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Destination Wedding Villas

The problem with having your destination wedding at a resorts is that you'll have to share the space with lots of other vacationers...and possibly other brides and their destination weddings. Keep your ceremony and reception super private by renting out an entire villa for your entourage! Check out VRBO (vacation rentals by owner) to find a residence that would be perfect for your special day. Here are a couple reasons why we love this idea: 

-It is cost effective. 

-The entire property will be yours and yours alone. 

-You'll be able to spend more quality time with guests.

-You can choose a villa that suits your needs. 

-With everyone staying under one roof, your guests will get to know each other quickly!


We found this gorgeous villa in Mexico that sleeps 24: 


Or this beauty in the French Quarter of New Orleans that sleeps up to 38....

Or this stunning Maui residence that sleeps up to 32...

What do you think? Would you consider this as an option?


Spotlight on Costa Rica

If you haven't had a chance to peruse our interactive destinations map, check it out here! We were happy to bring you The Skinny on Getting Married in Costa Rica, where we revealed a comprehensive little list noting what you'll need to tie the knot under the Costa Rican sun. 

But what else is so amazing about Costa Rica? And what makes it the perfect place for a destination wedding? 


First and foremost, the people. Costa Rica is known for its hospitable people, who will be the first ones to offer up the inside scoop on the best restaurant in town, the go-to local for surf lessons, or the best place to try Imperial. Make fast friends with the locals by brushing up on your Costa Rican idioms such as Pura Vida (poor-ah vee-duh), which literally means "pure life", but is more of a philosophy of life- you can substitute it as an answer to how you are doing, "thank you" and "you're welcome". Kind people = a sure bet your guests will enjoy their stay in this gorgeous land.



With the locals on your side, your only possible enemy is the weather....but that is an easy fix! With literally two seasons (wet and dry), you can be sure inclement weather won't be an issue so long as you travel between January and May (during the dry season).  Take advantage of the hot, dry days by taking your wedding party to explore Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll be greeted by Capuchin monkeys like the ones above. Hire a local guide who have trained eyes to spot the animals you will surely miss otherwise! 


If, however, you and your guests do choose to travel during the wet season (and who can blame you, really, since the cost is significantly less), you'll be happy to know the rains will hold off until early afternoon. This gives you plenty of morning hours for a simply sweet wedding ceremony and frolicking time in the waves for the reception. And don't let the rain deter you from exploring! Pile on the layers and a big ol' raincoat and head out to the rainforest anyway!



And lastly, Costa Rica's views really make the destination wedding. These views are the stuff of photographers' dreams! No need for up-lighting or drapery for these venues, my friends! If you're looking for a breath-taking cliff top wedding, you're in luck. Miles and miles of mountainous greenery and the bluest of oceans await...


Of course if it's calm and quiet beach scenery you want, Costa Rica has that as well. Black sand beaches, white sand beaches, monkeys in the trees, sunset views- all these and more, just take your pick!

For more information on destination wedding planning in Costa Rica, contact us


Celebrity Bride Inspiration: Kellie Pickler


Tis the season... for celebrity destination weddings! This time, it's Kellie Pickler who has joined the ranks of celebrity destination brides. On New Year's Day, Kellie and her (now) husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, snuck off to a private island in the Caribbean where they had an 'intimate wedding.' Sounds like elopement to us! They haven't released photos yet but obviously we will be bringing them to you just as soon as we can get our pretty little hands on them. Congrats Kellie and Kyle!

P.S. Celebrity Bride Inspiration: Kellie Pickler and Camila Alves


Celebrity Bride Inspiration: Shania Twain



Shania Twain was married to her longtime boyfriend Frédéric Thiébaud on January 1st, 2011 in Puerto Rico. The destination bride wore a bright white fit and flare style gown from a Swiss boutique that featured a strapless neckline and black sash. Shania also wore a cathedral length veil and strappy white shoes. Congrats to the happy couple!

P.S. Celebrity Bride Inspiration: America Ferrera and LeAnn Rimes


Spotlight On: Italy

So you want a destination wedding but you aren't too keen on a beach-front setting? Consider Italy! With beautiful weather, fantastic cultural sites and delicious food, Italy has much to offer both you and your guests. Here are a few of our favorite Italian spots: 

Lake Como

Just a half hour outside of Milan, Lake Como boasts a tranquil, serene and scenic environment-perfect for a destination wedding!




Between your wedding, a tour of the colosseum, tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain and a heading over for a view of the Sistine Chapel, your guests are sure to have the best vacation of their lives in Rome!


Lake Bracciano

One of the largest lakes in Italy, Lake Bracciano is dominated by a huge castle built back in the 1400's. The quiet, medieval towns surrounding the lake have many cafes to sip on wine and take in the view.


 P.S. Jamaican Me Wanna Get Married!