THE BRIDE’S GUIDE 2016
GOGO VACATIONS Your happily ever after starts here… Getting married? Why not make your special event a destination wedding? We know planning a wedding or honeymoon can be confusing and time-consuming, but with the support of an experienced travel agent and the special touches of a personalized wedding package, your planning is almost effortless. Your travel agent offers wedding and honeymoon planning, total vacation packages that include airfare, concierge services to set up your spa and makeup appointments, golf tee times, sightseeing, and much more – all at the lowest price available! Only at your travel agent will you find unrivaled expertise, dedicated personal service, dependability, and access to an extensive array of vacation packages – all backed by GOGO Vacations. Through your travel agent, you can also plan a My Time honeymoon. Stay at any participating property in GOGO Vacations’ My Time program, and your honeymoon is guaranteed to have those special touches. Everything from private check-in areas, welcome gifts, additional resort and spa credits, and other special amenities are included in a My Time honeymoon. Each of these extra inclusions can only be booked through your travel agent. So don’t wait! Kick start your “happily ever after” right now – call your local travel agent and say “I do” to a worry-free destination wedding or honeymoon that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives!
Available only at your Travel Agent!
ARUBA One Happy Island for Countless Happy Celebrations! Aruba is the quintessential wedding destination, with sun-kissed days and sugar white sand, and while the island’s warm temperatures and low humidity are ideal for nuptials, the joyous atmosphere and friendly people are truly why this wedding destination is one of the most popular in the Caribbean. If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, Aruba is your paradise. Crystal-clear waters compliment immaculate, powdery sand, and with more than 24 beaches on the island, including the world-renowned Eagle Beach, Aruba invites you to say “I do” in a sublime, tropical setting complete with fofoti trees, a must in every Aruba wedding album. With a relaxing environment and engaging adventures, Aruba lures guests again and again with its natural treasures, fine restaurants, and first-class resorts. With more people returning every year, you won’t just make memories that last a lifetime; you’ll keep coming back to create new ones!
My Time exclusive amenities are available at select properties on Aruba
Look no further! Aruba is the destination for your wedding!
EXCELLENCE GROUP Discover Excellence in Romance Immerse yourself in elegant romance at Excellence Resorts in Playa Mujeres, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana, at The Beloved Hotel in Cancun and Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group. Indulge in a lavish ceremony by the sunsetâ€™s warm glow or celebrate an elegant vow renewal in a beachside gazebo. Tastefully-appointed amenities and services let you personalize your wedding, creating an intimate affair you will never forget. Though Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts are all-inclusive and all luxurious, they craft exquisite experiences exclusive to each resort. In Punta Cana, arrive at the wedding gazebo in a horse-drawn carriage, or in Playa Mujeres, exchange vows on a private yacht. In Riviera Maya, celebrate your union on a candlelit pier under a starry sky. Choose the hotel that harmonizes with your wedding bliss, and allow Excellence Group Wedding professionals to tailor one of its three superb packages to fit your unique preferences. To top it all off, if your party stays more than seven nights, you may be eligible for a complimentary wedding package. Talk to your travel agent prior to booking! With unparalleled services and remarkable accommodations, choose Excellence Resorts, The Beloved Hotel, and Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group to host your unforgettable experience.
Dominican Republic â€˘ Mexico
Excellence Playa Mujeres, Excellence Riviera Cancun, Excellence Punta Cana
#LetHawaiiHappen Hawai‘i offers six romantic islands, tailor-made for two. Spend the day sharing adventures, from watching the sunrise atop Haleakala to watching the sunset from Waikiki Beach. When the day is done, sip champagne while relaxing to the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean. Tomorrow there are beaches to explore. Sunsets to chase. Surprises to stumble upon. You’ll see why the special moments of your trip to Hawai‘i become even more memorable when they’re shared together. INSIDER TIPS: KAUA‘I Explore the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast on the North Shore by boat. O‘AHU Experience a traditional Hawaiian healing art – a couple’s lomilomi (massage) – which incorporates broad, rhythmic strokes.
MAUI Watch an intimate sunrise, wrapped together in a blanket more than 10,000 feet above sea level at the top of Haleakala. HAWAI‘I ISLAND Stand together overlooking the warm glow of a volcanic crater that once spewed a fiery fountain.
My Time exclusive amenities are available at select properties on The Hawaiian Islands
HYATT ZIVA & HYATT ZILARA ALL-INCLUSIVE The Evolution of All-Inclusive™ - Love Stories Begin Here Experience the ultimate wedding at Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara in Cancun, Los Cabos, Montego Bay, and Puerto Vallarta. With redefined sophistication and a chic style, Hyatt welcomes wedding parties with children to their Ziva properties and wedding parties exclusive to adults to their Zilara resorts, but both feature Hyatt’s renowned service and all-inclusive experience, a winning combination for every couple. Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara welcome you to visit before the big day with a two-night stay for two. The resorts’ elegant and luxurious wedding packages start with a $500 credit, so it’s like getting your big day preview for free! Plus, you’ll meet with an onsite wedding planner who will arrange for an exclusive resort tour and optional special food tasting. Complimentary, intimate weddings for couples start with six-night stays while weddings with the couple and up to 10 guests can be complimentary with 15 room nights booked. After your special day, indulge in a relaxing and enjoyable honeymoon like no other with special extras and attentive services in paradise.
Mexico • Jamaica
Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
MAJESTIC RESORTS Elegant Events Without the Exorbitant Expense When bringing your closest friends and family together for your wedding, you want a joyous event that will resound in the hearts of everyone present, and with 2,500 weddings celebrated each year, Majestic is ready to host yours. Majestic Elegance and Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana provide a warm, romantic setting, ideal for the union of two people deeply woven by love. Beachfront with the sun setting, in the resort’s magnificent gazebo, or even in the couple’s own suite, the serene union will be one that you and your family will cherish forever. Plus, book at least 15 rooms for 7 nights at Majestic Elegance or Majestic Colonial, and you’ll qualify for a free wedding. Why have an ordinary event when you can have an extraordinary one, barefoot on a Punta Cana beach with the ones you love? Consult with your travel agent today and celebrate your wedding at Majestic Resorts!
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
MELIA CARIBE TROPICAL Experience Caribbean Magic at Your Wedding When choosing a destination wedding, you want your guests to be wowed. You want them to be dazzled. You want them to revel in the sublime setting where you’ve chosen to start your new life, and Melia Caribe Tropical All Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort – Punta Cana is that resort. Punta Cana, in the beautiful Dominican Republic, is one of the fastest growing wedding destinations, and Melia Caribe Tropical makes sure your wedding is flawless with a three-contact planning system for every couple’s convenience and wellbeing. This includes one coordinator for answering questions, one coordinator for booking, and one coordinator for running the wedding. With five exquisitely appointed packages, including Tropical Emotions, Caribbean Magic, and Tropical Fairy Tale, your ceremony can be a quiet affair in the Garden Gazebo or a lovely evening gala at the Agora Grill. An afternoon wedding at the Beach Gazebo offers the spectacular backdrop of one of the best beaches in the world, plus the added convenience of flooring to keep those high heels out of the sand. To see what Caribbean magic Melia Caribe Tropical coordinators can conjure for you, click on the resort’s Facebook page dedicated specifically to weddings, and start planning yours now.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
My Time exclusive amenities available at this property
OLYMPUS TOURS Your Wedding Begins With Us! Let your romantic journey towards “I Do” begin the moment you step off the plane. With Olympus Tours, you and your wedding party will be whisked away to your destination in style in comfortable, leather-seated vehicles with pampering amenities. You’ll receive: Glass of champagne upon arrival • Wet cool towels • A flower for the ladies • Bottled water • Special handicraft •
Indulge. It’s your wedding. Travel in style and elegance with Olympus Tours.
Special My Time services provided by Olympus Tours in Cancun, Riviera Maya & the Dominican Republic
The Hospitality People of Mexico, the Dominican Republic & Panama ©
PARADISUS RESORTS You Are Exceptional; Here’s Your Moment. Your wedding should be nothing short of exceptional, and Paradisus Resorts specializes in exceptional moments. Knowledgeable wedding coordinators focus on making your wedding uniquely yours. Whether it’s a grand celebration or a lovely family affair or just the happy couple, Paradisus Resorts strives to make your wedding romance elegant and personalized. Designed to indulge and pamper you, most wedding packages come with special amenities for newlyweds, like a 15% discount on YHI Spa services, a complimentary room upgrade to the next category, wedding night in-room setup with chilled sparkling wine, Petite Fours, petals on the bed, scented bubble bath, and more. Certain packages are even complimentary with seven-night stays, so check with your travel agent for more details. The highest quality of service and hospitality, Paradisus Resorts will exceed your expectations with impressive amenities, breathtaking settings, and unsurpassed excellence on the most important day of your life.
Mexico • Dominican Republic
Paradisus Cancun, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, Paradisus Punta Cana, Paradisus Palma Real
My Time Experience Exclusive with My Time A wedding is one of the milestones in your life, and during this special time, you deserve unique recognition, special amenities, and services that go beyond your expectations. That’s what you get when you book a My Time property through GOGO Vacations. Our My Time partners include some of the world’s most spectacular hotels, and you’ll be treated like a treasured guest with exclusive perks at no additional cost. The special treatment begins at check-in with private or expedited service, a room upgrade, a welcome gift, or even a resort or spa credit. Throughout your stay, you’ll receive even more special extras, with each resort elevating your experience in its own way. From food and beverage credits to free Wi-Fi to kids club access, and more, elevate your wedding with My Time. All you need to do is book a My Time property, and get ready to be pampered. Experience exclusive extras now at over 170 resorts in over 30 countries with My Time by GOGO Vacations.
Ask about participating partners in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, USA and Costa Rica.
DREAMS RESORTS & SPAS Where Your Dreams Become Reality You’ve dreamt about this day your whole life. You know if you’ll be barefoot in shimmering sand or dressed to the nines in a wedding gazebo. You’ve decided between the sophisticated and chic weddings of Cabo or the elegant and classy ceremonies of Riviera Maya. Now, it’s time to live the dream, and Dreams Resorts & Spas is honored to make your special day a reality. With breathtaking vistas, world-class amenities, and exceptional service, Dreams Resorts & Spas invites you to create the destination wedding of your dreams in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Three superior wedding packages give you an abundance of options from wedding cake flavors to private dinner menus, and our attentive and professional coordinators will take care of all the details. The only thing you’ll have to think about these UnlimitedLuxury® resorts is when to make your plans to return with free anniversary nights included in every wedding package.
Unlimited-Luxury®. A new and better way to have it all.
HYATT HAWAII Timeless Memories in a Timeless Destination “Aloha” is much more than a word of greeting; it is a way of life — where warmth and kindness are extended to all and resonate in your heart forever. Experience the Hawaii you have always dreamed of when you begin a lifetime together at Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort radiates luxury at every turn, inviting you to revel in a unique Hawaiian cultural experience. Create your own paradise at Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa where lush gardens, pristine pools, and the open-air Anara Spa welcome you to unwind in graceful grandeur. For those who want it all, explore the excitement of Oahu steps from the renowned waters of Waikiki Beach at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Experience spectacular ocean views at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa where sun-filled halls, an oceanfront spa, an extravagant luau, and endless activities ensure you’ll create memories to treasure. Whether an intimate affair for two, a celebration with friends and family, or a honeymoon filled with special moments, there's no place that compares to Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii. Ask your travel planner about myHyattHoneymoon special amenities designed just for you.
Kauai • Maui • Oahu
OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS All You Need Is Romance – and Luxury Allow the exclusive Royal Hideaway, the relaxed Occidental Hotels and Resorts, and the family-friendly Allegro Resorts to host your special day. With immaculate beaches, bronze Moroccan-style lanterns, and sprinkled pink-tone Rose petals, your event will be the main attraction of Mexico, the Caribbean, or Costa Rica, but without all the fuss of planning. Occidental’s knowledgeable, friendly staff will meticulously create your wedding to your specifications. Occidental weddings are more than just a ceremony. They’re experiences with sublime packages including special amenities for the happy couple, such as a couple’s massage, a romantic breakfast in bed, special turn-down service, and an upgrade to the next room category. For added elegance, choose to stay at the Royal Club, a resort-withina-resort, for a premium all-inclusive experience with luxurious suites and exceptional amenities. All you need is love, but this is your special day and you deserve to be pampered, too. Indulge at Occidental Hotels and Resorts.
RIU HOTELS & RESORTS Romantic. Refined. Realistic. You want your wedding to be distinctly yours — your colors, flavors, and preferences — and it’s all within your reach with RIU. RIU Hotels and Resorts have four wedding packages to fit any budget, with each package providing deluxe amenities you can personalize with the help of an expert wedding team. Others may have said “I do” next to warm turquoise waters on a powdery beach, but RIU lets you do it with your own style and flair. Each wedding ceremony has: A wedding planner to assist you in your special day • Decoration set up for the ceremony location • Bridal bouquet and matching boutonniere • Music during the ceremony • Semi-private dinner at one of our specialty restaurants • Wedding cake • And Sparkling wine (during the main toast only) Other packages include such amenities as discounts at the spa, room upgrades, RIU T-shirts for the bride and groom, pedicures, breakfast in bed, and more! Have your wedding, your way, at RIU Resorts and Hotels.
SANDALS RESORTS ®
A Timeless Getaway It’s a celebration of a lifetime. Sandals Luxury Included® Resorts, located in six exotic Caribbean islands offer oneof-a-kind experiences exclusively for two people in love. With suites so indulgently romantic, we could only call them Love Nest Suites, to unparalleled service and inclusions, Sandals Resorts offers the perfect start to your happily ever after. The exceptional accommodations styled after European villages or tropical islands, grant the resorts an ageless charm and beauty. Add the impeccable amenities ranging from Butler Elite service and Gourmet Discovery Dining to golf and scuba diving, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable Sandals WeddingMoon experience. All WeddingMoons® include complimentary inclusions such as a dedicated wedding planning dream team to guide you every step of the way, a picturesque wedding location, a manicure for the bride, free wedding website and gift registry, and more. Choose from one of the inspirational wedding themes, or design the custom wedding of your dreams, sealed with your personal touch. Then, your honeymoon begins the moment you say “I do”. Enjoy a breakfast in bed, special turndown service, and romantic moonlight dinners with the love of your life. As a recurring winner of BRIDES magazine’s Best Honeymoons Award, Sandals Resorts know how to make your WeddingMoon celebration one of eternal bliss. As always, stay three nights or longer, and your Beautiful Beginnings Wedding is free*. And now, when you invite family and friends, your honeymoon room is free*, too. Plus, when you book as a few as five rooms, you’ll have access to amazing ways to celebrate with your loved ones through groups inclusions. So stop dreaming and begin planning your bespoke wedding (and honeymoon of a lifetime) now!
Jamaica • Antigua • Saint Lucia • Bahamas • Grenada • Barbados
Sandals® is a registered trademark
WORLDWIDE TRAVELER Wedding Imagine the warm waters of Pacific Ocean rolling over your feet as you look into the eyes of your partner and proclaim your love, or say your vows more than 400 feet above the city of Sydney from the top of the famed harbor bridge. How about a wedding in the City of Love or the Eternal City? Don’t settle for simple when you can have extraordinary in iconic destinations in Europe, island locales in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond. From a modest ceremony at a lavish green parkland to an estate’s gathering at one of the world-renowned hotels, there is a whole world of possibilities when you choose to hold a destination wedding!
Honeymoon Now that you’ve said “I do,” it’s time to enjoy your time with your partner, and what better way than a global journey? Savor your new favorite flavors side-by-side when you taste your way around Europe with a foodie’s fantasy tour. Discover ultimate relaxation on shimmering beaches with turquoise waters or in one of the five-star resorts in island destinations like Tahiti, Fiji or the Maldives. Appreciate an authentic Asian adventure with stops at the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Mount Fuji, or Bangkok’s Grand Palace. See a kangaroo hop across the Outback, or dive into the Great Barrier Reef. Share the world with the ones you love most. Now’s the time on your honeymoon!
So travel with excitement and book with confidence, knowing your journey is backed by the travel experts at Worldwide Traveler.
DON’T JUST DREAM IT, Live it!
TAHITI Uniquely Beautiful Weddings, Wrapped in White Pareu Why are the islands of Tahiti one of the top wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world? Seclusion, for one — Tahiti is far enough away to feel like you are truly on an exotic escape, but it is still easy to get to, with just one stop required when traveling from New York. It’s uniquely beautiful, so every one of your vacation photos will have a stunning backdrop. Tahiti is the perfect place for whatever wedding you desire — from a quiet ceremony on the beach to a snorkeling adventure under the turquoise waters. After all, who doesn’t dream of an overwater bungalow in the world-famous Bora Bora for their honeymoon? Wedding ceremonies typically include the bride and groom dressed in white pareu (painted wraps) with flower crowns and leis, plus traditional gowns, dancers and musicians, and a wedding certificate made of traditional tapa. Following the ceremony, the couple is wrapped in a Tifaifai, or Tahitian quilt, before the newlyweds enjoy a lovely romantic dinner, or the wedding party savors a traditional Tahitian feast. Weddings in Tahiti can be symbolic or legal, including same-sex marriages. However you choose to wed, a trip to Tahiti with your new spouse is guaranteed to be an unforgettable start to your new life together.
Bora Bora • Huahine • Moorea • Taha’a
My Time exclusive amenities are available at select properties on the Islands of Tahiti
AMAZING THAILAND Live Your Dreaming Wedding in Thailand! Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you want yours to be an event you will always remember, with a uniquely intimate setting that’s both romantic and exotic. Imagine the warm waters of Pacific Ocean rolling over your feet as you look into the eyes of your partner and proclaim your love, or standing upon a dramatic limestone cliff for a picturesque “I do.” In Thailand, traditional weddings offer Buddhist ceremonies, complete with chanting monks, a Thai Long Drum parade, a water blessing, and fire twirling. Select a Thai villa to hold your celebration or choose ultimate luxury with a resort getaway. Host a reception on the beach with a scrumptious barbecue or savor the delectable menu from an all-inclusive retreat. No matter what your heart desires, Thailand is your dream wedding destination. So don’t Just dream it, live your perfect wedding in traditional Chiang Mai, urban Bangkok, or enchanting Phi Phi Island!
My Time exclusive amenities are available at select properties throughout Thailand
Bangkok • Phuket • Koh Samui Phi Phi Islands • Chiang Mai • Chiang Rai
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Published on Jan 22, 2016