I know you've heard it before but its worth repeating, 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙚!
Your wedding is a big deal, 𝙬𝙚. 𝙜𝙚𝙩. 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩!
Most destination weddings are booked about 12 to 14 months prior to saying I Do. So, you'll be working with your travel agent and wedding planner for a long time. Think of all that can happen in 14 months; Birthday celebrations, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and all things Pumpkin Spice, Santa dropped off presents, New Year's Eve kisses, Heart-shaped chocolate boxes on Valentine's day, the Easter bunny comes, babies are born... OMG the list goes on.
I can't stress this enough - you have to like who you're working with.
Everyone's goal is an amazing wedding to be shared with friends and family and an unforgettable vacation experience.
Throughout the year process you need to work with someone who understands your expectations, vision, lifestyle, sense of humor (we can't take everything so serious).
It doesn't hurt to have some common ground, perhaps a favorite wine or can't miss tv show, or favorite sports team! Get to know each other. Maybe you both belong to book clubs, or have a shared love for golden retrievers, or you can't go a week without hitting up a hot yoga class.
Our clients are not a number or just another wedding. We love to get to know our couples and their guests and creating friendships with them!
So I'll 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚: when vetting your travel agent / wedding planner absolutely yes, make sure they're well versed in group travel, destination weddings and the resort/venue and promotions that apply but also get to know them. Find out a bit about them and see 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙟𝙞𝙫𝙚!
And hey, if we aren't your style that's okay too! Different strokes for different folks 😉
Did you know you can book up to 39 rooms for your destination wedding with only a $500 deposit!
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Does your travel agent specialize in river cruises, weekend getaways to Las Vegas, family trips to Disneyland, luxurious African safaris, all inclusive vacations, AND destination weddings?
I've got news for you:
Wedding Butlers exclusively plans destination weddings in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.
This means we aren't sidetracked by a last minute vacay request.
Your wedding and your guests are always our first priority.
Let's face it - it's a big world and there are lots of unique vacation experiences, that's why we are fully and passionately focused on destination weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Sound like the right fit for you? Let's talk!
Book your wedding for only a $500 deposit - learn more here.
When you book with Wedding Butlers, asking your guests to attend your destination wedding means an easy, straightforward, secure online booking form available 24/7. It takes less than a minute to fill out and at the touch of a "book" button your reservation is submitted to our agents to complete your reservation and provide you with a copy of your receipt. It's just that easy!
Watch below to see the mobile version of a wedding couple's website booking form.
In under 2 minutes your guests are booked!
We like to keep things simple! Let's face it - there's already way too many complicated things in life: Starbucks coffee orders, choosing which gym to get a membership at, potty training kids! But this doesn't need to be as complicated as a 2008 Facebook relationship status!
Check it out in real time!
First: Wedding Evite
We create a complimentary evite for all of our couples.
Our wedding couples provide us with their guests' email address, that we input into our mailing system. From there we send each guest the evite.
This is an awesome system - we are able to monitor it and see if and when guests open and click the evite. We can also see who hasn't opened it so we can re-send it or advise the wedding couple that a guest of theirs hasn't opened the evite.
Second: Wedding Website
We create a complimentary wedding website for all of our couples.
The website contains all the need to know information about the couples' wedding - hotel amenities, accommodation options, flight info, costs, payment due dates, how to pay, how to contact us, and a booking form.
The booking form is super easy to use, simply fill out all the required fields with your information and click "book".
After submitting your booking form you'll receive an email with your confirmation and invoice from us within 2 business days - but typically get this to you the same day you book!
Take advantage of the $500 wedding promotion!
For only a $500 deposit from the wedding couple you can book up to 39 rooms for your group.
Learn more here
This is our NUMBER ONE question and explaining it has several variables!
Here's the low-down on the BASICS:
● a group reservation means everyone is booked through one supplier, as one reservation
● booking as a group allows far more flexibility on the reservation payment
● group reservations have flexibility on changes
●booking as a group reservation qualifies the wedding couple for exclusive promotions like earning room upgrades (for themselves or to give out to their guests), flight credits (to save money on airline prices--in some cases flying for free!), wedding package promotions (like free welcome cocktails, free group check in, free rehearsal dinner, etc.), and even free rooms which essentially is a dollar value that can be applied towards guest reservations, their own reservation, or taken as money to use towards their wedding costs or paying for a group excursion like a group sunset catamaran!!
There are so many reasons why a group reservation is ideal for a destination wedding.
You would be missing out on so much if you choose to go the route of Individual Reservations!
Want to learn more about how to get started? Is a group reservation is right for you? Or, ready to talk about your destination wedding!? Reach out! Let's talk! 📲💻
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!
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
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!
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!
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