News from travel agents and wedding planners is that ‘destination weddings’ are one of the hottest new trends, and no wonder – they’re a great idea. Families and loved ones get to share in a wonderful event while taking part in a wonderful vacation.
Destination weddings are also a recipe for a more relaxed celebration and, with some of the all-inclusive holiday wedding packages on offer, can be incredibly stress free and surprisingly affordable.
If you research the best locations for a destination wedding and weigh all factors, Belize would be right up at the top of the list. And, when considering Belize, Chaa Creek would stand out as a very attractive choice.
This is something Bryony Fleming-Bradley, Chaa Creek’s wedding coordinator, has known for years. “Our wedding vacation packages just seemed to grow along with Chaa Creek itself. There was a lot of word of mouth in the early days.
“Someone would say, ‘Wow, we had this wonderful wedding in Belize,’ and then more people began to contact us for information, and soon we were planning weddings. Personally, I love it!
“And now, with the huge Maya Celebrations of the 2012 Winter Solstice coming up and more and more interest in Belize’s Maya culture, our affordable, all-inclusive Maya Wedding Packages are attracting the interest of people who want to do something truly memorable.
“Imagine saying your vows at a Maya temple thousands of years old, surrounded by a magnificent rainforest alive with beautiful tropical birds and chattering monkeys,” she added.
Situated in the Maya heartland of Belize, the Lodge at Chaa Creek is now offering special all-inclusive Maya Wedding Vacation packages that are unique, surprisingly hassle free and affordable. Belize is a small English speaking country with a currency pegged to the US dollar, so logistics and costs are easy to work out, as are legalities and formalities -especially if a local wedding planner such as Ms Fleming-Bradley is handling arrangements.
Chaa Creek Maya weddings can be held at one of several beautiful Maya temple or ceremonial sites, each having its own distinct feel and providing incredible backdrops for photographs and videos.
Xunantunich, known locally as the Temple of the Stone Maiden, is a beautiful pyramid temple with rare frescos in a park like setting surrounded by lush rainforest and offering stunning views from the summit.
Cahal Pech, on the outskirts of San Ignacio town features a royal palace and tranquil grounds with a variety of structures and settings.
Tunchilen is an unexcavated temple site within Chaa Creek’s 365 acre private nature reserve, and offers an intimate experience with the lush rainforest as a backdrop.
Ms Fleming-Bradley said that she and her experienced staff enjoy working with couples in selecting the right site, a decision often based on the number of guests, the type of ceremony and other personal preferences.
“We work very closely with couples to ensure that their special day is just that – a truly special, unique celebration of their love and lives together, and that everything goes exactly as they wish it to. It wasn’t that long ago that I was married at Chaa Creek, so I know what an important event it is, and how magic the rainforest setting can be.”
Ms Fleming-Bradley described Chaa Creek Maya weddings as a rare opportunity to be married in one of the most pristine, stunningly beautiful spots on earth, and on ceremonial sites thousands of years old. The all-inclusive Maya wedding packages also offer friends and family an exceptional holiday at one of the world’s recognised top eco-resorts and Belize’s Hotel of the Year for 2011 and one of Travel+Leisure’s Top 10 Resorts for Central and South America for 2011.
After working with the couple to create an exceptional event, Chaa Creek staff will arrange a religious or civil ceremony, handle legalities, and arrange the flowers, cake, photographer and music – all as part of the set-price package. “We handle the details and leave you to concentrate on the important things,” Ms Fleming-Bradley said.
All Maya wedding packages are conducted with respect for the Maya culture and the environment as part of Chaa Creek’s internationally recognised and award winning responsible travel ethos. Weddings at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are supported by Belize’s Department of Archaeology, which ensures cultural integrity and collects a surcharge used towards maintaining Belize’s precious archaeological sites.
Wherever you choose to hold your wedding ceremony, Chaa Creek’s experience in hosting Belizean weddings ensures a carefree celebration, and the Maya Wedding packages, while all-inclusive, can be tailored to individual wishes. However, all Chaa Creek Maya Wedding packages include, as standard:
- a personal Wedding Coordinator
- ceremony by Minister or Justice of the Peace
- event management at Xunantunich, Cahal Pech or Tunchilen
- wedding Cake for two to four persons
- professional couples massages at the beautiful Hilltop Spa
- professional photographer & photo CD
- groom’s boutonniere
- bride’s bouquet
- champagne for wedding toast
In addition to the Maya Wedding packages, Chaa Creek also offers an all-inclusive Rainforest Wedding Vacation package and a Butterfly Wedding Vacation package.
There is also an optional Maya y La Mar Matrimonio Rainforest to Reef Package that combines the Maya Wedding package with a fabulous Caribbean beach holiday at one of Chaa Creek’s sister resorts.
Ms Fleming-Bradley said that with the approach of the Maya Winter Solstice celebrations of 2012 a Maya wedding takes on added significance and will be remembered for years to come. “Let us know how many guest s you anticipate and you’ll be surprised how affordable it is to combine your wedding with an incredible vacation for family and friends and an authentic Maya experience that just doesn’t exist anywhere else.
“And you don’t need to bring flowers – your wedding will be alive with the most colourful blossoms on Earth,” she added.