Romance Travel Group is your key to a successful destination wedding, honeymoon or vacation getaway! As industry recognized leaders in the art of destination wedding and travel planning, our team of agents has dozens of awards and accolades, and thousands of very happy brides, grooms, couples and guests.
It is easy to lose yourself in wedding planning, isn’t it? One thing turns into another and pretty soon, your simple beach wedding has gotten a little outta control. Let’s help you wrangle your wedding back into place. Here are 6 mistakes you can avoid to ensure your destination wedding runs as smoothly as possible
No Plan B Chances are, if you’re having a destination wedding, you’re probably having it outdoors, on the beach or in a garden. With tropical climates, sporadic rain showers are to be expected. Be sure to discuss back up locations with your wedding coordinator. Most resorts have a Plan B ready for you just in case. Of course, no one ever hopes for rain on their wedding day (hey, it’s supposed to be good luck, right?), but at least you have an option in case mother nature decides to strike.
Overdone Themes What we love most about a beach wedding is the simplicity of it all. The tall swaying palms, the clear blue water and sugar white sand provide the best décor of all! Don’t spend too much time focusing on if you have enough seashell décor on the tables or if the colors of your napkin rings are just right. Keep things simple, elegant and beautiful. Your guests will be focused on much more important things… like you getting married!
Ignoring Guests’ Comfort It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the things that go into planning a wedding. But don’t let your guests’ comfort fall short! Consider things like temperature and time in between the ceremony and reception to make the process more enjoyable for them. Some ideas we’ve seen include leaving paper fans on each guest’s seat so they can keep cool, or providing refreshments and snacks when you’re taking photos.
Footwear & Attire Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a heavy ball gown and 6-inch heels for your beach wedding. The material will not only weigh you down, but be incredibly hot for the environment you’re in. You’ll also want to make sure your resort provides some sort of flooring if you’re heart is set on stilettos. Otherwise, your best bet is a pretty sandal as you make your way down the sandy aisle. Likewise, really consider some unique alternatives to the traditional groomsman tux rental. Choose wedding day fashions that complement your ceremony location.
Wrong Location The location of your destination wedding is imperative. Too exotic = too expensive. The ideal location allows guests to comfortably travel for 4 days. Do you need to accommodate guests with small children? Then, you’ll want a great family resort. Do you want a luxurious and sophisticated affair without the noisy kiddos? Then, think adult-only. Are customizable wedding packages a must? Well…we can think of a few ideas! Whatever it is, be sure to work with a destination wedding expert, as they’ve personally visited all of the most popular locations. We promise, using a pro will make things so much easier, and save you time and money.
Do-It-Yourself Wedding Is it possible to have a DIY destination wedding? Sure. But the bigger question is... why would you want to??? Your wedding is the perfect time to NOT do it all by yourself. The person who will help you the most, who will assist all your guests, who will oversee the details and make sure you have everything perfectly in place and will be your sole go-to person while you are in the destination, is your wedding travel agent! Trust us, this is the one day you do not want to DIY anything. We hope you consider these common mistakes as you begin your destination wedding planning journey! Need a push in the right direction? We can help! To get in touch with a destination wedding expert today, click here to get started!
Charming hospitality, lively culture, and world-class beaches? There’s a whole ‘lot to love about a Mexico destination wedding!
Affordable One of the biggest destination wedding myths we hear often is that it’s too expensive. However, with the traditional American wedding costing around $30,000, it's no wonder most people assume a wedding in a remote location would be more. Luckily, most properties in Mexico can hold a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception for you and your guests for as little as $15,000… which is significantly cheaper than your average wedding!
Customizable Mexico is one of our most popular destinations for brides because of how flexible its wedding packages are. We partner with a variety of properties who value your uniqueness and creativity. That ocean pier ceremony you’ve been dreaming about? Done. The monogrammed dance floor and custom cocktail you requested? You’ve got it. The possibilities are endless.
All-Inclusive Another reason why Mexico is great for destination weddings is the all-inclusiveness. Most properties include meals, drinks, entertainment, and some excursions during your stay, so everyone is taken care of all day and night. We also have a number of properties that offer free wedding packages, which include everything from a private ceremony location, to the cake and DJ.
Complimentary Add-Ons How often do you hear the word “complimentary” associated with planning a wedding? Yeah, not so much. But in Mexico, it’s no surprise to see complimentary sky massages, champagne and strawberries, or private dinners thrown in as a way of saying “congrats” to the happy couple. We’ve even helped our brides and grooms get complimentary honeymoon nights as an added bonus.
Easy to Plan Imagine having all the little details taken care of for you, as you watch your wedding dreams fall into place. That’s right! A destination wedding in Mexico isn’t as hard to plan as you think. In fact, we’ll work with you side-by-side to ensure your day runs as smooth and stress-free as possible. We’ll even introduce you to the onsite wedding coordinator to go over all the fun details like decorations, food, and seating arrangements, so everything’s covered before you get there. The best part? These services are complimentary when you book. Can’t say that about your average wedding, now can you?
Now do you understand why Mexico is our number one selling destination wedding?! It’s filled with great fun, great culture, and most of all, great people. For more information on planning your destination wedding with us, start here.
In light of some recent media articles regarding destination weddings and guests, in particular, we’d like to set CBS News and the Washington Post straight on the what, why, who and how destination weddings are the perfect answer for thousands and thousands of couples each year.
Everyone will tell you they wouldn’t miss it for the world!
It is true. When you ask guests, they will all tell you “Yes! We’ll be there!” We know everyone wants to attend, but we also know that for one reason or another, not everyone will make it. But that’s ok! When you started thinking about a destination wedding, wasn’t one of the reasons so you could create a memorable and intimate experience for your closest loved ones? Exchanging vows in a destination is the best way to trim your 300-person guest list down to 80 pretty easily and effortlessly. This is the exact reason why we recommend not sending out RSVPs. Most couples who send an RSVP to destination wedding guests end up with a lot of “false positives.” Skip the RSVP, and just assume that 30-40% of the guests you invite will actually attend. Check out our Guest List worksheet for help.
Not everyone can afford it.
We know that attending a destination wedding creates expenses for guests… about $1000 per person to be exact. We also know that the most important line item on the couple’s budget is the guests’ cost. Our specialists are trained to plan the entire destination wedding experience around a very realistic guest budget. We help by offering super low deposits and payment plans, too. Most couples know ahead of time if key people in their wedding party can swing it or not, and they are very sensitive to this. Many couples compromise on their dream destination and choose wedding dates and locations specifically based on guest cost. Even with all the due diligence in the world, there will still be guests that just cannot afford to make the trip. It is reality. But it doesn’t mean the wedding couple needs to cancel their destination wedding dreams. Just be sensitive to costs and time, and enjoy the experience you create for everyone in attendance.
We push guests a little out of their comfort zone.
Most destination wedding guests have never had the opportunity to travel outside the country to an all-inclusive resort. Some have to get a passport just for the trip. Some have to arrange child care and PTO with their jobs. Some have to move mountains in order to make it happen. But you know what? IT IS WORTH IT! We have so many guests tell us things like…
“Thank you for making this happen!” “We are so glad we went!” “This was the best trip we’ve ever been on!” “We want to go back next year!” “Worth every penny!” “We want to do a Vow Renewal in two years. Can you help?”
Without a little nudging, guests wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience life outside their everyday circle. And the best part is they did it with the people they care about and made lifelong memories together. After all, isn’t life about opportunities?
There will be nay-sayers.
While we don’t agree with CBS News article that said a destination wedding is “in poor taste” (come on, really? Is it in poor taste to get married in New York when you have family in California and Texas??) we DO know that some guests will be less than thrilled at the idea of spending money and being pulled from their daily routines. This goes back to “not everyone will be able to make it. And that’s ok!” The couple knows their family and friends best. They, and only they, are the ones able to make the decision about a destination wedding. Once the decision is made, there is no looking back and no regrets. The wedding experience had by all far exceeds any doubt or hesitation.
It will be perfect!
After all the drama of who can make it and who can’t, one thing is for sure… when you’re at the resort, sitting on the edge of the pool with a cold, fruity cocktail, looking out at all the guests who traveled to be with you as you exchange vows, you will feel the love and support of ALL your family and friends, both near and far, who are there for you always. Your wedding day will forever be Your Wedding Day. It is just the beginning of your forever, and it will be perfect.
The experts are Romance Travel Group are here to be your advocate and cheerleader. We will support your decisions and do everything we can to make your destination wedding easy and memorable. Check our our other tips regarding destination wedding guests! Like what you see? Give us a call today to see how we can help, 507-267-4857.
We understand wedding costs can add up, but don’t skimp on the things that matter. Here are some things you’ll be glad you invested in for your big day
The Resort The resort you select can truly make or break a destination wedding. It essentially sets the tone for your special day and impacts not only your experience, but your guests’ experience, as well. Be sure to work carefully with your destination wedding specialist to ensure you’re accommodating everyone in your party, so your wedding day turns out as perfect as you imagined. Here are some of our favorite adult-only and family-friendly destination wedding properties to help get you started.
Private Transfers There’s nothing we dislike more than a rowdy 2-hour transfer to the resort after a full day of traveling. We work with several transfer companies that cater to wedding groups all the time, so you and your wedding party can relax and unwind together in peace. This will give your group some down time before the wedding festivities begin!
Quality Time What’s so unique and special about a destination wedding is that the celebration goes on for a few days or more, if you’re lucky! This gives you and your loved ones plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time together in paradise. The best part? Most resorts have special activities already lined up for the wedding group, so you can bond over new experiences that will create the best memories. Be sure to set aside extra time for this one!
Photography & Videography If there’s one thing not to skimp on for your wedding, it’s your photos and video. We always recommend our brides and grooms invest in a good, quality photographer and videographer to ensure all your memories throughout the day are captured. This is the best day of your life, after all! We have plenty of recommendations for some pretty incredible destination wedding photo and video professionals, here.
Your Honeymoon Ah, the honeymoon. Can’t forget about that! Some couples think because they are going away for their destination wedding, that it counts as their honeymoon…but we beg to differ! After all the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding (and hanging with the family), nothing beats breaking away from it all to get some alone time with your sweetie. We have dozens of honeymoon ideas for you, not to mention numerous honeymoon offers that come as an added perk when you book your wedding with a particular property. Be sure to take advantage of all the wedding festivities, you deserve it, girl!
We hope you’ll consider some of these tips when you start to plan your destination wedding –trust us, you won’t regret it! For more information from the experts, be sure to shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
In Quintana Roo and specifically in the Riviera Maya, the wedding tourism segment has increased exponentially in recent years. In the entity an average of 25 thousand tourist weddings are made per year.
For this reason, Romance Travel Group, the leading agency in planning for weddings, gave recognition to Grupo Lomas Travel and Karisma Hotels & Resorts for the excellence with which they have been working as business partners.
Both groups are recognized leaders in the tourism industry guaranteeing perfect vacations in beach destinations with memorable experiences; They are experts in the planning of weddings, honeymoons or anniversaries.
Recently, directors of Romance Travel Group, made a tour of the facilities of the corporate, where Shelli Nornes, owner of the North American agency gave recognition, thanking the support of Grupo Lomas , as well as the trust given, which undoubtedly - "has allowed us all to continue growing".
Romance Travel Group, based in Minnesota, has won several awards, awarded by hotel chains as well as magazines and pages dedicated to the tour; recently won Hall of Fame in the GIVC program not only for its high production at our El Dorado and Generations Riviera Maya hotels, by Karisma, but also for the support to the destination of the Mexican Caribbean, promoting us with its clients and strategic allies that work directly with the agency.
In this way, the Excellence In Partnership 2019 award motivates Grupo Lomas to continue being a leading company in tourism development. Thanks to its Weddings by Lomas business unit, it has made the Riviera Maya one of the favorite wedding destinations. Its impressive beaches, recognized worldwide offer the opportunity of a dream wedding and then enjoy the perfect honeymoon without having to leave after the great celebration.
Encompassing everything you love about a traditional cruise ship, Richard Branson’s concept for Virgin Voyages takes sailing to the next level.
Adults-Only Finally, a voyage you and your friends can enjoy. That’s right! Virgin Voyages is the first ever adult-only sailing experience. So, leave the kids at home this time, folks! This vacation was designed just for you. Think deck parties and DJs, a poolside oasis, numerous bars and an onboard nightclub, to name a few.
All-Inclusive Sure, a cruise is “all-inclusive.” Until you start to factor in gratuities, drink packages, internet charges, and more. Not this voyage. This new ship (expected to set sail in Spring 2020) takes all-inclusion seriously. Gratuities, fitness classes, and Wi-Fi, you ask? Well, they’re included.
Planet Friendly To ensure you’re indulging without feeling the guilt, Virgin Voyages has promised to use the most innovative and sustainable technologies by banning unnecessary single-use plastics. This way, the experience as “green” as possible.
Sleek Design This stunning new ship’s sleek design, modern amenities, and vibrant suites will make you feel right at home. Definitely not in some stuffy cabin that you’ve probably experienced before. Virgin Voyages’ rebellious-luxe design gives passengers an edgy and fun sailing experience. Now, can you say that about your average ocean cruise? We think not.
Around-the-Clock Dining Got a late-night craving for Chinese food? Enjoy your juice freshly-pressed? Virgin Voyages will have it. With 20+ eateries (with bars) spread throughout the ship, we have no doubt you’ll find something to your liking. The best part? Everything is freshly prepared...no buffets. Anyone else getting hungry?
Extravagant Performances Virgin Voyages really rolls up its sleeves when the sun goes down. With music practically a part of Virgin’s DNA, they’re bringing the concept aboard for all you party-goers to enjoy. From “off-off-off” Broadway, to Scarlet Night. Finding entertainment will be the least of your worries.
Bimini Beach Club Did we mention the private beach club in Bimini? That’s right. In partnership with Resorts World Bimini, Virgin Voyages will run a beach club on the Bahamian island where the ship will anchor for a daylong pool party. Passengers will have private access to the island, where dining and entertainment is on the house – er, ship.
Culturally Immersive Aside from everything aboard, Branson has made numerous partnerships from across the globe to create the most authentic and culturally immersive experience for travelers. Be sure to be on the watch for some familiar places you see on land, as they’ll be tied into the ship’s overall theme!
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Virgin Voyages is expected to depart out of Miami in the Spring of 2020. For the exciting details, be sure to contact us today at email@example.com.
Australia is home to some of the best surf beaches, architecture and wildlife in the world. Check out why these popular cities are chosen by millions of travelers each year:
Sydney With a population of over 4.5 million, Sydney is by far Australia’s largest and most popular city. It’s also known for its iconic Opera House, which is settled directly on the harbor for all to see. Not only does Sydney offer visitors fantastic surf beaches, but they have everything from fine dining, to lush public gardens, coastal walks, historical sites, and more. This Australia destination should be at the top of your list!
Melbourne Melbourne is the coastal capital of Victoria and is the second largest city in Australia. This hot destination is popular for its trendy-vibes, graffitied laneways and cafes, attracting many young professionals and students in the area. Melbourne is also the most diverse city in Australia, with over 40% of its population born overseas.
Brisbane This attractive riverside city has a population of just over 2 million people enjoying its subtropical climate. Explore museums, markets, galleries, eateries and its popular man-made beach. Brisbane is a great Australian destination for those looking for exciting nightlife and shopping, as well!
Newcastle Known for being the second oldest city in Australia, Newcastle is home of some of the most breathtaking beaches, incredible food, and rich architecture. Its popular neighboring wine district and untouched wildlife also have a huge draw to visitors, which could be why it has the most active ports in Australia.
Perth Perth is the only Australian city located on the Indian Ocean, with sandy beaches that line its suburban areas. Known for being the capital of Western Australia, Perth has an abundance of funky wine bars, beaches, skyscrapers, parks, and gorgeous architecture. This beautiful destination will give you a true taste of Western Australia!
Gold Coast Boasting incredible beaches and views, Gold Coast is a popular choice for locals and New Zealanders because of its cool surf spots and some of Australia’s best theme parks. Inland are amazing hiking trails, waterfalls, and a National Park, where you can spot rare birds and other wildlife.
No matter which city you choose to see, “the land down under” will greet you with friendly faces, beautiful landscapes and culture-rich, metropolitan experiences! Think a visit could be in your future? Then, contact us today to speak with a travel specialist!
Thinking about honeymooning in Greece? Here are some incredible things to do and see when you’re there!
Go to Athens Before you unwind from the hustle and bustle of your wedding, be sure to make a stop to Athens and visit the Parthenon. Most people agree that you only need one day to make your rounds, but you won’t want to miss it! Nothing beats the surreal awe of standing in front of the ancient ruins that you learned about in your textbooks. You may even decide to stay the night to enjoy a sunset dinner overlooking Acropolis lit up in the background.
Visit a Few Islands Santorini is a must for honeymooners. In fact, did you know that Santorini is known for being one of the most popular islands in the world because of its beautiful beaches, ancient cities, incredible cuisine, and active volcano? We also recommend staying in Crete or another smaller island for a less-touristy and more authentic Greek honeymoon experience.
Treat Your Taste Buds It’s a given that you’ll be trying the food in Greece, but instead of going for your “usual,” why not give something else a try? Afterall, Mediterranean food happens to be one of the most fresh and tasty cuisines in the world! Greece is known for their seafood, feta, olives, tomatoes, and olive oil, just to name a few. Don’t regret tasting everything this beautiful country has to offer!
Swim in the Bay of Ammoundi The Bay of Ammoundi is located below the cliffs below Oia, about 250 steps below, to be exact! Here, you can jump off the rocks into the Aegean Sea and gaze out at the colorful towns that surround you above. Be sure to stop at one of the local taverns for some lunch with a view, too!
Hike on the Cliffs of Santorini Take a hike along Caldera of Santorini for the most breathtaking views of Greece. Gaze out into the coast lined with colorful flowers and villages, while capturing moments together in front of the quaint villages. This is a great chance to bond with your new husband or wife!
Tell us a little about you? My name is Paige, I am from Dexter, Michigan and a graduate of Albion College who absolutely loves to capture the moment. I live in Central Florida now. I love Disney and the beach so living in Florida is true perfection for me. I have been lucky to have been a part of over 100 weddings from coordinating to photographing to being an assistant, I feel that I truly understand weddings and how to keep your day on track and keep everyone having a great time. Your wedding photographer is a big part of your life on your wedding day so it is important to me that we have a connection, and that you are comfortable with me. The moments captured will be the photo on the wall that your family will see for a lifetime. My goal is to truly capture every moment for you as if they were my own.
How did you get into photography? From as far back as I can remember I have always had a camera in my hand. I really started though my junior year of college when I was with my team at horse shows. When I graduated college, I began to work at The Little Wedding Chapel, coordinating and second shooting for my dad. When the opportunity presented itself for me to photograph weddings on my own, I dove right in.
Why weddings? There are so many reasons why I became a wedding photographer but the main one is this; Wedding days are stressful. You have everyone in your family with you, some you haven’t seen in quite some time and everyone wants a piece of your time. I want to be that person who captures your time, your emotions, your moments. The moments you become a family.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part of the wedding day is such a hard question to answer! But, I would have to say the moment when the bride and groom come back up the aisle right after they are married. The joy for their new life together is just incredible.
Can you share a moment during a wedding that took your breath away? There is always a moment from every wedding but the one that made me cry was at Valerie & Nate's wedding. Valerie did a "first look" with her dad and her brother. She had a hand-written letter for her father that was just absolutely beautiful. Later that same morning she had me deliver a letter to her brother, and it was just as beautiful then as it was with her father. Very touching moments. You could say I love "Love." Valerie's love for her family was shining so brightly on her wedding day!
How would you describe your photography style? I am a documentary style wedding photographer that loves bold colors. While I do your portrait style setups, I also love to simply capture your interactions as your own and how you are comfortable.
What would your past wedding couples tell us about you? Everyone that I have worked with has been so relaxed on their wedding day. When I work with a bride and a groom for their wedding day we talk about the things that they want well in advance so that nothing is missed and there is no stress about forgetting something. They have also told me that they don't feel rushed. Because I work with the wedding planners on your day, I also work to keep you on track to make sure you get the most out of your day.
Any advice for our future destination wedding couples? When traveling make sure that you don't get lost in the planning, HAVE FUN. Many people get suck in the stress of planning your wedding to perfection. No matter how the day turns out, it will be perfect, it's the start of your new beginning.
Maui is an incredible destination for honeymooners, wedding-goers and everyone in between! Check out 5 of our favorite things you should put on your Maui itinerary:
Whale Watching Humpback whale watching is a very popular attraction for Maui tourists. There are whale watching cruises that will take you and your family to the most exquisite coastlines to see them! These tour boats typically have an open upper deck and enclosed lower deck, so visitors can choose their own experience. In addition, the enclosed main cabin will have large viewing windows, and under-the-water web cams and hydrophones to enhance your experience. Tours operate during whale migration season, so be sure to book this excursion between December and May.
Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkeling Explore some of Hawaii’s best marine life in Molokini, a sunken volcano that is home to the most gorgeous coral reef in the world. Swim alongside the colorful fish and vibrant coral and wildlife. Later on, your tour will make a pit stop at Turtle Town or Coral Gardens for a very unique sea turtle sighting! This excursion is a half-day cruise from Maui, and well worth the journey!
Road to Hana For the nature-lovers in your group, the Road to Hana is a great Maui activity for you! This gorgeous stretch of terrain consists of miles of tropical forests and exotic plants that will take your breath away. Along the way, travelers will have the opportunity to stop at Hawaii’s most exotic state parks to explore and take plenty of photos. Natural springs, waterfalls and rainforests will enchant you along the way. A great adventure for those looking to see what Maui is all about!
Relax at Ka'anapali Beach Voted as Trip Advisor’s “Best Beach in Maui”, Ka’anapali Beach is ideal for all the sun-lovers out there. It is a great place for snorkeling, watersports or just lounging out all day. The area is also surrounded by plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance, and is a gorgeous stretch of pristine sands with beautiful views.
Luau Dinner and a Show Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this high-energy and exciting event! Enjoy traditional Hawaiian cuisine, while lively music and performances entertain you all night long. Traditional luaus take place right on the beach with an enormous buffet spread of pork, vegetables, and more! The best part? You might even catch a fire-knife performance that will keep you at the edge of your seat, while you “ooh” and “ahh”! Definitely a must-do in Maui!