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Top 3 Beach Wedding Venues

Being in California we do many destination wedding and lots of gorgeous beach weddings!

Here are some of our favorite beach resorts along the CA coast!

Shutters On The Beach

Santa Monica offers the most amazing beach wedding venue. Shutters on the beach will transform your ideal beachy wedding into an elegant estate. The couple will be overlooking the ocean as they exchange their vows. The white sandy beach is the perfect compliment to this venue.


Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel

If you are looking for the perfect sunset location for your wedding, the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel is perfect for those beach lovers. This venue offers different arrangements for the ceremony space from a tiled courtyard to a gazebo lawn, we guarantee you will get a panoramic view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The spaces allow up to 550 guests, for everyone to enjoy what will be a memory of a lifetime.


Monarch Beach Resort

And last, but definitely not least, the Monarch Beach Resort is one of our favorite beach wedding locations. This resort is accommodating for those couples who may be looking for an intimate romantic wedding or for those who want to gather up to 700 of their best friends and family members. The Grand Lawn overlooks the pool and the grandview of the pacific ocean. There is also a 12,000 square-foot ballroom for all of the guests to dance the night away. This elegant space is perfect for those wanting a large celebration.




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TRAVEL: Top 5 Honeymoon Planning Tips


Planning your honeymoon? We had the chance to interview Tracy Cox from Kahala Travel. She gave us her top 5 honeymoon planning trips! We love them all!

Your honeymoon will be the most memorable trip of your lifetime. Your friends, family, children and even grandchildren will ask about it for years to come.  You want it to be incredible!

Here are my top 5 tips to planning your amazing experience:

  1. There is so much information out there and it can be very overwhelming and confusing.  Use a knowledgeable travel agent who specializes in honeymoons.  That way you will be working with someone who is in tune with what is being offered and will use that information to help guide you through the process of planning the perfect honeymoon for YOU.  Everyone has different expectations, desires, needs, etc.  It is important that you work with an agent what will help you navigate all that is “out there” to design your perfect honeymoon.
  2. Talk to your fiancé about what he/she has in mind for the honeymoon.  Do they want to lay on a beach with occasionally having an adventure such as Tahiti or do they prefer a cultural experience such as Europe.  If you have different expectations for the honeymoon a travel consultant can help you combine both such as Thailand where you will experience the culture, ride elephants and still have amazing beaches to relax and enjoy the beauty.
  3. There is no doubt about it, the all-inclusive resorts give you the most bang for your buck.  There are many to choose from in many different areas so it is important that you talk to your travel agent about what you are looking to do so she/he can help you plan the best one for YOU.
  4. As great as the all-inclusive resorts are, don’t be afraid to plan one-of-a-kind experiences.  If you want to really do something “different” than the typical honeymoon experience, do it!  As long as you have a good agent guiding you through the process you will end up with some very unique experiences with stories to tell!
  5.  As fun as it is to be spontaneous, it is a good idea to plan early.  Of course it can be done at the “last minute” but why add to the stress of wedding planning.  Also, last minute pricing can be more expensive, especially when looking at airfare.


Here are a few of my favorite honeymoon destinations for:

  Adventure – Costa Rica

Culture – Europe

Relaxation & beaches– Tahiti

All 3 of the above combined – Thailand

All-inclusive – Sandals

 Value – Palace Resorts


Tracy Cox works at Kahala Travel in San Diego,CA and has been a Travel Agent for over 20 years specializing in honeymoon planning and destination weddings.

If you would like to speak with Tracy directly, please contact her at the following;

Phone: 619-258-5454

Below is a current promotion being offered by Sandal’s.  If you mention this blog when you call/email Tracy, you will receive a free couples massage when you book a 7 night (or longer) stay at Sandal’s.

Sandals EB


• Up to $1,000 Air Credit

• Save up to 65%

• 1 Night Free• 10,000 Bonus Sandals Select Points

(Value $250)

• $1,500 WeddingMoons® Credit

• Two Free Rounds of Golf at Sandals Emerald Bay

• Groups Receive a Free Room starting from 6th Room Free

*Qualifying resorts, booking window, travel window, minimum stay requirements and room category restrictions vary by offer. For full offer details, visit Promotions are subject to availability and may be changed or terminated at any time without prior notice. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Information is accurate at time of printing and is subject to changes, exceptions, and restrictions. Sandals® is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is the affiliate of the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts.

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Top 3 Wedding Destinations of 2015

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Do you ever get lost in a fantasy of sipping Peña Coladas on white sand beaches next to your soon to be spouse? If so, I would say you have a case of wanderlust, or an intense desire to travel. Why wait for your honeymoon when you can say your vows with paradise as your venue?

Destination weddings are rare but not extinct! And, with the proper planning and strategy, you can find yourself jet setting to your I-do’s in no time… even on a budget! It all depends on where you go!

So don’t let distance scare you! There are limitless options of places to choose from! In researching, I found that there really isn’t one place that is “the best”. However, there are particular places listed more frequently than others.  The three most popular destination weddings of 2015 seem to be: Greece, Costa Rica and Hawaii. Apparently people are all about dipping their toes into the salt water and catching a few rays of sunshine on their wedding day. So prepare for take off, because you are going to arrive to the top wedding destinations of your dreams.


Greece is said to be one of the most desired wedding destinations in the world. With its rich culture and beautiful architecture, it brings you a well-rounded venue. There are plenty of sight seeing options and beautiful beaches to explore. You could have your wedding on the sand, or in a beautiful historic Greek building.  Also it is in Europe, so you can honeymoon all over with the proximity of countries.


Costa Rica is a gem offering some of the most magnificent scenery. This is a place for our nature lovers. With ocean, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and exotic animals you will not go a minute without being impressed. Also, this is a location that happens to accommodate weddings quite well and Costa Rica is a more affordable location to travel to compared to some other destinations. So if you are on a budget, but in need of an adventure, you will not be let down by the tropical goodness Costa Rica provides.


I’m sure some of you are thinking a destination wedding would be nice, if you didn’t have to ask your guests to get a passport and go through customs before seeing your ceremony. If so, Hawaii may be the place for you. It is the popular destination wedding for North Americans wanting to travel, without leaving the country.  It is a location rich in Hawaiian culture that is welcoming to tourists with a laid back atmosphere. You and your guests can enjoy a traditional Luau with ukuleles, hula dancing and tikki torches.

Be adventurous and dip your toes into a destination wedding. You know what they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Why not profess your love for one another away from home?

We would love to help you plan your special destination wedding!

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