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You made up your mind to have a romantic destination wedding far away from daily routine and your city. You started your research for best deals and then you definitely encounter resort ads for free weddings. Free?! You are definitely intrigued. You do some more research and make some phone calls. Some of your questions get answered, but you get more confused about details. How free is it really going to be?
Yes, your wedding can really be free, but it comes with some requirements and obligations. It also varies greatly from one resort to another.
Let us help you de-code these deals and understand all they really involve. We examined some of the most popular resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. All the resorts that we looked at offer all-inclusive stay, so one price covers everything you need for a good time.
This company owns 15 resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. The resort chain is known for its upscale luxury and won’t disappoint guests with picture-perfect ocean views and beautiful beaches. The rooms are spacious and luxurious. Each property has 5-8 restaurants and about the same amount of bars, so the choices are plentiful.
They offer signature Dreams Wedding in Paradise package< for free. It includes a wedding coordinator, a small wedding ceremony, bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, care of your apparels before the wedding, a wedding cake, sparkling wine for up to 10 people, and 15% off spa treatments. The package also offers free nights for future anniversary, free couples massage, and a candlelit dinner for two.
In conclusion, this is a nice package if you meet all the requirements. There are plenty of things you can add for a fee, including music, reception, and flowers. Or you can choose from one of Dreams paid packages and have everything you want. Those packages start at $2,500.
This company owns 8 all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and The Caribbean. Some of those hotels are dedicated only to couples while others are family oriented. They all offer rooms with Jacuzzis right in the room for the ultimate romance, liquor dispensers, and various fun activities.
Compliments of Palace Resorts is the free wedding package offered to couples in love. It includes a wedding coordinator, chocolate colored and fabric draped romantic wedding ceremony location and podium, bride’s bouquet made of 20 roses, matching groom’s boutonniere, a wedding cake, Justice of Peace or Minister, 30 white chairs, sparkling wine for the ceremony, a dinner reservation for up to 30 guests, breakfast in bed next morning, discounted photography option, and free honeymoon package.
All in all, this free package is really great. Palace offers many wonderful upgrades for your wedding day. One other great bonus is an option to earn 9 hours of free events if your party can book 10 rooms for at least 4 nights. Those free events can be a welcome party, a full complementary dinner for all, and cocktail parties. In addition to that, your visitors will earn up to $750 of credit for each room to use as they wish: spa treatments, massages, room upgrades or sightseeing trips.
All resorts in this family are family-friendly complexes in Mexico and Punta Cana. Every resort is equipped with multiple on property restaurants and offers free endless drinks, various wedding venues, and plenty of activities.
Free wedding package includes a wedding coordinator, a small wedding ceremony, bouquet and boutonniere, care for your outfits, a wedding cake, sparkling wine for up to 10 participants, and 20% off spa procedures.
Just like Dreams Resorts, this package is quite limited. You can upgrade and add some options, like flowers and music for extra fee. Or you can choose from one of their paid packages starting at $2,500.
This brand owns 15 resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. All resorts are not family friendly and upscale all-inclusive establishments. Secrets are famous for intimate settings, luxury, 5-10 restaurants on each property, 24 hour catering, and so much more.
Weddings in Paradise is a free package. It includes a wedding coordinator, a small ceremony, bouquets and boutonnieres, attire care on the wedding day, a wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10, one free room for the night before, 15% off spa, a special turn down service, and finally 2 free anniversary nights.
To summarize, this is a nice package. You get a local wedding planner and work with only one person. Besides this free package, the resort offers another great value option for $2,999 that includes many upgrades, such as make-up and up-do, reception for 20, cocktail special, and photography.
El Dorado can be found in Mexico, Azul – Mexico and Jamaica. Each has 4 upscale all-inclusive locations. They are famous for their gourmet menu, top-shelf brands, customer service, and endless customization options. Both resorts organize private Sky weddings- roof top ceremonies overlooking the ocean.
Always and Forever Package is free. It offers romantic location with a special isle, white garden chairs and sound system, a symbolic minister, dinner reception with personalized menu, a wedding designer to attend to the ceremony, a complimentary separate room for the night before. Honeymoon is also free and offers a candlelit dinner on the beach, breakfast in bed, 15% spa, and 1 free anniversary night.
In conclusion, Karisma hotels offer a really great package. Upgraded packages are also available. The resort is known for their designers and chefs.
Hard Rock has resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. They offer upscale entertainment, activities, and good food. Colin Cowie joined Hard Rock franchise to create some spectacular wedding packages.
Complimentary Collection package is free and includes a minister or judge, wedding location, white ceremony structure and podium with a statue and roses, 32 white chairs, a cake for 32 guests, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, sparkling wine for 32, CD service, a wedding planner, and free honeymoon.
To summarize, Hard Rock offers a nice package. They also have many upgrades available. The more rooms you book, the more free events, like welcome parties, private cocktail hours, and sit down receptions, you earn. Guests will receive credit for rooms as high as $1,500 to spend on upgrades, activities, spa treatments, and excursions.
This chain offers 5-star couples only resorts in the Caribbean Islands. The resort has many options to pamper yourselves or stay active with water sports and exploration.
Beautiful Beginnings is their free wedding package. It offers a wedding planner, a beautiful ceremony setting, preparation of documents, orchid bouquet and boutonniere, luxurious table set for 8, two-tier wedding cake, white chairs, romantic music, 30 minutes of sparkling wine and appetizers for 8, groom foot massage, bride manicure, turn down service, breakfast in bed, and a picture. In addition to all that, you will receive $500 to use for custom décor, $500 for desired room upgrade, and $200 for photographer.
Summary: this is a very nice free package. Upgrades are also available. Resorts also offer free events and resort credits during special promotions.
While the variety of options and resorts are dizzying, the choices are great too. We recommend hiring an experienced wedding planner or agency, like Vacationeeze, to guide you through the jungle of offers. You want to fully enjoy your destination wedding experience and get the most for your money. Professional planners can find you find the best deal and negotiate more extras, such as various upgrades at no cost, free flights, extra free nights, and many other perks. All you have to do is enjoy your special time with your loved ones.