Destination Wedding Venues
While getting all of your friends and family to an exotic destination for your wedding might sound stressful, in many cases, destination weddings are actually easier to plan than traditional weddings -- and sometimes more affordable. 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 guide to 10 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 Coast celebration at a historic hotel or a tropical Caribbean getaway at an all-inclusive beachside resort, see below for some destination wedding inspiration.
The Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, Hawaii
For a classic Hawaiian destination wedding with a relatively affordable price tag, consider an oceanfront ceremony at sunset at the Royal Lahaina Resort
in Maui. The resort offers a variety of packages that can accomodate both small parties and larger services with up to 500 guests.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Costa Rica
For a green destination wedding, one of Costa Rica's many stunning eco-resorts is your best bet. Located on a 1,000-acre private nature reserve,Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Preserve
is a popular spot for sustainable weddings and honeymoons (they also offer elopement packages if you're thinking about going that route).
Auberge Du Soleil Resort & Spa, Napa Valley, California
With sweeping views of wine country and world-class dining and spa services, Auberge Du Soleil Resort
can accomodate weddings of up to 120 guests. Choose to either hold the 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.
Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
If you're looking to host a wedding in a tropical location with minimal planning and all-inclusive packages, try a Sandals Resort. Sandals Royal Plantation
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, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Winnetu Oceanside Resort
on Martha's Vineyard is a relaxing, beautiful location for a New England destination wedding. Overlooking South Beach in Edgartown, the facility can host up to 145 guests it an indoor-outdoor room with an ocean view. Planning services are complimentary for couples hosting their ceremony and reception at the resort.
Turtle Beach Resort, Dover, Barbados
Bring your guests to romantic Barbados for a wedding at the popular Turtle Beach Resort. Enjoy a 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. Basic wedding packages
start at $950/couple.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit , Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
If you're willing to splurge for a luxury resort for your Big Day, few hotels can rival the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resort
in Puerto Vallarta. Their staff of professional wedding planners will help you create the perfect wedding in a garden with ocean view or in a beachfront gazebo.
Casa Marina Resort, Key West, Florida
With the largest private beach in Key West, Casa Marina
(a Waldorf Astoria Resort) is another great option for luxury all-inclusive 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. The Sunset Celebration package
includes open bar, dinner stations, a champagne toast and a three-course meal.
Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, Sorrento, Italy
With a dramatic setting on a cliff overlooking the Amalfi Coast, Grand Hotel Ambasciatori makes for breathtaking wedding photos. Work with the hotel's expert wedding planners 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
Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara, California
A popular Santa Barbara wedding venue, the Doubletree Resort
is located right across from the beach and surrounded by palm trees. The resort features four outdoor ceremony sites, from an intimate mountain-view patio to a private beach ceremony and catered reception. The resort can accomodate parties of over 500 as well as small gatherings.
These are just a few ideas of where you can select to have your Destination Wedding in a Tropical Setting!