Below I will guide you through where to start with your destination wedding. I have broken down my weddings that I've booked from 2017, 2018 and 2019 so you can see how travel costs, wedding prices and promotions work. Here you can see proof of past, current and future weddings. I have included hotels in each destination so you know where to start looking.
Before you start looking up resorts all over Mexico and the Caribbean you need to narrow down 2 budgets. At the same time you need to consider your wedding date, does it fall over a holiday or peak time of year as you may have to increase the travel budget to accommodate or be flexible on the date/month.
1. You and your guests travel budget. 2. Your wedding budget.
Without having planned a wedding before you are asking the same questions... how to estimate travel budget? and wedding budget? without knowing where to start!?
I have calculated the nightly average price from 3 years of weddings that I have booked between Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica to give you an average cost that is accurate to present day.
The average nightly rate worked out to $185.50 per person per night x 2 adults in the room is = $371 per night. If you stayed for a week that is $1,298.50 per person for 7 nights.
Average wedding cost of $7,486 with an average of 42 guests for food, drinks, décor, DJ, dance floor with ceremony, 1 hour cocktail, 3 hour dinner reception.
Average free room or free guest promotion couple received $5,194.
How do free rooms work? One of best promotions that quite a few different brands of hotels are offering is every 6th room free (average is maximum of 3 free rooms). What that means is when final payment of your group is finished the hotel gives the wedding couple the monetary amount of the free room.
To keep it simple if the cost of the week is $2,597 and you have 12 rooms book that is $2,597 X 2 free rooms = $5,194. If you had 18 rooms that would be $7,791 that you would receive.
What most couples do is reduce their travel costs and then put the rest towards the wedding but you may do what you wish.
Total costs for hotel for 1 week =$2,597
Total wedding cost =$7,486
PROMO -$5,194 ($2,597 x 2 free rooms)
New Total = $4,889
What isn’t included is photography and flights to the destination.
Now that you know what an average wedding costs you can decide if you want go up or down in your travel budget and wedding budget.
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Dreams Riviera Cancun – April, May, October, November 2019
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Hard Rock Riviera Maya – September, October, November 2019
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Now Onyx Punta Cana – May, June, October November 2019
Montego Bay, Jamaica – Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall- September, October 2019
Liberia, Costa Rica – Secrets Papagayo- September, October 2019
I LOVE to travel -- to explore new places; try new foods; experience new culture; relax on gorgeous beaches; the reasons why I love to travel are endless!
But, I HATE to leave my furbaby at home!!! I have serious heartache when I have to leave my sweet girl behind. I mean, just look at that face!!!
There's a lot that goes into planning a vacation, not to mention if you're planning your destination wedding!! And keeping your furry family member out of the plans is heart wrenching!
Finding a suitable doggy sitter, ensuring they will be safe and happy and cared for while you're gone, facing timing them from the beach... (yes I do this -- #crazydoglady) There's lots that goes into keeping your dog at home while you're away.
Fortunately, now I can bring my dog on vacay with me!! Yup, you read that right!
Breathless Riviera Cancun, an adults only all inclusive resort situated on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya coast line in Mexico allows small dogs in selected room categories!!
So, what's all this mean... I've scooped all the details for you!
While there are restrictions, you now can bring your small pup along with you for your vacay, or destination wedding!! Every dog mom and dad want to have photos with their furchild with them on their wedding day! And you're used to sharing your bed, albeit, sacrificing your own sleep comfort, so bring that spoiled pooch with you to snuggle together in your luxurious king sized bed!
What does that mean to me? Now my sweet Casey can come along with me on vacation! (If only this had been available for my own destination wedding! I would have been totally down, and while my husband may put up a tough guy front he adores our little pup)
So to sum up, everything is better with a dog and that includes your vacation to Breathless Riviera Cancun! I cannot wait to bring Casey and pamper my girl with all the unlimited-luxury inclusions they can offer her!
Her nickname is Princess Paws for a reason ;)
What does this resort offer for their human guests? Glad you asked!
Lux and modern suites are divided among three unique areas, each with distinct character and appeal. The xhale club section (dog-friendly rooms) for those seeking an elevated level of personal service and luxury, the energy center for those looking to mix & mingle and the xcelerate Party Zone for those who live and breathe for the party. This adults-only oasis offers all of the benefits of Unlimited-Luxury®--where everything is included. Unlimited premium beverages at hip bars and lounges, unlimited gourmet meals at trendy restaurants, 24-hour room service and much more.
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Weddings at Breathless Riviera Cancun
Breathless resorts knows how to create a lux wedding! With pre-made packages plus plenty of add on options to make your wedding events look and feel custom made, the choices are endless. The wedding team at Breathless Riviera Cancun knows how to delivery on details. Plus with Wedding Butlers' professional destination wedding planners working with you alongside the team at the resort you have all you need to make your dream wedding a reality!
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Sandals Resorts are known for incredible honeymoon vacation, and they are offering up to 65% off select resorts. Plus, extra perks like 1 night free; BOGO island tour; up to $1000 off instant booking bonus! Let's help plan you the perfect honeymoon.
Read through the resort's recap below along with our own favorite highlights from each resort
Set to open December 20, 2017
Experience the royal treatment at Sandals Royal Barbados, the all-new, all-suite resort in
the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area. Featuring Sandals signature accommodations including the
magnificent Skypool suites, Swim-up suites and Millionaire suites, world-class international
cuisine at five restaurants, a 15,000-sq.-ft. spa, and innovative bar and pool designs, this 222 all-suite
resort is the latest jewel in the Sandals crown. Stunning ocean views, Butler Elite service and
exclusive exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Barbados define the new Luxury Included®
experience and every suite features a private Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two. (Source Sandals)
At five world-class restaurants, a global team of master chefs caters to your endless culinary
cravings in stunning settings that are on-the-beach casual or white-gloved chic, your food
mood-of-the-moment is always covered and always INCLUDED!
Not to mention, 5 bars including swim up bars and exchange privileges at Sandals Barbados giving you a total of 16 dining experiences, 11 bars offering premium spirits and endless activities and entertainment for whatever the mood brings...or total relaxation for you and lover!
Ready to make Barbados your next vacation? Perfect for an all adults destination wedding group and ideal for a romantic honeymoon.
"Find yourself at Zoëtry Montego Bay, a boutique all inclusive resort in the upscale Ironshore neighborhood. Just steps away from the Caribbean Sea, all 49 suites were designed with a holistic approach in three main buildings: Wood & Water, Bamboo and Blue Mountain – a nod to Jamaica’s ecological tapestry.
Connect with nature on our serene, private beach. Cleanse with organic, fresh and locally grown ingredients in each meal. Clear the mind with meditation and yoga. Rejuvenate at the spa. Set yourself to the pace of island life, relax and enjoy the Endless Privilege experience" (Source Zoetry)
What's better than getting married in the Caribbean.....
Getting married in the newly designed overwater chapel at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica!
With crystal clear Caribbean waters providing the perfect backdrop for your "I do" moment, the overwater chapel provides the ultimate wedding location! Offering panoramic views with the optional open-air venue, seating for loved ones, glass floors to see the blue waters below, and plenty of ways to transform the space to make it unique to your wedding theme!
The wide beach adjacent to the chapel is the perfect setting for dinner and end the evening by dancing under the stars!
"Sandals South Coast is also going to make it possible to tie the knot overwater with its new over-the-water wedding chapel, with a breathtaking 360-degree, panoramic water views and a glass floor aisle. Brides and grooms will have the option to make a grand entrance on their special day by arriving to the wedding chapel in style via boat, too." (source Sandals In The News)
Sandals Resorts recently announced the overwater chapel addition to Sandals South Coast, formally Sandals Whitehouse, located on the pristine shores of Jamaica's South Coast. The resort boasts all ocean front rooms, 3 luxury included villages, Butler service amenities, and newly opened Latitudes, Sandals first overwater bar -- drink your nightcap from a hammock suspended overtop of the Caribbean Sea, yes please!
Want to tie the knot here?!
This resort is one of our favorites, just ask how many times we've been here ;)
If you're looking for info, real experiences and making this location the place where your happily ever after begins, let's talk!
Another happy guest!
We're always excited and delighted to hear when our clients enjoy their vacation, honeymoon, wedding.
But we're equally excited to hear that clients are happy and satisfied with the work we've done leading up to their getaway.
We take a lot of pride in our work and creating relationships with our clients. With our years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry we have made the reservation process simple and easy.
We take all the guess work out of "how to book" and give clients all the need to know information to make their reservation.
A wedding guest recently told me "Thank you so much for making it so easy!" -Danielle S, Dreams Tulum wedding guest.
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Endlessly searching websites, blogs, forums and travel sites to decide which resort is the best for your destination wedding? Or maybe you're old school and like flipping through travel brochures and magazines? There are so many options and soon you start to wonder, "How do I choose?!".
I've heard this question countless times! Wedding couples are always asking how to narrow down the right resort. "Will my friends like it?" "Will there be enough to do?" "Will it be too quite.. or too much of a party crowd?" "Can they offer the style of wedding I want?" "Do they even do weddings!?"
There are lots of factors to consider when narrowing down the right resort. Of course you want a resort that your guests will love; it's their vacation too therefore it's got to be within budget. But don't forget the main reason you're all there.. YOUR WEDDING! Does the resort have a wedding date, time and location available during the week you're there?
Your wedding festivities will create a few more questions that must be taken into consideration! Does the resort have a reputable wedding department? Can they offer the style and type of events you envision for your wedding celebration? Does the resort offer packages or add on services you may want for your big day?
These are questions we answer daily! We can easily narrow down the best resort options for you and your wedding group. We are a huge asset when planning your destination wedding having years of experience working with resorts, airlines, wedding vendors and wedding departments,
and if that's not enough, all of our wedding planners have been married at destination, so we have first hand tips and suggestions as former destination couples ourselves!
I recently returned from another trip to St Lucia. The island itself is stunning and lush and evokes a magical feel with it's rainforests and majestic famous peaks, the Pitons!
Since this was not my first time to this tropical island I was already aware of some of things that make St Lucia so inviting to visitors from around the world! However it was my sister's first trip here, so I was excited to share what I knew and already loved about this small Caribbean hot spot!
I always say "the further away the destination, the better it is" which is totally true in this case. From the interior of British Columbia, Canada, this island is a bit of a distance to travel to. St Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean, only 3 islands north of South America, boasting gorgeous weather, crystal clear waters and history dating back centuries.
This destination is ideal for couples wanting an exotic feel of a true tropical getaway with the comforts of well appointed accommodations and amenities! With day trips to the rainforest, waterfalls, mud baths, hot springs, deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, ziplining, snokeling, hiking, shopping, gambling, touring rum factories and banana plantations; there is endless possibility to keep busy. And if you prefer to relax and unwind there are countless beaches, spas, pools and ways to escape in St Lucia!
Of course another reason to come to the Caribbean is the cool beverages, mouth watering food and fresh fruits! I was beyond please to find local fruit vendors selling homegrown, handpicked local fruits from their kayaks each day on the beach! My kind of breakfast!
St Lucia offers a backdrop like none other to say "I do". View breathtaking views of the Piton mountains to turquoise blues of the Caribbean Sea and tropical palm tree beaches you can be married in your choice of local!
St Lucia now features the Caribbean's first and only overwater chapel located at Sandals Grande St Lucian. Set at the end of a pier providing stunning 360 degrees views of Rodney Bay, featuring a glass bottom floor and ample space for loved ones to celebrate your I do's. This is the crème de la crème of locations.
Ready to plan your destination wedding in St Lucia!? Let's get started!
Breathless Resorts are known for chic and contemporary style, lots of fun and activities, superb food and drinks and ideal for groups! This resort will be a top choice for destination weddings in Jamaica!
Opening December 15, 2016 – Luxe and ultra-modern, Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa has been re-imagined for sophisticated singles, couples and friends who want to live big, breath deep and experience life at its fullest. Located minutes away from the heart of downtown Montego Bay, the highly anticipated and stylish resort will offer guests a unique experience focused on exhilarating parties, weekly and monthly themed events and around the clock entertainment designed to entice and arouse your senses. The stunning 5-story adults-only resort will boast 150 ultra-chic and lavish suites with state-of-the-art technology, all carefully designed to exceed expectations with furnished private balconies and terraces, stunning mountain and bay views, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, gorgeous marble bathrooms and more.
A social atmosphere is infused into all aspects and areas of the resort, encouraging guests to mix and mingle while enjoying all of the benefits of an Unlimited-Luxury® experience, where everything is included. Limitless access to seven specialty-themed restaurants featuring communal tables and unique culinary experiences, five trendsetting bars and lounges serving top-shelf spirits and handcrafted cocktails, 24 hour room and concierge services, endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment; all without limits, reservations required or expected gratuities.
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa
We are super excited to visit this resort for it's opening! Having experienced all other Breathless Resorts we're sure it'll live up to it's expectations! Each resort is unique on it's own and still in keeping with the ultra chic and contemporary style that Breathless has become known for! Each Breathless Resort is ideal for wedding groups wanting a lively and fun resort to celebrate their wedding festivities. Perfect for groups of friends and family to come together and share in all the love and laughs during your wedding week!
We cannot wait for this resort to open! Ready to get started planning your big day!?
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