November 7, 2014 | By Sara Koshko
While getting all of your friends and family to an exotic destination for your wedding might sound stressful, in many cases, destination weddings are actually easier to plan than traditional weddings — and sometimes more affordable. Typically, destination weddings involve a much smaller guest list, and couples can choose packages that help take the stress out of the planning process.
To make your destination wedding as relaxing and stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled a guide to 5 popular wedding destination resorts in sought-after locations that offer wedding packages or planning services for large and small events, whether you’re considering a scenic Amalfi Coast celebration at a historic Sorrento hotel or a tropical Caribbean getaway at an all-inclusive beachside resort.
1. The Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, Hawaii
For a classic Hawaiian destination wedding with a relatively affordable price tag, consider an oceanfront ceremony at sunset at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui. The resort offers a variety of packages that can accommodate both small parties and larger services with up to 500 guests.
2. Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
If you’re looking to host a wedding in a tropical location with minimal planning and all-inclusive packages, try a Sandals Resort. Sandals Royal Plantation offers natural beauty, seclusion and gorgeous white sand beaches, and with just 74 rooms this boutique resort is more intimate than other Sandals locations.
3. Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
If you’re looking for a New England destination wedding, the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard overlooking South Beach in Edgartown can host up to 145 guests in an indoor-outdoor room with an ocean view.
4. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
If you’re willing to splurge for a luxury resort for your Big Day, few hotels can rival the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resort in Puerto Vallarta. We will help you design the perfect wedding in a garden with ocean view or in a beachfront gazebo.
5. Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, Sorrento, Italy
The Grand Hotel Ambasciatori is a perfect setting to make the most important day of your life unforgettable. With a dramatic setting on a cliff overlooking the Amalfi Coast, Grand Hotel Ambasciatori makes for breathtaking wedding photos.
Tell us: What’s your dream location for a destination wedding? Or if you had one, what was your experience like? Share your thoughts in the comments section.