With destination weddings becoming increasingly popular among the LGBTQ community, we decided to round up our some of our favorite LGBTQ-friendly resorts to tie the knot. Keep reading to see who made the list!
El Dorado Royale
With Mexico being the ideal destination for LGBTQ couples wanting a legal ceremony, it’s no wonder El Dorado Royale made it to the top of our list! Not only does this fabulous adult-only property offer the style, service and setting you crave, but its signature “Always & Forever Package” includes everything from expert wedding designers and décor, to a ceremony officiant, a semi-private dinner reservation, a honeymoon package, and so much more.
For a unique wedding experience with an attention to detail, look no further than Unico 2087. This is the adult-only wedding resort that redefines the meaning of “all-inclusive” by providing complimentary spa treatments, tours, and excursions, on top of everything else. It also provides experiential wedding packages for guests of all religions and backgrounds, making it a popular choice for LGBTQ couples.
Royalton Riviera Cancun
Another fantastic option to tie the knot is at Royalton Riviera Cancun. Here, couples can choose from a variety of romantic settings to wed, from the resort’s poolside terrace or white sand beach, to the glamourous sky wedding venue that is a unique experience in itself! We also love this property for its separate adult and family area, where everyone can feel free to do their own thing and regroup together later on.
Hard Rock Punta Cana
LGBTQ couples wishing to wed in the Caribbean will love Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana for its vibrant nightlife and legendary Hard Rock entertainment. Just like all these amazing properties, Hard Rock offers a complimentary wedding package that includes everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding day. It’s also a great option for couples who plan to marry legally prior to their trip, as this resort only performs symbolic ceremonies.
Riu Palace Cabo
Los Cabos is a breathtaking option for LGBTQ destination weddings for its picturesque coastline and mountainous backdrops. Couples are invited to start their forever in a variety of settings, like the property’s beautifully-decorated gazebo or expansive beach. There’s also a number of options to celebrate with a private dinner reception, a wedding cake, music, and so much more.
Well, there you have it! Our favorite LGBTQ-friendly destination wedding resorts. For more info or to speak to a romance travel expert, click here to get started!
Looking to incorporate an old-world tradition into your destination wedding day? Then, take a look at these popular cultural traditions from around the world.
For a Mexican bride and groom, El Lazo has become quite the tradition! It starts off when the minister drapes a "lazo" (i.e., lasso) made of rosary beads and flowers around the couple’s shoulders when they’re exchanging vows. The lazo is wrapped in the shape of a figure eight to represent the infinity symbol, in hopes of how long their love will last.
Jumping the Broom
Dating all the way back to the 18th century, “jumping the broom” has an entire meaning that goes beyond its obvious name. This African American tradition started because of the transatlantic slave trade and became a symbol of African slave couples’ unions in America – when marriage was an illegal and dangerous act. Today, couples still “jump the broom” on their way back down the aisle as a fun way to solidify their love.
Breaking the Glass
If you’ve been to a Jewish wedding, then you’re no stranger to the famous “break the glass” custom. The ceremony ends with a bang as the groom smashes a napkin-wrapped glass on the ground, with a joyous “mazel tov” and cheers to follow. The Jewish tradition is a subtle reminder that even in the height of personal joy and cheer, we need to recall the pain and loss suffered by the Jewish people.
Mehendi Ceremony and Sangeet Party
Some Indian wedding traditions you might not have known about are the Mehendi Ceremony and Sangeet Party. The Mehendi takes place just one day before the wedding, where the women gather to create intricate henna art on each other’s hands and feet. The designs represent the deep bond between the husband and wife and oftentimes, the bride receives gifts from the groom’s female family members. The Sangeet Party can be held in conjunction with the Mehendi or separately. This is a party filled with music and dancing and a celebration of the union of not only the couple but the bonding of both families.
This unity ceremony expresses the blending of two people or two families into one inseparable new family. Typically, the bride and groom have different colored sand and will take turns pouring it into a clear vessel to form a layered-effect. A sand ceremony is simply a spin on a unity candle ceremony, except it works much better for outdoor weddings since the wind can become a factor.
Thinking about tying one of these global traditions into your special day? Then contact us today for a nudge in the right direction!
Romance Travel Group Named Triple Platinum Agency at AIC Hotel Group's 4th Annual Stopstopper Awards
AIC Hotel Group, the experiential brand breaking out of the sea of sameness in the hospitality industry offering unmatched vacation experiences, recognized Romance Travel Group for its outstanding achievement at the Fourth Annual Showstopper Awards recently held at the all new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. With over 250 travel partners in attendance, Romance Travel Group proudly took home several awards, including the award for Triple Platinum Agency. Individual agents receiving awards include Tiffani Inserra, Shelli Nornes, Camille Sanders and Kate Breiter.
Exclusively created to honor those travel professionals who exemplify excellence in every aspect of production for the company’s brands, AIC Hotel Group’s Showstopper Awards recognize Tour Operator, Online Travel Agency and Travel Agent partners throughout the US and Canada for their loyalty, dedication and production to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya. Each winner was carefully selected based on production in 2018, with the Top Overall Sales category recognizing the top producers for the company’s brands.
“Year after year our travel partners show us their unwavering support and dedication to our growing portfolio of brands,” says Carilis Felipe, AIC Hotel Group’s director of Field Sales. “The Showstopper Awards are a way for us to not only express our gratitude, but also recognize them as a key asset to the company’s consistent growth and success. We are thrilled to see what the future has in store and look forward to more years of outstanding achievements alongside our travel partners.” This year, attendees also had the opportunity to be part of the grand opening celebration for Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. Those who made monetary donations to Casa Hogar, a local organization that provides physical and emotional care for kids and teens in a camp-like environment, were able to receive a guitar and protective gear to participate in Hard Rock’s iconic guitar smash alongside A-list celebrities and key stakeholders while contributing to a great cause.
“It is always a proud moment to see so many of our hardworking travel agents on stage receiving recognition for their achievements,” says Shelli Nornes, President and CEO of Romance Travel Group. “I know and appreciate the level of dedication it takes to reach these goals and I commend each one of them!”
For more information on Romance Travel Group, visit www.RomanceTravelGroup.com or call 507-237-6133.
With experiences ranging from luxurious and romantic to active and adventurous, it’s no wonder Karisma Resorts has been a favorite for travelers year after year! Keep reading to discover which property is the perfect fit for you!
For Active Families: Nickelodeon Resorts
With a five-star family resort is situated in the most beautiful location in Punta Cana, d a brand new resort on the way in Riviera Maya, the Nickelodeon Resorts boast a new kind of all-age vacation experience. From the Aqua Nick playground, to the one-of-a-kind Pineapple Villas and playful decor, this Karisma property brings Nickelodeon to life right before your very eyes. So, come on and meet your favorite Nick characters with this fun-filled getaway! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It could be you!
For Honeymooners: El Dorado Maroma
Planning a honeymoon? Then, you’ll want to hear all about the adult-only overwater bungalow experience at El Dorado Maroma! Here, you and your love will stay in an overwater suite on one of the best beaches in the world. You’ll also get to enjoy your very own infinity pool, glass bottom floors, a direct ladder from your balcony, private outdoor showers, and even an overwater spa and restaurant! Sounds like the ideal honeymoon to us!
For Foodies and Adult Destination Weddings: El Dorado Royale
Any foodies in the house? Then, keep reading. El Dorado Royale takes their signature Gourmet Inclusive experience up a notch with their fabulous 75,000 square foot, on-site greenhouse. Here, adult guests can put their taste buds to the test with fabulous and fresh culinary options. Spend the morning touring the gardens and seeing first-hand how El Dorado perfects their garden-to-table concept. It’s also a fabulous property for adult weddings, offering an elegant setting, personalized service, and casual luxury. Want to accommodate your wedding guests with children? Then, check out neighboring resort Generations, a family-friendly option within walking distance from each other! It is our #1 selling wedding combination!
For Family Destination Weddings: Generations
Generations Resort is comfortably nestled on the beautiful shores of the Riviera Maya and connected to sister property and adult-only resort, El Dorado Royale. Here, families can take advantage of everything from infinity pool balcony suites and excellent butler service, to gourmet bites and activities for the entire family. It’s also a great spot for family destination weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Want to know another secret? Adult guests are welcome to visit El Dorado Royale at any time, and don’t worry, the kids will be plenty occupied!
For Cultural Destination Weddings: Xolumado Secret Garden
Embracing zen, tranquility, and its natural surroundings, a Xolumado Secret Garden celebration by Karisma is perfect for couples looking for something beyond the beach wedding. Here, you’ll tie the knot in an authentic jungle setting surrounded by stunning décor and local artwork. Indian wedding? Take advantage of a traditional Sangeet ceremony, Baraat procession, and of course, the big celebration reception! This destination wedding experience is truly one-of-a-kind and a great way to dive into the rich Mayan culture and nature that surrounds you.
For The Margaritaville State Of Mind: Experience the new Island Reserve
Island Reserve delivers laid back luxury, where everything is included without any pretense. Offering exceptional Karisma service and top-quality dining and drinks with a Margaritaville flair, these brand new resorts are guaranteed to put you at ease. Under a swaying palm by a turquoise sea, you’re raising a glass with new and old friends. Sunsets are as colorful as the last mango. And every moment is filled with all-inclusive, beachside indulgence at the 5-star Margaritaville Island Reserve Resorts. Be one of the first to discover the tropical secrets Island Reserve has in store for you!
So, what’s the verdict? What’s your Karisma Resort personality? We’re dying to hear it! For more information, click here to connect with a travel expert, today!
Fourteenth Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Romance Travel Group pleased to announce that we have once again been selected as a 2020 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest and top-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app.
For 2020, only five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fourteenth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more, to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique wedding.
“Our teams works extremely hard to be helpful, kind, fun and supportive with all of our wedding and honeymoon couples, so it is exciting to receive this recognition to share with everyone!” says Shelli Nornes, President and CEO of Romance Travel Group. “It is definitely a team effort, and I can’t wait to share this with them!”
The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can get connected to any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology makes planning one’s wedding celebrations easier and more enjoyable.
Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.
For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.
About Romance Travel Group
Romance Travel Group is your key to a successful destination wedding, honeymoon or vacation getaway. As industry recognized leaders in the art of destination wedding and travel planning, our team of agents has dozens of awards and accolades, and thousands of very happy brides, grooms, couples and guests. Our specialists are seasoned pros who want the best for you. We can’t wait to help you plan the perfect wedding day, honeymoon or tropical vacation! Call us today to start planning the trip of a lifetime! 507-237-6133
Lush green mountains and sparkling blue waters don’t even begin to cover it. Here’s why people are falling in love with Puerto Vallarta…
To start, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most enticing coastlines for its natural beauty and exotic surroundings. It’s no wonder tourism is on the up-and-up here! Visitors are pleased to find a variety of luxurious all-inclusive resorts for adults and families that will give you a true taste of Mexico and its culture.
Looking for a getaway with great weather year-round? Then, Puerto Vallarta is a great option for you! Not only does it have a comfortably warm climate, the humidity levels are tolerable all year long.
Whale watching is quite the popular attraction here in Puerto Vallarta. With tours happening during migration season (typically the beginning of December through the end March), visitors make their way here to spot some of the most magnificent creatures of the deep blue sea!
The area’s coastline is a sunlover’s dream come true, with numerous soft sand beaches where you can partake in everything from surfing and snorkeling, to swimming and sunbathing. It’s also a spectacular destination for fishing! If you’re an avid angler, be sure to ask about chartering a fishing boat and test your luck and skills.
The city of Puerto Vallarta is great for travelers looking to dive into the Mexican way of life and experience new traditions. For example, the area has some pretty incredible dining options as well as numerous shops, where you can pick up handcrafted gifts and souvenirs as a token of your stay. You’ll also want to hit up the Malecón boardwalk for the area’s best shopping with a view!
Within an hour’s drive from the city you will find a quaint, vibrant little town called Sayulita. A local’s paradise, you’ll find authentic shopping, surfing, cafes, and artisans lining the original stone streets. Music oozes from the little bars as tourists and locals alike take respite from everyday life and enjoy a frozen treat with the great company of others.
Now, to find the perfect place for your Puerto Vallarta vacation! Message us for a quote and to connect with one of our amazing travel advisors.
Looking for a laid-back and exotic wedding experience in the “coolest” part of the Caribbean? Then, you’re going to love these affordable Jamaica resorts
Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Situated on one of Jamaica’s most stunning beaches, Riu Palace Tropical Bay provides breathtaking destination weddings in a completely renovated facility. Here, couples can take advantage of the hotel’s free wedding package, which covers everything from a variety of décor, ceremony music, and semi-private dinner, to a wedding cake, surprise gift for the couple, and a romantic and exotic setup for your ceremony. You’ll also work closely with the resort’s expert wedding coordinators to ensure everything runs smoothly on your big day.
Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay
Royalton Blue Waters will bring your destination wedding experience to life with numerous complimentary activities, spectacular island entertainment and a charismatic staff that can’t wait to celebrate with you. So, whether you’re hoping for a small and intimate affair or something grand and elaborate, this is where you go to make those big wedding dreams a reality. The best part? There’s a complimentary wedding package out there calling your name…
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
This affordable destination wedding property is a family-favorite for its generous resort credits, exciting tours and excursions, golf outings, and laid-back Jamaican style. And not only that, but Moon Palace Jamaica Grande has a great reputation for its customizable wedding packages and enhancements, which include everything from a beautiful tropical venue, flowers and décor, complimentary group benefits, and so much more. It also encourages weddings of all faiths and cultures, making it the perfect option for just about anyone. What about your guests with children? Not to worry… this destination wedding spot is great for kids!
Secrets Wild Orchid
Looking to wed in a chill and lively beachfront setting? Then, say "I do" at Secrets Wild Orchid. Here, you and your sweetie can tie the knot under an intimate wedding gazebo or on a private beach with your closest friends and family. This affordable adult-only retreat is filled with all the benefits of unlimited luxury, with abundant options to personalize and create a wedding package to call your own. And don’t fret about the little details, the resort’s full-service wedding coordinators and designers take care of all of that.
Sound like Jamaica is the perfect place to say, “I do”? Connect with one of our wedding experts today!
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