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Your Guide to All-Inclusive Wedding Venues Around the World

Getting married is a dream come true for many couples, but the actual thought of planning a wedding can feel overwhelming at first. Venues, vendors, accommodations, seating arrangements—where do you begin? It's no wonder why so many couples today are opting for an all-inclusive destination wedding experience, where the heavy-lifting is done for you and the details are packaged up into one, low rate.

An all-inclusive wedding involves getting married at a venue (most oftentimes a resort) where everything from your floral arrangements, to your reception dinner and DJ, is bundled into a single cost. In other words, it is inclusive of all your wedding needs. All-inclusive wedding venues are most commonly found in tropical destinations abroad, such as Mexico and the Caribbean. These are also some of the most luxurious (and affordable) places you can get married today.

Ultimate Guide to Destination Weddings Around the World

All-Inclusive Wedding Destinations

When it comes to choosing your wedding destination, the world is your oyster. Whether you wish to take the plunge on an exotic island, or say "I do" at the birthplace of your ancestors, you can choose nearly anywhere in the world to get hitched. Most often, all-inclusive destination wedding venues can be found in tropical locations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and parts of Central America. In the Caribbean, the most popular all-inclusive wedding venues are located in Aruba, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Smaller island nations like Antigua and St. Lucia are rising in popularity, as well, due to their beautiful scenery, intimately-romantic venues, and emerging all-inclusive options.

Types of All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Venues

Choosing your wedding destination is just a piece of the puzzle. Another factor to consider in the planning process is the type of wedding venue you envision saying "I do." Perhaps it is your dream to exchange vows overlooking the ocean - either from a gorgeous sky terrace, or right on the shore, with your toes in the sand. Maybe you picture starting your marriage in front of a lush rainforest waterfall, or in a chapel full of culture and tradition. Each destination - whether it is somewhere in Mexico, or on a remote Caribbean island - has a variety of unique venues linked to all-inclusive resorts. Some of the all-inclusive wedding venues available through Destination Weddings' services include:

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    Beachfront ceremonies

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    Ocean or garden view gazebos

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    Sky terraces with panoramic views

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    Romantic wineries

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    Traditional chapels

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    A variety of ancient and architectural venues

One other consideration when choosing a venue, is your guest list. Some couples long for a quiet, intimate ceremony with just a handful of close friends and relatives, while others want a large party uniting both sides of their family. If you plan to have children in attendance, you may want to seek out a family-friendly venue and resort, with plenty of activities to entertain kids of all ages. Your special day can be catered to fit your style as a couple and your vision as a bride or groom-to-be. Simply share your ideas and needs, with your Destination Wedding Specialist, and you will get one step closer to choosing the perfect place. 

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What Does an All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Venue Include?

As you plan your all-inclusive destination wedding, you may be curious to know what exactly "all-inclusive" entails. What will be included, and what might you need to "add on"? These details will vary by resort. Typically, however, an all-inclusive destination wedding means getting married at an all-inclusive resort venue and choosing a wedding package that includes all of your needs - such as flowers, music, decor, etc. - and paying one flat, low fee. Often, this price of an all-inclusive wedding venue package includes:
  • Ceremony venue with simple décor (this includes chairs, table linens, basic floral arrangements)
  • A bouquet and boutonniere
  • Music for the ceremony
  • A semi-private wedding reception venue
  • Catering and bar service (this varies by venue)
  • Champagne or sparkling wine toast
  • Romantic touches for the newlyweds

Many all-inclusive destination wedding venues also offer a complimentary wedding or honeymoon, if the couple meets a certain requirement, such as a minimum number of rooms and nights booked. This can make for an incredibly affordable option for couples trying to stick to a budget. If you have particular extras in mind, and don't mind splurging on upgraded décor or a special wedding dinner menu, your wedding package costs could rack up to be closer to that of a traditional at-home wedding.

The good news, of course, is that every last detail of your wedding day can be customized to work with your style and budget, even when booking at an all-inclusive wedding venue. A Certified Destination Wedding Specialist (like ours!) can help you coordinate all the details and find a venue that best fits your vision.

Why Choose an All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Venue?

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There are many benefits of choosing an all-inclusive destination wedding. The first perk, of course, is the ease of planning. When you choose to say "I do" at a venue far from home, you are opting for a low-stress ceremony and reception. In fact, according to a recent Travel Market report, destination wedding couples are less stressed throughout the planning process and more likely to enjoy their wedding day.

It is also an obvious choice to host a fun-filled event. Oftentimes, the thrill of a destination wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some folks don't travel all that often (or ever at all), so this is an exciting adventure for both you and your guests. Other reasons to go with a destination wedding include:


On average, couples spend less than $10,000 for their all-inclusive destination wedding.


When you have your choice between a breathtaking garden view or sunset-on-the-beach ceremony, you know you are in for an exotic and romantic affair.


Typically smaller affairs (although grand celebrations are certainly an option!), destination weddings offer several days of celebration, rather than just a few hours.

Start Planning Your Destination Wedding

Before deciding on a destination for your big day, you should consider all of your options. Take some time to consider your dream wedding. What is the vibe? What kind of setting are you in? Who is there with you, as you and your partner take this exciting step? What does your budget look like? These are the big-picture questions to consider before doing anything else.

Of course, once you have determined your budget, style, and overall theme, a Certified Destination Wedding Specialist can help you with the rest of the planning process. He or she can work with you and your partner in making final decisions and narrowing down your destination and venue options. This takes a huge burden off of you, as the couple, allowing you to spend more time focusing on the exciting adventure ahead!

We're here to help you along the way to the all-inclusive destination wedding of your dreams. When you and your partner are ready, contact us for a free consultation or start telling us more about your wedding wishes online.

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