There is nothing more romantic than exchanging vows in a dream-like locale. Keep these tips in mind when planning your destination wedding:
- Choose a destination that fits your style. Is it on a beach, at a vineyard or the place you proposed?
- Consider ease of air access to your chosen destination based upon seasonality and where your guests will be coming from.
- Determine whether you want a symbolic, legal and/or religious ceremony.
- Ask about wedding licence requirements for the destination you have chosen.
- Resorts today are able to customize a destination wedding to your faith’s background and customs.
- Resort chains with multiple properties within a destination frequently allow guests to stay at different resorts based upon their family needs, but still attend the wedding at the resort hosting the ceremony.
All-Inclusive resorts have become extremely popular for both destination weddings and honeymoons throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. It’s easy to understand why: For one up-front price you get your room, meals, drinks, activities and entertainment included, so all you need to do is relax and indulge. But choosing the right all-inclusive resort for your style can be a complex equation. We’ve broken down the basics for you. Take some time to discuss, as a couple, which of these are must-have features, and then let us guide you to your ideal all-inclusive resort.
Just like any other hotel, the star rating of
an all-inclusive hotel is a general indicator of the overall quality of the product.
All-inclusive properties can range from moderate to deluxe to luxury.
Most all inclusive resorts fall into three categories: family-friendly, adults-only and couples-only. Family-friendly resorts cater to everyone although some offer sections within the property that are restricted to adults. If you definitely do not want kids around on the honeymoon, check out the adults-only or couples-only options.
If you are a foodie, this should be your focus. Choices here range from basic buffet to gourmet. Forget about the total number of restaurants offered and focus on the variety and style of food. How many restaurants have buffet versus a la carte (menu) and what style of food is offered? Are reservations required? Is there a dress code? Is room service included? Do you have any special dietary restrictions?
Every all-inclusive resort includes beer, wine, and mixed drinks along with non-alcoholic choices. Moderate properties may offer a limited selection versus luxury resorts that feature premium brands.
Some resorts really heat up after dark. If you are a social couple looking for after-dinner excitement, focus on a resort that offers theme nights, live music, stage shows and nightlife, which can range from a quiet lobby bar to sports bars, sing along lounges and full scale nightclubs.
Most resorts include dedicated staff who help facilitate and plan a variety of on-site activities. Some resorts focus on active options (pool games, volleyball, yoga), while others focus on educational or cultural (cooking classes, dance lessons, mixology). But almost all beachfront resorts offer watersports programs, ranging from non-motorized options like kayak, sailing, paddleboard, and snorkelling to excursions like scuba or waterskiing.
Still Can't Decide?
Here are a couple of other items to consider when deciding where to stay:
- Beach versus pool
- Resort size
- Resort layout