THE BRIDEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUIDE
Close your eyes and imagine your big day. Do you see yourself walking up a flower-strewn aisle on a soft, white sand beach? Is your loved one waiting for you next to gentle lapping waves and a wooden canopy with flowing white drapes? Now open your eyes because your dream can become a reality. In this edition of The Bride’s Guide, you’ll find the most romantic places to say, “I do.” You’ll also discover the most exciting honeymoon hotspots for a wanderlust adventure.
“ Never go on trips with anyone you do not LOVE.” - Ernest Hemingway
The Best Honeymoon Spots IN 2020 Your honeymoon is your first adventure as a married couple, so it should include activities you and your partner enjoy. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both history buffs, nature lovers, or beach bums, these gorgeous destinations have something for everyone.
Hawaii Hawaii is home to Kona coffee, pineapples, the world’s largest dormant volcano, and the only royal palace in America. It also has traditional luaus, whale watching expeditions, breathtaking hiking and snorkel spots, and some of the best surfing beaches in the US. This makes it perfect for luxury, nature, and beach-loving couples. Admire Waimea Canyon’s dramatic gorges and cliffs on a charming river cruise. The red rock among the lush, green valley is an amazing spectacle.
Venice It’s hard to picture anything more romantic than cuddling up in a gondola with your sweetheart while a gondolier glides you through the waterways of Venice. This city sings of love with its stunning architecture and labyrinth of narrow alleys brimming with secret spots to steal a few kisses. Sneak away to a quaint restaurant to get your fill of people-watching, wine, and Italy’s famously delicious cuisine.
Santorini Islands are always enchanting. Add hilly layers of whitewashed houses and the orange glow of sunsets and sunrises on the Aegean Sea and Santorini inspires love on a whole new level. This mustvisit Greek paradise is routinely voted among one of the world’s most romantic, and it’s about time you discover why. Spend sun-soaked days on the beach, afternoons sipping wine at vineyards and tavernas, and mornings stepping into the past at the Akrotiri archeological site—a Minoan Bronze Age settlement.
Prague The Czech Republic’s capital mesmerizes with a beauty that competes with Paris but an atmosphere that’s uniquely its own. This city has been relatively untouched and undamaged for centuries, and its medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque styles have been well preserved. Whether you plan on enjoying stunning views of Prague Castle or strolling hand-in-hand over the 14th-century Charles Bridge in search of Old Town Square’s famous and elaborate Astronomical Clock, you’ll find that Prague is a work of art. Be sure to head to a pub for a pint of what many consider the best beer in the world.
Bali The island of Bali offers luxurious experiences and getaways that are surprisingly very affordable. Retreat to a Balinese spa resort surrounded by mountains blanketed by tropical rainforest. Indulge in a candlelit dinner on the beach. Rise early for a hike up Mt. Batur to watch one of the most beautiful sunrises you’ll ever see. The Balinese people are master craftsmen, so take the opportunity to shop for handmade souvenirs.
The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia Croatia has quickly become one of Europe’s hottest destinations, and it’s not just because of the worldwide exposure it’s received as a major filming location for hit movies and TV shows like HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Medieval cities and towns, a naturally stunning coastline, and the clear, blue water of the Adriatic Sea definitely boost its appeal. Stroll the medieval streets of Dubrovnik, shop in outdoor markets, and spend long days in the sun in remote coves or on chartered yachts.
St. Lucia This island haven has been called the “Hawaii of the Caribbean,” and for good reason. Its mountainous landscape looks remarkably plush due to the full foliage that covers St. Lucia from peak to shoreline, and love is in the air at most of the first-class resorts here. Couples will find golden beaches and rich waters perfect for snorkeling, and the iconic Piton Mountains are the best backdrop for a sunset cruise around this island. Make a date out of a chocolate tour, where you’ll make your own sweet treat starting from bean to bar.
The Maldives The Maldives create endless magical moments for couples looking to get off the grid. Step straight into the water from your overwater bungalow and discover an undersea garden of bright corals and colorful fish. Every one of the 1,200 islands found in this Indian Ocean paradise claims to have the whitest and softest sand beaches, but we’ll let you be the judge as you hop between islands on the local ferries.
The Amalfi Coast Where mountainous landscapes lead into immaculate blue water, the Amalfi Coast of Italy boasts cute boutique shops, photogenic piazzas, hiking trails, and elevated luxury accommodations. If you’re looking to lift your honeymoon to new heights (literally – and with a view), the Amalfi Coast delivers. Enjoy the silky-taste of la dolce vita in the postcard-perfect towns. This region features a world of history, rich culture, and exquisite dining – Italian staples – all right at your fingertips waiting to be explored.
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Have the Wedding of a Lifetime What could be more perfect than the tropical paradise that is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on your big day? Choose from generous packages thoughtfully designed to make the most of your time together. Our wedding coordinators will handle every detail, so all you need to do is relish the moment. We have a resort to suit every couple’s wedding wish list in Puerto Vallarta: • Our romantic wedding gazebos overlook the sapphire waters of the Banderas Bay at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta. • Say, “I do,” on our wedding gazebo or private beach at Secrets Vallarta Bay. • Get pampered with special touches at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta and enjoy a stunning ceremony, lively cocktail hour, and a private dinner reception. • An elegant ballroom or a picturesque beach? The choice is yours at Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta. • Exchange vows on a gazebo amid the ocean breeze, with sunlight sparkling on turquoise waters behind you at Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. 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.
Enjoy an Unforgettable Wedding in a Tropical Beachfront Paradise With properties in Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and other vacation hotspots, Blue Diamond Resorts has risen to become the Caribbean’s fastest growing resort chain. They cater to couples with luxury accommodations, unlimited dining, round the clock concierge and nightly entertainment in their award-winning hotels. Wedding packages include: • Personal wedding planner & onsite coordinator • VIP welcome & late checkout for bride & groom (based on availability) • Bride & groom room upgrade (based on availability) • Getting ready refreshments & fruit platter for bride & groom • 10% discount on spa services for entire wedding group (applies to 50 min massage & spa services, not salon services)
Insider Tip: For a truly unique getaway, personalize your trip. Custom Add-On Experiences can be purchased and combined with any wedding package.
Dominican Republic Has It All With its romantic scenery of uninterrupted white sand beaches and numerous resort offerings on multiple coastlines, the Dominican Republic is a popular pick for destination weddings. And it has amazing activities for before and after the ceremony. Guests, brides and grooms to be, and honeymooners can treat themselves to: Action-packed snorkel adventures and relaxing rounds of golf in Punta Cana Local culture at one of Santo Domingo’s many museums • La Romana’s beautiful Altos de Chavón, a romantic cobblestone-lined replica of a quaint 16th century Tuscan village • Horseback rides up to Samaná Peninsula’s Salto El Limón, one of the most spectacular and breathtaking waterfalls in the country • Suspended cable car rides that go 2,565 feet up to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres in Puerto Plata • •
Insider Tip: Dominican Republic has excellent weather all year round. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, try to schedule it between mid-December and midApril. That season is perfect for beach conditions because it’s usually dry, and the cool northeast winds keep temperatures comfortable.
Celebrate Extraordinary Moments Say “I do” in a picture-perfect Caribbean setting that The Excellence Collection resorts have curated for you. You’ll experience the most romantic moment of your life at the superior and blissful Excellence Resorts in Jamaica, México, or the Dominican Republic. You can also stay at Finest Playa Mujeres and Finest Punta Cana (opening September 2020), two contemporary properties that welcome all ages. For a high-end ceremony, contact your travel agent and choose a lavish resort that is ideal for you! Your big day will blend with a relaxing Caribbean holiday that is tailored to your specific taste—just as you’ve always dreamed. The Wedding Gift: If your party stays more than six nights at the Excellence Club Suites, you may be eligible for a complimentary wedding package.
Insider Tip: Ask for a two-story Roof Top Terrace Suite to enjoy your own private terrace and plunge pool during your stay.
Own Your Moment Forever Have you always imagined saying “I do” on a sandy beach with an ocean sunset behind you in Mexico or the Dominican Republic? Hard Rock offers all-inclusive packages specially designed to bring your dreams to life. Choose one of five options: Complimentary, Free Spirit, Tropical Paradise, Modern Enchantment or Lavish Daydream. And no matter which gorgeous location you select as your unforgettable backdrop, you’ll get the star treatment with a US-based wedding planning team and complimentary honeymoon package. The Wedding Gift: Room upgrades galore! Basically, the more room nights you book, the more complimentary nights you receive. Plus, when you book 25 rooms or 75+ room nights, you’ll receive one complimentary room upgrade to the next available room category (up to Caribbean Diamond/Deluxe Diamond).* There are also perks available like private functions and cocktail receptions you can earn depending on the number of rooms or room nights booked in your party.
Insider Tip: If you choose to wed in Cancun, Los Cabos, Vallarta or Riviera Maya,
you can celebrate the start of your new lives together with two complimentary nights at the Rock Star Suite—the night before the wedding and the wedding night. *Limits Apply.
The Perfect Setting for an Unforgettable Wedding Inspired by ancestral traditions, Hotel Xcaret Mexico is a sanctuary that blends with the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya, surrounded by majestic underground rivers and the mystical Mayan culture. Overlooking stunning sunrises and sunsets in the lush jungle, this idyllic property creates a dreamlike setting to experience the most romantic moments and to start life as a couple. Book your wedding today and you’ll enjoy wonderful perks like: • Bridal suite at Muluk Spa • Room upgrade for the couple • Breakfast the morning after the ceremony • 15% discount on the Muluk SPA for all guests • Fourth night free certificate on the first anniversary The Wedding Gift: The ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® program includes unlimited access to fun and thrilling parks: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, and Xenses, as well as deluxe tours to Xenotes and Xichén, with round-trip transportation included.
Discover the Majestic Way to Say I Do Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres was designed to be the most romantic place in Mexico, making it the ideal resort for couples from all over the world to celebrate their love. They strive on a daily basis to provide their lovers with a magical experience: dream weddings and honeymoons. Wedding packages include: • Wedding planners to help plan your wedding before you arrive and during your stay • The most romantic spots to hold your wedding ceremony such as a beautiful white sand beach and magnificent gazebos • Officiant of your choosing and wedding coordinator services to conduct the ceremony (based on the type of package required) • Wedding cake • Table arrangement with tropical flowers The Wedding Gift: Receive a free wedding package when you book 15 or more rooms for 7 nights or book a total of 105 room nights.
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-club, all-suite Majestic Mirage Punta Cana, or the serene escapes of Majestic Elegance and Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, all located beachfront on the spectacular Bavaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. Also, explore the brand-new Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres, opened November 2019. 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 relaxing honeymoon, consider the Club Sections (Adults Only 18+)
with exclusive amenities like 24-hour Room Service, Butler Service, beach and pool areas with Bali Beds, pillow and aromatherapy menu, selection of one bottle of premiumbrand liquor and other exclusive amenities.
All-Inclusive Love Stories Begin Here… Featuring the world’s most celebrated beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean, the breathtaking destinations of Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva, Hilton All-Inclusive Resorts, Panama Jack Resorts, Jewel Resorts & Sanctuary Cap Cana offer the perfect settings for the wedding of your dreams. Couples may wed in gorgeous oceanfront gazebos, idyllic beach venues or rooftop terraces overlooking the sea, all of which are designed for intimate experiences and romantic bliss. We offer a variety of free wedding packages, plus the option to customize every detail of your event. Intimate Elegance — Includes the Couple and up to 10 Guests (Free Monday through Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with 25 qualifying room nights) • Symbolic Marriage Ceremony & Certificate • Bridal Bouquet & Groom’s Boutonniere • Bridal Bouquet, Groom’s Boutonniere, Wedding Venue and Ceremony Setup • Wedding Cake & Sparkling Wine Toast After the Ceremony • Room Decoration with Flower Petals & Complimentary Wine • Pre-Planning & Onsite Services of a Professional Wedding Concierge • Couples Massage Romantic Dinner (wedding couple)
Insider Tip: Get a preview of your dream wedding for free with our Big Day Preview
Package, a 2-Night Stay for two for only $500 plus a $500 credit when you book your wedding!* *Restrictions Apply.
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All-Inclusive Resorts FOR WEDDED BLISS IN MEXICO
A destination wedding is a fun and unique way to celebrate the love you have for one another. And no country knows how to throw a shindig like Mexico. Festive vibes beam in this country with its vibrant culture, sunny beaches, and incredible food. Treat yourselves and your guests to a wedding theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be talking about for years to come. Here are our top picks for all-inclusive resorts that will turn your nuptials in Mexico into a fiesta youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget.
Finest Playa Mujeres by The Excellence Collection Just north of Cancun lies the serene region of Playa Mujeres. Finest Playa Mujeres offers a relaxing atmosphere for your wedding while still being close enough for you and your guests to explore the world-class shopping and energetic nightlife nearby. It’s also The Excellence Collection’s familyfriendly resort, so the kids can also celebrate the big day.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Perched on one of the most popular sunny spots in Mexico, this resort gives every wedding the rock star treatment. But what else could you expect from a place that offers a guitar with your room service? Their picks® program lets you choose from a range of Fender guitars during your stay. Enjoy the beats of your favorite tracks while you’re treated to amazing suites, electric activities, and food so good you can’t help but hum a happy little tune.
Iberostar Grand Paraíso Located on the Mayan Riviera, the Grand Paraíso offers all-inclusive service along a stunning stretch of beach. This adults-only getaway has spacious rooms, oceanfront suites, private villas, and world-class services that are perfect for extravagant weddings and romantic honeymoons.
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Bring your wedding party to the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Cabo for a fun, unique, and big-time all-inclusive experience. Riu Cabo San Lucas can entertain up to 100 guests for a beach wedding and up to 80 for a gazebo wedding, so they definitely have the room for a grand event.
Secrets Akumal, Riviera Maya If you’re wishing for a wedding on the sophisticated side, choose the adults-only Secrets Akumal. Located in the far south of Riviera Maya, this stunning property is on one of the best beaches in the world, and the beautiful bay is favored by sea turtles and visitors alike.
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