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5 Wedding Elopement Packages For Low-Key Couples

April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The amazing view from The Buccaneer is just short of competing with a brides beauty

May usually kicks off "wedding season" and from our experience, betrothed couples usually fall into two camps--the calm and collected or the completely overwhelmed. We believe these 5 Elopement Packages are perfect for the anti-bride, and those looking for an elegant, but easy-to-manage affair.

These hotels' wedding offerings are downright affordable, quite important after the seriously extravagant ceremony packages we've seen lately. Whether it's a ring exchange for 2 in Vegas or a Caribbean island soiree for 20, we think you'll appreciate a simpler way to walk down the aisle.

Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Who says all Vegas weddings have to be kitschy and doomed to an Elvis-impersonator-slash-drive-through affair? Nope. It's getting classier by the moment, and as of April 23, there will be a new Wedding Chapel at the ARIA, one of the town's hottest hotels. Instead of some velvet-laden, dank "church", this place promises to be completely chic. Designed in conjunction with MGM Resorts International Design, expect a modern and sophisticated set-up with chrome and mahogany wood doors, and a color scheme centered around warm chocolate tones and creamy whites. Pops of floral color and metallics soften up the look and lend a romantic feel. Seating is available for up to 60 guests, and the front foyer will double as a space for small post-ceremony gatherings. There's a dedicated ladies’ dressing lounge, and even a groom’s game lounge with a pool table and wet bar. It will feel more penthouse than house of the Lord, though, so keep that in mind. After all, it's still Vegas! On-site wedding coordinators are available to help the Big Day go smoothly, as well. The Wedding Chapel at ARIA will offer a variety of nuptial packages, ranging from $1,500 to $21,000. They all include photography, flowers, limo transportation to and from the Clark County Marriage Bureau and an officiant to perform the ceremony. Some packages even include accommodations at the hotel--honeymoon suite, anyone? And for those who can't attend your wedding, the Chapel can broadcast your ceremony online. For more info, visit arialasvegas.com/weddings or call the Chapel at (877) 371-2742.

A sunset ceremony for two at Secrets Huatulco

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, Mexico
Skip the usual Cancun area and head to under-the-radar Huatulco, about two hours from Oaxaca. There you'll find the all-inclusive Secrets Huatulco and their "Wedding in Paradise" Package. The ceremony is normally $949, but it's complimentary when you book a Preferred Club Ocean View category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights or if 5 rooms are reserved for a minimum of 3 nights in any room category.
Here's what your ceremony will comprise of:
*A justice-of-the-peace or minister
*Services of wedding coordinator
*Preferential location of the room in the category reserved
*Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
*Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
*Bride's Bouquet and groom's boutonniere
*A wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10 guests
*Complimentary anniversary nights
Plus much more. To book, contact the Wedding Department.

The Buccaneer Resort, St. Croix
Most recently seen on "The Bachelor", this mega-resort is steeped in history (everyone from Alexander Hamilton to Michael Jackson and Gladys Knight have stayed here) and has grounds to die for, given its great golf course, and well-manicured landscape. The resort's Elope to Paradise Wedding Package appeals to those who want an island experience sans the passport or language hassle. Given St. Croix is part of the United States Virgin Islands, you'll bypass other Caribbean countries' red tape for a fast and easy elopement here. Perfect for two-six guests (including the bride and groom) who stay three nights, it's a low-key way to celebrate your start as man and wife.
The package, which begins at $1350*, includes:
*Private round-trip airport transfers
*Welcome champagne, fruit, cheese and chocolate basket upon arrival
*Personalized wedding planning and day of wedding services
*Taxi to the territorial court for legal paperwork
*Wedding site at the 18th-century Sugar Mill or beautiful beach
*Services of a non-denominational minister and witnesses
*Professional photographer for one hour at the ceremony and 40 print quality images
*Bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere
*Champagne and wedding cake
*The price is $1600 on weekends and additional guests are $50 per person.
To book, contact the Wedding coordinator via mango@thebuccaneer.com.

Grand Wailea Resort, Maui

What could be better than having a wedding on an island that celebrates the spirit of "Aloha" every day. And yes, it's American, so again, no passports required. The atmosphere is a daily source of chill, which is perfect for a couple looking for a no muss, no fuss ceremony. The Grand Wailea is one of the most elegant resorts in Maui, being a Waldorf Astoria resort, with its own white chapel on property and you can't help but want to get married there--or even renew wedding vows. Naturally, being off the mainland, things are a bit more pricier here, but this is definitely a wedding of a lifetime, and still more affordable than many big city ceremony options.
The $6,600 Haleakala Celebration (named after the island's famous volcano) offers this fantastic nuptial package:
*The Wailea Seaside Chapel and Chapel Gardens for 1 ½ hours for your Ceremony
*A member of the Clergy to perform your Ceremony
*Two Hawaiian white orchid wedding leis for a lei exchange and a choice of floral bridal bouquet
*Choice of either a solo guitarist, harpist or violinist for ceremony
*Two hours of photography time
*Pressing of bride and groom's attire
*Romantic brunch for two served in a gazebo
And more. To book, contact the Wedding Department or call 877-699-5884

Rome Cavalieri, Italy
Getting married in Italy is as romantic as it sounds, just ask Justin Timberlake. He was spot on choosing a Puglia villa to don a suit and tie the knot. But know this--you'll need a planner to pull this off as the marriage laws in Italy can be very strict, and difficult to navigate without the help of a professional. Don't try to do this on your own. Use a planner that specializes in Italian weddings and you'll cut through all the red tape. Wedding packages are difficult to find, after all, this country shuns commercial ideals, so you'll pay a la carte for your nuptials, especially at this Waldorf Astoria hotel. Still, the gorgeous scenery will cut down on your decorating bill, for starters. We suggest you add a bit of bling to this special occasion and take advantage of the hotel's "Something Borrowed" program. Playing on the "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" tradition, brides can borrow jewelry designed by Princesses Lucia Odescalchi and Grazia Borghese! Now that's Italian!

[Photos:Secrets Hotels/Lindsay Kammerzelt]

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