Choosing a Resort

Choosing a Resort

Once you’ve chosen your destination it will be time to choose your resort and/or wedding site. If you haven’t done so make sure you also read, “Choosing a Destination” before you get started here. Now with that said, reading this might help you narrow down and choose your destination because this might help you decide what type of wedding site you’re looking for and you’ll want to make sure that there’s going to be something suitable at the destination you’re considering how’s that for confusing!

Choosing a resort can either be a place for you to stay or it can be where you stay and where you get married so we’ll look at both.

What to Consider in a Resort as a Place to Stay

Are you a 5-star resort kind of girl or a quaint, off the beaten path, hang with the locals type? You might even be a “something in between” gal but I’m going to list some things you will want to find out about the places you’re considering as your place to stay.

How many rooms do they have in total?
Are you able to reserve blocks of rooms?
Can they accommodate any guests with special needs?
Do they offer connecting rooms?
What is the price per night including any taxes or surcharges?
Is there a honeymoon suite, and if so, what is the price?
What are the different room types and how does the price differ for each?

What’s in the Room?

Do they pride themselves on their service? On their food? On their cleanliness?
Is there internet access in the room?
Is there internet access on the property? If so, what’s the cost?
Is there good cell phone coverage at the resort?
What kind of amenities are available)?
Is there any onsite entertainment and if so is there a cost?
What are the food and drink costs?
What is the dress code at the onsite restaurants and bars?
Is there a spa, and if so, what are the prices?
Are children welcome at the resort?
What is the proximity to the nearest airport?
What are the transport options?
Are there any renovations now or scheduled in the future?
Is the resort all-inclusive or pay-as-you-go?

If it’s an all-inclusive you will want to know how many restaurants, what types of food, the process for reservations, are wristbands required, do they use towel cards, do they serve “well” or premium liquor, whether is wine included, do they offer room service, and is there a kids club included?
Is the resort a timeshare and if so find out if you’ll be hounded to watch a timeshare presentation.

What to Consider in a Resort as a Place to Get Married

If you’ll be looking to have your wedding at the resort where you’re staying here are some tips about what you’ll want to ask the resort.

Do they offer an on-site wedding coordinator?
How can they be reached (by phone, email, etc.)?
What times do they offer for your ceremony?
What locations do they offer for your ceremony?
What locations do they offer for your reception?
How many weddings do they book per day?
Do they have a curfew or volume restriction on music and partying?
Do they have wedding packages and if so what’s included and can you make changes/substitutions?
Can you hire your own vendors or are you required to use theirs?
How are the wedding spaces usually decorated and what can you change?
How far in advance do you need to select your wedding choices?
What type of deposit is required and when is the balance due?
Can we count on help with all the necessary documents and anything else required to get married at their resort?
Do they provide any references of previous brides who’ve been married there?
Do they have pictures of any weddings that have been held there?