With over 25% of weddings now taking place away from home, destination weddings have evolved into a cost-effective, meaningful and unique way for couples to share their wedding experience with their guests. Planning a wedding from a thousand miles away can still feel a bit daunting at first, but it is impossible to ignore the gorgeous beach wedding photos on Pinterest and Instagram, right? If you feel the little spark of hope in your heart as you scroll through destination wedding ideas, don’t ignore it! Don’t be afraid of it! Planning a destination wedding has come a long way and is now actually easier to plan - and MUCH cheaper - than a wedding at home. Here are a few questions you may be asking yourself:
1. How will I ever decide on a location and resort?
This is often the most difficult part of planning a destination wedding. Our best advice here is to find a travel agent that specializes in planning destination weddings. Anyone can book a trip. But planning a destination wedding for 20, 40 or 100 guests takes a completely different set of skills. Need a recommendation? Reach out to one of the award-winning agents at Romance Travel Group. Destination weddings are our passion!
2. What will my guests think?
Most of your guests will be thrilled at the idea of a vacation with you! Some will be concerned about cost or safety. Your agent will communicate with your guests, answering all their questions and making sure they know everything they need for their trip. Trust us… your guests will RAVE about your wedding. Many destination wedding groups start traveling together every year because they had such a great time at the wedding. They will have a great time, and they will thank you for nudging them outside of their comfort zone a bit.
3. How much will all this cost?
Legit question! We often say that the couple can expect to pay under $10,000 for the trip, ceremony and reception. This can vary, of course, but it is a good estimate. Your guests can expect to pay about $1100 for a 3 night/4 day all-inclusive experience in Mexico or the Caribbean.
4. How can I be sure my wedding will be what I want?
Most resorts have wedding departments with a team of coordinators on-site that will execute your vision. You can send them photos, Pinterest boards, spreadsheets, etc, and they will recreate the wedding of your dreams. Just about anything you see at local weddings can also be done in destination.
5. Who is going to help with all the travel plans?
Remember that destination wedding travel expert we mentioned? She will work with each guest to create the trip that works best for them. Some guests will make a week-long vacation out of their trip, while others will only be able to sneak away from 3 nights. No problem! Your agent will handle all the details so you don’t have to.
6. How will I know what needs to be done?
Your travel expert and the resort’s wedding coordinator will ensure everything has been considered and your big day is executed perfectly. Together, they’ll help you through all the steps and decisions that need to happen. You’ll be amazed at how seamlessly everything comes together.
Did we answer some of the questions you no-doubt have about planning a destination wedding? We hope so! We know how overwhelming it can seem at first, but once you find your travel expert, everything will fall into place quickly. You can do this!! Need an expert to help? Call Shelli today!
You’ve got the monogrammed wedding décor – but why stop there? A signature cocktail adds a fun and personal touch to any wedding bash. Here’s how you can create one (or two!) perfectly:
Go For A “His” And “Hers”
One of our favorite ways to incorporate both the bride and groom’s personality is to create not just one, but two signature drinks for the occasion. A “his” and “hers” signature cocktail is the ultimate way to cater to both the male and female guests at your wedding. Is the groom a bourbon snob? Then, perhaps his signature cocktail will be some variation of the Old Fashioned to appease the gentleman. Is the bride a total girly-girl? Then, consider something light and crisp – like champagne and citrus flavors, or a fruity martini.
Stick With What You Know
If mixing cocktails isn’t your forte, then we recommend sticking with your go-to flavors and building from there. For destination weddings, the resort’s mixologists will work closely with the bride and groom to create the perfect signature cocktails for their big day. Just tell them your alcohol of choice and they’ll be sure to whip you up something extra special.
Consider the Season
Getting married in the heat of summer on a gorgeous beach? Then what could be more fitting than a colorful rum punch or pineapple drink served from a fresh coconut? If you’re getting married in the fall, perhaps a spiced rum signature drink or hard cider option would tie in nicely. The last thing you want is to get married on a 90-degree day and be serving your guests a Hot Toddy – so definitely consider the season before making your selection.
Incorporate Your Theme
A cool way to personalize your signature cocktails is to incorporate your wedding theme into the drinks. For example, if you’re having a destination wedding in Mexico, you might want to create a drink with the destination’s favorite tequila. Does your décor have a rustic appeal to it? Then, serve your drinks in Mason jars to complete the look. There are so many ways to get creative with it!
Make it Universal
Another thing to consider, is to choose a common flavor to serve as a base for your cocktails. This is to ensure that a majority of your wedding guests will not only enjoy your signature drinks, but so they aren’t racking up your bar tab on something more expensive (depending on your bar package, of course). You really can’t go wrong with a house vodka or whiskey because they work well with dozens of flavors everyone’s bound to love.
Personalize the Name
Once your signature drinks have been perfected, there’s only one thing left to do – name it! This is one of our favorite ways to personalize the cocktails because you can have so much fun with it. Have a wedding hashtag? Then consider tying it into the drink names! Do both the bride and groom have nicknames? Then, go ahead and call it “The Joker” or “The Honey” – whatever you see fit!
Signature cocktails are an awesome way to tie in the theme of your wedding and both the bride and groom’s personal touches. Getting closer to tying the knot? Then, contact Romance Travel Group today for some expert guidance!
Recently making its grand entrance in Los Cabos, this hot new property offers the perfect mix of rhythm and relaxation with views to back it up! This is Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos
From the Hard Rock memorabilia and elaborately-decorated suites, to the Rock Spa and Posh Beauty Salon and Boutique – Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos is guaranteed to wash your cares away. Relax on the sandy shores of the Baja Peninsula, or soak up the sun in five of the resort’s refreshing pools. In addition, guests can enjoy their very own personal outdoor hydro-spa tub for a bit of added luxury!
At Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, the entire family can let loose to a variety of daily activities and entertainment. Send the young rock stars in your group to the Roxity Kids Club, or challenge the entire family to a game of bowling or tennis for a little afternoon fun! Are you a fan of rock ‘n roll? Then, be sure to catch the hotel’s daily shows for live music and other exciting festivities!
Wine and Dine
Whether you’re looking for a casual bite, or something sophisticated and romantic –Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos does it all! Peruse around the property and find a place to dine at eight of its on-site restaurants, or take advantage of the 24-hour room service options, where a variety of dishes are delivered right to your door. Lastly, guests can enjoy numerous bars and lounges as a post-dinner treat.
Looking for a unique place to tie the knot? Or perhaps you want to celebrate a milestone birthday or engagement? Whatever the occasion, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos will make sure your special events never go unnoticed. Known for their signature hospitality and exceptional service, the Hard Rock staff is dedicated to providing guests the best possible experiences around –so you can focus on making those memories!
If you’re searching for a swanky and lively vacation that’s inspired by the region you’re in, then you’ve found it! For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, or to request a quote, contact us today for the details!
Still undecided on a theme for your upcoming beach wedding? Then, look no further than these gorgeous palettes:
Interested in learning more about these dreamy wedding themes? Then, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can be of assistance!
What led you to choose a destination wedding?
Our families and most of our friends are split between LA and Chicago, so at least half of the group was already going to have to travel for the wedding regardless. So, we thought it would be fun to have a vacation together with all of our favorite people! Having a destination wedding was helpful in limiting our guest list, since both Mark and I have big families and lots of friends.
How did you select the resort? What were the deciding factors?
We weren’t able to visit any of the resorts before deciding, so I did a lot of research on a variety of sites. Using the list of proposed resorts from RTG, I read resort reviews on The Knot, Wedding Wire, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Google. I also watched walk-through videos on YouTube and looked at hashtags and geotagged pictures on Instagram! I was very nervous about making sure it was going to be a good choice for all our guests, so I even did keyword searches on the reviews to make sure there were no reports of bed bugs, food or alcohol poisoning, etc. I went to great lengths! But this all made me feel comfortable and confident in my selection of Now Sapphire!
Were there any objections from your wedding guests about your decision to have a destination wedding? If so, how did you handle overcome those?
So many, from the unlikeliest people! Our immediate families were our top priority, so we asked them almost a year in advance if they would be ok with a destination wedding. They all agreed, but then did complain a bit about costs and not being in our hometown where our extended families could attend. To overcome this, we explained that it was very important to us to share this day with the people that we are closest to, and who truly care for us. Also, since we knew that attending our wedding required some planning and saving on everyone’s part, we sent save the dates with location 10 months in advance, so that everyone had time to coordinate. We were thrilled at how many people were able to make it happen!
What were some of your biggest fears about having a destination wedding?
I was nervous about all sorts of things! In the beginning, my biggest fears were 1.) not filling the room block we agreed to because I had no idea how many people would actually travel for us; and 2.) not being able to see all the details in person, like picking the menu and decor. I was extremely pleasantly surprised that we surpassed our room block! It helped to start with a conservative amount of rooms, and then RTG was amazing at helping book the remaining rooms without having to increase the room block! Regarding my second fear, all the research put me at ease, and everything turned out beautiful and delicious!
Describe what it was like working with the wedding coordinator at the resort? What went well? Any challenges?
It was amazing, our coordinator Denisse was so proactive at sharing information and was extremely timely and responsive to all my emails. We exchanged emails a few times when the planning began, and as we approached the 4 month mark before the wedding, we were communicating more frequently as details were being sorted out. The last month, I felt like I was emailing her questions and last minute changes almost 3 times a week, and she always had a quick response and solution. We really didn’t have any challenges, she was spectacular!
Tell us about your wedding dress – How did you find it? Who went shopping with you? How do you feel wearing your dress?
My dress was so special to me, my mom made it! I am fortunate to have a very talented mother who is a dressmaker, she has made every dress I’ve worn for every special occasion of my life! We had general ideas of what the dress would look like but wanted to narrow it down, so my mom, sister and I did visit some dress shops to have a more typical dress shopping experience, which was a lot of fun! This helped confirm the silhouette I was looking for and to get a feel for how light/heavy I could handle wearing on the beach! Then I set off to go fabric shopping in the LA fashion district, where I had my “say yes to the fabric!” moment! I picked a beaded lace, and since we love sparkles, we cut additional beaded lace flowers to hand sew throughout the skirt! It was such a fun experience to have together. The result was a dress made especially and perfectly for me, and I was so happy wearing my mom’s creation. I felt great and so proud of what we created together!
Describe the booking process for your guests. Did they find that to be easy to navigate?
The guests were so pleased with the booking experience, the site was easy to use and had clear information and instructions. The payment process was easy, and the RTG team was so helpful and responsive whenever anyone had any additional questions. The follow up emails with information and tips were greatly appreciated, and the goodie boxes with travel mugs and luggage tags were such a hit!
Tell us about how you chose your bridal party and asked them to stand up with you.
This was really fun for me! I wanted to keep it small since I have so many close friends, so I kept it mainly family, and my 2 best girlfriends. I had 6 bridesmaids total. I chose my sister and best friend to both be maids of honor, because I could never pick between the two! I also had my two new sisters (sisters of my husband), my sister-in-law and another of my best friends who in the end was unable to attend due to her family growing by 1!
When I asked the girls, I sent them cute boxes filled with some beach themed goodies - a waterproof bag for either bathing suit or to use as a makeup bag, a waterproof phone case, a fun inflatable drink floaty for the pool, and of course some face masks! Each came with a small bottle of champagne and a card popping the question!
Describe the meeting you had with the onsite wedding team when you arrived at the resort.
When we arrived, the coordinator met us at check-in which was really nice. She showed us where we would meet her for our walk through of the site the next morning. For the meeting on Thursday morning, we sat with her to re-confirm every detail of our wedding questionnaire (which had everything from chair styles to flower colors to menu and schedule). This was reassuring because then everything was top of mind as we went to do our walk through of the ceremony and reception space. She showed us where we would start our walk down the aisle, where the cocktail hour would be organized, and then we were able to show her exactly how we wanted the tables set up when we were finally on the beach terrace (reception space) for the first time. She took note of everything and then everything was all set!
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 only difficult because I had to travel with my honeymoon clothes since we left from Mexico to Europe. The dress took up a whole carry on! I didn’t want to check it, so I checked my bag with honeymoon and wedding week clothes and carried on my dress. I figured if my luggage got lost I could buy new clothes while they found it, but my dress could not be replaced! I folded it neatly and with a little bit of cushion from the tulle skirt, so it didn’t get wrinkled. It helped that the lace was all beaded, you couldn’t see any wrinkles when I took it out! Once I arrived at the hotel, my mom laid the dress out in her room and hung the tulle skirt so that it would be ready for wedding day.
Tell us about your wedding – did you have a traditional wedding with a cocktail hour, dinner reception and dance? What was different about a destination wedding compared to a wedding at home?
It was pretty traditional in terms of the events - we had a cocktail hour with small bites, dinner during which we had a few speeches and toasts, and then dancing for hours! I’d say the difference was that everything felt more fun and light, since we were by the beach and everyone was in vacation mode. Our vows were actually pretty funny, and the guests interacted with laughs and reactions. It was actually really special! There were parts of it where we focused only on each other, but it was really special to feel the energy of the guests during our ceremony. It was not how I envisioned it from being a spectator at other weddings, but it was beautiful!
What was the best part of having a destination wedding?
The best part of a destination wedding was the ability to make so many special memories over the course of the weekend. Due to the travel, we had a wedding weekend rather than a wedding day, and all of the guests were staying in the same place, so we were able to enjoy everyone’s company and spend time with family and friends leading up to the wedding and the day after. This helped us enjoy the wedding itself even more! Since we had been greeting and hanging out with guests the days before the wedding (including a group excursion to Tulum!), Mark and I were able to enjoy the dinner and dance all night! Since our guests had become friends already, everyone was on the dance floor the whole night and it was amazing seeing all of our different groups of friends come together.
In what ways did Romance Travel Group make the planning less stressful for you?
RTG took care of so many things from beginning to end. From the time we began looking for resorts, Shelli was helpful and honest in making suggestions, which made me feel at ease that we would make a good decision together. During the booking process, our room block was filled at the last minute and Shelli made sure to book additional rooms for everyone, patiently working with people emailing for quotes and booking requests - all at the booking deadline! Everyone was able to successfully book and it was a painless process for Mark and I, which we really appreciated!
Leading up to the wedding week, RTG sent emails with information and reminders, and a travel package that had all of the details of each traveler’s booking and transfers to/from the airport to the resort. Our guests felt so special and taken care of!
What would you do differently? What advice would you give to couples just starting the planning process?
It was really a pleasant process! I highly recommend destination weddings to everyone, especially if you want to take a more relaxed and stress-free route. I still made all the big decisions and was able to customize things exactly how I wanted them, but didn’t have to deal with various appointments or vendors.
The only thing that I wish I would have done differently is very standard to most brides - a hair and makeup trial! Typically, when your stylist is local to you, you have this trial well in advance. Since I didn’t visit the resort prior to the wedding and had a very tight travel week leading up to the big day, I decided I could just trust the professionals and instead enjoy more time with our guests. On wedding day, I wasn’t 100% pleased with my makeup, and my hair came undone pretty much as soon as I went outside. This was also due to the humidity and wind, and I wasn’t entirely prepared for all that. So, if I could do anything differently, I would have arrived at the resort a couple days earlier to feel out the effects of the humidity on my hair, and have a full trial. In the end, I felt so beautiful in my dress and was so filled with joy and gratitude for everyone, that the hair and makeup didn’t bother me. Other than that, every other detail of the wedding exceeded my expectations!
“I don’t need travel insurance,” they said. "Nothing’s going to happen,” they said. Until it did. Here’s why having Travel Guard Insurance is always a good idea
Don’t you hate it when Mother Nature decides to ruin your plans? Even worse is when it effects a vacation you’ve been waiting to go on for months! That’s where travel insurance comes in handy. Not only will Travel Guard protect you should inclement weather be an issue, but it’ll also cover you if a personal matter arises and you need to cancel or get back home. Ah, doesn’t it feel good to know you’ve covered all your bases?
Should a medical emergency *knock-on-wood* strike during your travels, you’ll want some form of insurance in place so you’re covered. Imagine if you couldn’t get to a doctor or had trouble getting the right medications when you needed them the most. Probably something you wouldn’t wish for yourself on vacation! Travel Guard can coordinate medical assistance for you, no matter the circumstance.
Lost or Stolen Luggage
There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing your bags were lost or stolen somewhere along the way. Unfortunately, these problems occur more than you would’ve hoped. Having travel insurance puts your mind at ease because it can help you replace lost items seamlessly.
24-Hour Concierge Service
Wouldn’t it be great to have a lifeline when you’re away from home? Well with Travel Guard, you can! From travel medical assistance, to personal security and emergency assistance, Travel Guard’s 24-hour concierge service will make sure your travels run smoothly – no matter what time of day. So that emergency cash transfer you need? Your travel concierge is on it.
Online Quotes and Coverage
One of the great things about travel insurance, is that it isn’t as hard to get as you think! Travel Guard has an online comparison tool that helps you select the type of insurance that’s right for you. Just answer a few basic questions regarding your upcoming trip, and they’ll provide you with an instant quote for some of their most popular plans. Well worth the investment, if you ask us!
Have any questions regarding travel insurance, or how we can help you plan your next big trip? Then, allow us to help! Simply click here to get in touch with a specialist today.
Gone are the days of travel agents. Travel professionals (advisors, consultants or specialists) possess insider tips and knowledge you can’t find anywhere else. Here are 3 reasons you’ll want to use a travel professional to help plan your next get-away:
1. We Are Not "Agents"
As the travel industry has evolved, so has its professionals. Gone are the days of the "travel agent." These are the days when hands-on experience and real expertise matter most. Travel professionals don’t take orders, nor do they work at a call center where your inquiry is just a number. Professional travel advisors require collaboration, provide one-on-one attention, and possess travel industry knowledge you won't find anywhere else.
2. We Live and Breathe Travel
Not sure what it’s like in Thailand? We do. Don’t know what to do if your flight is cancelled? Been there. Curious how much a destination wedding costs? We have the answer. As travel professionals, we live and breathe travel all day long. We book amazing travel experiences for our clients every single day. We give you our opinions and recommendations based on our first-hand travel experiences because we’ve either been there, or know someone who has. We help you save time, money and stress. We advise.
3. We Are Specialists
While travel professionals are fully-qualified to plan all your travel-related matters, it’s always smart to work with someone who truly specializes in what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re interested in planning a destination wedding, don’t seek help from a travel pro who specializes in Disney travel (unless of course, you want Mickey to attend your wedding)! Planning a destination wedding takes an extensive amount of research and planning – something only a true romance travel expert can help you with. There are millions of destinations out there to explore. We're sure you'll find travel advisor specializing in each one. Do your homework and we guarantee you’ll find your travel “bestie” in no time!
We hope this article has shed some light on how a professional can take your travel experience to the next level. Looking for a destination wedding specialist? If so, you’ve already got yourself a perfect match! Romance Travel Group helps hundreds of couples plan the ultimate destination wedding each year. To get started, simply click here to connect with us today!
To show you how much we love El Dorado Resorts by Karisma, we decided to round up this package just for you. Keep reading to learn how you can receive over $800 in added vacation amenities FOR FREE when you book your escape with us. Book with us and we will automatically include:
Right now, Romance Travel Group is offering an exclusive limited-time offer for guests traveling during the month of October 2019. To qualify, book 5-nights with us at one of the following El Dorado properties below. The prices below include the room, private roundtrip airport shuttles, all meals, drinks, 24-hour room service, and taxes.
Keep in mind, flights are not included; and while other dates may be available, prices could fluctuate.
Our exclusive "Fall in Love" package includes over $800 in luxurious amenities! Here’s what you’ll get at no additional cost:
Two Full Body Wellness Massages
Two 50-minute massages to help reduce stress and increase joint and muscle mobility. Great for promoting relaxation in body and mind. A $358 value, yours free!
True Love Candlelight Romantic Dinner
A romantic 4-course candlelight dinner on the beach with custom wine pairing from a selection of house wines. A $161 value, yours free!
Private Romantic Beach Cabana
Enjoy a private beach bed with special décor, fresh fruit and a delicious Moët Chandon champagne. A $200 value, yours free!
A beautifully decorated room with rose petals, cushions, a bottle of red wine and selection of five cheeses. A $100 value, yours free!
El Dorado Resorts are the very picture of romance, inviting guests to slow down, relax, and savor every moment. All participating resorts offer world-class dining, personal concierges, and exceptional hospitality. They also offer fitness classes, dance lessons, and wine tastings…not to mention some of the best beaches and views in Mexico! Couples are invited to take advantage of their very own private swim-up suites –or a massage in a private thatched-roof beach bungalow. El Dorado Resorts make the best vacations for couples and honeymooners, so come experience what Karisma has to offer today!
Want to take advantage of this special deal through Romance Travel Group? Then, click here to claim it before it’s gone!
Costa Rica’s combination of volcanoes, tropical rainforests, and incredible wildlife make it one of the most biodiverse destinations in the world! Here are some reasons to make the visit as soon as possible:
Interested in scoping out some majestic waterfalls? Well, at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you’ll find everything from exotic frogs and butterflies, to jaguars and spider monkeys…not to mention the garden’s five flowing waterfalls! There’s so much for wildlife and nature-lovers to admire here, that it’s considered a must-see for every first-time visitor.
Glide over Costa Rica’s lush and vibrant landscapes on an ever-popular canopy or zipline tour –an integral part of any Costa Rican trip. The concept began back in the 70's when scientists and students climbed and rappelled trees to discover the rainforest’s flora and fauna. Today, adventure enthusiasts participate in the activity just for fun!
Naturally flowing hot springs is a widespread and popular attraction in Costa Rica. Here, you’ll find that they range in just about any size, shape and temperature imaginable, and are perfect for relaxing in after a long day or splashing around in with the kiddos!
Want to do a little exploring of your own? Then, be sure to take advantage of some of Costa Rica’s famous national parks for some endless sightseeing opportunities. Here, you’ll have a chance to hike along dozens of nature trails and coastlines, and even get up-close-and-personal with rare birds, iguanas, playful monkeys, and more!
Ever seen a volcano? Well, in Costa Rica, you can! With over 200 volcanic formations that date back almost 70 million years, these natural formations create the majestic setting Costa Rica is best known for. Today, just five are classified as active volcanoes, yet still remain a sight to see for many tourists.
Since Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and rare wildlife, the locals dedicate themselves to preserving and providing protection to those animals that are endangered or will be endangered in the future. There are also many wildlife sanctuaries that have on-site veterinarian clinics to care for the sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife. Many refuges are open to the public where you and your family can learn about these amazing efforts.
Costa Rica’s ecotourism industry has grown drastically over the years, making it one of the “greenest” countries in the world. Since its efforts to protect and utilize its natural resources are a priority, you can rest assured knowing your tourism dollars will be going toward local sustainability projects to help preserve the culture of Costa Rica!
Now, who’s ready to start exploring this scenic destination? For more recommendations, or to book your Costa Rica vacation with us, just click here to get started!
Private beach, overwater bungalows, and all-inclusive luxury? There’s so much to love about this dreamy new property!
Situated on an unspoiled private beach next to some of Antigua’s most breathtaking waters, here, you can relax in complete harmony while you soak in the ambiance that surrounds you. Royalton Antigua is nestled perfectly on Deep Bay, which is beneath the historic Fort Barrington.
Coming to you this summer, Royalton Antigua is offering the very first overwater bungalow experience in the area. Here, guests will have the chance to live in upscale luxury in their very own overwater suite, while enjoying picture-perfect views of the Caribbean Sea in the distance. The adults-only Chairman Bungalows include one master bedroom with a sitting area, dining room, swim-out plunge pool, over-water hammock, and the highest level of luxury and service available. Need we say more?
When you hear “all-inclusive luxury,” what sort of things come to mind? Luxurious bedding? Gourmet dining? Attentive service? Well, you’ve got it! Royalton’s signature All-In Luxury experience provides visitors with elegantly styled rooms, room service, and all-inclusive food and drink from sunup ‘till sundown. A few other highlights of this concept include a premium crafted DreamBed, unlimited free calls to the U.S., complimentary non-motorized water sports, WiFi, daily beach parties, and so much more!
Feast on gourmet cuisine from across the globe while you indulge in local international delights in a variety of casual and luxurious settings. Snag a signature cocktail and mingle around the property at numerous on-site bars and lounges, or treat yourself to coffee and dessert at a nearby café. Later on, you might decide to take advantage of the property’s 24-hour room service in the comfort of your own suite, while you watch the Antigua sunset from your private terrace.
The Royal Spa
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. Each and every one of its treatments showcase proven healing practices to ensure complete relaxation, rejuvenation and restoration when you’re there. In addition, the highly-trained staff is dedicated to their practice, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in great hands!
Anyone else hearing the overwater bungalows calling their name?
If you thought hanging at the beach was cool, then you’ll love these unique entertainment ideas for your destination wedding!
Not only is fire dancing a sit-at-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of performance, but it’s one of the most highly requested forms of entertainment for destination weddings. Fire shows typically include various objects that can sustain a large enough flame to create an exciting visual effect for an audience. Oftentimes, they’re choreographed with music and consist of “dangerous” stunts to get the crowd to “ooh” and “ahh.” Need we say more?
If the groom and his buddies are cigar fans, you’ll be pleased to know that many resorts can bring the art of cigar rolling to your reception. Guests can enjoy watching and learning from the expert, while of course, smoking their very own freshly rolled cigar. Not only is it a fun activity for cigar enthusiasts, but it’s something they’re bound to talk about for years to come!
Any romantics out there? If you are, consider having a harpist play at your destination wedding! Not only is a harp the epitome of elegance and love, but it’s more versatile than a piano and takes up less space than a string quartet. It also produces a much fuller sound than other instruments and can essentially be transported anywhere, making it a great option for your beach wedding.
Live Artist Drawings
Allow your guests to have some fun of their own as they watch a real-life artist sketch their portrait right before their eyes. Oftentimes, these artists will impress you with their caricature skills, which are usually completed within minutes! You might also find an artist that specializes in landscape drawings or paintings, making it a great souvenir to bring back home with you.
In addition to the live artist drawings, a lot of resorts have connections with other local artisans that will gladly bring their craft to your guests. Hat making is a rather popular activity, where the vendor will teach you how to make the perfect sunhat or fedora out of nothing but palm tree leaves or bamboo…talk about getting “one with nature!”
Want to create a special wedding cocktail for your big day? Then, consult with your resort’s mixologist! They’ll work with you to concoct the perfect signature drink for and your wedding guests. Perhaps the bride and groom have separate tastes? No worries – your mixologist can help you come up a “his” and “hers” drink to reflect both your personalities!
Do any of these activities sound like something you and your wedding guests would enjoy? Then, get in touch with us today at email@example.com so we can connect you with the right people!
We’ve gotten to know some pretty talented wedding photographers over the years. So, now it’s your turn! Keep reading to explore some of our favorites – we promise you won’t be disappointed!
Currently residing in the Twin Cities, Andrea Dobbs and her husband love the great outdoors and hanging out at the lake with her family. Her love for photography started when she was just a kid and began to take off in college when she took her first film class. Her joy was to capture people in their raw element and discovering their most genuine emotions. She began developing a freelance business centered around photographing commercial and residential properties, which later developed into the wedding photography business she has today. Andrea thrives on those “go-with-the-flow-moments” and enjoys working closely with the bride and groom throughout the entire wedding process. She also prides herself for hand-editing each and every one of her photos to ensure the best quality possible. Interested in checking her out? Then, click here to find out more!
As a self-proclaimed Northerner and Southerner, Jenna Ryan grew up in the Midwest and spent a majority of her life there. Balancing both roles as ‘Mom’ and photographer, Jenna finds herself traveling often, with her camera not far from her side. With a large appreciation for art and design, she got her start in the business back in college, where she began posting photos from her photography class assignments on social media. Jenna began doing weddings for friends, which soon became a full-time photography business. She describes her photography style as a “natural space for couples to have some fun together” and loves the light and airy style of photos. Think Jenna could be your girl? Then, click here to learn more about her today!
Now in Central Florida, Paige Nicole is a true Disney and beach-lover and is happy to call Florida her home. Having been involved in each and every stage of the wedding photography business, Paige has acquired a deep understanding for the industry and has proven herself an excellent resource for couples. After graduating college, Paige began working at a local wedding chapel coordinating and second shooting for her father. When the time came for doing weddings on her own, she dove right in. Paige considers herself a “documentary style wedding photographer that loves bold colors,” as well as a capturer of natural interactions as they come. She also works closely with the couple well before the wedding, so they feel completely relaxed the day of their event. “Because I work with the wedding planners on your day, I also work to keep you on track to make sure you get the most out of your day.” Want to learn more about Paige? Then, click here to get the scoop!
Born in Cape Cod, Katie considers the beach her “second home.” With nearly 10 years of photography experience, she has developed a photography style that evokes fun, authentic, and honest emotions from her couples. Starting off photographing friends and taking headshots, Pietrowski landed an internship her senior in college with a phenomenal photographer. She learned the ins and outs of shooting and editing weddings and started her own business shortly after graduating. Today, Katie focuses on documenting the entire wedding day from behind-the-scenes and watching everything unravel as it naturally would –from the emotional first look to group photos with grandma and grandpa. “I think clients would say I am outgoing, funny, reliable & creative. Fortunately, a lot of my couples end up becoming friends of my fiancé and me due to how much fun we have working together!” Want to meet Katie? Then, click here to get in touch!
Creating the guest list for your beach wedding isn’t as stressful as you think! Here are some fool-proof ways to get it done with ease:
Step 1: Create a Chart
To get a better idea of how many people to expect at your destination wedding and how many rooms to reserve, it’s best to divide your guest list into 3 sections. We recommend creating a chart in Excel or something similar to you can visualize everything side-by-side. Each column should be labeled at the top as your “A List,” “B List,” and "C List."
Step 2: Create Your “A List”
Under the first column, note any guests you know will be at your wedding no matter what. These people include your bridal party, your parents and grandparents, and any close friends that wouldn’t miss it. The “A List” should represent anyone that is a definite yes.
Step 3: Create Your “B List”
Your “B List” (second column) should include guests you know would love to travel with you, but just may not be able to for some reason or another. Keep in mind, about 40% of your invited guests actually attend – but don’t let that worry you! This just means you could open your guest list up a little more than a traditional wedding guest list. So, don’t be shy about sending out those invites!
Step 4: Create Your “C List”
The last and final column you’ll create is your “C List,” which should list anyone you feel obligated to invite but know there’s a small chance they’d actually attend. That could include old friends you haven’t seen in a while, co-workers, extended family, etc.
Step 5: Total Them Up
Once you’ve created your A, B, and C Lists, go ahead and add your entire A List and half of your B List to get an idea of how many guests will attend your wedding. This will give you a good idea of how many rooms to hold for your guests. Since you know everyone on your A List is probably coming, those should definitely be counted. Since your B List is on the iffy side, count half of them. C-listers aren’t considered because they’re not likely to attend at all.
Well, there you have it! The easiest way to create your destination wedding guest list! For a better idea of what we mean, click here for an example. For more information on the destination wedding planning process, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destination: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Resort: The Fives Azul Beach
Bring out your inner child (or your real one) and inner foodie when visiting The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa Del Carmen By Karisma – a AAA Four Diamond Award resort! This Gourmet Inclusive playground will bring out the playful side of everyone. At the same time, The Fives Azul Beach's luxurious accommodations and impeccable service will satisfy the most discriminating adult tastes. At The Fives Plaza, you’ll discover trendy shops, live entertainment, restaurants and bars. Then make your way down to the white sand beach, where swim-up bars, waterfront activities and gourmet a la carte eateries satiate even the heartiest appetite for food and fun.
Now that you decided on a destination wedding, it’s important to give your guests the details as soon as possible! Here’s what you need to know about creating your save-the-dates
What are save the dates?
A save the date card serves as an announcement to inform your guests of well, your wedding date! It typically gives your guests the initial details of your wedding including, the date and location.
Why do you need them?
For a traditional and local wedding, you may not wish to send out a save the date, but for a destination wedding, it’s crucial. This’ll give your guests plenty of time to save money and to make travel arrangements.
1. Send Early
To ensure your guests have the proper notice to travel to your destination wedding, you’ll want to make sure you send the save the dates out 12-14 months in advance. The extra time will allow your guests to save up on vacation days and budget accordingly.
2. Get Creative
There are so many design options out there, so you can get as creative as you’d like! Save the dates aren’t meant to be super formal, so things like magnets, postcards, or passport-style booklets are perfectly fine. A lot of couples use their engagement photos as the backdrop for their save the dates, while others tie in their wedding theme or color palette. The sky’s the limit!
3. Details to Include
Of course, the purpose of your save the dates is to include any initial wedding details you may have. This includes your wedding date, your destination, and most importantly, your wedding website! Your website is the perfect place to elaborate on all the details of the trip.
4. Skip The RSVP
An RSVP is unnecessary to include on your destination wedding save the dates because we track them for you! We’ll keep track of everyone who books so you don’t have to be scrambling for final numbers. We’ve found that a traditional RSVP for destination weddings presents too many “false positives” or guests wanting to attend, but can’t.
Refer to An Example
We all need a little inspiration from time to time! That’s why we drew up a save the date example to get you going. You can also always check out Pinterest for endless ideas on design, color palettes, layout and more.
We hope these tips help when it’s time to start creating your save the dates! For more information on destination weddings, or to get a quote today, fill out our short registration form so we can get in touch with you.
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.