What A Texan Bride Expects from a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are gaining more popularity every year! They are a great way to save money and to have a more intimate celebration. There are so many reasons a Texas bride would choose to have a destination wedding! Lets begin to explore some of the fun and unique perks that brides from Texas would love to have as a part of their festivities.

Doesn’t every bride fantasize of making a grand entrance to her wedding? Can you picture the gasps of delight and surprise when your guests see you arrive to the ceremony in style as you glide onto the beach in your hot air balloon? At Dreams LaRomana in the Dominican Republic your fantasy can become a reality! We all know Texans like things bigger and better. This is a sure way to make an impact and keep people talking for years to come!

Imagine that since your food and beverages are already included in the resort stay for yourselves and all of your guests, that you feel inspired to host your friends and family for a fun experience in lieu of a rehearsal dinner. How about taking a beautiful champagne sail as you all watch the sunset together and toast to new beginnings? When your wedding is on a beautiful beach, this is simple to arrange. Ask us how!

As you research and plan for your wedding, you may have noticed that rustic decor and farm to table decor is very popular in Texas right now. If this is something that you are interested in, you CAN have your cake and eat it too! You can have a beautiful, rustic set up with a white, sandy beach as your setting! Check out the amazing new UNICO 20.87 resort in Riviera Maya!

Texas has long had a reputation of appreciating and enjoying live music! Your guests will have a blast at your reception while you all dance to the rhythms of a Steel Pan Band and watch a performance from a Fire Dancer at one the incredible Sandals Resorts maybe in beautiful Jamaica, exotic Grenada or one of their other wonderful resorts sprinkled throughout the Caribbean.

You can appreciate the variety of option for a dramatic backdrop at your ceremony. The options are all scenic and will save you so much money on decor! You could have your wedding on a rooftop with a gorgeous 180 degree views of the blue Caribbean Sea! That is not something easily arranged in Texas, but its no trouble at all at Azul Sensatori, Riviera Maya. Plus, you can wear your heels because there is no need to walk in the sand and worry about how you will walk in your gorgeous wedding shoes!

Now we have confirmed that there are so many unique and fun reasons for brides from Texas (or anywhere!) to choose to have a beautiful destination wedding! We are here to help. Call and tell us about your perfect wedding so that we can get started on making your dreams come true!

Destination Weddings,
Hard Rock Resorts

An extraordinary ocean-front experience where you can live life to the fullest

WOW Specialists are exclusive to the Hard Rock Resorts brand and are devoted to providing a destination wedding experience like no other! The Weddings on the Water Travel Agent Specialist Program is there to ensure no detail is overlooked and no luxury spared for your special day. They assist in bringing your wedding to life with extraordinary passion and commitment. WOW Specialists will help prepare for all your guest arrangements — from travel and flights to welcome receptions, cocktail hours, group events, and more. With a Hard Rock signature wedding collection, a certified WOW Specialist will ensure the wedding and wedding style you have always imagined is available through an all-inclusive beach resort experience.

Relax knowing every detail of your dream wedding day is taken care of thanks to the dedication of your certified WOW Specialist and the All Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Specializing in Cancun, Punta Cana, Vallarta, Riviera Maya, an all-inclusive experience.


Destination Wedding Locations - Hard Rock Resorts


TO RESERVE A WEDDING OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT OUR WEDDING DEPARTMENT:
(405) 418‑4180 / info@vdestinationweddings.com

Group Benefits

Group Benefits for all types of wedding group sizes.

Now you and your guests can experience even more lavish style with our All Inclusive Wedding Group Benefits. Celebrate with friends and family and enjoy these group benefits. VIP Check-in upon arrival, complimentary room upgrade, private functions, cocktail receptions and more!

From a small crew of friends to an entourage of guests, we’ve got you covered with a full list of All Inclusive Wedding Group Benefits. Enjoy the very best of paradise with complimentary room nights, room upgrades, complimentary cocktail receptions, and so much more.

All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels offer an authentic experience that rocks for guests of all ages, making each location an ideal destination for multi-generational groups. Hard Rock Hotels & Resorts offer an unrivaled fun factor that is key to any wedding.

Destination Weddings are a growing market and we want to make sure we cater to each and every segment.


UNICO Destination Weddings in Riviera Maya

UNICO 20°87° redefines the meaning of all-inclusive by offering the unexpected. From select spa and beauty salon treatments to excursions and golf, your stay includes all the amenities of a luxury hotel plus more.

Marylen Exposito is the creative mind behind the design of UNICO 20°87° experiential wedding packages. Marylen is an award winning, South Florida wedding planner whose work has been featured in Style Me Pretty and Enchanted Brides and whose creative style offers a touch of fairytale with a pinch boho chic.

The UNICO destination wedding collection features personalized details with regionally inspired touches to make each destination wedding at UNICO feel exactly as it should. A truly special, one of a kind event.


Compliments of UNICO 20°87° – Price: FREE

  • Ceremony location
  • 32 chocolate avante garde chairs
  • One rose bouquet and one matching boutonniere OR two bouquets OR two boutonnieres*
  • Non-denominational minister to perform symbolic or vow renewal ceremony**
  • Audio system for ceremony
  • 1 tier wedding cake for 32 guests
  • Sparkling wine toast for 32 guests after ceremony
  • Dreams and Destinations WOW Specialist, pre-resort event consultant and onsite wedding coordinator
  • Dreams and Destinations customizable complimentary wedding webpage and registry
  • UNICO 20°87° Honeymoon Experience

*Two bouquets or two boutonnieres option are available for same sex weddings

**Additional cost applies for civil (legal) ceremonies


The Riviera Maya Experience – Price: $5,800

UNICO’s new take on the classic beach wedding offering a fully immersive experience.

  • Ceremony location
  • Ceremony decor
  • Ceremony seating for 32 guests
  • One bouquet and one matching boutonniere OR two bouquets OR two boutonnieres*
  • Non-denominational minister to perform symbolic or vow renewal ceremony**
  • Audio system for ceremony
  • 2 tier wedding cake for 32 guests
  • Sparkling wine toast for 32 guests after ceremony
  • Unpacking service for couples, including preparation of wedding day attire (dress and suit pressing)
  • Dreams and Destinations WOW Specialist, pre-resort event consultant and onsite wedding coordinator
  • Dreams and Destinations customizable complimentary wedding webpage and registry
  • UNICO 20°87° Honeymoon Experience

*Two bouquets or two boutonnieres option are available for same sex weddings

**Additional cost applies for civil (legal) ceremonies


The One of a Kind Experience – Price: $7,700

Expands on the Riviera Maya Experience with a deeper level of personalization.

  • Ceremony location
  • Ceremony decor
  • Ceremony seating for 32 guests
  • One bouquet and one matching boutonniere OR two bouquets OR two boutonnieres*
  • Non-denominational minister to perform symbolic or vow renewal ceremony**
  • Audio system for ceremony
  • Choice of violin, guitar or saxophone soloist for ceremony
  • Phone valet to allow ceremony to be more intimate with unplugged wedding signage
  • 2 tier wedding cake for 32 guests
  • Sparkling wine toast for 32 guests after ceremony
  • Printed menus and place cards for wedding reception for 32 guests**
  • Unpacking service for couples, including preparation of wedding day attire (dress and suit pressing)
  • Personal Valet Concierge for one of the parties throughout the getting ready process
  • In room hair and make-up service for 1 person****
  • Dreams and Destinations WOW Specialist, pre-resort event consultant and onsite wedding coordinator
  • Dreams and Destinations customizable complimentary wedding webpage and registry
  • UNICO 20°87° Honeymoon Experience

*Two bouquets or two boutonnieres option are available for same sex weddings

**Each additional place card is $0.50 per person and each additional menu is $0.50 per person. Guest list and menu selections must be provided 2 months prior to wedding date

***Additional cost applies for civil (legal) ceremonies

****Must be part of wedding couple


The 20°87° Experience – Price: $8,500

Immersive wedding experience taken to the next level. The 20°87° Experience weaves in Unico destination weddings Proud Local spirit with Riviera Maya’s natural elegance to create a setting unlike any other.

  • Ceremony location
  • Ceremony decor
  • Ceremony seating for 32 guests
  • One bouquet and one matching boutonniere OR two bouquets OR two boutonnieres*
  • Non-denominational minister to perform symbolic or vow renewal ceremony**
  • Audio system for ceremony
  • Choice of violin, guitar or saxophone soloist for ceremony
  • Phone valet to allow ceremony to be more intimate with unplugged wedding signage
  • 2 tier wedding cake for 32 guests
  • Sparkling wine toast for 32 guests after ceremony
  • Printed menus and place cards for wedding reception for 32 guests**
  • Unpacking service for couples, including preparation of wedding day attire (dress and suit pressing)
  • Personal Valet Concierge for both parties throughout the getting ready process
  • In room hair and make-up service for 1 person****
  • “Getting Ready Suite” for one party to use for the day leading up to the ceremony
  • In room hair and make-up service for 1 person in “Getting Ready Suite”****
  • Welcome bag delivery free of charge
  • Dreams and Destinations WOW Specialist, pre-resort event consultant and onsite wedding coordinator
  • Dreams and Destinations customizable complimentary wedding webpage and registry
  • Complimentary honeymoon package
  • Private Dining Experience For Couple
  • Upgrade for wedding couple to suite*****

*Two bouquets or two boutonnieres option are available for same sex weddings

**Each additional place card is $0.50 per person and each additional menu is $0.50 per person. Guest list and menu selections must be provided 2 months prior to wedding date

***Additional cost applies for civil (legal) ceremonies

****Must be part of wedding couple

*****Requires group contract of 10 or more rooms. Based on availability


Of course you are not limited to just what is offered in each package. That is the beauty of UNICO destination weddings. Each aspect is completely customizable. You can start with the complimentary option and add elements that are most important to you. Or you can take the luxurious inclusions of the 20°87° Experience and elevate that further with different design elements and experiences.

Wedding Ceremony Locations :
Gazebo
Beach

Wedding Event Locations:
Beach
Multiple pools
Multiple terraces
Ballroom

Wedding Group Amenities for UNICO Destination Weddings
UNICO destination weddings can range from intimate elopements for just the two of you or large group weddings full of family, friends and new memories to be made. For wedding groups beginning at 10 rooms (minimum of 3 nights or longer) couples can accrue amenities based on the size of their group and number of room nights. These amenities range from complimentary rooms, complimentary upgrades, and complimentary private functions (food and beverage).

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having a Destination Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and most brides and grooms want to do whatever they can to avoid any problems or disasters. Here are our top 5 mistakes to avoid when having a destination wedding.

Mistake #1: Not blocking enough hotel rooms for your group.
We’ve found that a lot of couples hesitate to block rooms, as they are not sure how many people will actually come to the wedding. This is likely because they don’t understand the benefits of booking as a group. Group amenities are typically only honored when it’s in writing and this is done with a group hotel contract. This contract will state whether the bride and groom are receiving free nights, a free wedding, a free reception, or all the above. It will also provide a date that rooms must be released, to avoid being liable. In most cases, there is no reason to not do a group contract, unless the couple is eloping, when this type of contract wouldn’t be applicable. We regularly work with resorts that will do a group contract starting at just 6 rooms, depending on the time of year.

Mistake #2: Not taking advantage of local things.
Part of the fun in having a destination wedding is experiencing the unique culture that you’re in. If you’re in the beautiful destination that you’ve selected, don’t expect it to be exactly like what you’re used to at home. Immerse yourself in the special products or surroundings that your destination has to offer and allow yourself to fall in love with the options from the local area. For example: orchids grow on the island, so they’re less than roses? Awesome! A Spanish mariachi band is less than a string quartet? So fun! The guests will feel like they’re not only part of your wedding, but part of the culture. Your wedding planner can help show you the various pricing differences, but remember, if they must fly in something special, it will be a lot more expensive than getting a local product that can be easily acquired. This can be a big cost savings.

Mistake #3: No backup plan.
Back up plans are always great to have, especially when it comes to one of the biggest events of your life! For example, couples getting married outside need to have a backup plan for a ballroom or terrace wedding if the weather decides to change and unload on their wedding day. Rainy season is June through November in Mexico and the Caribbean. One of the most popular times to get married in the United States is September with the beautiful leaves changing and mild temperatures, but this isn’t the same case for the Caribbean, as it’s usually the most humid with the highest chance of hurricanes.

Mistake #4: Not inviting everyone.
Time and time again, couples only send invitations to those they think will want to come to the wedding and this can be a mistake! If the bride and groom are open to everyone attending, then invite everyone! A lot of times, friends and relatives would not travel to an all-inclusive resort unless they’re going with a group. If everyone is truly invited, then send an official invitation or save-the-date card. There always seems to be someone that you swore would not miss it, be unable to attend and on the other hand, you might be surprised at who decides to make the trip. The surprise of who can celebrate with you could become a special memory as you begin your marriage journey.

Mistake #5: Not working with a travel agent.
Planning your wedding takes a lot of organization and detail management. Couples that don’t use a travel agent are stuck being the middle person. The destination wedding is meant to make life simpler! Do you want to take time to answer small, detailed questions like what size hotel beds are in the rooms? What if guests have problems while traveling to the wedding? Do the bride and groom have to take time to help re-accommodate or re-schedule transportation? These kinds of details or issues can be frustrating and very stressful for the bride and groom and if you work with an experienced agent, they can take care of all the little things that come up for you so you don’t have to.
At Vincent Destination Weddings, we’re all about planning everything for you so your big day goes as smoothly as possible. We don’t charge a group contract fee and we’re paid a commission by the hotel that the bride and groom choose. There is no additional charge for working with the wedding travel agent! If you’ve dreamt of a destination wedding and the thought of planning it sounds overwhelming, contact us today to handle all the details.

5 Reasons To Have A Destination Wedding

Your wedding day: it’s one of the most amazing and important days of your life and you’ve probably dreamt about what it would look like for years. Each couple is different and each wedding won’t look the same, but if you’re looking for a way to take your wedding to the next level, a destination wedding is one way to do this. Here, we’ll talk about some of the main reasons why you should plan a destination wedding.

Reason #1: You’ll start your marriage with a unique adventure.
A destination wedding option opens up so many possibilities for adventure. How about a bachelorette party in a cave? Maybe your groomsmen could golf at sunrise overlooking the ocean? How about a rehearsal dinner on a catamaran? The options and venues are endless with a destination wedding. Adventures not only await you and your fiancé, but your bridal party and guests, too.

Reason #2: You’ll make memories with your closest friends and family.
You can count on your closest friends and family being there to spend plenty of time with you during your wedding. Traditional weddings with larger guest lists usually only allow for shaking hands and quick congratulatory wishes from your guests, but with a destination wedding and a smaller group of people there, you’ll have the time to chat with guests in your dream location and create special memories with them there.

Reason #3: Destination weddings are often less expensive.
If you’re looking to make your wedding budget go further, a destination wedding is a great way to do that. Favorable exchange rates in international wedding destinations is one way to reap financial rewards, but you’ll also find that many resorts will offer well-rounded packages that include everything. You’re not left with adding on additional things you won’t end up using and you won’t be forced to rent large, expensive venues.

Reason #4:  You’ll have a no stress wedding.
The on-site wedding coordinator will do the planning for you, so you don’t have to do much at all. Our team at Vincent Vacations are the middle people when it comes to helping plan for your guests and we also offer full wedding planning services with a fee. For example, we can arrange group room contracts for no cost, so the bride and groom can reap the benefits of bringing a group! Whether it’s free parties or complimentary room nights, we can figure out the details. Brides and grooms can do as little or as much as they want when it comes to the destination wedding and that translates to a lot less stress in the end!

Reason #5: You can use the wedding location for your honeymoon, too.
A destination wedding offers you the opportunity to have a two-for-one deal: a wedding and honeymoon in one trip!  If you love the location of your wedding and want to honeymoon there, great! Or, if you want us to help coordinate a hotel change or a flight to a different honeymoon spot, we can do that, too.

Whether it’s the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Tahiti, or somewhere else, planning a destination wedding will the best idea that you’ve had! Contact us today for more information on getting your exotic destination wedding planned!