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Expert advice for planning the perfect destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort

Hosting a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort removes a lot of the guesswork. Add in the expert advice of Hilton’s talented Team Members, and things just got even easier.

By Shayla Martin | October 26, 2023

A wedding at an all-inclusive resort is ideal for everyone involved: Guests get to turn their trip into a worry-free vacation, while the happy couple can relax knowing there’s an entire team handling the details of their big day. That said, there are a lot of decisions the betrotheds must make to ensure their wedding is everything they’ve dreamed of. These five popular wedding destinations are home to stunning all-inclusive resorts that will suit the needs of any engaged couple and their guests. Add a few expert tips, and you can get hitched without a hitch.

Tulum, Mexico

Equal parts casual and chic, Tulum is perfect for sophisticated yet low-key couples. At Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort, weddings are inspired by the tranquil, lush surroundings and the pristine shores of the Mexican Caribbean. You and your guests can enjoy the resort’s 13 dining venues and unlimited cocktails, plus the spa at sister property, Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya. While the resort offers a variety of ready-made wedding packages, personalization is key to making your big day feel unique. “We always encourage our couples to stop overthinking traditions and lean into what matters the most to them to let their dream wedding become a reality,” says Liliana Barjoas, assistant director of social catering and events at Hilton Tulum. “All of our couples have the support and expertise from our preferred vendors who create mood boards to give them another perspective of what they can imagine for their big day.”

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Hosting a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort doesn’t mean you have to plan a huge blow out party if that’s simply not your vibe. Sometimes, all you need is the right setting and a small ceremony with your partner and closest loved ones. At Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, the glittering Bay of Banderas surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains serves as a dreamy backdrop for an intimate ceremony. The resort also offers a team of event experts that are well-versed in a variety of global wedding customs to ensure couples of all faiths and traditions feel welcome. This is all part of fostering a solid relationship between the couples and the wedding planners — a key to success according to Hernán Prado, wedding sales manager at Hilton Vallarta Riviera. Says Prado, “You have to connect with your wedding planner because you are also getting “married” [to] them for about one year, so you have to feel comfortable.”

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

If you’re planning a kid-free wedding, consider hosting it at an adults-only resort. At Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort, you won’t have to worry about little ones interrupting your day. The resort specializes in intimate seaside weddings with amenities like a couple’s massage on the beach or a romantic candlelit dinner. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s a special package for South Asian weddings with multiple events for larger groups. Choosing the package that’s right for you is the first step in planning. “Hilton Playa del Carmen offers various wedding packages to suit different preferences and budgets,” says Sandra Chavira, wedding manager at the resort. “Work closely with the wedding team to select the package that aligns with your vision and needs.”

La Romana, Dominican Republic

While a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort removes most of the guesswork and stress of a wedding, it’s important to plan for the details you desire. At Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort along the Dominican Republic’s stunning Caribbean coast, you’ll find beautiful views, gourmet dining, seaside spa treatments and a dedicated team to bring your wedding vision to life. Awilda Rijo, wedding coordinator at Hilton La Romana, notes that having a budget is key. “I recommend couples start talking to their wedding specialist early on about their wedding budget. Our wedding couples can make the most of their planning experience by having an idea of how much they want to spend and what aspects matter the most for their big day, whether its decor, entertainment, F&B etc.,” says Rijo. “I also encourage couples to take advantage of our Big Day Preview or Big Day Planning programs so that they can give themselves two to three days on site to get a sense of the overall vibe the location has to offer."

No matter which all-inclusive resort you choose to host your destination wedding, the timeless advice from our expert wedding teams will ensure that your once-in-a-lifetime celebration is better than you ever dreamed.

Shayla Martin is an award-winning travel and culture journalist based in Washington, D.C. Find her work in outlets including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, Hemispheres, Veranda Magazine and many more. She specializes in content about Black history and culture, luxury travel, historic preservation, wellness, interior design and personal narrative topics. She is also the founder of The Road We Trod, a bi-weekly newsletter that explores travel destinations through the Black gaze.

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