Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are the perfect way to make your special day even more memorable. The wedding of your dreams is just a few clicks away with destination wedding packages across the globe. Whether you picture yourself getting married on the beach, in the mountains, or in some exotic locale, an all inclusive wedding package can make your big dreams come true. Added benefits of a destination wedding include an intimate group of friends and family, and already being one step closer to your honeymoon! If you thought a destination wedding wasn’t in the cards for you, think again, there are great packages out there to suit every budget.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons  Image: Beaches Resorts

While the components of an all inclusive wedding package will vary, there are some basics that should apply across the board. Resorts should offer you a price per head, including beverages, for your reception. The best destination wedding packages will also include special discounts for your guest, and often a free night in the honeymoon suite for the bride and groom. There are many levels of customization, including details on the food, spa packages, entertainment for your guests, and more. Luckily, having an on-site wedding planner will help things to run smoothly! Popular places for destination weddings include the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, and more.

Some couples may want to take their destination wedding somewhere even more exotic. There are romantic destinations across the globe that are perfect for weddings, and each individual couple can choose one that is perfect for them. Europe provides endless romantic atmosphere, from the rocky coastline of Italy to the sultry towns of Spain. Get married in an ancient castle in Ireland, a historic fort in Portugal, or a tiny island in Greece. An all inclusive wedding package could make this European dream wedding a reality. There are many websites that specialize in destination weddings, so once you settle on a shortlist of potential locations, it will be easier to find more information.

Many couples are looking for unique destination wedding ideas that haven’t been done before. From bringing your wedding party on a cruise vacation to Alaska to going kayaking in Patagonia, Chile there are endless ways to turn your wedding into an adventure. Across the globe, from the pristine beaches of Fiji to the dramatic landscapes of New Zealand, there are resorts that will make your wedding unforgettable. The sky is the limit for destination weddings, but a flexible budget and a short list of wedding desires will help to make your dreams come true.

Hawaii Wedding Packages

Hawaii Wedding Packages
Hawaii Wedding Packages

Hawaii wedding packages are something that many couples dream of when they picture themselves exchanging their vows in a pristine beach wedding. While Hawaii definitely has a reputation as being an expensive destination, this doesn’t mean that a destination wedding in Hawaii is out of the question. Cheap weddings in Hawaii can be planned by savvy couples who take the time to research the many different ways to save money.

Hawaii vacation packages fluctuate wildly in price. Factors to consider include season, day of the week, island, and size of the wedding. If you’re trying to plan cheap weddings in Hawaii, it is worth doing a little research about seasons. While the weather is consistently beautiful in Hawaii, there are times of the year when more tourists visit Hawaii. During these times weddings will be more expensive and difficult to plan. Similarly, the day of the week is just as important. Saturday weddings will always be most expensive. Next in line are Friday night and Sunday night. After that, the weekdays will be less expensive, so if you have a bit of flexibility in your schedule, this might be the best way to go.

To other couples, the best wedding destination in Hawaii might be the most affordable. If you’re willing to get married soon, one thing to keep your eye out for is wedding cancellations. Resorts will often offer a significant discount for a date that had been reserved by a different couple and cancelled. While this won’t allow as much time for planning or notifying your guests, it will provide excellent value. Going this route may allow you to include upgrades and extras (for music, food, drinks, and more) that you wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.

Some Hawaii wedding packages also include options for your honeymoon. If you want to honeymoon in Hawaii anyway, this is a great strategy for achieving great value in your honeymoon. Whether you stay at the same resort where you were married or explore a different island, Hawaii is sure to be an enchanting place to spend your first weeks as husband and wife. Other options for tropical weddings include the many islands of the Caribbean, the beautiful resorts of Mexico, or even somewhere close to home such as Florida. With so many choices for destination weddings, it will be difficult to narrow down your options.

Weddings in the Caribbean

Weddings in the Caribbean
Weddings in the Caribbean

The best place to get married in the Caribbean depends on a variety of factors. Some couples want to plan extravagant affairs with more than 300 people in attendance, while others want to plan small, intimate weddings with just family and friends in attendance. Weddings in the Caribbean can occupy this full range of options. No wedding is too big or too small to find the perfect match in the Caribbean. One thing to keep in mind is the availability of a wedding planner at your resort of choice. A wedding planner will help to make sure that all the details are taken care of. This will help you to rest assured that someone is locally looking after everything while you’re far away.

Caribbean Destination Weddings
Caribbean Destination Weddings

Caribbean destination weddings have become a leading way for couples to complete their vows in a sublime location either privately or with family and friends joining them. Sugary white sand beaches, endless blue skies, and warm, tropical weather say it all. With scores of island destinations to choose between, from small and quiet to vibrant and bustling, couples will find a destination unique to their needs and wants.

Jamaica Destination Weddings

Jamaica Destination Weddings
Jamaica Destination Weddings Image: Tropewell (flickr)

Jamaica destination weddings are some of the best, helped by the dozens upon dozens of choices in wedding planners. As the third largest of all Caribbean islands, the interest in planners is high and the need is most certainly filled. With no residency requirements to fill and some of the absolute best all inclusive resorts in the islands to choose from, a wedding in Jamaica is a walk in the park. Wedding parties also have the option of choosing a villa for their special day, complete with chef, security, and housekeeping staff. Note that school vacations bring out throngs of kids between February and the end of April, so couple may want to avoid those months.

Bahamas Destination Weddings

Bahamas Destination Weddings
Bahamas Destination Weddings

In the Bahamas, Caribbean destination weddings can be arranged as a complete package or you can choose from a "menu" of services, as with most other island resorts. Nassau is the most popular location for Bahamas destination weddings with Grand Bahama Island and Paradise Island coming in close. Here, a beach wedding is an idyllic location to say your vows but there are also historic churches and scenic seaside locations ideal for weddings. Most Bahamas all inclusive resorts offer wedding packages so be sure to comb through all the deals and compare before choosing.

US Virgin Islands Destination Weddings

US Virgin Islands Destination Weddings
US Virgin Islands Destination Weddings Image: technochick (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

Getting married in the US Virgin Islands has plenty of appeal for all kinds of reasons; the airfare from North America is reasonably priced making it easier to convince family and friends to go along. There are three islands, each with their own distinct feel to choose from, and the backdrop is absolutely unforgettable. The incredible five star resorts throughout St Thomas really show visitors that this island knows the luxury lifestyle inside and out. St Croix is the biggest of the three, offering much more in choice and more competitive pricing. Going for ultra-chic and swanky? St John’s is the place to be for your wedding then but be prepared to pay for all the glam and glitter.

Barbados Destination Weddings

Barbados Destination Weddings
Barbados Destination Weddings Image: photos.juliechen (flickr)

For Caribbean destination weddings with a British flair, Barbados will do just the trick. High tea, cricket matches, and busy pubs are part and parcel of this relaxed yet vivid and culturally diverse island. In Barbados, visitors will find a variety of atmospheres throughout the island, each very different from the next. Great shopping, dining, and nightlife make the island perfect for weddings and honeymoons. Plenty of wedding vacation packages are available through both all inclusive resorts and a number of villas. Throw some golf, sightseeing, and beach combing into the mix and there’s something for everyone in the Barbados.

Cayman Islands Destination Weddings

Cayman Islands Destination Weddings
Cayman Islands Destination Weddings

Three main islands comprise the Cayman Islands, a former British colony and now independent nation and part of the British Commonwealth. Grand Cayman, Little Cayman Island, and Cayman Brac are the three. The two smaller islands are where the most relaxed and least developed areas are. Grand Cayman seems exclusively corporate yet offers an excellent selection from a menu filled with modern luxuries. Wedding services are beyond impeccable with dozens upon dozens of pros who will make your day perfect. Avoid Caribbean destination weddings in the Cayman Islands between May through November when hurricanes can be event spoilers - and also between Christmas and mid-April when prices are highest and the islands are the busiest.

Italy Destination Weddings

Italy Destination Weddings
Italy Destination Weddings  Image: EmilGH (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

Italy destination weddings have so many upsides it’s not surprising so many people choose Italy when tying the knot. Italian weddings in magnificent locations like Puglia, Friuli, Lazio, and Campania provide magical backdrops for romantic unions. Wedding planners in these areas are in full mode, planning everything from a few details to every single one. Without any requirements for residency prior to marriage, Italy makes a great European wedding destination without jumping through bureaucratic hoops. To explore the riches of Italy means seeing the Siena cathedral in person, driving the Amalfi Coast with the wind in your hair, and combing the villages of Cinque Terre for treasures big and small.

Florence Weddings

Florence Weddings
Florence Weddings

Florence weddings are incredible events in the heart of a city where Michelangelo was born, the Renaissance began, and romance is endless. Historic sites, fascinating churches, and beloved architecture are found all over the city. Florence Italy destination weddings mean access to some of the most fantastic villas, hotels, and castles in the country.

Villa Weddings

A destination wedding Tuscany Italy is one filled with food, art, and spectacular, rolling countryside. Endless treasures abound in this area southeast of Florence. Miles upon miles of famous vineyards, scenic villages and towns, and rich culture and heritage create an unforgettable backdrop for weddings. Villa weddings in Tuscany afford a bride and groom their own private site within Tuscany and built-in lodging--often enough for the entire wedding party. From Renaissance estates to ancient villa fortresses, a destination wedding Tuscany villa is one of the top choices.

Greve in Chianti Weddings

Greve in Chianti in Central Italy is another wonderful destination wedding Tuscany venue. Easily accessed via Florence, Siena, and Rome, Greve is a popular choice for Italy destination weddings, partly due to the Chianti region’s wine makers but mostly because of the lush scenery and quiet surroundings off the beaten path. Luxury villas and hotels, beautiful holiday homes, B&Bs, and plenty of countryside lodging countryside make this location a great one.

Cinque Terre Weddings

Cinque Terre weddings are ideal for those who imagine a wedding on the enchanting Riviera, where the magic of the backdrop is infused into every special event. South of Milan on the Northern Italy coast, Cinque Terre Italy destination weddings blend the magic of the Ligurian Sea and a coastline rivaling most others in the world. There are Monterroso and Sarzana vineyards, charming farmhouses, cliff-side restaurants and estates in Riomaggiore that contribute to make a wedding event in Cinque Terre exquisite.

Siena Weddings

Siena Weddings
Siena Weddings

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Siena is one of the most popular choices for Italy destination weddings. This locale is a destination wedding Tuscany favorite, with medieval cityscapes, art, food, museums, and ancient horse racing offering plenty of things to do and see during wedding vacations. Only a one hour flight from Florence, Siena is an original medieval town, and one that predates Rome. The walled city offers a powerful backdrop for a lifetime union, and provides couples and guests an easy and fascinating backdrop to explore by foot.

Disney Weddings

Disney Weddings
Disney Weddings

Disney weddings are one of the most popular ways to exchange vows in Florida. There are a variety of Disney World wedding packages to choose from, including options for all kinds of couples. By planning weddings at Disney World, you can enjoy the consistent weather of the Sunshine State, the easy access of the Orlando airport, and entertainment for all of your wedding guests. After your Disney wedding, it will be possible to enjoy a beach honeymoon in one of the many resorts in Florida from Miami to Naples to the beautiful Florida Keys.

Disney weddings are ideal for a variety of reasons. If you’re planning a big wedding, the large hotels and resorts will ensure that your guests will all be comfortable and be able to stay in close proximity to each other. Disney World wedding packages also offer entertainment for all your guests. Kids and families will love the theme parks, young couples will love the nightlife and dining, and there’s always the hotel pool to soak up some sun as well! If you’ve never considered weddings at Disney World, perhaps the above reasons will give you something new to think about.

If you’re looking for a dream come true, Disney weddings are straight out of a storybook. Some women have the fantasy of getting married in Cinderella’s castle, and what more fantastic backdrop could there be for a wedding than the home of a princess? Couples should beware that Disney can only handle a finite number of weddings per year in certain locations, and depending on your needs, there may be quite the waiting list. Couples who don’t mind waiting will have their special Disney day, but other couples may want to consider destination weddings in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Hawaii if they want to get married quickly.

There is a whole range of Disney World wedding packages to choose from. Whether you’re looking to get married with an inexpensive wedding or want to plan a luxurious wedding with all the best finishing touches, Disney is the place where dreams come true. The variety of dining options, locations, and entertainment provide endless combinations of wedding opportunities. Some couples think they can plan a Disney wedding themselves, but the best thing to do is to take advantage of a wedding planner who is an expert at making Disney dream weddings a reality. This will also help you to be less stressed as your big day approaches.

Weddings at Disney World won’t only be straight from a fairy tale, but they will also be fun. Knowing that your friends and family are enjoying themselves will help you to be even more relaxed on your special day. There are endless choices of resorts in Disney, from classic style to resorts with lake views to vacation rental properties. Some couples choose to honeymoon in Orlando or continue to enjoy the other offerings of Florida. From the nightlife of Miami to the quiet beaches of Marco Island, Florida will be the perfect destination for your wedding, honeymoon, and beyond! Some couples choose to depart for a cruise after their wedding in Orlando, and visit the Caribbean or Mexico during their first week as a married couple.

Last Minute Weddings

Last Minute Weddings
Last Minute Weddings

When many people think of last minute weddings, they automatically think of young couples eloping to a wedding chapel in Las Vegas. While eloping to Las Vegas certainly hasn't lost its appeal, there are many options for planning a discount last minute wedding that doesn't involve a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.

One option for a last minute wedding package is a hotel on the beaches of Mexico and Hawaii. There are many hotels and all-inclusive resorts in both destinations that will coordinate all the details of a discount last minute wedding, from an intimate ceremony on the beach to a more formal wedding in a banquet hall or a decorative tent. A typical beach side wedding ceremony takes place on the sand or a boardwalk overlooking the Caribbean Sea or the Pacific Ocean. Though most last minute weddings in Hawaii and Mexico are small, many hotels can accommodate 200 wedding guests or more. One advantage of booking a last minute wedding package in these tropical destinations is saving money on hotel rooms for your honeymoon or for your guests. Many all-inclusive resorts provide a complimentary hotel room for the wedding couple on the night of their wedding or on the date of their one year anniversary. Most hotels also offer deep discounts for wedding guests as an incentive to get them to stay after the wedding is over.

With the wind in your face and the ocean in the background, last minute weddings aboard luxury cruise ships are also a great way to say "I do." Although booking a last minute wedding package aboard a cruise ship is something that many people never consider, there are many cruise ship lines that conduct wedding ceremonies aboard Caribbean cruise ships. Some couples get choose to get married at a cruise ship port and embark on a cruise immediately after the ceremony. Some cruise lines will arrange for a minister or a notary public to conduct the ceremony and will arrange all details of the reception. You can have last minute weddings on an outdoor deck, or you may choose to have an indoor ceremony in the church's library or chapel.

Planning a discount last minute wedding doesn't have to be stressful if you're well-organized and have the necessary paperwork in order. No matter where you plan on getting married, you'll likely need a passport and a birth certificate in order to apply for a marriage certificate. Many countries require one or two witnesses to accompany you when applying for the license. After applying for a marriage certificate at an area courthouse or consulate, many countries make you wait three or four days before you get married. Check with the state or country where you plan to hold your wedding to see what the requirements are for marriage certificates. With so many options for a last minute wedding package, couples can plan the wedding of their dreams within a few weeks.

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