Anywhere in the US will be similar to getting married at home. Mexico and Jamaica are also convenient places to get married legally. In Mexico you will have to complete some paperwork prior to arriving, have a blood test in Mexico, be over 18, have a witness and be in the country a few days prior to the legal ceremony. In Jamaica you will need to be 18, be in the country for 2 days prior to the wedding date, but no blood test is need. Most other destinations have similar requirements. The reality is that most clients will get legally married in the US and then have a symbolic ceremony at the destination of their dreams.
Most of the resorts Vacationeeze works with offer several location options. The most popular location is on the beach. Resorts such as Generations Riviera Maya and Azul Sensatori now have roof top venues that look over the resort and the beach and have amazing views. Most resorts also have locations in the gardens, in a gazebo, on a pier or around the pool. A few of the resorts have their own wedding chapel or church. One or two of the resorts even have private islands for you to be married on. No matter what you are looking for, Vacationeeze can typically find a resort that will help make your dream come true. In addition, at most destinations you can have events outside of the resorts at places such as waterfalls, cenotes, caves, sailing boats and many more unique locations.
The simple answer is, maybe. Some adults-only resorts will allow the kids to attend but for a limited amount of time. Some resorts will have restrictions as to where you can hold the ceremony and reception if there are children. In some cases Vacationeeze will work with resorts that are close to a sister family-resort that allows everyone to stay. In that case you might have the adults stay at the adults-only resort and have the ceremony at the family resort.
The most popular resorts include: El Dorado Seaside Suites, Secrets Capri, Dreams Riviera Cancun, Secrets St. James in Jamaica, Beaches Negril, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, and The Hard Rock resort in Cancun.
The answer is actually yes. Many of the resorts Vacationeeze works with will provide you a free ceremony and limited reception. Each resort has certain requirements such as a minimum number of rooms booked or that you stay in a certain room type, or that you (or your guests) stay a minimum number of nights. Most of the free packages are for symbolic weddings only. Each package typically includes the ceremony, a toast, cake and a few other special things.
Yes! That is the fun of a destination wedding. Vacationeeze can organize many different group activities such as a private sailing trip, cooking classes, a spa day, a golf outing, an adventure zip lining trip and much more. We can also organize sporting events at the resort for your group. If you have an idea in most places we can help make that dream a reality.
Anything you can do at home, we can typically arrange for your destination wedding. If you dream of arriving to your reception in a horse drawn carriage, we can do that. If you want a barefoot party on the beach with a DJ and special lighting we can handle that. Interested in fireworks on the beach or a bonfire, we can do that also. We can help you customize the menu, hire a photographer, pick your theme and decorations, and select your music to make your event memorable. The cost for events, are typically much less than it would cost you at home.
For your destination wedding, we suggest that you start to plan 12 to 18 months in advance. We have also had clients book 4 months in advance.
We do not suggest shipping your gown in advance as there is no way to assure it will make it to the resort. We suggest that you either carry your bridal gown on the plane or you ask your bridal shop to pack it for you in a carry-on or a box. Once you arrive at the resort you will meet with one of the wedding planners and they will work with you to unpack and steam the gown so it looks brand new.
Each resort has certain times for the ceremony. As we help you plan we need to think about the time of day and time of year. It is not much fun having a wedding on the beach at 1 pm in the afternoon when it is 100 degrees out. We have to think about the weather in selecting the location.
No! This is part of the service we provide. We will work with you to plan the event and travel arrangements for you and your guests. We will also have you work with one of the coordinators at the resorts that we work with. They can help you with everything from selecting your menus, the location for the ceremony, your flowers and anything else you can think of.