Luxury Resort for a Destination Wedding in Cancun, Mexico

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Recently I had the pleasure of touching down at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach located in Cancun, Mexico, just a quick flight from the US. Cancun is known to be the perfect place to celebrate – beautiful white sands and crystal blue Caribbean waters, a quick trip from the airport and from most US cities, an easy transition into a foreign country where most people in the hotel zone speak English, and of course the amazing hospitality (and food!) of the Mexican culture. And that hospitality truly shines at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.

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Perfect for a destination wedding, they’ve got everything your group could need. For starters, if you want an a la carte dinning option, you’ll find several delicious restaurants (some, like La Joya, with entertainment like mariachi in the evening), but you’ll also have the option of all-inclusive for your guests. So no matter what kind of experience your family and friends expect, they’ve got it for all kinds of travelers…in style. The five-diamond property has over 600 suites and plenty of party space (think wedding ceremony on the sand, cocktails on a deck just steps above, and a reception in several spots – like right back on the beach!). For weddings up to 600 people, they’ve got you covered. But the resort also has ideal intimate wedding options too! I recommend renting the presidential suit and entertaining on the expansive rooftop deck, complete with full size swimming pool and jacuzzi. A great option for a rehearsal dinner, post-brunch, or even a wedding reception with views of the city and sea from high above!

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach has it all. Like one amazing spa!!! The Coral Beach Gem Spa is something you do not want to miss during your visit. Unwind after the big day or de-stress before you say “I do” with an indulgent couples massage and hydrotherapy treatment for two. A must do!

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Then when you emerge an even more blushing bride-to-be than before, you just might return to your suite to find a warm bath drawn and rose petals surrounding your space for a special occasion.

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The wedding team at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, and the entire staff on property are spectacular! Few places put as much love, heart, and personal attention into your experience, as if it was there own. The Romance and Celebrations Expert, Silvia Gutierrez, is a dream come true, and will not rest until your wedding is just as you imagined it to be.  When you wed here, you know you’re in good hands.

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When you say “I do” to Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, you say hello to your new family, one that will work tirelessly to make your experience unforgettable. And I assure you, it will be. I know I’ll be back!

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All Photo Credits: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun


New Sandals LaSource Caribbean Honeymoon + Destination Wedding Location

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Looking for an off the beaten path place to touch down for your honeymoon but you don’t want to forgo luxury for a little taste of untouched paradise? Then look no further than Sandals LaSource on the island of Grenada, the Spice Isle. Known for it’s local nutmeg, beautiful beaches and Southern Caribbean hospitality and charm, Grenada is an island lush with rainforest, peppered with quaint and quiet beaches, and perfect for those who want to say “I do” to something tropical but a tad different too.

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When you stay, whether to wed, moon, or both, the must go-to is the new Sandals LaSource Resort – an all-inclusive property complete with butler suites, plunge and infinity pool-clad rooms and all the amenities you’ve come to know and love from a luxury property.  If you like a little adventure, they’ve got that too!  From scuba to paddle boarding, boat cruises to secluded snorkel spots and even Jeep tours to waterfalls deep within the rainforest, you will never run out of things to do while you’re here.  Oh, and how could we forget the spa!  Ahhh-mazing!

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Not only to honeymoon, this spectacular place is also great for destination weddings. With only one wedding at a time at the resort, couples have the luxury of making last minute location changes due to weather or simply a change of mind. When you arrive, you’ll meet with your onsite wedding specialist to finalize all those destination wedding details that are oh-so important to you. Meanwhile, the planning and prep work has been done for you, but this is your chance to touch and feel, even taste your choices, giving you the time and freedom to make changes as you see fit on the spot. Then, once the details are ready for the big day, you hit the beach and let Sandals and their dedicated and truly enthusiastic staff take care of the rest!

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I had the pleasure of touching down at Sandals LaSource recently and I was blown away by the service, the staff, and the caliber of suites available to couples (I highly recommend the Rondoval Butler Suite complete with a private pool, patio and room in the round!). If you want a place to call home on your big day that has all the amenities you could ever ask for while maintaining the natural experience of a virtually untouched island in the Caribbean, then you’ve just found it at Sandals LaSource.

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For more information about Sandals LaSource on Grenada, check out their website and wedding planning tools.

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New Sandals Wedding Ideas

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This week Sandals launched a brand new program designed to help destination wedding couples design their big day – their way.  The new online wedding designer gives brides and grooms options to mix and match wedding décor from a thousand different ideas, all of which are on property at their all-inclusive resorts.

How does it work?  Start by selecting your location (your dream island of choice of course).  Then pick your color palette – choose from pinks, blues, greens and sea foam, lilac and sand, white and more!  Once you’ve chosen you colors you begin to browse and narrow down from 1000 different wedding ideas from flowers to cakes, entertainment and dinning!  They’ve pretty much got it all, tropical, modern, soft and romantic, orchids to roses, canopies, hair and makeup, and the list goes on.  This is ideal for the destination couple who wants one-stop shopping but the luxury of selection and designing a uniquely personal event.  With a little help from Sandals’online tools, you can mix and match and create a wedding that not only looks great, but is one of a kind too.

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But the décor is just the beginning!  Sandals does all the rest of the work for you too.  Once you’ve selected your bouquets and boutonnieres, don’t forget about the dinner menu, custom bars, hair and makeup, even photography and videography, should you choose.  Want tiki torches and fire dancers with a tropical and brightly colored reception palette?  Check!  Steel drums and an all-white beach wedding?  Check, check!  If you can dream it, it’s likely they’ve already got it on property for you!

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Once the wedding is planned perfectly, don’t forget about the honeymoon.  Island hop or stay put where you wed for a romantic weddingmoon.  You can even register for wedding gifts that are activities while you’re there – tours and island excursions, spa services and even a private dinner for two on the sand.

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Sandals has 14 Caribbean resorts, all all-inclusive and some dedicated to adults only.  I’ve been to one of the sister resorts, Beaches in Turks and Caicos and should you be considering a property, I highly recommend the Italian Village for your stay!  Right on the shoreline overlooking the crystal clear blue ocean and white sand, this view will not disappoint.  They’ve also got some great on island excursions (think catamaran to a reef in the ocean where you can snorkel with one of the few dolphins in the world that travels without a pod)!  It’s a must do – especially if JoJo the dolphin is nearby.

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Happy Weddingmooning!


Destination Weddings at Picosa Ranch

ranch weddingsDestination weddings don’t have to be barefoot in the sand or even in a far off land.  If a slower paced stateside affair is more your style, then consider heading out to the land of the ten gallon hat, Texas!  Ranch properties make wonderfully beautiful backdrops to say “I do” on and often create an itinerary of alternative guest fun!  How about an all-inclusive working ranch!?!  Now we’re talking…this Texas luxury property serves up top notch food paired with adventurous activities and five star service.  Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner! Picosa Ranch is a luxurious 2,800 acre ranch in Floresville, TX and is a fantastic domestic option for your destination wedding, or even your honeymoon! If you know your group wants to have a little fun without leaving all the luxuries of a resort and spa behind, they’ll certainly enjoy this ranch which offers all that, and more for intimate parties up to 42 and ages 1 to 101!texas-ranch-weddingsWho knew you didn’t actually have to venture to Africa for a few zebra sitings? That’s right, this Texan destination isn’t all cows, they have exotic animals roaming the property for a fabulously entertaining photo safari pre-wedding or a “WOW” inducing portrait backdrop. Horseback riding trails, skeet shooting, fishing ponds and archery are plentiful too. Nobody will be bored at this destination wedding weekend!picosa-ranch-texas-destination-weddingOf course, for the guests that prefer the comforts of a resort: spa treatments, golfing, lagoon-style pools and 24-hour gourmet food and beverage are ready and waiting for them. And who wouldn’t want to feel like a kid again and end the rehearsal dinner evening with s’mores around the campfire!? All of the above (and everything else we couldn’t fit into a post) would make for quite the perfect honeymoon compromise if one wears the adventure hat in the relationship, and the other prefers cocktails poolside. picosa-ranch-destination-weddingsBe sure to check out Picosa Ranch’s website for the scoop on all the activities, accommodations and so much more!