MENU

Featured
Category

2020 Wedding Trends: Eco-Weddings

Eco-weddings are one of the top destination wedding trends for 2020. With an increasing focus on the environment and sustainability, many couples are looking for eco-conscious ways to celebrate their love and preserve the beautiful destination they’re getting married in. To help inspire your sustainably chic destination wedding, we’ve come up with a few ways that you can incorporate this trend into your big day, from sustainable wedding décor to green venues and more.

Select an eco-friendly resort

Hosting your tropical celebrations at an eco-friendly resort is the first step to planning your eco-chic wedding. Here are just a few of our favorite eco-resort options

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is a breathtaking, environmentally-friendly resort where you can exchange your vows on a rustic wooden platform set above a secluded cenote surrounded by sparkling waters and lush greenery.

At Hotel Xcaret Mexico you can get married at within a picturesque cove and host your reception dinner within a series of manmade caves at Las Cuevas restaurant.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica offers stunning natural venues such as a pristine beach offering impeccable coastal views and the elegant Royal Palm Tree Terrace nestled within lush gardens and mountains.

Skip the stationary

Opting for electronic save the dates and invitations instead of traditional paper stationery is both eco-conscious and convenient. Not only are e-vites good for the environment, they’re also more convenient for your wedding guests who can easily access your wedding details both at home and in destination. Have your heart set on paper invites? Another green approach is to use recycled materials.

Be thrifty

We always recommend bringing some décor from home to personalize your big day. Instead of buying pieces from major retailers, try and source your décor from markets and second-hand stores. This option is both budget and environmentally friendly, plus you may end up scoring some one-of-a-kind wedding decorations.

Give back

When it comes to your wedding registry, you can reduce waste and give back to your chosen destination by asking guests to make a donation in lieu of gifts. Choose a cause that is meaningful to you, such as investing in education for the local community or supporting environmental initiatives.

Enhance natural backdrops

Since you’re getting married in paradise, let your location be the decoration! Instead of adding lots of decorative elements that you’ll likely never use again, rely on your destination’s natural beauty to dress up your big day by showcasing natural elements such as ocean views, white-sands, towering palm trees and lush gardens to name a few.

Use locally sourced flowers

Bring your fabulous floral vision to life without causing unnecessary carbon emissions by using locally sourced flowers. Using flowers that are native to your destination is a green alternative to importing flowers that can also add a tropical flair to your wedding décor.

Plant a tree

Add an earth-friendly twist to your unity ceremony by planting a tree together. Unlike other popular unity ceremony options that can create unnecessary waste, planting a tree leaves a positive environmental impact while symbolizing your love for one another. Your Destination Wedding Consultant can help you coordinate tree planting ceremonies with your resort.

Repurpose your décor 

Instead of purchasing double the décor, find ways to reuse your ceremony décor at your reception. For example, the gorgeous floral altar from your ceremony would make the perfect backdrop for the sweetheart table at your reception or a fun photo op for your guests to enjoy. You could also reuse your bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces! Using the same décor throughout your various wedding day celebrations is a great way to reduce your overall waste, stretch your budget and stay true to your theme

Feeling inspired? Contact us today to start planning the eco-wedding of your dreams!

Read article

Hottest destination wedding locations for 2020

Going into the new year – and the new decade – destination weddings are hotter than ever. Many couples fall in love with the idea of hosting stress-free celebrations in paradise, where the biggest decision is often where to host their big day.

From secluded islands with lush rainforests to tropical hotspots with gorgeous beaches, choosing the perfect spot to tie the knot isn’t always easy. To help inspire your wedding vision, we’re sharing the hottest destination wedding locations for 2020. Read on to see where couples are celebrating in the New Year!

Start your forever in Antigua

Antigua is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Known for its unrivaled tropical settings, the island’s lush landscapes and exotic flora and fauna provide beautiful natural décor for your big day. Whether you want to celebrate on one of 365 white-sand beaches that wrap around Antigua’s coastline or on a terrace overlooking turquoise waters and rolling hills, your tropical celebrations are sure to be picture-perfect.

Sky Terrace at Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa

Where to stay:  Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is a brand-new luxury resort that exudes romance. Choose from a selection of glamorous wedding venues such as the Sky Terrace, a rooftop venue that offers exceptional views of the bay that can be used for private ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions.  When its time to embark on your honeymoon, switch from the main resort to the adults only Chairman Overwater Bungalows and bask in newlywed bliss in a lavish overwater bungalow featuring a private infinity pool, glass floors and direct ocean access.

Say “I do” in Punta Cana

Ocean vistas and sunny skies are just a few of the reasons why Punta Cana continues to be one of the Caribbean’s leading destination wedding locations. Punta Cana offers endless activities to help you make the most of your wedding week; you can tee off on one of the area’s top-rated golf courses, snorkel in crystal-clear waters alongside exotic fish or take in sunset views on a picturesque catamaran cruise.

Beach Gazebo at CHIC Punta Cana

Where to stay: CHIC Punta Cana is an adults only resort set on the coveted shores of Uvero Alto Beach. This stylish escape features every’thing you need to host a lively wedding in the tropics including daily themed parties, a pristine pool with a swim-up bar and a DJ booth and an on-site nightclub. When its time to tie the knot, you can exchange your vows on a gorgeous golden-sand beach, which features an arch that can be personalized to suit your wedding vision.

Tie the knot in Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is the perfect place to relax and recharge before your wedding festivities. Tucked away on the northern coast, this Jamaican hotspot is known for its rich culture and charm. Youcan incorporate the local culture into your celebrations by serving Jamaican delicacies at your reception, hiring a local reggae band or toasting to forever with authentic Jamaican rum. If you’re looking to explore the area’s spectacular scenery, you can treat your wedding guests to an excursion and hike up the picturesque cascades of Dunn’s River Falls!

Beach Chapel at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort

Where to stay: Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort is a popular resort choice for island-inspired destination weddings.  Notable wedding venues include the Beach Chapel, a rustic and romantic wooden chapel located directly on the beach and the resort’s verdant garden area that’s perfect for romantic receptions! This family-friendly resort also features a range of facilities to please all your wedding guests including an on-site golf course with complimentary green fees and a thrilling water park.

Celebrate your love in St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the ideal destination for a laidback beach wedding or a luxury celebration. This Caribbean gem boasts a vibrant culture reflecting its Dutch and French influences. You can pose for wedding portraits against colorful candy-colored buildings in Phillipsburg or by one of the marinas overlooking superyachts. Before your big day, you can take advantage of the island’s impeccable water sports conditions and try jet skiing or kitesurfing, or sunbathe on Maho Beach as airplanes fly directly above you.

Point Gazebo at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino and Casino

Where to stay: Couples looking for a luxury escape in St Maarten will love Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino and Spa. This newly-renovated resort is centrally located within walking distance to shops and nightlife, making it the perfect jumping off point for exploring local hotspots. You can get married overlooking turquoise waters with a beautiful beach wedding on the sparkling white-sand shores or by the Point Gazebo where you can walk down the aisle surrounded by up to 150 of your loved ones!

Host your tropical nuptials in Riviera Maya

Nestled along the Yucatan Peninsula, Riviera Maya offers tranquil tropical escapes outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown Cancun. This seaside sanctuary sets the stage for romance with breathtaking landscapes ranging from palm-fringed beaches to ancient Mayan ruins and stunning cenotes. With an array of resorts to choose from, you can host your big day at a lavish adults only resort, a fun-filled family-friendly property or a charming boutique hotel depending on your destination wedding vision.

Palace Gazebo at Barcelo Maya Palace

Where to stay: Bring your wedding vision to life at Barcelo Maya Palace. This beachfront paradise features an array of delicious dining options where you can toast to forever, from al fresco eateries to upscale à la carte restaurants. The resort’s Palace Gazebo is a sought-after ceremony venue straight out of a fairytale, featuring stone pillars and a round design to ensure all  your guests have a great view for your first kiss. Plus, you can host a traditional Mayan wedding ceremony for an authentic experience.

 

Feeling inspired? Contact us today to start planning your dream destination wedding!

 

Read article

Special Offer! Save up to $480 per couple

Limited time offer!

With Wedding Vacations, bringing everyone together for your destination wedding in paradise has never been easier or more affordable! For a limited time only, the wedding couple and all guests will save up to $480* per couple.

Plus, receive our Diamond Wedding Planning Services Free! That’s a value of $499.
Click here for full details and inclusions.

All you need is ten or more travelling together – even if you’re taking off from different airports across the country. Hurry, this special offer ends January 28.

Fill out the form below and start planning!

 






* These fields are required.

*Departures November 2020 onwards. For new bookings only. Savings are already reflected in the taxes of your quote, no additional deductions to be made. Not applicable to air only, land only or USA packages. For more information please contact your Destination Wedding Consultant.

Read article

Real Weddings Photo Contest

Want to be featured in the next issue of Wedding Vacations magazine and get the chance to win a trip for two to Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa? Enter your favourite photos from your destination wedding into our Real Weddings Photo Contest and you could be one of the six couples featured in the glossy pages of our magazine. The grand prize winners will receive a trip for two to Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa.

About the Resort

Nestled on the sparkling white-sand shores of Cancun, Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa provides All-In Luxury® vacations just steps from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cancun. This luxurious resort is right in the heart of the action near the best nightlife, restaurants and shops– perfect for guests looking to soak in the local culture. Couples and groups of friends can spend their days relaxing by the resort’s infinity pool overlooking the beach or strolling along the pristine sands of Cancun’s coast.

The resort is also home to the adults only Level 18 Rooftop Cabana Lounge ($), the first of its kind for Royalton Luxury Resorts and one of Cancun’s hottest new nightlife venues; with pool access included for Diamond Club™ guests. Foodies can indulge in a variety of delectable dishes at the resort’s wide range of cuisine options, from the sophisticated Hunter Steakhouse to the authentic Mexican culinary experience at Agave, all of which offer breathtaking views of either the Caribbean Sea or Nichupte Lagoon.

How to Enter

Step 1: Submit up to 5 of your best destination wedding photos.

Step 2: Write a short description of your big day!

Step 3: Submit!

Click here to enter our Real Weddings Photo Contest!

Read article

Most popular destination wedding locations of 2019

There are countless reasons to tie the knot in a breathtaking tropical destination – from stretching a day’s celebration to an entire week of fun with your nearest and dearest to securing a breathtaking venue and the services of a professional destination wedding planner.

Choosing the ideal destination for your big day isn’t easy, that’s why we’ve put together a list of the most popular destination wedding locations of 2019 to inspire your wedding day vision! Read on to see the hottest spots that couples are heading to this year.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nestled outside lively Cancun, Riviera Maya is a tranquil seaside sanctuary. Home to spectacular beaches lined with a wide selection of luxury, boutique and family-friendly resorts, this tropical paradise has something to suit all wedding styles; from glamorous receptions to intimate ceremonies and even authentic Mayan wedding ceremonies. Celebrate in style with your guests at one of Playa del Carmen’s famed nightclubs or treat your wedding party to a thrilling excursion rappelling into fascinating cenotes or exploring ancient Mayan ruins.

Where to stay: Wedding groups are indulging in luxury getaways at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma this year. Here, couples can toast to forever at an array of upscale à la carte restaurants and host a lavish reception at Blue, a delectable restaurant specializing in international and Mexican fare. Guests can enjoy pampering in paradise with a host of gourmet services such as attentive beach butlers, 24-hour room service and more.  

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos’ perennially sunny weather, boasting nearly 360 days of sunshine each year, makes it a top choice for destination weddings year after year.  Couples can choose to walk down aisle on golden-sand shores or share their first married kiss on an elegant terrace overlooking legendary Los Cabos arch off the coast.  With a variety of nearby activities for a fun-filled wedding week, guests can tee off at world-class golf courses overlooking the coast of Cabo San Lucas, head on a thrilling ATV ride or embark on a romantic boat ride.

Where to stay: Set on the coveted coast of Cabo San Lucas, the recently opened Riu Palace Baja California offers awe-inspiring wedding venues and luxury amenities for an unforgettable destination wedding week. Those who prefer to unwind in paradise can achieve a wedding-worthy glow sunbathing by ocean-facing infinity pools while those looking to party can enjoy the legendary themed pool parties hosted next door! This new resort is sure to be a hit for wedding parties for many years to come.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Known for exquisite white-sand beaches dotted with picturesque palm trees, Punta Cana provides idyllic backdrops for tropical nuptials. This leading Dominican destination is known for its world-class golf courses, exceptional resorts and unparalleled natural beauty. Adventurous couples can channel their wedding week excitement into exploring Punta Cana’s impressive landscapes, from colorful coral reefs to verdant jungles.

Where to stay: Couples looking for a luxury wedding getaway can choose to host their celebrations at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. Guests can relax in lavish one-bedroom suites complete with outdoor Jacuzzis or try out an array of resort-offered activities including windsurfing, snorkeling and catamaran rides across sparkling seas. Couples can choose from several picture-perfect wedding venues including the beach, a gorgeous wedding gazebo and an on-site chapel ideal for traditional ceremonies.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay offers laid-back getaways infused with vibrant Caribbean charm. Wedding groups will fall for the island’s warm and welcoming culture and can experience a range of activities to suit all travel styles, from relaxing on pristine beaches to hiking to the top of famed Blue Mountains and tasting local favorites such as rum and coffee. Couples can spice up their ceremony with Jamaican-flare with live reggae performances and gourmet meals featuring authentic flavors.

Where to stay: Royalton White Sands Montego Bay is an ideal destination for a luxurious wedding week to suit guests of all ages. Travelers can spend sunny days sipping tropical cocktails at the swim-up bar while younger guests cool off at the water park. With a variety of accommodation options catering to all types, guests can choose to stay in spacious family suites with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean, elegant swim-out suites and more.

Antigua

Antigua is a dreamy destination wedding location with year-round sunshine and spectacular scenery. With 365 white-sand beaches wrapped around this picturesque island oasis, couples can host sun-kissed ceremonies against the backdrop of blue hued skies and seas. Wedding groups can choose to stay at an array of impeccable resorts or take advantage of the islands famed waters and sail along the coast or try an array of popular water sports.

Where to stay: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is brand-new resort set to open in 2019 on one of Antigua’s most coveted beachfronts. This opulent oasis is the first to offer Overwater Bungalows with direct access to the Caribbean Sea in Antigua and is sure to be a favorite for wedding couples for many years to come. Additionally, the resort features a tranquil spa offering an extensive menu of rejuvenating treatments including facials, massages and more to ensure couples have a stress-free wedding week and a beauty salon to assist with wedding day glam.   

Planning ahead? Stay tuned for info on the hottest wedding destinations for 2020 and 2021 coming soon.

Start planning your destination wedding today!
Contact a Destination Wedding Consultant at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info.

Read article

Real Wedding: Ben & Karen


Where it all Started

Karen and Ben first met in their hometown of Ottawa when they were in high school. Years later, the couple reconnected and Ben asked Karen out; they went for a scenic drive downtown followed by a romantic skate on the Rideau Canal,  hot chocolate and Beaver Tails. Ben was stationed in Vancouver with the RCMP and Karen moved out to the west coast to be with him. It was on their first vacation together in Hawaii that Ben knew he wanted her to be a part of his life forever.

Romanza Photography

In July 2016, Ben arranged to be working on Parliament Hill in his RCMP Red Serge as part of the Canada Day celebrations and asked Karen to come meet him on the Hill. After letting his coworkers in on the secret and getting permission to propose anywhere on the Hill’s grounds, Ben took Karen and their families for a private tour of the famous Library of Parliament.

Romanza Photography

During the private tour, Ben took Karen up to the second floor. He told her how much she meant to him and that she had been an incredibly positive influence on his life – then, he pulled out a ring and nervously blurted out, “Will you marry me?!” Before Karen could even open her mouth to respond, Ben’s dad popped out from behind one of the bookshelves with a big grin on his face to take a celebratory photo – he thought she had already said yes! After some laughs, Ben’s dad left and Karen responded “YES!”

Planning the Wedding

Planning a wedding in Canada seemed like a lot of work, especially after the arrival of their first son. All their family lived in Ottawa while they were based in Vancouver and planning a wedding from across the country didn’t make sense. The couple decided on a destination wedding so they could spend an entire week with their friends and family from across Canada, in paradise.

Romanza Photography

Karen and Ben were the lucky grand prize winners of a dream destination wedding provided by Wedding Vacations by Sunwing and jeweller Maison Birks. As the grand prize winners, they received a destination wedding at Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica, their wedding day attire from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and Hudson’s Bay Men, wedding jewellery from Maison Birks and more! The couple worked with one of Wedding Vacations destination wedding experts to plan their big day and they even flew into Toronto for a bride and groom styling session with Jessica Mulroney.

Day Details

On December 6, 2018, Karen and Ben exchanged their vows in front of 30 of their closest family and friends on the picturesque Sky Terrace at Royalton Negril. One of the couple’s favourite moments from the big day was Karen walking down the aisle with her dad towards Ben, with a radiant smile on her face.

Romanza Photography

After the ceremony, the couple celebrated with a private reception on the Sky Terrace, decorated in glamorous, romantic shades of pink and gold. They’re planning on taking a vacation with their son in the future for their honeymoon.

Wedding Day Wear

Romanza Photography

Karen’s dress: Mikaella Bridal from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay

Karen’s accessories: Birks Snowflake® Jacket Earrings and Birks Birks Rosée du Matin® White Gold and Diamond Bracelet

Karen’s shoes: Michael Kors

Ben’s attire: Zegna suit, Tiger of Sweden shirt and tie all from Hudson’s Bay Men

Ben’s accessories: Birks Challenger® Watch with Brown Leather Strap

Ben’s shoes: Canali

Wedding bands: Birks Deco™  Wedding Bands and Birks Deco™ Round Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

The bridesmaids wore: Long pink shiffon dresses with Birks Pétale® Yellow Gold and Diamond Stud Earrings and Pendant

The groomsmen wore: Grey suits with Birks Challenger® Watch with Black Leather Strap

Small Details

Romanza Photography

First dance: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Flowers: Pink roses

Photographer: Romanza Photography

Hair and makeup: Lindsay Scarfone with Pretty Me Makeup

Stationary and invitations: Paleterra

Old | New | Borrowed | Blue

Romanza Photography

Traditions: Memorial of pictures of those who passed and could not attend the wedding, with shots set up to do a toast in their memory

Old: Crochet flowers Karen’s grandmother used to knit, which were tied to her bouquet

New: Garter

Borrowed: Beautiful hair clip

Blue: Garter

Tips

Romanza Photography

“It’s possible to have a destination wedding and still get the same customization and personalization as a wedding back home. Give some thought as to how you want your day to look and start getting ready early. Also, bring items from home to incorporate in your reception and ceremony – be creative!”

Start planning your destination wedding today! Contact a destination wedding consultant at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info

Read article

Planning the perfect bachelorette in paradise with Tessa Virtue

Between breaking Olympic records at Pyeongchang, appearing on The Ellen Show with her long-time skating partner, Scott Moir, and producing and starring in her cross-country Thank you Canada Tour, Tessa Virtue got together with Jessica Mulroney to plan her friend Allie’s bachelorette party. With relaxation and pampering in mind, Tessa and Jessica decided the perfect place to host her bachelorette party was in beautiful Mexico.


This past summer, the Wedding Vacations team and Jessica Mulroney jetted off to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where Tessa and her friends, Allie and Kat, enjoyed the ultimate bachelorette party at Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa.

Pick the perfect venue

Andrew Hiorth of MPSG Inc.

Adults only all inclusive resorts are the way to go. Everything is at your fingertips from gourmet dinners to poolside pina coladas! Tessa and her friends stayed at the adults only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in the Riviera Maya, which offered options for both relaxation and adventure.

Plan an excursion


It’s always fun to get out of the resort and explore your destination. There are many different types of Sunwing Experiences excursions for every type of bachelor or bachelorette party – from city tours to sunset catamaran rides and ziplining. Tessa and her friends explored lively downtown Playa del Carmen, where they strolled along Fifth Avenue, explored the local shops and art galleries, and stopped for coffee and snacks at an oceanside restaurant.

Set aside some time for R&R


Make sure to set aside some time for pampering and relaxing! Visit the resort spa for a massage or even just a manicure to help ease any pre-wedding day stress. Tessa and her friends all enjoyed relaxing massages at the resort’s outdoor spa; Tessa even participated in a unique Mayan treatment.

Read article

Real Weddings: Laura & Kevin

Where it all Started

Kevin and Laura’s love story began in high school. He invited her to his senior prom and within a week they were dating. Laura’s outgoing personality captivated Kevin, and his sky-blue eyes gave her butterflies.

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Since they went out for ice cream on their first date, Kevin dreamt about experiencing the world with Laura – and she knew nothing would make her happier than spending forever wrapped in Kevin’s arms.

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

The pair went on to travel the world, visiting nearly 30 countries. On a particularly cold night during a holiday to Hawaii, Kevin suggested warming up in the hot tub. When Laura joined him outside the night sky was lit up by stars, candles and a glistening engagement ring. Before Kevin could even finish asking Laura to marry him she jumped into his arms and said ‘yes’!

Planning the Wedding

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Kevin and Laura had always planned to tie the knot at a church in their hometown. However, after attending a relative’s destination wedding their plans changed. They envisioned saying ‘I do’ in paradise surrounded by their nearest and dearest and decided that a destination wedding was the perfect way to start their lives together.

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Their first vacation as a couple was spent in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They fell in love with the breathtaking beaches, remarkable rock formations and each other. Fast forward eight years, the two of them felt it was fitting to celebrate their love in the dreamy destination where it all began. Plus, their love for Riu Resorts made Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas an easy choice for their big day

Day Details

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

On a picturesque afternoon in April, Laura and Kevin exchanged their vows on the private pavilion at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Their romantic garden party was elegantly decorated in a blush, gold and white colour scheme. From sweet serenades by their violinist –  which was Laura’s favourite part of the day – to toasting new beginnings at sunset with their loved ones, Kevin and Laura’s destination wedding was a dream come true.

Wedding Day Wear

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Laura’s dress: Lennon Dress by Hayley Paige

Laura’s shoes: White lace booties from BHLDN

Laura’s accessories: Teardrop crystal earrings from BHLDN and a tennis bracelet gifted from her Godmother

Kevin’s attire: Alfred Sung navy blue suit, white Calvin Klein dress shirt and beige socks with navy polka dots

Kevin’s accessories: Black bowtie, tan leather Calvin Klein shoes and Michael Kors watch

Wedding bands: Custom-made yellow gold bands

The bridesmaids wore: Adrianna Papell beaded blush floor length gowns

The groomsmen wore: Navy blue suits

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Small Details

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Flowers: Baja Flowers (RIU Palace florist)

Hair: Renova Spa at the RIU Palace

Makeup: Makeup by Rachel Chivers

Photographer: Daniel McQuillan Photography

Stationary and invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

First dance: Lady in Red – Chris De Burgh

Traditions: The bride’s sister read a poem written by the bride’s grandmother at the ceremony.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

Old: Heirloom ring that belonged to the bride’s grandmother

New: Shoes

Borrowed: Ring box from her sister

Blue: Garter

Tips for Brides & Grooms

Photographer: Daniel McQuillian

“Make sure to pick a good photographer as these photos will be with you forever. Our brilliant photographer, Daniel McQuillian, has travelled the world to capture destination weddings. We’re blessed to be able to relive each magical moment from the best day of our lives through Daniel’s phenomenal photos!”

Start planning your destination wedding today! Contact a Destination Wedding Specialist at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info

Read article

Behind the Scenes at Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Nestled in the lush landscapes of the Riviera Maya is Hotel Xcaret Mexico. This unique resort first opened its doors in 2017 and quickly became the hottest new spot for destination weddings and vow renewals in Mexico.

Andrew Hiorth- MPSG Weddings

For our recent cover shoot, the Wedding Vacations team travelled to Hotel Xcaret Mexico with cover stars Colin and Justin. The married celebrity designers enjoyed a romantic getaway at the resort and renewed their vows in a picturesque cove with a breathtaking vow renewal ceremony officiated by our contributing editor Jessica Mulroney.

Breathtaking Ceremony Spaces

Andrew Hiorth- MPSG Weddings

There are plenty of gorgeous places at the resort where you can host your destination wedding ceremony or vow renewal! Colin and Justin said “I do” for the second time in one of the resort’s private coves, which we decorated with lush greenery and romantic votive candles.

Magical Reception Venues

Colin and Justin hosted their vow renewal reception at the resort’s unique Las Cuevas restaurant. The magical venue is nestled in a series of manmade caverns and lit by flickering candles on the wall. After dinner, everyone kicked off their shoes and danced the night away on the beach-turned-dancefloor!

Spectacular Suites

The sprawling suites at Hotel Xcaret Mexico are split into different casas across the resort offering beautiful views of rivers, infinity pools or the ocean. Each room features a private balcony with a hammock, perfect for soaking in the view!

Download the latest issue of Wedding Vacations magazine to see more beautiful shots from our cover shoot at Hotel Xcaret Mexico.

Read article

Destination Inspiration: Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

As your Canadian destination wedding experts, we love being the first to bring you the scoop on some of the hottest new destination wedding locations and resorts – including the brand-new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica! This luxury resort offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Papagayo with five-star service and amenities worthy of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Read on for the low-down on this gorgeous new wedding destination.

A-Lister Venues

Wedding Terrace

You can exchange your vows on the rooftop Wedding Terrace at Planet Hollywood, which offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Papagayo that will take your breath away. We recommend saying ‘I do’ at sunset – the changing colours of the sky over the distant mountaintops create a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and your wedding photos! Of course, couples can also choose to host their ceremony on the beach with their toes in the sand.

Raving Receptions

Gusto Restaurant

After you’ve walked down the aisle, you and your sweetheart can move the party on to one of the resort’s chic restaurants for a semi-private reception. You can also choose to upgrade to a cocktail hour and fully-private reception in a location of your choosing!

Wedding Packages Fit for a Star

Planet Hollywood Spa

The PH Love wedding package includes everything you need to make your big day seamless. From a special VIP welcome for the happy couple to flowers for the bride and groom, your on-site wedding coordinator (and your Wedding Vacations planner back home!) will make sure your wedding is a tropical breeze.

Celeb-Worthy Suites

Bedroom in Director’s Suite

Spend your wedding week living like an A-lister in Planet Hollywood’s lavish suites. You and your guests can choose from a variety of accommodation options, ranging from Red Carpet Rooms to STAR Class Producer’s Suites that can sleep up to nine guests! All the suites offer extra-special amenities including Phabulous Beds™, 24-hour room service and available upgrades to Star Class™.

Contact one of our destination wedding specialists to start planning your big day at Planet Hollywood!

Read article

START PLANNING