By: Beach Bum Marcie
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The Beach Bums have been assisting and recommending great destination wedding locations to couples for over 12 years now…and what we have found is the trends are ever-changing. In order to keep up with the shift in fashion, we continually visit and share with our preferred resorts what it is our client is looking for right now. We spend time exploring new properties and destinations, checking out the latest options for you, our client, to ensure we can offer exactly what it is that you envision for the most important day of your life!
Destination weddings are up 400% since the early 2000s, as couples are finding that they want something less expensive, less traditional and to take it a step further, more unique. However, as with any rise in popularity, the simple beach background becomes less exciting to some couples who picture themselves in the sun. We speak to many brides and grooms who are now craving something new and distinctive. Brides are wearing more formal gowns and wanting to sport their special wedding stilettos, which (let’s face it, girls!) don’t work so well in soft white sand! Not only that, but the idea that people are eloping is becoming much less popular! We find that most couples bring many guests who they would like to accommodate and the beach is not always the right choice for everyone.
As the needs for couples change, many of our favorite resorts are offering a refreshing take on their wedding location options and we could not be more excited to share the stand outs!
Top 5 Most Unique Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Locations
Sandals Resorts offers at least three locations per resort to choose from for your wedding ceremony from idyllic hilltops to gazebos overlooking the water on three sides to lush garden areas providing privacy and simplicity. But one of our personal favorite locations is the poolside gazebo with beach and ocean views at Sandals Emerald Bay in beautiful Great Exuma, Bahamas. Not only is this island the “Bora Bora of the Caribbean,” and by far, one of our top sellers in terms of “unqiue,” but the wedding gazebo provides everything a couple could ask for in a perfect wedding backdrop to recite their lifelong commitment to each other. The reflecting pool and garden area delivers privacy, intimacy and romance without being right on the sand giving the couple everything they need in elegance and luxury for the unforgettable union of two surrounded by friends and family.
In beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico, Azul Beach Hotel and Azul Sensatori Hotel introduced the fabulous rooftop sky terrace location for couples interested in a perfectly private experience. We cannot quite describe the sights you see from the highest building on each resort, which offers unobstructed views of the crisp blue Caribbean Sea boasting shades of turquoise for miles and miles! Not only that, but the area is completely intimate away from other guests with breezes coming off the ocean and endless options for decoration to turn a blank slate into your wedding dream! Decorate the gazebo with sheets of fabric in your wedding colors that blow in the wind behind you or leave it in its simple white glory, so the two of you are the spotlight. The “sky” is truly the limit with these incredible rooftop locations.
Have you ever envisioned yourself on your own deserted island getting married with no one around except those nearest and dearest to you? Well…your dream can easily become reality at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where they offer an unbelievable private island location option to host your wedding and reception, creating an unforgettable experience like no other! The island becomes your own escape with no other guests but you and your wedding group. It rests lazily just off the coast giving couples an opportunity to host their big day by transferring their friends and family via a unique watercraft off the mainland to the beautiful intimate beach or garden area within the island to witness their nuptials. Once the island is rented, it is yours for the evening to host cocktail functions and an awesome reception for memories that expand beyond just saying, “I do”.
In stunning Cancun, Mexico on a stretch of beach that is to die for is beautiful family-friendly Gran Caribe Real and exquisite adults-only The Royal Cancun by Real Resorts. These two properties offer an amazing oceanfront wedding chapel that is truly one of a kind, with glass walls that allow for a 180 degree view of the incredible azul sea and stunning white beach that runs along the east coast of this bustling tourist town. The windows of the chapel are like a view into the couple’s soul, creating spectacular lighting and plenty of seating for larger wedding parties, as well as, offering Catholic couples the best of both worlds – a Catholic chapel with unforgettable sounds of the ocean waves as the background music to their romantic day. How could a guest forget the reciting of the vows from their perfect pew with a gorgeous view?
There is something special about St. Lucia, wouldn’t you agree? The “Hawaii of the Caribbean” got its name because of the insane landscape that ranges from stunning beaches to idyllic volcanoes! This gorgeous country in southeast Caribbean has incredible weather all year round and has many options for a romantic wedding in the sun. Sandals La Toc in Castries boasts two unique wedding locations that should not be overlooked when shopping for a beach-free locale. Their cliff top verandah with its dark wooden deck and fantastic views is a great place for a small intimate experience at sunset, where guests can enjoy the nuptials and the incredible backdrop of the Caribbean Sea! But not only that, Sandals La Toc offers an amazing hillside deck with endless vistas for the perfect scene for your perfect day. The height of romance is offered with the rolling hillsides serving as the extraordinary background creating fond memories for a lifetime.
The beach is lovely and perfect for relaxing but when it comes to getting married away it’s not for everyone. Luckily there are NO LIMITS to having your destination wedding and we can help match you up with the ideal spot for the two of you! With so many unique choices out there, hook up with your favorite Beach Bum for a free wedding consultation to find your dream location and let’s get started making your wedding dreams come true today! Also be sure to check out out Destination Weddings by Beach Bum Vacation on Facebook for more insider tips!