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Let's start with the basics...what exactly is a destination wedding?

​According to the wise ol' internet, a Destination Wedding is a wedding (planned in advance) in a foreign country, ​usually at a high-end resort where the couple, the wedding party and guests stay for several days. -- Wiktionary

The average cost of an "at home" wedding has skyrocketed to over $33,000, according to The Knot (2017). ​It's no wonder that so many modern, smart and savvy couples are choosing an all-inclusive resort Destination Wedding!

Compared to a traditional celebration, a Destination Wedding is one of the most cost-effective, memorable and unique ways to start your new life together.

Photo Credit: Brenna & Allan - Ellie Fox Photography

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A Destination Wedding is a unique, memorable and wonderful way to celebrate and start your marriage. ​ I was a destination bride myself; my husband and I agree that our wedding was one of the best weeks of our lives. When we first planned our wedding, we (wrongly!) assumed that 10-15 of our closest family and friends would join us. In the end, nearly 60 guests committed their time and money to witness our amazing Punta Cana celebration.

​ It was a joy and a pleasure to experience; something that we could not re-create in a traditional "home" wedding. In today's busy world, it is nearly impossible to spend quality time with so many people.

Caitlyn & Marco - Destination Wedding in Mexico, October 2021 (Video Courtesy of Serrano Film Co.)

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Alpaca Your Bags All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Services

If you're curious about a Destination Wedding but not sure how to start, let Ashley Morris and the Alpaca Your Bags team guide you with their experience, knowledge and patience to help with the most memorable days of your lives!

​A Destination Wedding is a huge undertaking, but don't worry!  We will be there with you, each step of the way.

Don't know where to go? I'll provide a personalized reco - no cookie cutter proposals!

Not sure if All Inclusive is for you? I'll help you cut through the clutter to find the best location

Not sure which resort to choose? We recommend the best resorts that LOVE weddings

Working with a budget? We negotiate group incentives, free room credits, events and more

Need help with Save the Dates? We can help with this! 

Don't want to deal with guests?  I've got your back. We handle all guest follow up questions, collect funds and keep everyone in line. 

Guests on a budget? We can provide an easy payment plan for guests

But what about the actual ceremony? We will help you coordinate with the on-site Wedding Planner in your destination

What about the honeymoon? If you're planning a separate honeymoon after the big day, we can help with that too! 

Can you come with us? I can provide on-site Day of Coordination service at your destination (additional fee applies)

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How do I know if a destination wedding is right for me?

However, a Destination Wedding is a major event and may not be best for every couple. I've created this list of questions based on my own experience working with couples across the US:

Do you and your fiance both want to get married away from home? ​ Do you enjoy traveling?

Have you always envisioned a destination wedding (beach, mountains, etc?)

Is having a unique and memorable experience important to you?

Do you have a specific, distinct vision of your wedding will look or are you more flexible? For example, if the destination you choose does not have a specific type of flower or decoration, will that be upsetting?

Are you the type of couple that can give up control to a wedding planner at a destination far away, perhaps sight unseen?

Do your families support your decision to have a destination wedding? If they do not, is that ok?

If some friends and family cannot travel due to work commitments or other conflicts, is that ok?

​Can the members of your bridal party afford to travel for your wedding?​

Ashley & her team are the best at what they do

I am a compulsive planner and organizer and Ashley was right there with me every step of the way. She made sure every detail was attended to and nothing was left out. Even after re-planning our wedding 3 times due to COVID, she was right there with us. The wedding, travel, and room arrangements were perfect. We even had people miss their flight, and she never missed a beat. You're in good hands with them, look no further.

Conner & Katie

Destination Wedding in Riviera Maya

We couldn't have pulled off our wedding without Ashley

I know when we say “we couldn’t have done it without the Alpaca team” it sounds like an exaggeration, but it truly isn’t! My husband and I could never have pulled off our destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with 85+ guests without Ashley and the entire Alpaca Your Bags team. Whether it was dealing with our nonstop questions (coming from myself, guests, family, etc.), helping to reschedule all our guests due to COVID, or even just answering quick texts while we were in Mexico, Ashley and the team helped make our experience as smooth as it could have ever been. They also helped us plan and book our honeymoon – which was all an absolute dream! We’d recommend Ashley to any family/friend/person in need of wedding and/or general travel services. And you’ll bet, we’ll be staying in touch for all our future travel needs as well. Cannot thank them enough for all they did to make our big day magical!

Rachel & Mike

Destination Wedding in Cabo
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