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The Ultimate Guide to Destination Wedding Receptions

Planning a destination wedding reception is a fun part of the planning process. You've said "I do" and now it's time to celebrate with your loved ones in a beautiful location.

Here are our guidelines and ideas for creating the perfect destination wedding reception experience for you and your guests.

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The Location

Destination wedding receptions can be hosted either on the beach, beside the pool, atop a panoramic terrace, at sea on a catamaran cruise or anywhere else your imagination takes you! Speak with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist to discuss your ideas and they'll help you find the perfect venue to fit your vision.

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The Menu

Get inspired by your destination's local cuisine and work with the resort chef to curate a memorable menu for your guests to enjoy. This may include traditional dishes such as jerk chicken in Jamaica or tacos and churros in Mexico.

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The Cocktails

Creating a signature cocktail is a great way to personalize your wedding reception and bring in flavor from your destination. Put your own spin on a margarita in Mexico, or use local rum at a celebration in the Bahamas.

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The Entertainment

You can really wow your guests with exciting reception entertainment at your destination wedding. Ideas include fire dancers, cigar rollers, mariachi or steel drum bands or a fireworks display.

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Kid-Friendly Activities

 If you're having a kid-friendly destination wedding, it's a good idea to include some age-appropriate activities at the reception to keep them entertained. A limbo contest, photo booth, color books or ice cream sundae station are popular ways to keep kids engaged throughout the night.

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Late-Night Surprises

Surprising wedding guests with a food truck, sparkler sendoff or smores bonfire is a great way to cap off the night with excitement. Alternatively, you can choose to host an after-party at an onsite bar, nightclub or special suite with room service.

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