You absolutely should do a pre-destination wedding planning trip that can hold the key to turning your wedding vision into a reality.
Here are some time-tested tips and strategies to help you make the most of this pre-planning trip. From selecting the perfect venue to building strong connections with the onsite wedding team, who can bring your vision to life, each step will get you closer to making your big day the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
Here are some general tips for you to follow to ensure the wedding outcome is unique and will leave a solid impact on all your guests.
TIP 1: Visiting a Destination
When choosing a destination for your wedding, prioritize safety, accessibility, and guest comfort. Ensure there are no recent travel warnings, political issues, or health concerns. Consider the feasibility of travel for all guests, especially those with specific needs.
Discover the must-see attractions, experiences, and sites that your destination has to offer. This will be part of what your guests may enjoy and you want them to create memories while celebrating with you.
If golf is on the list, find out your options that are nearby where you and your guests will be staying and ask about setting up a group.
Consider The Weather: Understand the climate of the destination and how it will be around the time of your planned wedding. Always have backup plans in case of bad weather.
Consider hosting additional events like a bachelor/bachelorette, a welcome party, or a farewell brunch. Check out locations in the area to host these events and enhance your guests' experience. They can also be held at the resort venue you choose as well.
Tip 2: Visiting The Resort Venue – What to Consider
When scouting for a resort wedding venue, several important factors must be considered. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
● Location: Choose a location that aligns with your vision and is easily accessible to all your guests. If you can find a location that is within 30-45 minutes of the airport, that is ideal, but don’t let that be your sole criteria.
● Ceremony & Reception Locations: Seeing ceremony and reception sites
available at your resort or at an offsite venue is the number one decision to
make on a pre-wedding planning trip. You need to be able to “see yourself” truly having the ceremony of your dreams there.
● Capacity: Make sure the space is right for a group of your size and that the venue's capacity is suitable for both the ceremony and reception
● Policies: Ask about the venue's policies on outside vendors, alcohol, decor, music and entertainment, catering, cake, accommodations, insurance, and security
● Accessibility: Check the venue's policy on accessibility and parking situation. If you are inviting people who are more physically challenged, then choosing a location and resort that is easy to get around in, without a lot of hills or valleys, is preferable.
● Indoor vs. Outdoor: Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding and consider the pros and cons of each option. Obviously, unless the weather is a factor, most people will have their ceremony and reception outside, that’s the main reason you are having a destination wedding however, there are times when you could have the beauty of an outdoor ceremony, with the comfort of a ballroom reception, out of the heat and humidity. It just depends on you.
NOTE: Make sure that the resort you choose does have quality spots for a
backup plan if needed when weather is bad.
● Your Guest Experience: The comfort and enjoyment of your guests is also a top priority area. Make sure that the resort you choose will have plenty to offer for all of your family and friends you are inviting to your wedding.
Tip 3: Meeting With The Onsite Wedding Team
One advantage of doing a pre-destination wedding visit is being able to meet with the onsite wedding team to see how you relate and communicate with them. Your comfort level of course is of utmost importance when working with a wedding team.
Here are some areas to consider during your visit to maximize the productivity of your meeting.
1. Prepare a list of questions that include inquiries about menu options, venue capacity, and decor choices.
2. Be receptive to suggestions and recommendations from the onsite team. They possess valuable experience and knowledge about the venue and the local area, which can prove invaluable in making informed decisions. With that said, make sure the team is actually listening to your concerns and needs. If they aren’t now, when they are looking for your business, they really won’t be once you’re signed, sealed, and delivered.
3. Take a comprehensive tour of the venue alongside the team. This will give you a clearer understanding of the space and how it can best be utilized for your wedding.
4. Communicate your wedding vision and preferences. Collaborate with them to develop a plan that aligns with your desires and suits your budget. Again, make sure they are listening to you, not just pushing their own agenda.
5. Ensure that your expectations are transparently communicated. Any special requests or requirements should be clearly articulated to the onsite team.
Your meeting should make you feel like you can collaborate effectively with the onsite team to make well-informed decisions for your wedding, resulting in a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.
NOTE: Unfortunately the reality is that many of the resort wedding venues have high turnover in the onsite wedding staff. It’s very possible that the team you start with, won’t be the team you end up with as you get closer to your wedding. With that said, I always advise couples to consider hiring a destination wedding consultant to help them with every aspect of their destination wedding, including keeping in constant communication with the onsite team, and any changes that may occur, so that you don’t have to constantly be trying to keep up with it all.
A destination wedding designer will be able to take great notes and quickly jump in to make sure your wedding vision is going to happen, no matter what changes happen with the onsite team.
Tip 4: Turn Your Pre-Wedding Planning trip into a Mini Getaway Experience
While a pre-wedding planning trip can be busy, try to enjoy a little break while there.
Take at least one day to relax on the beach, sip some margs, and rejuvenate. The details of your wedding will come together and you won’t plan everything in an entire weekend, so relax!
Enjoy your visit and come back excited and energetic to make your final decision and start planning your destination wedding!
Pro tip: have some professional pics taken while there so you can send out the save-the-date cards with a photo of you two at the destination! How cool would that be?
Your pre-wedding planning trip isn’t just a quick getaway. It can provide you with all the information you need that will help you plan your dream wedding.
From understanding your destination's culture to selecting the perfect resort venue, doing a pre-planning trip will help you craft a wedding experience that will leave a lasting mark, and become a cherished chapter in your love story.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to ensure you cover all your bases with your destination wedding planning, Or you would like to do a pre-planning destination wedding trip, I’d be delighted to chat with you.
Click on the link below to schedule a complimentary 60-minute consultation - no strings attached!
Antigua has been named a top honeymoon destination by many travel magazines and publications. Antigua is an ideal honeymoon location with stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and a vibrant culture. Honeymooning couples will be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches which offer amazing diving, snorkeling, and scuba diving opportunities. Honeymoon couples can have an A-List Honeymoon.
Perfect Combination of Romance & Relaxation
After a wonderful wedding, choosing the perfect honeymoon destination is important for the successful completion of the biggest event of your life.
Many couples consider Antigua, and for good reason. Are the Islands in Antigua on your checklist, too?
Antigua, in the heart of the Caribbean's Antigua and Barbuda, offers everything you need for an amazing honeymoon. Gorgeous beaches, wonderful weather, and friendly locals. It has everything you need to take your romance to the next level.
You’ll enjoy walking hand in hand on white sandy beaches, the warm Caribbean breeze in your hair, and breathtaking sunsets coloring your evenings. Antigua is tailor-made for a romantic honeymoon.
This guide will help you make the most of your time in Antigua. From peaceful beachfront retreats to exciting adventures and delicious dining, Antigua has it all.
Beaches Galore And Lots More
Antigua unquestionably stands out as an exceptional choice for your honeymoon destination. This Caribbean paradise boasts an astounding count of 365 beaches, ensuring an abundance of options for your romantic escape.
But Antigua's allure goes far beyond its sandy shores. Some neighboring destinations may often draw spring breakers and cruise enthusiasts, but Antigua attracts more discerning and sophisticated travelers.
Are you a couple seeking an extraordinary honeymoon experience? Your choice of the Islands of Antigua is perfect!
The moment you step onto Antigua's shores, you'll find yourself embraced by the island's unique beauty and charm, leaving you with a profound sense of contentment.
Imagine pristine white sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, crystal-clear turquoise waters gently lapping at the shore, and lush green hills providing a backdrop of natural beauty. It's a scene straight out of your romantic fantasy with your dream partner.
In Antigua, every day feels like a celebration of your love. The serenity of the beaches, the warmth of the sun, and the gentle embrace of the Caribbean breeze create an ambiance of pure romance. Whether you choose to relax on the beach, explore the island's hidden coves, or indulge in a candlelit dinner by the sea, Antigua offers the perfect setting for creating cherished memories together.
So, as you plan your dream honeymoon, Antigua promises a honeymoon experience that will forever linger in your hearts with its unparalleled natural beauty and romantic ambiance.
Antigua's climate is a major draw for tourists, and it promises delightful weather throughout the year.
In the winter, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures in the mid-70s – great for romantic beach walks and outdoor adventures. Summers bring slightly warmer highs in the upper 80s, adding a touch of warmth to your tropical escape. Whether you prefer the gentle embrace of the Caribbean sun or a cooler breeze, Antigua offers the best of both worlds.
The Caribbean Sea plays a significant role in ensuring your comfort. It provides consistent cooling breezes, making all your outdoor activities enjoyable. Even though occasional rain showers may grace the island, rest assured that Antigua has one of the lowest average rainfall levels in the eastern Caribbean. The weather is honeymoon-perfect - mostly bright and sunny.
What makes Antigua even more alluring is its nearly flawless climate year-round, ready to complement your honeymoon with its perfect blend of comfort and beauty.
Explore Antigua – These Places Are Tailor-Made For Your Romantic
While Antigua may be a small island, measuring just 14 miles in length and 11 miles in width, rest assured its size won't limit your exploration opportunities. In fact, it's part of the island’s charm – regardless of where you decide to stay in this paradise, there are chances galore to uncover its many facets.
Stingray City Antigua
Stingray City Antigua is a popular attraction for honeymooners. You can go snorkeling like many others vacationing here. Witnessing the fascinating marine life in their natural habitat can be an experience in itself. The warm, shallow waters teem with majestic stingrays and provide the perfect romantic backdrop for your best honeymoon photographs.
Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay is one of Antigua's finest beaches, accessible from most honeymoon hotels. You will instantly fall in love with this secluded paradise featuring pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters. You can also engage in windsurfing, boogie boarding, or simply relax on the shore with rented lounge chairs, savoring the company of your loved one.
Devil’s Bridge National Park
Make your honeymoon even more unique. Visit the Devil's Bridge National Park, a geological marvel naturally sculpted by centuries of Atlantic Ocean tides, forming a breathtaking landmark. Don’t miss the park’s limestone rocks and dramatic blowholes.
They offer the perfect backdrop for your most romantic photos.
Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is another snorkeling hotspot in Antigua, ideal for exploring abundant tropical fish and coral. But you must bring your snorkeling gear too to discover this beach’s underwater wonders.
If shopping is on your agenda during your Antigua honeymoon, St. John's is the place to be. Explore boutique stores and malls, pick souvenirs, and stroll through historic buildings. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda for a cultural experience.
For a glimpse of a historic marina, make your way to Nelson's Dockyard in the English Harbor. This picturesque waterfront is adorned with sailboats and yachts. You will also find UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Clarence House and Shirley Heights.
If you are up for some added excitement, plan your visit on a Sunday evening to join the locals in a lively sunset celebration featuring music, food, and cocktails.
An Island of Adventure
While Antigua offers plenty of opportunities for romance and relaxation, it's also a destination to infuse your honeymoon with some thrilling adventure.
The Antigua Rainforest Zipline Tour is a must-visit place. Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the treetops, spanning gorges and immersing you in the rainforest using a combination of 13 zip lines (ranging from 52 to 328 feet in length), three aerial walkways, a treehouse, and two suspension bridges.
This adventure is one of the effortless ways to experience an adrenaline rush without exerting physical effort. Ensure you have packed appropriately for the assortment of adventures.
Where To Stay – The Choicest Pick
Antigua boasts a variety of honeymoon-friendly resorts catering to couples seeking top-tier service.
Whether you prefer intimate resorts that prioritize privacy for newlyweds or luxurious destinations equipped to fulfill every need, Antigua offers a high standard of service that will delight you every moment of your stay here.
One of the best resorts to stay while honeymooning in Antigua is Galley Bay Resort & Spa.
This adults-only boutique retreat in Antigua offers a secluded haven for romantic escapades. Nestled on a private white sand beach, the resort is nestled within lush tropical gardens.
Go for one of those spacious rooms with ocean views and island-inspired artwork. Get stunning views from the patio or balcony.
The Sea Grape restaurant serves Caribbean and international cuisine. They will definitely tantalize your taste buds. Don’t miss the Teepee Bar on the beach.
Galley Bay offers many other exciting features, including water sports, tennis, yoga, and Pilates. The resort houses a fitness center and a spa to address your wellness needs.
Exclusively for adults, Galley Bay Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners.
The all-inclusive nature ensures that all meals, drinks, and activities are covered, making it a luxurious and romantic destination for a relaxing Antiguan getaway.
If you are considering planning a honeymoon getaway in Antigua, we hope the information discussed here will help you make a wise decision.
Whether you are looking for adventure or just simply want to relax and unwind, Antigua has much to offer for everyone.
If you would like to hit the easy button and get your honeymoon planned and checked off your list of things to do, before you say “I Do!’ Feel free to
schedule a free consultation with me today. I still have a few openings left
this month on my calendar. Just click the link below to schedule now!
Picture this: You, your partner, and a breathtaking destination for your wedding.
But, before you dive into that tropical paradise, let's tackle a crucial question: "How far in advance should I book and plan my destination wedding?" I’ve written this article to guide you through it.
If you're dreaming of saying "I do" in a stunning destination wedding, you've come to the right place. I've been helping couples like you plan their dream weddings in paradise for the last couple of years, and I'm here to share some advice on how far in advance to book and plan your destination wedding. So, roll up your sleeves, and let's dive into this exciting journey together!
Step 1 – Secure the wedding date and time (12-18 months in advance)
Choosing the perfect date and time for your destination wedding is the first big step.
And trust me, it's not as easy as picking a date for a local wedding when you can pop into venues on a Saturday afternoon. That's where a destination wedding specialist, like yours truly, comes in handy. We'll help you find the ideal wedding venue that suits your style and budget, so you don't waste time scrolling through endless options. Not securing your date and time is one of the top mistakes I see wedding couples make
when trying to plan a destination wedding. I recommend you to read my blog about the benefits of choosing all-inclusive resort for your destination wedding
Step 2 – Get a group contract set up (As soon as the venue is selected)
Once you've nailed down your wedding date and time, it's time to secure a group contract. This contract ensures that all your guests have a room at the same rate, making everyone's stay seamless and enjoyable.
As a destination wedding specialist, I personally work with a travel supplier (vs booking directly with the resort) to set up the group contract, as it simplifies the process and ensures you get the best deals.
Step 3 – Send out Save the Date invites (Give guests as much time as possible, at least 6 months, preferably a full year)
With the wedding date and group block secured, it's time to spread the excitement by sending out Save the Date invitations. Make sure your invites include all the essential details, and if you're working with a destination wedding travel specialist, we can set up a wedding website where your guests can easily reserve their rooms. Plus, when your guests book with group you can earn some fantastic perks like free rooms and
Step 4 – Pre-wedding planning (6-9 months before the wedding)
Now comes the in-between phase, where you've got some time before the big day.
Here are some tips to make the most of it:
- Consider a pre-wedding planning trip to your chosen destination, taking advantage of any discounted rates.
- Research fun group activities like a catamaran cruise to keep your guests entertained.
- Remind your guests to RSVP by reserving their rooms with a low deposit.
- If you're hiring a photographer/videographer not on the resort's preferred list, plan for the outside vendor fee, or consider having someone from the U.S. attend as a guest to avoid it, but we aware that some resorts won't allow it.
Step 5 - Start planning the wedding (Between 4-6 months from the wedding)
Even if your resort isn't ready to dive into the nitty-gritty details just yet, start planning by creating a Pinterest board with your wedding inspirations for decor, colors, and flowers. When the time comes, you'll be crystal clear about your preferences. Other planning decisions include menu selections, photography packages, and music for the reception.
Step 6 – Final Payments and Transfers (60 – 75 days before travel)
Approximately two months before the big day, it's time to make final payments for room reservations. Don't forget to gather your guests' flight details, so transportation can be coordinated smoothly. Double-check those itineraries to ensure they match their room dates, as discrepancies can arise if you wait until the last minute. If you work with a destination wedding specialist like me, this task will be on my plate. ;)
Step 7 – Tips, reminders, and travel documents, oh my! (2 weeks before travel)
As the wedding day draws near, send out travel documents via email about two weeks before the trip. Ask your guests to review them thoroughly and notify you of any questions or discrepancies. Provide them with tips and reminders for a stress-free trip, including details on online check-in, shuttle services, gratuities, and emergency contacts. Again, this is something I can easily take off your plate.
Phew, we've covered it all! Planning a destination wedding may seem daunting, but with this timeline and the guidance of a destination wedding specialist, you'll be well-prepared to create the wedding of your dreams in paradise.
Now, it's time to take the next step. If you're ready to turn those dreams into plans, and you want a little help with putting your destination wedding together, then schedule a complimentary consultation with me today. I have a few openings left this month! I can't wait to be a part of your journey to 'happily ever after'!
Just use the link below to schedule now! Let's craft the wedding of your dreams together.
Ah, the Caribbean – where turquoise waters meet powdery beaches, and romance blossoms under the warm island sun. Your honeymoon is a time to celebrate your love, embark on adventures, and bask in each other's company. But with safety being a top priority, it's essential to choose a destination that offers both beauty and security. Join me as we dive into the magical world of Caribbean getaways, exploring safe havens that promise a romantic and worry-free escape for you and your partner.
The Caribbean Islands offer a true honeymoon paradise in many forms as you venture into the enchanting beauty and mystery of each one of them.
Whether you seek peaceful privacy to unwind in each other's company, thrilling escapades to ignite your passion for adventure, or vibrant festivities to dance the night away, you can realize all those dreams without sacrificing peace of mind that you’re going to be safe and secure at the same time.
Here is my short list of the top 7 islands to honeymoon in the Caribbean that offer both serenity, romance, safety, and guaranteed to deliver lasting memories. Here, go explore!
With its 108 square miles of tropical beauty, Antigua offers multiple reasons to choose this island for a memorable honeymoon.
This Caribbean gem's scenic beauty captivates newlyweds seeking an escape to nature. Luxurious resorts dotting the island promise an indulgent stay, offering intimate villas and all-inclusive honeymoon packages for unparalleled relaxation and ease.
With over 365 white sand beaches, honeymooners can immerse themselves in picturesque nature, where turquoise waters meet pristine shores.
Whether seeking tranquility or adventure, Antigua caters to every couple's desires, allowing them to enjoy never-before experiences. Romantic resorts abound here, ready to pamper honeymooners with heartwarming amenities in a haven of romance.
In Antigua, the possibilities are endless, providing the perfect canvas for dreamy honeymooners.
Anguilla is an unspoiled Caribbean destination that remains untainted by commercial influence. The unhurried pace and the stunning landscape make Anguilla an instant favorite of honeymooners. The best part is that the place remains untouched by casinos, cruise ships, or towering hotels.
Anguilla is the tranquil haven that couples seek. The place is adorned with low-key resorts, inviting beaches, and warm-hearted locals who revel in their sun-kissed lifestyle. The tropical serenity of Anguilla sets the stage for pure relaxation and refreshing rejuvenation.
Explore any of the 30 breathtaking beaches to fill your itinerary with invigorating hikes, horseback rides, and leisurely cycling. The nights offer a chance to dance and indulge in the island's lounges and jazz clubs.
Surrender to the blissful ambiance at exquisite spas, or join a yoga retreat, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the Caribbean. Anguilla beckons as the ultimate destination for a high-end beachfront vacation, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The captivating island of Barbados offers an enchanting blend of Caribbean charm and British elegance. Embark on a journey filled with authentic experiences in the birthplace of rum with unique eco-tourism opportunities. Explore its lush landscapes and stunning natural beauty as you spend time deep-sea fishing and riding the waves, embracing the thrill of surfing in crystal-clear waters.
As the sun sets, the island comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. Dance the night away in high-energy clubs, creating unforgettable memories with your loved one.
Barbados also offers an abundance of cultural delights. The colorful houses, beautiful beaches, and lively festivals testify to its vibrant heritage. For honeymooners seeking a perfect blend of tropical allure and refined sophistication, Barbados is the ideal destination.
Barbados awaits your visit, ready to enchant and captivate you with its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes.
British Virgin Islands
The sublime paradise of the British Virgin Islands has earned its reputation as a dream honeymoon destination for numerous compelling reasons. The islands beckon with a serene and romantic ambiance, providing the perfect setting for honeymooners to bask in each other's affection.
Renowned for their pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters, the beaches of the British Virgin Islands offer a breathtaking backdrop that exudes pure romance. With over 40 untouched islands and uninhabited cays, this nautical haven offers an enchanting opportunity for honeymooners to explore and uncover hidden treasures.
The luxurious retreats have earned the reputation for being among the world's finest honeymoon resorts, promising unforgettable moments of luxury. These resorts offer all-inclusive honeymoon packages. You can choose the best fit for your needs and fully relax and immerse in each other's company without care.
The Cayman Islands is a paradise where adventure and relaxation intertwine to create the perfect Caribbean getaway for honeymooning couples. Walk along the iconic Seven Mile Beach, one of the Caribbean's finest. Dive into thrilling water sports at Stingray City or the Kittiwake Shipwreck, surrounded by vibrant sea life and coral reefs.You will enjoy both experiences.
This British Overseas Territory boasts magnificent landscapes dotted with rugged limestone cliffs. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman offer pristine shorelines, friendly locals, and an overabundance of activities for an unforgettable honeymoon.
Also awaiting you are the luxuries of top-notch resorts and fine dining amidst crystal-clear waters and sun-kissed beaches. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, the Cayman Islands are a paradise of romance and indulgence, making your dream honeymoon a reality.
St. Kitts & Nevis
Nestled between Puerto Rico and Antigua, the enchanting island of St. Kitts is the top choice for adventurous couples seeking serenity and romance. Its warm waters and stunning white sand beaches make it a hidden gem for a sun-soaked honeymoon.
St. Kitts has a rich history, from Christopher Columbus' discovery to its prosperous colonial era. The island boasts the largest fortress in the Eastern Caribbean and beautiful Victorian architecture. It is also home to a vibrant array of wildlife.
Despite its small size, St. Kitts offers many opportunities for breathtaking activities.
Explore lush rainforests, dive into kaleidoscopic coral reefs, or hike down a volcano. For a more relaxed experience, indulge in boating, fishing, shopping, or savoring the local cuisine.
Known as the Hawaii of the Caribbean, the captivating island paradise of St. Lucia will give you an unforgettable honeymoon while leaving you spellbound. Surrounded by dormant volcanoes, you will be mesmerized by the unique charm of black-sand beaches and the lush, vibrant greenery of rainforests.
St. Lucia offers a perfect blend of serene natural beauty and luxurious modern comforts. The world-class luxury resorts cater to your every desire, ensuring a romantic and indulgent stay.
Beyond its stunning landscapes, St. Lucia's rich local culture invites you to savor diverse culinary delights and immerse yourself in thrilling activities. Whether exploring charming islets hiking up the Pitons or engaging in exciting adventures, every moment on this island is filled with awe-inspiring experiences.
These Caribbean islands are not just loaded with beauty, adventure, and romance, but also hold reputations as havens of safety and serenity. From tranquil beaches to thrilling adventures, you're poised to create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. With your safety ensured and your hearts open to new experiences, your honeymoon promises to be a blend of romance, relaxation, and delightful surprises that will fill your love story's pages.
If you are in the middle of trying to figure out your honeymoon, or just feel like you need a helping hand. Hit the easy button, and schedule a free 60 minute consultation with me today. I will do my best to help you make your bucket list honeymoon a reality.
Love knows no constraints, and neither should your destination wedding. In a world where couples are seeking unique experiences that reflect their personalities, destination weddings have taken on a new dimension. It's time to redefine your wedding journey by adding personalized touches, creating cherished memories, and turning your special day into an adventure of a lifetime. Join us as we delve into the art of crafting custom destination weddings that celebrate your love story.
Destination weddings have gained popularity over the years for several reasons. Many couples find them appealing and yearn to have the best experience on the biggest day of their lives.
Destination weddings offer many unique advantages over traditional weddings. They exude a captivating romance, enabling the couple to savor their special moments together without having to fret over intricate logistics.
However, one of the core reasons for the growing popularity of destination weddings, apart from the ones mentioned above, is the ability to customize the wedding.
Destination Weddings Redefined
Modern couples are now able to redefine their destination wedding, transforming it into extraordinary and memorable wedcation. With today’s focus on customization and personal style, you can now add incredibly personalized touches to your destination wedding experience. Today’s savvy couples seek epic and once-in-a-lifetime wedcations for themselves, their loved ones, and their friends.
Destination wedding services are not just about arranging weddings in the best Instagram locations nowadays. They are also about planning highly customized group vacations that are guaranteed to stick as one of the most memorable days in the lives of those on the guest list.
Destination wedding specialists are now transitioning into comprehensive travel concierges, extending their services beyond the bride and groom to cater to the needs of the entire guest list.
Taking Creativity A Step Ahead
Today’s destination weddings are focused on prioritizing unique and unparalleled experiences for wedding couple, as well as all of their guests. They seek highly personalized and detailed celebrations and are willing to experiment with creative approaches.
Today couples are opting for weddings that are not only highly customized but also meticulously detailed, reflecting their individuality and love story.
This shift is driven by a desire to infuse their special day with a unique touch and a willingness to explore innovative approaches to celebrating their union.
Customization Can Take Your Wedding Experience To Another Level
Customization plays a significant role in today’s destination weddings, with couples focusing on tailored experiences, such as unique and well thought out menus to exciting & unique entertainment such as beachside performances to interactive activities, today’s couples are shaping their destination wedding into exactly what they want, without sacrificing anything.
Coming from a generation of online shoppers and influencers, the goal is to strike a balance between a healthy wedding budget and creating an Instagram-worthy event.
This often involves seeking unique features like a special resort venue or a rooftop ceremony to take the wedding experience to another level.
What Elements of Your Destination Wedding Can Be Customized
Caribbean and Mexican destination weddings present an enticing array of venue options that extend far beyond the typical beach setting. Couples seeking a distinctive celebration can explore other options such as enchanting gardens, breathtaking rooftop locales, captivating over-the-water ceremonies, the exclusivity of resort buy-outs, and the intimacy of private villas tailored for an experience that matches your dream wedding ideas. The diverse spectrum of choices ensures that every couple's vision for their special day can be brought to life in a way that is both breathtaking and memorable. If you are curious about the cost of a destination wedding I invite you to read my post about How much does a destination wedding cost in 2023
Wedding Planning Services
Boutique custom destination wedding planning companies specialize in creating customized and unique weddings. They are experienced professionals who can assist with every aspect of the wedding, from venue selection to decor, catering, and entertainment. Make sure you research well before selecting a vendor.
Personalized Wedding Packages
Many resorts and venues offer personalized wedding packages that can be tailored to your unique preferences and budget. These packages often include accommodation, ceremony and reception venues, catering, and other services. New services can be added on request if you want to spring some surprises on the guests.
Unique Decor and Themes
Customize your destination wedding decor and themes to reflect your personal style and incorporate the choices of your loved ones. This can include choosing specific colors, floral arrangements, lighting, and other decorative elements.
Unique Experiences for Guests
Plan unique experiences and activities for their guests to enjoy during their destination wedding. This can include group excursions, spa treatments, beach parties, cooking classes, tequila tastings, or cultural experiences showcasing the destination.
Customized beverage & cuisine menus.
You can work with their venue or caterer to curate a customized menu that reflects the needs and sentiments of your guests as well as your overall wedding theme. This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate local cuisine or signature cocktails into the wedding reception.
As we come to the end of this journey, know that your destination wedding is more than just a celebration; it's a legacy of love, adventure, and unforgettable moments. By curating experiences, personalizing details, and prioritizing unique touches, you've transformed your wedding into an extraordinary vacation for yourselves and your loved ones. Your wedding will remain etched in your hearts and the hearts of all who were a part of it.
If you are struggling or feeling frustrated trying to plan the perfect destination wedding, that will give you everything you are looking for, then I would love to talk through your destination wedding struggles with you and see if I can’t help you quickly get unstuck and move forward in your destination wedding planning. Just use the link below to schedule your free 60-minute consultation with me today!
Hi doll! Planning your dream wedding can be burdensome, especially when
you're looking for the perfect resort venue in the Caribbean or Mexico. It can be quite challenging to find the ideal spot that checks all the boxes that you are looking for.
When you stumble upon that dream venue, your first instinct might be to pick up the phone and book directly with the resort. It seems like the most logical thing to do since you are in cloud nine, right? After all is well, hold on a minute! Let me share a few things to consider beforeyou make that decision based solely on cost or personal preferences.
Here are some of the reasons, I recommend avoiding booking your destination wedding directly with the resort.
Let's dive in and discover why it's not the best idea:
You Might End Up Spending More
Sure, you might think that booking directly with the resort will save you some dollars,
but that's not always the case. Resort managers are aware that it's a one-time deal
with you, so they may try to maximize their profits.
On the other hand, a Destination Wedding specialist will have solid
connections with resort management and can often score special rates, discounts, and
package deals that aren't available to individual customers. They can help you compare
prices across different resorts and make sure you get the best value for your money.
You Could Get Slammed With Fees
It is so upsetting to see couples get blind-sided with fees based on the group contract which will increase the costs of their destination wedding. Essentially, when rooms are held for a group, there are attrition dates and cancellation penalties.
If you don’t pay attention to those and have empty rooms in the group, or if your guests cancel their room when there are cancellation penalties, couples can be stuck holding the bag and have fees they weren’t expecting. You can check my blog about the cost of a destination wedding.
This is why most destination wedding couples will learn from the mistake of others and choose to work with a travel advisor who specializes in destination wedding and group travel.
You'll Be Left with Stressful Tasks
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it's a destination wedding.
While the resort will take care of the wedding-specific infrastructure, there are dozens of other aspects to manage. Juggling all these tasks from afar can be incredibly stressful.
Hiring a destination wedding specialist can alleviate much of that stress. They can handle the logistics, coordination, and communication with the resort, allowing you to focus on taking care of your loved ones and ensuring their comfort and enjoyment during the wedding preparations.
You'll Miss Out on Personalized Service & Experience
Keep in mind that the resort might be handling your wedding along with a dozen other unrelated events at the same time. The best they can offer is a dedicated wedding planner, but that doesn't really qualify as a personalized service.
A destination wedding specialist can work closely with you to understand your dream wedding ideas and preferences. They'll customize the event to reflect your style, theme, and budget, ensuring that all the details are taken care of. They can also connect you with top-notch photographers, decorators, and entertainers to make your wedding experience truly memorable.
You'll Be Busy Troubleshooting on Your Big Day
No matter how meticulously you plan your event, unforeseen hiccups may happen at critical moments. And when they do, in some cases the resort may leave you to handle them on your own.
Having a dedicated Destination Wedding Specialist by your side can be a real lifesaver in such situations. They've dealt with similar cases before and know how to quickly troubleshoot problems, ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly.
Communication Issues May Cause Problems
Let's face it, the customer service at some exotic and remote destination wedding resorts isn't always as speedy as we'd like. If you need to communicate changes or get information to help with your planning, reaching the right people quickly can be a challenge.
Booking directly with these resorts may lead to communication difficulties. They might not respond to your emails promptly, and if you manage to get them on the phone, they might keep you waiting until you're frustrated.
On the other hand, a Travel Agent who is a Destination Wedding Specialist knows how to connect with the right person quickly and relay your messages effectively. They might even have local contacts to make sure everything is set up perfectly for your big day.
In conclusion, while booking your destination wedding directly with the resort might seem tempting at first, there are better options out there. It's essential to consider the advantages of working with a Destination Wedding Specialist.
Their expertise, local knowledge, and ability to negotiate deals can lead to
cost savings and a more personalized wedding experience.
If you are in the middle of trying to figure out your destination wedding, or just feel like you need a helping hand. Hit the easy button, and schedule a free 60-minute consultation with me today. I will do my best to help you make your dream wedding a reality.
When it comes to having a bucket list honeymoon, Costa Rica offers the whole package. Romantic resorts, mountain climbing, water sports, beach activities and surfing are just some of the exciting honeymoon features of this gem in Central America.
Stunning Scenary in Every Direction:
Costa Rica is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. The lush rainforests, incredible waterfalls, and pristine beaches on Pacific and Caribbean coasts make the place an ideal destination for romantic couples. (I hear the Jurrassic Park theme song playing)
An Adventure Seeker’s Paradise
If you are an active and adventurous couple, then Costa Rica is for you, because this country encourages eco-tourism, such as hiking, zip-lining white-water rafting, and snorkeling. You can even try your hand at diving in vibrant coral reefs.
Romantic Accommodations Abound:
Costa Rica provides a variety of romantic accommodations, including premium resorts that offer every conceivable luxury. Many boutique hotels and secluded eco-lodges are ready to serve your every need.
Couples can relax and enjoy private beach picnics, candlelit dinners, and sunset cruises. Costa Rica offers a fine blend of adventure, relaxation, natural beauty, and cultural experiences, making it an excellent choice for a memorable honeymoon.
Here are some top areas to explore while planning a honeymoon to Costa Rica.
La Fortuna is one of the prime honeymoon destinations in Costa Rica. It was the destination where Eugene Levy went for episode 2 of “The Reluctant Traveler.”
The key highlights are:
● Breathtaking natural beauty
● Adventure activities
● Relaxing hot springs
● Unique accommodations (like the Nayara Tented Camp where Eugene Levy stayed).
La Fortuna is the ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Enjoy hikes around the volcano, soak in hot springs, and witness the mesmerizing lava flows (when active).
Go zip-lining through the rainforest, rappelling down waterfalls, go on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion, or take a canopy tour.
La Fortuna provides a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
Located in northwestern Costa Rica, Guanacaste is an excellent choice for a
honeymoon destination. Guanacaste stands apart for its:
● Beautiful beaches
● Lush rainforests
● Various outdoor activities for couples
The top attractions and activities you must explore to make it a perfect honeymoon spot are:
● Tamarindo Beach
● Palo Verde National Park
● Rincon de la Vieja National Park
● Papagayo Peninsula
● Playa Flamingo
● Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
You can go on a sunset catamaran cruise along the Guanacaste coastline, enjoy the stunning views, relish a gourmet dinner, and even go snorkeling or kayaking together.
Make sure you watch the weather when planning your honeymoon in Guanacaste.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate, and December to April is generally considered the best time to visit the place for its sunny and warm weather.
Located in the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica, Monteverde is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon destination. Monteverde is special because of its:
● Breathtaking natural beauty.
● Abundant wildlife.
● Reputation as a bio-diversity hotspot
Monteverde is the top place for enjoying a honeymoon for many couples because
● It has cloud forests filled with mist, towering trees, and an incredible array of plant and animal life.
● Adventurous couples can explore, such as ziplining through the forest canopy, embarking on a guided hike to spot exotic birds and animals, horseback riding, or taking a romantic stroll along the hanging bridges.
● The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is a must-visit place for its natural beauty.
● Monteverde is known for its commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism. You can indulge in eco-friendly activities that have minimal environmental impact.
Monteverde also has a vibrant local culture. Couples can visit the Monteverde Cheese Factory to learn about the region's dairy traditions, explore the charming town of Santa Elena, and interact with the friendly locals proud of their community.
More Reasons Why You Must Choose Costa Rica As Your Honeymoon Destination:
Costa Rica is recognized as one of the happiest countries in the world according to the Gallup World Index and the Happy Planet Index in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The country's high levels of joy, health, and longevity are closely associated with the concept of wellness, which plays a significant role in determining happiness.
You can find wellness in a wide range of activities.
True happiness can be experienced in the Monteverde cloud forest, where small groups can embark on canopy bridge tours and enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the national park.
The rainforests of Costa Rica are home to more than 900 different bird species and a diverse array of monkeys and sloths, making animal sightings an assured experience and an opportunity for relaxation. It also helps reduce stress levels, allowing visitors to enhance their overall sense of well-being.
Wellness Through Yoga and Meditation
Finding wellness through yoga has become quite popular in Costa Rica. You can relax the mind and body through yoga sessions in Puerto Viejo’s Caribbean surroundings.
Rustic, open-air studios in the Playa Cocles village integrate into the Zen experience, which allows vacationing yoga enthusiasts to have a relaxing time.
The Southern Pacific region of the country is establishing a leadership role in promoting wellness activities. Surf camps and yoga teaching centers provide accommodations, allowing enthusiasts to improve their hobbies. These havens, surrounded by organic community gardens, offer a comprehensive wellness experience, especially for those who visit Quepos, Uvita, Dominical, or Ojochal.
The options include enjoying guided meditations near waterfalls in Bajos del Toro, indulging in a soothing massage at luxurious resorts, and snorkeling alongside the diverse marine life in Cahuita National Park's coral reef.
Wellness Through Food
Food also plays an integral part in the wellness journey. Costa Ricans are experts in creating delectable meals using the freshest ingredients, adhering to the farm-to-table trend.
The local Central Market in San José offers a way to connect with the earth with a vibrant assortment of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The weekend farmers' markets throughout the country offer seasonal items. Local sodas (small takeout stands) offer daily menus that change every day to showcase the distinct flavors of each region.
I’m sure you can see why Costa Rica is a honeymoon paradise. You really can’t go wrong honeymooning in this tropical paradise. The landscapes are exquisite and the natural beauty will take your breath away. All it takes is a little bit of planning and you're sure to get perfect shots that will earn congratulations from your family and friends.
If you’re trying to figure out your own bucket list honeymoon, but are struggling and on information overload, feel free to schedule a free 60 minute consultation with me today, and let’s get your honeymoon on the “done” list.
There are many reasons why couples choose to have a destination wedding
and the Caribbean Islands are always a popular choice for a dream wedding.
Let’s face it, the Caribbean Islands offer stunning natural beauty with their
pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush tropical landscapes. But if you are looking to have a legal destination wedding, then I highly suggest you check out these 7 amazing locations
The Caribbean islands are the top choice for weddings, as couples can enjoy a warm and tropical climate year-round. They can enjoy various outdoor activities, such as beach parties, sunset ceremonies, and water sports, to add an element of excitement and fun to the wedding festivities.
They provide the perfect wedding backdrop guaranteed to provide a memorable experience for couples and their guests.
WHY CONSIDER THE CARIBBEAN?
On top of the fact that these 7 destinations are going to be helpful for an expedited legal wedding, here are a few more reasons to consider the Caribbean for your destination wedding,
Range Of Venues
The Caribbean has a diverse range of wedding venues to match couples' varying preferences and budgets. You can host your wedding in any of the luxurious resorts and private villas or choose the charming beachfront gazebos.
Many All-Inclusive Resort Options
The Caribbean offers numerous resort options that offer all-inclusive wedding packages. They include accommodation, meals, beverages, and wedding management services, and some even offer extra perks like spa treatments or day trips.
Amazing Local Hospitality
Above all, the Caribbean is known for its wonderful hospitality, vibrant culture, and friendly community. Couples can mingle with the locals and immerse themselves in the islands' unique traditions, music, and cuisine, creating a truly memorable and authentic wedding experience.
NOTE: If you aren’t sure whether or not to have a legal destination wedding, you should read my article on The Difference Between Having a Legal vs. Symbolic Ceremony.
Here Are The Top 7 Caribbean Islands For a Stress-Free And Easy Legal Destination Wedding
The Islands of Bahamas
The Bahamas is unmatched for its allure, making it an exceptional choice for a destination wedding. With its powdery white sand beaches, secluded uninhabited islands, and incredible scuba diving opportunities, the islands possess a charm that is difficult for any other destination to match. It is also one of the nearest Caribbean territories to the United States, and hence convenient for guests to join the wedding.
Best Time: December to April.
Legal Wedding Requirements:
Residency Period: 48 hours. It doesn’t take into account the day of arrival, holidays, and weekends. This means you will need to be in the Bahamas for two full business days first before you can get legally married. Many couples will fly in on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as they enjoy the resort and make final wedding prep with the onsite team Thursday and Friday, and then have their legal ceremony on Saturday. Most of the Bahamian islands do not allow Sunday weddings.
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in the Bahamas.
Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 310 USD
● Original birth certificate and passport.
● The court issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).
● Legal name changes or legal adoption papers (if applicable).
● Death certificates with related marriage certificates.
Working with a state-side destination wedding consultant is a huge help, when it comes to getting everything you need turned in ahead of time so that when you arrive, the process of getting married is smooth and pretty much effortless. I always make sure my destination wedding couples know what they need to submit, and when they need to submit it so that their destination wedding will go off without a hitch.
Jamaica offers a thrilling island retreat in the Caribbean. Beyond its pristine beaches and swaying palm trees, this country has a deep-rooted history and a vibrant population. At the core of Jamaican magic is its soul-stirring reggae music, which pervades every corner of the land and creates a highly relaxed atmosphere. For an exceptional wedding experience, Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios are highly recommended.
Best Time: December to April.
Legal Wedding Requirements:
Residency Period: 48 hours. But unlike the Bahamas, your day of arrival does count toward your residency requirement so you can arrive on Friday and get married on Sunday.
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Jamaica.
Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 95 USD
● Validated original birth certificate and passport.
● Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable).
● Legal name changes documents (if applicable).
● Death certificates with linked marriage certificates (if applicable).
● Validated copy of photo ID or driver’s license issued by the government.
Turks & Caicos
The Turks & Caicos Islands present an upscale ambiance distinct from other Caribbean destinations. The place comprises 40 stunning islands, including 8 inhabited ones. The Turks & Caicos epitomizes beauty and elegance—features couples look for while planning a destination wedding. Among these islands lies a true gem called the Grace Bay beach, which ranks among the best in the world.
Best Time: December to April.
Residency Period: 48 hours. Does not include the day of arrival, weekend, or holidays.
So in this case, you will need to be in Turks & Caicos for two full business days, before you can get married legally. If you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday, your first residency day will start on Monday, which means you could get legally married as soon as the Wednesday of that week or later.
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Turks & Caicos.
Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 400 USD
● Original birth certificate
● A valid passport or driver's license.
● Court-issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).
● Death certificates with corresponding marriage certificates.
● 21 years is the legal age to get married.
● Couples less than 21 years of age must have written consent from both parents.
Saint Lucia is gaining popularity among those seeking destination weddings and honeymoons in the Caribbean Islands. This enchanting place offers a perfect balance of luxury and serenity, and breathtaking backdrops that are ideal for couples looking for both a stunningly beautiful and romantic wedding.
Best Time: December to April.
Residency Period: 72 hours (must be business day). No Weddings on Sundays. You can pay to expedite this and get married in 48 hours (of course you can show them the money LOL) with one of those days being a business day.
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in St. Lucia.
Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 270 USD
Marriage License And Administrative Fee with Expedited Services: 341 USD
● Copies of birth certificate and passport.
● Court-issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).
● Legal name changes documents (if applicable).
● State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.
Antigua has 365 beaches! It may be challenging to visit all, but you must not miss the key ones. Antigua offers a variety of delightful locations for weddings, such as historic forts, natural parks, and upscale resorts. You can visit places of historical importance or choose a luxurious setting to spend time with your loved one. Numerous options are available to make your wedding memorable on this island.
Best Time: December to April
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Antigua.
Residency Period: 48 hours, must include one business day, which includes the day of arrival. No wedding on Sundays and holidays.
Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 288 USD
● Original birth certificate and passport.
● Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable).
● State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.
● Legal name changes documents (if applicable).
Aruba is one of the most sought-after wedding spots in the Caribbean. It has stunning coastlines, intriguing heritage and customs, and delectable food. The beaches are breathtaking, and the weather is enjoyable. Couples can engage in various activities, making it ideal for those who enjoy adventure.
Best Time: Mid-December to April
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Aruba.
Residency Period: None. Civil Ceremonies take place in the City Hall Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with Saturdays available for an extra fee.
Marriage License And Administrative Fees: USD 284
● State-certified copies of birth certificates for bride and groom
● Valid passport for Bride and Groom.
● Witness (18 years up) with a valid passport.
● Certificate of no impediment for bride and groom
● Declaration of Intent Form
● Single Status Form
● Final Divorce Decree or Death Certificate with Apostille if applicable
Barbados is a lively and vibrant island representing the typical Caribbean charm. It offers a blend of natural beauty, upbeat music, rich cultural experiences, and a truly romantic atmosphere. You can enjoy your time on a boat, in a church, within a historic plantation house, amidst a stunning garden, overlooking dramatic sea cliffs, or with your feet in the sand. Those seeking a romantic adventure will leave the island with a lasting impression.
Best Time: December to April
Applying For a Marriage License
The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in Barbados.
Residency Period: 48 hours. Does not include weekends or holidays.
Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 325 USD
● Original state-issued birth certificate and passport
● Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable)
● Legal name changes documents (if needed)
● Death certificates with related marriage certificates
Choosing the perfect destination wedding spot that will give you an easy or simple legal ceremony, while also finding that sweet spot where you, your family, and your friends can all celebrate together without being too complicated and stressful can be tricky. I hope this list is helping you get a better idea of where your “sweet spot” destination may be. If you would like to quickly narrow down your search and “nail” the perfect location, you can schedule a 60-Minute Free Discovery Session with me, and we can work on finding the best destination wedding location together.
Puerto Vallarta is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who want
the best of both worlds, having both romantic luxuries as well as experiencing authentic culture. Puerto Vallarta has it all, from amazing restaurants to super-hot nightlife to relaxing beachfront walks.
The Gem of Mexico’s Pacific Coast:
Puerto Vallarta, situated on Mexico's Pacific coast, is a popular destination for honeymooners. Couples are enchanted by its stunning beaches, abundant water sports opportunities, and lively atmosphere. Check your 6 reasons to do a honeymoon in Mexico
There is something unique about the city center. It exudes a charming small-town ambiance. The cobblestone streets, the magnificent cathedral, the boutique shops that pull you in with their magnetic charm, and the diverse array of restaurants, clubs, and bars are factors that you are unlikely to find in any other popular honeymoon destination.
Puerto Vallarta has a well-established tourist infrastructure, with numerous upscale resorts, beachfront hotels, and high-end dining options. The picturesque setting includes a well-designed and modern oceanfront. The majestic Sierra Madre Mountains to the city's east are popular attractions.
While the natural scenery is incredible, Puerto Vallarta also offers a wealth of other attractions. You will have a wonderful time exploring its streets, savoring delectable local cuisine, browsing through unique boutiques, and reveling in the vibrant nightlife at its famous nightclubs. Notably, the city has some of the friendliest people on Earth.
The place is a honeymoon paradise for the various things you can do together. Let’s explore some of them:
Exploring The Malecón Boardwalk
The best way to begin your romantic getaway in Puerto Vallarta is to visit the Malecón boardwalk, a popular attraction in the city. There are few honeymooning experiences to match strolling the entire boardwalk in the backdrop of the setting sun. The view is incredibly picturesque. This is peak business time for vendors and performers.
You can get a range of local desserts and a host of Mexican handmade crafts such as jewelry, paintings, dolls, and other classics.
Don’t forget to get your caricature done by the artists offering their skills near the Puerto Vallarta board in Malecon. Expert caricature artists can draw your picture in 10 minutes, but it could be the best memento of your honeymoon trip.
Cerro de la Cruz – Here We Come!
Embarking on a hike to Cerro de la Cruz guarantees a genuinely enchanting experience in Puerto Vallarta. It's perfect for those who love a little bit of outdoor physical activity.
Situated high above the city in the hills, this trek entails climbing numerous steps.
The ascent is not overly strenuous, but avoid hiking during the scorching midday hours, particularly in July and August. Reaching the apex of Cerro de la Cruz feels like stepping into a cherished trance. The serenity and tranquility will leave you stunned.
The awe-inspiring panorama of the entire city and the sapphire ocean is beyond comparison.
Early Morning Sunrise - The Puerto Vallarta One Is Different!
Puerto Vallarta offers breathtaking beauty in its ocean, buildings, flowers, and people.
However, the awe-inspiring experience of watching the sunrise with your partner is of a different level. Watching the sunrise may not seem exciting and unique, but Puerto Vallarta makes it one. You must witness it firsthand to understand why this one makes it to the must-do list.
Whale Watching - Don’t Miss This One
Whale watching can be easily among the unforgettable memories you gather while on a honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. Witness the mesmerizing beauty of humpback whales in Banderas Bay while savoring the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Choose a good tour guide who can take you to picturesque sea-level locations, providing an up-close encounter with humpback whales in their natural habitat. Get some fantastic clicks from unique vantage points, offering a perspective rarely attainable in the natural world.
The whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta commences in December and extends until March. Occasionally, whales can be spotted as early as November or as late as May. The best time to observe humpback whales is during January and February.
A Day Trip to Tequila - Do It If You Love Mezcal
The journey from Puerto Vallarta to Tequila in Jalisco is around three hours by car. It may be a bit of a distance for honeymoon couples to drive on their own. But taking a tequila tour, with the added bonus of a scenic drive through the breathtaking countryside, is an experience you must not miss for anything.
Tequila and mezcal enthusiasts can check for reliable operators that offer day trips and the opportunity to visit a couple of tequila factories. You can explore the charming town alongside. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also find some excellent local restaurants serving the best delicacies. Explore that too!
Best Times To Go Honeymooning In Puerto Vallarta
If you're planning a honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, it's important to consider the best times of year to visit. Here are some factors to consider: 6 reasons to have your honeymoon in Mexico
The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is during the dry season, which runs from
November to April. Expect sunny skies and warm temperatures. May to October is the
rainy season, so be prepared for afternoon showers and higher humidity.
The high season in Puerto Vallarta is from December to March when tourists generally flock to the area to escape the winter weather in their home countries. Do you prefer a quieter and less crowded atmosphere? Consider traveling during the shoulder seasons of April to June or September to November.
Prices for accommodations and activities tend to be higher during the high season. If you're on a tight budget or want to save money, consider traveling during the low season of July to August. Else, book your trip well in advance to benefit from early bird deals.
Ultimately, the best time for your Puerto Vallarta honeymoon will depend on your preferences and priorities.
A honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta will help you and your new spouse experience unforgettable moments and make life-long memories. Puerto
Vallarta's natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality make it a perfect destination for any couple celebrating their honeymoon.
By the way, if you’re in the midst of trying to pull your honeymoon all together, but you aren’t quite sure how to make it happen, feel free to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me, and I will do my best to get you headed in the right direction. Click below to Schedule Now!
If you are trying to find the perfect wedding dress for your destination wedding, then look no further. I want to share with you some of the latest
styles of destination wedding dresses for 2023. Here are just a few latest
styles that will surely make you look unbelievable and, most importantly,
comfortable on your big day.
We know that finding the perfect dress can be a challenge, but don't worry, we've got your back. We've put together a list of stunning dresses that are sure to turn heads and make your wedding day unforgettable.
Check out these beautiful Styles:
1. One-Shoulder Modern Gown With Chiffon Jeweled Waistband - This modern gown is perfect for brides who want to make a statement. The jeweled waistband adds a touch of glamour and sparkle to the overall design.
2. Short Beaded Waist Crisscross Angelic Gown - The A-line dress with a
crisscross bodice and sweetheart neckline is perfect for any destination. Thewaist is intricately beaded, and the dress comes in a variety of colors and styles.
3. Lace Wedding Dress with Off-the-Shoulder Straps - A classic bridal gown with elegance and style for the bride who wants a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline. The off-the-shoulder straps add a touch of sophistication and romance.
This gown is perfect for a traditional and stylish look that can be accessorized to match your personality.
4. V-Back or Backless Wedding Dress - Experience the epitome of elegance with a breathtaking back-revealing destination wedding dress. This refined, alluring style transforms a modest gown into a captivating masterpiece. Perfect for the contemporary beach bride seeking a touch of sophistication and allure on her special day.
Here are some tips for selecting a dress that is perfect for a beach destination wedding in the Caribbean:
6 Tips on How to Find Your Perfect Destination Wedding Dress
1. Consider the fabric: Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like chiffon, lace, or organza. These fabrics will help keep you cool and comfortable in the tropical climate.
2. Embrace the elements: When selecting a beach wedding dress, keep in mind the sand, sun, and sea. Choose a dress that is easy to walk in. Consider a dress with straps to keep it secure and avoid a wardrobe malfunction in the sea breeze.
3. Be mindful of the length: A long train or full skirt may be beautiful, but it's not practical for a beach wedding. A shorter hemline or a high-low style will allow you to move around freely and enjoy the beach setting.
4. Add some tropical flair: Consider incorporating some Caribbean-inspired
elements into your dress. You could opt for a dress with a bold floral pattern or add a tropical flower to your hair.
5. Consider getting one dress for the ceremony and one for the reception. Dancing the night away under the stars sounds romantic, but it can get really hot. A short party gown will be perfect for your outdoor reception.
6. Don’t forget the shoes: Skip the high heels and opt for a pair of flats or sandals that are comfortable and easy to walk in on the sand.
By keeping these tips in mind, you'll be sure to select a beach wedding dress that is perfect for your Caribbean destination wedding.
In conclusion, destination wedding dresses combine elegance, beauty, charm, and comfort. These stylish designs fuse fashion and formal wear, making them the best of both worlds.
If you are planning a destination wedding some of these suggestions may help you to select a gown that you will love for years to come. By the way, if you’re in the midst of trying to pull your destination wedding altogether, but you aren’t quite sure how to make it happen, feel free to schedule a free 60-minute Discovery Session with me, and I will do my best to get you headed in the right direction. Click on the link below to schedule Now!
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