Q&A With Bride Allyson: Secrets Papagayo

Bride: Allyson

Groom: Kyle

Resort: Secrets Papagayo

Travel Advisor: Hannah 

 
What made you decide on having a destination wedding?
 
We love to travel and loved the idea of going somewhere fun with friends and family.  I also never wanted a big wedding so it was a good way to keep it small and simple.  Everything is taken care of for you, you just show up and enjoy it instead of stressing about all the work involved in a typical wedding. 
 
 
 
What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
 
Kyle wanted to go to Costa Rica, the first place I saw when i googled weddings in Costa Rica was Secrets.  I have been to a Secrets resort in Mexico and knew they were a reputable resort.  
 
 
 
What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
 
 Not seeing things for yourself and knowing exactly what it would look like.  Also communicating with the coordinator through email. 
 
 
 
What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
 
Everything was taken care of and set up perfectly with no stress from us.  The decor was set up so much better than I could have ever imagined it.  Also making the decision to move the reception to a covered area took away the stress off of worrying about rain and ended up being a cooler look and feel than I thought it would be. 
 
 
 
 
How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
 
The resort went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of and the onsite coordinator, Carolina, was very attentive and answered all my questions in a timely manner.  She was always available at the resort if we needed her.
 
 
 
If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her? 
 
I  would recommend doing it as a way to keep it small, cheaper, and stress free.  Also I love any excuse to take a trip and it can easily turn into your honeymoon.  I would recommend either staying several days after your guests leave or moving onto a second location to get an actual family free honeymoon!
 
Was there anything that you would change looking back? 
 
I can’t think of anything.  Everything really turned out more perfect than I could have imagined!  

Best Wedding Chapels for Destination Weddings

At Legacy Travel, we often help arrange destination wedding ceremonies in chapels.    Here is a collection of some of our favorites around the globe in no particular order.

 

1)    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – All-Inclusive in Tulum, Mexico

The intimate and vibrant chapel at Dreams Tulum is just steps away from Tulum’s white sanded beach.   This chapel can hold up to 40 guests inside with extra chairs outside if needed.

 

Source: Dreams Resorts

Source: Dreams Resorts

 

 

2)  Paradise Maroma, All-Inclusive in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

This beautiful beachfront chapel is nestled right on Maroma Beach, which is named Top 10 Beaches in the World by the Travel Channel.   This chapel can accommodate up to 90 people.

Source: Elizabeth Medina

 

3)  Iberostar Paraiso Resorts & Spa – All-Inclusive in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

This chapel is located right in the heart of the amazing golf resort Iberostar Paraiso.   This resort is perfect for multi-generation groups due to the diversity in hotel options.  It can hold up to 60 people but with extra chairs can hold 200.

Source: Iberostar

Source: Iberostar

 

4)  Moon Palace Gold & Spa Resort – Cancun, Mexico

This large resort has a beautiful chapel that can hold 60 guests seated or 80 guests standing.   It has beautiful views of the Caribbean sea.

Source: Palace Resorts

Source: Palace Resorts

 

 

5) Chapel of Guadalupe – Xcaret, Mexico
As an important part of the “Hacienda Henequenera” Mexican complex the “Guadalupe’s Chapel” is located, its Neoclassical architecture of the 20th century makes it seem like a country rustic chapel.

Capacity: 360 people.

Resource: Xcaret

Source:  Xcaret

 

6) St. Francis of Assisi Chapel – Xcaret, Mexico
The uniquely shaped Chapel is perched on the highest point in Xcaret offering guests spectacular ocean views and natural scenery.
Capacity: 200 people.

Source: Xcaret

Source: Xcaret

Source: Xcaret

Source: Xcaret

 

7)  Valentin Imperial Maya, All-Inclusive Resort in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

Source: Valentin Imperial Maya

Source: Valentin Imperial Maya

 

8) El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

This beachfront wedding chapel is located at the gourmet all-inclusive resort The El Dorado Royale. It can fit up to 80 guests.

Source: Karisma Hotels

Source: Karisma Hotels

Source: Karisma Hotels

Source: Karisma Hotels

 

9) Majestic Elegance All-Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Source: Majestic Resorts

Our friends as Majestic Elegance have a chapel that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

 

10) Altos de Chavon chapel at Casa de Campo Hotel in La Romana, Dominican Republic

Source: Casa de Campo

Source: Casa de Campo

The romantic 16th century style St. Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavon overlooking the river valley and the Caribbean Sea. The ambiance of the resort is naturally romantic, on an Island covering 7,000 acres. The chapel can hold 80 guests.

 

11) Barcelo Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Source: Majestic Resorts

Source: Barcelo Resorts

 

Source: Barcelo Resorts

Source: Barcelo Resorts

 

12) Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica

Source: Sandals Resorts

Source: Sandals Resorts

 

13) Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo, Mexico

Source: Pueblo Bonita Resorts

The chapel will sit 60 guests comfortably plus in the courtyard another 20-30 guests.

 

14) One & Only Palmilla in Cabo, Mexico

Source: One&Only

Source: One&Only

Located on a hill overlooking the resort’s tropical grounds and beaches, the chapel is in traditional Mexican style, whitewashed with arched doorway and windows.
Capacity: 44 (indoor), 150 (outdoor)

 

15) Cabo Azul in Cabo, Mexico

Source: Cabo Azul

Source: Cabo Azul

The El Corazon Chapel can accommodate up to 125 guests.

 

16) Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu, Hawaii

Source: gohawaii.com

The freestanding, two-story Ocean Crystal Chapel at the 22-acre, 2,860-room Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu accommodates up to 80 guests and features floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. From the first level, nestled amid waterfalls, you’ll ascend a landscaped stairway to the airy, light-filled second-story chapel.

 

17) Grand Wailea on Maui, Hawaii

Source: Grand Wailea

 

18) Turtle Bay on Oahu, Hawaii

Source: Turtle Bay

Source: Turtle Bay

 

19) InterContinental Bora Bora in the South Pacific

Source: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Source: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

 

20) Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Source: Four Seasons

Source: Four Seasons

Now you can walk down a glass-bottomed aisle in a chapel that is just a few feet over the stunning blue sea.  This freestanding pavilion is accessible by boat only and is in an intimate 485 square feet – large enough for the couple and up to 16 guests.

 

 

If you are needing assistance with your upcoming destination wedding call one of our Destination Wedding Consultants today to have the stress-free experience you deserve.

Melanie & David wed at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica

The bride & groom: Melanie & David
The photographer: El Velo Photography
The resort: Hilton Papagayo
Travel Agent: Terrah
“Costa Rica was absolutely beautiful!!  It turned out better than we could have hoped!  Thank you for recommending this resort as one of the top picks to have our wedding in Costa Rica, we were so happy with how it turned out.”  – Melanie
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You are both beautiful souls and it’s exciting to see you as a married power couple!   From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU for trusting me to be part of your special day.
With love,
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