With the average wedding costing over $35k according to The Knot, we’ve come up with a few ways to cut costs, without the sacrifice! Keep reading for some of our expert tips:
Take it Out of Town
That’s right! Destination weddings have grown in popularity over the years for their budget-friendly options, casual atmosphere, and incredible memories. We recommend traveling during off-season (September and October) when rates are the lowest. Besides the best room rates, you’ll also find that resorts have lower occupancy levels during this time, leaving plenty of pool chairs open for everyone. Be sure to avoid holidays, as that’s when rates go up significantly!
Opt for All-Inclusive
For the best value, all-inclusive is the way to go. It’s much easier to plan your budget (and your guests’ budgets) when you get to factor in meals, drinks, entertainment, airport shuttles and taxes. Convenience is also huge reason couples opt for all-inclusive resorts and hotels.
Utilize Your Surroundings
Nothing says “I love you” quite like some swaying palm trees and an ocean view! We recommend keeping your venue simple so you can save money on other “musts” you’d like to include in your big day. So, allow Mother Nature to take care of some of the work and expense for you!
Free Wedding Packages
Most destination wedding resorts offer a complimentary wedding package, which includes everything you’ll need for your wedding. We recommend starting out with the basic package first, then adding in where it makes sense.
Pick Your Own Vendors
If you have a preferred vendor at a price you’re happy with, then bring ‘em along with you! As long as they 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. This works great for photographers, hair stylists and make-up artists.
Most couples like to combine their wedding and honeymoon to save on costs. For example, you can 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
The absolute best way to keep your wedding in your budget range, is to use a destination wedding planner. A good travel pro will help you navigate the experience, all while keeping your preferences in mind!
Looking for a little push in the right direction? Then, fill out a contact form to get the conversation started. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Do any one of these fantastic venues catch your eye? Then, be sure to get in touch with a destination wedding specialist, today!
Couples – we’re here to tell you like it is! Here are the do’s and don’ts for planning your destination wedding:
We recommend you reaching out to a destination wedding specialist and booking your resort between16 and 18 months in advance.
But don’t… invite guests too early
It’s best to extend the invites no more than14 months in advance – after your resort has been booked.
And don’t… require an RSVP
For a destination wedding, the guest’s room deposit serves as their RSVP. Easy-peasy! If you ask for a traditional RSVP, you will end up with a lot of “yes!” that can’t actually attend. Just let the room deposit be the RSVP.
But do… set a “book by” date
To encourage guests to book early, you can have a recommended “book by” date on your website. This allows your guests plenty of time to plan accordingly.
Definitely don’t…worry when your wedding coordinator takes a while
In the destination wedding industry, it’s not unusual for your wedding coordinator to take a week or more to get back to you. *Deep breaths* We promise, this is normal. They are busy making magic happen behind-the-scenes!
Oh, and do…trust your travel agent and wedding coordinator
Remember, your destination wedding specialist and wedding coordinator are your advocates and have your best interest at heart.
Also, don’t…stress out over the little details
They say, “hindsight is 20/20,” and this couldn’t ring truer. Everything always falls into place beautifully, and you’ll eventually realize that stressing out over your music playlist was pointless.
Lastly, please do …commit yourself to slowing down
While you can easily get caught up in the moment of wedding planning, it’s important to slow down and take things in stride. After all, you only get one wedding countdown – so it’s best to make it count!
Ready to plan the wedding of your dreams? Then, click here to connect with a destination wedding specialist , today. We look forward to working with you!
Shelli Nornes started Romance Travel Group after planning her own destination wedding in 1998. We had the opportunity to sit with Shelli and talk about travel and destination weddings and listened as she shared some very valuable advice.
Please give a brief description of yourself and your business for the readers to know about you and what your agency has to offer.
Travel is my passion!! I am president and CEO of Romance Travel Group, an award-winning travel company offering expert travel and destination wedding planning services to brides, grooms and guests. Our clients have the distinct advantage of our hands-on expertise. We're out there experiencing the resorts we recommend several times each year. We're travel agents... we travel! Planning weddings never feels like “work” to us. Several of our agents were also destination brides, so we understand all aspects of the planning process from start to finish.
What type of destination weddings do you specialize in?
We specialize in Mexico and Caribbean destination weddings. Over the years we’ve learned that the all-inclusive resorts offer the best value to our clients. Whether a couples’ destination wedding dream is sweet and simplistic or stylish and sophisticated, there is a resort out there that is just perfect for them, and our goal is to find it. We’ve planned weddings for 2, and weddings for 200. Every wedding, no matter the size of the guest list, deserves special attention.
Why do you think having a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean is the best decision to make for couples planning their wedding?
These days, loved ones are often scattered throughout the country, staying connected by technology. Chances are, when you announce your wedding plans and begin making your guest list, you will notice a great number of family and friends who are going to have to travel for your wedding already. Why not have your guests come together at a fabulous resort where meals and drinks are all included, where you will be catered to, and your time can be spent with those you love. We hear over and over again, “Thank you! The time our loved ones spent together at our destination wedding is something we will cherish forever!”
Destination weddings are
Are most couples happy they chose to have a destination wedding once they have experienced it?
We have never had anyone say “I wish we wouldn’t have done that.” In fact, we hear the opposite from guests who have done a traditional wedding of their own. They tell us “if we could do it all over again….THIS is what we’d do!” The experience couples share with guests and the memories that are made last a lifetime. Many destination wedding groups begin traveling together year after year because they had such a great first experience. They want to go back again and again. That says a lot! One bride recently wrote to us and said “This whole experience was so great! A lot of my friends are considering having destination weddings now and have thanked me for opening up the doors to this idea.”
What is one important tip for couples planning a destination wedding?
The most important decision couples will make about their destination wedding is which travel agent to hire. Anyone can book a trip. Anyone can get you a deal. But this isn’t just a spring break trip you’re planning. You need to partner with a destination wedding travel specialist who can share her experience and expertise with you from the beginning. A destination wedding travel specialist is someone who has worked with more than a dozen couples already, who travels to the destinations she recommends, who personally knows the wedding team and management at the resorts, who understands the residency laws of each country and can guide you on locations, dates and budget logistics. A typical travel agent’s attention gets watered down by clients booking cruises, safaris, Disney, and escorted tours to Europe. A destination wedding travel specialist gives her full attention to weddings. It is a very focused specialty that you must have on your side. Your destination wedding travel specialist will be your best friend during the planning process.
Why should couples go through you to plan their destination wedding?
We have a team of true destination wedding travel specialists. We are industry recognized leaders in the art of destination wedding travel planning. After 20 years of wedding travel planning, we have dozens of awards and accolades on our shelf, and thousands of very happy brides, grooms and guests who have put their trust in us. Our team has a true passion for this industry. Seeing our couples and guests having the time of their lives is extremely rewarding.
Anything else you want to say to brides?
It’s ok to call us and say “I have no idea where to start!” If you are dreaming of a destination wedding, but have no idea how to get is started, let’s talk it through. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it can all come together and how smoothly everything can be planned. Don’t let the details scare you away. If you’re entire guest list can’t make it, that’s ok, too. Your wedding day is for YOU. It should be exactly how you want to start the rest of your lives together.
Your guests made the trip out to celebrate your special day with you! Now... to thank them properly! Keep reading for some fun ways you can show your appreciation and love!
A really unique way we’ve seen couples thank their wedding guests is to set up a group excursion. Not only is this a great option to get everyone together, but it’s an experience your guests will remember forever! Popular excursions include snorkeling, archeological tours, rum or tequila tastings, sunset catamarans, and more.
Swag bags are another popular way for destination wedding couples to thank their guests because, well – it’s fun! Who doesn’t like opening up a little bag of goodies that was created just for them? We’ve seen swag bags filled with things like snacks, local wines or liquors, beach gear, hangover remedies and more.
Spend Time Together
If you prefer to thank you guests with a more intimate experience, then you can always find other ways to spend time together! For example, a day on the beach with your parents and siblings, a spa day with your aunts and cousins, a resort show or concert with your besties. The possibilities are truly endless!
Thank You Photos
Rather than a standard thank you card, consider personalizing it! Most photographers are excited to work with you on fun poses and scenery options, so be sure to ask them for some ideas. You may even want to purchase a cute “thank you” sign to pose with, if you’re really trying to get creative!
Hiring a live artist will not only entertain your guests, but thank them in the process! Consider bringing one on to impress your guests with their caricature skills – or even see if they’ll paint the beautiful landscapes that surround you. What better way to thank your guests than with a souvenir like that?!
Of course, this goes without saying, but a handwritten thank you note is always greatly appreciated in addition to the suggestions above. 😊 Have any questions for us? Then, be sure to contact a romance travel expert, today!
Not sure where to register for you upcoming bridal shower? Then, check out our top wedding registry sites below!
Zola is an online wedding registry, planner, and retailer-in-one. It’s an e-commerce company that allows couples to register for gifts, experiences, and cash funds, making it one of the top wedding registry sites around. It also works with over 800 brands and top retailers, which is easy for your guests to make selections from anywhere.
From kitchenware and bath towels, to outdoor games and champagne glass – Amazon really has it all. In fact, Amazon also has one of the world’s largest registry selections with perks like free two-day shipping, easy returns, and more. They even offer couples up to 20% off any items left on your registry – score!
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond has been a favorite amongst couples for years – and we understand why! Not only do they carry everything you need for building your new home together, but they also offer free returns and exchanges, price match guarantee, and even an interactive checklist to ensure you get everything you need.
The great thing about registering with Williams Sonoma, is that you can also add gifts from Pottery Barn and West Elm. Another perk includes private in-person appointments if you need a little extra guidance. Couples can also enjoy free bonus gifts when you register for products from top brands and guests purchase them.
Who doesn’t love Target?! Not only do couples choose to register with them for their large selection of pretty much anything, but they also offer “honeyfunds” that they can use toward newlywed experiences. Target also provides gift ideas of their own exclusive brands, with pre-selected themes and more.
Crate & Barrel
Create & Barrel is another wonderful wedding registry option. Not only will you fall in love with their top brands, but they also offer group gifting where your friends and family can go in on a gift together. In addition, Crate & Barrel provides perks like 15% off any gifts that are left on your registry, as well as free shipping and help from real experts.
As always, we’re here to assist you with any of your destination wedding needs. Message us here to get in touch with any questions!
Coming to you this summer, The Fives Oceanfront Hotel beckons you with pristine beaches, glistening waters, and friendly smiles. Keep reading to discover more!
Stay, relax, and recharge your senses on the peaceful shores of Puerto Morelos! The Fives Oceanfront Hotel offers a cozy boutique-style experience, where guests will be immersed into the beauty of their surroundings every day. Explore the pristine beaches, cenotes, and some of the best snorkeling and fishing sites in the area. or just lounge on the soft white sands with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Whatever you choose, you won’t want to leave here anytime soon. Here are some more facts we think you’ll love:
Surrounded by the peaceful shores of Puerto Morelos, The Fives Oceanfront Hotel is just 20 minutes from the Cancun Airport. This is a great location for travelers, as Cancun is easily accessible and oftentimes nonstop, by many airports throughout the U.S.
This boutique hotel offers dozens of amazing amenities. Some of our favorites include furnished terraces and balconies, robes and slippers in your room, a walk-in shower and rainfall shower head, full size refrigerators, smart TVs, free Wi-Fi, room service, and amazing views from your room.
Guests will get the chance to dine at five unique restaurants and bars, including The Beach House, which offers everything from salads and ceviches, to grilled seafood and craft cocktails. You’ll also love the beach house infinity pool and private cabana, where you can relax in a sun lounger and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea.
Things to Do
At the Fives Oceanfront Hotel, activities never seem to fall short! Here, guests can get the full Mexico experience by partaking in a variety of things like exploring eco-parks and ancient ruins, shopping in town, hiking along jungle trails, ziplining through the treetops, and so much more!
Want to learn more about this fabulous new escape? Then, click here to get in touch with one of our experts!
For an out-of-this-world and lavish dining experience, look no further than Le Chique!
The Karisma Experience
Prepare to be amazed by Karisma’s signature Gourmet Inclusive experience! Here, guests will have the chance to indulge in award-winning modernist cuisine – where the restaurants and bars at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun are destinations in itself! Explore, admire, and feast to your heart’s content in a variety of colorful, casual and elegant settings, or enjoy 24-hour in-room dining at your leisure.
Dining at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun is an incredible fusion of ingredients, preparation, detail, and service. And Le Chique Restaurant never falls short of this standard! In fact, this adult´s only (18+) dining experience features lavish lounge areas and an upscale dining adventure unlike any other! Here, the chef’s pair contemporary Mexican cuisine with exceptional wine selections from across the globe. You’ll also be transported to an exotic paradise that boasts a wide variety of flavors in twelve thoughtfully prepared courses. Yep, you heard that right – twelve courses. Each course presents a unique story or background, inviting guests to explore their taste buds on an entirely new level.
Required Dress Code
In order to enhance Le Chique’s dining experience, diners should comply to the following casual dress code in all gourmet restaurants.
Recommended: dresses, skirts, long pants, shoes, capri pants, elegant sandals, long pants, collared shirts, casuals shoes
Not Permitted: shorts, sleeved t-shirts, flip flops, swimming trunks, bikinis, swimsuits, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, hats
Please note, a reservation is required to dine at Le Chique. They are open Monday – Saturday from 6pm – 9pm and are closed on Sundays.
Interested in exploring the Karisma Experience a bit more? Then, click here to get in touch with a travel expert today!
You know what they say, “planning a wedding takes a village!” Here are six Facebook groups for couples looking for advice, to make connections, or ask questions about their upcoming destination wedding. Be sure to join in on the fun!
We hope our fabulous destination wedding groups serve as a great resource for you to chat all things wedding! For any questions or for additional information, please don’t hesitate to connect with a romance travel expert.
Looking for some ideas for your next trip? Then, check out this brand-new luxury hotel, located on one of the dreamiest spots in the Caribbean!
Royalton Grenada Resort and Spa is a breathtaking new family resort situated on two white-sand beaches in Tamarind Bay, Grenada. The area offers peaceful ocean views and an upscale luxury that’s hard to beat!
The newly-introduced property features 269 gorgeous rooms and suites equipped with Royalton’s signature DreamBed, a fully-stocked minibar, rain showers, and a balcony or terrace. In addition, guest can enjoy the property’s five gourmet dining concepts, along with six bars and lounges, a spa, and an entire range of watersports and activities.
Just like all of Royalton’s fabulous properties, Royalton Grenada is no different. Here, each and every guest will receive the hotel collection’s signature All-In Luxury experience which provides visitors with 24-hour room service, all-inclusive food and drink, unlimited free calls to the U.S., complimentary non-motorized water sports, WiFi, daily beach parties, and so much more!
From Italian and Indian, to French and International cuisine, Royalton Grenada knows their way around the kitchen! Treat your taste buds to fresh and eclectic flavors for a culinary journey you’ll never forget. Dining experiences range from buffet-style, to a la carte dining, lounge areas, coffee shops, and fine dining. Mmm!
Royalton properties do a wonderful job entertaining your kiddos. In fact, daily activities and nightly entertainment are just another perk of their All-In Luxury package! Here, families are invited to take their children to the clubhouse kids club for supervised games, or hit the beach for plenty of non-motorized watersports (think snorkeling, kayaking, sail boating, and an on-site splash park). We promise, no one will go bored, here!
At the Royal Spa, guests will feel refreshed and renewed after a variety of spa treatments and therapies. This wellness facility features a hydrotherapy circuit along with several other massage, body and facial treatments. In addition, Royalton Grenada has an extensive menu of fitness and wellness classes, taught by certified trainers and instructors. From spin class and yoga, to beach bootcamp, you’ll be in good hands!
Can you see Royalton Grenada in your future? Then, click here to learn more about this brand-new Caribbean retreat!
Looking to turn some heads on the big day? Of course you are!! Check out these four amazing grand entrances!
El Dorado Royale: Vintage Car
Weddings at El Dorado are filled with romance and elegance. Offering some of the best group perks for destination wedding couples, El Dorado is one of our all-time favorites. Plan some time for a photo shoot with this vintage car, sip some champagne and revel in the beauty of this magnificent resort setting.
Hard Rock Hotel: Sports Car
Hard Rock Hotel’s complimentary wedding packages are always impressing our couples with their innovative themes and wedding packages. Some perks include 1-tiered wedding cake, a bridal bouquet, sparkling wine, and a wedding registry – not to mention an on-site wedding planner that will work with you from start to finish. But nothing quite beats the sports car grand entrance like the one at Hard Rock – our brides have a lot of fun with this!
Moon Palace Cancun: Horse Drawn Carriage
At Moon Palace Cancun, the lucky couple can take advantage of several beautiful offerings – from a gorgeous chapel or beach venue, to the floral arrangements and décor – there’s not much you can’t customize here! We especially love when the bride chooses to make her special entrance in horse-drawn carriage – talk about turning some heads!
The Fives Beach Hotel: Sky Deck
Elevate your love at the Fives Beach Hotel! Here, the bride will make her grand entrance coming down the stairs of the property’s fabulous sky deck, which offers picture-perfect views of the coastline in the distance. The gorgeous venue option can accommodate up to 150 guests and presents a totally unique and “elevated” experience for the couple and their guests.
Le Blanc Los Cabos: Rooftop
Known for its upscale luxury and sophistication, Le Blanc Los Cabos presents the very best weddings. Here, couples can enjoy the complimentary wedding package, which includes everything from a personal wedding coordinator, décor and flowers, bridal perks, a honeymoon experience – and so much more. Many couples take advantage of the rooftop venue, as the bride gets to make her grand entrance in a private, meandering path exclusive to the couple and their guests.
Generations: Just Married Golf Cart
Looking for something fun and relaxing yet eye catching? This decorated golf cart is the perfect way to make your grand entrance, and romance escape! Generations Riviera Maya is quite possibly the perfect destination wedding resort of them all. Where else can you get family-friend AND adults-only resorts side-by-side, farm-to-table-dining, attentive service and stunning wedding venues like this? Generations has it all.
Want to request more information on any one of these wedding offerings above? Then, get in touch with us today!
Planning a destination wedding? Then no doubt you are looking for the best destination wedding travel agent to help you through the process. They are, after all, the ones with all the experience and who will be your best friend throughout the process. Here are 6 important questions to ask when you are interviewing your potential destination wedding travel agent:
What is your experience with destination weddings?
This is the first question you should ask a potential destination wedding travel agent. As a bride and groom, it’ll put your mind at ease knowing your go-to person has years of experience in the field.
Have you been to the destinations and resorts I’m interested in?
Everyone always likes a recommendation, so be sure you ask the wedding travel agent you’re interviewing if they’ve been to the resorts you have your eye on. That way, they can provide additional insight on things like service, food, entertainment, wedding décor, venues, key staff, and more.
How do you work with guests and keep everything organized?
Fair question! The sound of transporting 60+ people from point A to point B can sound very daunting, but to a highly trained travel expert, it’s just another day. Be sure to ask them for examples of how they’ve managed group bookings for rooms, transfers, group excursions, etc.
What kind of fees do you charge for your services?
Because every wedding has a budget! Be sure to ask your potential wedding travel agent how much it is to utilize their services. You’ll be surprised! Services can run from $0 on up to $5000 or more. Be sure to ask!
Do you have a team of assistants to help, or is it just you?
It’s always great to know if your destination wedding travel agent has an assistant or second point of contact in case they’ve fallen ill, are traveling, etc. That way you can rest easy knowing your questions and concerns will be responded to in a timely manner!
What are the next steps in this process?
Once you’ve gotten a good feeling about your potential wedding travel agent, the last thing you’ll want to know are next steps. The right candidate will have a straightforward game plan for you ahead, so no guessing games along the way!
Interested in chatting with us about our destination wedding planning services? We’ll be able to answer these questions for you and then some! Simply click here to get started. We look forward to chatting with you soon!
For an authentic Mexican dining experience that truly awakens the senses... look no further than Rosa’s at The Fives Beach Resort!
If you’re a foodie staying at The Fives Beach Hotel, then you’ve got to be sure to make a reservation at Rosa’s house! Here, you’ll experience the diversity and cultural richness of a true Mexican home. Allow Rosa and her friends to guide your taste buds through the rich aromas, flavors, colors, and textures of the region’s culinary offerings…is your mouth watering yet?!
Find yourselves right at home at the best “at-home” restaurant in Playa Del Carmen! Rosa will serve you the best Mexican food in the area, where the ingredients are sourced from only the finest and freshest ingredients. This culinary experience is inspired by the customs of a traditional Mexican home, where you’ll be completely immersed in the folklore, traditions, and cuisine of Mexico!
As you can imagine, La Casa De Rosa is a popular experience for tourists. Be sure to make your reservation at Rosa’s House 24-hours in advance with your hotel’s concierge service or directly with Rosa herself, who is available between 11am and 9pm. If you need assistance, feel free to contact us for more information as well.
About the Hotel
The Fives Beach Hotel is a luxurious Playa del Carmen retreat. The chic, modern, and authentic atmosphere is perfect for travelers of all kinds. Here, you’ll indulge your senses in the “all senses inclusive” experience, with lavish rooms or penthouse sky suites. You can also rejuvenate yourself at the Fives Spa, lounge on the beach, or enjoy the delightful flavors of the region.
Getting hungry yet? We sure are! For more information about Rosa’s dining experience or The Fives Beach Hotel, contact us here and we’ll be in touch!
Planning your honeymoon, but not sure which resorts best fit your budget? Well, not to worry! We have recommendations to accommodate any budget range
Hideaway at Royalton Cancun
At Royalton Riviera Cancun lies Hideaway, a private oasis for adults with an extra layer of elegance and service. Here, you’ll be presented with beautifully styled suites, world-class dining, and dozens of romantic perks. You’ll also enjoy complimentary extras, private pools and enhanced service, something that only Hideaway guests have the privilege of enjoying. Sounds like perfection to us!
Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Situated on one of Jamaica’s most stunning beaches, Riu Palace Tropical Bay provides dreamy honeymoon experiences on a completely renovated facility. Here, couples can take advantage of an in-room minibar, a satellite TV, and a balcony or terrace overlooking the gorgeous tropical surroundings. Plus, you can enjoy the 24-hour room service, which provides everything you need to go “all out” on the vacation of your dreams!
Not only do the little details and authentic touches make UNICO 20º87º a breathtaking place to honeymoon, but its romantic atmosphere makes it the perfect escape for just about any special occasion in your adult life. We also love its exceptional value, authentic cuisine, and modern amenities, not to mention the included spa treatments, select tours and excursions!
Secrets Cap Cana
You’ll be blown away with the variety of honeymoon suites available at Secrets Cap Cana! We recommend the Preferred Club Master Suite, which features everything from a swim out pool and spacious living area, to rain showers and endless amenities! In addition, the resort is popular for its incredible sugar-sand beach, sparkling pools, and private location.
If you’re looking for unique, then you’ll find it here! The Elite Overwater Bungalows by Karisma Resorts is one of our favorite places to send couples for its fantastic location, private infinity pool, glass bottom floors, indoor jacuzzi, and so much more. You also have access to the nearby overwater spa and restaurant to round out the whole “overwater” experience. Does it really get much better than this?
Le Blanc Cancun
If you can imagine the ultimate romantic getaway for you and your sweetie, chances are, it looks a whole lot like Le Blanc Cancun! Known for its upscale setting and perfect elegance, this property is a great place for all things romance. So, sit back and prepare to be pampered by your very own personal butler and live the palace life in complete sophistication.
Think one of these dreamy resorts could be the perfect honeymoon for you? Then, contact the honeymoon experts for a custom quote! We look forward to working with you!
The Fives Hotels collection offers something for just about everyone! Keep reading to see which property best suits your travel preferences:
The Fives Beach Hotel
For a glamorous beachfront hotel situated on the white sand coast of the Caribbean Sea, look no further than The Fives Beach Hotel! This luxurious Playa del Carmen retreat is chic, modern, and authentic – perfect for travelers of all kinds. Here, you’ll indulge your senses in the “all senses inclusive” experience, with lavish rooms or penthouse sky suites. You can also rejuvenate yourself at the Fives Spa, lounge on the beach, or enjoy the delightful flavors of the region. Planning a destination wedding? Look no further! This resort checks all the boxes and offers something for every guest.
The Fives Oceanfront Hotel
Say hello to the brand new The Fives Oceanfront Hotel – where you can relax and recharge your senses on the peaceful shores of Puerto Morelos. The seaside escape will immerse you into the natural beauty of your surroundings and introduce you to new adventures every day. Explore the pristine beaches, cenotes, and some of the best snorkeling and fishing sites in the area – or just lounge on the soft white sands with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Whatever you choose, you won’t want to leave here anytime soon. Be one of the first to indulge in this oceanfront gem.
The Fives Downtown Hotel
For a vacation with a touch of glamour and vibrancy, you’ll just love The Fives Downtown Hotel. Begin every day with a new experience – whether it’s a night out on the town, shopping and dining at Quinta Avenida, or exploring the Yucatan Peninsula’s most treasured attractions. This boutique hotel also has two infinity rooftop pools, loungers, and music – not to mention a fabulous rooftop restaurant. I think we’ll cheers to that!
Do any of these fabulous properties catch your eye? Then, message us here to request a quote!
In search of some decorating ideas for your upcoming destination wedding? Then, keep scrolling for some of our favorite looks we’re starting to see this year!
For the bohemian bride, you’ll feel right at home with this “free spirit” theme we’ve been seeing lately. The trend has been on the rise in the last year and we don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon! The natural wood and textures like macramé and dried arrangements give you perfect blend of nature and paradise. We’re especially loving the uniqueness of the pointed arbor and wooden aisle. Curious how to pull this look off? Then, click here to learn more about Hard Rock Hotel’s new wedding packages.
For our lavish brides, look no further than this dreamy setup! The golden chairs and white petal runner will make you feel like you’re walking on cloud nine as you make your way to say “I do” to your handsome groom. The dramatic floral-draped altar, stunning decor, and elegant touches will be a daydream that feels too good to be true! The best part? You’ll have the turquoise sea as your backdrop for the day –talk about vows with a view! Click here to learn more about Hard Rock weddings.
For a stunning beach wedding with a modern twist, couples choose this enchanting ceremony theme. This setup has the ultimate blend of luxury and fun with whimsical decorations, callas-topped columns, and a dramatic circular floral arbor. Couples also adore the unique acrylic napoleon chairs and modern touches in this collection, as it’s quite the eye-catching display. Think this wedding setup could be for you? Then, click here to find out more about our favorite Hard Rock properties.
For the tropical wedding you’ve been longing for, this is the ceremony you’ll want to see! Tropical Paradise offers you and your guests everything you need to pull off an incredible beach wedding –from the lush greenery and palm leaves, to the exotic flora and sound of the ocean in the background –you really can’t go wrong with this classic tropical collection. Truly elegant. Truly simplistic. And truly amazing. Click here to see why we love Hard Rock resort weddings.
So, which ceremony theme will it be? For a nudge in the right direction, contact the destination wedding experts, here. Want more wedding inspo? Then, be sure to follow our boards on Pinterest!
Melissa & James were married at Hard Rock Vallarta!
Photo credits go to Nick Vaquerano @NickVaquerano on Instagram
Wedding Gown from Chantilly Place in Chelmsford, MA
Travel coordination provided by Romance Travel Group
Why did you choose Romance Travel Group?
To be perfectly honest, we had no idea where to start when we started planning this. I googled “destination wedding planners” and came up to another wedding planner. I started off by saying I knew NOTHING about this but this is what I had in mind. They were super condescending and after that first call, to this moment almost two years later, still never received their quote. I didn’t need to though, I knew I didn’t want to hear back from them. Romance Travel Group was a website I had stumbled on while looking for resorts so I looked into my history to find them. That’s when I reached out and scheduled a call with Shelli. Again, I told her I knew absolutely nothing about wedding planning or destination planning and she said “that’s okay! Tell me what you want to know.” I knew then that I’d be working with her through this process.
Were there any objections from your wedding guests about your decision to have a destination wedding? If so, how did you handle overcome those?
Yeah, definitely. No one really *said* anything about it directly, just dealt with more “it’s so expensive” remarks. Shelli set up our website super early (August 2018 to be exact) and so when guests came to our engagement party (we invited the same people we were going to invite to our wedding) we had this whole set up talking about where to go to book. One of the biggest things I guess I didn’t realize was such a big deal until like yesterday when I went to book my cousin’s wedding was that Romance Travel Group offers you the ability to pay the wedding off slowly. From the date of our engagement party to the final payment due date, there was exactly 12 months. That was plenty of time for people to make payments. So we let everyone know that they could book online, pay a small deposit and then make monthly payments. For our loved ones that still couldn’t swing it, we just told them we totally understand and would miss them there. At the end of the day, it’s our special day and we were doing it our own special way.
How did you come to decide on your wedding date? Is there meaning behind it?
I honestly never thought I would choose a wedding date so close to Valentine’s Day- the 14th and my birthday- the 17th. But when we started talking about dates, James brought up that his late father’s birthday was February 15. We looked at the calendar and realized it was on a Saturday. I swear it just felt like it NEEDED to be on that day. It’ll be a little hectic for James every year around that week but I’m sure we’ll always find a way to make it special.
Describe what it was like working with the wedding coordinator at the resort? What went well? Any challenges?
The coordinator at the resort was actually fantastic. Edmundo was swift, incredibly helpful, personable and just overall a pleasure to work with. I had no challenges with him. However, I did have a challenge with the person that comes before Edmundo. I don’t want to name any names so we won’t do that but there was someone who worked offsite (the first person related to the Hotel company itself that you’ll talk to.) As part of the contract with Hard Rock, we were able to use “number of room nights booked” as a benefit towards the wedding; for example: 40 room nights booked gets you a two-hour reception and then you pay for the additional hours. Well, after weeks of not hearing from the coordinator and final payment date having come and gone, I reached out to try to get the last minute details ironed out and get a total. Well, for months she quoted me that I could use 1 of my hours towards cocktail and 1 towards reception and then pay for additional hours of reception. Fantastic, right?! Not so fast- that day, she tells me she can’t honor what had been told to me for months (by her.) She ends her emails for the day saying I would have to pay out of pocket for the cocktail hour ($800) and there was nothing else she could do. Anybody who is planning a wedding knows they are counting every dollar! I was shocked! Fortunately, after pushing it up to Shelli, she escalated it to Hard Rock and they were luckily able to honor it. That whole ordeal was super super stressful so my advice to anyone doing a destination wedding and looking to take advantage of the perks: don’t delete emails.
Tell us about your wedding dress – How did you find it? Who went shopping with you? How do you feel wearing your dress?
Ah, my favorite subject! I found my dress at Chantilly Place in Chelmsford, MA. I went in with a whole different perspective of what I wanted than what I actually got. But when I put that dress on, words honestly cannot describe it. I went with my maid of honor, my mom and my aunt/godmother My mom is probably the least emotional person in the world but when I saw her crying I knew I found the one. It’s beautiful. It flowed. It held me in where I wanted to look snatched. I felt like an angel in that dress. I actually bought extra lace and “designed” a special dress for my daughter to wear too. I don’t know that anyone even noticed it was made of the same material, but I knew and I loved it.
Describe the booking process for your guests. Did they find that to be easy to navigate?
It was actually really easy through the website Shelli set up for us. I mentioned this a little before and I will again now - having it go through Romance Travel Group was so much easier than the other ways we’ve seen it (having to do it directly through the hotel’s website with a block code.) Trips are a big deal and they take financial planning. Being able to make monthly payments towards it (even for the bride and groom) is so much more convenient for your pockets than having to pay it all upfront.
What were some of your biggest fears or things you worried about as your wedding date drew near? How did you get through this?
I think honestly my biggest fear was that the wedding was going to be too simple. We opted to go pretty simple with the decorations because it was an outdoor wedding and really what’s more beautiful than being able to see the beach and the mountains in the same view? We didn’t go crazy with the tables - white linens, white chairs and a flower centerpiece to match the colors of the bridal party. I have to say, I’m so glad I was wrong about my concerns. As simple as it was, it was absolutely perfect. The color changing columns were awesome as it got dark out. Hard Rock did an amazing job making simple look so elegant.
Describe the meeting you had with the onsite wedding team when you arrived at the resort.
It was pretty simple. Edmundo met us when checking in and introduced himself. We set up an appointment to meet the following day to check out the sites. The following day, we met as planned. He took us to the sites (the gazebo.. just wow.) and to the salon. He explained to us how everything would work, what time he’d come get us, our guests, and so on. It was actually pretty cut and dry. No stress there, at all.
Were your guests wowed by the resort and the all-inclusive concept? What was their reaction upon arrival?
Every single person who went for our event commented about how incredible of a resort it was. The food was FANTASTIC. That’s honestly not something either one of us can really say for any other resort we’ve been to. We were impressed with every single meal we had. Every restaurant was included, they didn’t try to upsell you on food when you got in which was impressive. The lobby was amazing. The memorabilia was breath-taking, the staff was so helpful. At the end of it, every person said they wanted to come back. In fact, I’m pretty sure my sister-in-law and two aunts pre-booked their next trips through the staff there. We got comments the whole next day about how fun the wedding was. Overall just so happy with the experience.
How easy/difficult was it to travel with your wedding dress? Did you carry-it on, where did you store it? Did you get a lot of comments at the airport?
It was actually easier than I thought. We carried it on. Once we got into the airplane, I asked the attendant at the front if I could store my dress in the closet. All four flights (two there, two home) I was told I could. So many people asked if it was our wedding and congratulated us, I loved that part.
What was the best part of having a destination wedding?
If I’m being honest, I think the best part of the destination wedding was the whole vacation with everyone you love. At one point the day after the wedding, everyone we love was sitting around the pool party all interacting although many of them hadn’t met until that weekend. James’ best friend was hanging out with my aunts, my childhood best friend was back around my family like time hadn’t skipped a beat. It was enjoyable to see.
What is your most favorite memory of your wedding experience?
Honestly all of it. I’ve gone to so many weddings and one thing I’m always told is to enjoy it because it’s gone in the blink of an eye so I did just that. At points, I sat back and watched my family dance. I also danced the night away. I watched my bridal party get ready, we popped champagne, we took pictures, we laughed and all around celebrated. I feel like I took so much of that day in that I could replay it all.
In what ways did Romance Travel Group make the planning less stressful for you?
Many ways. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: guests. will. appreciate. payment. plans. But besides that, having someone to escalate issues like the one I had with the Hard Rock planner was a huge help. And I think without even trying to, Shelli helped me save like $800. She sent out what I would assume was a mass email about photographers that are willing to travel to do weddings. I had no idea that was an option, I thought we had to hire the one at the resort. Because of that email, we were able to contract someone James actually knew and saved a lot in doing so. Plus, they’re my favorite pictures ever.
What would you do differently? What advice would you give to couples just starting the planning process?
I don’t know that I would do anything differently, but I definitely have some advice:
Would you recommend Romance Travel Group to other couples who are considering a destination wedding?
Way ahead of you, I already have and will keep saying nothing but good things about you guys forever more.
Is there anything Romance Travel Group could have done to make the experience even better?
Not at all. You were so helpful throughout the entire process. Not a single regret.
Congratulations, Melissa & James!! Thank you for sharing your day with us!
Glass bottom floors, swim up pools, and an ocean right outside your doors? These are the best all-inclusive bungalows around.
Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma: The Elite Overwater Bungalow
Hands down, The Elite Overwater Bungalows by Karisma Resorts is one of our favorite places to send couples. There are 30 exclusive suites sitting over the glistening waters of Maroma Beach (one of the best beaches in Mexico, we might add), making it the ultimate quiet and romantic getaway you’ve been longing for. Your private bungalow comes with its own infinity pool, glass bottom floors, direct access to the ocean, an indoor jacuzzi, a private outdoor shower, an oversized deck with lounge chairs, and so much more. You also have access to the nearby overwater spa and restaurant to round out the whole “overwater” experience.
In addition, as a guest at El Dorado Maroma, you’ll receive outstanding service and luxury every step of the way, from the food and drink, to the amenities, taxes, and gratuities... it’s all included in your stay. You’ll also find plenty of included activities and entertainment to keep you busy during your stay. Does it really get much better than this?
Royalton Antigua: The Chairman Overwater Bungalow
The all-new Chairman Overwater Bungalow experience at Royalton Antigua is the Caribbean’s latest hype, with its attention for detail, picture-perfect views of the sea, and over-water hammock, it’s no wonder we all love it so much! Here, couples will enjoy a beautifully-decorated master bedroom with a spacious seating area, a dining room, a swim-out plunge pool, and so much more!
And on top of the luxurious overwater accommodations, Royalton Antigua is privately located on one of the dreamiest white-sand beaches in the Caribbean! Guests will also enjoy the resort’s “all-in luxury” experience, where the room service, food and drink, non-motorized water sports, WiFi, and daily beach parties are included. Sounds like this Caribbean retreat is calling your name!
For more information on our favorite all-inclusive bungalows, click here to get in touch with a travel expert. We look forward to making your romantic getaway a reality!
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!