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:

All-Inclusive Vacation

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.

World-Class Catering

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:

Hors D’oeuvres
Cold
Seafood vol au vent served with chipotle pepper and tequila sauce
Fresh salmon with avocado and passion fruit sauce
Hot
Chicken quesadillas Vallarta style
Mini potato tostadas served with pearls of calamari ink
Appetizers
Roasted pear salad with candied walnuts, bleu cheese, and balsamic reduction
Grilled sea scallops over toasted bread, bacon, anchovies dip, and coriander vinaigrette
Cold cantaloupe soup with prosciutto and green cantaloupe pearls
Main Course
Surf and sky: chicken breast with shrimp, gratin potato, vegetables with star anise, orange liqueur, served over choron sauce
Surf and turf: beef filet and shrimp, broccoli mousse, foie grass butter, vegetables, served with red and white wine sauce
Dessert
Chocolate mousse with puff pastry and red fruit soup
Opera cake with coffee sauce, Oreo cookies, and chocolate

Live Entertainment and Activities

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.

Excursions, Pool Parties, and High-End Spas

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.

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