Calling all newlyweds! If you and your partner have made it official during the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration doesn’t have to end at home. Despite the absence of destination weddings during the pandemic, there’s still hope for couples seeking a tropical week of romance as we safely return to travel. A new option to consider is the Destination Reception, a new trend quickly gaining momentum in the past few years.
It’s a budget-friendly solution to canceled group vacations and ceremonies, as this festive option welcomes wedding parties to a host of luxurious perks via high-end resorts. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest inclusions that come with coordinating a destination reception:
Picture your dream destination reception resort: a stunning 5-star property teeming with palm trees, private cabanas, and a bevy of benefits practically begging you to stay longer. The best part? Every perk is all-inclusive. With a selection of award-winning resorts at your fingertips, your destination reception automatically guarantees an unforgettable tropical retreat. Boasting unlimited activities and local excursions, you and your guests can enjoy the group vacation of a lifetime. Here are a few all-inclusive benefits you can relish leading up to your destination reception:
Seemingly endless activities just steps from your resort such as kayaking, snorkeling tours, and professionally led hikes.
Adults-only perks including wine and tequila tastings, merengue dance classes, and on-site nightclubs.
Direct access to private beaches and neighboring sister resorts, where leveraging further all-inclusive perks is easier than ever.
Lavish accommodations: welcome to the height of luxury, complete with personalized mattresses, Jacuzzi balconies, top-shelf liquor dispensers, and 24/7 room service.
The brand new Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana all-inclusive resort offers a little something for everyone during your destination wedding. From the signature white sands to the fascinating architecture, along with separate resort sections for either families or adults-only. Delight in unique services only the Hyatt brand can deliver, like a hand-tailored wedding experience, thoughtful decor options, and brand new gastronomy offerings sure to entice the pickiest of tastebuds. Whether staying at Ziva, or next door at Zilara, expect a world-class establishment ready and beckoning.
The Royalton Riviera Cancun offers a sprawling complex with bountiful pools and serene ocean views, sure to delight any wedding guest. With Caribbean decor designed to impress and thoughtful service for the duration of your stay, you and your guests will be relaxed and ready for your destination wedding.
Moon Palace Jamaica is a private beachfront resort at the tip of the famous Ocho Rios Bay, considered to be the most romantic area in all of Jamaica. A Moon Palace Jamaica wedding provides breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and is surrounded by lush gardens. It is the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Adults can dance the night away at the adults-only NOIR nightclub, or explore the beautiful landscapes extending just outside of the resort. Enjoy your wedding with all your family and friends without a worry in the world!
People say that a reception’s food leaves the longest impression on your guests. Well, you can put your catering worries at ease, choosing from seated menus or fullscale buffets. Garnering a vast menu of diverse cuisines, wedding resorts place you and your partner at the helm while choosing your delectable culinary spread for the evening. All prepared by professional chefs, your destination reception will dazzle with dishes ranging from taco stations filled with mouthwatering carnitas, carne asada, and al pastor to classic surf n’ turf dinners. Let’s take a look at a sample menu of enticing catering options:
Let the sun beam down on your Dreams Punta Cana wedding ceremony as you celebrate your love on the beach of Uvero Alto. This tropical paradise will satisfy your every need and desire amongst the natural beauty of the land, from exquisite beachfront lounging chairs to endless activities to choose from like exploring the coral reefs or jumping on the ocean trampoline. A Dreams Punta Cana wedding will make your special day a truly memorable experience for you and your guests.
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun will have every moment of your stay hand-tailored to, from the second you enter the lobby until well after walking down the aisle at your wedding ceremony, thanks to a luxe concierge service that takes care of every fine detail. The resort is situated on the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula and is an adults-only haven for luxury and romance. The upscale AAA award-winning, four-diamond property is reminiscent of a Mediterranean village, and with access to an exquisite stretch of beach, you will have all the makings for an impressive Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun wedding.
The RIU Montego Bay resort is one with nature, surrounded by 450,000 square feet of lush gardens and inspired by the island architecture of its Jamaican surroundings, perfect for a tropical destination wedding ceremony. You and your wedding guests will have quick access to downtown Montego Bay, that is if they can stand to leave the supremely large pool or pristine beachfront. A RIU Montego Bay wedding is perfect for those wanting a regal destination wedding in paradise, with touches of classical colonial decor throughout.
So, you’ve found the perfect resort and catering menu, what else can you add to your extraordinary destination reception? It’s time to discover a wondrous universe of live destination wedding entertainment. Whether you’re getting down to current pop hits or discovering your cartoon alter ego via live artists, your wedding party will experience the finest local talent to round out a wholesome wedding week.
Professional DJ: professionally trained to get the party going, DJs are time-tested masters of entertainment. Submit a custom playlist that’ll ensure your favorite song makes it into the first dance and guarantees a reception that’s uniquely yours!
Live Musicians: looking for more of a traditional vibe to your night of romance? Live musicians have the answer. Featuring stylings from every music genre, local bands can lay down funky beats, while string quartets and acoustic soloists specialize in ambient tunes.
Carnavale Dancers: featuring extravagant costumes and impeccable choreography, Carnavale dancers can wow and captivate audiences for hours on end. The perfect intermission to your festivities, these talented performers will immerse your guests in a lively world of passion.
Fireworks Display: add some enchanting pizazz to your reception with a glorious cold fireworks display or sparklers during your first dance
Portrait Artists: from cartoonists to caricaturists, portrait artists can add a unique creative flair to the night and send your guests home with a memorable keepsake from your reception.
Singing Waiters: a recent 2020 trend that’s going strong, hire a troupe of singer waiters to surprise and serenade your guests during the dinner service.
The amazing Hyatt Ziva Cancun wedding resort has so many inclusions, spaces, restaurants, bars and more, it will make your head spin. In every direction you face, you’ll find unbelievable ocean views, as this resort rests on its own private peninsula within Cancun’s hotel zone. Expect amenities for every wedding guest to enjoy to do as they like, with adults-only upgrades available, and babysitting services for kids as well. There are 6 ceremony venues to consider, but the latest is the jaw-dropping Lighthouse Gazebo terrace, with unobstructed ocean views.
The Majestic Colonial is an expansive resort nestled between rich flora. It offers Caribbean decor throughout the resort complimented by the soft sands of Bavaro Beach. A Majestic Colonial wedding is perfect for couples looking to share their special day surrounded by lush vegetation, golden sands, and the sounds of the sea.
This new adults-only resort is surrounded by the Montego Bay Marine Park. With beachfront cabanas, tranquil pools, and butler services that allow you to experience ultimate levels of relaxation, as well as endless activities, lounges, and parties, Breathless Montego Bay weddings offers something for everyone. Make your dreams come true, and have your Montego Bay destination wedding as lively and exciting, or as small and intimate as you wish.
The party doesn’t have to stop at the ballroom or terrace. Often surrounded by natural tropical beauty, a selection of vibrant towns and cities, and immersive spa facilities, your luxury hotel is the perfect launching point for group excursions, rousing pool parties, and serene spa days. Take a shuttle into the lush Caribbean forest, where action-packed zip-line courses and ATV tours await your adventurous guests. Or participate in a legendary pool party fully-equipped with DJs, top-shelf alcohol, and gorgeous seascapes, or reserve a spa day filled with tranquility and rejuvenating treatments.
Nature Excursions: from humbling strolls through Chichen-Itza to glistening cenotes, your wedding party is just a short drive away from awe-inspiring activities steeped in history.
Set sail for sea splendor: catamaran tours to private islands, heart-racing jet ski courses, and interactive snorkeling sessions are just a few ocean excursions you can enjoy when you choose a destination reception.
Immersive spa treatments: top-notch facilities ranging from exfoliating facials to soothing aromatherapy/hydrotherapy circuits.
Temazcal Ceremonies: steam in clay sweat lodges that are said to connect your spiritual being to the wholesome elements.
Located just outside of downtown Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, this resort is situated on the expansive Playa El Medano beach. The resort offers all the luxuries of it’s neighboring RIU Resorts, and provides stunning views of the ocean from the luxurious infinity pools in the center of the property. Your RIU Santa Fe wedding will be as beautiful as you could have ever hoped, with stunning ocean views from both venues offered.
Experience all-in luxury at the new Royalton Suites Cancun highrise resort in Mexico, where the sky’s the limit for your destination wedding. Featuring a stylish tower with impeccable service and panoramic views of Cancun, your guests will experience jaw-dropping ceremony venues, clear blue waters, and nightly celebrations underneath the stars. You’ll find every moment of your wedding hand-tailored too, from the personalized service of the Royalton Suites Cancun wedding department, until the second you rest your head against the signature crafted DreamBed.
On the golden sands of Uvero Alto beach, the CHIC Punta Cana adults-only all-inclusive resort, offers unlimited fun in a contemporary setting. Guests will love the lively atmosphere, stylish architecture, and the amazing pool complex. Your CHIC Punta Cana wedding could feature the happening scene and modern decor, while a ceremony along the pristine beachfront would be unforgettable.