Wedding Travel Spot We Love

Each week we shine the spotlight on a resort or destination that tops our list of best places to plan your wedding, honeymoon, or both! 

 

Week of August 19, 2019

Opal Sands - Clearwater Florida - Sunset

Featured: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Why We Love It: Stylish sophistication touches everything at Opal Sands, from the lobby decorated with original artwork to the zero-entry pool to the smartly-appointed accommodations. The wedding and event spaces are equally as crisp and modern, with options including a spectacular ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, reception rooms with private balconies, and an intimate oceanfront lawn. The Gulf views and sunsets are surreal from every angle, and you're literally just steps from the sand. Also within easy reach is an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and entertainment along Clearwater's energetic Beach Walk.

Visit: opalsands.com

Week of August 12, 2019

 Featured: Sandals® Grande St. Lucian, Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia

Why We Love It: If ever there was one resort to define the ultimate Caribbean honeymoon experience, the 5-Star Luxury Included®  Sandals Grande St. Lucian checks all the boxes. Accommodations are literally designed with romance in mind; imagine lazing around in your beachfront Rondoval Suite with private plunge pool, stepping down into the sea from your Over-the-Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalow, or enjoying "swim-up" pool access directly from your patio. Plus, many suites offer spectacular extras like personal butler service, private hammocks, outdoor showers, and Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two. The beach is mesmerizingly perfect, and the 5-Star Global-Gourmet™ dining and extensive recreational options are top-notch.  

Visit: sandals.com/grande-st-lucian

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Week of July 29, 2019

Franklin County, Florida Weddings

Featured: Franklin County, Florida; Credit: Franklin County Tourist Development Council

Why We Love It: Florida's Forgotten Coast is anything but. Situated in the heart of the Panhandle, there's no shortage of unspoiled white-sand beaches and natural splendor for the backdrop of your big-day celebration. Whether you're seeking a quiet ceremony right on the sand (no high-rises or bustling resorts here!) or a luxurious venue with historic appeal, the region is brimming with interesting locales. Tip: If you envision having fresh seafood and a raw bar at your wedding, this is the place to do it. The oysters are described as some of the best in the world!  

Visit: floridasforgottencoast.com/weddings

Week of July 15, 2019

RIU Palace Costa Mujeres Wedding

Featured: Riu Palace Costa Mujeres Hotel, Costa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

Why We Love It: Destination weddings at the all-inclusive Riu Palace Costa Mujeres are exceptional, whether you are seeking an intimate ceremony for two or a special gathering with friends and family. Aside from the great value offered with their free wedding package, couples can receive 15% off Royal, Caprice and Indulgence packages booked for 2020 (restrictions apply). But it's not just about the weddings. Other highlights include a private beach area strewn with hammocks and umbrellas, swim-up bars and in-pool loungers, and select guest rooms with freestanding spa tubs and ocean-view plunge pools. 

Visit: http://www.weddingsbyriu.com

Week of July 8, 2019

St. Lucia Honeymoon Plunge Pool and Pitons

Featured: St. Lucia

Why We Love It: The quintessential honeymoon destination, St. Lucia offers a seemingly endless roster of options for romantic moments. Imagine your luxurious villa with private plunge pool and surreal views of the towering Pitons. Stroll along the sugary white-sand beaches, create new memories at the island's drive-in volcano and Sulphur Springs Park, or savor sweet treats at a chocolate plantation.  

 Visit: https://www.stlucia.org

Week of June 17, 2019

St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra - Flagler Ballroom

Featured: Florida's Historic Coast: St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, Credit: Life and Love Studio

Why We Love It: In addition to beautiful beaches and sunshine, this region boasts beloved historic attractions, some of which also permit weddings! Imagine having your first look photo session at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, saying your vows with the St. Augustine Lighthouse as your backdrop, or having your first dance as a married couple at Flagler College's Grand Ballroom, which dates back to the 1800s.

Visit: http://www.fhccelebrations.com

 

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Week of May 13, 2019

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Featured: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sanibel Island, Florida, Credit: Twist of Fate Imagery

Why We Love It:  If this flower arch set on a white sandy beach isn't reason enough to plan a destination wedding at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, then we don't know what is! Situated on Florida's exclusive Sanibel Island, with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, the award-winning resort offers numerous indoor and outdoor venues, and customizable wedding packages for your style and budget. Plus, there are plenty of options to entertain guests of all ages, with a daily activities program, full-service spa, nearby nature and wildlife attractions, and more.

Visit: https://sundialresort.com/events/weddings

 

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Week of April 29, 2019

South Seas Island Resort Couple at Sunset Pointe

Featured: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida, Credit: Miranda Lawson

Why We Love It: This Captiva Island gem will make you feel like you're hosting your wedding on a luxurious, private island! The resort's old Florida charm, Gulf Coast tropical climate, and top-notch event planning services do not disappoint; and the 2.5-mile white-sand beach and 330-acre wildlife preserve only add to the appeal. Get married barefoot on the sand, or on a perfectly-manicured, oceanfront lawn with dolphins frolicking in the background. 

 Visit: https://www.southseas.com/weddings

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Week of April 22, 2019

Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort

Featured: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort

Why We Love It: The recently opened Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort provides a luxurious adults-only, all-inclusive experience, plus an idyllic location amid lush tropical gardens on the powdery white sands of Playa Bávaro. Honeymooners can easily keep busy with several dining options, activities and entertainment; or, retreat to a romantic nook under the swaying palms and spend your days focusing on each other without distraction. For some extra privacy and VIP services, ask for a room at The Level. Bonus: Guests have access to the restaurants and facilities at the family-friendly Meliá Caribe Beach Resort next door.

Visit: https://www.melia.com/en

 

Week of April 15, 2019

Florida Keys Bride and Groom at Palm Tree

Featured: The Florida Keys & Key West, Credit: Monroe County Tourism

Why We Love It:  You can have a dreamy island wedding without leaving the USA! Due to their Gulf of Mexico location, The Florida Keys boast a tranquil, tropical climate, mesmerizing sunsets and crystal waters, plus charming, historic architecture and exquisite spots to exchange wedding vows.  It's easy to make your big day as unforgettable as ever in The Keys, whether you opt for a traditional affair, or consider getting married barefoot on the beach, aboard a sailboat at sea, or underwater, among world-famous coral reefs.

Visit: https://fla-keys.com/weddings

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Week of March 11, 2019

Florida Keys Couple Kayaking

Featured: The Florida Keys & Key West, Credit: Monroe County Tourism

Why We Love It:  The Florida Keys has an easygoing and casual vibe you probably won't find anywhere else in the world. Rent a car and island hop, or retreat to a luxurious private island resort, and honeymoon like a star. Not your style? Book a village inn or cottage, only steps from amazing restaurants and activities galore. There is plenty of opportunity to feel as though you are one with nature, whether you visit a wildlife refuge or scuba dive along the famed coral reefs. Tip: If you've never gone fishing, grab your boo and do it here. P.S., you don't even need a passport!

Visit: https://fla-keys.com/weddings

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