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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!
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.
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!
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!
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!0
Sponsored by Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego BayBeautiful 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.0
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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 Biking0
By: Alex Merriman
A festive little treat is the perfect way to thank your beach destination wedding guests for making a special trip to celebrate with you. Here's six of our favorite ideas to inspire you!
These festive, fun favors will get the party started! Photo by This Love of Ours Photography
2. Flip Flops
Perfect for dancing the night away and feeling that sand between the toes! Photos by Anjuli and Jagger Photography
A fun keepsake for guests to carry the next time they hit the beach. Photos by Union Photography and Volatile Photography
For a little shade amidst all that gorgeous seaside sunshine. Photos by Meg Smith Photography and Union Photography
5. Sea Salt Mix
Sea salts are the perfect base for a scrumptious culinary seasoning or a fragrant body scrub. Photos by Mary Swenson and Union Photography
6. Sandalwood Fans
For a light, refreshing breeze on a balmy evening. Photos by Olivia Kanaley
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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.0
Instead of staying in a traditional hotel, live like a local with a vacation rental in one of the most scenic destinations in the world!
Pool with a View
Take a dip in a blue mosaic pool overlooking the Aegean Sea in this charming vacation home in Greece.
Traditional white domed walls extend classic Greek architecture into your honeymoon suite.
An artistic accent inspired by a neighboring fishing village brings the rich culture into this honeymoon home.
Mosaic tiles made from local stones line the honeymoon suite.
Spectacular Santorini Honeymoon
The founders of Project Wedding, Margaret and Joe, spent their honeymoon in Santorini... Ikies Traditional Houses come highly recommended!
Renting a traditional Greek house in Santorini is sure to be a honeymoon full of spontaneous romance and blissful relaxation.0
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!0
A lush utopia for destination weddings and honeymoons (expert advice)
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Sponsored by Sandals Grande Riviera
Boasting Negril's world-renowned seven-mile beach, majestic waterfalls, lively locals in Montego Bay and the untouched South Coast, Jamaica is an exhilarating destination for weddings and honeymoons. The warm tropical climate, mouthwatering jerk cuisine and thrilling activities also make it one of the friendliest hosts in the world and truly an authentic Caribbean experience. Immerse yourself in the island’s laid back, “No worry" attitude or explore countless adventures.
Imagine getting lost in a lush utopia where the beauty of the sea meets the awe-inspiring landscape of the mountains. Your tropical dream wedding and honeymoon will come true in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Rich greenery, mountains that loom over white sand beaches and the world-renowned Dunn's River Falls are what make Ocho Rios such an extraordinary destination. Beautifully nestled in the center of Jamaica's North Coast, Ocho Rios is home to natural wonders and colorful craft markets alike. The best way to experience the real Jamaica is to get up close and personal with it. Tour companies like Island Routes Adventure Tours offer a range of excursions to help you do just that.
One of the prime destination wedding and honeymoon hotspots in Jamaica can be found at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort. Their philosophy: it’s “Your Wedding. Your Style.” is a concept that allows you to plan the wedding of your dreams. With Sandals' exclusive online inspiration board tool you can design to your heart’s desire and at your own pace! The resort also offers an impressive list of complimentary wedding amenities and services.
At Sandals Grande Riviera, you'll have direct access to the natural splendor in the Ocho Rios region of Jamaica’s St. Ann Parish. Considered to be the true Garden of Eden and the largest Sandals Resort, it is situated on the slopes of over 100 acres of beautiful hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This grand resort presents the most diverse wedding and honeymoon experiences by offering more accommodations, dining options and activities than any other Sandals Resort. In fact, you'll benefit from their careful curation of three unique experiences in one: the vibrant beach culture of the Ochi Beach Club, the private Riviera Villas with pools nestled along lush gardens, and the Great House with a sky-sized zero entry pool and swim-up pool bar.0
Sandals reveals the latest in planning a custom destination wedding (expert advice)
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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!0
DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
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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.0