Los Cabos: Love on the Rocks

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Rugged-and-tamed Los Cabos whips up a weddings frenzy in its top resorts.

No matter how jittery the altar-bound may be, it’s nothing a little sun, met expectations and human warmth can’t fix. Just ask Kenberley Field and her husband Derek. This was not the first marriage for either of them, so when they decided to tie the knot, they wanted something a little different and had always wanted to visit Los Cabos. So they did a little research.

Through a travel agent, they found out about the all-inclusive RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas and made arrangements to hold their wedding there, as they had stayed at another RIU property before and had been overwhelmed by the great service and accommodations. “It was so easy. The choices we had at the [Cabo] resort were incredible. And what they did for us—making sure we had everything—they were right on it. The coordination was very simple,” says Mrs. Field, adding that being able to communicate via e-mail with the onsite coordinator was also a huge plus.

Mrs. Field’s unique wedding dress, with a lime-green bodice and ruffles of spring colors cascading down the skirt, almost took center-stage; it flew to Los Cabos in the captain’s cabin and got compliments even before taking off. It was an ideal pick for their choice of kicky Los Cabos as a wedding location. They chose a quiet gazebo overlooking the beach, and with just six guests, reveled in a sunset ceremony that showcased the beauty of the resort, of the dress and of Los Cabos. “Our day was so special; you can’t relive it,” says Mrs. Field.

The Fields have nothing but wonderful memories of their wedding day. “We both think about it daily,” says Mrs. Field. “It was perfect. Everything went the way it was supposed to. We love Los Cabos and are definitely going back. You feel welcome there. And the RIU resort is incredible. The staff, from the maid all the way to the manager, treat you like you’ve been there forever.”

RIU’s wedding packages, from Classic to Caprice, start at $565 and run up to $2,250. The most indulgent, the Caprice, comes with all the works for the ceremony and the reception, including two rose petal bags for guests to celebrate the big kiss, a cake and dinner for 10, a massage and exfoliation for the bride and the groom, a mani/pedi/hairstyle combo for her, room upgrade for the couple and breakfast in bed the day after the wedding, 24 color photographs, and of course, the assistance of a wedding coordinator and a justice of the peace. If needed, the resort can also provide witnesses and customize any ceremony at an added charge with everything from a reggae band to showers of flowers.

cupid’s little helper You’ll run into clients who, before booking a destination wedding, will want to pull all the stops with a “destination engagement.” And why not? It should be a memorable occasion as well. That’s why Marquis Los Cabos has created a Pop the Question package, offering several creative ways in which to ask the Big One.

An engagement concierge at the Marquis will help your clients figure out the best possible way to propose to their fiance/e—spelling it out with lit candles by the resort’s oceanside infinity pool or with rose petals on the bed, perhaps, or right on the beach, lit up by little more than the Cabo moon. It’s two heads working as one—and that’s just the beginning. The package also includes a private beachside dinner for two, an en-suite couples’ massage and a sunset cruise aboard the resort’s 70-ft. schooner, as well as daily continental breakfast delivered to their room. Rates for this 5-night package run $3,250 for a jr. suite and $5,250 for a casita through Oct. 10, and $3,500 for the suite and $6,000 for the casita Oct. 11-Dec. 18.

what dreams are made of Like the Fields, most guests choose to marry at sunset at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa—and we can’t blame them. The sunsets there seem to be hand-painted each day. As one of so many Unlimited Luxury enclaves by parent companyAMResorts, this all-suite resort is made to pamper and celebrate, with ocean views for all guests and whims and wishes catered to.