We know choosing the resort is one of the most challenging steps to planning your wedding. There is just so much to look at and after a few hours, they all start to look the same. Sound familiar? This is why working with the experts at Romance Travel Group is so important. We know the resorts inside and out. We know which resorts are easy to work with, and which ones are not. We know who has the best group amenities and wedding packages. After our first call, we put together a custom list of resorts chosen specifically for you, based on the details we discussed. Think of us as your resort match-maker!
Try to keep travel times within reason. For example, you won't want to plan a Hawaii wedding if guests need to fly for 9 hours and can only stay for 3 nights. Likewise, the more exotic islands can often require multiple airline connections (sometimes even overnight stops!) to get there. All guests will need a passport. Most resorts will require the couple and witnesses to arrive 3 full days prior to the wedding ceremony. Go where the all-inclusives are!... Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic are the main beach destinations with an abundance of all-inclusive resorts to choose from.
Location within the destination is also important to be mindful of. Most couples don’t want resorts that are more than an hour or so from the airport. All transportation is included, but after an early morning and a 4-5 hour flight, the last thing guests will want is a 2-hour drive to the resort. Do you prefer a resort in the “hotel zone” so you’re close to clubs and shopping? Or do you prefer the quiet and privacy or a more spread out beachside neighborhood? What will your guests prefer?
Consider how much you're comfortable having your guests pay for a 3 night vacation. Typically, budgets start at $1200 per person for a 3-night, all-inclusive vacation including air, hotel, transfers, meals, drinks, tips and taxes. Remember though, you get what you pay for.
The overall vibe of the resort is important. It sets the tone from the minute you step onto the property. Do you like the pools? How do the rooms look? Are there enough restaurants? How is the beach?
Adults-only vs. Family-friendly
Adults-only or family-friendly is one decision that often stumps some couples. "We really want adults-only, but we have one or two young kids in the family." Ah, we hear you! Even one child means we must go with a family-friendly resort. Adult only resorts require all guests to be 18 and older. Our best advice is this... do what YOU want. It is your wedding. If you really don't want children around in the pool, at dinner, you have every right to choose an adults-only resort. We can, however, recommend family resorts that are not "childish" if this is a concern. Just let us know.
Lean on your travel expert. This is where are experience and expertise really shine. Hang in there! Choosing the resort is one of the most challenging steps, but once we know, all of the other destination wedding details fall into place quickly and perfectly!
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