Calling all newlyweds! If you chose to host a small ceremony locally, the celebration doesn’t have to end at home. Planning starts now for couples seeking a tropical week of romance as we safely return to travel. A unique option, for recently married or even future newlyweds 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 during the pandemic as well, 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.
Nestled on the pristine shores of Juanillo Beach, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is an all-inclusive paradise that is perfect for families seeking to indulge in the finer amenities of life. A stone’s throw away from the beach, a Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana wedding offers immaculate seascapes and expansive venues capable of accommodating large destination wedding parties. Featuring a selection of personalized wedding packages, the resort ensures that your dream wedding is both elegant and uniquely yours.
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.
The RIU Ocho Rios wedding resort places you and your loved ones in the beautiful Mammee Bay, surrounded by Caribbean waters, tropical rainforests, and spectacular waterfalls. Your wedding ceremony can be set upon the white sandy Jamaican beaches as the ocean breeze rolls in. The huge resort often feels like its own living and breathing city, with vibrant colors splashed across the Victorian-like buildings and an endless amount of activities including numerous pools and an authentic jerk chicken shack.
Located along the breathtakingly blue waters of Fletcher’s Beach on Jamaica’s northern coast, rests the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton along a scenic enclave. With buildings from the 19th century, modern facilities, and a natural environment full of rich landscapes your Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton wedding will provide you with an incredibly unique experience. The domed buildings and white columns surrounding the property emit a Roman vibe, placed against the gorgeous oceans creating the most beautiful setting for your wedding ceremony.
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 at your Dreams Punta Cana wedding ceremony as you celebrate your love at Uvero Alto Beach. This tropical paradise will fulfill all your needs and desires among the natural beauty of the property, from exquisite beachfront lounge chairs to endless sports, such as exploring the coral reefs or jumping on the ocean trampoline. A Dreams Punta Cana wedding is going to make your special day a truly unforgettable event for you and your guests.
Located along the most western coast of Jamaica, a Royalton Negril wedding takes advantage of a breathtaking beach with crystal clear waters, a setting that will make any ceremony a memorable experience. The laid-back Jamaican culture blends seamlessly with the floral surroundings with beach access to azure waters both North and South, making a true destination wedding.
The high-end UNICO 20°87° adults-only resort utilizes local inspiration to attract international crowds. Your destination wedding could draw from the resort’s motto of “no-itinerary-necessary”, where excursions are included, and every inch of the resort features a spectacular view. Your UNICO 20°87° wedding ceremony could feature decor designed by a celebrity planner, and your guests will love the gourmet gastronomy available, and the thoughtfully curated guest rooms.
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.
From breathtaking, white-sandy beaches to gorgeous ballrooms and garden terraces, a Hyatt Ziva Cancun wedding is equipped with all the necessities for a ceremony of your dreams. The resort is located just outside of downtown Cancun and offers endless amounts of activities and relaxing options to make your wedding experience all that you could ever desire.
The Hard Rock all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is sure to make any wedding couple feel like rockstars, situated along an expansive stretch of pristine Caribbean beach. With edgy decor and the best casino in the Caribbean, a Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding is a guarantee that you and your guests will have everything needed for an exciting and fun-filled ceremony, and an equally incredible stay.
The term “finisterra” translates to “end of the earth” and with your Sandos Finisterra wedding you and your guests can have panoramic views of the surrounding vista and marina, or ocean views along the breathtaking Baja Peninsula. Just minutes away from downtown Cabo San Lucas, situated along a secluded clifftop, your guests will be amazed at your spectacular destination wedding.
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 property offers all the luxuries of its neighboring RIU Resorts, and provides stunning views of the ocean from the lavish infinity pools. Your RIU Santa Fe wedding will be as beautiful as you could have ever hoped, with stunning seascapes and gorgeous venues.
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.
The brand-new Secrets Cap Cana resort is located in an exclusive gated community of beautiful Punta Cana, where adults can let loose and embrace the romance, a perfect resort for a destination wedding. From the second you enter the lobby, the ocean views will take your breath away, and the sands of Juanillo beach often draw comparisons to crystalline sugar. A Secrets Cap Cana wedding has all the necessary elements to ensure that your special day is truly unforgettable.