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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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  • Sponsored by Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

      Beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica is full of lush gardens and amazing scenery. With its mix of adventurous activities and intimate relaxing settings, Montego Bay provides a versatile and super-romantic location for a destination wedding or honeymoon.     Stay Active There are lots of unique activities in Montego Bay. Interact and swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cave. Climb to the top of Dunn's River Falls and take a swim you'll never forget. Tour the legendary Rose Hall Great House, enjoy one of the five (yes, five!) championship golf courses, or groove to the music at the Bob Marley Experience & Theatre.       Relax and Unwind If you're hoping to get a little (or a lot of) R&R, you'll love the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of Montego Bay.  If you'd prefer to lounge by the pool, Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay have luxurious pool areas that are perfect for relaxing with a cold drink and a stack of magazines. Plus, both resorts have world-class spas that have a host of services from mani/pedis to massages.     Where to Stay Located just 20 minutes away from Sangster International Airport, Secrets St. James Montego Bay is a quiet and sophisticated setting, while the Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay has a youthful and hip vibe. At both resorts you'll privy to all the benefits of Unlimited-Luxury®, where everything is included like luxurious suits, 24-hour room service, amazing ocean views, gourmet restaurants, hopping bars and lounges, and lots of entertainment and activities nearby.
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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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    Sandals reveals the latest in planning a custom destination wedding (expert advice)
    Photo by Sandals Resorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Sandals Resorts

    Naturally, you're probably intent on bringing to life the most creative, personalized ideas you can find for your wedding day.  And why not?!  According to Liene Stevens of Splendid Insights, a wedding market research firm, “Millennials see custom as a need and not a luxury; they want custom everything: a custom life, a custom career and a custom wedding.”

    Yes, indeed, we think that sounds about right.  The same goes for destination weddings. No need to settle for a cookie cutter wedding, just because you're planning from afar!

    No matter where they marry, we hear all about couples wanting an experience filled with personalized details that reflect their style. Today’s trend is moving toward a totally customized wedding package-- a destination wedding experience that’s distinctly, uniquely yours. 

    To help reach brides where they live today – online – Sandals Resorts has created an exclusive online Destination Wedding Designer. This interactive tool allows you to personally style and execute your dream wedding at any one of Sandals’ fourteen luxurious Caribbean resorts.  

    After selecting a color palette, you can easily browse almost 1,000 wedding ideas for flowers, décor, wedding cakes, entertainment, and more. Traditional or tropical? Modern or romantic? Every design style has been included, so you're sure to find what you're looking for, down to the last detail. 

    Sound utterly perfect?  Head on over to try it out! 

     

     

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    Travel expert Jetsetter.com gives us five key tips for planning a wedding abroad! (expert advice)

    By Geraldine Campbell for our sponsor, Jetsetter.com

    Wedding planning is an exciting, emotional (sometimes exasperating) endeavor – and plotting your nuptials in a far-off place is no different. The advantages of a destination wedding are many: For one (let’s be honest), saying “I do” abroad limits the guest list. It can also be easier (yes, easier) to plan, since the resort’s on-site coordinator can handle everything from photographers and table arrangements to goodie bags. Not to mention: exchanging vows on a sandy beach with your friends and family? Priceless. We tapped the travel experts at Jetsetter.com for their top tips on making your destination wedding go off without a hitch.

     

     

    1. Do your homework

    Different countries have different requirements when it comes to non-natives getting married on native soil. In France, for example, a proper wedding can be un nightmare: The 40-day residence requirement is just one of the (many) steps required. In Bali, a legal ceremony is considerably easier, although, you and your honey have to be the same religion. So, wherever you’re dreaming of tying the knot, know what you’re getting into. 

     

     

    2. Have a symbolic ceremony

    If you don’t want to deal with overseas bureaucracy, get married stateside (pop over to City Hall for a quickie or, better yet, hop on a flight to Vegas) – and have a non-civil ceremony in your destination of choice. No one will be the wiser.

     

     

    3. Make considerations

    For your guests, a destination wedding can be significantly more expensive than a domestic affair. Do them a favor and give fair warning – six months at minimum (a year is even better). Also, consider ditching the registry. If you’re not willing to forego gifts completely, include inexpensive items on your wish list.

     

     

    4. Stay in one place

    Honeymooning where you get hitched means you can go from reception to relaxation mode without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles. It can also be cost-effective. Resort wedding packages often include a free stay for the bride and groom. Everything is negotiable and if the hotel isn’t willing to put you up for a night or two (or longer), ask for an upgrade.

     

     

    5. Get inspired at Jetsetter.com

    Jetsetter has hotels in every corner of the world – and a perfect destination wedding spot for every personality type, whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a romantic!

     

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  • Sponsored by Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

    When planning your destination wedding, it’s so important to choose a décor theme that totally fits your style! Fortunately, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico has a variety of different décor options for your beach wedding to create a celebration that’s uniquely you! Check out a few of our favorites:

    Rustic
    We love the effortless combination of a barefoot-in–the-sand beach wedding with a more rustic and nature-inspired theme. Touches of wood, bunches of wildflowers, warm neutral colors, and hanging moss orbs create a relaxed, rustic celebration.


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Indian-Inspired
    Beautiful, bold hues of red and gold, sari-inspired fabrics, and lush floral arrangements create an Indian-inspired wedding celebration on the beach at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. And how stunning is that wedding canopy, draped with rich fabrics and hanging flowers and crystals?


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Classic
    A ballroom wedding reception is so elegant and regal. Sparkling chandeliers, beautiful flower arrangements, and sequin tablecloths add a touch of glamour to this grand reception room.


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Beach Chic
    The quintessential beach wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa features a white sheer gazebo, and pops of turquoise and gold. We love the unique bench seating and the striped aisle for a nautical touch. Vintage details like hanging picture frames give this wedding style a creative, shabby chic feel.


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Peacock-Themed
    This wedding style is so on-trend! We love the deep jewel toned hues featuring blues, greens and purples – and of course the peacock feather accents!


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Do you have your own creative theme idea for your destination wedding? The team at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa can create unique décor in a variety of colors and styles for a totally personalized celebration.  Happy planning!

     

     


     

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  • Photo by Paper Antler Photography

    Whether you’re traveling halfway around the world or to a neighboring state, getting your wedding dress there safely is a top priority.

    Traveling By Plane

    Most airlines advise not to place valuable items in checked luggage, therefore, a carry-on or protective garment bag are your next options. (Tip: Fold layers of tissue paper into your wedding dress. This will help keep the wrinkles and discoloring away.) Check with your airline’s policy on bringing a wedding dress on board. They may allow you to store it in a closet or overhead bin. However, you can’t always rely on the flight attendant to store it properly in a closet or overhead bin. Consider purchasing a plane ticket for your wedding dress or better yet -- if there are open seats on your flight, it doesn’t hurt to ask the flight attendant if you dress can fly for free. 

    Traveling by Car

    You don’t want your wedding dress squeezed between loads of luggage in the trunk. Instead, drape it flat across your luggage in a protective garment bag.

    Unpacking Your Wedding Dress

    If you pack your wedding dress in a carry-on or protective garment bag, bring a travel steamer. (Tip: Test on white fabric before you use. You’ll want the steam to come out clear, so it doesn’t stain the fabric.) If you can’t bring a travel steamer, hang your wedding dress in the bathroom, turn the shower on full blast with hot water and watch the steam eliminate any wrinkles. 

     

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  • Photo by Sandals

    When you have guests flying in from coast to coast for your destination wedding weekend, it's important to keep them occupied during their stay. Get the most out of your location by gathering guests together for some of these fun -- but optimal -- activities: 

    Zip lining Parasailing  Snorkeling/scuba diving  Boating  Visiting a museum, historic site, botanical garden or local tourist attraction Golfing Spa treatments Safari ride  Surfing  Biking 

     

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  • Sponsored Post by Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

    You’re finally getting your dream destination wedding but you want to make sure all of your guests get to know each other and have an amazing time – so give them a welcome party they’ll never forget. Located on the sparkling Sea of Cortez, lies the beautiful Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa - where Unlimited-Luxury® includes gourmet dining, top- shelf liquors, full service spa, lush tropical gardens and so much more. Their wonderful theme parties are a perfect start for an amazing destination wedding!

    Tequila Tasting
    A Tequila Tasting Party is a great icebreaker to help with introductions. Enjoy the many flavors of Mexico by trying infused tequila at a guided tequila tasting. It’s an ideal way to loosen up, share memories and create new ones.

    Casino Night
    Get the party started by throwing a casino themed party in your very own suite. Play some blackjack with your friends, Texas Hold’em with your new in laws or try your luck in Roulette. Enjoy a bottle of champagne and have late night meals delivered to you with 24-hour room service.  And –bonus! – a private casino party means no lines or crowds!

     

    Bonfire on the Beach
    Beach bonfires are not only romantic but a lot of fun. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the sand between your toes. Spend the evening roasting marshmallows, listening to music and cozying up to a crackling bonfire. Add more excitement to the night with fire dances! Guests of all ages will love this wonderful entertainment! 

     

    Mexican Night
    Have your own fiesta with a Mexican themed night! You and your guests will be greeted by a Mariachi band, colorful décor and a dancing show! Make a stop at the taco station and sip on some delicious margaritas. Let loose on the dance floor and watch as your family and friends have a blast before your wedding has even started!

    Day-After Brunch
    It’s the day after the wedding and the party hasn’t stopped! Let your guests know how much you appreciate them coming to your wedding with a farewell brunch. Rent a personal masseuse to give your guests relaxing 10 minute massages – much needed after a full night of partying! Enjoy delicious food and mimosas as your guests talk about their favorite parts of the wedding!

    From your destination wedding to your honeymoon, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa will take care of it all, from start to finish. Book your stay today and contact the wedding coordinator at Dreams Los Cabos for a theme party you will never forget!

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  • If you’re looking for something more adventurous than a Caribbean cruise or a trip to Hawaii or Mexico, consider one of these exotic honeymoon destinations that take the concept of “exotic” to a new level. Naturally, you’ll have to do your homework to find the perfect fit for you and your new spouse, and careful planning is crucial. Still, couples rave about these out-of-the-way places, and a honeymoon at any one of the following ten locations will provide memories to last a lifetime.

    EXOTIC HONEYMOON COUNTDOWN:

    1. Belize. From sunset cruises to caving, rappelling, kayaking and exploring Mayan ruins, you’ll find plenty to do in this Central American exotic honeymoon, which CNN dubbed an “up-and-coming” destination for newlyweds. Belize is also a haven for birders, eco-travelers and snorkelers, with both jungle and beachside accommodations available. Book an all-inclusive package on the shore of the Caribbean, or add an excursion into the rainforest to get a feel for the diversity of wildlife. 

    2. Patagonia. What could be more exotic than a honeymoon at the bottom of the world? You’ll be based at the tip of South America, and can trek out to see penguins, glaciers, lakes and the beautiful Andes Mountains. This is about as far as you can get from lounging on the beach, so get ready for serious hiking and rustic accommodations. (If you don’t want to rough it, there is a nice selection of upscale properties, spas and golf resorts as well.) To round out your honeymoon, take a trip to Buenos Aires or book a cruise around Antarctica.

    3. Kenya. Looking at wildlife doesn’t get any more exciting than this exotic honeymoon spot! If you choose to take a safari, you can still get lodging at deluxe resorts along the way. Even the smallest accommodations often have “honeymoon tents” to make the experience romantic and private. Take day trips into local game reserves, mingle with the natives or venture to Mombasa for a day at the beach. For a spectacle you’ll never forget, see the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara in October, when upwards of two million animals are present in the grasslands.

    4. Seychelles. Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean are the magnificent Seychelles Islands, a tropical paradise that is a perfect exotic honeymoon destination. The beaches here have been called the most beautiful in the world, and the Seychelles are never as crowded as other island destinations can be. Hike through the forest, take a helicopter tour, try surfing, or explore nature. Mahe Island is the most populated and boasts several luxury resorts, many with private villas and spa services.

    5. India. Imagine taking an elephant-back or Jeep safari into the jungle, seeing ancient temples and other historic wonders, wandering through forest reserves teeming with wildlife, or relaxing on the country’s beautiful beaches. For an unforgettable exotic honeymoon, travel by rail, taking a one-week trip on the luxurious Palace on Wheels, which highlights the history and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. There are plenty of other luxury resorts throughout the country, too, as well as lower-priced properties and even accommodations for backpackers.

    6. Thailand. Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is fast becoming a popular destination for exotic honeymooners. It offers an abundance of luxury hotels with top-notch spa services, lovely beaches and plenty to do, from snorkeling to boating to touring the jungle. Make sure Bangkok and Phuket are on your itinerary, and don’t miss the Grand Palace complex with its Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Plan to spend an afternoon at Safari World in Bangkok, a 150-acre marine park with live shows and a wide variety of animals.

    7. Bora Bora. On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, five-star accommodations range from luxury hotels to resorts featuring over-water bungalows with glass floors. If such high-end lodgings exceed your budget, you can find mid-priced properties and even campsites on the island. The area’s most beautiful feature is the storied azure Bora Bora lagoon, where you can jet ski, snorkel, scuba, windsurf, swim or tour aboard a glass-bottomed boat. Explore the Lagoonarium, or take an Aqua Safari to get close to the tropical fish and other marine life.

    8. Mauritius. Off the coast of Africa, the island of Mauritius boasts pristine lagoons and coral reefs, beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature reserves and diverse cultures. The French influence is strong, with French colonial architecture dominating in the capital of Port Louis. There’s no language barrier, however, as most residents speak English in addition to French. Don’t miss a tour of the mountain in Domaine les Pailles, the museum at Mahebourg or a walk to the falls in Black River Gorges National Park. There is a good selection of upscale lodgings, so plan to be pampered.

    9. Zanzibar. An exotic honeymoon on the Indian Ocean will give you access to other exotic spots, such as Tanzania's Spice Islands, Pemba Island (a scuba diver's haven); or Mafia Island, with its coral reef and marine park. Options include a safari where you’ll be flown to different stops, then set out on your own or with a guide to see the wildlife. Don’t miss historical Stone Town, recently named a World Heritage Site. For an added treat, visit Tanzania’s Gombe National Park where Dr. Jane Goodall centered her efforts to protect chimpanzees.

    10. Egypt. If you think that all you’ll see in Egypt is pyramids and mummies, think again. You can take a hot air balloon ride over Luxor, snorkel in the Red Sea (reputed to be one of the best diving spots), take a sunset cruise on the Nile or simply enjoy an exotic beach vacation at a luxury resort. Don’t overlook the pyramids, or the wonderful museums full of antiquities. Travel by camel through the desert and stop at the ancient quarry at Aswan to see where granite monuments have been carved for the last 5,000 years.

     

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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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  • Sponsored by Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

      Beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica is full of lush gardens and amazing scenery. With its mix of adventurous activities and intimate relaxing settings, Montego Bay provides a versatile and super-romantic location for a destination wedding or honeymoon.     Stay Active There are lots of unique activities in Montego Bay. Interact and swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cave. Climb to the top of Dunn's River Falls and take a swim you'll never forget. Tour the legendary Rose Hall Great House, enjoy one of the five (yes, five!) championship golf courses, or groove to the music at the Bob Marley Experience & Theatre.       Relax and Unwind If you're hoping to get a little (or a lot of) R&R, you'll love the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of Montego Bay.  If you'd prefer to lounge by the pool, Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay have luxurious pool areas that are perfect for relaxing with a cold drink and a stack of magazines. Plus, both resorts have world-class spas that have a host of services from mani/pedis to massages.     Where to Stay Located just 20 minutes away from Sangster International Airport, Secrets St. James Montego Bay is a quiet and sophisticated setting, while the Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay has a youthful and hip vibe. At both resorts you'll privy to all the benefits of Unlimited-Luxury®, where everything is included like luxurious suits, 24-hour room service, amazing ocean views, gourmet restaurants, hopping bars and lounges, and lots of entertainment and activities nearby.
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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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    Sandals reveals the latest in planning a custom destination wedding (expert advice)
    Photo by Sandals Resorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Sandals Resorts

    Naturally, you're probably intent on bringing to life the most creative, personalized ideas you can find for your wedding day.  And why not?!  According to Liene Stevens of Splendid Insights, a wedding market research firm, “Millennials see custom as a need and not a luxury; they want custom everything: a custom life, a custom career and a custom wedding.”

    Yes, indeed, we think that sounds about right.  The same goes for destination weddings. No need to settle for a cookie cutter wedding, just because you're planning from afar!

    No matter where they marry, we hear all about couples wanting an experience filled with personalized details that reflect their style. Today’s trend is moving toward a totally customized wedding package-- a destination wedding experience that’s distinctly, uniquely yours. 

    To help reach brides where they live today – online – Sandals Resorts has created an exclusive online Destination Wedding Designer. This interactive tool allows you to personally style and execute your dream wedding at any one of Sandals’ fourteen luxurious Caribbean resorts.  

    After selecting a color palette, you can easily browse almost 1,000 wedding ideas for flowers, décor, wedding cakes, entertainment, and more. Traditional or tropical? Modern or romantic? Every design style has been included, so you're sure to find what you're looking for, down to the last detail. 

    Sound utterly perfect?  Head on over to try it out! 

     

     

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    Travel expert Jetsetter.com gives us five key tips for planning a wedding abroad! (expert advice)

    By Geraldine Campbell for our sponsor, Jetsetter.com

    Wedding planning is an exciting, emotional (sometimes exasperating) endeavor – and plotting your nuptials in a far-off place is no different. The advantages of a destination wedding are many: For one (let’s be honest), saying “I do” abroad limits the guest list. It can also be easier (yes, easier) to plan, since the resort’s on-site coordinator can handle everything from photographers and table arrangements to goodie bags. Not to mention: exchanging vows on a sandy beach with your friends and family? Priceless. We tapped the travel experts at Jetsetter.com for their top tips on making your destination wedding go off without a hitch.

     

     

    1. Do your homework

    Different countries have different requirements when it comes to non-natives getting married on native soil. In France, for example, a proper wedding can be un nightmare: The 40-day residence requirement is just one of the (many) steps required. In Bali, a legal ceremony is considerably easier, although, you and your honey have to be the same religion. So, wherever you’re dreaming of tying the knot, know what you’re getting into. 

     

     

    2. Have a symbolic ceremony

    If you don’t want to deal with overseas bureaucracy, get married stateside (pop over to City Hall for a quickie or, better yet, hop on a flight to Vegas) – and have a non-civil ceremony in your destination of choice. No one will be the wiser.

     

     

    3. Make considerations

    For your guests, a destination wedding can be significantly more expensive than a domestic affair. Do them a favor and give fair warning – six months at minimum (a year is even better). Also, consider ditching the registry. If you’re not willing to forego gifts completely, include inexpensive items on your wish list.

     

     

    4. Stay in one place

    Honeymooning where you get hitched means you can go from reception to relaxation mode without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles. It can also be cost-effective. Resort wedding packages often include a free stay for the bride and groom. Everything is negotiable and if the hotel isn’t willing to put you up for a night or two (or longer), ask for an upgrade.

     

     

    5. Get inspired at Jetsetter.com

    Jetsetter has hotels in every corner of the world – and a perfect destination wedding spot for every personality type, whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a romantic!

     

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  • Sponsored by Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

    When planning your destination wedding, it’s so important to choose a décor theme that totally fits your style! Fortunately, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico has a variety of different décor options for your beach wedding to create a celebration that’s uniquely you! Check out a few of our favorites:

    Rustic
    We love the effortless combination of a barefoot-in–the-sand beach wedding with a more rustic and nature-inspired theme. Touches of wood, bunches of wildflowers, warm neutral colors, and hanging moss orbs create a relaxed, rustic celebration.


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Indian-Inspired
    Beautiful, bold hues of red and gold, sari-inspired fabrics, and lush floral arrangements create an Indian-inspired wedding celebration on the beach at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. And how stunning is that wedding canopy, draped with rich fabrics and hanging flowers and crystals?


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Classic
    A ballroom wedding reception is so elegant and regal. Sparkling chandeliers, beautiful flower arrangements, and sequin tablecloths add a touch of glamour to this grand reception room.


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Beach Chic
    The quintessential beach wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa features a white sheer gazebo, and pops of turquoise and gold. We love the unique bench seating and the striped aisle for a nautical touch. Vintage details like hanging picture frames give this wedding style a creative, shabby chic feel.


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Peacock-Themed
    This wedding style is so on-trend! We love the deep jewel toned hues featuring blues, greens and purples – and of course the peacock feather accents!


    Photo by Adventure Photos

    Do you have your own creative theme idea for your destination wedding? The team at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa can create unique décor in a variety of colors and styles for a totally personalized celebration.  Happy planning!

     

     


     

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  • Photo by Paper Antler Photography

    Whether you’re traveling halfway around the world or to a neighboring state, getting your wedding dress there safely is a top priority.

    Traveling By Plane

    Most airlines advise not to place valuable items in checked luggage, therefore, a carry-on or protective garment bag are your next options. (Tip: Fold layers of tissue paper into your wedding dress. This will help keep the wrinkles and discoloring away.) Check with your airline’s policy on bringing a wedding dress on board. They may allow you to store it in a closet or overhead bin. However, you can’t always rely on the flight attendant to store it properly in a closet or overhead bin. Consider purchasing a plane ticket for your wedding dress or better yet -- if there are open seats on your flight, it doesn’t hurt to ask the flight attendant if you dress can fly for free. 

    Traveling by Car

    You don’t want your wedding dress squeezed between loads of luggage in the trunk. Instead, drape it flat across your luggage in a protective garment bag.

    Unpacking Your Wedding Dress

    If you pack your wedding dress in a carry-on or protective garment bag, bring a travel steamer. (Tip: Test on white fabric before you use. You’ll want the steam to come out clear, so it doesn’t stain the fabric.) If you can’t bring a travel steamer, hang your wedding dress in the bathroom, turn the shower on full blast with hot water and watch the steam eliminate any wrinkles. 

     

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  • Photo by Sandals

    When you have guests flying in from coast to coast for your destination wedding weekend, it's important to keep them occupied during their stay. Get the most out of your location by gathering guests together for some of these fun -- but optimal -- activities: 

    Zip lining Parasailing  Snorkeling/scuba diving  Boating  Visiting a museum, historic site, botanical garden or local tourist attraction Golfing Spa treatments Safari ride  Surfing  Biking 

     

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  • Sponsored Post by Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

    You’re finally getting your dream destination wedding but you want to make sure all of your guests get to know each other and have an amazing time – so give them a welcome party they’ll never forget. Located on the sparkling Sea of Cortez, lies the beautiful Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa - where Unlimited-Luxury® includes gourmet dining, top- shelf liquors, full service spa, lush tropical gardens and so much more. Their wonderful theme parties are a perfect start for an amazing destination wedding!

    Tequila Tasting
    A Tequila Tasting Party is a great icebreaker to help with introductions. Enjoy the many flavors of Mexico by trying infused tequila at a guided tequila tasting. It’s an ideal way to loosen up, share memories and create new ones.

    Casino Night
    Get the party started by throwing a casino themed party in your very own suite. Play some blackjack with your friends, Texas Hold’em with your new in laws or try your luck in Roulette. Enjoy a bottle of champagne and have late night meals delivered to you with 24-hour room service.  And –bonus! – a private casino party means no lines or crowds!

     

    Bonfire on the Beach
    Beach bonfires are not only romantic but a lot of fun. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the sand between your toes. Spend the evening roasting marshmallows, listening to music and cozying up to a crackling bonfire. Add more excitement to the night with fire dances! Guests of all ages will love this wonderful entertainment! 

     

    Mexican Night
    Have your own fiesta with a Mexican themed night! You and your guests will be greeted by a Mariachi band, colorful décor and a dancing show! Make a stop at the taco station and sip on some delicious margaritas. Let loose on the dance floor and watch as your family and friends have a blast before your wedding has even started!

    Day-After Brunch
    It’s the day after the wedding and the party hasn’t stopped! Let your guests know how much you appreciate them coming to your wedding with a farewell brunch. Rent a personal masseuse to give your guests relaxing 10 minute massages – much needed after a full night of partying! Enjoy delicious food and mimosas as your guests talk about their favorite parts of the wedding!

    From your destination wedding to your honeymoon, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa will take care of it all, from start to finish. Book your stay today and contact the wedding coordinator at Dreams Los Cabos for a theme party you will never forget!

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  • If you’re looking for something more adventurous than a Caribbean cruise or a trip to Hawaii or Mexico, consider one of these exotic honeymoon destinations that take the concept of “exotic” to a new level. Naturally, you’ll have to do your homework to find the perfect fit for you and your new spouse, and careful planning is crucial. Still, couples rave about these out-of-the-way places, and a honeymoon at any one of the following ten locations will provide memories to last a lifetime.

    EXOTIC HONEYMOON COUNTDOWN:

    1. Belize. From sunset cruises to caving, rappelling, kayaking and exploring Mayan ruins, you’ll find plenty to do in this Central American exotic honeymoon, which CNN dubbed an “up-and-coming” destination for newlyweds. Belize is also a haven for birders, eco-travelers and snorkelers, with both jungle and beachside accommodations available. Book an all-inclusive package on the shore of the Caribbean, or add an excursion into the rainforest to get a feel for the diversity of wildlife. 

    2. Patagonia. What could be more exotic than a honeymoon at the bottom of the world? You’ll be based at the tip of South America, and can trek out to see penguins, glaciers, lakes and the beautiful Andes Mountains. This is about as far as you can get from lounging on the beach, so get ready for serious hiking and rustic accommodations. (If you don’t want to rough it, there is a nice selection of upscale properties, spas and golf resorts as well.) To round out your honeymoon, take a trip to Buenos Aires or book a cruise around Antarctica.

    3. Kenya. Looking at wildlife doesn’t get any more exciting than this exotic honeymoon spot! If you choose to take a safari, you can still get lodging at deluxe resorts along the way. Even the smallest accommodations often have “honeymoon tents” to make the experience romantic and private. Take day trips into local game reserves, mingle with the natives or venture to Mombasa for a day at the beach. For a spectacle you’ll never forget, see the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara in October, when upwards of two million animals are present in the grasslands.

    4. Seychelles. Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean are the magnificent Seychelles Islands, a tropical paradise that is a perfect exotic honeymoon destination. The beaches here have been called the most beautiful in the world, and the Seychelles are never as crowded as other island destinations can be. Hike through the forest, take a helicopter tour, try surfing, or explore nature. Mahe Island is the most populated and boasts several luxury resorts, many with private villas and spa services.

    5. India. Imagine taking an elephant-back or Jeep safari into the jungle, seeing ancient temples and other historic wonders, wandering through forest reserves teeming with wildlife, or relaxing on the country’s beautiful beaches. For an unforgettable exotic honeymoon, travel by rail, taking a one-week trip on the luxurious Palace on Wheels, which highlights the history and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. There are plenty of other luxury resorts throughout the country, too, as well as lower-priced properties and even accommodations for backpackers.

    6. Thailand. Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is fast becoming a popular destination for exotic honeymooners. It offers an abundance of luxury hotels with top-notch spa services, lovely beaches and plenty to do, from snorkeling to boating to touring the jungle. Make sure Bangkok and Phuket are on your itinerary, and don’t miss the Grand Palace complex with its Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Plan to spend an afternoon at Safari World in Bangkok, a 150-acre marine park with live shows and a wide variety of animals.

    7. Bora Bora. On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, five-star accommodations range from luxury hotels to resorts featuring over-water bungalows with glass floors. If such high-end lodgings exceed your budget, you can find mid-priced properties and even campsites on the island. The area’s most beautiful feature is the storied azure Bora Bora lagoon, where you can jet ski, snorkel, scuba, windsurf, swim or tour aboard a glass-bottomed boat. Explore the Lagoonarium, or take an Aqua Safari to get close to the tropical fish and other marine life.

    8. Mauritius. Off the coast of Africa, the island of Mauritius boasts pristine lagoons and coral reefs, beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature reserves and diverse cultures. The French influence is strong, with French colonial architecture dominating in the capital of Port Louis. There’s no language barrier, however, as most residents speak English in addition to French. Don’t miss a tour of the mountain in Domaine les Pailles, the museum at Mahebourg or a walk to the falls in Black River Gorges National Park. There is a good selection of upscale lodgings, so plan to be pampered.

    9. Zanzibar. An exotic honeymoon on the Indian Ocean will give you access to other exotic spots, such as Tanzania's Spice Islands, Pemba Island (a scuba diver's haven); or Mafia Island, with its coral reef and marine park. Options include a safari where you’ll be flown to different stops, then set out on your own or with a guide to see the wildlife. Don’t miss historical Stone Town, recently named a World Heritage Site. For an added treat, visit Tanzania’s Gombe National Park where Dr. Jane Goodall centered her efforts to protect chimpanzees.

    10. Egypt. If you think that all you’ll see in Egypt is pyramids and mummies, think again. You can take a hot air balloon ride over Luxor, snorkel in the Red Sea (reputed to be one of the best diving spots), take a sunset cruise on the Nile or simply enjoy an exotic beach vacation at a luxury resort. Don’t overlook the pyramids, or the wonderful museums full of antiquities. Travel by camel through the desert and stop at the ancient quarry at Aswan to see where granite monuments have been carved for the last 5,000 years.

     

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