5 Great Tropical Wedding Destinations

If the frigid winter has you dreaming of a tropical wedding, Bora Bora is one of 5 top spots I listed for Observer—and paired with fantastic bridal gowns.

The sub-zero temperatures that roared across the country last week got a lot of just-engaged couples dreaming about weddings in places where the sand is talcum-soft, the water is as clear as acrylic, and tropical flowers perfume the trade winds. Exotic escapes like these aren’t a frugal wedding choice, but they do pack plenty of […] Read more »

El Convento, Puerto Rico’s Wedding Classic

El Convento seduces with 17th-century charm set in one of San Juan's liveliest neighborhoods

A Spanish Colonial treasury of Andalusian tile floors, mahogany beams, and butter-yellow archways, Puerto Rico’s most beloved hotel, El Convento, has been a favorite wedding spot for many years. Much of the allure is the setting. Smack in the middle of the cobblestone byways of Old San Juan, the former convent is across the street […] Read more »

Posh and private weddings at the Caribbean’s newest hideaway

Paradise Beach, Nevis

For couples who’ve been eyeing the Caribbean island of Nevis as a potential wedding spot, there’s a new game in town. Paradise Beach Nevis, a boutique villa resort, has just opened its doors on the island’s talcum shores—Nevis’s only villa compound directly on the sand. That means you can revel in total privacy and exquisite service […] Read more »

What’s your Bahamian destination wedding style? Take our quiz

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour

There are over 700 islands in The Bahamas, which can make choosing a site for your destination wedding a challenge. Take our five-question quiz and we’ll point you to the tropical spot that has “just our style” written all over it. Take the Quiz: 1. During the ceremony, your guests will watch you exchange vows in front […] Read more »

Mexico weddings with hippie-chic flair in Playa del Carmen

Hotel Cacao's interior atrium

Combine Caribbean views, a clubby location in Playa del Carmen, and a kicked-back but stylish atmosphere, and you’ve got Hotel Cacao, a new resort from Mexico’s most forward-thinking hotel company, Cornerstone. It’s scheduled to open this September. Let’s get the one thing out of the way up front: Hotel Cacao is on 5th Avenue, a block […] Read more »

Beach wedding bonanza: 5 ideas for a seaside ceremony

Fiesta Beach wedding at Allegro resorts

Any couple that chooses to marry on a tropical beach wants the seaside essentials: rolling waves, a boat or two on the horizon, and sand that demands you abandon your shoes. But a beach wedding also needs a focal point, places for guests to sit, and a bit of romantic embellishment. Occidental Hotels & Resorts, a […] Read more »

Free Barbados destination weddings, including flights and hotels (honest!)

sunset beach wedding Barbados

Great beaches. Great food. Great rum. What’s not to love about a destination wedding on Barbados? Especially now that the Barbados Tourism Authority has dreamed up a deal where brides can say “I do,” for free, including accommodation and airfare from pretty much anywhere in the U.S.  There’s always the fine print, of course. Including […] Read more »

The Riviera Maya’s insanely affordable destination wedding resort. With dolphins.

Occidental Grand Xcaret wedding—one of the Caribbean's best bargains

Destination weddings may sound expensive and exclusive, but we just learned of an insanely good deal at the Occidental Grand Xcaret, a vast all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya–south of Cancun on the country’s Caribbean coast. Their most basic package, called Simple Love, includes the planning services of a coordinator, setup for a small ceremony […] Read more »

The easiest Caribbean wedding spot: the U.S.V.I.

Night view from terrace of Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star St. Thomas U.S.V.I.

Last week we watched a couple walk down the aisle on St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and were reminded that having a destination wedding here is about as easy as it gets in the Caribbean—and pretty much anywhere in the world. St. Thomas and the two other major U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John […] Read more »

Military Wedding Discounts at Bolongo Bay, in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Bolongo Bay military wedding by Oliver White, Dow Studios, V.I.

If you (or your intended) are an active duty service member, you can live the dream of a wedding on a tropical beach for an amazing price. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is offering its Barefoot on the Beach and Paradise Wedding packages at 50 percent off for […] Read more »