Imagine a destination wedding on a beautiful beach at sunset surrounded by your family and closest friends.
Looking for a unique way to say “I do?” Why not exchange your vows in a stunning destination wedding. Whether you envision a ceremony on a white-sand beach, overlooking gorgeous mountain ranges or in a beautiful garden, the possibilities are endless. With a destination weddings, many couples opt for intimate celebrations, while some invite as many as 200 guests. The best part, destination weddings also allow your friends and family members to bond for three to four days in an exotic locale and build lasting friendships.
Same price as a traditional wedding, really?
Believe it or not, couples choosing destination weddings can sometimes spend less (sometimes a lot less) than a traditional wedding celebration. Because guests expect to pay for their own travel and accommodations, the bride and groom only need to worry about the cost of the ceremony and reception and their travel costs. This way, destination weddings can be as lavish or simple as you desire. Whether you want to celebrate your marriage with a luxurious reception in a ballroom or at a casual beach party, there are endless options to fit any budget.
Destination wedding advice: consult an expert for best results.
While a destination wedding is an attractive alternative to the traditional wedding, a word to the wise: destination weddings require considerable planning and research. Your chances of pulling it off without a hitch improve dramatically when you work with an experienced destination wedding and honeymoon travel specialist from Travel Leaders. Our team of experienced, friendly and professional travel agents have countless options for airfare, hotels, amenities, wedding facilities right at their finger tips.
Whether it’s in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas or somewhere else, we promise to find the right place for YOUR destination wedding!
Secrets Resorts & Spas offer adults an escape to romance and sensuality in spectacular oceanfront settings. Each of our upscale resorts combines exemplary personal service with casual, yet sophisticated style. In addition, guests enjoy all the privileges of Unlimited Luxury.
Begin your new life together or write the next chapter in a storybook tropical setting. Each of our romantic wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages is thoughtfully designed to make the most of your special time together.
- Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos Mexico
- Montego Bay Jamaica
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The perfect combination of romance and luxury. With some of the most idyllic destinations, Barcelo can ensure your dream wedding can become a stress free reality and make both the day itself and honeymooning unforgettable.
Our exclusive resorts can cater for your every need, and our experienced wedding planners will help you tailor your special day to be seamless and memorable!
Whether it be an intimate ceremony for two, or an occasion to include the entire family, a Barcelo wedding will be something to remember forever!
We have two wonderful packages available throughout every resort which you can views, or why choose one of the bespoke resort packages – individual packages may vary.
- Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, Mexico
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
These resorts are where friends, couples and families share the joys of Unlimited Luxury, bringing together luxurious
accommodations, extraordinary dining and refreshments and endless day and night activities.
While you’re here, you are likely to see a very happy couple getting married or honeymooning. And what better place? There’s simply no more beautiful location for the most special of all moments.
Now is the time to savor every moment. Reconnect with one another, and yourself. To escape far from life’s demands and back to its simple pleasures. Discover a fresh, fun and cheerful destination where sophistication meets understated. Venture inside a handsome suite. Savor amenities in a class by themselves and partake in leisure pursuits that rival any resort. Period.
It’s paradise served well done, where play and party is just steps from peace and quiet. The dream vacation complete with Unlimited Luxury, the hallmark of Now. It’s yours for the taking and we’ve mastered the art of the good life.
RIU Resorts – Riu Palace Paradise Island (Bahamas)
RIU Hotels & Resorts offer a fantastic 24-hour all-inclusive program at fantastic locations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, with exciting activities and water sports, spacious accommodations, pampering amenities, and in-room minibar. These resorts cater to singles, couples and families of all ages. Guests can also play on some of the most popular beaches and enjoy exchange privileges with other select RIU resorts.
Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts – What do you expect from Hard Rock?
Thrilling action, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with our legendary rock and roll vibe? Delivered. This is Hard Rock after all.
Destination Weddings – The top 5 reasons for choosing a wedding away from home:
Affordability: Compare the expense of a traditional wedding, reception and honeymoon with a wedding that’s set smack
dab in the middle of your honeymoon location! The average wedding and reception now costs over $20,000 — and many are double or triple that amount! A destination wedding can be arranged for much less, leaving the couple with a little something left over to start their lives together. You will find that the guest list will be much smaller (fewer mouths to feed), and the guests who DO decide to make the trip are the ones who really matter to you.
Ease of planning: Resorts, cruise lines, and major destination cities have all jumped on the destination wedding bandwagon. Many offer wedding planning services that anticipate your every need. Because wedding planning is their business, they offer complete packages that include licenses and documentation, photography, a minister, floral arrangements, refreshments — all tailored to suit the couple’s preferences. They are well aware of local restrictions and customs to avoid any last minute paperwork hassles.
Agenda is set by the bride and groom: All the details reflect the couple that is getting married — the location, the number of guests and attendants (if any), the attire, the decorations and theme — the list goes on and on. But these decisions are made by the bride and groom — not their parents who sometimes feel pressure from relatives and friends to follow the traditional path. This makes it a personal celebration that the bride and groom orchestrate on their own according to their own preferences. Maybe they prefer casual get-togethers. No need for the traditional long gown and tuxedo — get married in a sundress and a pair of khaki shorts!
Reunion opportunity: This is a perfect occasion for families and friends (who may now live far apart) to get together on vacation! Nobody has any responsibilities except to relax and enjoy each other’s company. The wedding specialists take care of the details of coordinating travel for guests, making sure they have proper documentation, and catering to their individual needs (handicap accessible rooms, ocean views, non-smoking rooms, etc.)
Ideal for second marriages: This is a great way for couples who have already experienced the dog and pony show of a traditional wedding to get married. They can choose to invite family and friends (maybe including children in the wedding party) or steal away on their own for a relaxing time together at a destination that appeals to both.
Seven important things to know about planning the perfect destination wedding, if you value your sanity.
- Forewarn your friends – Tell your bridal party about the destination before you ask them to stand by your side so that they can gracefully decline if finances are tight. Don’t be upset if some of your closest friends or relatives don’t attend
- Research Local Marriage Requirements – The legal side of tying the knot in a different coun- try can be complicated. Many countries have a “residency requirement” (for example, 24 hours in Turks and Caicos and 7 days in England)
- Time it right – If you choose to marry during high season, you’ll want to reserve hotel blocks and venues immediately and send out save-the- dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can book their flights and accommodations before prices skyrocket
- Pick the Perfect Spot – The location of your wedding determines not only the mood (rustic, sophisticated, beachy), but also the travel, time and budget required to pull it off. You want your guests to walk away from your wedding weekend saying, “That was so them!”
- Don’t Stress Out – Wedding planners say destination weddings are less stressful than traditional hometown hooplas, since many of the details are simply out of the couple’s control.
- Go With the Flow – Like all nuptials, destina- tion weddings often hit snags along the way. These sticking points can be compounded thanks to language barriers, currency exchange issues and general unfamiliarity with the area and its residents. When problems arise, take a deep breath, evaluate the issue and correct the problem with help from the bridal party or other guests.
- Consult with a Travel Agent – Control freaks, beware: If you’re planning to host a destination wedding, you’ll need to entrust at least part of the planning to your travel agent.
Inform your friends & family about all the details of your destination wedding on your FREE personal planning page.
When you’re planning your destination wedding, it’s nice to have a convenient internet link you can email to folks with all the details of your big event. When you work with a travel agent from Romance Leaders, we’ll quickly create a special page with your picture, information about the resort, important travel details, flight information, and more.
RSVP? You bet.
Yes, your personal destination wedding page is also your all-in-one spot where people can make their reservation and give you a final head for your wedding party. You simply point your party to the page and we take it from there. It’s that simple. At Romance Leaders, we’re here to make your destination wedding special, and as easy as humanly possible.