Planning a Destination Wedding

Welcome Party Ideas for Your Guests

When your closest friends and family arrive at your wedding resort, it’s always a fun (and polite) idea to show your appreciation of them being there to celebrate with you by kicking off the stay with an amazing welcome party. When you’re all together in a beautiful locale, there are many ways you can go about starting the celebration. Here are some of our favorite destination wedding ideas:

Cocktails on the beach – What better way to welcome your guests to paradise than throwing a beach bash filled with local appetizers and tropical cocktails? Everyone will feel relaxed and excited to start the week!


Sunset catamaran cruise – Once everyone is settled in their rooms, set sail on a gorgeous sunset cruise equipped with refreshing libations and breathtaking scenery. Find out how you can receive a complimentary catamaran cruise for your group at Karisma Hotels & Resorts!


Wine tasting – Many resorts such as Secrets The Vine Cancun offer private wine tastings in their on-site wine cellars, so ‘wine’ not take advantage of their professional sommelier and sip some light and airy whites or full-bodied reds!


Themed party night – When in Mexico, party as the Mexicans do! Speak to your wedding coordinator about having a Mariachi band welcome your guests as they arrive to the resort. Add in some maracas and you’re on your way to a fabulous fiesta, like this one at Excellence Riviera Cancun. 


Reservation at an exquisite restaurant – All-inclusive resorts may be known for their swim-up pool bars and in-room liquor cabinets, but let’s not forget about the gourmet cuisine provided at the a la carte restaurants! Book a reservation at one of the top-notch restaurants to please every palate. The C/X Culinary Experience at CHIC Punta Cana is one you can’t miss!


Hors d’oeuvres in your suite – If you’re living large in an upgraded suite, show it off by inviting your closest friends and family up for a night of small bites and passed appetizers. The Rock Star Suite at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta has more than enough room to host a party, and the music never stops!


Fun night out – Keep the party going by stopping by one of the discotheques on property at your resort. Noir Nightclub at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun offers nonstop entertainment and a cool, sophisticated atmosphere…the perfect nightcap to starting your celebration off right!


For more inspiration on how to entertain your guests, see our suggested calendar of events!

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