If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times – Planning a wedding, and sometimes especially a destination wedding, can be challenging on many levels. It can stress even the calmest of brides-to-be right out! It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Surprisingly, there are resorts in a multitude of locations around the world, perfect for a destination celebration, that specialize in giving couples exactly what they desire as far as providing a stress free wedding experience. Whether you’re hoping to say your “I do’s” on a faraway island or looking to get married among one of the world’s most historic landmarks, the wedding of your dreams is only a boat, train, or plane ride away. And there are amazing wedding professionals and venues that can really make it as simple as that!
Getting all of your friends and family to an exotic destination for your wedding might sound stressful, but the reality is that destination weddings are actually usually easier to plan than traditional weddings, sometimes more affordable, and – with the assistance of the staff at the right venue for you – can be really a fun experience. Typically, destination weddings involve a much smaller guest list, and couples can choose packages that help take the stress out of the planning process.
To make your destination wedding as relaxing and stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled a list of a number popular wedding destination resorts in sought-after locations that offer wedding packages or planning services for large and small events. Whether you’re considering a scenic Italian celebration at a historic hotel or a tropical Caribbean getaway at an all-inclusive beachside resort, the team has been able to gather information offering a little something for every bride.
For a classic Hawaiian destination wedding with a relatively affordable price tag, consider an oceanfront ceremony at sunset on the glorious island of Maui. Read about the Royal Lahaina right here. This particular resort offers a variety of packages that can accommodate both small parties and larger services with up to 500 guests. If you want a stress-free wedding and that’s just what you’ll receive! It will be an amazing experience, and we’re sure you’ll be wanting to renew your vows there one day.
For a green destination wedding, of course, among our favorite choices would be one of Costa Rica’s many beautiful eco-resorts is just the ticket. Located on a 1,000-acre nature reserve, Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Preserve is a popular spot for sustainable weddings and honeymoons. Your wedding party guests will enjoy outdoor meals overlooking the rain forest, private bungalows and a carbon-neutral wedding ceremony that relies solely on renewable energy sources.
With sweeping views of wine country and world-class dining and spa services, and located in the heart of California wine country, Auberge Du Soleil Resort can accommodate weddings of up to 120 guests. Host your special ceremony at a nearby vineyard, or on the Auberge’s panoramic deck. Packages won’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for wine country luxury, Auberge is the way to go. Reviewers have absolutely raved about the stunning views, excellent food, and the staff’s attention to detail.
If your dream is to have your destination wedding at a tropical location with minimal planning and all-inclusive packages, try a Sandals Resort. Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica offers natural beauty, seclusion and gorgeous white sand beaches, and with just 74 rooms, the boutique resort is more intimate than other Sandals locations.
Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard is a relaxing, stress-free, and breathtakingly beautiful location for a New England destination wedding. Overlooking South Beach in Edgartown, the facility can host up to 145 guests it an amazing indoor/outdoor room with an ocean view. Planning services are complimentary for couples hosting their ceremony and reception at the resort.
Bring your guests to romantic Barbados for a wedding at the popular Turtle Beach Resort. Enjoy a romantic sunset ceremony on the beach, champagne breakfast in bed, and spectacular views of the South Coast. All-inclusive wedding packages minimize planning, and if you stay for at least seven nights for your honeymoon, the wedding package is free. Yep, free. Basic destination wedding packages start at $900, making this destination ultimately cost efficient.
If you’re willing to splurge for a luxury resort for your magical wedding day, few hotels can rival the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Their staff of professional wedding planners will help you create the perfect wedding in a garden with ocean view or in a beachfront gazebo. Luxury all-inclusive packages minimize planning stress, and couples can choose to pull out all the stops with signature cocktails, live musicians and even fireworks.
With the largest private beach in Key West, Casa Marina is another fabulous option for luxury destination wedding packages. Couples can hold their ceremony on the beach and move inside to the ballroom for a decadent reception — or stay outside for a poolside dinner. Packages are available to include an open bar, dinner stations, a champagne toast and a three-course meal. Brides have described their Casa Marina weddings as “the absolute best” and “perfect beyond belief.”
With a dramatic setting on a cliff overlooking the Amalfi Coast, Grand Hotel Ambasciatori makes for ultimately amazing wedding photos. Work with the hotel’s expert wedding planning staff to choose from various dining options, floral arrangements and reception spaces. Some couples may choose to stay in one of the hotel suites for their honeymoon to spend more time at this gorgeous hotel. Reviews of this destination wedding location indicate that the staff is exceptionally accommodating and exceeded all expectations by making wedding ceremonies and receptions perfect events, from the cocktail reception overlooking the Bay of Naples to the sumptuous dinner and party afterwards.
A very hot Santa Barbara wedding venue, the Doubletree is located right across from the beach and surrounded by palm trees. The resort features four really posh outdoor ceremony sites, from an intimate mountain-view patio to a private beach ceremony and catered reception. The resort can accommodate parties of over 500 as well as small gatherings.
Now is the time to settle on a location! If you are having challenges with timing for mailing your destination wedding stationery, or even settling on a stationery suite that is perfect to reflect you and your fiancé’s personal style, get in touch with us! We’ll be happy to help! Looking for further inspiration? Check out our boards here at Pinterest. The team has worked hard to assemble some really great resources to help in your planning.
Don’t let the happiest day of your life be stressful! It doesn’t have to be.