Looking for an affordable place to tie the knot? Then, be sure to look into one of these fabulous tropical destinations!
Why We Love It
To start, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most amazing coastlines for its natural beauty and exotic surroundings. Visitors are pleased to find a variety of reasonably priced luxury resorts for adults and families that will give you a true taste of Mexico and its culture.
Resort of Choice: Villa Premier Boutique Hotel
Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the most romantic and spiritual destinations in Mexico, and is filled with possibilities! At Villa Premier Boutique Hotel, your dream wedding can come to life at one of the most breathtaking oceanfront adult retreats in the area. Here, your wedding planner will take care of the details – so all you have to worry about is soaking in the memories.
Why We Love It
Cancun continues to dominate the destination wedding industry for its exotic appeal, family-friendly options, and affordability. It also has dozens of gorgeous all-inclusive properties we send travelers to each year – making it a premier destination for weddings, family celebrations, milestone trips, and more!
Resort of Choice: Azul Beach Riviera Cancun
This multi-generational property has mastered the art of luxury for the value. Here, the entire family can partake in a variety of fun activities during their stay – so no need to worry about entertaining your wedding guests! You’ll also receive everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding with the complimentary “Always & Forever Package.” Sounds like a great choice to us!
Why We Love It
Punta Cana is the very picture of paradise – and if the turquoise water and powder-white sand won’t convince you, then we sure know the resorts will! Not only are the prices fair, but you’ll be able experience luxury and adventure all-in-one, as most properties throw in a variety of activities for free. This gorgeous Dominican destination also has some pretty incredible wedding options.
Resort of Choice: Hard Rock Punta Cana
Generous resort credits and amenities are just a few of our favorite things about Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana! Here, you'll have access to numerous activities, including a vibrant nightclub and casino, plus legendary Hard Rock entertainment – the best way to celebrate as Mr. and Mrs.
Ready to start planning a destination wedding without breaking the bank? Then, click here to get in touch with a romance travel expert!
Looking for some wedding photo inspiration? Then, keep reading for some suggestions on creating the most memorable photos ever!
We hope this goes without saying… but remember to relax and have fun! Obviously planning a wedding can be stressful and tiring, but the day of should be enjoyable and nothing less than perfect. Don’t let the little things get to you so it’s written all over your face during your photo shoot. After all, candid photos really are the best photos – so be sure to let go and enjoy every second of it!
Communicate with your photographer ahead of time about what you’re hoping to capture on your wedding day. Do you know your man will cry the first time he sees you? Then, make sure your photographer is all over it. Have a special dance you want to share with your bestie? Then, tell your photographer to take those shots. We also suggest doing a little research ahead of time to get some fun ideas on poses, unique angles, etc. Your photographer should also have some fabulous ideas, so be sure to ask!
Find the Best Time
Golden hour happens to be a favorite time to shoot among photographers – and we can’t disagree! The sky is so dreamy and romantic, while the ocean pops against the golden sand. Sunset is another fabulous time to shoot because many beach-goers have gone in for the day, leaving tons of space and privacy for those gorgeous silhouette pictures. Discuss with your photographer what timeline they recommend based on the destination and season you’re getting married in as well!
Determine Photo “Musts”
This is super important and can be forgotten if not planned out ahead of time! Be sure you write down your photo “musts” and give it to your photographer to ensure all the important pictures are taken on your wedding day. Note the photos you definitely need, like photos of the bride and her siblings and the groom with his parents, college buddies, etc. You also might want to discuss a timeline with your photographer, so people are flowing in and out of photos with ease.
Trash the Dress!
While the thought of it might make you cringe, taking a splash in the ocean with your new husband or wife has become a huge trend for destination weddings. There’s just something about being all dressed up and running into the ocean that feels so liberating and free – something that is truly remarkable when captured on camera. Don’t be afraid to let your hair down at the end of the night and just be in the moment with your partner.
We hope you keep these tips in mind when your big photoshoot rolls around – and don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our destination wedding specialists for more assistance when you start planning!
For a wedding that will make you feel like you’re the only two in the world, look no further than these ultra-private venues:
Generations Riviera Maya: Rooftop Terrace
Generations Riviera Maya Resort is not only one of our favorite family properties for destination weddings, but it’s one of our favorites for elevated privacy – literally! A sky wedding allows you and your wedding guests to experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the sand and sea on your very own exclusive rooftop terrace. This gives your entire group a chance to bond in paradise with some of the best seats in the house. And just like all of Karisma’s fabulous properties, Generations offers everything from gourmet cuisine and infinity pools, to excellent butler service and access to neighboring adult resort, El Dorado Royale.
Xolumado Inspiration Village: Secret Garden
Enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature as it greets you down the aisle with a secret garden wedding at Xolumado Inspiration Village. Here, your ceremony will be a true reflection of the history and culture that surrounds you! Choose from a variety of botanical setups and gazebos, which incorporates nature-inspired accents, florals and greenery. Then, take advantage of the unique cultural offerings they have available, like a Sangeet ceremony, Baraat procession, and of course –the big celebration reception!! One of the most immersive and secluded destination wedding ceremonies we’ve seen yet. But shhh – it’s a secret!
The Fives Azul Beach Resort: Beachfront Gazebo
Tie the knot over the breathtaking waves of the Caribbean Sea at The Fives beachfront gazebo! This location offers incredible views, not to mention the secluded and unique setup you’ve been dying for. Soak in all the romance under your tropical thatched-roof gazebo, while the sound of the waves splash in the background. And don’t think the fun stops after the I dos – because The Fives has plenty of things for you and your guests to do. Be sure to check out the area’s live shows, trendy restaurants and bars, or scope out the nearby white-sand beach, on-site spa, excursions, and so much more! The perfect combination of serenity and excitement in one fabulous location!
Interested in receiving more info on one of these private destination wedding venues? Then, message us today to get in touch!
Planning your honeymoon? Then, be sure to take a look at our favorite honeymoon suites this year
Interested in one of these dreamy honeymoon suites? Then, get in touch with one of our honeymoon specialists, here!
A vow renewal ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate years of marital bliss. Keep reading to view some of our favorites for the occasion.
El Dorado Maroma
If you’re looking to say “I do” all over again somewhere, you really can’t go wrong with El Dorado Maroma. Situated on one of the “best beaches in the world,” the fantastic all-inclusive property has an upscale elegance that is incomparable. From the gourmet dining and phenomenal service, to the attention for detail the resort provides, we guarantee your spouse won’t be the only thing you love after leaving here.
Not only do the authentic details and artful touches make UNICO 20º87º a breathtaking setup to tie the knot, but it also makes for a dreamy spot to “re-tie” the knot as well! Here, renewal ceremonies are celebrated under the Compliments of UNICO 20º87º package, which includes everything from ceremony décor and an officiant, to a bottle of wine and a romantic breakfast or dinner for two.
Le Blanc Spa Resorts
Famous for its upscale luxury and sophisticated elegance, Le Blanc Spa Resorts present the most gorgeous wedding packages and vow renewal ceremonies. Take advantage of their phenomenal dining options, luxurious suites, and oh yeah… the personal butler service. The one-on-one attention, customization options, and overall atmosphere make this the ideal option to re-tie the knot.
Generations Riviera Maya
Want to include the entire family in your special celebration? Then, Generations Riviera Maya is your best bet! Come here for dozens of daily activities and adventures, fabulous dining options, and endless all-inclusive amenities. Solidify your love once more in a variety of unique settings, from the Caribbean-inspired chapel, to a dreamy sky terrace or romantic pier.
Sensatori Punta Cana
Just like all of Karisma’s fabulous resorts, at Sensatori Punta Cana, you and your partner can celebrate years of love in one of the dreamiest locations in the world. Here, you’ll be blown away by the white-sand Uvero Alto Beach, delectable meals, and phenomenal service. We can’t think of a better way than to tie the knot once more in this tropical oasis!
Thinking of re-tying the knot this year? Then, message us today to connect with one of our romance travel specialists!
Minnesota, January 15, 2020 -- Romance Travel Group was announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire.
A leader in the global wedding planning industry, WeddingWire continues its celebration of local wedding vendors with the announcement of its twelfth annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners. To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers and of course, travel experts, to find the most highly rated vendors of the year. These winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the millions of consumers who turn to WeddingWire to help ease their wedding planning process each month.
Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses. Romance Travel Group is honored to be one of the top wedding businesses on WeddingWire.com. For more information about Romance Travel Group, please visit us on our website. To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.
Not only are destination weddings enjoyable for the couples, but the guests are loving it just as much! Here are some experiences we’re predicting your guests will love this year!
The Warm Welcome
The bride and groom recognize and appreciate their guests traveling all the way out to their wedding. That’s why welcome parties have become a growing trend, and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. This gives everyone a chance to get settled into the hotel and spend some time with each other before the big day. Welcome bags are also a popular trend we’ve seen in destination weddings and provide guests with everything from snacks and sunscreen, to an itinerary and map so everyone will know what to expect when they’re there.
Couples are always looking for fun ways to take their destination wedding experience to the next level. Group excursions are extremely popular for destination wedding groups, as it provides everyone not only something to do, but an experience with the couple that will be cherished forever. Popular excursions include snorkeling, archeological tours, sunset catamarans, and more.
And don’t think the fun stops there! Couples work closely with their resort coordinators to ensure everyone has something fun do in their free time. We’ve seen a lot of wedding groups partake in everything from cigar rolling and hat making, to rum tastings, cooking classes, beach bon fires, and so much more!
And of course, there will be times where you and your wedding guests will want to just chill out and relax. With that said, it’s not uncommon for your resort to have daily live entertainment, whether it’s a musical performance or show, live artist drawings, fire dancing, fireworks, etc.
In addition to a welcome party, the bride and groom typically choose to spread the wedding festivities out during the time everyone’s there. So, women close to the bride might be invited to partake in a spa day or girls’ lunch, while the guys might spend the day fishing or golfing. You also might want to include a farewell brunch as a thank you for everyone making the trip out.
Ready to say “yes” to a destination wedding? Then, click here to connect with a romance travel expert. We look forward to helping you create the best possible wedding experience for you and your guests!
With destination weddings becoming increasingly popular among the LGBTQ community, we decided to round up our some of our favorite LGBTQ-friendly resorts to tie the knot. Keep reading to see who made the list!
El Dorado Royale
With Mexico being the ideal destination for LGBTQ couples wanting a legal ceremony, it’s no wonder El Dorado Royale made it to the top of our list! Not only does this fabulous adult-only property offer the style, service and setting you crave, but its signature “Always & Forever Package” includes everything from expert wedding designers and décor, to a ceremony officiant, a semi-private dinner reservation, a honeymoon package, and so much more.
For a unique wedding experience with an attention to detail, look no further than Unico 2087. This is the adult-only wedding resort that redefines the meaning of “all-inclusive” by providing complimentary spa treatments, tours, and excursions, on top of everything else. It also provides experiential wedding packages for guests of all religions and backgrounds, making it a popular choice for LGBTQ couples.
Royalton Riviera Cancun
Another fantastic option to tie the knot is at Royalton Riviera Cancun. Here, couples can choose from a variety of romantic settings to wed, from the resort’s poolside terrace or white sand beach, to the glamourous sky wedding venue that is a unique experience in itself! We also love this property for its separate adult and family area, where everyone can feel free to do their own thing and regroup together later on.
Hard Rock Punta Cana
LGBTQ couples wishing to wed in the Caribbean will love Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana for its vibrant nightlife and legendary Hard Rock entertainment. Just like all these amazing properties, Hard Rock offers a complimentary wedding package that includes everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding day. It’s also a great option for couples who plan to marry legally prior to their trip, as this resort only performs symbolic ceremonies.
Riu Palace Cabo
Los Cabos is a breathtaking option for LGBTQ destination weddings for its picturesque coastline and mountainous backdrops. Couples are invited to start their forever in a variety of settings, like the property’s beautifully-decorated gazebo or expansive beach. There’s also a number of options to celebrate with a private dinner reception, a wedding cake, music, and so much more.
Well, there you have it! Our favorite LGBTQ-friendly destination wedding resorts. For more info or to speak to a romance travel expert, click here to get started!
Looking to incorporate an old-world tradition into your destination wedding day? Then, take a look at these popular cultural traditions from around the world.
For a Mexican bride and groom, El Lazo has become quite the tradition! It starts off when the minister drapes a "lazo" (i.e., lasso) made of rosary beads and flowers around the couple’s shoulders when they’re exchanging vows. The lazo is wrapped in the shape of a figure eight to represent the infinity symbol, in hopes of how long their love will last.
Jumping the Broom
Dating all the way back to the 18th century, “jumping the broom” has an entire meaning that goes beyond its obvious name. This African American tradition started because of the transatlantic slave trade and became a symbol of African slave couples’ unions in America – when marriage was an illegal and dangerous act. Today, couples still “jump the broom” on their way back down the aisle as a fun way to solidify their love.
Breaking the Glass
If you’ve been to a Jewish wedding, then you’re no stranger to the famous “break the glass” custom. The ceremony ends with a bang as the groom smashes a napkin-wrapped glass on the ground, with a joyous “mazel tov” and cheers to follow. The Jewish tradition is a subtle reminder that even in the height of personal joy and cheer, we need to recall the pain and loss suffered by the Jewish people.
Mehendi Ceremony and Sangeet Party
Some Indian wedding traditions you might not have known about are the Mehendi Ceremony and Sangeet Party. The Mehendi takes place just one day before the wedding, where the women gather to create intricate henna art on each other’s hands and feet. The designs represent the deep bond between the husband and wife and oftentimes, the bride receives gifts from the groom’s female family members. The Sangeet Party can be held in conjunction with the Mehendi or separately. This is a party filled with music and dancing and a celebration of the union of not only the couple but the bonding of both families.
This unity ceremony expresses the blending of two people or two families into one inseparable new family. Typically, the bride and groom have different colored sand and will take turns pouring it into a clear vessel to form a layered-effect. A sand ceremony is simply a spin on a unity candle ceremony, except it works much better for outdoor weddings since the wind can become a factor.
Thinking about tying one of these global traditions into your special day? Then contact us today for a nudge in the right direction!
Romance Travel Group Named Triple Platinum Agency at AIC Hotel Group's 4th Annual Stopstopper Awards
AIC Hotel Group, the experiential brand breaking out of the sea of sameness in the hospitality industry offering unmatched vacation experiences, recognized Romance Travel Group for its outstanding achievement at the Fourth Annual Showstopper Awards recently held at the all new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. With over 250 travel partners in attendance, Romance Travel Group proudly took home several awards, including the award for Triple Platinum Agency. Individual agents receiving awards include Tiffani Inserra, Shelli Nornes, Camille Sanders and Kate Breiter.
Exclusively created to honor those travel professionals who exemplify excellence in every aspect of production for the company’s brands, AIC Hotel Group’s Showstopper Awards recognize Tour Operator, Online Travel Agency and Travel Agent partners throughout the US and Canada for their loyalty, dedication and production to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya. Each winner was carefully selected based on production in 2018, with the Top Overall Sales category recognizing the top producers for the company’s brands.
“Year after year our travel partners show us their unwavering support and dedication to our growing portfolio of brands,” says Carilis Felipe, AIC Hotel Group’s director of Field Sales. “The Showstopper Awards are a way for us to not only express our gratitude, but also recognize them as a key asset to the company’s consistent growth and success. We are thrilled to see what the future has in store and look forward to more years of outstanding achievements alongside our travel partners.” This year, attendees also had the opportunity to be part of the grand opening celebration for Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. Those who made monetary donations to Casa Hogar, a local organization that provides physical and emotional care for kids and teens in a camp-like environment, were able to receive a guitar and protective gear to participate in Hard Rock’s iconic guitar smash alongside A-list celebrities and key stakeholders while contributing to a great cause.
“It is always a proud moment to see so many of our hardworking travel agents on stage receiving recognition for their achievements,” says Shelli Nornes, President and CEO of Romance Travel Group. “I know and appreciate the level of dedication it takes to reach these goals and I commend each one of them!”
For more information on Romance Travel Group, visit www.RomanceTravelGroup.com or call 507-237-6133.
With experiences ranging from luxurious and romantic to active and adventurous, it’s no wonder Karisma Resorts has been a favorite for travelers year after year! Keep reading to discover which property is the perfect fit for you!
For Active Families: Nickelodeon Resorts
With a five-star family resort is situated in the most beautiful location in Punta Cana, d a brand new resort on the way in Riviera Maya, the Nickelodeon Resorts boast a new kind of all-age vacation experience. From the Aqua Nick playground, to the one-of-a-kind Pineapple Villas and playful decor, this Karisma property brings Nickelodeon to life right before your very eyes. So, come on and meet your favorite Nick characters with this fun-filled getaway! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It could be you!
For Honeymooners: El Dorado Maroma
Planning a honeymoon? Then, you’ll want to hear all about the adult-only overwater bungalow experience at El Dorado Maroma! Here, you and your love will stay in an overwater suite on one of the best beaches in the world. You’ll also get to enjoy your very own infinity pool, glass bottom floors, a direct ladder from your balcony, private outdoor showers, and even an overwater spa and restaurant! Sounds like the ideal honeymoon to us!
For Foodies and Adult Destination Weddings: El Dorado Royale
Any foodies in the house? Then, keep reading. El Dorado Royale takes their signature Gourmet Inclusive experience up a notch with their fabulous 75,000 square foot, on-site greenhouse. Here, adult guests can put their taste buds to the test with fabulous and fresh culinary options. Spend the morning touring the gardens and seeing first-hand how El Dorado perfects their garden-to-table concept. It’s also a fabulous property for adult weddings, offering an elegant setting, personalized service, and casual luxury. Want to accommodate your wedding guests with children? Then, check out neighboring resort Generations, a family-friendly option within walking distance from each other! It is our #1 selling wedding combination!
For Family Destination Weddings: Generations
Generations Resort is comfortably nestled on the beautiful shores of the Riviera Maya and connected to sister property and adult-only resort, El Dorado Royale. Here, families can take advantage of everything from infinity pool balcony suites and excellent butler service, to gourmet bites and activities for the entire family. It’s also a great spot for family destination weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Want to know another secret? Adult guests are welcome to visit El Dorado Royale at any time, and don’t worry, the kids will be plenty occupied!
For Cultural Destination Weddings: Xolumado Secret Garden
Embracing zen, tranquility, and its natural surroundings, a Xolumado Secret Garden celebration by Karisma is perfect for couples looking for something beyond the beach wedding. Here, you’ll tie the knot in an authentic jungle setting surrounded by stunning décor and local artwork. Indian wedding? Take advantage of a traditional Sangeet ceremony, Baraat procession, and of course, the big celebration reception! This destination wedding experience is truly one-of-a-kind and a great way to dive into the rich Mayan culture and nature that surrounds you.
For The Margaritaville State Of Mind: Experience the new Island Reserve
Island Reserve delivers laid back luxury, where everything is included without any pretense. Offering exceptional Karisma service and top-quality dining and drinks with a Margaritaville flair, these brand new resorts are guaranteed to put you at ease. Under a swaying palm by a turquoise sea, you’re raising a glass with new and old friends. Sunsets are as colorful as the last mango. And every moment is filled with all-inclusive, beachside indulgence at the 5-star Margaritaville Island Reserve Resorts. Be one of the first to discover the tropical secrets Island Reserve has in store for you!
So, what’s the verdict? What’s your Karisma Resort personality? We’re dying to hear it! For more information, click here to connect with a travel expert, today!
Fourteenth Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Romance Travel Group pleased to announce that we have once again been selected as a 2020 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest and top-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app.
For 2020, only five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fourteenth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more, to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique wedding.
“Our teams works extremely hard to be helpful, kind, fun and supportive with all of our wedding and honeymoon couples, so it is exciting to receive this recognition to share with everyone!” says Shelli Nornes, President and CEO of Romance Travel Group. “It is definitely a team effort, and I can’t wait to share this with them!”
The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can get connected to any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology makes planning one’s wedding celebrations easier and more enjoyable.
Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.
For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.
About Romance Travel Group
Romance Travel Group is your key to a successful destination wedding, honeymoon or vacation getaway. As industry recognized leaders in the art of destination wedding and travel planning, our team of agents has dozens of awards and accolades, and thousands of very happy brides, grooms, couples and guests. Our specialists are seasoned pros who want the best for you. We can’t wait to help you plan the perfect wedding day, honeymoon or tropical vacation! Call us today to start planning the trip of a lifetime! 507-237-6133
Lush green mountains and sparkling blue waters don’t even begin to cover it. Here’s why people are falling in love with Puerto Vallarta…
To start, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most enticing coastlines for its natural beauty and exotic surroundings. It’s no wonder tourism is on the up-and-up here! Visitors are pleased to find a variety of luxurious all-inclusive resorts for adults and families that will give you a true taste of Mexico and its culture.
Looking for a getaway with great weather year-round? Then, Puerto Vallarta is a great option for you! Not only does it have a comfortably warm climate, the humidity levels are tolerable all year long.
Whale watching is quite the popular attraction here in Puerto Vallarta. With tours happening during migration season (typically the beginning of December through the end March), visitors make their way here to spot some of the most magnificent creatures of the deep blue sea!
The area’s coastline is a sunlover’s dream come true, with numerous soft sand beaches where you can partake in everything from surfing and snorkeling, to swimming and sunbathing. It’s also a spectacular destination for fishing! If you’re an avid angler, be sure to ask about chartering a fishing boat and test your luck and skills.
The city of Puerto Vallarta is great for travelers looking to dive into the Mexican way of life and experience new traditions. For example, the area has some pretty incredible dining options as well as numerous shops, where you can pick up handcrafted gifts and souvenirs as a token of your stay. You’ll also want to hit up the Malecón boardwalk for the area’s best shopping with a view!
Within an hour’s drive from the city you will find a quaint, vibrant little town called Sayulita. A local’s paradise, you’ll find authentic shopping, surfing, cafes, and artisans lining the original stone streets. Music oozes from the little bars as tourists and locals alike take respite from everyday life and enjoy a frozen treat with the great company of others.
Now, to find the perfect place for your Puerto Vallarta vacation! Message us for a quote and to connect with one of our amazing travel advisors.
Looking for a laid-back and exotic wedding experience in the “coolest” part of the Caribbean? Then, you’re going to love these affordable Jamaica resorts
Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Situated on one of Jamaica’s most stunning beaches, Riu Palace Tropical Bay provides breathtaking destination weddings in a completely renovated facility. Here, couples can take advantage of the hotel’s free wedding package, which covers everything from a variety of décor, ceremony music, and semi-private dinner, to a wedding cake, surprise gift for the couple, and a romantic and exotic setup for your ceremony. You’ll also work closely with the resort’s expert wedding coordinators to ensure everything runs smoothly on your big day.
Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay
Royalton Blue Waters will bring your destination wedding experience to life with numerous complimentary activities, spectacular island entertainment and a charismatic staff that can’t wait to celebrate with you. So, whether you’re hoping for a small and intimate affair or something grand and elaborate, this is where you go to make those big wedding dreams a reality. The best part? There’s a complimentary wedding package out there calling your name…
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
This affordable destination wedding property is a family-favorite for its generous resort credits, exciting tours and excursions, golf outings, and laid-back Jamaican style. And not only that, but Moon Palace Jamaica Grande has a great reputation for its customizable wedding packages and enhancements, which include everything from a beautiful tropical venue, flowers and décor, complimentary group benefits, and so much more. It also encourages weddings of all faiths and cultures, making it the perfect option for just about anyone. What about your guests with children? Not to worry… this destination wedding spot is great for kids!
Secrets Wild Orchid
Looking to wed in a chill and lively beachfront setting? Then, say "I do" at Secrets Wild Orchid. Here, you and your sweetie can tie the knot under an intimate wedding gazebo or on a private beach with your closest friends and family. This affordable adult-only retreat is filled with all the benefits of unlimited luxury, with abundant options to personalize and create a wedding package to call your own. And don’t fret about the little details, the resort’s full-service wedding coordinators and designers take care of all of that.
Sound like Jamaica is the perfect place to say, “I do”? Connect with one of our wedding experts today!
Looking for an affordable and sophisticated destination wedding experience for just the adults? Then, check out our top five options below
El Dorado Royale
For an adult-only destination wedding, El Dorado Royale is the property for you. Here, the two of you can explore signature wedding collections with a price tag that won’t break the bank. In fact, most couples take advantage of Karisma’s “Always & Forever Package,” which includes everything from the expert wedding designers and décor to your ceremony officiant, a wedding certificate, a semi-private dinner reservation, a honeymoon package, and so much more. Not only that, but it’s the perfect retreat for romance and relaxation!
The authentic touches and attention for detail make Unico 2087 the perfect place to spend your special day. Known for its exceptional value and service, Unico boasts an entirely new standard of inclusion for adult travelers. Here, the wedding couple can select an experiential wedding package to fit both their personalities and budget. The best part? Unico provides a variety of complimentary wedding perks from a gorgeous ceremony location, all the way to a beautiful honeymoon experience.
Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun
At Royalton Riviera Cancun lies Hideaway, a private oasis for the adults with an elevated level of elegance and service. This property gets its name for the beautifully styled suites, world-class dining, and affordable destination weddings. Here, the bride and groom can take advantage of a complimentary wedding package with all the perks and add-on custom experiences as you see fit. Royalton Riviera Cancun is also very versatile, as it has a separate family section for those of your guests with children.
El Dorado Maroma
Just like all of Karisma’s famous properties, couples will receive a “Gourmet Inclusive” experience during their stay, where outstanding dining and service is all included. Speaking of included, what’s a Karisma resort wedding without the signature “Always & Forever Package?” You’ll be fully-equipped with everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding with this complimentary wedding package!
Le Blanc Cancun
Known for its upscale luxury and sophistication, Le Blanc Cancun makes the best adult-only weddings, as it was designed for just that. Enjoy the the resort’s affordable wedding package, which includes everything from a personal wedding coordinator, décor and flowers, bridal perks, a honeymoon experience... the list goes on! Looking for a bit of added luxury? Then, be sure to take advantage of your very own full-service butler!
These affordable wedding packages are perfect for the adult travelers in your group! For assistance getting started, click here to connect with a romance travel expert, today.
Looking for an affordable destination wedding to accommodate your family and friends? Check out our top 5 family-friendly destination wedding resorts below:
With these affordable wedding packages, you really can have your dream wedding without giving up the things you love. Have some questions for us? We’d love to assist! Click here to connect with a romance travel expert, today.
Destination: Negril, Jamaica
Resort: Riu Palace Tropical Bay
The Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel is located on Negril Beach, one of Jamaica's most stunning locations. This 24-Hour All-Inclusive hotel is one of the best hotels in Negril, thanks to its brand new complete renovation, comprehensive facilities and the exclusive services that characterize RIU Hotels & Resorts.
In its more than 400 rooms, you'll find all the comforts you need, like a minibar, satellite TV, a safe, beverage dispensers, a coffee machine, and a balcony or terrace. Plus, the 24-hour room service this all-inclusive hotel in Negril offers means that you'll have everything you need during your stay with them.
Why spend nearly $35k on a traditional wedding, when you can have a unique and intimate destination wedding for under $10k? Here are seven tips for keeping your destination wedding budget in check without sacrificing any of the fun or frills:
Travel During Off-Season
The best rates are found during off-season in September and October. Besides the best room rates, you’ll find that resorts have lower occupancy levels during this time, leaving plenty of pool chairs open for everyone. November and December are also good options, as long as you avoid the holidays (when rates and occupancy goes way up)!
Find an All-Inclusive Option
For the best value, you must go all-inclusive. When all your meals, drinks, entertainment, airport shuttles and taxes are included, guests can gauge their budgets and plan accordingly. This is especially true for wedding groups, as the cost you pay for private dinners and events is significantly reduced. Convenience is also huge reason couples opt for all-inclusive.
Choose a Simple Setting
A big draw to having a destination wedding is the natural and intimate setting it presents. Not only will it save you money on venue costs, but sometimes less really is more. After all, nothing says “I love you” like some swaying palm trees and an ocean view!
Find a Complimentary Wedding Package
Most destination wedding resorts offer a complimentary wedding package, which covers all the elements you’ll need to pull off the perfect wedding. Some even offer an extravagant package that includes more than you’ll ever need. We recommend starting out with the basic package first, then add in where it makes sense!
Bring in Your Own Vendors
Have a photographer friend or hair-stylist BFF? Perhaps a DJ’ing college roomie? Well then, you’re in luck! As long as these pros are staying at the resort with you for three nights, they are not typically considered outside vendors and you won’t have to pay extra to use them. Ask us how you can negotiate travel for these services.
Opt for a Honeymoon Split-Stay
Another great way to cut down on costs is to combine your destination wedding and honeymoon (aka, a split-stay). Most couples stay at the wedding resort for 5-6 nights while guests are there, then move to a new resort where you can honeymoon for 3-4 more nights. This will save you a lot in airfare!
Use a Destination Wedding Expert
Last but not least…use a wedding travel specialist (that’s us!). A good travel pro will make suggestions for you and knows the resorts that offer the most amenities based on what your needs are. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
So, there you have it. Our best tips for keeping your destination wedding under $10k. Looking for a little push in the right direction? Then, fill out our wedding request form to get the conversation started. We’ll get back in touch with you soon to chat!
Looking for a destination wedding resort that won’t break the bank? Then we’ve got you covered, here! Keep reading to discover our top five affordable wedding resorts in Mexico
The Grand at Moon Palace
At this lively destination wedding resort, guests can experience a state-of-the-art spa, adventurous tours and excursions, golf trips, and live entertainment for the entire family at an affordable cost. In addition, the bride and groom can take advantage of customized packages and enhancements to elevate their wedding experience that much more. The Grand at Moon Palace is perfect for a laid back yet sophisticated, Mexico wedding!
Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Be prepared to be greeted with natural beauty, inclusive luxury, and legendary Hard Rock entertainment at this rockin’ Mexico resort. Bring the family along for the wedding festivities or escape to Heaven with the adults for a bit of added luxury. This fine property has a strong draw, not only for its Complimentary Wedding Package, but the endless unique activities, like the Music Lab, Woodward Skatepark, and brand-new waterpark, Rockaway Bay!
Royalton Riviera Cancun
Royalton Riviera Cancun “wows” guests with its elegantly styled suites, world-class dining, and breathtaking destination weddings, without the hefty price tag. It’s designed to accommodate guests of all ages and is comprised of three sections: the lively general resort area, the exclusive Diamond Club area, and Hideaway, an elegant adults-only oasis. This Mexico resort is even considered one of the best all-inclusive destination wedding resorts around.
Generations Riviera Maya
Conveniently located 25 minutes from the airport, Generations Resort is the family property that has it all. From Karisma’s signature cuisine, to infinity pool suites and excellent butler service, this is the place to escape from it all. It’s also a great option for destination wedding groups with kids, as it’s just steps away from neighboring resort, El Dorado Royale, an adults-only sanctuary where Generations adult guests can visit at any time. This gives your wedding guests two affordable accommodation options. How sweet is that?
El Dorado Royale
For an adult-only destination wedding, El Dorado Royale is THE Mexico property for you. Karisma's Gourmet Inclusive weddings offer the style, service and setting you crave, at a price you can handle. Here, you and your soon-to-be can explore signature wedding collections in the quiet and romantic setting you’ve always dreamed about. Have children on the guest list? Not to worry! Generations is only a hop skip and a jump away! Guests can easily mingle back and forth.
Not sure how to begin the destination wedding planning process? Well, that’s what we’re here for! Click here to get in touch with a romance travel specialist, today.
This list is out! We’ve rounded up our top adult-only wedding resorts of this year. Keep reading to see who made the cut!
El Dorado Royale
Karisma's Gourmet Inclusive weddings offer the style, service and setting you crave at the gorgeous all-inclusive, adults-only, El Dorado Royale. Here, you’ll explore signature wedding collections, beautiful offerings, and award-winning cuisine. In addition, the lush and tropical scenery makes the perfect backdrop for your special day.
Villa Premier Boutique Hotel
Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the most romantic and spiritual destinations in Mexico, and is full of possibilities! At Villa Premier Boutique Hotel, your dream wedding can come to life at one of the most breathtaking oceanfront adult retreats in the area. Here, your wedding planner will take care of the details, so all you have to worry about is soaking in the memories.
The authentic details and artful touches make UNICO 20º87º a breathtaking setup to tie the knot for just about anyone. Known for its exceptional value, authentic cuisine, and modern amenities, everything at this luxurious resort is included... even the spa treatments, select tours and excursions! P.S. UNICO also makes for one fantastic honeymoon!
Secrets Wild Orchid
Say "I do" under a beautifully-decorated wedding gazebo, or on a private beach at this adult-only, Jamaican escape! At Secrets Wild Orchid, take some time to focus on each other, while the resort’s full-service wedding coordinators and designers take care of the rest.
El Dorado Maroma
The Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma are the first overwater bungalows settled on one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya. Here, couples will have the chance to wed in a delightfully breathtaking setting. And as a part of the Karisma Experience, guests will receive nothing less than outstanding service and luxury every step of the way.
Le Blanc Spa Resorts
Known for its upscale luxury and utmost elegance, Le Blanc Spa Resorts present the dreamiest settings for weddings. Sit back and prepare to be pampered with the resort’s signature wedding package, which includes everything from a personal wedding coordinator, décor and flowers, bridal perks, a honeymoon package, and so much more. Oh, and the around-the-clock butler service doesn’t hurt either!
Secrets Cap Cana
This Dominican Republic property is situated in an exclusive community in Cap Cana, bringing the highest level of elegance and luxury to your wedding experience. Known for its incredible sugar-sand beach, sparkling pools and fancy rooms, it's no wonder this one made our top destination wedding list for adults. Additionally, Secrets Cap Cana offers a variety of romantic packages just for the happy couple.
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