Looking to plan a wedding in Latin America? Look no further. We've got the top 5 wedding destinations from wedding expert Yifat Oren, who's also the spokesperson for JCPenney Wedding Registry. Even better? She was the mastermind behind Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico. Get the top spots below, plus tips on how to rock your registry. (Then sing it with us... here comes the bride...)
1. Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica an ideal location for eco-friendly couples, Costa Rica provides the beautiful backdrops of lush rain forests and white-sand beaches. The Four Seasons Restort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is a popular venue for many couples as it boasts several different event spaces on the property and provides guests with eco-adventure and romantic travel experiences.
Registry tip #1: Set up your registry early
Many guests will want to send you gifts early, even for an engagement present. Make it easy for them to choose from a registry at a national retailer like JCPenney, which offers a wide variety of products, brands, and value.
2. Ambergis Caye, Belize
An aquatic wonderland, Belize is the perfect spot those seeking an oceanfront location with crystal clear water. Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize and one of the most popular beach wedding spots as it is only a few feet away from one of the world's largest barrier reefs. Couples can also exchange vows in the Mountain Pine Ridge forest and jungle reserve underneath a private waterfall.
Registry Tip #2:
Where was this when I got married? I would have been scanning new items on my phone every time I strolled through the store. Or, better yet, you can monitor the registry and shop new items right through the app.
3. Bueno Aires, Argentina
Argentina has quickly emerged as one of the most popular places to get married since Buenos Aires has allowed for same-sex marriage for foreigners and tourists. Vibrant with a thriving cultural, culinary and architectural scene, the city of Buenos Aires has an amazing energy that has been drawing more and more couples to this location. A popular destination is Palacio Sans Souci. It is an iconic building in Buenos Aires and was built in the early 1900's to host grand soirees.
Registry tip #3: Divvy up the responsibilities
If they’re an early riser and a coffee fanatic, have them peruse the coffee maker selection. Have they seen the new Keurig 2.0 that brews a whole pot of coffee with touch display and programmable controls? Now you’re talking their language and getting them involved.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a uniquely romantic destination and features majestic ruins and breathtaking mountain views. Venues such as the Belmond Santuary Lodge can help couples secure a shaman to officiate the ceremony and add other local touches. Additionally the lodge is situated steps away from the famed Machu Picchu Citadel.
Registry Tip #4: Register for a wide range of items
Some guests or family members like to go in on one large gift rather than several items. The Kitchen Aid Mixer is a popular registry pick. Is there anything I can't make with it? No! And, I love the unexpected array of colors it comes in such as copper and aqua.
But, don’t forget to fill in with smaller, less expensive items so that every guest can find something that fits their budget.
5. Playa Manzanillo, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a nature lover’s paradise and is quickly emerging as one of the trendiest destinations. While it has a bit of storied past, we are seeing a huge shift with boutique hotels opening and eco-lodges that tap into beautiful ecological backdrop of the countries volcanos, rain forests and colonial cities. Couples on the pulse of travel adventure are seeking locations such as Playa Manzanillo as their destination wedding location. Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa is a newer resort that has quickly emerged as a top wedding venue in Playa Manzanillo. Registry Tip #5:
This is the chance to stock up on beautiful houseful basics
You always need fresh towels, sheets, and kitchen linens…have fun and add in more of these items. JCPenney offers everything you need from towels to serveware. Don’t underestimate the transformative power of basics to refresh your home.