Known for its noteworthy service, exceptional cuisine, and breathtaking location, an Azul Beach Riviera Cancun wedding is a no-brainer! Here are 5 reasons to consider tying the knot here
Azul Beach Riviera Cancun is perfectly situated in the beautiful, Bahia Petempich of Mexico. It’s also about 20 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from downtown Cancun! Here, wedding goers will soak up the sun on the expansive white sand beach, where views of turquoise waters stretch out for miles. Truly an ideal backdrop to say, “I do!”
Between the Kids’ Club, Teens’ Club, baby amenities, and My Gym Program, your guests with children will certainly be well-entertained at this incredible property! In addition, everyone will have a chance attend cooking classes, try out their yoga skills, watch live shows, and so much more!
When you stay at Azul Beach Riviera Cancun, gourmet cuisine, premium drinks, personalized services, and all sorts of fun family activities are included! And just like any of Karisma’s luxury resorts, you and your wedding guests will receive a full-service concierge at your disposal and plenty of mouth-watering dining options, including 24-hour room service!
With 8 fully-equipped kitchens run by the world’s top chefs and mixologists, you’re bound to find a variety of international cuisine to delight the entire family (yes, even the kids!) Enjoy an unlimited selection of premium drink brands, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as a minibar in your room, which is fully-stocked every day!
Free Wedding Package
On top of Karisma’s all-inclusive luxury, the “Always & Forever Package” is just another perk of having your destination wedding at Azul Beach Riviera Cancun. Not only does it include the wedding planners and ceremony officiant, but you’ll be able to choose things like décor and sound systems, a cocktail party, a honeymoon package, just to name a few. Ask us to see how you qualify for this ultra-romantic wedding package!
For more information on having your destination wedding at this exceptional resort, contact us at Hello@RomanceTravelGroup.com today!
Photos courtesy of Andrea Dobbs Photography.
We highly recommend these wedding/travel planning angels! Romance Travel Group was amazing and so incredibly organized! They are true professionals at what they do. They helped us pick a resort for our destination wedding as the first and most important step to planning a destination wedding. I had independently researched over 100 resorts and was feeling so lost as to how to facilitate a destination wedding. I reached out to Romance Travel Group online and got a response within 2 hours!
Shelli asked what were our top priorities for a resort and sent us a list of her top 10 picks. The resorts they work with are luxury and inspected personally by their team frequently. From that list we chose Azul Beach Riviera Cancun and to be married on top of the hotel skydeck!
The Azul Beach Riviera Cancun resort is part of the Karisma chain and was the most fantastic and beautiful resort any of us had experienced. I would recommend this resort to any bride, as they know exactly what they are doing with weddings and they made our special day better than a dream come true. We cannot express enough gratitude to the staff at Azul for making us and our guests feel like royalty.
Shelli made us a website so we sent out a save the date with the link and our guests had all the info they needed to book and get the travel in order. Shelli and her team took all of the stress off of us organizing all of the travel and setting up everything with the resort. She negotiated a contract with the resort for us and so we knew what to expect and knew everything was in order. Shelli and Heather with Romance Travel Group took excellent care of our wedding planning, travel and guests start to finish.
I really do not know how we would have done it without them. We will 100% be using Romance Travel Group in the future for our vacations. We cannot thank you enough!
Amanda and Andrew
Looking to say “I do” in the most laid-back and tropical setting around? Then, look no further than Jamaica for your special day!
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
The generous resort credits to the spa, exciting tours and excursions, golf outings, and its laid-back style make this Jamaica property a family-favorite! Known for its customizations, enhancements, and abundance of options, a wedding at Moon Palace Jamaica is perfect for those couples looking for a fun, yet intimate wedding. And don’t worry about your guests with families. With all the activities offered, this destination wedding spot is great for kids!
Awaken your senses, because Royalton Negril brings the liveliness and vibrancy of Jamaica to life! Here, wedding guests will enjoy spectacular beachfront views, endless complimentary activities, and the ultimate island elegance you’ve been waiting for. So, whether you’re hosting an intimate family affair, or something grand and extravagant, this place is guaranteed to make your special day…well, special.
Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Having just completely a multi-million dollar renovation, Riu Palace Tropical Bay’s brand new look will surely catch your attention. Situated ideally in the middle of the bay, the sunsets from the beaches here are nothing short of spectacular. Wedding guests will appreciate the “no reservations” dining, swim up bars and fresh new looks throughout this 5 star Jamaican resort.
Couples Swept Away
There’s so much to love about Couples Swept Away, which is perfectly situated on 7 Mile Beach… one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world! So big that its sands stretch across 2 territories, this “Capital of Cool” offers the lively reggae vibe to guests that Jamaica is best known for. Additionally, its friendly, not to mention casual atmosphere, make this resort a favorite amongst all couples. It’s in their name, after all!
Secrets Wild Orchid
Say "I do" under a gorgeously decorated wedding gazebo, or on your very own private section of the beach! At Secrets Wild Orchid, take time to focus on each other, while we work with the full-service wedding coordinators and designers to take care of the rest. Experience the chill and lively vibes of Jamaica at this noteworthy resort!
If you and your fiancé are into a carefree atmosphere with reggae vibes around every corner, then a Jamaica destination wedding is perfect for you! To start planning your wedding today, click here to receive a free quote!
It is easy to lose yourself in wedding planning, isn’t it? One thing turns into another and pretty soon, your simple beach wedding has gotten a little outta control. Let’s help you wrangle your wedding back into place. Here are 6 mistakes you can avoid to ensure your destination wedding runs as smoothly as possible
No Plan B
Chances are, if you’re having a destination wedding, you’re probably having it outdoors, on the beach or in a garden. With tropical climates, sporadic rain showers are to be expected. Be sure to discuss back up locations with your wedding coordinator. Most resorts have a Plan B ready for you just in case. Of course, no one ever hopes for rain on their wedding day (hey, it’s supposed to be good luck, right?), but at least you have an option in case mother nature decides to strike.
What we love most about a beach wedding is the simplicity of it all. The tall swaying palms, the clear blue water and sugar white sand provide the best décor of all! Don’t spend too much time focusing on if you have enough seashell décor on the tables or if the colors of your napkin rings are just right. Keep things simple, elegant and beautiful. Your guests will be focused on much more important things… like you getting married!
Ignoring Guests’ Comfort
It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the things that go into planning a wedding. But don’t let your guests’ comfort fall short! Consider things like temperature and time in between the ceremony and reception to make the process more enjoyable for them. Some ideas we’ve seen include leaving paper fans on each guest’s seat so they can keep cool, or providing refreshments and snacks when you’re taking photos.
Footwear & Attire
Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a heavy ball gown and 6-inch heels for your beach wedding. The material will not only weigh you down, but be incredibly hot for the environment you’re in. You’ll also want to make sure your resort provides some sort of flooring if you’re heart is set on stilettos. Otherwise, your best bet is a pretty sandal as you make your way down the sandy aisle. Likewise, really consider some unique alternatives to the traditional groomsman tux rental. Choose wedding day fashions that complement your ceremony location.
The location of your destination wedding is imperative. Too exotic = too expensive. The ideal location allows guests to comfortably travel for 4 days. Do you need to accommodate guests with small children? Then, you’ll want a great family resort. Do you want a luxurious and sophisticated affair without the noisy kiddos? Then, think adult-only. Are customizable wedding packages a must? Well…we can think of a few ideas! Whatever it is, be sure to work with a destination wedding expert, as they’ve personally visited all of the most popular locations. We promise, using a pro will make things so much easier, and save you time and money.
Is it possible to have a DIY destination wedding? Sure. But the bigger question is... why would you want to??? Your wedding is the perfect time to NOT do it all by yourself. The person who will help you the most, who will assist all your guests, who will oversee the details and make sure you have everything perfectly in place and will be your sole go-to person while you are in the destination, is your wedding travel agent! Trust us, this is the one day you do not want to DIY anything.
We hope you consider these common mistakes as you begin your destination wedding planning journey! Need a push in the right direction? We can help! To get in touch with a destination wedding expert today, click here to get started!
Charming hospitality, lively culture, and world-class beaches? There’s a whole ‘lot to love about a Mexico destination wedding!
One of the biggest destination wedding myths we hear often is that it’s too expensive. However, with the traditional American wedding costing around $30,000, it's no wonder most people assume a wedding in a remote location would be more. Luckily, most properties in Mexico can hold a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception for you and your guests for as little as $15,000… which is significantly cheaper than your average wedding!
Mexico is one of our most popular destinations for brides because of how flexible its wedding packages are. We partner with a variety of properties who value your uniqueness and creativity. That ocean pier ceremony you’ve been dreaming about? Done. The monogrammed dance floor and custom cocktail you requested? You’ve got it. The possibilities are endless.
Another reason why Mexico is great for destination weddings is the all-inclusiveness. Most properties include meals, drinks, entertainment, and some excursions during your stay, so everyone is taken care of all day and night. We also have a number of properties that offer free wedding packages, which include everything from a private ceremony location, to the cake and DJ.
How often do you hear the word “complimentary” associated with planning a wedding? Yeah, not so much. But in Mexico, it’s no surprise to see complimentary sky massages, champagne and strawberries, or private dinners thrown in as a way of saying “congrats” to the happy couple. We’ve even helped our brides and grooms get complimentary honeymoon nights as an added bonus.
Easy to Plan
Imagine having all the little details taken care of for you, as you watch your wedding dreams fall into place. That’s right! A destination wedding in Mexico isn’t as hard to plan as you think. In fact, we’ll work with you side-by-side to ensure your day runs as smooth and stress-free as possible. We’ll even introduce you to the onsite wedding coordinator to go over all the fun details like decorations, food, and seating arrangements, so everything’s covered before you get there. The best part? These services are complimentary when you book. Can’t say that about your average wedding, now can you?
Now do you understand why Mexico is our number one selling destination wedding?! It’s filled with great fun, great culture, and most of all, great people. For more information on planning your destination wedding with us, start here.
In light of some recent media articles regarding destination weddings and guests, in particular, we’d like to set CBS News and the Washington Post straight on the what, why, who and how destination weddings are the perfect answer for thousands and thousands of couples each year.
Everyone will tell you they wouldn’t miss it for the world!
It is true. When you ask guests, they will all tell you “Yes! We’ll be there!” We know everyone wants to attend, but we also know that for one reason or another, not everyone will make it. But that’s ok! When you started thinking about a destination wedding, wasn’t one of the reasons so you could create a memorable and intimate experience for your closest loved ones? Exchanging vows in a destination is the best way to trim your 300-person guest list down to 80 pretty easily and effortlessly. This is the exact reason why we recommend not sending out RSVPs. Most couples who send an RSVP to destination wedding guests end up with a lot of “false positives.” Skip the RSVP, and just assume that 30-40% of the guests you invite will actually attend. Check out our Guest List worksheet for help.
Not everyone can afford it.
We know that attending a destination wedding creates expenses for guests… about $1000 per person to be exact. We also know that the most important line item on the couple’s budget is the guests’ cost. Our specialists are trained to plan the entire destination wedding experience around a very realistic guest budget. We help by offering super low deposits and payment plans, too. Most couples know ahead of time if key people in their wedding party can swing it or not, and they are very sensitive to this. Many couples compromise on their dream destination and choose wedding dates and locations specifically based on guest cost. Even with all the due diligence in the world, there will still be guests that just cannot afford to make the trip. It is reality. But it doesn’t mean the wedding couple needs to cancel their destination wedding dreams. Just be sensitive to costs and time, and enjoy the experience you create for everyone in attendance.
We push guests a little out of their comfort zone.
Most destination wedding guests have never had the opportunity to travel outside the country to an all-inclusive resort. Some have to get a passport just for the trip. Some have to arrange child care and PTO with their jobs. Some have to move mountains in order to make it happen. But you know what? IT IS WORTH IT! We have so many guests tell us things like…
“Thank you for making this happen!”
“We are so glad we went!”
“This was the best trip we’ve ever been on!”
“We want to go back next year!”
“Worth every penny!”
“We want to do a Vow Renewal in two years. Can you help?”
Without a little nudging, guests wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience life outside their everyday circle. And the best part is they did it with the people they care about and made lifelong memories together. After all, isn’t life about opportunities?
There will be nay-sayers.
While we don’t agree with CBS News article that said a destination wedding is “in poor taste” (come on, really? Is it in poor taste to get married in New York when you have family in California and Texas??) we DO know that some guests will be less than thrilled at the idea of spending money and being pulled from their daily routines. This goes back to “not everyone will be able to make it. And that’s ok!” The couple knows their family and friends best. They, and only they, are the ones able to make the decision about a destination wedding. Once the decision is made, there is no looking back and no regrets. The wedding experience had by all far exceeds any doubt or hesitation.
It will be perfect!
After all the drama of who can make it and who can’t, one thing is for sure… when you’re at the resort, sitting on the edge of the pool with a cold, fruity cocktail, looking out at all the guests who traveled to be with you as you exchange vows, you will feel the love and support of ALL your family and friends, both near and far, who are there for you always. Your wedding day will forever be Your Wedding Day. It is just the beginning of your forever, and it will be perfect.
The experts are Romance Travel Group are here to be your advocate and cheerleader. We will support your decisions and do everything we can to make your destination wedding easy and memorable. Check our our other tips regarding destination wedding guests! Like what you see? Give us a call today to see how we can help, 507-267-4857.
We understand wedding costs can add up, but don’t skimp on the things that matter. Here are some things you’ll be glad you invested in for your big day
The resort you select can truly make or break a destination wedding. It essentially sets the tone for your special day and impacts not only your experience, but your guests’ experience, as well. Be sure to work carefully with your destination wedding specialist to ensure you’re accommodating everyone in your party, so your wedding day turns out as perfect as you imagined. Here are some of our favorite adult-only and family-friendly destination wedding properties to help get you started.
There’s nothing we dislike more than a rowdy 2-hour transfer to the resort after a full day of traveling. We work with several transfer companies that cater to wedding groups all the time, so you and your wedding party can relax and unwind together in peace. This will give your group some down time before the wedding festivities begin!
What’s so unique and special about a destination wedding is that the celebration goes on for a few days or more, if you’re lucky! This gives you and your loved ones plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time together in paradise. The best part? Most resorts have special activities already lined up for the wedding group, so you can bond over new experiences that will create the best memories. Be sure to set aside extra time for this one!
Photography & Videography
If there’s one thing not to skimp on for your wedding, it’s your photos and video. We always recommend our brides and grooms invest in a good, quality photographer and videographer to ensure all your memories throughout the day are captured. This is the best day of your life, after all! We have plenty of recommendations for some pretty incredible destination wedding photo and video professionals, here.
Ah, the honeymoon. Can’t forget about that! Some couples think because they are going away for their destination wedding, that it counts as their honeymoon…but we beg to differ! After all the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding (and hanging with the family), nothing beats breaking away from it all to get some alone time with your sweetie. We have dozens of honeymoon ideas for you, not to mention numerous honeymoon offers that come as an added perk when you book your wedding with a particular property. Be sure to take advantage of all the wedding festivities, you deserve it, girl!
We hope you’ll consider some of these tips when you start to plan your destination wedding –trust us, you won’t regret it! For more information from the experts, be sure to shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Romance Travel Group gives the distinction, thanking the support and the joint work that has allowed them to grow.
By EDITORIAL MNN Thursday, April 11, 2019
In Quintana Roo and specifically in the Riviera Maya, the wedding tourism segment has increased exponentially in recent years. In the entity an average of 25 thousand tourist weddings are made per year.
For this reason, Romance Travel Group, the leading agency in planning for weddings, gave recognition to Grupo Lomas Travel and Karisma Hotels & Resorts for the excellence with which they have been working as business partners.
Both groups are recognized leaders in the tourism industry guaranteeing perfect vacations in beach destinations with memorable experiences; They are experts in the planning of weddings, honeymoons or anniversaries.
Recently, directors of Romance Travel Group, made a tour of the facilities of the corporate, where Shelli Nornes, owner of the North American agency gave recognition, thanking the support of Grupo Lomas , as well as the trust given, which undoubtedly - "has allowed us all to continue growing".
Romance Travel Group, based in Minnesota, has won several awards, awarded by hotel chains as well as magazines and pages dedicated to the tour; recently won Hall of Fame in the GIVC program not only for its high production at our El Dorado and Generations Riviera Maya hotels, by Karisma, but also for the support to the destination of the Mexican Caribbean, promoting us with its clients and strategic allies that work directly with the agency.
In this way, the Excellence In Partnership 2019 award motivates Grupo Lomas to continue being a leading company in tourism development. Thanks to its Weddings by Lomas business unit, it has made the Riviera Maya one of the favorite wedding destinations. Its impressive beaches, recognized worldwide offer the opportunity of a dream wedding and then enjoy the perfect honeymoon without having to leave after the great celebration.
Encompassing everything you love about a traditional cruise ship, Richard Branson’s concept for Virgin Voyages takes sailing to the next level.
Finally, a voyage you and your friends can enjoy. That’s right! Virgin Voyages is the first ever adult-only sailing experience. So, leave the kids at home this time, folks! This vacation was designed just for you. Think deck parties and DJs, a poolside oasis, numerous bars and an onboard nightclub, to name a few.
Sure, a cruise is “all-inclusive.” Until you start to factor in gratuities, drink packages, internet charges, and more. Not this voyage. This new ship (expected to set sail in Spring 2020) takes all-inclusion seriously. Gratuities, fitness classes, and Wi-Fi, you ask? Well, they’re included.
To ensure you’re indulging without feeling the guilt, Virgin Voyages has promised to use the most innovative and sustainable technologies by banning unnecessary single-use plastics. This way, the experience as “green” as possible.
This stunning new ship’s sleek design, modern amenities, and vibrant suites will make you feel right at home. Definitely not in some stuffy cabin that you’ve probably experienced before. Virgin Voyages’ rebellious-luxe design gives passengers an edgy and fun sailing experience. Now, can you say that about your average ocean cruise? We think not.
Got a late-night craving for Chinese food? Enjoy your juice freshly-pressed? Virgin Voyages will have it. With 20+ eateries (with bars) spread throughout the ship, we have no doubt you’ll find something to your liking. The best part? Everything is freshly prepared...no buffets. Anyone else getting hungry?
Virgin Voyages really rolls up its sleeves when the sun goes down. With music practically a part of Virgin’s DNA, they’re bringing the concept aboard for all you party-goers to enjoy. From “off-off-off” Broadway, to Scarlet Night. Finding entertainment will be the least of your worries.
Bimini Beach Club
Did we mention the private beach club in Bimini? That’s right. In partnership with Resorts World Bimini, Virgin Voyages will run a beach club on the Bahamian island where the ship will anchor for a daylong pool party. Passengers will have private access to the island, where dining and entertainment is on the house – er, ship.
Aside from everything aboard, Branson has made numerous partnerships from across the globe to create the most authentic and culturally immersive experience for travelers. Be sure to be on the watch for some familiar places you see on land, as they’ll be tied into the ship’s overall theme!
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Virgin Voyages is expected to depart out of Miami in the Spring of 2020. For the exciting details, be sure to contact us today at email@example.com.
Australia is home to some of the best surf beaches, architecture and wildlife in the world. Check out why these popular cities are chosen by millions of travelers each year:
With a population of over 4.5 million, Sydney is by far Australia’s largest and most popular city. It’s also known for its iconic Opera House, which is settled directly on the harbor for all to see. Not only does Sydney offer visitors fantastic surf beaches, but they have everything from fine dining, to lush public gardens, coastal walks, historical sites, and more. This Australia destination should be at the top of your list!
Melbourne is the coastal capital of Victoria and is the second largest city in Australia. This hot destination is popular for its trendy-vibes, graffitied laneways and cafes, attracting many young professionals and students in the area. Melbourne is also the most diverse city in Australia, with over 40% of its population born overseas.
This attractive riverside city has a population of just over 2 million people enjoying its subtropical climate. Explore museums, markets, galleries, eateries and its popular man-made beach. Brisbane is a great Australian destination for those looking for exciting nightlife and shopping, as well!
Known for being the second oldest city in Australia, Newcastle is home of some of the most breathtaking beaches, incredible food, and rich architecture. Its popular neighboring wine district and untouched wildlife also have a huge draw to visitors, which could be why it has the most active ports in Australia.
Perth is the only Australian city located on the Indian Ocean, with sandy beaches that line its suburban areas. Known for being the capital of Western Australia, Perth has an abundance of funky wine bars, beaches, skyscrapers, parks, and gorgeous architecture. This beautiful destination will give you a true taste of Western Australia!
Boasting incredible beaches and views, Gold Coast is a popular choice for locals and New Zealanders because of its cool surf spots and some of Australia’s best theme parks. Inland are amazing hiking trails, waterfalls, and a National Park, where you can spot rare birds and other wildlife.
No matter which city you choose to see, “the land down under” will greet you with friendly faces, beautiful landscapes and culture-rich, metropolitan experiences! Think a visit could be in your future? Then, contact us today to speak with a travel specialist!