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How To... Create the perfect destination wedding

Make sure all your destination wedding dreams come true with the help of Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort’s wedding sales manager, Hernán Arenas Prado. | By Alison Cavatore | February 14, 2023

Dream destination

Hernán Arenas Prado, Hilton Vallarta All-Inclusive Resort’s wedding sales manager, shares his best tips for creating the perfect destination wedding.

If you’re getting married this year or next, there’s no better time than now to start working on your destination wedding checklist. Flowers? Check. Rings? Check. Location? Check!

There’s an art to planning a destination wedding, especially if your wedding venue is an all-inclusive resort, and the devil is often in the details. For everything to be perfect, from rehearsal dinner to wedding ceremony, you need the expert assistance of someone who has an eye for organization and a passion for making dreams come true. Hernán Arenas Prado, wedding sales manager at Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, is just the man for the job.

Says Arenas Prado, “[Couples] have to be authentic in their vision and vibe for what they want for their big day. It has to represent them. They can’t feel pressure to be something that they are not.”

Prado recommends first finding a wedding planner who you truly connect with. “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.”

Then, work with your wedding planner to get a full view of all the components you’ll need to keep in mind, including budget, venue, guest list, invitations, menu, decor, a photographer and music. Once you’ve made your list (and checked it twice!), trust your wedding planner to execute your ideas. This way, you’ll get nothing short of wedding bliss once the big day rolls around.

So, grab your pen and paper and follow along as Arenas Prado shares his tips for the perfect destination wedding.

How To... Create the perfect destination wedding

Step 1: Set the scene. Create memorable moments by choosing reception and ceremony locations that are unique to you and your partner. At Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, the Pacific Ocean serves as your backdrop — while you remain in the spotlight.

Step 2: Dinner is served! Wow your guests with a curated menu featuring local cuisine for something truly authentic to your destination. Then, choose a wedding cake to be the centerpiece for your feast. 

Step 3: Picture perfect. Select flower arrangements and decorations to set the mood, then choose a wedding photographer to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Step 4: Party time! Book musical entertainment that will keep the wedding party going all night long.

Alison Cavatore is the assistant editor for the content marketing team at Hilton. She has written and copyedited for numerous print and digital publications in the U.S. and abroad. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Alison has lived in Miami, Scottsdale, Holland, France, Switzerland and Canada. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.