Rooftops are on trend!
Rooftop weddings are wildly popular these days!
You get an amazing backdrop view of the ocean with the comfort of a solid floor to walk towards the love of your life.
In case you don't know - walking in the sand in heals is almost impossible! High heals plus soft sand can lead to wobbly walking!
But on a rooftop the only one weak in their knees will be the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle.
Another great reason to host your ceremony on a rooftop is the added feature of privacy. So no wedding crashers or looky loos watching you say I do!
Rooftops locations can host your ceremony, cocktails and reception party so it's a great option for those wanting to keep the party all in one location.
On your wedding day you'll feel on top of the world so this rooftop at Dreams Tulum Resort is perfectly fitting!
Plus, those pink chairs! *swooning* 🥰😍🥰😍🥰😍🥰
Here are a few other rooftop venues perfect for hosting your destination wedding events.
Xcaret, pronouced SHH-car-et, is a Mayan word meaning "small inlet". Many tourists and visitors to the Cancun area know it as the BEST ATTRACTION to visit on vacation in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and anywhere along the Riviera Maya.
Xcaret is a water, theme, amusement, eco-archaeological park and more, in one place. Due to its privileged location in the Mayan jungle among underground rivers, cenotes and facing the Caribbean Sea, Xcaret has impressive scenarios where you can do different activities and enjoy to the fullest those scenarios. Besides that, Xcaret is a park that celebrates Mexico’s present and rich past, a country known for its traditions, culture and folklore.
Xcaret opened in 1990 and since has become a landmark of Cancun and Riviera Maya, even considered my many, as THE destination of this region above the aforementioned. Its name means “small inlet” due to the fact that a portion of the Caribbean Sea enters the land. Because of this, the Mayans used Xcaret, know back then as Pole, as a merchandise port.
With over 50 natural and cultural attractions where you and your family will get closer to each other by living together experiences close to the heart; and to nature, in a wonderful setting rich in fauna and flora. Discover why Xcaret is the most emblematic attraction in the Riviera Maya.
Have fun in water activities that will take you to mystical places in the territories of Chaac, the Mayan god of water. Enjoy underground rivers, a beach area, a lagoon, and natural pools of seawater. For the little ones, there is a special area, Children’s World, where they can swim in shallow cenotes and wading pools designed for them.
In the park you can visit the Coral Reef Aquarium and the sea turtle center. Learn more about regional flora and fauna at the Butterfly Garden, the Aviary, the Rainforest Trail, and the Living Orchid and Bromeliad Museum. Additionally, in different sections of the park you will see jaguars, manatees, flamingos, spider monkeys and saraguato, bats, deer, and tapirs.
Xcaret’s Butterfly Pavilion is the first butterfly breeding facility in Mexico. The structure is 49 feet high and has nearly 38,000 sq. ft. of free flying space, the largest such facility in the world. This Pavilion features only regional species in their natural habitats and its caretakers work diligently with some 5,000 butterflies in an intensive breeding program for 20 endemic species.
Xcaret is home to more than 24 species of tropical birds, most from Mexico’s southeast. Today—mostly due to poaching, the destruction of habitats and the black market—many of these animals are on the endangered species list. To date, we have successfully reproduced the Scarlet and Military Macaw, Yucatan Green Parrot, Lilac-Crowned Amazon, Yellow-Headed Parrot, and Flamingos. Flamingos, one of the most admired species at Xcaret, are beautiful pink birds that have found refuge here. You will be able to find this beauty throughout the Park: at the entrance, river exit, at the beach and also at the reproduction area.
On June 1st 2011, Xcaret was granted a Guinness World Record® for “most macaws born at a single location in one year”, the first of its kind granted to a Reproduction Program for endangered species
One of the main reasons to visit Xcaret is the presentation Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, an experience that will give you goosebumps. In the park you can also enjoy the Papantla Flyers ceremony, the Equestrian Show, or the pre-Hispanic Dances in the Mayan Village. Do not miss the Mexican Folk Art Museum, the "Bridge to Paradise" Mexican Cemetery, and the Hacienda Henequenera.
Visiting Xcaret Park is a must when you're staying in the Cancun - Riviera Maya region! There's so much to see and do and it's fun for all ages. Xcaret Park is just one of most popular attractions and tours but it's one not to miss!
Lastly, guests staying at Hotel Xcaret have full access to Xcaret parks, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours, plus food and beverages and transportation between parks. It's one of the many reasons to stay at Hotel Xcaret to really have the full Xcaret experience!
Who's behind the scenes
This is Casey. She's a big part of Wedding Butlers.
She's our behind the scene support, whether it be during client calls or creating wedding websites, planning your big day, arranging travel reservations, preparing invoices or sending travel documents she is always next to us (or stealing our chair).
She's an international traveler too! She's lived in Mexico! She's been to several resorts and all inclusives so she can recommend the best dog friendly ones! She's even been in a destination wedding herself as the ring dog and totally stole the show (apologies to her auntie Pannie). With her extensive past staying at amazing resorts and a former destination wedding PAW-ty member she is your go-to for advise on how to walk down the aisle and deliver the rings.
Casey's a huge part of our life and business! We know how much pet family members mean to our clients and clients to be. We are fortunate to now have several resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean who feel the same about our furry family members and can't wait to welcome and spoil them!
To date, Casey has been on 17 international flights and all have been smooth sailing. The process may seem overwhelming to bring your dog with you -- but rest assured it's EASY PEASY!
Although there is paperwork involved with traveling to another country with your dog it's all pretty straight forward. This is just another area of travel that we can help navigate and guide you through.
Are you thinking of including your dog at your destination wedding and need help to do so? We're the experts!
Feel free to comment or reach us directly!
Getting married in Jamaica is simple – visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving provided all prior paperwork and applications have been approved.
Jamaica does not require any blood test, but the following documentation are required:
All documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an Official Translator and subsequently certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of residence and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
The processing fee for the Marriage License is Four Thousand Jamaican Dollars (approximately US$50.00). The marriage license is valid for 3 months and the application is a same day process.
We choose to work with resorts and venues who we are confident can host your wedding, after all, it is one of the most special days of your life!
The resorts and venues we work with offer great wedding packages, add on options and have create incredible events to make your wedding day the best day ever!
One important thing to know is the resorts and venues we choose to work with not only offer amazing wedding packages, décor, florals, food, entertainment, etc… but they also are prepared for back up options – while no one wants rain on their wedding day, some elements are simply out of our hands, but rest assured the venues we recommend offer beautiful back up locations just in case!
The island offers resorts to suit all needs – adults only, couples only, family friendly and anything in between. Most often wedding couples choose to stay at All Inclusive resorts, to make the vacation seamless and easy for their loved ones. These resorts are plentiful in Jamaica with a variety of price points and amenities.
We highly recommend and advise wedding couples to choose a resort that can accommodate their needs and wishes for their wedding events as not all resorts can, but don’t worry – we are here to guide you through that and help make selecting the right resort easy!
Apart from the resorts, the island always has something to do! Whether you want sun and sand or culture and history, Jamaica’s got it mon!
Ride a bobsled down the rainforest or hike in Fern Gully. Climb the famous Dunn’s River Waterfall or snorkel the reef in Ocho Rios.
Sit back with a Red Stripe and watch the cliff drivers jump from Rick’s Café in Negril while taking in one of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see or play a round of golf at Half Moon Golf Course – it’s internationally known for being challenging and breathtaking.
Still need more excursion ideas?
Take a bamboo raft down the Martha Brae River.
Bike through the famous Jamaican Blue Mountains.
Tour the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory where Blue Mountain Coffee is processed.
Stop at any roadside jerk hut for Jamaica’s own Jerk Chicken – be sure to try festival if they have it! Visit the White Witch at Rose Hall, who is said to still haunt the property.
Stop at Appleton Estate to learn the history and see how Jamaica’s famous rum is made from sugar cane.
The list goes on and on… there truly is something for everyone in Jamaica!
Jamaica is such a special island in the Caribbean. One of the most common thing people say if they’ve been to JamRock is how friendly and warm the people are. And they really are! The vibe on the island is laidback with people who are genuinely warm, hospitable and happy. You can walk through the market and hear folks humming Bob Marley or hear it at any bar.
What are you waiting for – let’s plan your Jamaican Wedding now!
Dreams Villamagna, Nuevo Vallarta
Welcome to Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta
Located on the beautiful Banderas Bay with spectacular views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta is an all-suite, AAA Four Diamond Resort for couples and families alike. This oceanfront resort treats couples and couples with children to a gorgeous beach, elegant pools, and exterior whirlpools on every terrace. With close proximity to Puerto Vallarta, local attractions include premier golfing, whale watching, shopping and nightlife. Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included.
Enjoy the many amenities of Unlimited-Luxury, where nearly everything is included!
Here at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, we go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped, reservation-free dining, the Explorer's Club for Kids and so much more. All the fun is wristband-free!
At Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, these amenities include:
Retreat to your room or suite with a private balcony, stunning views and more. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta features 229 non-smoking guest rooms and suites, family-sized and filled with luxury amenities for your comfort and convenience.
Experience our highest level of luxury and personal service in the Preferred Club at Dreams Villamagna. Enjoy an upgraded suite, access to a private lounge and beach access, special concierge service and other enhanced amenities.
Preferred Club Privileges
Do as much or as little as you like at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta. After all, it’s your vacation.
YOUR DREAMS WEDDING
Stunning ceremony. Lively cocktail hour. Private dinner reception. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta wedding packages provide all the elements of the picture perfect event along with special touches that will pamper you beyond the wedding day.
Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta avoids the cookie-cutter wedding. Our on-site coordinators encourage you to send images from wedding blogs, magazines, even your Pinterest board, and we'll help turn your vision into reality. Explore our wedding resources to help you plan your dream destination wedding.
Interested in Dreams Villamagna for your destination wedding? Let us help make your dream wedding come true!
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
Vacation with your Paw-ty Pup
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.
source: Breathless Riviera Cancun
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!
Packages begin at $999 or ask us how to receive your wedding package for FREE!
Big Savings for Honeymooners!
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.
All New Zoetry Montego Bay
"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)
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