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.

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.
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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.
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The intimate Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach chapel has that traditional Colonial feel to it located in Los Cabos.
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At Hyatt Ziva Cancun & Hyatt Zilara Cancun you can celebrate your Catholic ceremony surrounded by paradise at “Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.”
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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.
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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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Tying the Knot on a Mexico Destination Wedding


Tying the knot in Mexico is romantic, dreamy, so very accessible. With an average 4 night stay, and an average of 25% of destination weddings from US taking place in Mexico, there’s no reason you shouldn’t consider a wedding in Mexico.

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Gourmet All-inclusive Wedding in the Riviera Maya

Karisma Hotels & Resorts have debuted a lineup of all-new Gourmet Inclusive romance experience. This luxury all-inclusive resort collection are renowned as top Mexico properties for unforgettable destination weddings and honeymoons in amazing paradise settings, creating unique and personalized couples exotic journeys.


Today they’ve elevated their couples getaway offerings even further, with the Karisma Romance Experience, encompassing; weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries as well as the all new Romantic Rendezvous, made to fan the flames of love with unequal romantic vacation at their Gourmet Inclusive properties across the Riviera Maya, specifically designed by a “Romance Maitre D.”

Imagine the perfect romantic couples destination travel weddings getaway, and then watch it come to realization. Just like building your very own course menu for your wedding, the Gourmet Inclusive Rendezvous Experience provides couples the opportunity to select from a variety of romantic experiences to create their own personalized romantic recipe, uniquely tailored to reflect their own romantic love story. The Romance Experience Menu offers unforgettable memories at each Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties, such as private sushi picnic dinner at El Dorado Seaside Suites, a sunset cocktail cruise at El Dorado Maroma, a private sea pier dinner at Azul Fives Hotel, and a message in a bottle beachside dinner at Generations Riviera Maya. There are several options for romantic experiences across all of the El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, Azul Hotels and Generations Riviera Maya properties.

From beginning to end, the “Romance Maitre D” makes sure every wish can be granted and couples take full advantage of Karisma’s properties featuring lavish suites, amazing white-sand-beaches, in-suite Jacuzzis, swim-up suites, secluded romantic hideaways and a superb collection of gourmet restaurants to delight. Whether getting away for a romantic honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or asking the love of your life “will you marry me” in an exotic setting, each memorable moment will be perfectly planned and seamlessly executed. There is no question guests will return home delighted with beautiful memorable moments to remember.

Honeymooners vacationing in Karisma properties are also now offered a complimentary romance honeymoon package including; champagne, specialty turndown service, 15% off spa services and late check-out. Or add a little more spice to the romance in select honeymoon suite categories.

With 6 ocean-front properties with amazing beaches, Karisma Hotels & Resorts set-a-standard in 5 Star Gourmet Inclusive vacation weddings in the Riviera Maya. Beginning with Azul Beach Hotel, by Karisma, this family-friendly, boutique style resort is located on a stunning beach only 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport, offering 7 five-star Inclusive® destination wedding packages including a complimentary wedding. This AAA Four Diamond Award winning property also features a Tequila lounge, popular with wedding guests and group events.

For an ultimate wedding location, brides choose a Sky wedding at Azul Fives Hotel, atop of the property (rooftop). This luxury Gourmet resort venue also features oversized, luxurious, tastefully designed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, very popular with wedding guests with group families. Azul Fives also offers private rooftop lounge decks in penthouse suites as well as an upscale, all-service spa.

With 435 Jacuzzi® Suites, gourmet cuisine and world class Spa, Azul Sensatori provides grand-scale accommodations and services. Add swim-up suites, a personal concierge and every activity under the Mayan sun, and this AAA Four Diamond resort is perfection in every sense of the word for a Riviera Maya destination wedding you’ll never forget.

Situated in the heart of the Riviera Maya, facing the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. At the AAA’s coveted Four Diamond, El Dorado Royale, you can select from seven 5-star Inclusive® Karisma Wedding packages including a complimentary wedding. Whether you’re traveling to the Riviera Maya to tie the knot, escaping on your honeymoon or celebrating a beautiful life together, El Dorado Royale’s luxurious suites, lush gardens and stunning ocean views provide the perfect backdrop for a stunning all-inclusive destination beach wedding.

El Dorado Casitas Royale is one of Conde Nast Traveler Readers Top 100 hotels in the world and a AAA Four Diamond Resort, the pinnacle of romantic seaside luxury beach weddings. Riviera Maya’s premier adults-only, beachfront resort where the bride and groom, wedding guest’s and honeymooners savor a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, a wedding package that fosters togetherness.

Generations Riviera Maya is only steps away from El Dorado Casitas Royale, in the heart of the Riviera Maya, giving your invited guests to your wedding two different options of where to stay, then join you for your wedding day at your Karisma resort of choice for the ceremony. With its beachfront Gourmet Tower featuring four Gourmet Inclusive® restaurants with independent full kitchens and 180-degree views of the Caribbean Sea, dining at Generations Riviera Maya is an adventure unto itself.

At Karisma Hotels & Resorts, you’ll begin a life together in a true paradise. Rest assure your wedding guest and you will be delighted with what each and every property has to offer as well as be amazed with the Mexican Riviera Maya.

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