The best-of Destination Weddings

The best-of Destination Weddings

For couples looking to avoid that cookie-cutter feel of ‘line ‘em up and say I do’ nuptials

at some all-inclusive resorts, syndicated talk show host, marriage therapist and romance travel writer Sue McGarvie and her husband Blaik Spratt have compiled a ‘Best Of’ list based on their travels through the Caribbean.

Published June 11, 2012

Best Inexpensive Wedding: Cancun, Mexico For couples on a tight budget you can’t beat the strip in Cancun for speed and economy. Our favourite combination of price and quality is the Grand Oasis and associated Oasis Resorts. The Grand Oasis has a fantastic oceanview and sunset wedding option. It also boasts some of the consistently best restaurants at any all-inclusive resort.

Best Second Wedding: Coconut Bay Beach resort & Spa, St. Lucia
How do you find a place where you can bring kids from a previous marriage, and still have that sensual feel of a Caribbean honeymoon? Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa in St. Lucia, known for its two separate family and adult-only wings, mixes four generations of attendees beautifully. Coconut Bay has a traditional wedding gazebo plus a second site, a few minutes from the resort, at St. Lucia’s famous lighthouse that makes a spectacular setting for wedding ceremonies.

Most Decadent Wedding: El Dorado Hotels
For anyone sick of the sameness of the wedding buffets at most all-inclusive resorts, the El Dorado resorts are a welcome indulgence. They have wedding packages in all price ranges, and the whole bridal experience has a luxurious feel to it.

Greenest Wedding: Azulik by EcoTulum Resorts & Spa, Mexico
This is the ‘unplugged wedding and secluded honeymoon’ recommendation. Located on the cliffs of Tulum, this resort composed of private huts is off the beaten path but close enough to the Riviera Maya region to have family join in for the nuptials. In these rustic, seaside eco-hotels you can save the sea turtles, what watch and re-connect. Their Mayan wedding ceremonies are moving and authentic.