Perfect Destination Wedding Location in Todos Santos, Mexico


If you’re looking for a {slightly} off the beaten path destination for your wedding or honeymoon, you love Mexico, are looking for a quick and easy flight but want to really get away from it all, then Rancho Pescadero is for you. Tucked in Todos Santos, Mexico, about 45 minutes North of Cabo San Lucas, you’ll enjoy the Pacific Ocean, wide white beaches, and the beauty of Cabo but without the hustle and bustle of being right in town.


Instead, when you arrive at Rancho Pescadero, a 28-room boutique hotel, you’ll find yourself part of the family right from the start. We recently got to visit the property while shooting a feature for Destination I Do Magazine (see all the amazing destination wedding photos here if you missed it!), and while we were there, I got to experience a little bit of laid back heaven.

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The hotel has no phones, clocks or tv’s in the rooms, so that you can completely disconnect from the world and spend your days focused on which lounge bed you plan to nap in instead. Right on the ocean, you’ve got gorgeous views, the sounds of crashing waves (it’s not a swimming beach but a great place to throw a wedding!), and plenty of flora and fauna to get lost in.


Perfect for a buyout for a destination wedding, you can wed in the sand, celebrate with cocktails by the pool and dine and dance in their picture-perfect al fresco garden restaurant, that truly represents it’s name – the garden along side it is where the produce you enjoy actually comes from. And trust me, you’ll enjoy it. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in Mexico, I got to experience here. And thanks to on site mixologist, Danny, I even had perfectly paired cocktails using local ingredients to boot!


I can’t say enough about the food and drink – an element to your destination wedding that your guests will be raving about! And the staff serves it up with open arms and hearts (I even had a latte with my name in the foam). With an onsite wedding planner (who happens to be an ex-pat), and stunning sunsets at your ceremony site, Rancho Pescadero is certainly one to watch when considering an authentic destination wedding experience in Mexico. I know I’ll be back!

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New Wedding Chapel Over Water: Four Seasons Resort


How amazing is this?! Breaking news in the world of destination weddings – you can now wed over water in the Maldives without being on a boat!  The swanky Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has just opened a wedding chapel in the ocean, off the shore of their resort.  Wow.  If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding destination, it doesn’t get more unique than this in the tropics.


With panels in the floor looking down at the fish below, you can have a truly indoor/outdoor over water experience when you say I do.  And of course you’ll have 360 degree views of that crystal clear water around you!  This place is perfect if you want an exotic locale, have an intimate guest list (16 or less), and of course are ready to experience true luxury, thanks to the Four Seasons.


And when the “I do’s” are done, you’ll find yourself back on dry land for a picture-perfect honeymoon you won’t soon forget.

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Happy honeymooning in the Maldives!


All photos from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru


Overwater Bungalows, Boats + One Amazing Destination Wedding or Honeymoon Location in Mexico

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If you’re looking for a private place to honeymoon with easy access from the US and an expansive destination wedding deck to boot for a grand getaway with all your loved ones, then Rosewood Mayakoba is your answer.

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Set both along the beach in Riviera Maya and the lagoon of Mayakoba, you get the best of both worlds – sun and sand and the tranquil sounds of nature at its finest along the lagoon.

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I had the opportunity to experience this magical place not long ago and it truly does offer honeymooners all you could ask for and destination weddings just what you need.

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There’s a large palapa on the beach perfect for a wedding reception (for up to 300 people!). It’s open air, beautifully created with weddings in mind, comes complete with an outdoor lounge area, and of course, the beach just a step away for a sunset ceremony.

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For a rehearsal dinner or perhaps a party not on the water, the lovely La Ceiba Garden is the place to be. Incredibly unique, this outdoor event space comes complete with an outdoor kitchen, flooring to dance and dine on, a fire and water fountain, and better yet, a fully functioning vegetable garden to celebrate within. That’s right, each morning chefs at Rosewood Mayakoba cultivate and pick what they need to cook with (true farm to table style) and come nightfall, you get to dine and dance under the stars surrounded by the sweet smells of all the local ingredients you could imagine.

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But the best part about Rosewood Mayakoba might just be the overwater suites (I highly recommend those on the lagoon). You’ll arrive to your room by private boat, where you’ll be greeted by your smiling butler, waiting to comfort your every need throughout your stay. You’ll enjoy a plunge pool on your balcony, lounges and dinner area for two al fresco and inside you’ll find a beautifully minimalistic suite complete with telescope to stargaze at night. Choose from one of two showers (indoor and outdoor) or a beautiful footed tub to unwind after a day at the beach or visit to the nearby Mayan Ruins of Tulum.

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Rosewood Mayakoba feels like the ultimate honeymoon hideaway but offers the space, service, and amenities we’ve come to require at a destination wedding. The best of both worlds for nearly and newlyweds.

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For more information, visit Rosewood Mayakoba and ask for Magnolia to assist you in planning your dream destination wedding!


Luxury Destination Wedding Location in The Bahamas

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Quite possibly the best, relaxed luxury you’ll find in the Caribbean, The Cove Eleuthera is The Bahamas’ best kept secret. I got the opportunity to check out the boutique property recently and few hotels are designed more perfectly for destination weddings than this.   It would be hard to relocate for your honeymoon and ever leave, so I suggest you don’t.

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A destination wedding at this spot means picturesque nature 360 degrees. For your ceremony site, how about standing on a point straddling two bays in the Caribbean for views on all sides? You and your fiancé can literally say “I do” between two beautiful, white sand beaches.

From there, cocktails could be served at the Greecian-esque outdoor bar perched overlooking one of those breathtaking bays.

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When you’re ready for your group to reset and relocate for dinner, there’s an expansive infinity pool deck awaiting your wedding reception just steps away with equally as stunning of a view – from all sides.

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In the event of rain, the modern, white, and perfectly appointed restaurant will not only suffice but serve as a swanky spot to dance the night away in.

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Or, should a true beach wedding be more your destination style, celebrate in the sand on either private beach – just take your pick!

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And the best part about The Cove Eleuthera? With only 57 rooms (mostly bungalows and private villas), it’s built for a buy-out. Just imagine, you and all your favorite friends and family taking over this 40 acre property, strolling through 600 palm trees seeking out fresh coconut water, napping amongst the 30 hammocks, and bumping into each other not only at dinner, but perhaps around the point during an afternoon snorkel or paddleboard session.

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It’s truly the perfect home away from home for a wedding party – even the rooms are wedding chic white in color! And for the newlyweds, opt for one of the beachfront three bedroom villas complete with butler service and private infinity pool (and double it as a welcome cocktail spot or post-wedding brunch venue).

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Then bring in a rake and scrape band for some local tunes, serve up some fresh lionfish (that’s caught off the reef to help eradicate them from the area), and toast with an “I Love the Cove” cocktail – complete with fresh sage and you’ve got yourself the perfect destination wedding party.

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Saying “I do” to the island of Eleuthera and The Cove means your happily ever after begins the minute you touch down in this paradise.

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All Photos from Enchantment Group.


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