Travel Wedding Guide

Welcome to the best Travel Wedding Guide; everything from top wedding destinations, to amazing resorts and location venues. Here you’ll basically find a how to guide for an amazing destination wedding of a lifetime.

Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Weddings in Mexico and Jamaica

Once upon a time “destination weddings” was essentially “eloping,” in time couples began traveling with family and friends to the destinations. Even though the destinations were appealing, the cost would make them out of reach, and customizing and wedding was usually very limited.  Thanks to innovative resort wedding experts, today’s destination wedding is not only customizable but also cost effective. 

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Choose a Honeymoon in Mexico for the Perfect Couples Getaway that has it All

Perhaps the most popular international destination for honeymoons is Mexico offering some of the best honeymoon packages anywhere. With opulent beaches, fabulous luxury resorts and plenty of romantic things to see and do, Mexico and it’s beaches are the perfect choice for any couple looking for a romantic, exotic, and vacation destination that has it all.

Book a honeymoon to Cancun’s famous white sand beaches and have an exciting night out in downtown Cancun, travel to the Riviera Maya, relax under the palm trees and tour the famous ruins of Tulum, or choose Puerto Vallarta and walk on the famous Malecon under the moon light, and relax on it’s golden sand beaches with the Sierra Madre for the perfect backdrop.

“Mexico is the country where you can have a romantic dinner for just the two of you on the beach and have a trio playing romantic songs to set the mood right,” says Teresa Stauring, from Beverly Hills California, and president of a destination wedding travel agency. Mexico also offers a wide variety of honeymoon resorts including adults only brands, for example Secrets Resorts & Spa, the family-friendly Palace Resorts, the lively Hard Rock Hotels - everything from boutique to mega resorts, as well as LGBT friendly hotels and destinations.

Start a new life together in Mexico, many honeymoon packages (some complimentary) may include champagne, and fresh fruits and flowers in suite upon your arrival, breakfast in bed, couples spa and massage discounts, private beachfront dinners, complimentary anniversary nights upon return and much more. “The sky is the limit when it comes to Mexican honeymoon specials,” says Teresa, and adds to talk to your travel agent for the latest all-inclusive Mexican resort specials.

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What to Wear on a Beach Destination Wedding

You’ve just been invited to attend a destination wedding and the first thing that comes to mind is swim suits, palm trees, flip-flops, tropical drinks, and sand between your toes. While all this certainly applies to the trip lets not forget you have a wedding to attend, and just because the wedding is at a beautiful destination, it doesn’t mean you’ll attend the wedding ceremony looking like the stereotype tourist.

The one-hundred-dollar-question is, “what do I wear to a beach wedding?” There are a few tips one can follow in order to look your best, be comfortable, and wear the proper attire to a non-traditional wedding. The first and best tip is you’ll likely receive a dress code included in the wedding invitation. If the wedding is black tie, an invitation should mention it, and if you’re the bride and groom thinking what to include in your invitation, add a suggestion on clothing according to normal climate in your destination of choice. If the wedding is on the beach, a casual suggestion should be mentioned- are shoes optional?

The best attire and fabrics for women include dresses that don’t cling to your body with light fabrics made of linen, organza, georgette, chiffon, light lace and even cottons which can still be luxurious. Man’s attire can include wearing linen pants with button down shirts. If a suit is required for the ceremony or you prefer to wear one, try cotton or a linen suit which are more lightweight and most importantly is loose fitting- not clinging to your back and body.

For the bride choose a gown always considering location and climate. A tropical beach wedding demands light fabrics that pack easily and aren’t easy to wrinkle. Forego a too long train, and keep in mind the length of a veil, which may move around on a tropical breeze beach.

No matter the dress, you’ll want to look and feel amazing so select something that flatters your figure, and make a style statement of your own. For accessories a Swarovski crystal set of earrings and necklace will dazzle any wedding dress. Select tropical hues for jewelry and clear crystal colors or select a color which goes with your wedding package of choice- such as the Romantic Red Collection from the Palace Resorts All Inclusive Wedding package with dazzling red, match it with a ruby crystal jewelry set.

For your head piece, whether stylish hair arrangements, a tiara or beautiful flower piece, your selection should complement your dress and style. Besides clothing make sure your shoes allow you to walk on the beach or uneven surfaces if needed — a great reason to choose a pretty low heeled wedge or flat sandal or have a different pare readily available for going from a beach ceremony to a terrace or ballroom reception.

Don’t leave it to chance by checking in your gown. Place your gown and any of your precious wedding accessories into a carry-on bag on your flight, and ask your flight attendant to hang it in the best planes stow-away closet.

Similar advice goes to the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, choose your participating attendants attire and consider wedding site, weather, and style. Short dresses with lightweight fabrics are better suited, as are colorful, floral print fresh style dresses. Sleeveless and strapless gowns are good options, as well as two piece dresses providing many different selections on fashion styles. Let your Bridesmaids choose what’s better for them. And remember, low heeled wedges or flat sandals are ideal.

For the Groom and Groomsmen, similar common sense tips apply and most importantly his attire should match the brides. For more formal weddings in a ballroom or an elegant resort terrace, have the men rent tuxedos back home. Just make sure all rentals are back home on-time, and if the Groom is staying longer for a honeymoon, have one of the Groomsmen return the suit for him. If your wedding site is more informal and beach-casual, then have them dress accordingly, but please man no shorts! it’s never appropriate. Many man like to go ultra casual and wear white linen shirts over khakis or tropical and Hawaiian shirts over linen trousers. Which ever they style of your Groom and Groomsmen, have them have them wear the proper attire for the local environment and your style.

Remember make your wedding as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for everyone considering temperatures, and ceremony locations. In this way you’ll not only look amazing but also feel amazing on your wedding day.

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Advice and Tips on a Destination Beach Wedding

When you imagine a beach wedding, odds are you're longing for the sand, delicious sea breeze, and picturesque sunset. However do your dreams also include tourist onlookers, breezy tropical winds doing a number on your hair, and mosquitoes? Beachfront affairs come with special considerations, therefore we've consulted a top travel specialist specializing in destination weddings. She advice's on everything from choosing the best wedding package to the perfect gown, so you can have a dream wedding you'll never forget on the beach.

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Forgo the big dress. A ballroom gown belongs in a ballroom. “Brides may be able to walk down the aisle in a full wedding dress with long train,” says Teresa Stauring, President of Weddings by Vacations For Less, “but moving and walking on the sand taking photos and socializing with guests won’t be easy, therefore make sure you can comfortably bustle around. If a large dress is necessary, perhaps try a different resort venue, such as a resort terrace or ballroom.”

Think of cool and light materials. “Dresses with lace trim usually pick up debris from the beach and uneven surfaces,” says Teresa. “Instead, select a fabric like linen, organza, georgette, and chiffon so your gown naturally flows in the environment.”

Forgo the high heels. Sand and heels simply don’t mix. “Wear instead flat-sandals, wedges or espadrilles, think of shoes that won’t sink into sand,” says Teresa, and remember “if the sand is not the white color like the one you find in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Caribbean beaches that stay cool no matter how hot it gets, you’ll want to make sure a fabric runner for the aisle, or thick flower petal run way are used to help your toes stay cool.”

Consider nixing the veil. “You’ll be surprised how annoying a wedding veil can be on a tropical breezy beach,” say’s Julie Robertson, 2015 Riviera Maya bride, instead opt for accessorize like flowers or a fascinator, or consider an updo. “It’s smart to think of the elements when choosing a hairstyle,” says Alex Delgado, professional stylist from Hollywood, California, and suggest to do a trial run in your destination prior to your wedding day. If your convinced on wearing your hair down, Alex recommends to hire a stylist for the day, to do touchups.

Let the men go casual. “While some brides dream of their groom in a tux, they’ll likely bake inside a suit on a tropical day on the beach,” says Teresa. Save the suits for chapels and beautiful churches and other formal venues.

Inform guests. Let your guest know the event will be held on the sand, says Teresa. Mention this on your wedding website and make sure to refer to your site on the wedding invitations. Follow up with a final itinerary of events and their locations on a welcome bag.

Keep it simple. “Today you’ll find complete beach wedding packages that’ll include everything from a gazebo to the perfect wedding cake offered by all-inclusive resorts,” says Teresa. Hard Rock Hotels offers nine different wedding packages alone, select one and make it your own. Plus you’ll benefit from having a wedding department to communicate during the entire process, and an on-site wedding coordinator for your wedding day.

Think natural. A stunning ocean setting does not need any make up. Instead, emphasize the natural surroundings. For a simple and elegant tones consider the complimentary wedding package or the Pure Collection wedding packages, or to add color perhaps the Romantic Red collection or the Sultry Sunset collection by Palace Resorts will do the job- Forgo expensive floral arrangements which only get overlooked by the spectacular backdrops on a beach destination wedding.

Privacy. While some couples appreciate and enjoy the applause and well wishes of hotel guests when the wedding venue is in a open visible area (i.e. next to the infinity pool)- other couples prefer more private settings. “Talk to your destination wedding travel agent and secure a resort with a more private wedding venue,” says Teresa. Today many resorts have set up wedding grounds and gazebo’s on more secluded parts of the property to ensure a quiet ceremony.

What’s the best time? lighting in the natural environment is very difficult. For the best photo results consider ending the ceremony one hour before sunset. “Doing this will ensure the best possible lighting for sunset portraits,” says Michael Veerman, professional photographer from Los Angeles, California. Besides photos, you’ll want to provide your guests with the most comfortable hours. If your ceremony will be during the middle of the day it’s important to provide guests with shade whenever possible.

Provide a shoe station. If your guests will get sand in their shoes. “Offer a shoe check station, where guests can exchange for flip-flops,” says Teresa. This usually includes a cute sign, bench, towels and buckets with water.

Provide refreshments: Keep your guests cool with ice water, sparkling water, and your signature cocktail while your guests are waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Keep bugs away. “Insect repellent is a must no matter time of year you travel and is a nice welcome gift bag item for your guests,” says Teresa. Make sure the repellent brand use will not stain clothing.

Have proper sounding. You could be competing against wind and crashing waves during your ceremony. Do a sound-check prior to the ceremony and see if audio enhancements will be needed. Ask your on-site resort wedding coordinator if they provide a wireless microphone and speaker system for the officiant use if needed.

Be prepared for a backup plan. Fortunately resort staff is highly skilled and experienced in moving wedding venues from the beach to indoor designated areas. “Don’t let rain spoil the fun,” says Teresa, resorts plan B can provide just as memorable settings and moments for your wedding day.

Stay warm. “Offer a basket of pashminas to help keep the ladies warm,” says Teresa. After all it can get chilly if your ceremony and reception go in to late evening and night.

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Beach Resorts with Chapels For Religious Wedding

Are you wanting a far-flung exotic paradise wedding location and still looking for a traditional chapel ceremony? after all not all brides want a wedding on the sand. Here we’ve gathered a list of some stunning resorts that provide the best of both worlds. Beautiful views, tropical beaches, and on-site picturesque beach wedding chapels. Because, tradition is always beautiful, even on an exotic beach destination.

The Moon Palace Cancun chapel is comprised with beautiful details, to the flora décor, to the horse-drawn carriage for the bride. This ocean-front glass window chapel is a stunning venue for your wedding day. See YouTube video of the chapel.
Moon Palace Catholic Weddings


Barceló Maya Palace and Barceó Maya Beach features Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe chapel for a traditional wedding with a tropical garden setting and fountain for a backdrop, this chapel is a favorite for brides in the Riviera Maya.
Barcelo Maya Religious weddings


The intimate Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach chapel has that traditional Colonial feel to it located in Los Cabos.
Pueblo Bonito Wedding in a Chapel


At Hyatt Ziva Cancun & Hyatt Zilara Cancun you can celebrate your Catholic ceremony surrounded by paradise at “Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.”
Hyatt Mexico Wedding


Find two gorgeous chapels right on the beach, offering traditional options for religious ceremonies. Host your ceremony in an inspiring chapel decorated however you prefer. In Mexico, Catholic weddings must take place in a chapel. Available at El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale, El Dorado Maroma, Generations Maroma.
Riviera Maya Religious Wedding


Besides the resort chapels some hotels have wedding packages that provide local town chapel, such as the religious weddings celebrated at the Chapel Misión de San José del Cabo Añuití.

If your not looking for a grand church, these intimate travel wedding venues are the perfect setting for wedding groups of 20 to 150 max, and a couple are non-denominational so you can celebrate your wedding to your preference. The best part, after your ceremony you can escape to the beach, pool, or ballroom to dance the night away with your wedding guests.

With the stunning views at these amazing resorts, it’s recommend to keep décor at minimum. Use the wedding venue and enjoy the natural beauty surroundings and local foods, and most importantly spend time with family and friends that made the trip with to celebrate your wedding day.

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