Q &A: Secrets Wild Orchid with Valerie & Justin

Bride: Valerie
Groom: Justin
Resort: Secrets Wild Orchid
Agent: Hannah

J&V wedding (photo 11)

1.What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

B&G – We went to a friend’s destination wedding in Mexico and had such a good time and realized it would be less stressful and less expensive than doing a wedding here at home.

2.What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue? 
B&G – We picked Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, Jamaica because it was a good price, a little more than Mexico but less than the Bahamas.  We also really liked the decor of the rooms and the large assortment of activities and restaurants.  We wanted an adult only, all-inclusive resort.


3. What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
B&G – It is a little difficult to plan the details through email with the wedding coordinators, but they were great to work with and did everything I asked and set up everything, including items I brought.   (Getting all the guests’ rooms and travel scheduled would have been very difficult if it were not for our awesome travel agent, Hannah Cote, who took care of all the arrangements for the trip and a golf excursion.)
4. What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?
B&G – The highlight of the trip, other than our wedding, was how beautiful the scenery and sunsets were.    A nice surprise was how big and nice the presidential suite was and that we had butlers.  


5. How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
B&G – The wedding coordinators were great to work with and did their best to try to make everything how I wanted it.  The minister was awesome! 
6.  If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?
B&G – Go for it!!!  It is a great way to get married.  We had so much fun spending time with our friends and family.  I would tell her that she may want to stay a few days after everyone else leaves or plan on going on a honeymoon later for some alone time.
7. Was there anything that you would change looking back?

B&G – We had our wedding at 2:00 on the beach, because the later spot (4-5) was taken, but as my wedding planners told me, it was hot!!!  Fortunately the guys wore white shirts and the girls wore dark purple dresses, so you could not tell in the pictures that we were all really sweating.  Later would have been better, but there is a higher chance of showers later in the day.  

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Q &A: Secrets St. James with Tiffany & James

Bride: Tiffany
Groom: James
Resort: Secrets St. James
Agent: Hannah

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1.What made you decide on having a destination wedding?

B&G – We thought that there would be less of a hassle with decisions and planning. This was also a second wedding for the both of us and we had both been through the “traditional” wedding and wanted something more low-key and easier.

2. What made you decide on the destination/resort/venue?

B&G – My husband wanted to have a wedding on the beach. I had been to Secrets St. James before and had seen a lot of weddings. I knew that was exactly what I wanted and knew what I would be getting into. 

3. What was the biggest difficulty in planning your destination wedding?
B&G- Honestly, I did not have any problems or difficulties.What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?

4.What was the highlight of the experience and what was the biggest surprise?

B&G- The highlight of the experience was the beautiful wedding album that Secrets put together from the pictures we selected, and how calm, patient, and understanding the wedding crew was on the day of. The best surprise was all of the “extras” the resort gave us after the wedding.

5. How well was the resort and your Onsite Wedding Coordinator to work with?
B&G- The resort staff was amazing. They were all friendly and very helpful and accommodating. Simone was a wonderful coordinator that was always in touch with me or Hannah. Communication was very clear and easy among all of the parties involved.

6.If your best friend were planning a destination wedding what would your advice be to her?

B&G- Keep it simple. The view of a beach wedding and the sounds of the waves are all you really need in terms of decor. Trust your coordinator here in the States as well as your destination coordinator. Never hesitate to ask a million questions wedding related or even travel related. 

7. Was there anything that you would change looking back?

B&G-I would have booked everything sooner, but we also got engaged in October and wanted to get married that Summer. You just have more to work with in terms of dates, times, and airfare pricing the earlier you book.

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The Rainless Rose Hall Beach Wedding

Dennis and Sheila’s Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Wedding

Bride: Sheila
Groom: Dennis
Resort: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach
Agent: Terrah

Rain, rain go away Dennis and Sheila are getting married today!

Fortunately, the skies cleared just enough for this sweet couple to celebrate their ceremony and share their I Do’s!

Family and friends were able to snap a few pictures of the exchange!

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Danielle & George’s Gran Bahia Wedding

Danielle & George’s Gran Bahia Wedding

Bride: Danielle
Groom: George
Resort: Gran Bahia Jamaica
Agent: Terrah

B&G gazebo

So… How was it?!

~The wedding was UH amazing!~

~The resort was breathtakingly beautiful~

~We were upgraded to the butler suite~

~All of our guests were extremely pleased~

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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.