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DRESSES A DESTINATION WEDDING GIVES YOU ROOM TO BE CREATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR ATTIRE.

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Above: ALEXANDRA GRECCO Top left: BERTA Top right: JUSTIN ALEXANDER Bottom left: WILLOWBY BY WATTERS Bottom right: PNINA TORNAI

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Did you KNOW? PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING IS PROBABLY UNCHARTERED TERRITORY FOR YOU, SO BEFORE YOU GO BOOKING YOUR PLANE TICKET, HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING ABROAD.

Did you know THAT SOME LOCATIONS WILL ONLY PERFORM CERTAIN RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES?

Did you know

Did you know This could be due to the officiant on staff or the laws of the country. If you choose to bring your own officiant, check with your wedding coordinator to be sure she/he is legally allowed to perform the ceremony.

That some airlines will not allow you to fly internationally if your passport expires within six months of your departure? “Technically” your passport has not expired, but you will still not be able to fly. Check that passport date!

Did you know

Did you know

that many resorts will offer free or discounted wedding packages depending on the number of rooms that you book? They can also offer group rates according to your number of guests.

that some resorts will offer a deal for a pre-wedding visit? Take a look at your venue, meet with the wedding coordinators and confirm that the location and details meet your needs. Plus, get away for a few days and enjoy the sun!

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THAT THERE ARE STILL MANY COUNTRIES THAT WILL NOT PERFORM SAME-SEX WEDDINGS? THIS GOES FOR COMMITMENT CEREMONIES AS WELL. DO YOUR RESEARCH. ALSO BE CONSIDERATE OF YOUR LGBTQ GUESTS WHEN CHOOSING A DESTINATION.

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Did you know That if you ship your favours or décor to another country, you may have to pay a fair amount in duties? In fact, if Customs believes those 40 monogrammed shotglasses are for resale, they may get held at the border indefinitely. Investigate any potential shipping issues before you send items ahead of your trip or if you pack them with you. If you have time, source local items when you arrive at your destination, or ask your on-site wedding planner for some assistance.

to The number of days that some countries require you to be in the country before your ceremony. This is to be sure all the necessary paperwork is completed. Check with your planner or tourism board for your destination’s legal requirements.

THAT BLOOD TESTS ARE SOMETIMES NEEDED BEFORE YOU CAN GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENCE? OFTEN, THESE TESTS HAVE TO BE COMPLETED IN THE DESTINATION COUNTRY. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

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Did you know THAT IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN MARRIED (AND ARE NOW DIVORCED OR WIDOWED) YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE YOUR DIVORCE PAPERS OR A DEATH CERTIFICATE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR MARRIAGE LICENCE? IN SOME COUNTRIES, IF A DIVORCE HAS HAPPENED WITHIN THE YEAR, A NEGATIVE PREGNANCY TEST IS ALSO REQUIRED.

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One of the most stressful things about a destination wedding is travelling so far from home and remembering to bring everything that your resort or destination doesn’t supply. And that’s a long list. We’ve got your back – here are 12 things destination brides commonly forget to pack, but now you won’t because you read this.

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RAZOR: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU GONE OUT OF TOWN ONLY TO REMEMBER YOUR RAZOR SITTING ON THE EDGE OF YOUR BATHTUB BACK HOME? TUCK YOUR RAZOR AND SOME SHAVE GEL/CREAM IN WITH YOUR TOILETRIES. AH, WHAT THE HECK: THROW IN AN EXTRA RAZOR, TOO.

remember: this will have to be put into checked baggage, as you won’t be allowed to bring it on the plane in your carry-on.

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ALOE: SURE, YOU SAY YOU WON’T GET A SUNBURN, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH A BURN, YOU DON’T WANT IT TO CREATE PEELING, SO ALOE WILL BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND. PACK IT JUST IN CASE (AND MAKE SURE THE CONTAINER IS IN A PLASTIC BAGGIE TO AVOID LEAKING/ SPILLAGE).

While you were so busy checking off wedding things to pack, you may have overlooked something just for you. You should have a few special, personal things tucked into your suitcase. If that means sneaking your childhood blankey into your luggage, so be it – whatever makes you happiest and helps to calm your nerves should be on your “to-bring” list.

4 THANK-YOU CARDS OR GIFTS:

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Many couples like to bestow a little gift onto members of their wedding party as a thank-you for being so personally involved with their big day. You’d feel terrible if you forgot them at home. Mark it on your packing list now… right now… go on…

5 ANTI-CHAFING PRODUCT:

IF YOU’VE BEEN BLESSED WITH THICK THIGHS, THEN YOU KNOW ABOUT THIGH CHAFING IN HOT, HUMID CLIMATES. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE IN PAIN. LOOK FOR AN ANTI-FRICTION SPRAY OR BALM – THEY WORK WONDERS!

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GUEST BOOK: Most weddings on home soil have a guest book for people to sign and you’ll want the same memento for your destination ‘do. A small blank guest book is easy to pack and put on display during your reception, and it’s something you can cherish for a lifetime.

DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED AND THE TIME OF YEAR, BUGS COULD BECOME A REAL PEST AT YOUR CEREMONY OR RECEPTION (OR EVEN THROUGHOUT YOUR VACAY). IT’S ALWAYS HANDY TO HAVE SOME BUG REPELLANT, JUST IN CASE.

11 NAIL KIT:

You’ll likely get a mani/pedi before going away, but ensure you have a few nail necessities on-hand for accidents: nail file, touch-up polish and clear topcoat.

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PERFUME: A simple yet commonly overlooked nicety, your signature scent is a wedding must. Again: please pack it in a plastic baggie – you may love your Chanel, but not soaked into every item of clothing.

8 GARTER:

A destination wedding allows you to forgo some of the more classic traditions, but the garter it still something that many brides (and grooms) love. Choose one that is fun and flirty, and matches your overall style. You don’t have to do a garter toss, just wear it.

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PRINTOUTS OF ALL CONFIRMATIONS: SOMETIMES WE RELY ON TECHNOLOGY TOO MUCH, AND THAT’S WHEN IT FAILS US. INSTEAD OF RELYING SOLELY ON EMAILS AND ELECTRONIC CONFIRMATIONS, PRINT EVERYTHING OUT SO YOU HAVE HARD COPIES FROM YOUR VENDORS, TOO.

12 JEWELRY:

While you might not normally wear baubles on a beach vacay, your destination wedding is different because everyone will be taking photos of you. Don’t forget earrings, bracelets, toe rings (for weddings in the sand), and, most importantly, the rings!

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KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND AS YOU PLAN YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING.

Do send save-the-dates as early as possible. More notice usually equals more guests. Your family and friends will need time to book off from work, find babysitters and save money for the trip. Do have a site visit before the wedding. Do ask your on-site planner to suggest local favours, foods and drinks. You booked a destination wedding in another country; experience what that country has to offer! Do secure the rings well during a beach ceremony. This is not the time for a clumsy ringbearer and a pillow. Keep the rings in the boxes and remove them carefully so they don’t end up in the sand.

DO INVEST IN PHOTOGRAPHY.

This is a special day that deserves to be documented with style and expertise. If you have a photographer you love, try to work out a way that they can come along on the trip.

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Do take weather into consideration. Beach ceremonies can mean wind, heat and sometimes rain. Choose a dress, hairstyle and shoes to suit the environment.

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don’t Don’t forget about a honeymoon. Sure, you just spent a week in paradise, but you were surrounded by your guests and likely stressed about the big day. After you exchange vows, stay an extra week to decompress. Switch resorts to make it feel like a true getaway.

Don’t skip the wedding planner. Organizing a wedding is hard enough, but from thousands of kilometres away – even worse. Enlist the help of an expert.

DON’T ABANDON YOUR GUESTS. SURE, YOU’RE BUSY, BUT YOUR GUESTS MUST BE UPDATED ON ALL EVENTS. PROVIDE AN ITINERARY, MAPS AND OTHER NECESSARY INFO IN THEIR HOTEL ROOM.

DON’T PACK YOUR WEDDING DRESS, ACCESSORIES, RINGS OR ANY OTHER KEY ITEMS IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE. THEY ARE IMPORTANT CARRY-ONS!

DON’T TRY TO PLEASE EVERYONE

Pick a date that works for all the important people (parents, siblings, wedding party) and go with it. Not everyone will be able to go, unfortunately.

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Soak up the SUNSET HOST YOUR WEDDING AT ONE OF THESE FIVE WESTWARD-FACING BEACH RESORTS IN THE CARIBBEAN, U.S. AND MEXICO – AND ENSURE THAT A STELLAR SUNSET WILL ACCENTUATE YOUR BIG DAY. BY ERIKA HUENEKE

South Seas Island Resort, CAPTIVA, FLORIDA

Savoring the sunset is almost a religion on Captiva Island, tucked just north of Sanibel on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Every evening, guests gather on Sunset Beach to watch the sun dip under the horizon, wishing upon a shell as they toss it into the sea. Sunset is also a prime time for a luau rehearsal dinner on the sand, or a breezy ceremony at Sunset Pointe, where dolphins sometimes make cameos in the waves behind the wedding canopy. For the reception, the resort’s Sunset Pavilion tent looks over the water from floor-toceiling windows. Before and after the main event, keep loved ones busy with kayaking, jet-skiing and parasailing courtesy of Sunny Island Adventures, located onsite.

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The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO

Every Friday, this sexy luxury resort greets the sunset theatrically: with a Champagne sabering ritual, where the cork is released from a bottle of bubbly with a literal sword. The drama continues with toes-in-the-sand vows, followed by a beach barbecue of fresh-caught fish at the Mita Mary Boat Bistro, as the rosy sky reflects

in the nearby infinity pool. After the sun makes its grand exit, keep things lit with a fireworks display, a fire pit with s’mores and dancing under the stars. Tip: time your event between December and April for the best chance of spotting migrating humpback whales in the shimmering Bay of Banderas.

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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, CAYMAN ISLANDS At this beach house-themed hotel, happy hour and sunset are practically synonymous. The resort sets out special lounge furniture on Seven Mile Beach for the sun’s nightly show; curl up with your nearest and dearest to watch while toasting with boozy Cayman lemonades. For more sundown admiration, gather your gang for a sunset cruise on a Red Sail Sports catamaran. Back at the resort, weddings are also intimate, barefoot-chic affairs – especially when you recruit events specialist Celebrations LTD to elevate the decor with bamboo chairs, flower walls, market lighting and more. After dark, attention stays on the skies with stargazing and a send-off of glowing wish lanterns.

5 Terranea Resort, RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA Leave it to California to commemorate the sunset with the ringing of crystal singing bowls – a meditative practice that boosts healing and relaxation via sound and vibration. That Zen sensation extends to the hotel’s expansive indoor/outdoor spa, as well as to nuptials under the flower-swathed trellis of Catalina Point, a bluff perched over the Pacific. After the vows, celebrate on the oceanfront lawn as the sun sinks behind Catalina Island in the distance. Further enhance the SoCal vibe with a sustainable, farm-to-table menu paired with Napa wines, plus group activities like a coastal hike, tide-pooling and seaside yoga. Namaste.

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At Ocean Club, sunset comes with a side of live music three nights a week, and on Mondays, the resort’s weekly buffet on Grace Bay Beach overflows with conch fritters and rum punch as the sun makes its mesmerizing descent. For the wedding day, keep it simple with the hotel’s set package that covers all the planning basics, or upgrade with add-ons like a live calypso band and a custom boardwalk for the ceremony aisle. After newlywed portraits set to a backdrop of pastel-painted skies, receptions kick off in the twinkle light-strung courtyard of Opus Restaurant. Or host your soiree right on the sand, illuminated with tiki torches and a blazing bonfire.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

› There are eight international airports, making travel easy for your guests. There are frequent flights from all over Canada. › You must be in the country for three days prior to a legal wedding ceremony in order to get all the legalities sorted. There is more flexibility for symbolic weddings. › You will require your passport, birth certificate, declaration of single status, divorce papers (if necessary), death certificate (if widowed) and passports of non-family

witnesses. Some of these documents may have to be translated to Spanish before your trip. Double check with your planner. › For religious ceremonies, you may need a baptismal certificate. › The weather is warm year, round, but the Dominican Republic can sometimes be affected by hurricane season (June 1 to November 30). March to May are the best times to travel – great weather and fewer people. › If you have a particular environment in mind, the Dominican has it all: mountains, tropical garden areas and beautiful beaches. For gorgeous white sand, try Bavaro Beach or Playa Rincón.

To get you started, take a look at these properties who are known for their destination weddings: Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (above), Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa or the Be Live Collection Marien.

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› The Dominican is an affordable option, while maintaining high quality when it comes to resort properties, food and alcohol. There are over 80,000 hotel rooms available in the country.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CRUISE PORT FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING Ocean breezes. Spectacular oceanfront photos. Unforgettable wedding memories. Getting married on a tropical island during a cruise adds a unique twist to your destination wedding, and is an ideal way to celebrate your union with family and friends. We’ve gathered some insider tips from a planner who specializes in weddings at sea so you can choose the best option for your dream wedding at a port of call.

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If you’ve never taken a cruise, you may want to take a closer look at how the ship docks at certain ports – especially if you’re sailing on a mega-ship. At some islands, such as Aruba, Nassau, Barbados or Cozumel, a large vessel can pull up to the port and passengers walk right off. But other islands, including Grand Cayman and Belize, have tender ports that require ships to drop their anchor in the ocean and transport passengers to shore via a small boat.

“It’s definitely a lot easier if couples don’t have to worry about getting their guests into the tender boats, but we make it work,” says Pyke.

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You may have your heart set on a summer wedding, but that’s prime hurricane season: Between June and November, you could hit rough seas and stormy weather, says Michelle Pyke, program manager for the Princess Cruise Line program for Royal Ocean Events in Vancouver. The wedding planners work exclusively with four major cruise lines – Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Holland America – and can also arrange weddings on Carnival ships. “We do have couples who take the risk, but it’s not something we recommend,” says Pyke. “There are other options for that time of year, such as Alaska, where we can do glacier weddings, or Santorini in Greece, which is a really great location.” Sometimes, strong winds surrounding ports like Grand Cayman can cause cruise ships to alter the itinerary to avoid a storm. However, the cruise line’s wedding planners always have a plan B, says Pyke. “For example, if you had a wedding booked in Nassau and now you’re going into a different port of call where we have a team set up, we’ll work with them to plan a wedding for you, even if it’s three days away.”

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Dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding at Disney’s Castaway Cay, Norwegian’s Great Stirrup Cay or Holland America’s Half Moon Cay? A destination cruise wedding offers this additional perk for couples, says Pyke. “Royal Caribbean does many weddings at CocoCay, an exclusive area that’s one of their biggest destination wedding locations. Not only are you taking this amazing luxury cruise, but you’re going to your own private space on that island and having a wedding,” she says. Be aware that if you want to get married on a cruise line’s private island, the ceremony will be symbolic. You can, however, have a legal ceremony at your port of departure before the ship sets sail with the captain officiating, suggests Pyke, and then do a symbolic ceremony ashore.

“In Bermuda, it’s fairly easy to get a licence, while in other ports like Santorini, it can be a more complicated application process that takes longer to arrange.” Many couples assume they can only have a symbolic wedding if they choose a port of call, but that’s not always the case, says Pyke. In fact, Canadians can legally be married in Bermuda, Nassau, St. Thomas and the Cayman Islands, for example. Because licensing rules, waiting periods and fees vary wildly depending on the port, Pyke’s team guides couples through the process. “In Bermuda, it’s fairly easy to get a license, while in other ports like Santorini, it can be a more complicated

application process that takes longer to arrange,” says Pyke, adding that because some ports can also charge hefty fees, many couples opt for a symbolic ceremony. Most cruise lines require booking a minimum of 45-60 days in advance to get married during the trip, and you must book the cruise before you can start arranging the ashore wedding. Keep in mind that if you want to be married by the captain, you’ll have to do so onboard the ship, as local officiants conduct ashore ceremonies.

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BY W E N DY H E L F E N BAU M

NASHVILLE

A wedding in HONKY-TONK HEAVEN MAGNIFICENT LANDSCAPES & DIVERSE CULTURE FOR MUSIC-LOVING COUPLES looking

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for unique venues, down-home cooking and fabulous nightlife, getting married in Nashville offers a fun and romantic option at an affordable price. The Tennessee state capital – also known as Music City – hosted close to 16 million visitors this year, and it’s one of the top U.S. wedding destinations for both indoor and outdoor events of all sizes. Whether you’re looking for a casual, low-key celebration in a renovated barn or a traditional affair on a historic plantation or in a beautifully restored hotel, this country music mecca has it all – including talented bands to keep your guests dancing until the wee hours. First established on the banks of the Cumberland River in 1779, Nashville is known for having been built on a dream and a song, with its earliest political leaders as famous for their musicianship as for their leadership. Nashville features easy flight access from many Canadian cities and a range of lodging options at all price points. More than 50 hotels have been built or revamped in the city since 2018, such as Bode.co, which offers flexible apartment-style two- to five-bedroom rooms with full kitchens and large living spaces where family members and guests can celebrate together. With its vibrant club scene, vintage shops and foodie options

galore, Nashville is also the ideal place to hold pre-wedding events such as bachelor or bachelorette parties. Your out-of-towners will enjoy exploring Nashville’s eclectic neighbourhoods, such as Franklin, the Gulch, 12South, Hillsboro Village and of course the honky-tonk clubs on Lower Broadway. With more than 180 live music venues offering shows all day and night, your friends and family can download the free Nashville Live Music Guide app to find shows throughout their stay. Other must-see attractions include the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the Parthenon in Centennial Park, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the

Nashville Zoo, which is also a wedding venue. Be sure to pack stretchy pants, because the Music City’s food is as legendary as its tunes. Sample some comfort food like Nashville’s renowned hot chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and fill up on authentic barbecue ‘meat and three’ at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint or Peg Leg Porker BBQ. Leave room for dessert such as banana pudding or sweet treats at The Cupcake Collection in Germantown. PRO TIP: Autumn is especially popular for weddings, as the weather is mild but not sweltering. But no matter when you travel to Nashville, you’re sure to have a rollicking good time.

DID YOU KNOW? GETTING THERE: From Toronto, a direct flight to Nashville is about 75 minutes.

Bode.co offers apartment-style living spaces where guests can celebrate together.

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› In a rustic-chic barn: The Loveless Barn. lovelessevents.com › On an elegant 19th Century Southern Plantation: Belle Meade Plantation. bellemeadeplantation.com › At a restored railroad station: Nashville Union Station Hotel. unionstationhotelnashville.com › At a sprawling estate and botanical garden: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. cheekwood.org › At a legendary music venue: Country Music Hall of Fame. countrymusichalloffame.org

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RIVIERA MAYA

Taking vows IN SUNNY MEXICO A TROPICAL PARADISE WITH A BEAUTIFUL HISTORY ONE HOUR SOUTH of Cancun International Airport, history and magic collide in Riviera Maya. Made famous by large scale resorts and luxe boutique hotels, it’s not hard to be swept away by the romance and folklore of the region. It is the ideal place to get married and enjoy time with your family and friends. When it comes to planning your dream wedding in Mexico, each of the region’s resorts and hotels offer a multitude of options to help make your day unique. For example, with Weddings by Palladium, the Palladium Resorts team has combined forces with internationally known party guru Karen Bussen to offer couples more than just a wedding. Starting with your envisioned mood for the day, each carefully curated wedding collection can be tailored specifically to you as a couple. Whether it’s big romance on the beach or twilight nuptials under the stars followed by a party with all of your faves, each detail is guaranteed to be Insta-worthy. With a lush green landscape and turquoise waters along the coast as far as the eye can see, it’s difficult not to feel the energy of the region’s rich history. Dating back to 2000 BC, the Ancient Mayans believed in all things sacred and are credited with developing calendar systems, building stunning architecture and for early hieroglyphic writing.

Top: Ruins of Chichen-itza Below: TRS Yucatan Hotel

Carve out some time pre-wedding for a day trip to the ruins of Chichen-itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world. Finish your tour with a swim in a cenote – a deep, natural pool revered by the Mayans. Or experience the magic of the Mayans in Rio Secreto, a stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. Try the Rio Secreto Wild Tour for an exhilarating combination of biking, walking and snorkeling or floating in the crystal-clear waters of

the caverns. Tours are available for groups or private tours can be arranged. There are many excursions and activities to enjoy with your guests. Keep the party going off-site with a private catamaran charter where you can snorkel, swim or enjoy the sights from the ship’s deck while sipping on mezcal, tequila’s sweeter cousin. Then reach new heights of relaxation with a yoga class in Playa del Carmen either in-studio or bring the calm to you with a private class for your group.

DID YOU KNOW? GETTING THERE:

Travelling to Riviera Maya is simple, with multiple direct flights from Toronto to Cancun daily. Taking you from sleet and snow to paradise in just under four hours.

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› Under a pergola overlooking the ocean outside of Helios Restaurant at TRS Yucatan Hotel. trsyucatanhotel.com › Private beach at dusk with Secret Jewel Celebrations Venue. secretjewel.com.mx › “Vino de México Xcaret” Wine Cellar at Xcaret Park. xcaret.com

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B Y D O U G WA L L A C E

CURAÇAO

Dutch-flavoured, CARIBBEAN COOL

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thought you knew – and then there’s Curaçao, a surprise taste of European-chic off the coast of Venezuela. With a multicultural heritage that includes Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese, the island oozes European charm, architecture and influence. This cosmopolitan perspective is then wrapped in an icing of warm island hospitality – all of which suits its many visitors from the Netherlands perfectly. There are a number of nooks and crannies here to anchor your big day away. Rather than a few long stretches of beach, Curaçao has 35 small beaches, each with its own character. You just have to find the one that suits you best. With watersports for the adventurer, a celebrated culinary scene for the foodie, a café society for the night owl, and a treasured link to the past for the history buff, Curaçao truly has something for everyone. The fact that the island is outside the hurricane belt is another selling point, particularly when you have a wedding to plan. Couples opting for opulence book in at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, with custom-designed packages for five guests or 500. You can choose from the white-sand beach, an oceanside pavilion, expansive terraces, even a helipad. The resort also serves up several pools, tennis courts, a full-service spa and

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one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Intimate ceremonies at Baoase Luxury Resort can be held in a stunning private villa or on tiny Bibi Island directly in front of the resort, which offers palm-tree perfection and a stellar sunset. When you’re off the wedding clock, daytime can be spent weaving through the narrow laneways of the UNESCO-designated capital of Willemstad. Highlights here include Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, and Museum Kurá Hulanda, which holds the largest collection of African artifacts in the

Caribbean. The neighbourhood of Pietermaai is in the thick of things, home to Curaçao’s top restaurants and lounges, where visitors can indulge in romantic cliffside restaurants, chilled-out poolside patios and animated cocktail bars. The Euro-tinged island cuisine yields succulent snapper, the freshest tuna and exquisite ceviche via seemingly endless and inventive fusion. Back to your checklist, the steps to tying the knot in Curaçao are not complicated. Once the paperwork is arranged with the registry office and your witnesses are lined up, all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself.

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Both Air Canada and WestJet fly non-stop from Toronto to Curaçao in about five hours. The best time to visit is May to November, during the off season – when all the Dutch tourists are enjoying their backyards.

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PLACES TO HOST YOUR WEDDING: (Images left to right)

› Under a pavilion at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort (Santa Barbara). santabarbararesortcuracao.com › On a private island at Baoase Luxury Resort (Steenrijk). baoase.com › On the beach at Avila Beach Hotel (Nieuw Nederland). avilabeachhotel.com

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GETTING THERE:

› On the pier at Oasis Coral Estate Resort (Sint Willibrordus). oasiscoralestate.com › Poolside at LGBTQ-friendly Floris Suite Hotel & Spa (Piscadera). florisssuitehotel.com VISIT CURACAO.COM

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REAL Weddings

PUNTA CANA

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Randall & Ryan They met at age six, grew up together and were prom dates! After postsecondary school, they took a chance on love. Less than five years later, they married at Kukua Beach Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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FIRST LOOK: The couple agrees that the best part of the big day was the first look, which the bride was against in the beginning. Randall says, “I would recommend it to anyone now. You get such raw and real photos from it and it helps ease any nerves before the ceremony.” SPECIAL DETAILS: “Guests have told us they were blown away with the amount of detail that went into the whole day,” says Randall. “The flowers, the little personalized placemats, the seating chart photos, the head table’s hanging lights and greenery – it was obvious that a lot of planning went into the day.” (Weddings by Mayte planned the event.) SOME ADVICE: Randall says, “Because planning a destination wedding is mainly through e-mail, be as clear as you can with what you want. Use pictures and Pinterest for reference, and ask as many questions as you want, even if you think they are silly. We also communicated with previous brides at Kukua through Facebook.” CANADA WIDE: Fifty guests travelled from Ottawa, Edmonton, British Columbia, Quebec and Toronto.

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REAL Weddings

SCOTLAND

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Valerie Aaron

Six years after meeting online, this Calgary couple paid homage to their Scottish roots, exchanging vows at Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands, with their daughters by their side.

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SOME ADVICE: “Leave room in your budget for the cost of marriage visas and the travel time and costs incurred to get to a visa office.” CHOOSING THE LOCATION: “Once we had settled on Scotland, I started searching social media with #scottishweddings, #weddingsinscotland,” says Valerie. “Somehow I came across photos of the Eilean Donan Castle. I had no idea what part of Scotland it was in or how hard it would be to get there, but I knew once I saw it, there wouldn’t be anything else that would compare.” A HELPFUL PLANNER: Lisa Bauer, of Tartan Weddings, played a big role in planning from a distance. With extensive knowledge of Scotland, Lisa’s expertise made the process easier. “She helped us to take small bites, crossing off one thing at a time,” says Valerie. “It can be very overwhelming to think of the entire picture, but Lisa really helped us prioritize all of the items so that it was less overwhelming.” FAVOURITE MOMENT: Valerie says, “I will never forget the feeling of walking on that cobblestone and looking up at the castle that I had been dreaming about being in for a year. As I walked across the bridge I took in every stone, I smelled the wet air, I felt my parents beside me. I cried. I was so emotional. I couldn’t believe this was actually happening.”

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REAL Weddings

MAUI

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Terri moved to Canada from Shanghai 18 years ago, to Orléans, Ont., then went to the University of Waterloo. She met Nick online – he lived in the same small town and went to the same school. It was meant to be.

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MAUI MAGIC: Both the ceremony and reception took place at Haiku Mill in Maui, a gorgeous venue that highlights the nature of Hawaii. Thirty-five guests travelled from Toronto, Ottawa, Shanghai, Chicago and Boston. FAVOURITE PARTS: “My favourite part of the day was actually the dinner reception,” says Terri. Haiku Mill was beautiful in the evening. “With chandeliers, other décor and the surrounding nature, it created a very intimate and elegant ambiance. I regret that we didn’t have more night pictures taken. Nick’s favourite part was the first dance – or rather, the completion of the first dance, which was something he stressed about.” ADVICE TO COUPLES: Terri says, “For destination weddings, it’s all about communicating your vision as clearly as possible. Due to the time difference, communication may go slowly, so start early if possible. I also found showing our wedding planner or vendors pictures of what I liked was lot more effective than describing concepts in words.” PLANNER LOVE: Elements by K.H & co. helped the couple create the day of their dreams. Having onsite planners can really alleviate stress!

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REAL Weddings

NEW ORLEANS

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Shannon

Brad

After 20 years apart, this Toronto bride and groom reconnected, fell in love and had a beautiful baby girl. Their daughter stole the show as flower girl at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum in front of 100 guests.

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LILAC AND LEMON: Shades of purple and yellow brightened this outdoor garden wedding, with roses covering a natural archway by the fountain – creating the perfect altar. A string band played “All of My Love” by Led Zeppelin as the bride walked down the aisle.

UNIQUE ACTIVITIES: The wedding party had to disappear for photos after the ceremony. During this time, there was a small cocktail hour where guests could peruse medical equipment, medicines, potions and other historical items in the museum.

A TRUE NEW ORLEANS EXPERIENCE: “The guests received handkerchiefs and they were led on a second line through the French quarter with the Kinfolk Brass band as spectators cheered and at times joined in,” says Shannon. “They danced through the streets to our reception at Latrobe’s on Royal. A sumptuous dinner was served, followed by a bananas Foster station and a delicious lemon cake with raspberry filling.” ENTERTAINMENT: What would a wedding in New Orleans be without a little magic? After dinner, guests were able to enjoy a tarot card reading then dance the night away to James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars band. Shannon says, “All the guests stated they had never experienced such a unique, fun and happy wedding!”

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

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Matthew

The bride and groom exchanged vows in Manning Provincial Park, BC in front of 120 guests who travelled from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and The Northwest Territories to celebrate at Manning Park Lodges.

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NO SERVICE: Located in the Cascade mountains, the venue had little to no cell reception, which was just fine with the bride. All the guests were able to take in every moment without being glued to their phones. “The remote location will be what people remember most,” says Meagan. “Spending the whole weekend together with little service, out of city lights. You couldn’t have a wedding any more secluded!” THE TOUGHEST PART: “Manning Park made it very easy to plan,” says Meagan. “They provided a wedding planner, plus all preferred vendors. The toughest part I found was RSVPing my guests. The closest town from Manning Park is about a hour drive, so I had to make sure they all had accommodations booked as part of their RSVP. I sent out invitations with lots of notice for my guests to plan and book.”

HAPPY CAMPERS: “We both love the outdoors and camping, which is why we chose Manning Provincial Park to have our wedding,” Meagan says. “We gathered up all our friends and family who travelled to basically the middle of nowhere, staying in little cabins or camping, celebrating our happily ever after!”

WEDDING ATTIRE: The bride wore a Watters gown and the groom wore a Joseph Abboud suit. The bridesmaids looked lovely in dresses by Show Me Your Mumu.

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS ARE ALL ABOUT THE LOCATION. SO WHERE SHOULD YOU GO? HERE ARE JUST A FEW IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOUR DECISION.

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DESTINATION WEDDING BELLS & WHISTLES THE BIGGER YOUR GUEST LIST, THE BIGGER YOUR PERK LIST

WEDDING PACKAGES BY RIU EXPERIENCE NATURAL BEAUTY

The more the merrier, they say—and nowhere does that hold more true than at a Beaches® Resorts wedding. The more guests you bring, the more Bells & Whistles you’ll get. And to sweeten the pot, you can even pick and choose the perks that mean the most to you. There’s so many great options, you’re sure to find some you’ll love:  • Welcome Celebration Cocktail Party • Wedding Lobster Dinner*  • $1000 Credit Towards Catamaran  • Rum & Game Night • 6-Night upgrade to a Love Nest Butler Suite® • Many More! You can even get a Free* Tropical Wedding for as many guests as you like when you stay 3+ nights. Or you can customize every detail to create the wedding of your dreams. Best of all, once the vows have been exchanged and the bouquet has been tossed, the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of begins for you…while your guests enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Don’t worry about a thing, because everything is included. Every land and water sport under the sun. Extraordinary 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining at up to 21 restaurants per resort. Up to 14 bars per resort, where premium liquors are always on the house. It’s the perfect union of a wedding, honeymoon and vacation…for everyone. For more information: beaches.com/weddings 1-877-BEACHES or call your Travel Advisor. For important terms & conditions visit beaches.com/disclaimers/dwmpspringsummer2020 Beaches® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is an affiliate of Unique Travel Corp., the worldwide representative of Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

For couples wishing to celebrate a romantic wedding without worrying about added expenses, the FREE WEDDING PACKAGE from RIU is the perfect fit. Available at select RIU hotels throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, this package features a bridal bouquet, groom´s boutonniere, special decoration in the couple´s room, a surprise spa gift and the services of a RIU Wedding Specialist. For the ceremony location, RIU provides setup, décor and a playlist. The couple and up to eight guests will also enjoy wedding cake, sparkling wine for the initial toast and a semiprivate dinner in a specialty restaurant. Available when booking any room category, the package requires no minimum number of rooms or room nights. Want to customize the big day? Optional add-ons are available. A minister or judge is available upon request, as are blood tests. Certain required fees may apply. The chain also offers INDULGENCE, their latest and most innovative package, along with their CAPRICE, ROYAL and CLASSIC packages. For more information, please contact a RIU Wedding Specialist at www.weddingsbyriu.com or weddings@riu.com

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2-NIGHT STAY FOR TWO FOR ONLY $500 AT HILTON LA ROMANA ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS

You can’t beat the value, beauty and ease of a destination wedding at a Hilton all-inclusive resort. However, you may be concerned about planning and envisioning your big day from afar. The NEW Hilton La Romana all-inclusive resorts have eased those concerns with Big Day Preview. Big Day Preview allows you and a guest to experience two days of all-inclusive bliss at either Hilton La Romana an All-Inclusive Adult Resort or Hilton La Romana an All-Inclusive Family resort. During your stay you’ll explore all your options from wedding venues (think elegant ballrooms and beachfront gazebos) to cakes. Your personal onsite wedding planner will answer questions and guide you through a resort tour and special food tastings. While you’re visiting, you’re free to enjoy the resorts’ all-inclusive amenities, just like your guests will on the big day. The two-night stay for two costs only $500 and upon booking your date you’ll receive a $500 credit toward your wedding. It’s like getting your Big Day Preview for free! Book your Big Day Preview now by calling 888.659.8767 or visit resortsbyhilton.com

DESIGNING YOUR OWN DESTINATION WEDDING IS NOW EASY

A once-in-a-lifetime love calls for a once-in-a-lifetime wedding. That’s why Sandals® created the only destination wedding that lets you customize every detail—by mixing and matching hundreds of decór, floral and catering options. And with this new wedding planning tool, it’s easier than ever to plan your dream day. Everything a bride needs is right at your fingertips, helping you visualize every detail of your ceremony and reception. You can even chat face-to-face with your wedding planner with a Virtual Wedding Design Experience. Explore a catalog of décor options during a video chat session from the comfort of your own home. You can go over every detail, from venues and menus, to photography packages and special add-on services. You can even Test Drive your WeddingMoon® at any of the 15 Sandals resorts on six Caribbean islands. When it comes to your special day, nothing is left to chance. For more information: www.sandals.com/weddings 1-877-SANDALS or call your travel advisor *Visit www.sandals.com/disclaimers/todaysbridesprsum20 or call 1-800-SANDALS for important terms and conditions. Sandals® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is an affiliate of UniqueTravel Corp., the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts.

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HONEYMOON IN LUXURY PLUNGE POOL SUITES IN SERENITY AT COCONUT BAY

MEANINGFUL PERSONALIZATION: WEDDINGS BY PALLADIUM

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For your ultimate couples-only honeymoon choose Serenity at Coconut Bay, Saint Lucia’s number one traveler rated resort on TripAdvisor, conveniently located to explore this exotic island’s world-famous attractions. You’ll be pampered with relaxed, superlative service and an unlimited all-inclusive experience, unrivaled in the World’s Most Romantic Destination. Imagine treating each other to a decadent in-suite massage, a cozy hammock-for-two nap and a soothing aromatherapy soak in your oversized bath. At Serenity every incredibly private Plunge Pool Butler Suite is a lovers’ haven. Butlers see to every wish from breakfast in bed to moonlight dinners and cocktails on your private pool deck, and you’ll enjoy farm-to-table gourmet dining at the Greathouse Restaurant. Serenity’s pool will entice you to venture out of your expansive suite with pampered lounging and an intimate pool- or beach-cabana date. For a spectacular and private wedding, say “I do” on a catamaran with the majestic Piton mountains as special guests. To start planning your luxury wedding or honeymoon and find Serenity, Call 877-252-0304 or visit serenityatcoconutbay.com for more information.

Lovebirds from Weddings by Palladium

Weddings by Palladium by Palladium Hotel Group focuses on customization that highlights meaningful and personal elements to capture the essence of each unique love story. Karen Bussen, well-known and sought-after New York-based event and wedding planner is the exclusive wedding designer for Palladium Hotel Group and the Weddings by Palladium collections. Thoughtfully designed, these wedding collections offer tons of options for customized celebrations, combined with the amenities Palladium Hotel Group guests expect. From intimate, small weddings to multi-event celebrations, Weddings by Palladium delivers bespoke touches, elaborate catering and luxury, five-star experiences. Expert professionals guide the process ensuring every detail is executed with personalized care, from flowers and décor inspiration to inclusive food and drink options. Customizations extend to specific cultural traditions and other wedding ritual requests including same-sex ceremonies allowing couples to celebrate their union at one of the many beautiful oceanfront locations available. Palladium Hotel Group’s Weddings by Palladium collections are available at the adults-only TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. To learn more, please visit www. palladiumweddings.com or call 1-866-685-8524.

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CARIBBEAN WEDDING EXPERIENCE AT BE LIVE HOTELS IN CUBA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

WEDDING VACATIONS CANADA’S DESTINATION WEDDING EXPERTS

Vacations are all about being stress-free and at Wedding Vacations, the same goes for destination weddings. From helping you choose a resort that suits your style and budget to coordinating travel for your entire wedding group, our expert destination wedding consultants are there for you every step of the way to make your dream destination wedding a reality. Be Live’s beautiful resorts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic are the perfect setting to accommodate any destination wedding group. They offer a variety of wedding packages to pick from, which include exclusive amenities, such as private reception dinners. Complimentary wedding packages are also available at our hotels (must meet certain requirements to qualify). With an impeccable service, the Be Live Hotels wedding team is committed to exceeding expectations and anticipating every couple’s individual needs as well as making sure all your guests enjoy their all-inclusive stay to the max. Be Live Hotels’ 4- and 5-star all-inclusive resorts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic feature modern accommodations, superior service and VIP areas. Under the Be Live Collection and Be Live Experience brands, we offer distinct hotels for families looking for an active vacation or for singles/couples in an adults-only ambiance in the finest beach destinations. A fun time is guaranteed for everyone partaking in your Caribbean Wedding Experience!! For more information, visit weddings.belivehotels.com or contact weddings.manager@belivehotels.com.

In addition to years of expertise in planning destination weddings across breathtaking locations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, we also offer our clients trusted relationships with top-rated resorts and comprehensive wedding planning services to ensure your tropical celebrations are one-of-a-kind. Planning a destination wedding? Here are some of our top tips: • Book with Wedding Vacations to ensure the planning process is a tropical breeze • Take advantage of incredible group savings when travelling with 10 or more, even when travelling from different cities • Show your destination wedding consultants photographs to help them understand your wedding vision • Ask your destination wedding consultant about resort-offered wedding packages to make the most of your budget For more details visit weddingvacations.com or connect with an experienced wedding consultant at Wedding Vacations – your source of inspiration for destination weddings.

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Your wedding is uniquely you and never cookie cutter at Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, a 2019 British Weddings Award winner. Choose an intimate ceremony or the grand Platinum and Pearl Weddings which bring together your most requested destination wedding elements for a larger guest list with every inclusion, except the stress. Your vibrant bridal bouquet, tiered cake and steel band music are just the start. Something blue is always included at our oceanside Eternity Beach and Gazebo, setting a tropical romantic mood for your cocktail party, ceremony and reception. Your personal planner sees to every special touch making your dream wedding come true. Make memories with your guests hosting a bonfire beach party or elegant rehearsal dinner under the stars, sip cocktails at a Gazebo garden party, and see the majestic Pitons on a private catamaran cruise. You and your guests will enjoy a fun-filled getaway with a choice of family-friendly Splash or adults-only Harmony Premium All-Inclusive accommodations including concierge rooms and suites with sweeping ocean views. For assistance in planning your dream wedding, call 877-252-03034 or visit cbayresort.com/weddings

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Leave a welcome bag full of goodies in your guests’ rooms. Pack all the vacay necessities: sunscreen, mini hangover kits, bottled water, alcohol and snacks. If you want to go above and beyond, throw in some more personal items, like face masks, a pair of flip flops or a monogrammed towel. Tuck everything into a bag with your names and wedding date. It’s a great way to show your guests that you appreciate how far they have come to celebrate with you.

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