7 Reasons Why Your Destination Wedding Should Be At The Beach
Beach weddings are always a top choice for brides-to-be. If you are looking for a unique yet relaxing wedding experience for you and your guests, you should definitely consider a destination beach wedding. Who wouldn’t love a good beach vacay with your favorite 80+ friends and family? From white sand beaches to gorgeous palm trees and sunny skies, tropical wedding destinations, like Mexico and the Caribbean, are becoming increasingly popular and it’s not hard to see why. With crystal-clear waters and breathtaking beach views, more and more couples are saying “I Do” to celebrating their big day in the Caribbean and Mexico. Not convinced? Here are 7 specific reasons to consider one of these beach destination-wedding hot spots.
1. Beach Weddings = Destination Relaxation
We like to think of a destination wedding as a vacation and a celebration rolled into one! While a destination wedding requires that you and your guests travel, you and your guests can immediately unwind upon arrival. With soft sand in between your toes, the warm sun on your skin, gorgeous blue waters, and A+ hospitality (more on that below), your destination wedding will be an epic escape for you and your guests.
2. Gorgeous Views
Get ready for breathtaking views and gorgeous hues. One of the perks of having a beach wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico is that it’s going to inevitably be gorgeous. Just imagine all of the stunning wedding photos and Instagram pix that will come out of it! Let nature be your beautiful backdrop.
3. Activities and Entertainment Built In
Many destination wedding venues offer shopping, entertainment, and even casinos so your guests will have a blast with the seemingly endless amount of ways they can unwind and have fun. Choosing a beach-wedding venue means built in activities, like swimming, snorkeling, and beach volleyball — not to mention romantic, long walks on the beach. Got friends who are parents? The beach is the perfect place for kids to let loose and the resorts we highlight below are all kid-friendly!
4. Reliable Weather
If you are opting into a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean, the good news is that you can count on many more sunny days than rainy ones! As long as you plan your wedding according to the warm seasons, the likelihood of an extreme weather condition happening at a beach is very unlikely. So, rest assured that you’ll have one less thing to worry about on your big day.
5. Kick Start to Your Honeymoon
With gorgeous views and breathtaking backdrops, there is no need to rush off to a new location. You can simply jumpstart your honeymoon at your wedding venue! If you don’t want to travel right after the wedding, consider posting up at your wedding venue for a few extra days. Not only will you be saving a lot of money, but also time – so you can spend those extra invaluable hours enjoying life as a newlywed couple.
6. Your Feet Will Thank You
Beach weddings are usually a more laid back and casual vibe, so you can totally wear comfy flats or even no shoes during your ceremony and reception. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good pair of high-heels, but 8+ hours in a new pair of shoes kind of sounds like torture that you don’t need on your big day.
7. All-Inclusive Options
One of the BEST perks about having a destination wedding at the beach is that many venues offer super affordable all-inclusive wedding packages. All of the Holiday Inn Resort locations are kid-friendly, ideally situated with thoughtful amenities and best of all, they carry an excellent bang for your buck. From food and drink to built-in activities, you and your guests don’t have to break the bank to have a great time. Often-times, these resorts will even offer the wedding ceremony for free when a certain number of guests RSVP and book rooms. Your dream destination beach wedding could actually be MORE affordable than staying stateside.
Our Favorite Beach Wedding Destination Venues in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Where to Wed: Holiday Inn Resorts Los Cabos All-Inclusive
Location: Calle Boulevard Antonio Mijares s/n, Zona Hotelera, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Type of Views: This resort is where the blue water meets the desert for a truly beautiful climate almost all year long.
Why You Should Consider It: Los Cabos is the perfect place for a fiesta — and what better fiesta than your wedding! Have a romantic ceremony at the resort’s wedding palapa and your reception on the sand at sunset with live music, entertainment, and amazing food! The resort can host 300+ guests and if you block a minimum of 20 rooms, they will offer you extra perks like an on-site wedding coordinator and even a wedding cake.
Perks & Amenities: Bridal suites, valet parking, hotel room blocks (with discounts), A/V equipment, free high-speed internet in all rooms, gym, spa, beachside pool, bar/lounge, and live entertainment . This resort is also handicap accessible.
Starting Price: $170/night for a standard room, $345/night for a suite
Description of Venue: Hello all-inclusive resort! We’re talking about drinks, food, room, you name it! There’s a gorgeous pool at the resort, tennis courts, ATV riding, and so many activities, you’ll never run out of things to do. You’re also just a 25-minute car ride away from Cabo San Lucas and the Natural Arch.
Bonus Perk: If you book the Lanai suite, you get your own private terrace and hammock!
Where to Wed: Holiday Inn Resort Aruba – Beach Resort & Casino
Location: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230, Noord, Aruba
Type of Views: Right in the heart of Palm Beach, the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba – Beach Resort & Casino sits on the longest stretch of sugar-white sands on the island! Crystal blue waters and beautiful white powder beaches will become your backyard when you stay here.
Why You Should Consider It: Whether you’re looking to get married on the beach barefoot and at sunset, or you’re looking to host 150 people in a classic ballroom, anything is possible when you stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba – Beach Resort & Casino. The venue provides a variety of catering options (sit down, buffet, cocktail, family style) and has been hosting weddings since 2014 with a preferred vendor list that will make planning your nuptials a breeze.
Perks & Amenities: Hotel room blocks, group discounts, A/V equipment, free high-speed internet in all rooms, gym, pool, evening entertainment, bar/lounge, and spa. This resort is also handicap accessible
Starting Price: $190/night for a standard room, $330/night for a suite
Description of Venue: Looking for paradise? Well, you found it! From amazing restaurants to the swimming in the most beautiful ocean you’ve ever seen, you’ll want to maximize your time here by booking your wedding and honeymoon all in one!
Bonus Perk: Love to gamble and play games? There’s a full casino in the resort–although you can tell your honey they already hit the jackpot when they decided to marry you!
Where to Wed: Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco
Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán 2311, Deportivo, 39690 Acapulco, Gro., Mexico
Type of Views: Enjoy the Caribbean waters of Santa Lucía Bay, most commonly known as the Acapulco Bay when you stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco. Lounge in the infinity pool and look out onto the beautiful ocean as you watch the sunset on the horizon!
Why You Should Consider It: Have your dream beach wedding on the sand and dance the night away in an event room at the resort with stunning views of the ocean! The best part is when the DJ plays the last song, you won’t have to walk very far!
Perks & Amenities: Free high-speed internet in all rooms, gym, beachside pool, coffee shop, bar/lounge
Starting Price: $85/night
Description of Venue: Your Mexican getaway is just a click away! Get ready to sip piña coladas, dance the night away at local clubs, and lounge all day by the pool and beach! Fun activities like snorkeling, sunset cruises, and couples massages can be booked to enjoy your romantic getaway!
Bonus Perk: Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco is only a few minutes from the famous bungee jump “Paradise Bungy Acapulco.” So if you and your honey are looking for a little adventure, nothing says adrenaline like jumping from the sky!
Where to Wed: Holiday Inn Resorts Montego Bay All-Inclusive
Location: A1, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Type of Views: Walk outside your room to beautiful Jamaican waters and outdoor pools! Relax with your babe, sip coconuts on the beach, or go for a romantic stroll on the sandy beach surrounding the resort.
Why You Should Consider It: Feel the soft Jamaican breeze as you exchange vows under gorgeous floral canopies right on the ocean. Celebrate island style with live entertainment and amazing food for your reception.
Perks & Amenities: Free high-speed internet in all rooms, gym, beachside pool, bar/lounge
Starting Price: $195/night for a standard room, $284/night for a suite
Description of Venue: The all-inclusive Jamaican resort allows you to enjoy long days in the sun, then sunset drinks and gambling at night at the casino.
Bonus Perk: Unlike other resorts that may be difficult to get to, the Holiday Inn Resort at Montego Bay is just a 10-minute ride from the airport, making it super convenient when traveling.