3 Things You Must Know Before Booking Your Resort

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Knowing how to determine if the resort you have chosen is a wedding resort and will do amazing things for you on your special day, we offer these 3 simple points for your to consider before booking.  

  1. A wedding resort will be very good at attention to detail. Be passionate about weddings and will offer you advise through out the booking process. 

  2. They will be quick to respond and will most definitely offer wedding packages that include everything you will want for a wedding.  

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    They will be very flexible in their packages and always offer a solution if there is something you don’t want or like.  They will not work within a box, but will give you the impression that the sky is the limit.

     

  4. Wedding resorts tend to be higher end and offers some of the best beaches and locations to get married.

    But don’t let that fool you, there are plenty of budget friendly resorts available that do incredible weddings and won’t break the bank. 

    Determining how your top picks compare to each other will help you have more confidence in what you are booking as well.  Never be afraid to compare a 4 star with a 5 star, you might be surprised how similar they might be when it comes to weddings.  

  5. A wedding resort will offer specials for wedding groups, additional promotions and discounts and they will be open to negotiation on some or all their products costs. 

    You will always have more power when negotiating when you have more numbers, however know that more people means more staff to run your event.  Sometimes it is as simple as knowing when to order something to get the best price.

Your wedding is the most important day of your life, let us help you find the perfect resort!  Contact me for your free Rock-It Destination Wedding consultation

Things You Need To Know About Planning Your Ceremony - Legal vs Symbolic - The Pros & Cons

When you are looking at planning your ceremony in destination you need to understand some of the Pros and Cons of each. 

It is also important to understand the legal requirements of the destination when you have it chosen, some destinations are simple and some are not.

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Many couples want to do a legal ceremony because they always think no one will come if we are already married. 

But how do they know you are already married.  You can do this very discreetly so that no one knows. 

When the ceremony is performed in destination, only you and the wedding coordinator know it is not legal, you still go through all the steps of a legal ceremony.

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Here are a few PROS to a legal ceremony:

Legal ceremonies are more authentic and you can incorporate many of the traditions in your destination and get a really amazing cultural experience. 

You will have a minister or judge that will preform the ceremony which will give it that official feel. 

It’s exciting to receive the legal paperwork from the destination in their language.  Most couples who are legally married will frame the marriage certificate.

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Here are some of the CONS to Legal ceremonies:

They are much more expensive than symbolic and it is our professional recommendation that you always do a symbolic wedding.  This means getting married at home and doing a blessing ceremony in destinations. 

Some of the additional costs involved when doing a legal ceremony are legal fees when getting documents notarized

Translation fees as most destinations require your documents be in their native language

Judge or Minister fees to have them available for your day

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Waiting for the legal certificate to come can take some time and be very stressful.  

With a legal ceremony, most destinations require you to have been in the country for a certain length of time before you can get legally married which can mean more cost by having to arriver earlier. 

Lastly, in destinations like Mexico, you are still required to get blood tests done before you can get married.  Most resorts include it in the legal ceremony costs, but make sure you ask regarding this if you plan to do a legal ceremony.

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5 Simple Tips to Save (up to 25%) On Your Destination Wedding

If you don't already know the big secret...

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YOU WILL SOON

Destination Weddings are way cheaper than a wedding at home

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Statistics show that the average home wedding costs $30,000.00 and the average destination wedding is $7,000.00, so why is that. 

There are a number or reasons, but the biggest one is because you don’t have to book all of your services separately. 

It is all in one place, at your resort in destination.  They do all the work of collecting vendors to provide for the prefect day.  However, with that, there are still some great ways to save money.

1. Hire a destination wedding planner -  from your country so that they are working for you and can negotiate items or services that you need or want that they may not typically offer.

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A planner you higher will always do their best for you.  The resort planner is looking to make money.  Although you will pay a fee upfront to them, the benefit in the end will be priceless.

2. Flowers – they are beautiful, but not necessary in destination, some wedding packages include the basics and that is usually enough. 

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For example, the boutonnieres for the best man and the groomsman are usually not needed, it is hot outside and the boys aren’t careful with them.  Save the money and don’t order any extras.

3. Private vs. Semi private reception/dinner – this private dinner will always be more expensive because you have to pay for the resort to staff the area to serve you during your time at the resort. 

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If your group can have a semi-private reception, this is a way to save money because you have dinner in one of the ala carte restaurant. 

They put you all together and it can save you a considerable amount of money on décor and staffing.

4. Photography – make sure you understand the costs involved when you get your photos.  A lot of time you do not get all your pictures and they will charge extra for each print you want. 

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Sometimes it is cheaper to bring your own photographer due to extra costs that the resort photographers will charge.

5. Rehearsal Dinner – traditionally we always have a rehearsal dinner, but in destination it is not necessary and can save you money but just having the wedding party and parents meet for drinks later in the evening.  

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Most resorts will also allow you to make a reservation in the buffet for no extra cost if you want to have a dinner altogether for no additional costs.

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