~ frequently asked questions about destination weddings ~


Is the wedding a legal marriage, recognized in our state or country?
Yes, the marriage is a legal, binding marriage, and once you receive your marriage certificate, you can register at your local courthouse (or take whatever steps are necessary to register the marriage in your home state). Symbolic weddings are also offered so be sure to request the legal (civil) marriage ceremony option if that is your preference.

Can we get married on the beach?
Absolutely! Beach weddings are available in the Caribbean and Hawaii, but not as widely available in Mexico.

What wedding locations are available?
The location is usually the couple's choice. Most properties offer a beach or garden location. Many wedding gazebos have beautiful garden locations with the ocean as a backdrop.  Some resorts offer a small chapel at an additional charge.

Are Catholic weddings available?
Catholic weddings can be arranged in many destinations. The Church will add many extra requirements to the planning stage and there will be additional fees.

May we bring our own minister or church leader?
Your own Minister or Church Leader may officiate at a Vow Renewal or Symbolic Wedding. In most cases, your Minister or Church Leader may participate in a legal ceremony. However, only a licensed local official is authorized to perform a legal ceremony.

What flavor is the wedding cake?
Cake flavors vary by resort. Usually there is a choice of 3 flavors; chocolate, vanilla or Caribbean fruit cake. You may also order a custom cake at an additional charge.

What is the best way to travel with a wedding dress?
Any arrangement for transportation of a wedding dress should be discussed directly with your airline carrier.

Does the resort offer a steaming or pressing service for the wedding dress?
Most destinations offer on or off-property services for steaming of the dress. Prices are determined by the size, detail, and dress material.

When do we meet the wedding coordinator?
Upon arrival, the bridal couple will receive a letter (either at the front desk or in your room), with an appointment date and time to meet with the on-site wedding coordinator. At your meeting, your Wedding Coordinator will review the arrangements, show you your designated wedding location and offer alternatives if you wish.

What kind of flowers are in the bridal bouquet?
Tropical floral bouquets are chosen on property. The couple is shown pictures of available flower combinations. Tropical bouquets vary per island and time of the year. Custom bouquets may be ordered in advance at customary prices.

Do we need to hand carry documents to the resort?
This requirement varies. Many resorts require documents to be faxed ahead of time and then hand carried. At some destinations ~ Jamaica, for example ~ your documents are sent to the property in advance and they secure the marriage license prior to your arrival. This is a big plus since this eliminates the need for you to visit the registrar personally to secure the license.

May we bring our own wedding music?
Resorts generally provide a selection of pre-recorded music. However, you may certainly bring your own wedding music CDs.

Are tuxedo rentals available at the destination?
Some destinations offer tuxedo rentals off property. However, the selection of styles and sizes may be limited so we encourage you to bring your own.

When can we expect to receive our marriage certificate?
This varies depending on the location. In general, you can expect to receive your official marriage certificate within 6 to 12 weeks after you return home. Please verify the time line with your wedding coordinator.