about our featured blogger

We're so excited to have JoAnn Gregoli, owner of Elegant Occasions, blogging on our site. JoAnn is the co-author of The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings with Carley Roney and has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry. Check back often to get her tips and advice on planning a destination wedding!

about our featured blogger

CR Luxury Vacation Properties & Tours, located in Los Sueños Resort in Herradura Costa Rica, is a reputable wedding planning company dedicated to creating your dream wedding. Heading the CR Luxury wedding team is Aura Luisa Mora. Aura has been working as a special events coordinator and wedding specialist for over 11 years, and with extensive knowledge of the country, venues and vendors, Aura and her team will insure a hassle free, amazing destination wedding experience.

plan your destination wedding!

From finding your destination wedding location to planning your destination wedding reception, Destination.Weddings.com is your go-to-source for finding destination wedding inspiration and getting answers to all your destination wedding questions. Top searches include: destination wedding planning basics; destination wedding attire; destination wedding save-the-dates; destination real weddings

Fairytale Weddings


Fairytale Weddings --

For those who want to splurge on a wedding in castle, there are some wonderful options that await the Princess Bride -

Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort, Waterford, Ireland

Waterford Castle is a a wonderful private 310 - acre island that is the home to a 16th century castle on the River Suir. Guests are ferried across the waters to the beech - lined arbor that leads to the 19 - bedroom estate. Stone walls and intricate tapestries with four poster beds await your arrival to this fairytale castle.  The grand staircase in the foyer, makes you feel like Scarlett Ohara in Gone with the Wind as you descend to meet your Prince Charming.

The wonderful oak paneled walled dining room sets the tone for a wedding feast to highlight the ceremony. The stunning gardens filled with pink and purple rhododendroms make for an old english garden backdrop to offset your wedding day.

The hotel is famous for its gourmet pig roast that would be a wonderful rehearsal dinner celebration.

For those who love activities, why know play some croquet on the croquet lawn, try your hand at shooting of the clay pigeons or play a round of golf on the islands 18 - hole golf course.
Biltmore Castle, Asheville, North Carolina

This 210 room French Renaissance Chateau, gives you the touch of royalty without traveling to Europe to experience, shall we say American style.  This chateau was once the largest private residence in the United States, built by George Vanderbilt in 1895.  This estate offers thirteen venues which include a champagne cellar that can host a party for 30 , the rustic courtyard of the Barn which can host 40 - 300 guests and Vanderbilt Ballrom that can seat up to 550 guests.  This majestic home was set high on the hills so you can enjoy the vistas of the Blue Ridge mountains all set upon 8000 acres of land.  Fall in love with the Vanderbilt Ballroom where you can  a feast featuring farm to table cuisine, which you can pair your courses with the Biltmore winery, conveniently located nearby.

This Chateau offers your guests 201 guest rooms and 9 suites to allow you to enjoy this for your destination wedding guests.

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This property offers a variety of activities to keep your guests occupied all weekend long. Enjoy the grounds of the estate to the fullest extent by letting us help you reserve an off-road segway tour, , or a cruise down French Board River. They also offer fly- fishing, clay shooting,  horseback riding and carriage rides

Oheka Castle, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Once you enter the gates of Oheka you are transported back to the Golden Age. This French Chateau built in the 1920's by financier and philanthropist Otto Herman Kahn, was home to many lavish parties and events hosted by Kahn.  The Castle offers 32 guests rooms for out- of- town guests located on the upper floors of the estate.  The Castle boasts a grand ballroom, wood paneled library, sitting room, dining room, terrace and manicured sculpted formal gardens, perfect for a garden ceremony.

The guests of Oheka may enjoy golf and tennis with use of the private club of  prestigious Cold Spring Golf Club.

The food possiblities are endless at Oheka, from their extensive cocktail hour to wonderful seated dinner to their bountiful dessert table your guests will be impressed, food fit for a king and queen.  Your guests can enjoy everything from a seafood station, lobster station, roasted pig carving station, caviar station and sushi station for cocktails. Then complete the dinner by an amazing display of desserts complete with cupcake tree, candy bar, waffle station and chocolate fountain.

The best ending to the event is having after hour scotch and cigars with jazz ensemble in the library.

Destination Weddings: Why Marry Away?

In the past, marrying away from home usually meant eloping. The couple would steal away in the night to flee family disapproval or expectations and tie the knot on their own terms. Today, the idea has shed its stigma and a growing number of couples are hightailing it away from the traditional formal...read more

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Destination Weddings: Getting Started

Thinking about planning a far-flung celebration? Here are the top tips to pull off a flawless destination wedding. 1. First Things FirstChoose a location based on your wedding style and nonnegotiable guest list (if any). Unlike a hometown affair, you can't assume everyone will be able to spend the money...read more

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Destination Weddings: Tips on Importing Your Pros

Whenever possible, choose local florists, musicians, and caterers. But for more control over services like photography and video, consider flying in a professional. Here are a few details to anticipate:Be prepared for the added expense. You'll be expected to pay for airfare, transfers, meals, and hotel...read more

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Destination Weddings: Who Pays for What?

So you're having a destination wedding. Now come the questions: Do the bride and groom pay for everything? What about hotel rooms and airfare for the guests? Here's an easy checklist to help you decide who pays for what.The bride and groom (and/or their parents) are expected to pay for:The wedding reception...read more

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Destination Weddings: Planning Your Site Visits

The One-trip PlanWhen to go: 8 to 10 months outHow long to stay: At least 3 daysWhat to do: Pick your placePick your location ASAP. Do your homework before you go and visit no more than three venues. Try to make the final decision by the end of the first day.Check out various ceremony and reception...read more

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