Tips From the Pros: Beach Ceremony Alternatives from Destination Weddings

Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone! I have the pleasure today of introducing you guys to one of our friends and newest guest bloggers – DestinationWeddings.com! With expert advice on everything to do with destination “I Do’s,” they’re always there with innovative ideas and tips to make sure your destination wedding goes just according to plan! And today, we’re lucky enough to be able to share some of their best ideas for a beach wedding alternative! Be ready to be inspired and find your perfect ceremony location! Enjoy!

When you hear the phrase “beach wedding” it automatically conjures up an image of a barefoot ceremony with sand between your toes and ocean water lapping in the background. Which, can be beautiful and accurate  descriptions for how some couples see their weddings – but it’s not what everyone has for their wedding vision! We have lots of couples who want a destination wedding at a beach setting– but dream of something a bit less casual. Luckily, there are lots of fabulous options. Here are some of the most popular choices for off-beach wedding ceremonies:

The Wedding Gazebo:

Many resorts have a gazebo set close to the beach but not on the beach. What a fabulous way to get the stunning views of the ocean but also be under cover… and be able to wear your dream shoes! Not to mention, that the gazebo affords a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos. If you have a definite vision of your wedding style, whether it be contemporary of elegant, we recommend that you let you wedding specialist know this up-front so they can match your style to a resort ceremony venue. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a resort if you don’t love the gazebo, right?!

{ Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana | Grand Bahia Principe TulumLe Blanc Spa Resort }

Cenote Wedding:

For nature lovers, saying “I Do” at a Cenote is growing in popularity. By definition, a Cenote is a sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Doesn’t sound very romantic, but in reality they create a unique and a magical setting. Known to Mayans as sacred wells, Cenotes hold a mystical appeal for weddings. Bonus: Cenotes also offer a stunning venue for a “trash the dress” photo shoot!

{ Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa }

Sky Wedding:

We hear it all the time: beach weddings and heels don’t mix. But don’t give up on your coveted bridal heels just yet! A sky wedding may be the option for you. Picture a private rooftop terrace with a 360 view of the beach. The setting allows for a more formal wedding ceremony, if desired, without sacrificing the beach vibe. Not surprising that this is a very popular choice amongst destination wedding couples!

{ Azul Beach Hotel | Beach Palace | Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa}

Oceanfront Chapel:

Couples who want a Catholic wedding ceremony don’t need to choose between a traditional wedding at home and a destination wedding. Several resorts have a Catholic chapel right on the property! This way, you can have the religious ceremony that means so much to you and your family, then have your reception just steps away either at the beach or at a resort ballroom.

Pier Wedding:

There’s just something about exchanging vows surrounded by water on a pier! It’s a wedding that speaks your senses; the stunning views, the smell of the salt air, and the sound of the lapping water. But one of the top reasons couples choose a pier wedding is the photos.

{ Blue Diamond Rivera Maya }

Are you still undecided? We recommend that you make a list of your top 5 priorities for your destination wedding ceremony, then compare your list to what each venues offer. Of course, talking over your choices with a wedding planner who truly knows your resort is essential.

Destination Weddings Travel Group is comprised of four, full-service planning sites that specialize in celebratory travel across the globe. By combining the personal service and expertise of more than 200 certified specialists with resort partnerships in over 42 countries, customers are afforded a premier one-stop experience. From destination weddings, honeymoons and vow renewals to birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions… we have your perfect destination.

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