Destination Weddings In Tulum

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Destination Weddings

Tulum Destination Wedding

Are you planning to tie the knot soon, if yes, have you considered having a destination wedding? Having your ceremony in a vacation destination provides a sense of adventure and intimacy that appeals to many soon-to-wed couples. They always look glamorous, and when planned well, this once in a lifetime occasion can be filled with exciting memories for yourself and your guests. Most people think that a destination wedding will cost them more than having a close-to-home ceremony, but the truth is you can have a destination wedding on a budget and still have everything you’ve always wished for.

Tips To Make Your Destination Wedding Smooth

Wedding Planning

Of course, your guest list will be much shorter plus you will be doubling up your wedding as your honeymoon destination and vacation, which will save you a pretty penny on flights, transport, accommodation, etc. A destination wedding should be a private and intimate affair shared with several friends and family members that are closest to you, which is why many couples who are looking to plan a one-of-a-kind wedding opt to marry in Tulum, Mexico. You should know that beaches in Mexico are open to the public, so there is no guaranteeing that there won’t be a handful of curious bystanders in swimsuit watching you getting married or gate-crashing your ceremony.

But don’t let that discourage you because the beauty of a destination wedding is that you can rent a private villa in gated communities with secure access that are located on quiet beaches. Which is ideal because depending on the number of guests you are planning on hosting, you can choose a villa that feels appropriate in size to fit any size of guest list you have and create a feeling of intimacy with your loved ones.

Beach Wedding

Among the many things that discourage brides-to-be from having a destination wedding is the fact that they will be entrusting a total stranger who is miles away to plan the biggest day of their lives since they can’t be there to oversee everything. Plus, many couples don’t know the actual cost of flowers, catering, wedding photography, as well as choosing the right vendors to fit into that budget. In this case, once you've picked out your ideal wedding locale overseas, instead of spending hours on the phone making executive decisions from miles away either look for a resort with a reputable on-site coordinator or find a wedding planner that specializes in destination weddings. 

Coordinating every last detail for your big tropical celebration can take a massive toll on you, but there are things that you can do to make it less stressful, for example;

  • Hire a pro

  • Incorporate local blooms and serve local specialties to slash your décor and catering costs

  • Notify guests in well in advance so that they have plenty of time to calculate if they can afford the cost of traveling to your wedding

  • Book affordable accommodations for your guests

  • Visit your venue three to four months before the wedding to finalize details

  • Budget for vendors 

Popular Destinations

Where to have a beach wedding

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when choosing a location for a destination wedding because what works for one couple may not do it for you. Rates, seasonal discounts, and weather are some of the main factors to consider when narrowing the field, but you can have an incredible experience in every corner of the world. Among the most popular destinations include:

  • All-inclusive resorts in Mexico

  • St. Barth in the Caribbean islands

  • Romantic retreats in Napa Valley

  • The City of Light – Paris

  • Sardinia in the Mediterranean

  • Aloha State, Hawaii

  • Lush tropical jungles of Belize

Less Popular, but Beautiful Destinations

Napa Valley Wedding

Ibiza and Formentera, Spain may have a bad rap as a party-fueled island, but the beautiful shores of Cala Talamanca that don a tranquil palette of white, gold, and blue makes for a great wedding location. Other less popular but beautiful spots include:

  • North Island in New Zealand

  • Riviera Maya, Mexico

  • Mykonos, Greece

  • Jaw-dropping islands in Croatia

  • The emerald isle, Ireland

  • Tropical jungles and sun-drenched coasts of Vietnam

Considerations for your Guests

Inviting all your friends and family to a place they've never traveled before means that it’s your responsibility to ensure that both the planning and execution for the trip run as smooth as possible. It’s important to provide them with all the necessary information they need ahead of time and send out a Save-the-Date to the finalized invitation list as soon as possible. Sending invites anywhere inside the 24-month mark before the wedding will give your guests plenty of time to clear their schedules even save up for the ceremony.

You should also create a comprehensive Travel Information Packet to send to your guests that includes directions to the venue, timeline, and a detailed itinerary for the day. Aim to send the Travel Information Packet two to four weeks prior to the wedding invitations to give your guests enough time to confirm whether they will actually attend when they have to RSVP. Managing your guests once they arrive at your destination will be challenging because they will be relying on you to help them during your wedding weekend. This is why you need a professional wedding organizer who will be the point person to handle everything and leave you to enjoy your day.

What to Wear as a Beach Bride?

Beach Wedding Dress

Your wedding ceremony is your special day. Therefore, it should ultimately be about what you want and the experience you get out of it; for one day the world is your oyster. So, throw tradition out the door and swap your princess dress with a beach-appropriate breath-taking boho-chic maxi dress. Ditch the heels because there are plenty of gorgeous shoes perfect for a beachy big day that will go well with a maxi dress even crotchet bikini, from thong sandals to Grecian ankle-wrap sandals for a little rocker chic look. No matter what you choose to wear, when the day comes, be sure to make it a spectacular beach memory.

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