10 Tips to Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding

At Dreams Resorts & Spas, we understand that planning a wedding can be stressful, especially if it isn’t being held close to home. To make things easier, we have compiled our top 10 tips for planning your dream destination wedding at Dreams Resorts & Spas!

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The  beautiful blue water of Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa makes for the perfect background for the perfect day.

1. Plan well in advance

Before choosing a destination, you need to know how many people you will be accommodating. When planning a destination wedding, it is critical to give your guests as much advance notice as possible. Start by sending out “Save the Dates” or a link to your personal wedding website at least 5-6 months before, so that they can have plenty of time to make travel plans.

2. Determine a budget

In planning any wedding, establishing a budget is extremely important. Talk with your significant other and decide on a reasonable price limit. It can be a rough estimate at first, but after getting quotes and choosing the venue, decide on a fixed number and stick to it!

3. Find your perfect destination

The location of your wedding determines not only the mood, but also the travel time and budget required for you and your guests. Dreams Resorts & Spas offers locations in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and, coming this November, Costa Rica and the Virgin Islands! With so many different venues and atmospheres available, be sure to do extensive research to narrow down your options and find the perfect location for you and your significant other!

4. Check the weather

Be sure to check the seasonal weather for the destination that you choose. Dreams Resorts & Spas are known for their year-round beautiful weather, but precipitation and temperature can vary mildly. Plan accordingly and research weather for the date you select.

5. Hire a wedding planner

Planning a wedding is stressful! Get some much needed extra help by working with our dedicated wedding coordinators who are all more than happy to help you deal with logistics and day-of event issues. Dreams Resorts & Spas offers an on-site wedding coordinator in each of our wedding packages to help you from start to finish. They will go above and beyond to make sure your wedding is everything you dreamed it would be.

6. Take a Trip

Consider taking a trip to the destination of your choice a few months before the wedding. This will give you the opportunity to check out the venue and meet your personal wedding coordinator to confirm details such as ceremony and reception spaces, accommodations for guests, catering, and floral arrangements. This is an optional trip, but highly recommended if it fits within your budget.

7. Research local marriage requirements

The laws for getting married in a different country can vary so be sure to research the legal requirements to avoid any last-minute complications!

8. Know what’s included

Dreams Resorts & Spas include various wedding packages for you to choose from in the planning stages. Be sure to review each option carefully to find the perfect fit for you, your significant other, and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask questions—that’s what our wedding coordinators are there for.

9. Take care of guests

Your guests are generously giving their  time and money to be at your destination wedding, so be sure to take care of them. In addition to arranging group rates for flights and rooms, give other important travel information, such as transport services, beforehand to keep their lives simple. It’s also a nice touch to give guests welcome bag gifts for their rooms, full of essentials for the trip, like suntan lotion, water and bug spray.

10. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Planning a wedding is complicated, and constant worrying will take away from the beauty of the day and the reason you are celebrating in the first place. If you feel like things are going wrong in the planning stages, just breathe. You have an on-site wedding coordinator by your side to handle the details and the amazing support of friends and family that are here to celebrate your happiness. Enjoy it every moment!

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Start your lives together at the stunning Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa!

Start planning the wedding of your dreams at Dreams Resorts & Spas!

Real Weddings: Linda & Vison Tie the Knot at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Happy Wedding Wednesday from Dreams Resorts & Spas! Nothing makes us happier than seeing the joy of real couples tying the knot at their Dreams destination wedding. We are committed to ensuring not only that your special day goes as smoothly as possible, but also that every detail is as picture-perfect as you imagined it to be, as was the case for Linda and Vison’s spectacular wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & SpaJt images did an incredible job capturing all their precious moments on the property and off–we loved their fun, off-site photo shoot in the nearby town of Puerto Morelos!

If this looks like your idea of wedding bliss, Save Your Date by July 31, 2014 for a wedding between January 1 and July 31 in 2015 or 2016 and we’ll throw you a complimentary cocktail party for 50 guests. Let us make all your wedding dreams come true at Dreams Resorts & Spas!

Linda and Vison tie that knot at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa! Photo credit: jt images.

Linda and Vison tie that knot at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa! Photo credit: jt images.

Let your personality shine with a stress-free wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa!

A stress-free wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa will leave you jumping for joy! Photo credit: jt images

Linda and Vison let their personalities shine in this shot at a taco bar in nearby Puerto Morelos.

Linda and Vison let their personalities shine in this shot at a taco bar in nearby Puerto Morelos. Photo credit: jt images

Getting the party started at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa! Photo credit: jt images

Getting the party started at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa! Photo credit: jt images

Wedding Wednesday! Taryn and Chis Tie the Knot at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

The opportunities presented by a destination wedding are endless, as demonstrated by Taryn and Chris’ incredible wedding last February at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Resort & Spa. According to bride Taryn, “We shocked a lot of people when we said we had 105 people attending our destination wedding but it just shows how good of friends and family we really have and we truly feel blessed.” The couple combined visually stunning elements from the groom’s Punjabi heritage to create a multicultural affair that was truly unique. We couldn’t have felt more honored to host Taryn and Chris and all their friends and family for this spectacular event!

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Are you considering a destination wedding? Would you like to begin life together with the one you love surrounded by sparkling waters, breezy palm trees and pristine sandy beaches? Make your wedding dreams come true; Save Your Date with Dreams Resorts & Spas! Click here to discover which resort fits your wedding style, see testimonials and photo galleries of real weddings at Dreams Resorts & Spas and book your big day. Plus, if you book five rooms for your destination wedding you’ll receive the sixth room free, and receive one complimentary room upgrade for every ten rooms booked!

 

Real Weddings: Dreams Puerto Vallarta

At Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we help couples make their destination wedding dreams come true every single day. So when we got word about Heather and Michael’s fairytale wedding at Dreams Puerto Vallarta, we just had to share their story with you! The two met in college at the University of Southern California, where Michael decided to chat up Heather after a Dodger game.  The rest, as they say, is history!

Heather and Michael celebrated their wedding at the stunning Dreams Puerto Vallarta, where they were joined by 80 of their closest friends and family. The couple even surprised the guests at the reception with a special choreographed dance to Tyrone Wells’ “Running Around in My Dreams.” The entire event was certainly one for the record books—check out some of the photos below of the couple’s special day!

Heather’s bridesmaids help her prepare to walk down the aisle!

Heather’s bridesmaids help her prepare to walk down the aisle!

Heather and Michael pose before the ceremony.

Heather and Michael pose before the ceremony.

Heather and Michael smooch for the very first time as a married couple.

Heather and Michael smooch for the very first time as a married couple.

The bridal party looked just as amazing as the soon-to-be couple!

The bridal party looked just as amazing as the soon-to-be couple!

The newlyweds enjoy each other’s company on a romantic beach stroll following the ceremony.

The newlyweds enjoy each other’s company on a romantic beach stroll following the ceremony.

Want to celebrate your special day with us at Dreams Resorts & Spas? Visit us today to check out our wedding packages!

Saying “I Do” at Dreams Resorts & Spas

Stuck on where you want to say “I do”? Look no further than Dreams Resorts & Spas. With divine locations in places such as Riviera Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Punta Cana, and top-of-the-line wedding planners at your service, Dreams Resorts is the perfect choice for your destination wedding.

Lucky for you, we are hosting a “Ready to Wed” promotion, where you can receive a $500 resort credit if you book your getaway by October 31, 2013 and plan your wedding between now and January 31, 2014.  Your resort credit can be used to add little details to your dream destination wedding like a “Trash the Dress” session, a photo booth or outstanding entertainment like fire dancers or a mariachi band.

Book your vacation as soon as possible—because this limited time offer only lasts until October 31, 2013!

Here are some photos of real-life couples that were “Ready to Wed” at Dreams Resorts & Spas!

These newlyweds are having a blast frolicking in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

These newlyweds are having a blast frolicking in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

Sandra smooches her new husband after the “I do’s” at Dreams Riviera Cancun.

Sandra smooches her new husband after the “I do’s” at Dreams Riviera Cancun.

What a neat wedding photo shoot in the lush, green grass at Dreams Cancun!

What a neat wedding photo shoot in the lush, green grass at Dreams Cancun!

Another happy couple swoons in the sunset at Dreams Villamagna Resort & Spa.

Another happy couple swoons in the sunset at Dreams Villamagna Resort & Spa.

A beautiful evening photo by the pool at Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.

A beautiful evening photo by the pool at Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.

Melissa shared this photo of her wedding under our romantic gazebo Dreams Los Cabos Golf Suites, Resort & Spa.

Melissa shared this photo of her wedding under our romantic gazebo Dreams Los Cabos Golf Suites, Resort & Spa.

We’re loving this antique filter wedding shot taken at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

We’re loving this antique filter wedding shot taken at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

 Miguel and his beautiful bride share a kiss on the shoreline at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa.


Miguel and his beautiful bride share a kiss on the shoreline at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa.

Save YOUR Date With Dreams Resorts & Spas

Engaged and planning the destination wedding of your dreams? Let Dreams Resorts & Spas help! With our ‘Save Your Date’ promotion you could receive a complimentary cocktail party for up to 50 guests – includes one hour open bar serving top-shelf spirits, bartender service, hors d’oeuvres and more! All you have to do is save YOUR date and book your destination wedding by July 31, 2013 at one of the participating Dreams Resorts & Spas below:

Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa

Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Plus, we’re giving away a chance to win a 3-night Unlimited-Luxury® stay! Show us your idea of your Dream Destination Wedding on Pinterest to win – hurry, contest ends July 1st!

Find the perfect Dreams resort for you, learn more about this promotion and contest, and book your destination wedding Here.

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Save Your Date!

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Are you recently engaged and looking for the destination wedding of your dreams? If so, we’re excited to announce our ‘Save Your Date’ promotion! When you save your date and book your special day at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa and Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta by February 28th, you will receive a complimentary welcome cocktail party for up to 50 guests! This includes an hour long open bar with top-shelf spirits, bartender service and hors d’oeuvres, a perfect way to start off your wedding celebration!

Find your perfect resort, learn more about ‘Save Your Date’ and book your wedding at our microsite, created specifically for this great offer.

Also, we’re giving away a chance for you to win a 3-night stay! All you have to do is follow us on Pinterest and then create a board titled Unlimited Romance. Here’s how to enter: Save Your Date Pinterest Contest.  But hurry – the last day to enter is February 5th!

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