5 reasons to book your destination wedding at an All-Inclusive resort
Let everyone else do the planning so that you can enjoy your all-inclusive destination wedding. | By Kelsey Ogletree | April 7, 2022 (Updated January 31, 2024)
Congratulations, you’re engaged! Next comes the planning stage, where an important first step is choosing your venue. All-inclusive resorts are the perfect spot to host a destination wedding, as they provide built-in vacations for you and all your guests. They also make planning a breeze, thanks to:
Fantasy locations: With stunning scenery and ideal weather, you’ve got a honeymoon destination at your door
Dream teams: Staff will ensure your wedding goes according to plan, handling everything from photography to decor
Endless customization: Between individual venues, setups, food and beverage, decor and more, your day will perfectly reflect you as a couple
From white sand beaches to aquamarine seas, hosting a destination wedding at a tropical resort has decor in droves thanks to nature’s beautiful scenery. But beyond backdrops so perfect they could be a desktop screensaver, many resorts offer one-of-a-kind venues for all your wedding festivities, from the welcome reception to the ceremony and after-party to the post-wedding brunch. Best of all? They’re ready-to-go so that you can relax.
For instance, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Jamaica, you can host a ceremony against the sweeping arches of a historical 1837 aqueduct, a rehearsal dinner at Three Palms overlooking the picture-perfect Cinnamon Hill Golf Course or a reception at the restored Rose Hall Great House dating back to the 18th century. The next day, you’ll be post-celebration on the sand.
Planning made easy (sea) breezy
You may choose to obtain your official marriage certificate at home, then let your all-inclusive resort team source a licensed marriage officiant who can marry you in front of your guests. This way, you’re legally married in the country of your residence but have the luxury of a breathtaking wedding in a tropical location — without the hassle of extra paperwork.
When you work with an on-site team at an all-inclusive resort, no detail is left to chance. The staff works closely with you throughout the planning process to ensure everything is coordinated exactly as you wish. They’ve got years of experience and will know exactly how to keep everything according to plan and on schedule.
You can also choose how involved you’d like the resort to be. For example, Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort, offers a range of wedding packages that let you decide how much of the decision-making you’d like to tackle. Up to and including done-for-you packages that can source vendors for everything — from bouquets and wedding cake to linens, chairs, overnight stays, photographer and videographer, live music for the reception and more. All of which adds up to you having more time to relax and enjoy.
Decor done right
Whether you desire an intimate beachside ceremony for close family or a large wedding with all your friends, all-inclusive resorts can help you create the wedding of your dreams. Your wish is their command, from classic white accouterments to Mayan-inspired decor and everything in between.
Depending on the package you select, you’ll have many options for flowers, candles, wedding arches, centerpieces, ceremonial tables, party favors and more. Your resort team can also bring in external vendors to satisfy every decor need on your list.
Celebrate good times for all
When you invite guests to a destination wedding, many will be over the moon to RSVP as the experience will also serve as a getaway for them. This is one reason many couples planning their destination wedding book at sister resorts, which are properties that have both an adult side and a family side. This ensures you can offer guests choices of where to stay that will fit their lifestyle and budgets.
A great example is Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Resort in the Dominican Republic, which gives families the option to book a spot where restaurants and activities (can you say water park?) are kid-friendly. At the same time, those who enjoy a quieter, kid-free atmosphere can stay within the adults-only part of the resort. It’s the best of both worlds when guests can choose where they stay while remaining connected to the wedding party and guests.
A honeymoon to remember
Any of your recently married friends have probably extolled how exhausting a wedding can be. The last thing you want to do post-event is pack a suitcase, and head for the airport. This is another reason booking an all-inclusive resort makes sense. Once you’ve said “I do” and celebrated your special day with all your guests, you can simply relax into an enchanting honeymoon (and perhaps be upgraded to a suite through your wedding package) without having to board another flight. Sink into a beach chair — piña colada in hand, of course — and soak up that marital bliss and all the oceanside rays at the same time.
Some all-inclusive resorts, such as Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico, also offer a free online honeymoon registry so guests can provide money towards resort extras for the happy couple. What better gift for the duo who already has it all than tropical drinks by the pool or candlelit dinners on the beach?
Kelsey Ogletree is a freelance journalist covering travel, wellness and food for national publications like Wall Street Journal, AARP, Midwest Living and Conde Nast Traveler.