…and fall in Love At First Site!
Have you been searching online for the best destination wedding locations? Ready to pull your hair out? STOP, take a breath and keep reading!
This is an exciting time for you and you’ll have a lot of decisions to make. But choosing a venue is the first important decision you’ll make and it can become the source of a lot of unnecessary stress if you don’t get it right.
My passion is to help you plan a stress-free celebration, and I get a ton of emails all the time asking me for tips. Want to know my number one destination wedding planning tip?
Do a site visit!
If you were getting married at home, you wouldn’t dream of choosing a venue without visiting it first. So, why in the world (no pun intended) would you fly your family and friends hundreds or thousands of miles away to tie the knot in a venue you’ve never set foot in?
I can tell you based on first hand experience that it’s not a good idea to rely on internet pictures and someone elses interpretation of secluded or charming.
A site visit is a must!
And that’s why I was really excited to discover Love At First Site, a group of specialists dedicated to arranging travel and site visits to the very best destination wedding locations!
Visit the Best Destination Wedding Locations
Love At First Site organizes destination wedding site visits in the Caribbean and Mexico, where they will take you to at least 4 resorts they know are the best destination wedding locations.
But they go way beyond just dropping you off at each resort to fend for yourself. Their specialists have over 10 years in the destination wedding industry and with that experience comes strong relationships and insider knowledge.
What does this mean for you?
For starters, they’ll go with you to each resort, show you the most important features of the property including ceremony and reception locations.
Love At First Site will answer all your questions and guide you through the planning process. Once you choose your favorite resort, they will secure the date for you.
But what I absolutely love is that they introduce you to the on-site wedding planners at each resort. You cannot imagine how invaluable it is to meet the resort planner in person. Having that one on one time to get to know them, ask questions and establish a relationship will help make the entire planning process that much smoother.
When the resort coordinator knows you personally, they’ll be that much quicker to answer your phone calls or emails. They’ll be more invested in your big day than if you were just an invisible face on the other end of an email or phone.
Trust me. Face time matters.
After I got to meet my resort’s coordinator in person, it made all the difference and my planning went a lot smoother.
Site Visit Packages to The Best Destination Wedding Locations:
The destination wedding site inspection package includes:
- 3 night hotel accommodations at an all-inclusive resort
- Site inspections at 4-6 of the best resorts in the destination (you can even request a visit to resorts that are not on their list)
- Transfers between the resorts you’re inspecting
- An experienced Destination Wedding Specialist as your host who will show you around each property
- Securing your wedding date at the resort of your choice
- Exclusive perks for your destination wedding such as room upgrades, free cocktail parties, discounts on your ceremony/reception package, etc.
The package cost varies depending on the destination, but you can rest assured that you will get a lot of bang for your buck! Although flight and airport transfers aren’t included, I did some research for you and you would pay almost the same amount for the site visit as you would just for your hotel stay, if you were planning a trip on your own.
For just a few extra bucks you get the invaluable guidance of an experienced destination wedding specialist who will take you to a minimum of four resorts, show you all their wedding venues, introduce you to the on-site coordinators, and answer all your questions. Plus you’ll get some exclusive freebies, updgrades and discounts on your destination wedding package that you wouldn’t be able to snag on your own.
They have upcoming trips in 2017 to some of the best destination wedding locations in the Caribbean and Mexico including:
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos)
- Nassau, Bahamas
Love At First Site also offers private site inspections, honeymoon registries, travel insurance and destination wedding planner services.
If you go on one of their site inspections, you’ll even get a discount off their destination wedding planner package.
Here’s a short video where you can get some more insight into Love at First Site’s Destination Wedding site visits.
Destination Wedding Travel Arrangements
Love At First Site’s services don’t end with the site visit. Once you choose your ideal ceremony location, their destination wedding travel agents will help book all the travel arrangements for you and your entire group of guests. And this is key because the last thing you want is to let your guests fend for themselves when arranging travel. Having one point of contact to help coordinate your wedding travel is priceless.
My site inspection story
Still not convinced a site visit is necessary? I’ll tell you a little personal story.
When I was planning my own destination wedding in Cancun, I fell in love with the internet photos of a stunning glass enclosed chapel overlooking the turquoise blue ocean. It was absolutely breath taking and I was convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that I would exchange my vows there.
So I put the deposit down, secured the date and was ready to rock.
But then it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe I should do a site visit before the actual wedding day.
I wanted to check out the guest rooms, taste the food, walk through the venue, see flowers and all the other stuff you do when you’re planning a traditional wedding.
But when I got there I was horrified to see that to get to that stunning chapel, I would have to walk through a very crowded, wet kiddie pool area and a tennis court – in my floor length wedding gown!
I was not a happy camper and I realized at that very second that I should’ve done a site visit before giving them my money. I have to admit, I lost sleep over that. My story had a happy ending. I did get married in the glass chapel and I didn’t have to get wet in the process. It was an amazing wedding. But without that site visit, I would’ve discovered all those issues a little too late. Without that site visit, I would’ve never built a relationship with the coordinator which caused her to find a solution for me and an alternate walk to the chapel.
I’ve seen horror story after horror story that could’ve been avoided with a site visit. A construction site right across from the reception venue, that was conveniently left off the internet pictures? Check! Horrible, bland food that was described as sumptuous on the resorts website? Check! And the list goes on and on!
Don’t let it happen to you!
Do a destination wedding site visit and see with your own eyes where you’ll be spending one of the most important days (or weeks) of your life.
Visit Love At First Site’s website, or complete this form and they’ll send information directly to you.
Congrats on your planning and best of luck visiting the best destination wedding locations!
Cynthia is the founder and editor of Destination Wedding Details.She has over 15 years experience in the Marketing and Event industry and launched Destination Wedding Details in 2010, shortly after planning her own destination wedding. Cynthia uses her experience and genuine passion, to inspire brides who are planning their dream wedding away from home.