Honeymoon Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico: Viceroy

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Viceroy Riviera Maya is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. Imagine a secluded spot where the jungle meets the beach and luxury meets the rustic elements of nature. Viceroy Riviera Maya is perfect for the couple who wants privacy, laid back creature comforts of home, and the feeling of being at one with nature all while getting to relax on a white sand beach as you sway from your four poster beach bed and the wind rocks you to sleep.

A true culturally-inspired getaway, you’ll be greeted by the property’s resident Mayan Shaman who offers you an energy clearing to send you into a state of pure relaxation to start off your experience right.

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Then you’ll head to your private villa with patio, sunbathing deck and lounge, outdoor day bed, and plunge pool. Honeymooners can expect rose petal turndown service at night, a soap concierge by day, and outdoor showers anytime you choose.

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The two restaurants on property offer a relaxed atmosphere for some excellent cuisine (don’t miss the ahi tuna stuffed peppers). But I think it’s the staff at this location that brings it home for honeymooners – every single person you meet has an energy that welcomes you home (something they actually say when you arrive).

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If you’d love to immerse yourself in the local culture even further, then you’re in luck – Viceroy embraces it all. For your destination wedding, consider having your union blessed by the Shaman. For the spa lovers, opt for a couples experience in the sweat lodge. Even indulge in local chocolates and customs from the ancient civilization that was once there before us. Or take a tour of their ruins only about 40 minutes away! You’ll feel the Mayan spirit all around you as the property embraces it in more ways than one.

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With only 41 rooms, this boutique hotel is perfect for a destination wedding buyout. Most opt to wed on the beach, but when you take over the Viceroy, the options are all yours! And with many resorts in the corridor nearby, you can always opt to hotel hop to get a bit more privacy from your guests for just the two of you when the big day is done.

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For more information on this fabulous place, be sure to check out Viceroy Riviera Maya.  And if you’re looking to register for your honeymoon to be gifted experiences on location or cash towards your hotel stay, check out Newlywish’s Honeymoons Registry where you can find Viceroy Riviera Maya waiting to be gifted to you by your friends and family!


Getting Married at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida

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The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida is one of the country’s premier luxury resorts (and home to destination weddings from around the world). We checked out this property firsthand and found that whether you’re hosting an event for 50 or 500 friends and loved ones, you’ll certainly be well cared for by this incredible oasis and its team. We recently chatted with Joan Bever, Director of Food and Beverage – Event Sales and Services, who shared with us a bit about getting married in the area and all the recently renovated 140-acre property has to offer! Located just 15 minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport, The Breakers Palm Beach is easy to get to for your guests, makes your legal domestic destination wedding a breeze, and with eight restaurants and bars and 540 rooms and suites, they have everything you could need and more during your vacation of a lifetime!

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Image: Amy Hill Photography

JF: What are some of the benefits of getting married at a grand resort?

JB: The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s premier destinations for magnificent weddings and celebrations. A one-of-a-kind oceanfront destination resort, the bride and groom and their guests never have to leave property. Every need or want is just a stroll away. 

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JF: Why is this a great option for destination couples?

JB: It’s a tropical paradise! From the great weather to the stunning ocean and the beautiful blue skies, Palm Beach offers the perfect environment and backdrop for a destination wedding. The Breakers also offers a fusion of old world tradition with modern luxury, giving couples the chance to get married in front of the Atlantic Ocean and celebrate inside a Renaissance-inspired palace – all without a passport required.

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JF: If a couple is planning a wedding at The Breakers, what creative ideas and events can couples plan to enhance the ceremony or reception?

JB: Planning an incredible celebration is all about the details, and a spectacular wedding features customized elements that reflect the couple’s personal styles and tastes.

We encourage our couples to consider incorporating a piece of home (a menu item with local flare), sharing something special to them with their gusts (a specialty cocktail that represents what they sipped on their first date) or by including a personalized element from their family’s heritage (a song or special dance).

Speaking to the menu, a few of the unique and fun items popular today include our Local Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claw First Course, Individual Ice-carved Raw Bar, Signature Giant Martini Sundae and interactive food stations. For dessert, try a pie bar, whoopee pie station or homemade cookie bar and for a new take on the cake, pass bite-sized monogramed petits fours.

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Image: Nancy Cohn Photography

JF: What about activities that aren’t event driven?

JB: Beyond the classic resort amenities offered, guests can also enjoy poolside relaxation in our luxury Bungalows, take a bicycle tour of Palm Beach, delight in beachside Yoga or Pilates (we even offer Paddleboard Yoga!), discover deep sea fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling at The Breakers Reef, and, of course, spend a truly relaxing day at The Spa.

Our team can also help arrange private golf lessons or shotgun golf, tennis or croquet tournaments as well as beach volleyball and private fitness classes.

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Right: Donna Newman Photography, Left: Anthony Vazquez Photography 

JF: What can guests and couples experience at and around The Breakers when coming in for a destination wedding?

JB: The resort’s amenities include four oceanfront swimming pools and five whirlpool spas, a new, spectacular 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Ocean Fitness center, 25 luxury Bungalows for daytime-rentals, half-mile of private beach, an oceanfront luxury spa, 11 exclusive specialty shops, two 18-hole championship golf courses and 10 Har-Tru lighted tennis courts. The Breakers also features a collection of eight distinctive bars and restaurants.

If guests choose to explore the area, world-class shopping, unique entertainment, and captivating museums are located just around the corner. Guests can browse the designer boutiques on Worth Avenue, spend a leisurely afternoon shopping at CityPlace or take in a bit of history at the Henry Flagler Museum – all within minutes of The Breakers.

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JF: Can couples have a beach-inspired wedding or a black tie wedding?  Tell us about the diversity of the property and who it’s ideal for.

JB: Whether indoors or outdoors‚ The Breakers has myriad of breathtaking locations to suit every couple’s personal taste. From stunning oceanfront settings and lush gardens to magnificent ballrooms‚ we can accommodate ceremonies and receptions for 50 to 500 guests. Our one–of–a–kind venues set the perfect stage for a once–in–a–lifetime celebration. 

A few of our favorites include….

The Ocean Lawn: The Ocean Lawn has a breathtaking direct view of the Atlantic Ocean and provides the relaxed feel of a beachside wedding. Framed by palm trees, the Lawn is a favorite locale for stunning ceremonies. This outdoor paradise can be used for ceremonies, welcome and rehearsal dinners, and brunch. The Lawn accommodates 100 to 500 guests.

Venetian Ballroom: With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the stunning Atlantic Ocean, the Venetian Ballroom is one of The Breakers’ largest ballrooms. This majestic room accommodates up to 550 guests.

The Circle Ballroom: Ideal for an unforgettable ceremony or a gorgeous reception, The Circle boasts spectacular ocean views and a soaring fresco-painted ceiling. The Circle accommodates up to 200 guests.

Mediterranean Ballroom: The Romanesque Mediterranean Ballroom features views of the Mediterranean Courtyard and fresco-painted renaissance ceilings. The Mediterranean Ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests.

Mediterranean Courtyard: The Renaissance-inspired courtyard is a dazzling spot for an outdoor cocktail hour or can be transformed for a romantic ceremony. The Courtyard accommodates 75 to 500 guests.

For more information on getting married at The Breakers Palm Beach, be sure to check them out online and follow them on your favorite social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Hotel Hassler – Where the Stars Stay in Rome

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If you’re considering the romantic city of Roma, Italy for your honeymoon, then look no further than high above the famed Spanish Steps where an elegant little hotel overlooks the sprawling city and welcomes you with warmth and sophistication.  Hotel Hassler is the spot where the stars go (yep, even Clooney) but it’s also home to some lavish destination (and local) weddings and a great spot to honeymoon if you want to see the eternal city.

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The 96 rooms and suites are beautifully designed with European charm, each different from one another, some suiting the more modern couple while others can enjoy more of a nod to the old world.  If you’re not just staying here but celebrating too, I suggest one of the penthouse or presidential rooftop suites so you can entertain on your massive balcony with sights of the entire city (and perhaps even take a dip in your jacuzzi as night falls).

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You certainly can’t beat the location, literally steps from the Spanish Steps and the oh-so popular shopping district below (known as the luxury center of the city).  Then when you return from a day of taking in the rich history of the area (and modern shops too), enjoy dinner atop the hotel at Imago, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a seriously creative spin to the Italian food you’ve come to know and love in Rome.

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If you’re there in the warmer months of the year, enjoy afternoon cocktails in the courtyard before heading to the library or lounge for light bites.

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And don’t forget to indulge in the spa!  With locally sourced products created specifically for and by the hotel, you’ll love the aroma you take with you when you go. luxury hotel rome italy

From five star food and drink to stunning views of this magical city, this is one stop to be sure to hit on your European honeymoon.  Why?  Well, basically, because Hotel Hassler has it all!

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All Photos via Hotel Hassler.


Caribbean Club – Caymans Islands Destination Weddings + Honeymoons

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If you’re looking for a luxury property where all your friends and family can fit with the ease of living like you’re at home (but with the service of a special resort), then check in to the Caribbean Club, a boutique hotel on the sand of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

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With only 30 villas on property (each three bedrooms – with the ability to make them smaller), you can have the run of the place for your wedding weekend or simply stop here for your honeymoon and feel like you’re the only two people on property.

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Each villa comes complete with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer and more!  All the creature comforts of home without all the work!

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The friendly staff on property can even stock your fridge before you get there so should you want snacks, drinks or even cook while you’re there, everything is at your fingertips!  And fear not, if you prefer someone to cook for you, they can bring in a chef or you can order room service from this award-winning hotel.

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My favorite part about the property is the beach.  It really doesn’t get much better than this.  White sand, picture perfect waters, the ideal water and air temperatures and gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos too!

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But the Caribbean Club prides itself on more than just luxury on the sand.  With a world-class restaurant, Luca, even your most foodie of friends will delight in your wedding night dinner (and hopefully indulge in their massive delish spread that is the Sunday brunch – a must do!).

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From the fantastic food to the stunning views and relaxed accommodations, we adore the Caribbean Club for a destination wedding group (and honeymoon too)!  Thanks to Danielle and her team for an amazing experience on property, we are already dreaming of coming back soon!

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All Photos by Carla Ten Eyck


Weddings at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

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I love a big beachfront resort. I really do. I don’t need a tiny property off the beaten path to completely disconnect from it all. In fact, I find that often times is easier (especially with bigger groups for weddings) with the amount of service, staff and amenities a larger property has at your beck and call. And believe me, those finer things in life are certainly at your beck and call at the recently renovated Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. What a spectacular spot! Nestled right on the sand of the beautiful Seven Mile Beach (think water sand, clear blue bath waters and perfect temperatures), the Ritz Carlton has mastered the art of exceptional service in the sand.

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This beautiful beach isn’t just a beach.  Reserve a cabana by day or simply enjoy the cold towels passed around in between your cocktail service (which can also be delivered to you on one of their aqua bars floating in the ocean). Lounge the day away by the oceanfront pool or in the sand and if at a moment’s notice, you’re feeling active again, check out a complementary paddleboard or go for a snorkel with their gear awaiting you on the sand.

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When you just can’t get anymore sun (these are the problems you face on island), then check into one of only three La Prairie Spas in North America and indulge in one of their exceptional services. But don’t forget to save time in your schedule for a nap in their beautifully appointed and oh-so cozy quiet room (a must visit, snuggle up to their furry pillows!) or a dip in the Jacuzzi below it.

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Then, for dinner dine at Seven (and don’t leave the island without trying the truffle mac n’ cheese). Hosting your destination wedding here? I highly recommend a beach party in the evening (followed by fireworks off the shore if budget permits). Wow your guests inside in the grand ballroom (seats up to 1000 guests) or dine al fresco under the stars on the pool deck, the garden property, or of course the beach.

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When you retire to your room, you’ll be pleasantly welcomed back to what feels like home. Colors that remind you of the island around you but luxury, amenities, and comfort of what you’ve come to know and love about a Ritz Carlton property – the renovation is a perfect balance between a nod to island life and luxury travel too.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman many times over the past two decades and if it’s possible, it actually gets better with age.

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