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Ask the Wedding Planner Q&A

Planning your big day is a big deal; that’s why we’re introducing our new Ask the Wedding Planner Q&A blog series. Each month, we’ll sit down with one of our expert destination wedding planners to ask some of your most pressing planning questions.

This week, wedding planner, Emily Scott, joins us to answer some of your frequently asked destination wedding questions!

How far in advance should I start planning my destination wedding?

Typically, there are two different phases for planning a destination wedding – the first is to book your hotel and travel and the second is to plan the big day! It’s important to give your guests good lead time to make their travel arrangements so we recommend securing your group bookings at least a year in advance.

For the planning portion, it’s ideal for couples to begin gathering some ideas and inspiration about eight to ten months in advance. Your destination wedding consultant will be able to help guide you through the planning process and provide you with an idea of what your planning timeline will look like.

What is the difference between a symbolic and a legal wedding?

Many couples wonder what the differences are between legal and symbolic ceremonies. If you choose to have a legal ceremony in destination, your marriage will be legally recognized once you return home. Your destination wedding consultant can help you understand the additional steps and fees required for a legal wedding, which can vary depending on your selected destination.

Symbolic ceremonies are more simple to arrange. Some couples choose to host a symbolic ceremony in destination and then legalize their marriage at home. Symbolic ceremonies can be performed to look very similar to a legal ceremony or they can be performed by a loved one for a more personal touch.

What’s the best way to transport a wedding dress or suit?

It’s always best to bring your wedding attire on board the flight! Sunwing Airlines offers a special area for wedding couples to store their outfits, so you can rest easy knowing that they’ll arrive safe and sound with you in destination. We also recommend storing your outfits together in one garment bag and double bagging them as an extra precaution to prevent moisture in the air from seeping in.  

What’s the best way to share all of my destination wedding details?

We’ve seen a huge shift from sending traditional hard copy wedding details to sharing these details via email or a wedding website. Having an electronic copy of all the wedding details is a more accessible option, especially for destination weddings, that will allow your guests to have all of the necessary information on hand at all times. Working with one of our Group Travel Representatives also means your guests will have a main point person that they can reach out to for all of their travel or wedding detail inquiries.

How do I find reliable vendors without being in destination?

Finding vendors in another country can certainly seem like a daunting task; however, our team of destination wedding consultants have a curated list of reputable vendors that we work with on a regular basis. Resorts also tend to have their own preferred vendors which helps to narrow down your list when deciding which photographer, DJ, florist, etc. to choose for your big day. All you need to focus on is putting together your inspiration to share with your destination wedding consultant and the experts will take it from there.

Looking for more advice? Send us your destination wedding planning questions on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or by email at weddings@weddingvacations.com and we’ll select questions to include in our next Ask the Wedding Planner Q&A blog!

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Real Wedding: Micaela & Roberto

Where it all Started

Micaela and Roberto attended the same high school, but they didn’t know one another so their love story didn’t begin until five years later when they finally met at a local bar. The pair was introduced by mutual friends and sparks flew instantly ­– they shared the same sense of humor, connected on every level and went on to spend nearly every day together. After only six months together, Roberto was certain that Micaela was the one.

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Roberto planned to pop the question on their trip to New York City to celebrate the July long weekend with his family. He envisioned taking Micaela to a stylish rooftop bar and getting down on one knee against the backdrop of panoramic city views, but a rain-filled forecast jeopardized his plans. Fortunately, luck was on his side and the sun stayed out just long enough for Roberto to surprise his bride-to-be with glistening engagement ring!

Planning the Wedding

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With Roberto’s family living in El Salvador and Micaela’s family living in Canada, a destination wedding made perfect sense. Both Roberto and Micaela are very family-oriented, so they loved the idea of their families spending an entire week getting to know each other and creating lifelong bonds, something that would have been impossible during a one-day wedding at home.

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Having previously travelled to Playa del Carmen for a music festival and fallen in love with the delectable food, charming culture and vibrant atmosphere, it was an obvious choice for their tropical nuptials. When looking for the perfect resort to host their weeklong celebrations, many of their close friends and family recommended Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa for its upscale accommodations, gourmet dining options and impeccable beachfront location.

Day Details

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On November 14, 2018, Roberto and Micaela hosted a glamorous ceremony on the Sunset Gazebo at the Chill Out Beach Club. The couple exchanged their vows against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by lush tropical foliage and 70 close friends and family members.      

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For the reception, the party moved over to the Chill Out Beach Club which was elegantly decorated in their color schemes of blush, gold and ivory. Both Roberto and Micaela particularly enjoyed listening to the heartfelt speeches and toasting to forever with their newly-joined families

Wedding Day Wear

Romanza Photography

Micaela’s gown: Lace gown by Rose Clara from Kleinfeld HBC

Micaela’s shoes: David’s Bridal

Micaela’s accessories: Rosie Couture

Roberto’s attire: Blue custom suit and a white dress shirt by Indochino

Roberto’s accessories: Brown shoes

Wedding bands: Custom jeweler

The bridesmaids wore: Matching mauve dresses from ShowPo

The groomsmen wore: Blue dress pants with a white dress shirt by Indochino paired with brown shoes and suspenders

Small Details

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First dance: Latch – Sam Smith (acoustic version)

Flowers: Resort floristF

Hair and makeup: Resort spa

Stationary and invitations: Minted.com

Favors: Handmade maracas engraved with Roberto and Micaela’s names and wedding date by Maracas Mexico

Welcome gifts: Welcome bags filled with travel essentials and a wedding week itinerary 

Traditions

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What was old? Micaela’s late grandmother’s wedding and engagement ring tied to her bouquet

What was new? Micaela’s jewelry and shoes 

What was borrowed? Micaela borrowed her grandmother’s ring from her mother

What was your something blue? A small blue ribbon stitched to the inside of Micaela’s wedding gown

Tips

“Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy every moment because it goes by very quickly! Remember that your wedding day is about you and your partner, not anyone else”

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

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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 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 year 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Real Wedding: Samantha & Darren

Where it all Started

Samantha and Darren first met at a party when they were in university. She was immediately attracted to his smile and he thought she was beautiful – especially in the leopard-print sweatshirt she was wearing that night! The minute Darren walked through the doors at the party, Samantha thought “I’m going to marry this man.”

The proposal, which took place several years later, was nothing short of spectacular. While on a trip to British Columbia, Darren told Samantha they were going for a nice lunch. However instead of pulling up to a restaurant, Darren drove them to a helicopter pad! Samantha was terrified of heights but realized that there might be a proposal in the works, so she sucked up her fears and climbed on board.

After a stunning ride over the Rocky Mountains, the helicopter landed by a beautiful riverbank for a picnic lunch. Darren led Samantha over to a sunny spot by the water, where he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him… of course, her answer was a resounding ‘yes’!

Planning the Wedding

Samantha and Darren knew from the start that they wanted a destination wedding. They didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money on just one night. They wanted to enjoy an entire wedding week full of making memories with their friends and family.

They chose Mexico as their wedding destination because they had been there before and loved the food and top-notch service. Several of their friends had gotten married at Royalton Riviera Cancun and loved it. Plus, there were plenty of activities for all their guests, a wide selection of restaurants and a gorgeous Sky Terrace where they could have their ceremony.

Day Details

On May 7th, 2018, Samantha and Darren exchanged their vows on the Sky Terrace at Royalton Riviera Cancun in front of 77 of their closest family and friends. Samantha walked down the aisle in a form-fitting fit and flare lace dress with a sweetheart neckline, while Darren stood waiting for her in a royal blue suit that matched the sparkling ocean behind them.

After their picture-perfect ceremony on the Sky Terrace, everyone moved to the casino for the couple’s rustic-meets-romantic-glam reception. Samantha’s favourite moment of the big day was when they walked into the reception and were announced as husband and wife for the first time. Darren’s favourite moment of the day was his excitement to see Samantha walk down the aisle.

Samantha’s big day was made even more special as her bridesmaid Seana (first from right of the bride), was also her Wedding Vacations destination wedding planner! It was so special for Samantha to have her friend by her side throughout the entire process and on her big day. For their honeymoon, Samantha and Darren plan on hiking through Peru.

Wedding Day Wear

Samantha’s Dress: Fit and flare lace dress

Samantha’s Shoes: Blinged-out white heels

Samantha’s Accessories: Finger-length lace veil and jewelled belt

Darren’s Suit: Custom royal blue suit with a thin tropical-print tie

Darren’s Shoes:  Brown weathered dress shoes

Darren’s Accessories: Matching brown belt and a blue and brown watch

The Bridesmaids Wore: Long, light pink dresses with a halter neckline and open bar

The Groomsmen Wore: Matching royal blue suits with tropical-print ties

Samantha’s Ring: Canadian made, vintage-style ring with a leaf detail

Darren’s Ring: Viking-style band with hammered silver pattern

Small Details

Flowers: Blush pink roses, baby’s breath and succulents

Photographer: Romanza Photography

Hair and makeup: The Royal Spa

First dance: Sure Thing – Miguel

Wedding Favours: Candy bag full of assorted treats

Tips for Brides and Grooms

Don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy the moment and be happy that you are marrying the love of your life, because that’s what it’s all about.

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

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Real Wedding: Veronica & Nick

Where it all Started

When Veronica and Nick first met at a small bar in Etobicoke, it was love at first sight. Veronica was so smitten that she asked Nick out first – she didn’t want to take any chances! For their first date the couple went to an amazing sushi restaurant in Mississauga, where Nick made Veronica laugh so hard that she accidentally spit sushi all over a woman sitting behind her. After that, the two were inseparable and would stay up till all hours of the night talking about anything and everything.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

The proposal was straight out of a fairy tale. After Veronica casually mentioned that she wanted to go away somewhere warm and beautiful together, Nick surprised her with a spontaneous romantic getaway to the Bahamas. After a luxurious and relaxing vacation, the couple decided to go for dinner at the One&Only Ocean Club on their last night. Nick had heard of the beautiful Cloister Ruins that were located near the club, so the couple set off to find them before dinner – but since they had never been there before, they got lost.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

After circling around countless times and almost missing their dinner reservation, Nick got out of the car to ask for directions (being careful not to let the ring fall out of its hiding place in his lap) and they finally found their way to the ruins. As they were admiring the beautiful scenery, Veronica turned around to see Nick bent down on one knee holding a sparkling engagement ring. Of course she said ‘YES!’

Photographer: Ben Bonnicini

Planning the Wedding

The couple knew right away that they wanted a destination wedding. They wanted something fairly stress-free where they didn’t have too many decisions to make and where they could spend an entire week with their closest family and friends instead of just one day. They both loved to travel, so a destination wedding was the perfect choice for them!

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

They decided upon Cancun, Mexico as their destination, having travelled there before and always being impressed with the quality of food, level of service, white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife. However Veronica wanted something a little different and the unique venues offered by Riu Palace Peninsula ticked all her boxes.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

Day Details

On May 27th, 2017, Veronica and Nick became husband and wife in the gardens of Riu Palace Peninsula overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Veronica’s father acted as officiant, which added a special and personalized touch to their vows. After their picture-perfect ceremony everyone headed to the Crystal Box venue for the reception, where the space had been decorated in a colour scheme of champagne, blush pink and ivory. The space perfectly complemented their wedding’s romantic and glamorous style adorned with beautiful flowers, lush greenery and votive candles.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

The new husband and wife danced to “Wonderwall” by Oasis;  the first song they slow danced to when they met. After their glamorous reception they headed back to the Bridal Suite where the resort staff had decorated their room with rose petals and set out chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and a beautiful hand-written note for the newlyweds – the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

Small Details

Wedding Colours: Champagne, white, blush pink and ivory

Style: Romantic, subtle and glam

Photographer: Ben Bonnici of Heritage Park Studio

First dance: Wonderwall– Oasis

Favours: Personalized shot glasses with a small bottle of tequila and the ingredients to make a cucumber margarita

Photographer: Ben Bonnici

Tips for Brides and Grooms

  • Enjoy the moments, big and small, and truly savour the time that you get to spend with your closest loved ones whom are there to celebrate with you.

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Top 5 Wedding Trend Predictions for 2018

Trends come in and out of style, and something that is popular now won’t necessarily be popular a couple years from now. Oftentimes, the complete opposite has come into style! There are a lot of wedding traditions that don’t necessarily suit modern couples, so for 2018 weddings you can expect to see more interesting twists on old classics. Take a look though our list of Top 5 Wedding Trends for the 2018 to see what new trends you can expect to see in the upcoming wedding seasons.

Trend #1: Smaller Weddings

Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography

Gigantic weddings with a 700 person guest list, extravagant over-the-top décor, and budgets that put everyone into debt are a thing of the past. These days, elopements and smaller wedding celebrations are the way to go! Smaller weddings allow you to spend more money on the wedding venue and vacation spot, which is why destination weddings are so perfect… instead of spending money on feeding a small village, you can spend money on a beautiful vacation. When you have a group of 15 – 50 people, you’ll still have your nearest and dearest beside you on your big day, but you’ll also get to explore a wonderful new destination (or head back to a favourite resort)!

Trend #2: Wedding Parties

A new – and long over-due trend – in wedding parties is to throw tradition out the window, and have Groomsladies and Bridesmen! More and more couples are celebrating the diversity of their friendships and families by flipping the switch on the typical wedding party and having both men and women on on their side of the aisle for support. When you have Groomsladies and Bridesmen you also get to play with the latest fashion trends – will the women and men on both sides of the aisle wear the same dress but in different colours? Will the women on the groom’s side get to wear tuxedos? Will the men on the bride’s side wear coloured suits? The options are endless and for 2018 weddings we can’t wait to see how the wedding party evolves!

Trend #3: Fashion

Photographer: Revos Photos

White wedding dresses are typically seen as the traditional outfit for a bride, but it’s actually a fairly new trend as far as history goes. The white wedding dress only became popular when Queen Victoria got married in 1840! Back then, she was seen as bucking the trend by going with a simple white gown, as most brides in her day wore red to walk down the aisle. Moving forward into 2018, brides are looking to buck tradition by choosing a colourful wedding dress or a well-fitted suit to wear on their big day, which can be just as (if not more) elegant than the simple white gown. Coloured dresses and suits allow brides and grooms to show their individual personality and style or pay homage to their culture and background. The revamped wedding look is a 2018 trend we can’t wait to see more of!

Trend #4: Food

We’ve all been to traditional weddings where after nibbling on some passed hors d’oeuvres, you sit down for a plated meal of chicken or beef, feeling full but not necessarily excited about your meal. If you and your guests are foodies, why not go all out on the food for your big day? In 2018, we’re seeing people choose buffets and food stations in place of traditional seated plated meals! Buffets and food stations are great, especially in destination, as they let people have their pick of food and allows them to walk around and sample different dishes while they mix and mingle with other wedding guests. Getting creative with your menu and providing a delicious meal for you and your guests is a 2018 wedding trend we are just salivating for!

Trend #5: Décor

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When it comes to décor, the hottest colours are an ever-revolving door. In 2016 and 2017 we’ve seen a lot of 80s colours like mint green and pink, or the new neutral colours of dove grey and navy blue. These colours look wonderful (especially in destination locations) and we expect this trend to stick around for a few more seasons! For other decor, the current trend is to go with a  combination of rustic pieces, including natural woods, floral patterns, and wild bouquets; combined with subtle glam accents including glass vases, tea candles, and metallic accessories to create a gorgeous boho-chic vibe. For 2018 weddings we expect to see a shift away from the garden pastel accents to more bold and vivacious colours. Deep reds, plum purples, and rich golds will definitely make a come-back in the next year or two!

No matter what you trends you follow, your wedding should be a reflection of you and your partner – what you love, and what makes you unique as a couple. Don’t be shy about coming up with your own trends and traditions, because you never know when something might come into style! What’s important is that you love every aspect of your big day.

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

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