the knot in unique and unforgettable locales: Check out our list of the most beautiful destinations in the world to get married. If you enjoyed this brief overview, please be on the lookout because I am going to be writing more in depth about each destination and what makes them so great for a destination wedding.
Mexico: Riviera Maya/Cancun
Located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, along the Caribbean Sea, Cancun & Riviera Maya is one of the most popular wedding destinations in Mexico, offering miles of white sandy beaches, a seemingly endless number of local sites to see and explore, and a plethora of activities for you and your wedding guests to see and do! If you think the Riviera Maya or Cancun it going to be a good fit for your destintion wedding, click here to learn more about his amazing location!
Mexico: Los Cabos
Located in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Cortez, beautiful palm trees, and incredible desert landscapes, Los Cabos brings a blend of up-level luxury and endless things to see and do for the ultimate wedding away.
Los Cabos offers something for everyone looking to have a destination wedding. Here you have your choice of stark desert landscapes intermingled with mountains and beautiful coastlines.
Known as the Hawaii of the Caribbean, St. Lucia is the emerald of the Caribbean isles! Lush green tropical rainforests, waterfalls, active volcanoes, Sulphur springs, and beautiful beaches, St. Lucia really does have it all!
Jamaica is one of the most diverse wedding destinations in the entire world, offering you sun, sea, sand, rivers, and waterfalls. Jamaica has a relaxing and fun vibe that flows throughout the island no matter where you get married.
Turks and Caicos
If you’re looking for the quintessential destination wedding in paradise with both exotic white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, look no further than Turks & Caicos.
Your wedding photos will be stunning with a backdrop of dazzling white sand and turquoise blue water that will almost look fake! If you and your guests are beach lovers, Grace Bay beach ranks among the top beaches in the world.
The Dominican Republic is the second-largest and most diverse Caribbean country. Just two hours south of Miami, and less than four hours from New York, this under-the-radar wedding destination offers gorgeous beaches, coral reefs, swaying palm trees, rich history, and culture, spectacular outdoor activities that make it a magical option for your destination wedding!
If you love lush green vistas, mountains, wildlife, beautiful beaches, and an emphasis on eco-protection, then Costa Rica may be the perfect destination for your wedding. Located between the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Costa Rica can offer many different experiences.
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