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21 Sep

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I do, for you

September 21, 2015 | By |

Irose Gerald, Wedding Manager at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa has helped many couples tie the knot. She shares the ins and outs, tips and tricks of a destination wedding, and the real reason a wedding at Sandals is the best.

How early should I start planning my wedding?

From the moment the other person says yes! It’s fun to have something to look forward to and destination weddings are a lot easier to plan.

How easy is it to customize my ceremony and reception?

It’s very easy to customize everything. We have a wedding planning website that has themed packages with decorations, flowers and reception options. We also have pre-wedding planners who can help you.

Do most people write their own vows?

I’d say about 50%. Many couples stick to the traditional ceremony but have one or two moments that are special to them.

What do most people worry about, but shouldn’t?

Definitely the weather! We have many back up locations throughout the resort. But here in the Caribbean, rain is good luck. A sprinkle of blessings.

What’s the one thing people most often forget?

Music, especially a song for the first dance. But don’t worry, we have a lot of music on hand and reliable Internet service so you can get to your iTunes account.

Can you help organize activities for guests?

Of course. For today’s weddings, a big part of the experience is for friends and families to have fun. It’s their vacation too. Here in Antigua, we have adventurous activities like zip-lining and ATVs, or more low-key catamaran cruises.

Why is a Sandals wedding the best?

It’s unique, seamless and personal. We have the most picturesque locations, with everything included even your honeymoon, at the most romantic destinations throughout the Caribbean.

 

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Top 7 Destination Wedding Locations in Mexico and the Caribbean

October 1, 2014 | By |

Planning a wedding is a tall order. From the venue to the menu, there’s lots to think about. That’s why more and more Canadian couples are opting to melt some of their nuptial stresses away by heading to Mexico and the Caribbean to host their Big Day. If you are considering this attractive option, here are some destinations to get your wedding wheels turning.

Mexico

Ahhh Mexico. Land of ancient ruins, chocolate and beautiful wedding locations. Providing a stunning backdrop, Cancun and Riviera Maya remain popular destination wedding picks not only for their white sand beaches, but for their expansive coral reef system and jungle surroundings. There are numerous activities to keep you and your guests busy: Explore ecological parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha by day and hit the clubs of Cancun or Playa del Carmen by night. On Mexico’s Pacific side, Puerto Vallarta offers bay and mountain views, while Riviera Nayarit, a surfer’s paradise, is a great choice if you want to go off the beaten path.

When to host your wedding in Mexico: November to April is the busiest time of year; May to October is rainy season, with the most threatening hurricane months being September and October (though low season can mean less crowds and less expensive travel).

Jamaica

Jamaica Island Vibe

If you equate your future destination wedding with a relaxed island vibe, Jamaica’s definitely got that “don’t worry, be happy” kind of attitude. Montego Bay remains one of the most popular tourist areas of Jamaica for its friendly locals and vibrant nightlife. Negril is known for its rugged coastal cliffs and its famous Seven Mile Beach. The waterfalls of Ocho Rios, a former fishing village, are another draw for those considering a Jamaican wedding.

When to host your wedding in Jamaica: The temperature is most comfortable between October to December; January to March are very busy months; April to September is rainy season (which can mean less crowds and less expensive travel, though certain attractions may be closed).

Dominican Republic

Punta Cana Beach

Punta Cana

If a beautiful beach ranks high on your destination wedding criteria, then you must consider Punta Cana, home to 35 continuous kilometres of white sand and said to have some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. If you prefer to steer clear of the crowds, you may want to look into the secluded, tropical rainforest location of Samana, or the luxury resort town of La Romana.

When to host your wedding in Dominican Republic: Peak tourist season is from December to February, as well as July and August. Rainy season is from May to October, with the most threatening hurricane months being August and September.

Barbados

Underwater

Barbados has a lot to offer beyond its sandy beaches. It is considered the culinary capital of the Caribbean, the birthplace of rum and has preserved much of its British influence in historic Bridgetown. Wedding locations here are unique and varied: besides resorts, you can choose to get married underwater in a luxury submarine or underground in Harrison’s Cave.

When to host your wedding in Barbados: High season is from December to mid-April; mid-April to June is when the temperature is most comfortable; July to November is “rainy season,” although storms rarely hit the island.

Cuba

Holguin City

Holguin

Cuba offers great value for money, making it a very attractive option for budget-conscious destination wedding seekers. Varadero and Cayo Coco are the most popular tourist areas for their pristine tropical scenery and crystal clear waters. Holguin is a nice alternative for its colonial and cultural charm. Combining African beats with Spanish-influenced guitar, the island’s music will only add to the charm of your Cuban wedding.

When to host your wedding in Cuba: Peak tourist season is from mid-December to mid-March, as well as July and August. Rainy season is from June to November, with the most threatening hurricane months being September and October.

Bahamas

 nassau

Comprised of 700 islands and 2,400 cays, the Bahamas is synonymous with the deep blue sea. Exuma is home to 365 of those cays, offering unbeatable sea views and a quieter vibe than some of the neighbouring Bahamian islands. Nassau, on the other hand, has a busier pace, with upscale restaurants, casinos and duty-free shopping. Plus, its colonial days have left behind Victorian cathedrals and mansions that can act as a stunning architectural backdrop to any wedding.

When to host your wedding in Bahamas:High season is from December to February; March and April is spring break time (probably best to avoid if planning a wedding); May to November is the quietest time of year.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mountains

Though Costa Rica is not part of the Caribbean, it is an essential destination to consider for a tropical wedding. Nature lovers will rejoice in this ecological playground. Its rainforests are ideal for activities like hiking, zip lining, horseback riding and waterfall rappelling. Surfing is another popular activity in beach towns like Tamarindo. For a more romantic setting, you can visit Arenal Hot Springs or La Fortuna Waterfall. Plus, the country abounds in flora, fauna and delicious food. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience, you may want to consider resorts in Liberia

When to host your wedding in Costa Rica: High season is from December to April; rainy (green) season is from May to November (though that can mean less crowds and less expensive travel).

Have an idea of where you want to say “I do?” Then you’re ready for step two! Start exploring resorts that can accommodate your destination wedding.