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Why Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands are the Best Destination Wedding Option

Ecuador is the perfect destination for weddings and honeymoons. The country offers a variety of beautiful destination wedding options. You can find romantic venues as well as adventurous choices. Also, there are once-in-a-lifetime nature-based experiences. Most certainly, when you get married in Ecuador you have the chance to start your honeymoon right away! 

Weddings in Ecuador are known for their vibrant decorations. As a result, events can feature dazzling flowers, joyous live music, exquisite traditional food, and desserts. Even though Ecuador is a small country, it has diverse endemic flora and fauna. It offers: 

  • Sunny beaches.
  • Tropical rainforest.
  • Snow-capped volcanoes.
  • Unique Galapagos Islands.

Located in the middle of the world, Ecuador is the epicenter of romance. If you’re looking for the best destination wedding in the world, in this blog you will find all the information you need to start planning your dream wedding in an amazing location.

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How to plan your destination wedding in Ecuador?

A destination wedding is a chance to have an intimate and romantic event away from home. Plan your destination wedding in Ecuador and embark on an exciting experience. Then, where should you start? 

Couple getting married

A destination wedding is a chance to have a romantic event away from home.

Choose the location and venue that best suits your wishes

Location is one of the most important considerations when planning your destination wedding. Therefore, the place must be safe and have all the resources you need. Subsequently, you should keep in mind the following: 

  • Check the location’s time zone. For instance, Ecuador uses UTC -5. Also, the country doesn’t have daylight saving time.
  • Look at the country’s geographical position. It’s important to check if it has direct flights and connections to major North American and European airports. Flying time between Ecuador and Miami, for example, is less than 5 hours. Likewise, the average direct flight time from Atlanta to Ecuador is 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Establish a date for your destination wedding

  • Check your schedule and availability.
  • Be conscious of weather conditions. Subsequently, keep in mind that seasonal changes can have a major impact on your event.
  • Review the average rainfall by month.
  • Above all, be aware of fluctuations in tourism. During the high season, booking rates can be expensive. However, the low season can mean empty streets and closed hotspots.
  • Most importantly, the Save-the-Date announcement should be sent 8 to 12 months before the wedding
  • Monitor sunset times and tide charts. For instance, a fuller moon creates higher tides.
  • Review if your dream location has local holidays, or any political elections or demonstrations.

Build the budget

  • Firstly, determine the budget. Establish how much you, your fiancé, and your families are willing to spend on a destination wedding
  • Likewise, you should also consider your guest’s budget. Remember to provide enough recommendations for a range of budgets
  • In addition, confirm the local currency.
Couple establish the budget for the destination wedding.

Establish the budget for the destination wedding and try to stick to it.

Start planning your dream destination wedding!

Tailor your wedding outfit to the destination. Further, consider the climate when dress and tux shopping. For example, in humid destinations, breathable fabrics are the best option. 

Most importantly, be thorough with communications with your guests. Determine a weekend itinerary that includes the date, time, and location of each event. Likewise, create a wedding website that includes the schedule for the wedding. Add travel logistics:

  • Passport.
  • Legal requirements.
  • Transport information.
  • Airport codes.
  • Wedding etiquette.
  • Wedding registry.
Wedding websites help you organize the destination wedding

Create a wedding website that includes the schedule for the wedding.

Contact your destination wedding suppliers

Rebecca Adventure Travel aims to be your local and strategic partner when you plan your destination wedding. Our Destination Experts will be happy to assist you in contacting you with all the suppliers you need for the pre and post-wedding events. Remember that you’ll need a variety of suppliers:

  • Wedding planners. 
  • Photographers.
  • Wedding stationery.
  • Travel specialists. 
  • Insurance. 
  • Websites and apps.

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Hire a specialized wedding planner

Make sure to hire a pro coordinator that specializes in destination weddingsAs a result, a specialized wedding planner will help you navigate the highs and lows of the event. Certainly, the wedding planner will help you get:

  • Vendor discounts.
  • Keep track of your budget.
  • Schedule consultations.
  • Coordinate every detail of your wedding.
Couple holding hands

A wedding planner will help you organize the perfect destination wedding.

Go local and choose local vendors 

  • Become immersive with the local community. In that way, you can give back to the community that is hosting your event. 
  • Above all, highlight traditions, history, and local entrepreneurs through services and experiences. For example, include local cuisine in your event.
  • Ask the event venue or wedding planner to contact you with local vendors. Above all, when you incorporate local specialties, you can slash your budget!

Ecuadorian wedding customs are very similar to other South American traditions. Commonly, couples like to plan religious and civil weddings. For instance, religious ceremonies are performed in colonial churches. After, family and friends gather in a wedding venue chosen by the couple. Traditionally, Ecuadorian parties have live music, vibrant decorations, and spectacular food.

Plan your wedding trip

When you start planning the pre-wedding and post-wedding events, you look for romantic and adventurous options. In Ecuador, your family and friends can enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences: 

Program your joint destination bachelor/bachelorette tours!

A combined bachelor/bachelorette party can be an epic trip you’ll never forget! Ecuador is a dream destination for group-friendly events. If you’re looking for a thrill experience, check the options Rebecca Adventure Travel has for you: 

  • Spa tour in Papallacta Hot Springs and Baños
  • Adventure Multisport tour 
  • Inspiring tour around Colonial and Historical Quito

Plan a weekend itinerary by adding fun events

Expand the itinerary! Therefore, guests can enjoy extra activities and memorable moments. Also, you can add welcome bags for the guests. For example, check local gastronomic tours and activities: 

Welcome party

Welcome parties are a great way to create a nice atmosphere before the wedding day. Remember that they are intended to entertain the guests. They are also an opportunity to greet and have intimate moments with your guests. You can choose to have a formal event or to opt for a nontraditional celebration like a brunch or a luncheon. 

When you’re hosting a destination wedding, the welcome party should be scheduled for the day guests are going to arrive. You can plan: 

  • Mimosas and Bloody Mary brunch
  • Casual bar night
  • Drinks and dessert party
  • Boho-chic picnic
  • Pool party
Welcome parties are a great option for your wedding weekend

Welcome parties create a nice atmosphere before the wedding day.

Ecuador has beautiful wedding and event venues. For instance, in Quito city, the capital of Ecuador, you can plan your welcome party in breathtaking places such as: 

Rehearsal dinner

A traditional rehearsal dinner kicks off your wedding weekend. In Ecuador, you can choose to have your rehearsal dinner in: 

  • Museums.
  • Restored colonial houses.
  • Private beaches.
  • Historic haciendas, or luxury farmhouses.

For instance, Ecuador has beautiful soft alpaca wool products such as: 

  • Native plaids.
  • Ponchos.
  • Scarves.
  • Sweaters.
  • Hats.
EcuaFina has beautiful Ecuadorian products

Soft alpaca wool products are great for an outdoor picnic.

Post-wedding brunch

A post-wedding brunch is an event organized for the morning after the wedding. Likewise, it puts an end to the wedding weekend. At the same time, during the post-wedding brunch, the newlyweds can spend more quality time with the guests. Thus, you can reminisce about the best moments of the wedding. Also, brunch is the best excuse to have a farewell and emotional moment for guests before they go back home.

When you host your event at Quito Historic Center, you will have a romantic and historic event. You can plan your post-wedding brunch in the best restaurants in town: 

Expect the unexpected: get wedding insurance

Invest in wedding insurance. That way you will protect the financial investment you are making by planning a destination wedding. Moreover, include room in your budget for unexpected expenses. Keep in mind sudden costs such as:

  • Non-vendor tips.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Shipping costs.
  • Baggage fees.
Wedding cake and champagne

Expect the unexpected: Include room in your budget for unexpected expenses.

Can foreigners get married in Ecuador? Yes!

  • Every country has different requirements when it comes to getting married. 
  • Review the Ecuadorian embassy in your home country to obtain up-to-date legal requirements. For example, every marriage has to be approved by an Ecuadorian civil authority. 
  • In order to enter Ecuador, every visitor needs to have the yellow fever vaccine. 
  • Double-check all expiration dates on your passports and other documents.
  • For the latest information, review the requirements on the Ecuadorian Civil Registry

Project your destination wedding checklist

12 to 16 months to go

  • Work on your budget.
  • Make a guest list draft
  • Decide on a country or region you would like to visit. 
  • Hire a wedding planner.
  • Book a travel agent.
  • Secure a wedding venue and set your date. 
  • Reserve your honeymoon site.

9 to 11 months to go

  • Send out the Save the Date.
  • Create a wedding website. Above all, include extensive details on travel and accommodations. 
  • Plan wedding-related events. 
  • Get your wedding outfit. 
  • Work with a wedding planner or coordinator to find local vendors.
Plan your wedding outfit based on the climate of the event's place.

Get your wedding outfit based on the climate of the wedding destination.

6 to 8 months to go

Build the menu with your wedding venue and caterer. In addition to, remember to book the rehearsal dinner. Determine and book vendors: 

  • Officiant. 
  • Florist. 
  • DJ or band. 
  • Cake maker.
  • Videographer. 
  • Rentas & linens.
  • Hairstyle and makeup artist.

3 to 5 months to go

Finalize the guest list and get the invitations out.

6 to 8 weeks to go

Make sure you confirm: 

  • Flight and hotel bookings. 
  • Guest RSVPs and meal choices.
  • Photographer and videographer.
  • Menu, beverages, and catering details.
  • Rental delivery and times for pickups.
  • Song lists for ceremony and reception.
  • Timeline for the reception and toast.
Flowers are a great decoration for weddings.

Ask your wedding planner to help you confirm with local vendors.

3 to 5 weeks to go

  • Confirm flight numbers and arrival times. 
  • Finalize seating arrangements.
  • Put together the emergency wedding kit. 
  • Check the weather report.
  • Make sure you have the proper electrical converters so you can plug in your devices.

4 to 5 days to go

Arrive at your wedding destination:

  • Do a walk-through of your wedding and reception ceremony.
  • Meet coordinators and other vendors. 
  • Determine a day for the tasting with the caterer and cake maker. 
  • Makeup’s final trial.

The day before

  • Make sure to have your wedding dress, suit, or tux steamed. 
  • Enjoy your rehearsal dinner.

Your wedding day!

Enjoy your special day with your family and friends!

Happy couple enjoying their wedding day.

Newlyweds can spend more quality time with their guests at a destination wedding. 


Why should you choose Ecuador for your destination wedding and honeymoon?

Ecuador is one of the smaller countries in South America. It’s very easy to cross the country. For example, you can visit

  • Snow-capped peaks of the Andes.
  • Sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast.
  • Dramatically beautiful Amazon basin.

Additionally, Ecuadorians are friendly people. They will make you feel right at home. When planning your destination wedding, you can have your event in the city. Then, start your dream honeymoon by exploring a country full of dramatic landscapes, traditions, and cultures.

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A destination wedding in Ecuador is an amazing experience

Internationally, the country has been recognized several times as a top romantic destination. Even so, in the past years, celebrities have organized their destination weddings in Ecuador. For instance, supermodel Jasmine Tookes said “I do!” at San Francisco Church, in Quito’s Historic Center.  

Supermodel Jasmine Tookes said I do in Quito, Ecuador.

Supermodel Jasmine Tookes entering San Francisco church.

“In my opinion, Quito has some of the most beautiful churches in the world,” Tookes told Vogue magazine. “And the one that we chose is covered in gold—it almost makes it feel as if you are attending a royal wedding.” 

Furthermore, the country was included as part of Forbes’s 22 Best Places to Travel Around The World in 2022: Where to Go Next. Also, in 2021, Ecuador won 10 awards in the 28th edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA), in South America’s categories.  

Key information about Ecuador

The Latin American country has four regions: Andean Highlands (Sierra), Pacific Coast (Costa), Amazon Rainforest (Oriente), and the Galapagos Islands. All of them feature great places for a romantic destination wedding. Hence, when visiting the country you should consider: 

  • Spanish is the official language. Quechua and Shuar are also major indigenous languages. Quechua can be heard throughout the Andean provinces. On the other hand, Shuar is spoken by indigenous people in the Amazon. 
  • The country has less than 19 million inhabitants. Moreover, the median age is 27.9 years. 
  • In general, Ecuadorians are very hospitable people. They warmly welcome visitors. For instance, it’s common to be greeted several times a day, even by people who you don’t know. You will hear buenos días and buenas tardes (good morning and good afternoon) at every moment. 
  • The total land area is 248,360 Km2 (95,892 sq. miles). 
  • The top 2 religions in Ecuador are Roman Catholic and evangelical Christian (including evangelical Baptists and Methodists).

Since the year 2000, the currency of Ecuador has been the US dollar. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to carry cash in small bills because many places don’t have change for bills bigger than $20.

Ecuador’s location in the world is strategic

Its geographical location makes Ecuador a strategic place for destination weddings. Located in the western corner of the South American continent, the country has direct flights and connections to major North American and European destinations. The Equator divides the country into two Hemispheres. Therefore, the imaginary line that splits the Earth in two gives Ecuador a cardinal position as one of the best destinations for weddings in the world.

Ecuador's location is strategic.

Its strategic geographical location makes Ecuador a great option for destination weddings.

There are two international airports: Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil. Both are ranked among the top 50 best airports in the world. Quito airport was recognized as the Best Airport in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2020 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. Likewise, Ecuador has over 30 local airports. 

American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, LATAM Airlines, United, Avianca, among other airlines, are operating on a daily basis to domestic and international destinations. 

When planning a destination wedding, you should consider the country’s connectivity to the world as a major aspect of your decision. Consequently, Ecuador’s location is ideal because it has: 

  • Strategic connectivity with two leading airports in South America.
  • Direct flights from major North American and European destinations. 
  • Two international airports ranked among the top 50 best airports in the world. 

Church weddings will make your destination wedding in Ecuador a dreamy experience!

Churches in Ecuador are magnificent and breathtaking. Quito, Ecuador’s capital, has one of the largest concentrations of ancient churches in Latin America. For instance, only in the Historic Center can you find over 24 churches, convents, and monasteries. 

Churches are a true testimony of Ecuadorian culture, history, and heritage. Even so, Quito has such a concentration of churches and religious complexes because the city has been the country’s political, religious, and administrative epicenter since colonial times. 

Churches in Ecuador are perfect for destination weddings.

Quito has one of the largest concentrations of ancient churches in Latin America.

Learn about Ecuador’s history through a church wedding

Grand and beautiful churches can be found in every city or town in Ecuador. In addition, you can learn about Ecuadorian history while visiting churches.  

The country’s oldest churches were built by Spanish colonists in the 16th century. In 1530, when the Spaniards arrived in Ecuador led by Francisco Pizzaro, they established its capital in a valley near Chimborazo Volcano. There, they built the first church in Ecuador: the Balbanera Church. Its name honors the Virgin Mary of La Balbanera from Rioja, Spain. 

Balbanera Church has a baroque style, constructed with volcanic rubble and adobe. Moreover, the facade reflects the indigenous daily life. For example, they portrayed pottery jars used for chicha drinking (a fermented beverage made from a variety of maize landraces), and angels holding shigras (textile bags still used today). 

The characterization of indigenous’ daily lives and traditional beliefs were displayed as small details in the churches’ internal and external ornamentation. You can find representations of native flora, and symbols of ancestral traditions before the Spanish conquest, among others. At the same time, these details can be found in all churches throughout Ecuador. 

What are the wedding traditions in Ecuador?

If you’re looking for a religious ceremony, you have many options. Ecuador has a vibrant spiritual culture and folklore. Weddings in Ecuador have changed through generations. However, traditional symbolism is rooted in all weddings.  

Religious ceremonies are an important part of many Ecuadorian families. Thus, preparations are carefully carried out. Moreover, families choose the location, food, music, and outfits in advance, with special attention to detail.

Choose between a civil and a religious wedding

Typically, Ecuadorians have two weddings: religious and civil. Only civil weddings, performed in front of a judge, are recognized by the Government. Hence, saying yes at the altar answers more to a family tradition than to the law. Nevertheless, receptions can be at home or at a venue chosen by the bride and groom. 

Traditionally, Church weddings are done at noon or at night. Ecuadorians prefer colorful decorations, big meals with copious drinking, and live music. Also, Ecuadorian weddings have hora loca or ‘crazy hour.’ The power hour comes with costumed performers, sparkles, confetti, feathers, lights, games, and circus-like fun. As a result, hora loca is a great way to delight guests with music, dance, and drinks! 

Ecuadorians usually don’t have rehearsal dinners. However, families like to organize events prior to the weddings. As a result, it’s common to attend bachelor parties, pedida de mano, or marriage proposal dinners, among others.


Decorate your destination wedding with Ecuadorian flowers

Ecuadorian flowers are internationally recognized because of their top quality. From the bouquet to the arrangements, flowers are used to express emotions. For your wedding, choose flowers that show joy, bliss, and happiness

Roses are Ecuador’s finest flowers

The best roses in the world come from Ecuador. The environment is perfect for roses to thrive. Certainly, the 12 hours of daylight and mild temperatures are ideal for rose cultivation. The country has over 500 different rose varieties in many different colors: from shades of white to red, pink, yellow, lavender, purple, and orange. As a result, Ecuador is the world’s third-largest flower exporter in the world. Roses are so popular because of their vibrant colors and fragrant scents

Also, Ecuadorian roses have the fullest rose heads, measuring up to 2 inches larger than roses in other countries. In addition, stems can grow to over 5 feet tall. Premium roses come from farms located in the foothills of the Andes mountains. So, roses from Ecuador have larger buds and blooms. 

Roses are very popular for elegant and romantic weddings. Even so, when planning a destination wedding in Ecuador, you can have delicate flower decorations in the church as well as the reception. 

Ecuadorian roses are beautiful decoration for destination weddings.

Ecuadorian roses are very popular for elegant and romantic weddings.

Marvel on beautiful Ecuadorian orchids

There are more than 4,000 species of orchids in Ecuador. These plants grow in cloud forests and the Amazon basin. Orchids can flower annually. However, the best moment to see orchids is from February to June. 

If you’re an orchid aficionado, the Botanical Garden in Quito is a must-go place. 

Ecuador Orchids are beautiful

You can find more than 4,000 species of orchids in Ecuador.


Choose traditional food for your destination wedding in Ecuador

The country has a diverse local cuisine. Ecuadorian gastronomy is as varied as its four regions, displaying dishes with meat, seafood, green plantain, fruits, and vegetables, among many more. 

Also, Ecuadorian weddings are all about local desserts. It’s traditional to have a table dedicated exclusively to sweets called mesa de dulces. There you can also find the wedding cake. Consider including Ecuadorian favorite traditional sweets in your event: 

  • Suspiros (baked meringues). 
  • Espumilla (a foamy cream-ish dessert).
  • Torta de tres leches (Milk cake). 
  • Dulce de higos (Sweetness of figs).
  • Orejas (Butterfly cookies). 
  • Arroz con leche (Rice pudding).

If you want to learn more about the best dishes in Ecuador, check out Rebecca Adventure Travel’s Ecuadorian Food Guide

Ecuadorian cuisine is very diverse.

Choose traditional Ecuadorian food for your destination wedding.

Traditional foods from the Ecuadorian highlands

The Andes cuisine typically has soups, main dishes, and desserts. You will find pork, beef, and chicken, combined with potatoes, rice, corn, and grains. Some of the traditional dishes are: 

  • Fanesca.
  • Cuy asado (roasted guinea pig).
  • Locro de papas (potato stew).
  • Llapingachos (fried potato pancakes).
  • Churrasco (Ecuadorian grilled meat). 
  • Guaguas de pan (bread babies).
  • Patacones (Fried plantain).
  • Quimbolitos (Sweet steamed cakes).
Seafood comes from the Coast and the Galapagos Islands

On the Ecuadorian coast seafood is a must. You will also find dishes prepared with coconut, green plantains, peanuts, and a diversity of fruits and vegetables. Some of the traditional dishes are: 

  • Ceviche de camarón (Shrimp cocktail). 
  • Bolones de verde (Green plantain dumplings).
  • Encebollado (Fish stew).
  • Encocado de pescado (Fish with coconut sauce).
  • Fried yuca. (Cassava Fries).
Eating in the Amazon jungle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

The Amazon is best known for its lush vegetation and wildlife diversity. However, you can also find one-of-a-kind traditional dishes, such as: 

  • Maito (Fish filet). 
  • Chontaduro (Chonta worm).
  • Manioc tamal (Yucca bread).
  • Ceviche de Palmito (Heart of palm ceviche). 
  • Guayusa tea.

Plan your destination wedding in a country with perfect weather conditions 

The climate is determined by altitude. In the mountain valleys, the weather is mild year-round. On the contrary, the Coast is humid. The Amazon has a humid subtropical climate. 

In general terms, the country has two seasons: dry and wet. However, it has a pleasant temperature, making it ideal for year-round tourism. Thus, the best time to visit Ecuador depends on what you want to do during your visit. 

Ecuador climate is perfect for a destinatin wedding.

The climate in Ecuador is very pleasant, making it ideal for year-round tourism.

The highlands have a spring-like weather

The highlands can be cold enough that you might need a sweater. It has spring-like weather, with temperatures that hover around 70˚F (21˚C). At night the temperature can get to an average of 46˚F (8˚C). The dry season goes from June to September. The rainy season runs from October to May. 

The Coast is hot and humid

On the Coast, the dry season can be more extreme. From May to December, the temperature is the coolest and driest. However, from January to April, the weather can be hot and rainy, and temperatures average around 88˚F (31˚C).

The Amazon is hot and wet for most of the year

Hot and wet temperatures characterize the Amazon weather. From June to August, there are heaviest rainfalls, with massive downpours. September to December are the driest months, with a high average of 88˚F (31˚C). At night, the temperatures can drop down to 68˚F (20˚C). 

Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination

When planning your destination wedding in the Galapagos Islands, you should define what you want to see and do in the archipelago. There is no “best” or “worst” time for traveling to the Galapagos Islands

Located along the Equator, Galapagos has two seasons: hot and dry. Therefore, the climate is subtropical. The warm season is from December through May. The cool season goes from June through November.


Ecuador offers a variety of beautiful destination wedding options

When you plan a destination wedding, you want to stay as close as possible to your established budget. Most importantly, Ecuador’s prices for accommodation and food are very reasonable compared to other destinations. Even though the cost of a wedding in Ecuador varies, it’s possible to have your dream destination wedding for half the price you would pay in the United States or in Europe

In Ecuador you can have your dream destination wedding for half the price

In Ecuador, you can have your dream destination wedding for half the price compared to other destinations.

Lodgings

The variety of lodgings makes Ecuador one of the best places to have a destination wedding. Above all, you can find national and international lodging chains, as well as 5-star hotels, ecolodges, or cozy budget accommodations.

Ecuador is an affordable destination wedding option

In Ecuador, the currency is the US dollar, making it a cheap tourist destination. Without a doubt, it’s an affordable country. As a result, local products and services are competitive in the national and international markets. Also, keep in mind that in Ecuador the VAT is 12%. Tourists can access the VAT refund.

Flora plays a key role in destination weddings in Ecuador

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are the perfect natural setting to celebrate love. Its biodiversity, exceptional landscapes, and unique destinations make it the ideal place for a city person, beach lover, or adventure seeker. Moreover, wedding destinations and honeymoons are delightful experiences. Ecuadorian biodiverse flora will bewitch your guests! 

Make sure to display Ecuadorian flowers because they are of world-class quality. Without a doubt, they will pop against the bright blue sky or be the highlight of your evening event!

Get from the altar to your dream honeymoon!

Certainly, Ecuador is a leading destination for honeymoon hotspots. The small country is a hidden gem that will amaze you. Without a doubt, its privileged location lets you choose from a relaxing, adventure, or romantic honeymoon.

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You can have a relaxed and calm honeymoon 

If your dream honeymoon is to relax and enjoy the view, you must visit Papallacta Hot Springs. Papallacta is a small rural village that lies along the E20 highway. On sunny days, you will be able to see the Cotopaxi Volcano. If you are lucky, you will see the Antisana Volcano in all its splendor.

The streaming mineral baths in Papallacta are a popular destination for their relaxing and healing benefits. Waters are full of dissolved minerals that come from within the earth. Moreover, mineral water has therapeutic properties. Additonaly, they are used for physical recovery as well as self-directed relaxation. 

Choose an adventurous honeymoon 

If you’re an adventurous soul you should travel to the most biodiverse places on Earth: the Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Yasuni and Cuyabeno are home to millions of species of plants and animals. They are the heart of the Amazon and are protected areas.

The Amazon is the most biodiverse place in the world.

If you are an adventurous soul you should travel to the Amazon.

Or plan a romantic honeymoon 

If you’re looking for adventure and romance, the Galapagos Islands are a magical place to visit as a newlywed. Undoubtedly, its are a world-class destination. The diverse ecosystem treasures animals found nowhere else in the world.

In the Galapagos Islands you can see wildlife everywhere.

Galapagos Islands are a magical place to visit as a newlywed.


Options for your destination wedding in Ecuador

When planning your destination wedding, you should know that religious ceremonies in Ecuador aren’t legally binding. This means that first, you need to perform a civil wedding at the Civil Registry office. Also, you can choose to have a judge come to your selected venue. 

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Churches are a romantic option for your destination wedding

If you choose to say “I do!” in a traditional ceremony, Ecuador has beautiful churches. They are a romantic, traditional and cultural place to celebrate love. In Quito, for instance, there are more than 20 baroque-style churches. You also can find numerous plazas and decorative fountains. The city is the perfect place to have a church wedding. Therefore, when you plan your destination wedding in Ecuador, you should consider these churches:

Compañia de Jesús Church

When you enter Compañia de Jesús church you feel as if you’ve just entered a dream. It’s a baroque masterpiece. It’s a mix of altarpieces, galleries, and a pulpit covered in gold leaf. Moreover, the temple has more than 50 kilos of gold. 

La Compañia was completed in 1614. It’s one of the most tourist attractions in Quito. Also, it’s considered a national treasure. For instance, two Popes visited the church: Pope John Paul II in 1985, and Pope Francis in 2015.

Compañia church is a beautiful place to get married.

Compañia church is a national treasure, with more than 50 kilos of gold.

The Basilica

The Basilica of the National Vote, or Basilica del Voto Nacional, it’s a monumental church. Moreover, it’s one of the largest temples in South America. In Neo-Gothic style, the church is 140 meters long, with a width of 35 meters, and a height of 30 meters. It has two entrances and six doors. 

Further, the Basilica was built in the 19th century. However, it’s considered unfinished. For instance, the church shows a perfect representation of the Ecuadorian culture. The facade has gargoyles but also alligators, turtles, blue-footed boobies, and monkeys, among others. 

Getting married in this magnificent church will definitely be a wonderful experience, for you and your guests!

La Basilica church is a beutiful place to have a destination wedding.

Getting married in the Basilica church will definitely be a wonderful experience, for you and your guests!

Rosario Chapel

El Rosario is a small and fascinating chapel. It can be found in Santo Domingo Church, in Quito’s Historic Center. The construction of this baroque chapel took 148 years. Additionally, it was built on three different levels. On the altar, you can admire relics of saints, among them the statue of the Virgen “del Rosario”. 

Santo Domingo church is a beutiful church to choose for your destination wedding

Santo Domingo church is one of the most beautiful places in Quito.

Nuestra Señora de Guápulo

Guapulo Church is an old monastery constructed during the colonial period. In addition, it’s the first Ecuadorian Marian Sanctuary

This church is situated along a narrow cobblestone road known as the Orellana’s road or Camino de Orellana. Francisco de Orellana, the Spanish explorer, arrived in Quito in 1540. He was part of the first exploration of the Orellana River, in the Amazon. He was searching for the “Land of Cinnamon”, a legendary and mythical location in South America. 

Nowadays, Guapulo is a bohemian neighborhood characterized as the residence of artists, writers, and musicians. Additionally, it has an amazing view of the Cumbaya, Tumbaco, and Yaruqui valleys.

If you choose to have your destination wedding in Guapulo church, your guests will enter a time capsule. You can learn about Ecuador’s history by touring the church and seeing the paintings and statues. 

Guapulo church is the first Ecuadorian Marian Sanctuary

From Guapulo church you have an amazing panoramic view of the valleys.

Elopements 

Elopements are a “small destination wedding,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. Thus, the “running away to get married” feeling is as romantic as it gets. As a result, it can be a party-of-two celebration or a small gathering. Without a doubt, Ecuador is the perfect country for a romantic getaway that can end on an elopement! 

 


Ecuador is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. It has it all: adventure, romance, and nature. Even so, you can go straight from the altar to the honeymoon! When you get married in Ecuador, you can choose vibrant decorations, tropical live music, and delicious food. Therefore, Ecuador, along the Equator, is the epicenter for romance

Find your destination wedding right now!

Hopefully, this blog has helped you plan your destination wedding in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Moreover, if you need more information regarding when to travel to Galapagos or Ecuador, you can contact us. One of our Destination Experts will be happy to help you. 


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