There's so much to think about when you're planning your wedding — deciding who to invite, planning your reception, and keeping track of tiny details, like what kind of centerpieces to put on the reception tables. But arguably one of the biggest decision you will make is choosing a location and venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, having your ceremony at a wedding resort can help make that dream wedding a reality.
All-inclusive resorts often offer packages with competitive rates that allow you to save a significant amount of money over attempting to buy services piecemeal for your destination wedding. That doesn’t mean all all-inclusive resorts are created equal, though, so it is important to research possible resorts and find out what they offer.
You could save money by letting the resort provide amenities for your guests and then use that extra money to add another memorable detail to your big day. The best way to save is always to work with an experienced destination travel agent. They can help ensure you get the best value and make sure you feel welcome wherever you travel.
Read on for a list of resorts to consider so you can get that much closer to a day that will celebrate you and the love of your life.
1. Beaches Negril, Jamaica
Jamaica is an English-speaking country, which makes it the No. 1 choice for couples who are looking to get away for their ceremony. It has the crystal-clear water and bungalows you see in every jaw-dropping classic beach vacation picture.
At the end of a long day on the beach before or after your wedding, everyone will need a place to stay. Beaches Negril has you covered! This all-inclusive resort has everything from breakfast to breathtaking views. Host your wedding in their reception room or out on the beach behind the resort.
2. Finest Playa Mujeres, Cancun
One worry you may have about a resort wedding is finding a place where everyone can find something fun to do. At Finest Playa Mujeres resort, there are endless ways to have fun, no matter what the age of your guests. There are 11 restaurants, 16 bars and 10 pools to explore, plus a beachside snack grill. The resort is also just a short distance from the main beach strip, so you can get away from the typical tourist attractions.
3. Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, Jamaica
Another hot spot for weddings is Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Jamaica. They have a one wedding per day rule, so make sure to book this place in advance if you think it'll meet your needs. You can lounge in the oceanfront infinity edge pool or take free scuba lessons when you're not walking down the aisle. Kids can have fun at the kids' club, and every room is a suite, with pricing covering every meal and any adult beverages you want to order. Yes, that’s right, booze is included.
4. Villa Punto de Vista, Costa Rica
In addition to having room for your wedding, the Villa Punto de Vista resort has a seaside rainforest and local cuisine served onsite. It's a romantic location that will make the perfect backdrop for a wedding, so you'll have plenty of gorgeous pictures to adore long after you’ve returned home.
5. Riu Palace, Aruba
A perennial crowd favorite is the Riu Palace in Aruba, especially for those who will be traveling for your wedding with their kids. The adults can enjoy sailing, water sports, and all of the onsite dining while the kids have fun in the game room or with other programs especially for them. For those too young to participate in programs, there are onsite babysitting programs available, too.
Doing Extra Research Is Critical to Choosing the Perfect Resort for You
Depending on what you want your wedding to look like and how you want it to go, every resort is going to offer something a little different. Now that you've spent time reading about the best one’s couples like to go to, be sure to explore what else they offer beyond the ceremony to make sure anyone who goes to your wedding will have a fantastic overall experience.
Think about what your guests will need, like kids' programs or entertainment. Dining options that pay close attention to serving people with food allergies and restrictions are also a must, as is asking about the venue’s accessibility. You can even send out an online poll to ask people what they'd want after traveling for your wedding and choose a resort that fits their wants. Your destination resort wedding will be in good hands no matter where you decide to go, especially if you choose a venue that takes care of everyone during and after the ceremony.
And if you are having any doubts, once again, we encourage you to book your all-inclusive resort through an experienced destination travel agent! They will help you understand things like travel documents and also will ensure your chosen destination is 100% LGBTQ+ friendly.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!