What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding designer?

If you are planning a wedding chances are you are speaking to and negotiating with lots of different suppliers. So, what is the actual difference between a wedding planner and a wedding designer? If you want to enlist some help when you start planning your wedding would you benefit from having both or are they actually interchangeable? It’s likely that the tasks they perform will have an element of overlap, but it’s also the case that they each have a very different focus and the initial brief that you give them will be based on this. Let’s take a closer look at each, so that you can decide where the best place would be for you to invest your money to help you make your day a memorable occasion for all of the right reasons.

What does a wedding planner do?

In this case it’s all in the name, a wedding planner is going to be there right from the start with you, helping to plan each aspect of your wedding. A priority within their role is to take the pressure off of the two of you, to help reduce your stress and anxiety levels, suggest themes, make trusted recommendations and negotiate budgets and pricing too. Wedding planning will stick with you right through the process and be present on your wedding day too. They will be helping to ensure that everyone is where they need to be and at the right times so that the day goes as smoothly as possible.

Most wedding planners will be able to help with the following areas:

  • Reviewing your budget, breaking it down, allocating chunks of your budget to different areas of your wedding, and reception, based on your priorities.
  • Creating checklists so that everyone knows what needs to be done and by when.
  • Liaising with suppliers and venues.
  • Support with travel plans and accommodation booking for you or your guests.
  • Set up and removal of different elements on the big day.

And of course – management of everything on the day from ensuring everyone in the wedding party knows what they need to do and where they need to be, through to guest management, supplier liaison and any troubleshooting and problem solving too.

A wedding planner will often put in hundreds of hours of their time into your wedding day, they will know you as a couple inside and out and be on hand to support you each step of the way, resolving as many issues and problems as they can for you. Although you will come to your own agreement with your wedding planner over what they are responsible for and when you can contact them you should think of them as your right-hand man/woman who is there to support you in every way possible.

What does a wedding designer do?

In a nutshell a wedding designer is there to help you with the aesthetics of your wedding – bringing your wedding to life through color, props, and layout. They are going to help you to wow your guests with how your wedding and reception is laid out and the items that you choose to utilize on this day. This could be helping you to finalize a color palette, designing centerpieces for your tables, or sourcing that one ‘wow’ element that you have visualized but need help to bring to life. A wedding designer’s role has very little to do with the overall planning of the wedding. The role of a designer is purely aesthetic – a wedding designer creates a cohesive feel and your desired atmosphere. They’ll offer guidance on fabrics, textures, color palettes, props, furniture, and all décor elements.

Most wedding designers will be able to help with the following areas:

  • Finalizing your color palette.
  • Recommending trusted suppliers.
  • Designing table layouts and centerpieces.
  • They may be able to provide linens, chair covers and embellishments.
  • Sourcing of props and oversight of installation and take down.
  • Making sure the aesthetic vision you had for your wedding comes to life.

A wedding designer can help to remove the stress of all those final preparations and the on day set up of your wedding. They may also be able to save you a considerable amount of money by being able to recommend reliable, trustworthy suppliers, and when it comes to any props, chair covers and embellishments they may have a variety that you can rent which will be perfect for your day and save you the expense of purchasing.

Should you hire a Wedding Designer?

  • If the décor and atmosphere of your wedding is important to you…
  • If you would like someone creative involved who is able to take a blank canvas and turn it into the space you imagined…
  • If you want someone to be wholly responsible for decorating the event space for your wedding…
  • If you’re looking for ornate or difficult to source props or equipment…
  • If you have a specific, detailed theme in mind and need help developing and executing it…

…then hiring a wedding designer may just be for you. Typically, due to the nature of their work, wedding designers tend to book up quite early on so we would recommend sourcing your wedding designer as far as 12 months before your wedding day. This will also give your chosen supplier time to source any obscure or unique items for the day.

In Summary…

While there is an area of overlap between a wedding planner and a wedding designer, they do have very different roles to play when it comes to the planning and execution of your wedding.

Deciding on the level of help you want to invest in will depend on a number of things including how much of the planning you want to do yourself, how much time you have to invest in planning your wedding, how creative you are and of course the budget that you are working with.

You could opt to work with just one, both or neither – the choice is all yours. But, I hope you now feel armed with the information that can help you to make an informed decision about your special day.

2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Unwrap the magic of the season with our exclusive 2023 Holiday Gift Guide! Delight the Disney enthusiast in your life with unique finds from some of our favorite Etsy shops. From enchanting collectibles to whimsical treasures, our guide is packed with perfect presents that capture the wonder and joy of Disney. Get ready to discover thoughtful gifts that will make this holiday season truly magical!

If you have visited Disney World or Disneyland this year or are even planning to gift a Disney vacation to your loved ones, we highly recommend these affordable wooden engraved Disney Parks ornaments. They are a great way to commemorate your visit and remember your vacation for years to come.

If you have a loved one visiting the Disney Parks soon, you can give them unique apparel with hand drawn designs celebrating their favorite attraction or event from Souvenear WDW. Some of our favorites include the Disney Cruise Life t-shirt; EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Mug; Main Street USA t-shirt; and it’s a small world hat.

Bluey is HUGE in my house right now. If you have a Bluey mom in your life, be sure to check out the Busy Doing Mom Stuff Sweatshirt; Running on Bluey and Iced Coffee t-shirt; and Cool Moms Club shirt.

Another unique gift for Disney fans of all ages is a personalized necklace in the Disney font. You can even choose from gold, silver and rose gold to fit all styles and preferences. I’m also a fan of this magical snacks glass tumbler.

If you need ideas for loved ones who aren’t Disney fans, be sure to check out our Etsy Holiday Gift Guide; Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Her; Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Him; and even Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Kids.

Who are you shopping for this holiday season? We hope our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide helps!

Unwrap Wanderlust: Black Friday Travel Deals Await!

Embrace the spirit of wanderlust and dive into a world of exciting adventures with my exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals! From enchanting Disney getaways to sun-soaked beach escapes and thrilling cruises, I’ve curated an array of tantalizing offers that promise unforgettable memories. With limited-time discounts, special incentives, and magical perks, there’s no better time to plan your next dream vacation. Join us as we unwrap these sensational Black Friday travel deals and make your travel dreams a reality!

Disney Destinations

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Book a new Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney or Aulani vacation with me and receive a Disney Gift Card!

To unwrap this special offer, secure your booking with a deposit before November 30th, and let the magic begin! This exclusive incentive is valid for new bookings only. 

Don’t miss out on this enchanting opportunity to add an extra touch of magic to your next Disney adventure! Contact me today to book your Disney getaway! 

Universal Orlando Resort

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Experience all the amazing thrills Universal Orlando Resort’s three incredible theme parks have to offer and save big!

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Vacation Package Promo Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Universal Volcano Bay each day
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card

Plus, as my exclusive gift to you, you’ll receive Gringotts™ bank notes which can be used for purchases within Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ and at selected locations throughout Universal Orlando Resort when you book a new vacation package with me by November 30, 2023.

Virgin Voyages

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Save on an award-winning, exclusively adult experience on Virgin Voyages with 30% off select sailings through 2024 — including holiday Caribbean getaways— plus up to $600 in free drinks for an extra sip of celebration. But don’t wait — this (very) limited-time offer ends on November 26th! Book your cruise today

Sandals and Beaches Resorts

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Give the Gift of Blue and unwrap your escape to the Caribbean! Let the extraordinary blues of the ocean and sky lead the way to everlasting memories on your next Sandals Resorts getaway with up to $750 Air Credit + up to $250 Resort Credit when booking a stay of 7 nights or longer plus flights. Learn more here

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Celebrate your best Cyber Monday ever with unbeatable savings on an unbelievable adventure. Uncover hidden ruins in Cozumel. Savor mezes in a taverna in Mykonos. Or find limitless ways to fill your days with endless thrills and chill at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Right now, you can score our biggest savings of the year! Take up to $750 off instantly, plus 30% off each member of your travel squad. And the deals don’t stop there — because for a limited time, kids sail free!

Palace Resorts in Mexico & Jamaica

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The best discount of the year has arrived! Book your vacation to Mexico and Jamaica with up to 50% off* an all-inclusive stay of 3 or more nights, plus 1,000 USD Resort Credit as a gift**, round-trip airport transfer*** and more. The vacation you deserve is possible now. 

  • *Minimum 3-night stay required. The last day of check out must be December 20, 2024.
  • **Resort Credit: A maximum of 200 USD can be applied toward SPA services at Palace Resorts and Moon Palace Resorts, 330 USD at Moon Palace The Grand-Cancun; and 500 USD at Le Blanc Spa Resorts. A 16% service fee applies to services paid with Resort Credit.
  • ***Free Airport Transfers are applicable to stays of 4 nights or more, are on a shared basis and are not applicable to Cozumel Palace.
  • ****Applicable at family resorts for kids and teens aged 17 and under

Book: November 20 – 26, 2023
Stay: November 21 – December 20, 2024

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Black Friday Sale is here! For a limited-time, you can take advantage of 50% Off and $250 Free with CruiseFirst on ALL cruises for your dream vacation, whether that’s surfing in Hawai’i, hiking to Alaska’s glaciers or touring ancient ruins in the Greek Isles. Come aboard Norwegian’s award-winning ships and enjoy Free Unlimited Open Bar, Free Specialty Dining and much more! Take advantage of incredible savings on all ships, all destinations, all over the world. But hurry, this offer won’t last!

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As our special Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals draw to a close, we hope you’ve discovered the perfect journey to fuel your wanderlust. From the magic of Disney to the serenity of beachside retreats and the allure of cruising, these limited-time offers were crafted with your dream getaway in mind. If you’ve found your ideal adventure among these exclusive deals, don’t hesitate to reach out and secure your spot. Remember, these offers are fleeting, so seize the opportunity to embark on an extraordinary travel experience. Thank you for exploring these travel treasures with us, and we can’t wait to create unforgettable memories together!

Top 7 Easiest Destinations to Have a Legal Destination Wedding

With more and more people choosing destination weddings, the options for creating your dream wedding are endless. You can pick from a wide range of destinations, create an itinerary consistent with a save-the-date, choose the location, and get every detail right. The Caribbean Islands offer stunning natural beauty with their pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush tropical landscapes. If you would like to have a legal destination wedding, check out these 7 amazing Caribbean destinations that are easy & uncomplicated to have a legal destination wedding.

The Caribbean islands are the top choice for weddings, as couples can enjoy a warm and tropical climate year-round. They can enjoy various outdoor activities, such as beach parties, sunset ceremonies, and water sports, to add an element of excitement and fun to the wedding festivities. They provide the perfect wedding backdrop guaranteed to provide a memorable experience for couples and their guests.


On top of the fact that these 7 destinations are going to be helpful for an expedited legal wedding, here are a few more reasons to consider the Caribbean for your destination wedding.

Range Of Venues

The Caribbean has a diverse range of wedding venues to match couples’ varying
preferences and budgets. You can host your wedding in any of the luxurious resorts
and private villas or choose the charming beachfront gazebos.

Many All-Inclusive Resort Options

The Caribbean offers numerous resort options that offer all-inclusive wedding
packages. They include accommodation, meals, beverages, and wedding management
services, and some even offer extra perks like spa treatments or day trips. [Link to May
2023 Content Hero Blog on Benefits of Having a Destination Wedding at an
All-Inclusive Resort]

Amazing Local Hospitality

Above all, the Caribbean is known for its wonderful hospitality, vibrant culture, and
friendly community. Couples can mingle with the locals and immerse themselves in the
islands’ unique traditions, music, and cuisine, creating a truly memorable and authentic
wedding experience.

NOTE: If you aren’t sure whether or not to have a legal destination wedding, you
should read my article on The Difference Between Having a Legal vs. Symbolic
Ceremony. [Link to March 2023 Content Hero Blog on Difference Between a Legal &
Symbolic Ceremony Blog Post]

Here Are The Top 7 Caribbean Islands For a More Stress-Free And Easy Legal Destination Wedding

The Islands of Bahamas

The Bahamas is unmatched for its allure, making it an exceptional choice for a
destination wedding. With its powdery white sand beaches, secluded uninhabited
islands, and incredible scuba diving opportunities, the islands possess a charm that is
difficult for any other destination to match. It is also one of the nearest Caribbean
territories to the United States, and hence convenient for guests to join the wedding.

Best Time: December to April.

Legal Wedding Requirements:
Residency Period: 48 hours. It doesn’t take into account the day of arrival, holidays, and
weekends. This means you will need to be in the Bahamas for two full business days
first before you can get legally married. Many couples will fly in on a Tuesday or
Wednesday, as they enjoy the resort and make final wedding prep with the onsite
team Thursday and Friday, and then have their legal ceremony on Saturday. Most of
the Bahamian islands do not allow Sunday weddings.

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in
the Bahamas.

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 310 USD

Documents Needed:

  • Original birth certificate and passport.
  • The court issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).
  • Legal name changes or legal adoption papers (if applicable).
  • Death certificates with related marriage certificates.

Working with a state-side destination wedding consultant is a huge help, when it
comes to getting everything you need turned in ahead of time so that when you arrive,
the process of getting married is smooth and pretty much effortless. I always make
sure my destination wedding couples know what they need to submit, and when they
need to submit it so that their destination wedding will go off without a hitch.


Jamaica offers a thrilling island retreat in the Caribbean. Beyond its pristine beaches
and swaying palm trees, this country has a deep-rooted history and a vibrant
population. At the core of Jamaican magic is its soul-stirring reggae music, which
pervades every corner of the land and creates a highly relaxed atmosphere. For an
exceptional wedding experience, Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios are highly

Best Time: December to April.

Legal Wedding Requirements

Residency Period: 48 hours. But unlike the Bahamas, your day of arrival does count
toward your residency requirement so you can arrive on Friday and get married on

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 95 USD

Documents Needed:

  • Validated original birth certificate and passport.
  • Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable).
  • Legal name changes documents (if applicable).
  • Death certificates with linked marriage certificates (if applicable).
  • Validated copy of photo ID or driver’s license issued by the government.

Turks & Caicos

The Turks & Caicos Islands present an upscale ambiance distinct from other Caribbean
destinations. The place comprises 40 stunning islands, including 8 inhabited ones. The
Turks & Caicos epitomizes beauty and elegance—features couples look for while
planning a destination wedding. Among these islands lies a true gem called the Grace
Bay beach, which ranks among the best in the world.

Best Time: December to April.

Legal Wedding Requirements

Residency Period: 48 hours. Does not include the day of arrival, weekend, or holidays.
So in this case, you will need to be in Turks & Caicos for two full business days, before
you can get married legally. If you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday, your first residency
day will start on Monday, which means you could get legally married as soon as the
Wednesday of that week or later.

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in
Turks & Caicos.

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 400 USD

Documents Needed:

  • Original birth certificate
  • A valid passport or driver’s license.
  • Court-issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).
  • Death certificates with corresponding marriage certificates.
  • 21 years is the legal age to get married.
  • Couples less than 21 years of age must have written consent from both parents.

St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is gaining popularity among those seeking destination weddings and
honeymoons in the Caribbean Islands. This enchanting place offers a perfect balance of
luxury and serenity, and breathtaking backdrops that are ideal for couples looking for
both a stunningly beautiful and romantic wedding.

Best Time: December to April.

Legal Wedding Requirements

Residency Period: 72 hours (must be business day). No Weddings on Sundays. You can
pay to expedite this and get married in 48 hours (of course you can show them the
money LOL) with one of those days being a business day.

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in
St. Lucia.

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 270 USD
Marriage License And Administrative Fee with Expedited Services: 341 USD

Documents Needed:

  • Copies of birth certificate and passport.
  • Court-issued concluding divorce rulings (if applicable).
  • Legal name changes documents (if applicable).
  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.


Antigua has 365 beaches! It may be challenging to visit all, but you must not miss the
key ones. Antigua offers a variety of delightful locations for weddings, such as historic
forts, natural parks, and upscale resorts. You can visit places of historical importance or
choose a luxurious setting to spend time with your loved one. Numerous options are
available to make your wedding memorable on this island.

Best Time: December to April

Legal Wedding Requirements

Residency Period: 48 hours, must include one business day, which includes the day of
arrival. No wedding on Sundays and holidays.

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 288 USD

Documents Needed:

  • Original birth certificate and passport.
  • Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable).
  • State-issued death certificates with related marriage certificates.
  • Legal name changes documents (if applicable).


Aruba is one of the most sought-after wedding spots in the Caribbean. It has stunning
coastlines, intriguing heritage and customs, and delectable food. The beaches are
breathtaking, and the weather is enjoyable. Couples can engage in various activities,
making it ideal for those who enjoy adventure.

Best Time: Mid-December to April

Legal Wedding Requirements

Residency Period: None. Civil Ceremonies take place in the City Hall Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday with Saturdays available for an extra fee.

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in

Marriage License And Administrative Fees: USD 284

Documents Needed:

  • State-certified copies of birth certificates for bride and groom
  • Valid passport for Bride and Groom.
  • Witness (18 years up) with a valid passport.
  • Certificate of no impediment for bride and groom
  • Declaration of Intent Form
  • Single Status Form
  • Final Divorce Decree or Death Certificate with Apostille (if applicable)


Barbados is a lively and vibrant island representing the typical Caribbean charm. It
offers a blend of natural beauty, upbeat music, rich cultural experiences, and a truly
romantic atmosphere. You can enjoy your time on a boat, in a church, within a historic
plantation house, amidst a stunning garden, overlooking dramatic sea cliffs, or with
your feet in the sand. Those seeking a romantic adventure will leave the island with a
lasting impression.
Best Time: December to April

Legal Wedding Requirements

Residency Period: 48 hours. Does not include weekends or holidays.

Applying For a Marriage License

The following fee and documents will be required to apply for your marriage license in

Marriage License And Administrative Fee: 325 USD

Documents Needed:

  • Original state-issued birth certificate and passport
  • Court-issued concluding divorce ruling (if applicable)
  • Legal name changes documents (if needed)
  • Death certificates with related marriage certificates

I hope that this list of the top 7 locations for a legal destination wedding has helped you move a little closer to deciding where to have your destination wedding. Choosing the perfect destination wedding spot that will give you an easy or simple legal ceremony, while also finding that sweet spot where you, your family, and your friends can all celebrate together without being too complicated and stressful can be tricky.

If you have the time, you may want to visit some of these locations as a wedding preview spot before settling on which one best suits you and your desires. But, before you spend another dime on your destination wedding, or lose another hour of sleep on your phone searching for the perfect spot, I encourage you to schedule a free 30-Minute destination wedding consultation with me today, so that you can make the best decision for you and your wedding. Click Here to Schedule Your Free 30-Minute Consultation Now!

Experience the Magic: A Comprehensive Guide to Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort isn’t just an amusement park; it’s a world of wonder, adventure, and magic waiting to be explored. Nestled in the heart of central Florida, this sprawling entertainment complex promises an unforgettable vacation for thrill-seekers, Harry Potter enthusiasts, and families alike. From the spellbinding Wizarding World of Harry Potter to an array of exhilarating attractions, here’s your ultimate guide to Universal Orlando Resort so you can make the most of your visit.

Universal Orlando Resort Overview

Spanning over 840 acres, Universal Orlando Resort comprises three theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. Beyond the parks, the resort offers a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options at Universal CityWalk.

On-Site Hotels: An Unrivaled Stay Experience

Staying on-site at Universal Orlando Resort comes with a plethora of perks, making it an enticing option for visitors. Let’s delve into the benefits of lodging within the resort.

  1. Proximity and Convenience: On-site hotels place you closer to the action, allowing easy access to the parks. Some even offer complimentary transportation, ensuring hassle-free commuting.
  2. Early Park Admission: Enjoy early access to select attractions at the parks—an exclusive benefit for on-site hotel guests. Beat the crowds and make the most of your visit by getting a head start on the day’s adventures.
  3. Themed Accommodations: Universal’s on-site hotels offer diverse themes, from luxurious resorts to family-friendly options. Experience the opulence of Hard Rock Hotel, the retro vibe of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, or the tropical escape of Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
  4. Resort-Wide Charging Privileges: Conveniently charge purchases made within the resort to your room key, eliminating the need to carry cash or cards around the parks.
  5. Package Delivery: Worried about carrying souvenirs all day? Fear not! On-site hotel guests can have their purchases delivered directly to their hotel room.
  6. Dining and Entertainment: Each on-site hotel offers an array of dining options and entertainment activities, ensuring a complete vacation experience without leaving the resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: A Magical Adventure

Now, let’s step into the enchanting world of Harry Potter, a highlight of Universal Orlando Resort that captivates fans and newcomers alike.

Diagon Alley (Universal Studios Florida)

  1. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: Embark on a thrilling multi-dimensional ride through Gringotts Bank, featuring encounters with characters like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and encounters with trolls and dragons.
  2. Ollivanders Wand Shop: Experience the magic of wand selection as the wand chooses the wizard. Don’t miss the interactive experiences where spells come to life.
  3. Knockturn Alley: Wander through this dimly lit street where dark magic lurks. Experience Borgin and Burkes, home to peculiar artifacts and sinister objects.
  4. The Hogwarts Express: Board the iconic train to travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. The journey itself is an immersive experience, complete with encounters with characters from the wizarding world.

Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure)

  1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Explore Hogwarts Castle and embark on an exhilarating adventure with Harry and friends. This state-of-the-art ride combines physical sets and cutting-edge technology for an immersive experience.
  2. Flight of the Hippogriff: A family-friendly coaster that takes you on a gentle flight above Hagrid’s hut, offering scenic views of the castle grounds.
  3. Hogsmeade Village: Immerse yourself in the quaint streets of Hogsmeade, where shops like Honeydukes and Zonko’s Joke Shop offer magical treats and quirky goods.
  4. Triwizard Spirit Rally: Witness the excitement as students from Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang participate in a spirited performance with music, dance, and special effects.

Tips for Making the Most of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

  • Arrive Early: Head straight to the Wizarding World as soon as the park opens to avoid long lines and experience popular attractions with minimal wait times. If you’re staying at Universal Orlando Resort hotel, be sure to take advantage of early park admission!
  • Interactive Wands: Consider purchasing an interactive wand that allows you to cast spells at designated locations throughout the lands, bringing the magic to life.
  • Explore Every Detail: Take your time to soak in the immersive environments. From storefronts to interactive elements, every corner holds hidden gems and references to the beloved series.


A trip to Universal Orlando Resort promises an immersive journey through thrilling rides, captivating experiences, and magical adventures. Staying at an on-site hotel adds convenience and exclusive benefits, while the Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers an enchanting escapade into the beloved literary universe.

Whether you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan, seeking adrenaline-pumping rides, or looking for a memorable family vacation, Universal Orlando Resort is the ultimate destination that guarantees an experience like no other. Dive into the magic and make lifelong memories in this fantastical realm of adventure and wonder.

Exclusive Offer: Book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation or tickets with Siera by November 30, 2023 and receive a complimentary Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ($9.97 value)!

Start Planning Your Universal Orlando Resort Vacation Today!

Top 5 Adventures by Disney Itineraries for Chocolate Lovers

Ahh, the sweet taste of chocolate. From milk, to dark, and even 92%, these tasty morsels are always a delight to give – and receive, aren’t they? Adventures by Disney leads guests to exciting destinations around the world, and today we’re highlighting the top 5 Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers which include chocolate making and tasting. On these trips, guests will learn about cacao, cocoa, beans, butter and bars.  

Let’s explore the top 5 Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica –This Central America paradise is nature at its finest, chocolate included. The beauty of the coastline, mountains, exotic wildlife, rainforest and “Pura Vida” lifestyle sets the stage for an incredible family vacation. And while in the rainforest, guests will see where chocolate is sourced and learn how it transforms from bean to treat. Chocolate making is a fascinating and detailed process. Did you know it’s made from the fruit of cacao trees? The beans from each pod are dried and roasted to create cocoa beans. Check out this Adventure Moment in Costa Rica and the Rainforest Chocolate Tour.

Italy & Switzerland

Italy & Switzerland – An authentic Swiss chocolate adventure is a highlight of this itinerary. Guests will begin their trip in Milan and embark on a breathtaking journey across Northern Italy and Switzerland, a country synonymous with chocolate. Activities include standing in the shadows of the Matterhorn, cruising across Lake Como, visiting the historical Palazzo Borromeo and its scenic baroque gardens, plus a train ride and zip-lining leading up to the chocolate tasting.

England & France

England & France – A tour of the Musée du Chocolat (Chocolate Museum) c’est délicieux! On this trip, not only will guests visit the Royal Crown Jewels, take a speedboat ride along the Thames River, enjoy a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and walk the grounds of Windsor Castle, but following lunch at the Eiffel Tower they will meet a professional chocolatier and make their own chocolate. 

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise – Beautiful European sights, and chocolate await guests on this delightful river cruise to Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Visits to the Rembrandt House Museum, the Van Gogh Museum or a walking tour of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Castle offer inspiration from some of history’s greatest artists and architects, plus the landscape and architecture is spectacular. But let’s talk chocolate. At the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany guests will not only taste amazing chocolate, but will create their own chocolate bar!

The Rhine River Cruise: Christmas Markets itinerary adds the beauty of the season and the festive spirit of the holidays, and is fun for the entire family. Chocolate included, of course, at the Chocolate Museum.

For even more epicurean adventures, the adult-exclusive Rhine River Cruise: Food & Wine offers culinary delights around every corner, including the Chocolate Museum experience.  

Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruise – This river cruise through France is stunning and includes sampling some of the region’s finest chocolate and cheese. Entertainment and activities, and optional bike rides, will fill the days, including a walking tour of Rouen where you’ll walk in the footsteps of Vikings and Joan of Arc. 

Which one of these Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers would you most like to experience?

Schedule a complimentary consultation with me today so we can work some magic for you and your sweetheart to look forward to one of these Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers.

Oh, and one more thing… Are you team milk or dark chocolate? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below. I’ll go first. Team milk chocolate.  

Everything You Need to Know About Tipping at All Inclusive Resorts

Tipping in the US is pretty straightforward. We tip hairstylists, customer service,
Uber & Lyft drivers, and bellhops. But what about on your honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort in another country? In fact, it’s one of the top questions that comes up again and again, when I’m planning either a honeymoon or any other trip to an all-inclusive resort. Some people advise tipping and others say to forget it. So which is it? Are you supposed to tip or not? And if so, how much do you tip? To help you figure all of this out, here are some of the best practices when it comes to tipping at all inclusive resorts and how much you should give.

Do You Have to Tip?

Before we dive into the specifics, allow me to answer one of the most frequently asked
questions: Do I have to tip at an all-inclusive resort, or are the gratuities included at an
all-inclusive resort?

The rate at an all-inclusive resort includes gratuities. So, the resort will divvy up a certain portion of your per-night rate amongst the team members. While resorts don’t tell you how much, many of the team members are there for 12 hours or more per day every day. It is a pretty grueling schedule where they could potentially work nine days in a row and then have two days off. What the resort gives them isn’t equivalent to the amount of work they put in.

With that said, I highly encourage tipping where you feel led. The resort you travel to and the level of service you have paid for (concierge or butler for example) will affect what you should prepare for regarding gratuities. Determining gratuity expectations is something I assist my clients with as they prepare to travel.

Let’s get down to some specifics regarding tipping for your all-inclusive honeymoon vacation.

The airport porter

An airport porter is someone who will assist you with your luggage once you are in
destination. While this could be a bit annoying, a porter at the airport may swoop in and can sometimes aggressively start helping you with your luggage.

You can certainly decline their assistance, but if you decide to let them help, please give them a tip. $3-$5 is reasonable depending on how much luggage you have.

Porters are generally independent and are not employed by the airport, so they work for tips.

My theory is to support those who are willing to show up and do something to make a living for their families.

Airport shuttle driver

The driver that takes you to and from your all-inclusive resort is not employed by the resort. Please be prepared to tip this person for the ride each way.

Something that most people don’t factor in is the time involved. Please consider the distance that the driver has to go to get you to your resort and then turn around and head back to the airport for their next assignment.

For short distances $5 is sufficient, for longer drives (1.5 hours or more), consider giving at least $20. If it takes them 1.5 hours to get you to your resort, that is a 3 hour roundtrip investment of their time.

The Bellhop

Hooray! Welcome to the resort.

As you step out of the transportation vehicle, the first resort team member who will assist you is the bellhop. He or she will check your luggage and give you luggage tags while you head to the lobby to check into the resort.

Once you are checked in, your bellhop will escort you to your room and will likely share some details about the resort and where things are located, as well as share a few features with you regarding your room.

Depending on the time invested with you, a $5-$10 tip is recommended.

Concierge or Butler Service

If you’ve opted in for a higher level of service at your all-inclusive resort, come prepared to tip. If your concierge sets up your dinner reservations or helps you with an issue your room is having, don’t feel compelled to dish out cash.

However, if the concierge sets up a special dinner with some surprise touches or goes out of their way to get you something to make your stay special, be sure to tip according to their time invested.

Butler service is a bit more hands on generally, but some resorts will have butlers that are really more like concierge.

In the case that you have a hands-on butler that is available to you via a cellphone and he or she is in charge of everything your suite needs (managing and communicating with other staff members), setting up your dinner/spa/golf/ reservations, serving you any meal in-suite, saving you chairs at the pool or beach, then this personal level of service should be a per day tip.

I suggest a minimum of $20 per day depending on how much you utilize your butler. Again, keep in mind any situations where the butler has gone above and beyond to make your stay and experience special.

So overall, anticipate having $10 for small one-off experiences from a concierge, and a
minimum $150 for a week of butler service.


Imagine you are sitting at the beach enjoying a book or good conversation, and a beach waiter asks what you’d like to drink.

You order your beverage of choice, receive it in a few minutes, and quickly realize you have $0 on you.

This is pretty typical as most of us head to the beach or pool with only the essentials,
especially since we often leave our beach bags unattended from time to time.

First, don’t feel compelled to have cash on you when you are enjoying the resort. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, it is okay. Like I said at the beginning, the gratuities are technically included in your all-inclusive rate.

If possible, always have a few dollars on you for tips like this. A bartender, pool, or beach waiter will keep the drinks coming for $10 but will also happily accept $1 or $2 per drink.

At a restaurant where you are served buffet style, again, don’t stress if you don’t have cash. Since they likely assisted with beverages, you can leave $2-$3 if you want.

If you are being served at an a la carte restaurant, consider tipping more. Again, base this on the level of service and the quality of the dining experience. If it was a several-course meal and white-glove service, dish out a bit more. Maybe $20 in this situation. If it is a burger joint, maybe leave $5.


As we wrap this up, we can’t forget about housekeeping. Simply said, these resort team
members work diligently every day and generally are paid the least.

It’s so nice to come back to a freshly cleaned room, isn’t it?

I suggest leaving $5-$10 per day for your housekeeper at an all-inclusive resort.

Quick caveat

If you are planning an all-inclusive honeymoon to Sandals Resorts, gratuities are not accepted, except for butler service. So, a Sandals honeymoon will not have the same gratuity guidelines at the resort as I’ve mentioned above, but you can still tip the porter and shuttle driver as they are not Sandals employees.

I know the topic of tipping at all-inclusive resorts can be a little tricky, but I hope this information was able to help get rid of some of that uncertainty for you. The bottom line is that tipping should be part of your overall budget at an all-inclusive resort. It should be done based on the service you’ve received. You will most likely receive excellent service regardless, so there is no need to tip excessively. However, if you feel the service has been above and beyond exceptional, that’s when it’s time to show your gratitude by tipping a little more than normal.

If you’re tired of googling every question you have regarding your honeymoon planning, I’d be delighted to chat with you. Here is a link to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Early 2025 Disney Cruise Itineraries: Unveiling New Adventures

Open for bookings from November 6, 2023, early 2025 Disney Cruise Line itineraries introduce the new ship Disney Treasure, with its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024 offering seven-night trips to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Florida’s Port Canaveral. Other ships like Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic offer three- to five-night voyages from Florida ports, while Disney Wonder features a special 15-night South Pacific trip from Sydney to Honolulu.

Planning your perfect adventure aboard Disney Cruise Line for 2025?

We’ve got you covered with the latest early 2025 itineraries and a sneak-peek of what’s to expect from these fantastic Disney cruises.

  • Disney Cruise 2025 Booking Details
  • Introduction of the Disney Treasure
  • Destinations of Disney Cruise 2025
  • Special South Pacific Itinerary with Disney Wonder

Dive in with us and sail through this resourceful guide to ensure your next Disney cruise experience is nothing short of magical.

Disney Cruise 2025 Booking Details

Mark your calendars! The bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries are set to open on November 6, 2023. For those who’ve been eager to experience the Disney magic at sea, this is your golden opportunity to embark on a journey into a dreamland of unparalleled adventure and excitement. Reserve your spot to be among the first to explore the seas aboard Disney’s state-of-the-art cruise line in 2025.

Introduction of the Disney Treasure

Set sail on your dream voyage with Disney Cruise Line’s newest member of the fleet, the magnificent Disney Treasure. Each corner of the ship is designed to ensure a uniquely magical experience for every member of the family. This one-of-a-kind vessel sets sail for its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.

Embodying the enchantment and spectacle that characterizes Disney, the Disney Treasure offers ostentatious seven-night cruises to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Cruisers can start their journey from the beautiful Port Canaveral, Florida, immersing themselves in a wonder-filled journey through the most stunning jewels of the Caribbean.

Seamlessly blending comfort and fun, the Disney Treasure takes passengers on an unforgettable exploration of sun-drenched beaches, vibrant cultures, and a host of family-friendly adventures. So mark your calendars and prepare to embark on a magical journey that transcends beyond the ordinary.

Disney Cruise 2025 Itinerary Highlights

If you’re a fan of magical journeys and enchanting destinations, Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 itineraries are sure to catch your interest. Bookings for these highly-anticipated voyages kick off from November 6, 2023, and promise a variety of experience, ranging from exotic Caribbean adventures to serene Pacific getaways.

The Maiden Voyage of Disney Treasure

The newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Treasure, embarks on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. With seven-night itineraries to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Disney Treasure offers passengers an immersive experience full of fascinating sights and sounds, right from the unique departure point of Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Other Destinations and Departure Ports

The Disney Cruise Line fleet—comprising Disney Treasure, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic—also offers splendid three- to five-night voyages, mostly from either Port Canaveral, Florida, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A South Pacific Special with Disney Wonder

An additional highlight of the early 2025 offerings is the Disney Wonder’s 15-night South Pacific Disney Cruise itinerary. This epic journey, setting sail from Sydney, Australia, takes passengers all the way to the tropical paradise of Honolulu, Hawaii, presenting an exclusive combination of thrilling adventure and peaceful relaxation.

Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 itineraries truly offer something for everyone, from the scenic beauty of the Caribbean to the exotic allure of the South Pacific. Disney Treasure, the latest addition to the fleet, along with Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder, each offer unique voyages filled with enchanting experiences. From the initial booking opening on November 6, 2023, passengers can look forward to exciting destinations, magical adventures, and quality family time enriched with the distinctive charm associated with the Disney brand.

From the exciting maiden voyage of the Disney Treasure to the exotic destinations travelers can experience, there is a lot to look forward to with the early 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries.

  • Bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries open to the general public beginning November 6, 2023.
  • The Disney Treasure, the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will set sail on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.
  • Travelers can enjoy seven-night voyages to the Eastern and Western Caribbean on the Disney Treasure, departing from Florida’s Port Canaveral.
  • Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic will offer early 2025 three-to five-night cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Florida or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • You can experience a unique 15-night South Pacific journey with the Disney Wonder, traveling from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii.

You can view the complete list of dates for early 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries here.

Early 2025 Disney Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

To help you better prepare for the adventure that lies ahead with Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 offerings, we’ve put together answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received. Whether you’re wondering about the booking process, itinerary details, or what to expect on a Disney cruise, we’ve got you covered. 

When do bookings open for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries?

The bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries will open to the public on November 6, 2023. Castaway Club members and select others can take advantage of an early booking window. This gives prospective travelers ample time to plan and schedule their magical cruise journey.

What is significant about the Disney Treasure cruise ship?

The Disney Treasure is the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, making its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. This state-of-the-art ship will offer dreamlike seven-night voyages to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, departing from Florida’s Port Canaveral (just one hour from the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando).

What voyages will the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic offer?

Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic all have exciting plans for early 2025. They will offer three- to five-night cruises departing from either Port Canaveral, Florida or Fort Lauderdale, Florida, giving passengers a variety of options to fit their preferences and schedules.

What is unique about the Disney Wonder’s South Pacific itinerary?

The Disney Wonder stands out with a special 15-night South Pacific itinerary, offering a truly unique experience. The trip starts from Sydney, Australia and concludes in Honolulu, Hawaii, allowing passengers to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty and culture of the South Pacific.

Top 4 Wedding Photography Regrets: Don’t Make the Same Mistakes!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and you want to make sure everything goes perfectly. Unfortunately, many couples don’t realize the importance of hiring a good photographer until it’s too late and they are left with photos that weren’t quite what they had in mind. In this article, we will explore some of the most common wedding photography regrets so that you can avoid making the same mistakes! 

We will discuss such topics as not having enough photos taken, choosing a photographer based only on price, not having posed photos taken and neglecting to capture candid moments. With these tips in hand, you can ensure that your special day is captured in all its glory!

Not Having Enough Photos Taken

One of the most common wedding photography regrets is not having enough photos taken. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as budget constraints, time limitations, or simply not booking enough time with the photographer. While it may seem like a minor detail at the time of planning, having too few photos taken can result in major disappointment once your special day is over. Not having enough photos can mean missing out on certain moments that you would otherwise have captured forever.

When booking your wedding photographer, it’s important to ensure that enough time is allotted for taking pictures. Photographers typically recommend scheduling at least one hour for bridal and groom portraits, and an additional hour for family photos and other special shots. However, depending on the size of the wedding party, more time may be needed to capture all of the desired shots.

Another factor to consider when deciding how many photos to take is how you plan to use them after your big day has come and gone. After all, it’s not just about having photos for your album – you should also consider creating prints for framing or making photo books for sharing with family and friends. When taking this into account, couples should aim to have at least twice as many pictures taken than they think they need so that they have plenty of options when it comes time to print their favorites!

Ultimately, while hiring a good photographer is important in creating beautiful memories from your wedding day, having enough photos taken cannot be overlooked either! Taking into account factors such as budget constraints and desired uses for your photographs will help guarantee that you have plenty of beautiful images from your big day – helping keep those special memories alive forever!

Choosing a Photographer Based Only on Price 

When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer, couples often make the mistake of choosing one based only on price. While it is certainly important to find a photographer that fits within your budget, relying solely on cost can result in some potentially costly mistakes.

Choosing a photographer based solely on price can mean missing out on important details such as experience and skill level. It’s important to remember that photography is an art form, and therefore requires years of practice and professional training. A good photographer will have the experience and knowledge necessary to be able to capture those special moments in unique and creative ways. Furthermore, selecting a photographer who offers more than just a low-cost package may give you access to features such as digital prints, additional album pages or even digital albums with videos included!

It is also essential to consider quality when selecting a wedding photographer – no matter what the cost. Quality should never be sacrificed for budget constraints; instead, look for packages that offer both quality and value. For example, photographers who offer high-resolution images as part of their packages will often provide prints with better color accuracy, sharper detail and higher longevity than those taken with lower resolution cameras or film.

While finding an affordable wedding photographer is important, it is essential not to choose one based solely on price. Taking into account factors such as experience and skill level, quality of the photos taken, availability of digital prints and extra features will help ensure that you get the best possible pictures from your special day – without breaking the bank!

Not Having Posed Photos Taken 

Posed photographs can be some of the most memorable images captured on a wedding day. They are moments that reflect the joy and excitement of the occasion and they can be cherished for years to come. Unfortunately, many couples forget to include posed photos in their wedding photography package, leading to regrets later on.

When it comes to posed photographs, it is essential to consider both the number of shots taken as well as the variety of poses. Depending on how large your wedding party is, photographers typically suggest taking at least 40-50 posed photos with a mix of traditional and modern poses. Traditional poses may include formal groups, individuals, couples and family portraits, while more modern and creative poses could include action shots or candid moments between loved ones.

In addition to selecting a range of poses for your portrait session, it is also important to consider where your photos should take place. Photographers often recommend finding backdrops with interesting colors and textures that will create an eye-catching contrast against the subjects in the photo. Some popular choices for photo backdrops include gardens, parks and other scenic outdoor locations or even grand indoor venues such as churches or ballrooms.

Finally, couples should also keep in mind that posed photos often have added benefits such as being able to creatively document special details from their big day – like rings, bouquets or wedding attire – that can’t be captured any other way. As such, having a good photographer who knows how to capture these details will not only help you create beautiful memories of your special day but also ensure that all the little details are remembered forever!

Not having enough posed photos taken on your wedding day can be one of the biggest regrets couples face when looking back at their special day’s memories. It’s essential to make sure there is enough time allotted during the portrait session so that all desired shots are properly captured with plenty of creative variations and backdrops available for added visual interest! With this in mind, choosing a photographer who understands how best to capture these moments will ensure you have plenty of beautiful photos from your big day – helping make those memories last forever!

Neglecting to Capture Candid Moments 

Candid moments are some of the most beloved photos from wedding days, as they capture special and intimate moments between the couple and their loved ones that cannot be posed. Unfortunately, many couples neglect to include candid photography in their package due to time constraints or budget limitations, resulting in missed opportunities to capture truly unique and beautiful memories of their special day.

In order to ensure that all the important moments on a wedding day are captured, it’s essential to find a photographer who specializes in candid photography. This type of photographer will understand how best to approach capturing these moments without intruding on the experience – meaning they can provide an unobtrusive presence while still capturing all the little details. Candid photographers will also usually make use of natural lighting and different angles in order to create interesting compositions that highlight both the emotions and people involved in each scene.

In addition to finding a photographer who specializes in candid photography, couples should also consider having additional sessions outside the usual wedding day timeline such as pre-wedding photoshoots or post-wedding trash-the-dress shoots. These additional sessions are great for adding more dynamic shots that can’t be taken on the wedding day itself – such as romantic couple portraits at sunset or fun beach photos with your bridal party – thus providing even more variety for your album.

Finally, if you’re looking for an even more personal touch for your album, there are also now apps available which offer custom photobooks tailored to each couple’s specific interests and personalities. With this option you can choose from a range of themes – such as travel stories or vintage albums – and then customize it further by selecting your own images, changing colors and fonts, adding filters etc., making it easier than ever before to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake that truly captures your special day!

Neglecting to capture candid moments on your wedding day is one of the most common regrets couples have when looking back at their memories afterwards. It is therefore important to invest in a quality photographer who has experience taking candid shots alongside posed photos so that all those little details can be remembered forever!

In conclusion, choosing a good photographer for your wedding day is essential in order to ensure that all the special moments and details of your big day are captured. 

Not having enough posed photos taken or neglecting to capture candid moments can be some of the biggest wedding photography regrets couples have when looking back at their memories afterwards – so it’s important to take time researching photographers who specialize in both types of photography. 

Additionally, you should also consider investing in additional sessions outside the usual wedding day timeline such as pre-wedding photoshoots or post-wedding trash-the-dress shoots; these extra shots will help provide even more variety for your album! 

Finally, custom photobooks tailored specifically to each couple’s interests and personalities offer an even more personal touch – making sure that no detail is forgotten from one of life’s most memorable days.

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon, we’d love to be part of your happily ever after! Schedule a complimentary destination wedding consultation here or you can schedule a complimentary honeymoon consultation here.

Top 10 Luxury Resorts for Families in Mexico’s Caribbean 

While some may argue that ‘luxury’ and ‘family travel’ is an oxymoron, I beg to differ. Taking the kids along? Bring on the high thread count linens, the delicious food, and the optional nanny services (yes please!). When traveling as a family there are countless things to consider, from appropriate accommodations to food that will satisfy the most discerning seven-year-old’s palette (not to mention mom and dad’s!). Mexico’s Caribbean region is renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture, making it a popular destination for families seeking an all-inclusive getaway.

From private villas and five-star hotels to sprawling resorts, every family will be well taken care of at the properties below in Mexico’s Caribbean:

Family Friendly All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico’s Caribbean

While foam parties and insulated travel mugs full of beer can still be spotted at all inclusives across Mexico, there are plenty of resorts that now not only cater to families – but do so in style and five-star luxury.  Nothing is more relaxing (especially as a parent) than not having to make dinner. 

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

This AAA Five Diamond property is sprawled across 80 acres and never feels crowded. The Grand Velas Riviera Maya understands the challenges faced when traveling with babies and boasts its own baby concierge (yes, really!) who provides you with everything from bottle sterilizers and baby bathtubs to strollers and teething toys. Babysitters are available for an additional charge. Kids and teens clubs (catering to ages 4-12 and 12-18 respectively) offer mom and dad the perfect chance for some alone time by the pool, and attentive pool and beach concierges ensure guests want for nothing.

Where to Stay: In the Ambassador two-bedroom ocean view family suite. At 2,540 square feet, there’s room for the whole family to spread out in utter luxury.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

Nickelodeon Riviera Maya offers families and vacationers an immersive and playful escape in the heart of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. This resort combines the magic of the Nickelodeon brand with the beauty of the Riviera Maya, resulting in a unique and unforgettable vacation experience. From character meet-and-greets to themed play areas, the resort’s Nickelodeon Experience caters to both children and the young at heart. The accommodations are designed with families in mind, providing spacious and comfortable suites that often feature a range of kid-friendly amenities. Additionally, the Gourmet Inclusive® dining ensures that culinary experiences are both delicious and diverse. Whether you’re lounging by the pools, enjoying the beach, or exploring the exciting activities and entertainment, Nickelodeon Riviera Maya promises a vibrant and family-centric vacation that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Where to Stay: The suites at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya offer a playful and luxurious retreat for families and travelers of all ages. These thoughtfully designed accommodations combine comfort and whimsy, with vibrant decor and touches of Nickelodeon’s beloved characters. The suites cater to various group sizes, providing options like family suites, swim-up suites, and even the unique Pineapple Suite inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants. Each suite is equipped with modern amenities, including plush bedding, a smart TV, and a minibar stocked with family-friendly treats. The resort’s Gourmet Inclusive® dining ensures that culinary delights are at the forefront, while the Nickelodeon Experience offers character meet-and-greets, themed play areas, and exciting entertainment for kids and families. With access to pools, beaches, and a variety of activities, the suites at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya create a one-of-a-kind vacation experience that’s full of laughter and cherished moments.

Moon Palace Cancun

With its impressive range of activities and amenities, Moon Palace is a hit among families. From its mini-golf course to the massive water park, FlowRider surf simulator, and even a dolphinarium, kids and parents alike will have endless opportunities for fun.

Where to Stay: Moon Palace Cancun offers a variety of luxurious accommodations, including the Superior Family Suite and the Superior Two Bedroom Presidential Suite, both of which provide ample space and comfort for families looking to enjoy a fantastic vacation. Here’s an overview of these two suite options:

  1. Superior Family Suite: The Superior Family Suite at Moon Palace Cancun is designed to cater to families with children, offering both privacy and shared spaces. These suites typically feature a master bedroom with a king-size bed and a separate living area with a double whirlpool tub. Additionally, there’s a cozy area with two double beds for the kids. The suite’s layout ensures that parents have their own space while still being conveniently close to their children. With a minibar stocked with snacks and drinks, a smart TV, and a private balcony offering stunning views, the Superior Family Suite creates an ideal environment for relaxation and quality family time.
  2. Superior Two Bedroom Presidential Suite: Ideal for larger families or groups, the Superior Two Bedroom Presidential Suite offers an even more spacious and luxurious experience. These suites consist of two separate bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, along with a living room that features a double whirlpool tub and a bar for entertaining. The suite’s expansive layout allows for a comfortable and private stay, while still providing shared spaces for socializing. The private balcony offers breathtaking views of the resort’s surroundings, providing a serene setting for relaxation and bonding with loved ones.

Both the Superior Family Suite and Superior Two Bedroom Presidential Suite at Moon Palace Cancun provide access to the resort’s comprehensive amenities, which include numerous pools, restaurants, bars, entertainment options, and even a water park. These suite options offer families the perfect blend of luxury, space, and convenience, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable stay at this renowned all-inclusive resort.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

This resort combines rock ‘n’ roll vibes with family-friendly amenities. The “Woodward” facility offers skateboarding, BMX, and more extreme sports, while the resort’s music-themed decor and kid-friendly pools add to the lively atmosphere.

Where to Stay: The Deluxe Family Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers a comfortable and spacious accommodation option tailored to families seeking a luxurious and fun-filled vacation. This suite is designed to provide both adults and children with an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Here are some key features and details about the Deluxe Family Suite:

Accommodation: The Deluxe Family Suite typically features a master bedroom with a king-size bed and a separate living area with two double beds, creating ample space for families to unwind. The suite’s layout ensures that parents and children have their own comfortable sleeping quarters, enhancing privacy and relaxation.

Amenities: The suite is equipped with a range of modern amenities to enhance your stay. These may include a hydro spa tub, a private balcony or terrace, a minibar stocked with a selection of beverages, and a smart TV for entertainment. The suite’s stylish decor often reflects the rock ‘n’ roll theme that the Hard Rock brand is known for.

Kid-Friendly Features: What sets the Deluxe Family Suite apart is its family-friendly design. Kids will enjoy having their own space with double beds, and the suite’s amenities are chosen to cater to the needs of both children and adults. The resort often provides activities, themed decor, and entertainment options that cater to younger guests, ensuring that families can enjoy a well-rounded vacation experience.

Resort Amenities: Staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya provides access to the resort’s extensive amenities. These may include multiple pools, restaurants offering various cuisines, bars, entertainment options, and a water park. The resort’s lively and vibrant atmosphere ensures that both kids and adults have plenty to do and explore.

Overall, the Deluxe Family Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers families a spacious and luxurious retreat where they can enjoy the resort’s amenities while having their own comfortable space. Whether you’re looking to relax by the pool, enjoy live music, or explore the beautiful Riviera Maya surroundings, this suite provides a fantastic base for a memorable family vacation.

Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa

Known for its excellent kids’ club, Explorer’s Club, and the Core Zone Teen’s Club, Dreams Sapphire offers age-appropriate activities for children of all ages. The resort also features a variety of dining options and water sports for family bonding.

Where to stay: The family junior suite at Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa offers a delightful haven for families seeking a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. These spacious accommodations are designed with families in mind, providing both privacy and shared spaces. With separate bedrooms and living areas, families can enjoy ample space for unwinding, while still being close enough to create cherished memories together. The family suite is often equipped with modern amenities such as a private balcony or terrace, a minibar stocked with refreshments, and a smart TV for entertainment. The resort’s welcoming atmosphere and family-friendly amenities, combined with the scenic surroundings of the Riviera Maya, make the family suite at Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa an ideal choice for creating unforgettable family experiences.

Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya

This boutique-style resort offers Gourmet Inclusive® dining and features a special Nickelodeon Experience, complete with character meet-and-greets, themed play areas, and special amenities for kids.

Where to Stay: The family suite at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya presents a perfect blend of luxury and family-oriented comfort. Designed to accommodate families of various sizes, these spacious suites provide a haven for both parents and children. With separate sleeping areas, parents can enjoy privacy while still staying connected to their little ones. These suites often feature amenities like a private balcony or terrace, a minibar stocked with family-friendly beverages, and convenient access to the resort’s various attractions. The family-friendly atmosphere of Azul Beach Resort extends to the dedicated kids’ and teens’ clubs, offering age-appropriate activities and entertainment. Whether it’s building sandcastles on the beach, enjoying the sparkling pools, or engaging in the resort’s Gourmet Inclusive® dining, the family suite at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya ensures a memorable and harmonious vacation for the whole family.

Iberostar Paraíso Maya

A part of the Iberostar complex, this resort boasts a wave pool, lazy river, and extensive kids’ club. With activities like archery, mini golf, and even a Star Camp for kids of different age groups, there’s something for everyone.

Where to Stay: The Two Bedroom Family Junior Suite at Iberostar Paraiso Maya provides an exceptional space for families to unwind and create lasting memories. This suite offers the perfect balance between shared spaces and privacy, featuring two separate bedrooms for parents and children. With its spacious layout, the suite ensures that everyone has enough room to relax comfortably. Modern amenities such as a private balcony or terrace, a minibar, and a smart TV enhance the experience, while the resort’s expansive offerings add to the family-friendly atmosphere. From the lazy river to the mini golf course and the Star Camp for different age groups, the suite allows families to enjoy a comprehensive vacation experience that caters to everyone’s preferences. The Two Bedroom Family Junior Suite at Iberostar Paraiso Maya promises a harmonious and enjoyable stay for families seeking quality time together.

From water sports to kids’ clubs and world-class dining, these all-inclusive resorts in Mexico’s Caribbean ensure that families have a memorable and hassle-free vacation.

Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels in Mexico’s Caribbean

Fairmont Mayakoba

Offering the kind of five-star service that Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is famous for, Fairmont Mayakoba does not disappoint. Despite its proximity to Playa del Carmen, Fairmont Mayakoba feels a world away – set amidst 240 acres of tropical rainforest complete with canals and local wildlife that the kids will love. With most buildings set back from the beach, Fairmont Mayakoba aims to maintain the integrity and preservation of its ecosystem, and this is reflected in the thoughtful layout of the buildings. For parents who want to leave their wallets tucked in their room safe, the optional all-inclusive package is the way to go. Fairmont’s AI package includes unlimited dining and beverage service at 3 of their restaurants and 5 of their bars. Kids will love the waterslide at the main pool, and the excursions throughout the property led by the Discovery Club (ages 4-6) and Adventure Club (ages 7-12).  For older kids (and mom and dad) there are complimentary bikes perfect for exploring.  

Where to Stay: In the El Camaleon Presidential Suite. One of only eight suites on the property, this beachfront oasis lives up to its name. Guests can spread out over the suite’s 2,500 square feet, take a dip in the private pool and enjoy exclusive butler service.

Hotel Esencia 

Situated between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, Hotel Esencia offers families an intimate getaway. Be prepared for staff to know your name, and whatever you do – take full advantage of the ‘Nanny on Call’ program, offering two hours of complimentary babysitting so mom and dad can visit the spa or restaurant. At Hotel Esencia it’s the small touches that make the biggest impact – evident in the samples of local small-batch Casa Dragones tequila left for guests in their rooms.  With multi-lingual nannies (and a chef willing to make baby food to order) even the youngest guests are thoughtfully taken care of. 

Where to Stay: In the Presidential Bungalow. Physically independent from Hotel Esencia (but sharing in all of the hotel’s amenities, services, and hospitality), the Presidential Bungalow comes complete with 120 feet of private beachfront, your own palapas, and butler service. 

Family Friendly Private Villas in Mexico’s Caribbean

If you want to really feel at home in Mexico’s Caribbean, look no further than a private villa. With endless options, families can choose anything from tranquil beach-front estates to eco-friendly abodes set amongst palm trees and crystal clear cenotes. 

Where to Stay: At the Hacienda del Mar villa, featuring 7 bedrooms and two separate casitas spread over 16,000 square feet of oceanfront property. Included are daily maid service, a personal butler, a gourmet chef, and daily concierge service. 

If you’re looking to get away to Mexico’s Caribbean with the whole family, schedule a complimentary consultation with me today. I’d love to put together the perfect Mexican family vacation for you!