Destination Weddings: I Do, Do You?

  by   |     June 7th, 2011   |    2View Comments


I love destination weddings.

They give me an excuse to travel (usually somewhere with a beautiful beach) and they’re just a lot more fun then local weddings.

Here’s how local weddings go: guests go to the ceremony, eat and drink at the reception, then head home (with a designated driver) at a decent hour to do their weekend errands.

But at a destination wedding, everyone’s on vacation!

  • There are no designated drivers
  • There are no errands
  • There’s no going to bed a decent hour

It’s just one big party.  Which is what a wedding should be: an all-out celebration of love where everyone forgets their real-world responsibilities for a while.

This struck me when I went to my first destination wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  It started to rain after the ceremony, so instead of running inside, the bride stripped down to her skivvies and jumped into the pool.  The rest of us had no choice but to do the same, of course.

Something tells me we probably wouldn’t have done that back home in Denver.

I’ve had so much fun at destination weddings that I’m always on the lookout for great spots when I travel.  Here are a couple of lesser-known spots that I’ve found, which are nice alternatives to all-inclusive Mexican resorts:

  • Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  The hilly landscape gives you an incredible view of the ocean below.  Plus, it’s on the west side of the country, so you simply HAVE to say “I do” at sunset!
  • Just outside Napili Beach, Maui.  Napili, itself, can be crowded during the day, but some of the most scenic parts of Maui are just outside of Napili.  It’s another great spot for a sunset ceremony.
  • Villa Montana, Puerto Rico.  Everything about this resort is classy: from the 3 miles of private beach to the beach-side restaurants (no buffet with large Americans grabbing lunch in their speedos here, like at all-inclusive resorts!)  Guests can stay in villas or hotel rooms right in the complex, with a nice range of prices.  


Insert Beautiful Bride and Smiling Groom Here

I recently heard a frequent traveler complain about destination weddings, saying the bride and groom are asking guests to give up their vacation days and spend their time and money hanging out with a bunch of people they don’t know.

This surprised me, because I love the whole idea of destination weddings.

Plus, you don’t have to go if you don’t want to – the bride and groom know it’ll likely be a small turnout.

I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts on destination weddings: do YOU love them or hate them?

Speak now or forever hold your peace.


Tags: Costa Rica, Destination Weddings, Maui, Puerto Rico

2 Comments → “Destination Weddings: I Do, Do You?”

  1. wedding manuel antonio

    2 months ago

    Hey Theresa, I just found your post here. After reading your post I will suggest you the best wedding destination. Check the following website. ( You can also email me for further information,

  2. Theresa

    2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing that link – Manuel Antonio is a such a special place for a wedding!

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