Host your big bash at an all-inclusive resort, and you've quite possibly saved not only the bank, but also all the planning time most brides invest in wedding weekends hosted in more traditional settings.By: Carrie Bell
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Photo: Hilton Cancun
If your happily ever after includes a stretch of pristine powdered sands lined with the bare feet and smiling faces of your nearest and dearest, a destination wedding is your ultimate daydream realized.
“All-inclusive resorts are convenient, cost effective, located in the most sought-after and romantic destinations in the Caribbean, and include elevated culinary experiences, top-shelf cocktails, entertainment, and much more," says Gina Johnson, senior manager of destination weddings and celebrations for Hilton All-inclusive. "This allows couples to relax and enjoy each other and their closest friends and family, and ensure everyone is having a good time."
Here, reasons for putting a ring on it at an all-inclusive.
1. Location, Location, Location
First and foremost, all-inclusive resorts are built-in desirable destinations overflowing with endless sunshine, clear turquoise waters, tranquil waves, vibrant flowers, picturesque palm trees, and delicious food. Plus, you can keep the fact that you gave everyone an excuse to take a vacation in your back pocket for the next time you need help moving.
2. Better Bottom Line
The national average cost of a ceremony-and-reception wedding in 2021 was $28,000 but all-inclusives, according to Johnson, promise better deals with far more customization. Intimate elopements for two can be had for as low as $1,000. "Wedding packages come with varying inclusions and price points and range from simple to elegant and all-encompassing for easier budgeting," Johnson says. The savings and straightforwardness are passed on to your guests as well, who can enjoy all the amenities of the property for a single tariff. Some properties also have registry programs through which your guests can have gifts like a bottle of champagne or fresh flowers greet you upon arrival or can help pay for extras like a massage or excursion.
3. Ease of Planning
From the aisle décor to cocktails and tiered cakes, all-inclusives are" a one-stop shop that streamline the planning process. You supply the love story and dress and they can handle the rest. Most have dedicated wedding teams who know the best in trends and local providers. They walk couples through the services, themes, and packages they offer as well as try to track down any desired extras.
4. Variety of Venues
From lush gardens and ritzy ballrooms to quaint chapels and sandy stretches with sunset views, there is a venue that can accommodate your guest list whether it is just the two of you, a handful of your nearest and dearest, or everyone you’ve ever met plus your dad's business associates. Every event you throw can have a distinct look and vibe, and given the wide range of restaurants offered at most resorts, each party can also offer different cuisines. If your squad is small, you can also make use of existing family tables, bars, or pool areas to meet up without incurring extra rental fees.
5. Something for Everyone
All-inclusives are known for long lists of included activities and entertainment options. Grandma can check out the jazz bar, the Insta-famous cousin can pose on a beach swing or in the cabana, and the guys can stunt at a pickup basketball game, hit the links or try their luck at the casino, while your burnt-out sis can nap on the beach with a frozen marg after sending her children to hang out with people their own age at the kids’ or teens' clubs.