Brand New Destination Wedding Resorts

It’s almost 2020! Sorry to startle you – don’t worry. It IS January 2019 if that is what you are wondering. But the reality is, if you are thinking of a late 2019/early 2020 wedding – you are LATE!  Don’t panic, just contact me or fill out the form at the bottom of the page! We will get you right caught up! If you stumbled here from a Pinterest click or google search, allow me to quickly introduce myself. I am Kara and I am a Destination Wedding Travel Agent based in Canada!! I am also a former destination wedding bride so I think that also gives me a little street cred.. right? Anyway onto what you came for. I have gathered a list of BRAND NEW resorts that opened or will open in 2019 – that may or may not be the PERFECT destination wedding venue for you.


sandos palm bay wedding locations

Image Credit: Sandos Hotels & Resorts Photos by: Pixan Photography

Sandos Palm Bay Playacar

If you are more of a beach person, don’t worry! I just wanted to share a photo of their Rustic Hidden Casita Venue because it is STUNNING and UNIQUE. I can’t wait to see it when it opens!! Their wedding packages are a more luxury than the other Sandos properties (starting at $9500USD) but the packages include a LOT and if you bring a certain amount of guests to their wonderful resort- you get $2000USD off! I have what the starter package includes but if you want the whole wedding package – contact me and I will send it over within 24 hours 🙂


unique mexico destination wedding venue

Image Credit: Sandos Hotels & Resorts Photos by: Pixan Photography

The “starter” package includes:

Pre-wedding events include:

  • Choice of one (1) welcome event:
    • 1 hour cocktail with appetizers or
    • Tequila tasting or
    • Salsa Classes
  • Semi-private rehearsal dinner in one of the resort restaurants (2 hrs)

Your ceremony includes:

  • Intimate setup in a rustic hidden casita
  • Rustic door with a long floral arrangement on top, 30 bamboo chairs
  • Soundsystem during ceremony for ipod or usb
  • 1 deluxe bouquet and 1 matching boutonnière;
    or choice of 2 bouquets or 2 boutonnières
  • Symbolic ceremony with a non-denominational minister

Your reception includes:

  • Private cocktail hour with appetizers and open bar (duration: 1 hour)
  • 3 hour BBQ dinner reception with open bar on the beach setup in a private bay
  • Dinner setup includes: 1 rustic barrel sweet heart table for the couple, big “LOVE” letters, 4 rectangular rustic tables, 30 bamboo chairs (Or USD 1000 décor credit)
  • 4 centerpieces (or USD 360 floral credit)
  • Sparkling wine for the wedding toast
  • Choice of 3 tier custom made wedding cake or cup cakes
  • DJ, light and sound during dinner (duration: 3 hours)
  • 12m2 (130sqft) Rustic dancefloor

and more!!!


now natura


NOW Natura


Joining NOW Sapphire and NOW Jade in the Riviera Maya, NOW Natura is brand new and scheduled to open late 2019. This resort is going to be absolutely stunning – inspired by the Mayan jungle that surrounds it. Rumor has it: there will be a lazy river at the property and all I know is I am here for it. NOW Resorts are a few of my favorites, partly because they have wedding packages under $5000 but also because their wedding packages are so thorough that it doesn’t leave much room for surprises. And trust me, when it comes to Destination Wedding Planning, we don’t want any room for surprises!


Now Natura Mexico


Here is an example of their “middle” wedding package:

*Please note: their wedding packages have not been officially released yet, but the NOW resorts generally have similar packages which is what I am basing this on*

• Service of a Judge or Minister
• Dedicated wedding coordinator
• Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for the wedding couple
• Preparation of the couple’s wedding day attire
• Wedding cake (for up to 25 guests)
• Sparkling wine toast (for up to 25 guests)
• Complimentary room upgrade (based on availability)
• Makeup and hair styling for one member of the wedding couple on wedding day
• Private Cocktail Hour with hors d’oeuvres (for up to 25 guests)(silver menu)
• Private dinner reception (for up to 25 guests)
• couples massage spa treatment (50 minutes)
• 24 photos plus one photo album with 24 photos
• Breakfast in bed morning after ceremony with Mimosas
• 1 corsage and 1 boutonniere for the bridesmaid and best man
• 1 floral centerpiece arrangement for the reception table
• Romantic turndown service that evening: rose petal drawn Jacuzzi bath, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries
• Late check-out for the bride and groom (upon request and availability)
• 20% off spa treatments (boutique purchases not included)
• Free anniversary nights


hard rock los cabos


Hard Rock Los Cabos

Where desert meets sea! If you have been following for a while, you know Cabo is one of my favorite places in the world so I can’t wait for this one to open (roughly May 2019). The resort looks amazing – I was lucky enough to tour it mid-construction in December 2018 and even though it was nowhere near done, you could tell it was going to be magnificent.

When all you need is love and a party, Hard Rock hotels are your destination.


hard rock los cabos lobby


Wedding Details

Typical of more luxury resorts, they offer packages but you usually start with their complimentary inclusions and create your own vision a la carte. Their complimentary inclusions are also a reflection of the brand (luxury!) and depending how many guests you have, you could actually qualify for unlimited private events. Yes, that’s correct. Complimentary welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, complimentary private wedding reception, and farewell dinner. Your money can be spent personalizing the event instead of actually on the event itself.

As for your guests? They will be spoiled by Limitless Resort Credits. They pay just 25% of spa services, excursions and so many more inclusions.



Panama Jack Cancun Wedding


Panama Jack Cancun & Panama Jack Playa del Carmen

Technically, these resorts are not “brand new” but they are still pretty new on the scene and they are a couple of my favorites so I wanted to include them. They were closed and renovated in 2017/2018 and are absolutely gorgeous. If you want beach – choose Panama Jack Cancun. If you want adventure – Panama Jack Playa del Carmen is literally steps off of fifth ave in downtown Playa del Carmen (it has a beach too, for the record, but doesn’t compare to Cancun). Both resorts offer affordable luxury for your guests: your guests who usually travel on a budget will be WOWed and your guests who are used to luxury will be pretty impressed that you found this hidden gem. Seriously, I don’t hear many other people talk about it and it is such a shame because the resorts are BEAUTIFUL.


Wedding Packages

Although, they have two different free packages, if you want a private reception (and you do), you are going to want to choose the Lavish & Opulent Package.  Usually a private reception is on the must have list (you want their first dance and bouquet toss right?). This is a more complete wedding package for up to twenty guests (more the merrier though!)

  • Symbolic marriage ceremony and certificate by a bilingual secular officiant
  • Couples Massage
  • Romantic dinner for the couple
  • Bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere
  • Sparkling wine toast after the ceremony
  • Ceremony Table with white linen and classic white wedding chairs
  • Sound System for the ceremony
  • Signature wedding cake
  • Special decoration of the couple’s suite
  • On-site services of a professional wedding specialist
  • Hair styling and make up done for one member of the wedding party
  • Manicure and Pedicure for one member of the wedding party
  • 15% off other spa services required
  • Cocktail hour with appetizers served post ceremony
  • A fully private wedding reception after the ceremony for three hours with a three-course meal and an open bar
  • Fresh floral centerpiece for the altar

This package starts at $3675USD


Which one is your FAVORITE Brand New Destination Wedding Resort??

These resorts are going to be HOT HOT HOT for 2019 and 2020 so make sure to get in touch if you are interested and we can determine if one of these is the right fit for you. I can’t even believe it is January already – looking at the year ahead makes me so excited! We are going to have some amazing 2019 weddings this year – should one of them be yours?