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Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. by Judy Wilson

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Many couples are foregoing the traditional idea of a wedding for an intimate destination wedding. A destination wedding or “weddingmoon” a term coined by Sandals Resort, combines the wedding, reception and honeymoon together in one location. Destination weddings are perfect for couples with family and friends scattered around the country. If most of your guests would have to travel to attend your wedding anyway, then getting married in a desirable vacation spot would allow them to combine attending your wedding with a family vacation for them.

Most resorts and cruise lines offer wedding and honeymoon packages to help keep a destination wedding stress-free and simple. Some offer complimentary services of their on-site wedding consultant to help coordinate the essentials, such as your marriage license, flowers, photographer, wedding cake and the reception. All invited guests should be notified of the required travel documents for the destination chosen. Passports are required for some destinations.

Some of the most popular wedding destination locations are Hawaii, Disneyworld, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. All-inclusive resorts such as Sandals Resorts, Palace Resorts and Couples Resorts are top picks for combing the wedding and honeymoon. Sandals recently announced a partnership with the internationally known event designed and wedding planner Preston Bailey and have created the Preston Bailey Signature “WeddingMoons” at Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Often the all-inclusive resorts will offer a free wedding for couples that stay 7 nights or longer.

With a destination wedding the choices are endless. It is often a longer celebration and typically involves fewer guests due to the costs associated with travel. Destination weddings are usually less stressful, more relaxing and cost less than a traditional wedding. Whatever the destination choice for the wedding and honeymoon, planning ahead, researching, seeking guidance and advice will insure wonderful memories of the “WeddingMoon”.

About the Author

Judy Wilson has been a travel consultant specializing in honeymoon planning for over 10 years. Visit for more information on planning a honeymoon.