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More Than a Destination: Why Individual Resort Details Matter for Destination Weddings

Whether local or abroad, a wedding isn’t about the destination. Just as a couple wouldn’t be excited to pick any venue in their hometown for their nuptials, the same goes for those looking for a more tropical locale in which to tie the knot. It’s the place that matters, the food and decor that make it magical, and the people and their service who make it memorable.

That’s why sometimes, it’s the hotel or resort brand that’s more important than the city the guests will be flying into. And that’s why across all of their destinations—Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, Costa Mujeres, Punta Cana, and Montego Bay—Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and TRS Hotels make it a point to focus on those individual elements when it comes to their wedding packages.

Sure, every one of these eco-friendly properties have their aesthetic appeal. Sun, sand, cerulean waves to match the skies … they’re all part and parcel. But what really makes them special isn’t what the hotels are surrounded by. It’s the experiences the staff—from collection designers to package planners to on-site coordinators and servers—provide on the unique and beautiful grounds.

Weddings by Palladium offers a flexible choice of collections and packages that are designed to be custom-tailored to the needs of the soon-to-be-weds. Every one of them allows for mixing and matching of colors, bouquets, chairs, fabrics, and the addition of accessories to make the ceremony and reception true to the couple’s aesthetic and dreams. No retrofitting to make the couple fit the setting here! At these resorts, it’s quite the other way around, where the environment is designed to flow around the couples’ dream vibe.

Every bride/groom works with a dedicated wedding coordinator to make sure not a petal is out of place on the big day. That’s even if they upgrade to a Karen Bussen Wedding Collection package, which ranges from barefoot elegance to over-the-top glamorous. There are six of them to choose from, all with a “less is more” philosophy that edits the trimmings down to a tasteful level of bells and whistles.

For example, here’s Waves of Love, which takes its elemental inspiration from the beach and sea, with hydrangeas spilling over in whites, blues, or purples for your own level of boho vibrance.

Then there’s Evermore, which romantically features hanging ivy and dendrobium orchids for a gorgeous, drapey, dreamy feel that blends beach and classic wedding vibes.

Bliss in Bloom is a beautiful soft and botanical look, with classic roses setting the scene. It’s infinitely individual since roses come in nearly every color of the rainbow, and the resort will have the fabrics to match.

The title of Timeless says it all—traditional florals with fully bloomed lilies, set to dazzle further with pearls and crystals for sparkle and Hollywood elegance. Its chandeliers, gorgeous vases, and other details travel well from setting to setting, too.

And, of course, there are the complimentary packages, which are on the house with a minimum booking of 12 rooms for four nights With only one complimentary wedding per day, it’s still VIP treatment at the Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and TRS Hotels property they choose.

Better still, even at this entry level, the package will still include a private check-in and late checkout when possible; room upgrade if available; booking for the ceremony location, of which there are numerous on every property; sound system for the ceremony; sparkling toast; dinner reservation at an available à la carte restaurant; breakfast in bed for the newlyweds after a special turndown service; complimentary access to the hydrotherapy area at Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness, plus a 15% discount on treatments; honeymoon package offering; and wedding gift.

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