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Destination Wedding Travel Guide

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THINKING ABOUT A DESTINATION WEDDING?

Albertans are choosing destination weddings by the droves – to escape winter, keep nuptial costs down, and make lasting memories with friends and family in tow. We can help – we have trained Destination Wedding Travel Agents ready to help you with your magical day!

Destination weddings grow in popularity every year for good reasons

they’re usually less expensive
in a beautiful, exotic location
take much less effort to plan than a local ceremony and reception (with the help of an AMA Destination Wedding Travel Agent!)
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WE ARE DESTINATION WEDDING EXPERTS

Think of us as your wedding concierge for your destination wedding!

  • We have planned thousands of destination weddings.
  • We are the largest travel agency in Western Canada, we’re local, and we’re here to help you.
  • We have long-time preferred relationships with tour operators and resorts.

Your dedicated AMA Travel Wedding Advisor will walk you through the whole process acting as your wedding concierge. Our goal is to find the perfect location and wedding package to fit your dream and your budget.

COMPLETE WEDDING LIAISON SERVICES

From helping you find the perfect destination, invites, managing guest arrangements, flights, working with resort representatives – we’re here to help take the burden off your shoulders so you can really enjoy! Our Wedding Advisors are highly trained and experienced at not only arranging all the details for you, but also with some of the less obvious concerns – herding the family & friends, managing payments, checking on flights.

AMAZING EXTRAS

Every wedding package includes:

Printed, custom invitations
Group excursion planning assistance
Wedding dress travel care tips
AMA Travel 24-hour emergency helpline
And more!
OUR DESTINATION WEDDING PARTNERS

We have long-time preferred relationships with tour operators and resorts, including:

Air Canada Vacations
Barcelo Resorts
Azul & El Dorado resorts (Karisma)
Dreams Resorts
And more!

Thank you so much for your invaluable help with our wedding! We don’t know what we would’ve done without you! Secrets Silversands was better than we even dreamed - You Rock!

— Natasha and Michael of Edmonton, Married in Mayan Riviera, Mexico @ Secrets Silversands

Thanks to Courtenay our trip unfolded great. We didn't have to worry about all the little details and could just focus on our big day. It turned out amazing. A day I'll never forget.

— Chelsea & Fraser of Calgary, Married in Mayan Riviera, Mexico @ Barcelo Maya Caribe
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WHY CHOOSE A DESTINATION WEDDING WITH AMA?

A destination wedding gives you the chance to party, relax, and connect with your close friends and family in an exotic locale—something that typical weddings are simply too busy to accommodate.

With a destination wedding, you get the benefit of letting your AMA wedding Advisor do the heavy lifting for you while you do the romantic stuff, like choosing the flowers and writing your vows. Your wedding should be as unique as you!

Think of your AMA wedding Advisor as an extra maid of honour or best man—minus the drama and awkward speeches. Whether you want to learn how to surf with the guys, plan an all-day spa session with the girls, or get everyone together for a group excursion, we can make it happen.

Plus, your trip is like a destination wedding and honeymoon all in one. You can choose to stay another week at the resort or move on and continue the adventure together.

YOU GET PEACE OF MIND WITH AMA

Nothing’s going to stand in the way of your big day. From extreme weather to lost luggage, we want you to relax and focus on each other.

We are a team that is here to support you, from your Wedding Advisor, to AMA Travel’s 24-hour emergency assistance team. We’re always available and working to make sure that things are handled. With AMA, you have the added benefit of booking travel medical insurance with your vacation package so that you and your spouse-to-be are protected should an accident or illness occur.

WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK?

We recommend planning your destination wedding at least 12 – 18 months in advance. This is especially true if you’d like to travel during busy seasons like Christmas, Easter, Spring Break, May, and November.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN COME?

The average destination wedding group size is 25. However, we have booked groups as large as 115.

HOW MUCH DO DESTINATION WEDDINGS COST?

The average cost of a travel package for a destination wedding is about $1,800 - $2,000 per person, tax included.

WHAT KIND OF CEREMONY CAN WE HAVE?

Be sure to decide if you’d like a religious/spiritual or legal ceremony as some countries have certain laws and requirements. We can help you find the best destination to fit your needs and explain the laws or requirements for marriage in various locales.

AMA members also have access to our in-centre registry services. We can help you apply for a marriage licenseorder a marriage certificate, and change your name.

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Here are some of the best places to get married:

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Mexico

The Mayan Riviera is AMA’s No. 1 wedding destination, thanks to luxurious resorts with wedding packages galore, turquoise Caribbean waters, Mayan cultural sites and ecological parks.

Dominican Republic

This island nation in the West Indies is a white-sand paradise. Punta Cana, on the east coast, with its palm-lined, electric-blue waters, and powder-soft beaches, is especially sought-after for weddings.

Jamaica

Although more expensive than Mexico and the Dominican, Jamaica is chock-full of resorts with wedding packages to suit all budgets. Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril offer a dreamscape of beaches, parks, friendly local faces, and chilled-out culture.

Cuba

The most budget-friendly wedding destination, Cuba entices with miles upon miles of white-sand beaches and eclectic local culture. Most couples marry at a Varadero resort and take day trips to Havana to explore the vibrant city streets.

Costa Rica

The spot for active couples and nature lovers who would rather sleep in a treehouse than set foot in an all-inclusive. Isolated beaches, volcanoes, and deep jungles packed with wildlife are all close at hand – and make for perfect diversions after an intimate oceanside ceremony.

Vegas

Looking for something a little different? From a quickie elopement at The Little Wedding Chapel, to a stunning 5 diamond affair – Vegas has options for every style of wedding

Wine Region Weddings

From California to the Okanagan –wine region weddings capture the romance of the vineyard for your big day! A wine tour is a great way for your guests to meet and mingle! We can help you save with booking hotel blocks and group air.

Themed Weddings

So many couples are looking for wedding destinations that fit their personalities: Disney weddings in Disneyland, Harry Potter weddings at Universal, your wedding should be a unique reflection of you!

Canadian Destinations

Your destination doesn’t have to be outside of Canada! From the Okanagan, Tofino, the Maritimes, there are so many incredible places within Canada! We can help you save with booking hotel blocks and group air.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF WHEN PLANNING YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING

  • What are the 3 most important things about my destination wedding?
  • What are the “must haves” for the wedding itself?
  • How many guests do I expect will attend?
 

Dates:

  • What are our preferred dates of travel?

Destination:

Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Make a list of destination possibilities then talk with one of our travel specialists about your destination. They’ll give you personal travel recommendations based on your budget.

  • What destination(s) are we leaning towards?

Style of Resort:

Most guests prefer all-inclusive resorts that are affordable, but most brides and grooms want luxury – so compromise. All-inclusive pricing includes round-trip airfare, round-trip airport transfers to your hotel, all meals and beverages and most activities and entertainment at the resort. Our group specialists can help you find the right level of luxury.

  • Are we looking for an all-inclusive resort or European Plan (no meals)?
  • What budget have we set for the travel package per guest including tax?
  • Do we have specific resorts in mind?
  • Do we want a family-friendly or adult-only resort?
  • What are the “must haves” for the resort itself?

Give Us Your Wishlist And We Can Make It Happen For You!

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Want someone to make all the arrangements so you can just focus on getting excited? Contact your local AMA groups travel specialist to make your reservation today.