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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 so 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 30-40% 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 email@example.com.
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.
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