THE BRIDEâ€™S GUIDE
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An Elevated Honeymoon Experience Enjoy exclusive perks and special amenities at no additional cost with My Time, available only at your travel agent with a GOGO Vacations package. You’ll receive expedited check-in and -out, room upgrades, spa, food and beverage or resort credit, early check-in or late check-out. Plus, each resort has something unique to offer its guests. Experience an enhanced vacation with My Time at over 135 resorts in over 25 countries, available through GOGO Vacations. STANDARD MY TIME INCLUSIONS:
Expedited or private check-in and check-out · Guaranteed access to room by the resort’s standard check in time: if the resort is unable to grant access by this time, a resort credit will be allocated to room · Early check-in and late check-out · Room upgrade
Caribbean & Mexico
Food & beverage, resort or spa credit or discount regardless of room type and length of stay
USA, including Hawaii
Food & beverage, resort or spa credit or Gift courtesy of the hotel
Breakfast on arrival day or welcome food & beverage voucher (depending on check-in time)
Create Unforgettable Memories Immerse yourself in elegant romance at Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts in Playa Mujeres, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana and Oyster Bay Jamaica, at Beloved Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group & Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group. When you choose one of these all-inclusive luxury hotels & resorts to host your wedding, you’ll celebrate with the following special touches: A starry sky with mesmerizing Caribbean Sea views at the Sky Lounge in Finest Playa Mujeres for a high-end ceremony • The ultimate boutique celebration at adults-only Beloved Playa Mujeres • Say “I do” at a gorgeous Caribbean setting right on the beach •
Talk to your travel agent to decide which luxury resort is right for you! Whatever resort you choose, your big day and relaxing vacation will be nothing short of excellent. The Wedding Gift: If your party stays more than seven nights, you may be eligible for a complimentary wedding package.
Insider Tip: Ask for a two-story Rooftop Terrace Suites to enjoy your
own private terrace and plunge pool during your stay.
Weddings in Paradise, the Start of Something Beautiful Discover the perfect setting in the Caribbean and Mexico for every part of your celebration, then marry that with the designer-inspired Memorable Moments Signature Wedding Collection™, award-winning gourmet cuisine and premium beverages to craft the Gourmet Inclusive® Wedding Event, by Karisma that you deserve. The Memorable Moments Signature Wedding Collection by Karisma impresses with: • A choice of six different décor collections available as a package or completely customizable, each with its own distinct personality to make your day even more special. • The Ultimate Memorable Moments Wedding Experience includes everything you need for an exquisite ceremony, private reception and complete destination wedding. • Always & Forever package available to build upon for your custom wedding and Still the One vow renewal celebration packages The Wedding Gift: Over $15,000 in wedding credits available towards rooms, wedding & décor packages, private cocktail and dinner events and so much more!* The bigger the group the more credits you earn!
Insider Tip: The extensive menu for Gourmet Inclusive Wedding Events, by Karisma include
delicious options such as wine paired menus, gourmet brunch, s’mores party on the beach, south Asian menu choices, an array of sweet treats and so much more. *Terms and conditions: Restrictions and requirements apply. Offers may be withdrawn or updated at any time.
Elegant Events Without the Exorbitant Expense With more than 7,000 brides to their credit, Majestic Resorts have become a favorite for destination weddings in Punta Cana. Choose the all-new, all-suite Majestic Mirage Punta Cana or the serene escapes of Majestic Elegance & Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, all located beachfront on the spectacular Bávaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. Wedding packages include special touches, such as: • 25-minute massage for the couple and use of the spa’s wet area • Services of a civil judge or Catholic priest • Upgrade to superior room category for the bridal couple (subject to availability) • Special bracelet for the bride and groom with exclusive access to all three resorts • Romantic breakfast in the suite and candlelight dinner with champagne for the couple • Bottle of champagne in the room, twice during stay The Wedding Gift: Celebrate with a complimentary ceremony when your wedding party books at least 15 rooms for seven nights or a total of 105 room nights.
Insider Tip: For a private, quiet honeymoon, consider the Club Sections with exclusive amenities like 24-hour
Room Service, Butler Service, Majestic Supreme Service, adults-only accommodations/beach and pool areas, Bottle of Cava upon arrival, and in room bar including 4 bottles of spirits.
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 and comfort with leather-seated vehicles featuring pampering amenities. With our Concierge Transfers, you’ll receive: • Glass of champagne upon arrival • Wet cool towels • A flower for the ladies • Bottled water • Special handicraft Make more lasting memories during this special time of your life with sightseeing excursions. Indulge. It’s your wedding. Travel and explore in style with Olympus Tours.
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At Palace Resorts, We Do Weddings Like No One Else Considering a destination wedding? Sound impossible? Not at all. Certainly not when you choose Palace Resorts as the venue of your destination wedding. We have years of experience helping couples make sure their big day turns out just perfect. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why a destination wedding is way better than a traditional wedding - less stressful, less expensive, and more fun are just a few of the reasons. Destination weddings are designed to give the bride and groom everything they need to make their wedding day truly special. All that’s left to do is walk down the aisle and say, “I DO.” The Wedding Gift: Enjoy two free nights to preview your destination wedding in a Mexican or Jamaican paradise.*
Insider Tip: Earn $1,500 toward the purchase of wedding extras when your group books 100 room nights
or more, with a minimum of 3 nights. Plus, your guests will earn their own resort credit to use toward excursions, spa treatments, golf, and more.* *Terms and conditions apply.
Choose Love. Choose Jack. Exchange vows at the new Panama Jack Resorts in the heart of Cancun or off the famous 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Mexico’s two hottest wedding destinations. The warm sun, the white sand and the multiple shades of blue invite you and your guests of all ages to a romantic tropical paradise where everything is included. Large weddings or small, choose a free package or select the option to personalize it all. Specialty amenities for your wedding include: • Four exquisite wedding packages, including Just the Two of You, Intimate Elegance Wedding Package, Lavish and Opulent Package, and Catholic Wedding Package • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic oceanfront chapel in Cancun or Our Lady of Carmen chapel in Playa del Carmen The Wedding Gift: Free wedding for two with only a 7-night stay in qualifying room categories!*
Insider Tip: Ask about our Big Day Preview, where you and a guest can explore all of your options
from venues to cakes during a two-night stay. Plus, you’ll receive a $400 credit toward your wedding with us. IT’S LIKE GETTING YOUR PREVIEW FOR FREE!
*Free weddings require minimum room category of Panama Jack Cancun – Junior Suite Ocean Front / Panama Jack Playa del Carmen – Junior Suite Ocean View or higher. Free weddings are only available Monday – Wednesday between 9am and 1pm. Free weddings only offered during initial booking, not available for previously reserved and/or confirmed weddings.
Fantastic resorts and endless sunshine Sun, brilliant white sands, aquamarine seas – sound like the destination of your imagination? This tropical paradise exists on all twenty-seven islands of the Caribbean, from the most famous beaches to out-of-the-way cays. Bridal couples and honeymooners are faced only with the need to choose where to go for the spas, dining, beaches, and romantic hideaways. Your local travel agent will help you choose the perfect Caribbean destination for you. DESTINATION AT A GLANCE:
Prime Time to Visit: November – May
Prime Time to Visit: April – August
Prime Time to Visit: December – April
Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 4 hours Philadelphia – 4 hours Boston – 4 hours Chicago – 5 hours Miami – 3 hours Los Angeles – 8 hours
Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 5 hours Philadelphia – 4.5 hours Boston – 4.5 hours Chicago – 5 hours Miami – 2.5 hours Los Angeles – 7.5 hours
Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 4 hours Philadelphia – 4 hours Boston – 4 hours Chicago – 4½ hours Miami – 2 hours Los Angeles – 7½ hours
Entry Requirements: A valid U.S. passport
Entry Requirements: A valid U.S. passport and an Embarkation & Disembarkation card
Entry Requirements: A valid U.S. passport and a DR tourist card
Passion in Paradise Embrace the islands of Antigua – 365 white and pink sand beaches, luxury hotels, all-inclusive resorts, secluded beach cottages, and island adventures that will take you from a breathtaking sunrise to a shimmering sunset. These islands are the perfect destination for weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals, or a romantic getaway. Find the perfect backdrop for your wedding with historic districts, restored architecture, and the beautiful English Harbour at Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. • From secluded highways to all-inclusive retreats, there’s a resort ready to host your wedding and guests that fits your style and budget. • Enjoy an action-packed and relaxing honeymoon with colorful coral reefs and swimming with stingrays, as well as world-renowned regattas. •
Consistently voted the Most Romantic Island in the Caribbean, Antigua offers you the perfect place to enjoy passion in paradise.
Insider Tip: The spectacular view of English and Falmouth Harbours at Shirley Heights
is revered as the best on Antigua and is especially breathtaking at sunset.
One Happy Island for Countless Happy Celebrations! With turquoise seas, radiant beaches, friendly locals, and pleasant trade winds that ensure a near-perfect climate all year long, Aruba boasts the most sunny days of any destination in the Caribbean — ideal for weddings! Perfect places to hold your idyllic ceremony include: • The world-renowned Eagle Beach with its prominent fofoti trees • Oranjestad with colorful Dutch colonial buildings • Civil Town House, a restored historical mansion for elegant civil ceremonies • Aruban churches and synagogues, perfect for religious ceremonies With more people returning every year to Aruba, you won’t just make memories that last a lifetime; you’ll keep coming back to create new ones!
Insider Tip: The Queen Beatrix Airport offers pre-clearance of U.S. Immigration and Customs on flights from
the US, allowing smooth sailing through the customs process for your entire wedding party.
Happily Ever After Starts Here. The day you’ve dreamed of your entire life should be shared with the people who mean the most to you, and at Beaches® your dreams come true. After you say “I do,” you get the honeymoon of a lifetime while your guests enjoy their own vacation. Enjoy land and water sports, waterparks, and 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining at up to 21 restaurants Activities for the kids, including the kids camp, a teen lounge, and the Xbox Play Lounge • Everything is included, even tips, taxes & Beaches® transfers • •
The Wedding Gift: Enjoy a Beaches® free wedding with a three-night stay or more.*
Insider Tip: Invite your family and friends, and book more rooms to get more perks, from a
free honeymoon with a Butler Honeymoon Suite to a lobster dinner reception.* *Free wedding does not include the government fees for each island. Additional terms and conditions apply.
A Destination Wedding or Honeymoon Like No Other With more than 250 miles of the world’s best beaches, the Dominican Republic is the quintessential destination for a beachfront wedding, but this famous Caribbean island offers so much more than just warm sands, and refreshing seafoam with luxurious all-inclusive resorts, colonial cities, and trendy hotspots. PUNTA CANA: The most popular city on the island offers upscale all-inclusive resorts, close proximity to the airport, and the world-famous Bávaro Beach. • SAMANÁ: A natural escape, Samaná impresses with waterfalls, coves, and spectacular views. You’re sure to find the perfect wedding backdrop here. • SANTO DOMINGO: Known as the “Colonial City,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site gives couples a magical setting with cobblestone streets and iron street lamps •
Get ready to have it all with a destination wedding or honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, and talk to your travel agent about booking one of the island’s many luxurious all-inclusive retreats.
Insider Tip: The Dominican Republic is also a popular destination for bachelor parties
with lively nightlife in Punta Cana and more than 25 designer golf courses.
Every Love Story is Beautiful, but Yours is Our Favorite Your wedding at a Royalton Luxury Resort will be a perfect moment in time, creating beautiful memories that will last forever. Your guests will be inspired by the breathtaking views at your beachfront vows and thrilled with the sumptuous dinner celebration to follow. Their professional wedding concierges will look after all of the details, so you can take in every moment of this special day. Enjoy an upscale wedding experience with the following options: • Five exquisite packages, featuring Love, Dream, Paradise, Just the Two of Us, and Vow Renewal • Custom religious services, including Hindu, Jewish, and Catholic ceremonies • Sky Terrace Ceremony Package at Royalton Riviera Cancun, offering a Sky Terrace Gazebo, accessible via elevator with private baths The Wedding Gift: Royalton’s complimentary wedding packages include elegant touches for the perfect occasion – a wedding coordinator, ceremony and dinner, wedding cake, and spa discount.
Insider Tip: Royalton Luxury Resorts has custom add-on experiences for your wedding or honeymoon, including
a Bridal Party Spa Experience, a Groom’s Experience, a Welcome Party, and – depending upon the location – a Mexican or Jamaican Experience with food, drink, and entertainment inspired by the local culture.
Begin Your Happily Ever After When it comes to destination weddings, Sandals — the resorts made for love — have what you need for an elegant and fun celebration. They know you want an experience that is stress-free and filled with personalized details that reflect your style. Every bride and groom receive their own personal pre-wedding and resort wedding planners as part of the complimentary Wedding inclusions. Share your wedding with as many family and friends as you’d like, because the more people you bring, the more Bells & Whistles are included. Bells include the option of One Room Category Upgrade, 2-minute Wedding Video Trailer, Basic White or Bamboo Structure, Rum & Game Night, or Spiked Tea Themed Bridal Shower. Whistles include the option of Twilight Package, Welcome Celebration Event setup fees waived, Wedding Dinner setup fees waived, $1,000 Credit toward Catamaran Cruise for Group, Spa Themed Bridal Party (worth 2 whistles), Bonfire with Sweets & Wine (worth 2 whistles), or 6 Nights in a Love Nest Suite (worth 3 whistles) 5-11 Rooms = 2 Bells 12-19 Rooms = 2 Bells & 2 Whistles • 20-35 Rooms = 3 Bells & 2 Whistles •
36-49 Rooms = 3 Bells & 6 Whistles 50+ Rooms = 4 Bells & 8 Whistles
With amazing locations and unbelievable extras, your ultimate romantic journey begins at Sandals. The Wedding Gift: Stay three nights or longer, and your Wedding is free. Plus, receive your honeymoon room free when you invite family and friends.* Talk to your travel agent for all of the details. *Free wedding does not include the government fees for each island. Additional terms and conditions apply.
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A Sublime Setting South of the Border Mexico is vibrant, colorful, and unique with beautiful backdrops for your destination wedding, including cactus-studded deserts, white-sand beaches, tropical rainforests, snow-capped volcano peaks, and charming cities. The country’s worldclass, all-inclusive resorts feature pampering spas, gourmet delights, and elegant accommodations, creating unforgettable getaways for you and your loved one or your wedding party. Whether you are saying “I do” on the gleaming warm sands of Cancun, ambling with your partner along the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, or enjoying an exciting night with your bachelor and bachelorette in Los Cabos, Mexico has a destination perfect for your wedding party or honeymoon. DESTINATION AT A GLANCE:
Cancun & Riviera Maya Prime Time to Visit: December – April Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 4.5 hours Philadelphia – 4 hours Boston – 5 hours Chicago – 4 hours Miami – 2 hours Los Angeles – 4.5 hours (some flights may require connections)
Los Cabos Prime Time to Visit: May – June; October – November Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 6.5 hours Philadelphia – 7.5 hours Boston – 8.5 hours Chicago – 4.5 hours Miami – 7.5 hours Los Angeles – 2.5 hours (some flights may require connections)
Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit Prime Time to Visit: April – June Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 6 hours Philadelphia – 7.5 hours Boston – 8 hours Chicago – 4.5 hours Miami – 7 hours Los Angeles – 3.5 hours (some flights may require connections)
Celebrate Your Love with the Entire Family Start your life together in tropical paradises around the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. Adults and children are pampered by Unlimited-Luxury®, and brides and grooms can indulge with personal touches and opulent amenities in Punta Cana. Specialty Amenities for your wedding include: • Complimentary Dreams Wedding in Paradise Package or Now Your Moments Wedding package when you book seven nights or longer in a Junior Suite Swim-Out or above, or five rooms in any category at a minimum of three nights • Exchange vows on a sunset pier at the all-new Dreams Dominicus La Romana • Savor an intimate dining experience during your honeymoon with a wine cellar dinner, a romantic dinner on the beach or at The Chef’s Table — where guests can watch the chefs at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta prepare their meal The Wedding Gift: Free First-Year Anniversary nights are included with every wedding package so you can return to celebrate the momentous occasion where it all began.
Insider Tip: Guests can make the start of your lives together even more special by contributing
unique gifts and experiences to your wedding or honeymoon when you start a complimentary Bridal or Honeymoon Registry with Dreams Resorts & Spas.
Where Your Love Shimmers Flying off to a gorgeous location is a sure way to fan the flames of love, and Iberostar knows how to make it everything you hope for with their exclusive Star Weddings Packages. In Mexico and the Caribbean, Iberostar resorts give you much to explore and enjoy for you and your guests, all while handling every aspect of your celebration right down to the smallest detail. Star packages feature venue set-up & ceremony items, minister & legal fees, and the wedding service including cake & wedding dinner • Silver Star packages add more flowers, music, and spa discounts • Gold Star packages add live music, cocktail hour, room upgrades, and pre- and post-wedding extras •
Relax and leave everything up to Iberostar; their highly skilled wedding experts are on hand to ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your special day. The Wedding Gift: Begin your life together in style with complimentary breakfast in bed the day after your wedding.
Just Say “I Do.” Leave the Rest to RIU If you have always dreamed about getting married by the sea and celebrating this day with your family and friends, RIU Hotels & Resorts offers you an outstanding team of professionals to organize your wedding. Enjoy your special day under the sun at the finest Caribbean or Mexican destinations. Classic packages includes wedding planner services, decorations for the ceremony, recorded music, and dinner at a specialty restaurant, plus cake and sparkling wine • Royal packages include a complimentary room upgrade and romantic massage for the couple • Caprice packages add late check-out and manicure, pedicure, and hairstyling for either bride or groom •
The Wedding Gift: Celebrate with a complimentary wedding package for up to 10 guests when 80% of the wedding guests stay at the Riu hotel or resort where the wedding is held.
Insider Tip: Celebrate in sheer decadence with complimentary fruit with chocolate & bottle of sparkling wine.
A Romance Made in Paradise Perhaps the quintessential honeymoon destination, Hawaii lures timeless romantics as America’s very own paradise. The Aloha State’s Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island each have their own personality and diverse honeymoon options for you. OAHU is home to many of Hawaii’s iconic sites, like Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, and Honolulu. If you’re looking for the perfect wave, it will probably break on Oahu’s North Shore. •
MAUI is commonly named the favorite island by visitors and attracts with lush valleys, artsy towns, and peaceful beaches. No trip to Hawaii is complete without a ride along the Road to Hana, a 52-mile drive with twists and turns, and captivating views. •
KAUAI, known as the “Garden Island,” features untouched landscapes and welcomes nature lovers. Behold “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon, and get an up-close view of the towering cliffs of the Na Pali Coast. •
THE BIG ISLAND offers unique experiences, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with amazing views of Kilauea’s lava flows. •
Your travel agent will help you choose the Hawaiian island that fits your honeymoon style, so you can relax in your perfectly selected American paradise.
DESTINATION AT A GLANCE: Prime Time to Visit: April – October for Oahu, Maui, and Big Island April – June; September – November for Kauai Approximate Flight Times (to Honolulu): NY / Newark – 11.5 hours Philadelphia – 13 hours Boston – 13 hours Chicago – 9.5 hours Miami – 12.5 hours Los Angeles – 6 hours (some flights may require connections) Once on Oahu, flights to the other islands are available – Maui – Kahului 40 minutes; Kapalua 40 minutes Kauai – 40 minutes Big Island – Kona 45 minutes; Hilo 55 minutes
A Fairy-Tale Setting With its cobblestone streets, charming villages, and actual castles, Europe has no shortage of stunning backdrops for one of the most important days of your life. Its exciting blend of historical, cultural, and geographical sights also make it a favorite for honeymooners, and even if you’ve been there before, there are plenty of untouched corners you surely missed the first time around. With destinations so close, you and your loved one or your entire wedding party can enjoy a variety of experiences. You’re going to love your European wedding or honeymoon! DESTINATION AT A GLANCE:
Prime Time to Visit: June – November
Prime Time to Visit: June – October
Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 7 hours Philadelphia – 7 hours Boston – 6.5 hours Chicago – 7.5 hours Miami – 8.5 hours Los Angeles – 10.5 hours
Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 7 hours Philadelphia – 7.5 hours Boston – 6.5 hours Chicago – 8 hours Miami – 8.5 hours Los Angeles – 10.5 hours
Prime Time to Visit: April – June & September – October
Entry Requirements: A valid U.S. passport
Entry Requirements: A valid U.S. passport
Approximate Flight Times: NY / Newark – 8.5 hours Philadelphia – 9 hours Boston – 8 hours Chicago – 9.5 hours Miami – 10 hours Los Angeles – 12 hours Entry Requirements: A valid U.S. passport
Important Roles Travel Agents Fill Whether you’re searching for your next vacation destination or know exactly where you want to go, booking travel is a commitment, one that can be a thrilling adventure. But travel also has its challenges, and that’s why you want your agent with you through it all. Your agent is more than a friendly face, they’re also a...
Travel agents excel at finding the perfect destination and resort for even the most discerning traveler, and as the ultimate matchmakers, they can pair you with that all-inclusive property, luxury golf and spa resort, or family-friendly destination. For honeymoon and romantic escapes as well as gastronomic getaways, agents will choose a resort with special amenities or award-winning restaurants. No matter what you prefer, a travel agent can create a memorable vacation from your personal tastes and desires.
We all want the perfect vacation every time we travel, but sometimes things happen. Maybe it’s a series of delays, or the weather doesn’t cooperate. If you booked without a travel agent, you spend hours on the phone or on line at the ticket counter hoping to find an available flight to nowhere before connecting home. But if you booked with a travel agent, they’re on the phone with an airline finding you the best possible routes without the hours of frustration.
From rooms with the best views to construction notices and upcoming events, travel agents have the knowledge, connections, and experience to book you in your preferred room category and resort. Plus, if you’re traveling to multiple cities, islands, or countries, you’ll want a travel agent’s expertise to provide a smooth journey. Your travel agent will also advise if you need a passport, a visa, or both to get into that specific country, so you won’t be held up at customs or even denied entry.
A travel agent strives to get you the best value for your journey, which can mean exclusive packages, rooms in “sold-out” hotels, and special arrangements or requests. Since agents know hoteliers, concierges, and other attendants personally, they are more likely to receive additional added value to ensure your enjoyment at the resort. Agents can also help you navigate traveler’s insurance to help you choose the best plan to suit your specific needs.
A travel agent has the latest information about packages, properties, and new activities at their fingertips, usually sent to them by the hotels and destinations themselves. With years of experience and firsthand knowledge, travel agents save you countless hours and plan your trip with expertise no search engine can give. Plus, they’ll do price comparisons, provide insider tips, restaurant recommendations, and more, depending upon your preferences and destination.
Together with GOGO Vacations, we can get you there.