Destination wedding resorts fit for royalty

With the magical royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry having been watched by millions across the world, many brides and grooms are feeling inspired to plan the fairy-tale wedding of their dreams. While you may not be walking down the aisle at Windsor Castle on your big day, these resorts are the next best thing, with amenities suited for royalty and venues that would please even the Queen.

Wedding reception on the beach at sunset Photo: Laura Kelly Photography
Regal Views: Riu Palace Los Cabos

While Meghan and Harry will be looking out over Windsor Castle’s formal gardens, you could be gazing out at the magnificent Arch of Cabo San Lucas if you chose to tie the knot at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. This favoured destination wedding resort offers plenty of spectacular spots where you can say your ‘I dos’ including the traditional beach set-up and a scenic gazebo venue – both of which offer scenic panoramas views to rival those of Windsor Castle! There’s even a Royal Wedding Package you can select, which includes wedding flowers, a semi-private dinner, wedding cake and more.

Wedding ceremony on a deck surrounded by palm trees, with the ocean in the background
Live Like a Queen: Jewel Grande Montego Bay

Following their nuptials, Meghan and Harry are said to be moving into the royal residences at Kensington Palace. If you choose to have your wedding day at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa in Jamaica, you too can live like a king and queen in one of their sprawling suites. You and your wedding guests will feel like royalty during your stay at this breathtaking Jamaican resort, where accommodations range from Junior Suites to Two Bedroom Ocean View Suites – all of which offer top-notch butler service. With the resort’s Regal Wedding Package, the happy couple can enjoy extra-romantic amenities in their lavish suite on their wedding night including chilled sparkling white, flower petals on the bed and chocolates.

Little girl holding up a sign that says "Here comes the bride"
Fun For the Whole Royal Family: Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

Weddings are a time for different generations of the family to come together and celebrate. Everyone from Prince Harry’s grandparents to his nieces and nephews will be in attendance on his big day! For couples hosting destination weddings, this can make choosing a resort tricky. You want to make sure there’s something for every member of the family, from the page boys and bridesmaids to the grandparents of the bride and groom. Majestic Mirage Punta Cana offers something for all the royal subjects on your guest list. Kids will have a blast at the Splash Kids Club, while couples can upgrade to the adults only Mirage Club, a secluded separate section with exclusive amenities.

Wedding reception on a rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean
Palace-Worthy Cuisine: Royalton Riviera Cancun

Food is an important part of any wedding day, including for Meghan and Harry are said to have chosen to serve stylish bowl food and two-bite canapes at their Windsor Castle wedding lunch. You and your guests can enjoy royally-delicious meals of your own when you host your wedding at Royalton Riviera Cancun, whose stylish restaurants offer a variety of gourmet cuisines with unlimited reservation-free dining. The resort’s Free Wedding Package includes a semi-private dinner or you can upgrade your wedding package to include a private reception dinner. You can also add on welcome dinners, candy bars and late night food stations.

Wedding gazebo on the beach
Royal Service: Paradisus Varadero

Hundreds of people have helped plan the royal wedding, with every detail – from the décor to the reception – being given the royal treatment. You and your wedding guests can enjoy similar royal treatment when you exchange your vows at Paradisus Varadero in Cuba. This picturesque resort is nestled on the sparkling white-sand beach and offers impeccable service with the upgraded Royal Service. You’ll be waited on hand and foot with butlers, personalized attention during your entire wedding week, assistance of a beach and pool concierge while you work on your pre-wedding glow, luggage packing and unpacking, unlimited golf (perfect for bachelor parties), use of exclusive resort areas and much, much more.

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