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I am looking to find the best all inclusive destination for my wedding. I want to consider the cost not only for my wedding but for the quests that would be attending. Is there a minimum stay that the resorts require? Also, would I receive any discount because of the extra bookings?
August 12, 2016
It can be helpful to determine if you are going to elope, invite just couples, invite just adults with no kids or will you have everyone from kiddies to grandparents?
Yes, resorts will typically offer price breaks for a minimum number of nights stay by wedding party. Some offer a free night for the bride and groom dependent on length of stay.
Brides traditionally evaluate wedding packages, locations, value, venues, scenery and of course honeymoon suites.
If you are eloping or just inviting couples then a Couples-Only resort is perfect.
A wedding including all age groups can be a success at venues like Sun and Moon Palace in Cancun. This is just one example.
Your guests can use their resort credits for a couples massage or facial at the spa and only pay the 16% service fee at adults Sun Palace. Guests with kids will enjoy the enormous Moon Palace and everyone will enjoy the free shuttles back and forth.
Sandals Ochi Beach Club is adults-only and just one example of a destination wedding that does not include children. The Beautiful Beginnings Wedding package here is $750 but it is free if you book 3 nights or more.
Head’s up. There is a $95 fee for mandatory government documentation and minister if you take the resorts free wedding package. If you choose Beautiful Beginnings or another package the fee is included. You may also use your free package as a $500 credit if you build your own wedding package a la carte.
If you book 3 nights at Sun Palace you are entitled to their free wedding package. Speak to a wedding planner at the resort to sort out your options about applying your resort credit or a portion of it towards different wedding packages that you purchase.
Start early with your planning. Make sure you get copies of all agreements well in advance of your trip. There are many requirements for getting married on foreign soil and they vary depending on location.
Good luck sorting it all out and don’t forget to come back and share your experience.
February 24, 2015
Dan offers up some good advice and options, but there's more to consider.
1. Re: your question about discounts - the answer is yes, most all-inclusive resorts offer all sorts of perks based on the number of additional rooms booked (for your guests), such as a free room and/or room upgrade for the bride & groom, upgraded wedding packages or add-ons, or free additional nights. Because of this you'll want to be sure all rooms are booked as part of a 'group', which is where a good travel agent can help.....they'll know how to scout out all the perks you're entitled to and can be sure all bookings for your guests are in the 'group'.
2. You didn't mention the ages of your guests, but many destination weddings include a mix of generations.......so you may want to consider choosing a resort that has a 'sibling' resort located next door - one for adults-only and the other for families. This way those of your guests with children will find all the kid-friendly amenities they need, and those without kids can find the quieter environment they may want.
Some good examples include:
- Excellence/Finest Resorts - Excellence Playa Mujeres and Beloved Playa Mujeres (both are adults-only, Beloved is smaller and more upscale/boutique, located right next door to each other) and Finest Playa Mujers is the 'family' resort with tons of great amenities for kids (Excellence sits right in the middle of Beloved and Finest).
- El Dorado Royale/Casitas Royale and Generations Riviera Maya (Casitas Royale is an upgraded/exclusive area within the El Dorado Royal Resort).....the El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale are luxury adults-only, Generations is a fantastic luxury family resort.
- Secrets/Dreams - the Secrets Playa Mujeres is an upscale adults-only resort, and the Dreams Playa Mujeres, right next door (and opening very soon!) is a brand-new luxury family resort (with a water park!).
At all of these resorts the adults have full exchange privileges (which increases dining and entertainment options) and the 'family' resorts will keep the little ones happy. Have your wedding on the 'family' side if the kids will be attending, then you and your groom can retreat to the adults-only side and enjoy a kid-free romantic honeymoon!
Good luck with your wedding planning!
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Thank you so much for all of the good information. There will be families attending and I like the sound of Secrets Playa Mujerus and Dreams. I will be firming up plans this month.