You’ve dreamt about your wedding your whole life. You’ve imagined getting married to the love of your life in the most romantic place in the world. When you meet the right person, you realize love is a fascinating feeling: it lifts you where you belong!
Planning a wedding is a wonderful process. Even more when you decide to tie the knot in an exotic place. When you choose to have a destination wedding, you’re deciding to spend quality time with your loved ones as well as create unforgettable memories.
In this blog, you’ll find inspiration and wedding travel packages to start planning your wedding in Ecuador today!
Top 5 Best Tours
If you’ve always dreamt of having a romantic and adventurous wedding, check out the Top 5 Best Tours offered by Rebecca Adventure Travel:
Get married surrounded by nature, history, and beautiful landscapes! You’ll tie the knot in a luxury historic hacienda. Haciendas in the Andes are encompassed by stunning volcanoes and colorful landscapes. After the ceremony, you’ll visit Quito’s old town, and finalize your trip with a relaxing day in Papallacta hot springs.
Choose a Boutique-style Micro Wedding Across Ecuador, to have a glamorous wedding on a rooftop with a breathtaking view of Old Town Quito. Then, relax in Papallacta’s natural hot springs. Finally, embark on a magnificent adventure in Yasuni National Park.
3 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Destination Wedding in Ecuador?
Ecuador has it all. For instance, when you plan your destination wedding in Ecuador your event can have dazzling flowers, joyous live music, and delicious traditional food. Located in the middle of the world, the country is the epicenter of love and romance.
1. Ecuador has beautiful scenery
Lovers from all over the world choose Ecuador for their destination weddings because the country has stunning landscapes and incredible sunsets. Moreover, Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Therefore, you can visit:
- Snow-capped volcanoes.
- Sunny beaches.
- Tropical rainforests.
- The unique Galapagos Islands.
2. Ecuador’s location is strategic
The geographical location makes Ecuador a strategic place when planning a destination wedding. Located in South America, it’s easily accessible for guests traveling from North America as well as Europe. Ecuador’s location is ideal because:
- Strategic connectivity with two leading airports in South America: Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil.
- Many major airlines offer direct flights to Ecuador from North American and European destinations: American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, LATAM Airlines, United, and Avianca, among others, operate daily to domestic and international destinations.
3. Ecuador is an affordable option
Compared to other popular destinations, Ecuador is an affordable option. Even though the cost of a wedding varies, you can plan yours for way less than what you’ll pay in the United States or Europe. Therefore, you can have your dream wedding without breaking the bank!
Also, remember that the US dollar is the currency in Ecuador. Therefore, local products and services have competitive prices in the national and international markets. Even so, in Ecuador, the VAT is 12% and tourists can access the VAT refund.
Rebecca’s Top Picks
Rebecca, the founder of Rebecca Adventure Travel, loves to plan trips to Ecuadorian hidden spots. In 2020, Rebecca married the love of her life, Andrés, in a traditional Ecuadorian wedding. Friends and family from all over the world traveled to Quito. Rebecca planned events and trips for them to enjoy Ecuador at its best.
Therefore, when it comes to destination weddings, Rebecca knows how important it is to have a well-planned event where all guests enjoy the magical feeling of discovering a new destination. Check Rebecca’s top destination wedding tours:
What to expect when you plan your Destination Wedding with Rebecca Adventure Travel?
When you plan your destination wedding in Ecuador with Rebecca Adventure Travel, you are up for a unique and exciting experience. These breathtaking landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for romantic getaways!
Get from the altar to the honeymoon
Ecuadorians are romantic and thoughtful people. Therefore, they are passionate about creating dreamy experiences and moments for lovers from around the world. One of the best things about getting married in Ecuador is that you can start your honeymoon right away. You can choose from a relaxing, adventurous, or romantic honeymoon.
Ecuadorian cuisine is diverse and delicious
Ecuadorian food is diverse and varied as its four regions. It has influences from indigenous, Spanish, and African cultures. When planning a destination wedding in Ecuador, your guests will be delighted to discover traditional dishes full of history and culture!
In general, the local cuisine has meat, seafood, green plantain, fruits, vegetables, and many more. You and your guests will savor different types of soups, main dishes, and desserts.
After an amazing lunch or dinner, at every Ecuadorian wedding, it’s traditional to have a sweets table or mesa de dulces. It goes beyond the wedding cake. You can find cream-ish desserts, cookies, puddings, meringues, etc.
Tradition and cultural experiences
Ecuador has a rich and diverse heritage, with traditions that vary depending on the region. Ecuador can offer guests the opportunity to experience the culture firsthand. You can incorporate local traditions into your wedding ceremony or reception, making your event unique, such as:
- Include a musical band that brightens up your event with different Ecuadorian music styles. Your guests can enjoy pasillos, a slow and romantic genre accompanied by guitars, harps, and violins. Also, during the party, you can dance to San Juanito (lively and upbeat music that originated in the Andes) or bomba (Afro-Ecuadorian music genre).
- Plan a visit to indigenous communities where you can have a cultural immersion, taste traditional foods, and purchase locally-made handicrafts.
- Attend festivals and celebrations where you can interact with locals.
Adventurous and outdoor activities
Depending on your interests and travel styles, there are many ways to enjoy Ecuador. If you are an adventurous couple and enjoy getting outdoors and exploring, a wedding in Ecuador can provide plenty of opportunities for adventure seekers.
Ecuador has many great hiking trails. Trekkers can find mountains and volcanoes throughout the country. From high altitudes to lower elevations, there are trails for all levels of fitness. Also, you can hike all year round, thanks to the amazing Ecuadorian weather.
Some of the best hiking trails in Ecuador are:
- The famous Quilotoa Loop is one of Ecuador’s best hikes.
- Hiking around the Chimborazo volcano is a challenging experience.
- Lake Cuicocha is an easy one-day hike. The route lasts four to five hours
- Cotopaxi National Park offers a variety of trail options with beautiful views.
Did you know that people cross the world just to be able to dive in the Galapagos Islands? That’s because diving in the Galapagos Islands is an out-of-this-world experience. The Archipelago has about 30 diving sites to offer, making it a perfect activity for adventurers who come to Ecuador to attend a destination wedding.
A Guide for Your Destination Wedding
Ecuador has a diverse range of landscapes and cultures, making it ideal for a destination wedding, honeymoon, or romantic getaway. With its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and multiple outdoor activities, there are plenty of opportunities for romance. Here are some destination ideas for you:
The Galapagos Islands offer a unique and unforgettable location. Situated off the coast of Ecuador, the Archipelago is known for its incredible wildlife, stunning landscapes, and clear waters.
Galapagos has beautiful wedding venues, including beaches, hotels, and yacht charters.
Mashpi is a romantic, adventurous, and wildlife adventure destination! For instance, you can encounter 400 species of wild birds, trees, and frogs. Also, it’s a deluxe cloud forest experience.
This luxurious hotel, which has multiple international prizes, caters to couples looking for a romantic destination for a wedding as well as a honeymoon.
Ecuador is a year-round destination.
The weather varies depending on the destination, but in general terms, it is always a good idea to visit Ecuador. Ecuador is a country with perfect weather conditions. In the Highlands, the weather is mild year-round. The Coast and the Galapagos Islands, on the contrary, are humid. The Amazon has a humid subtropical climate.
Then, in general terms, the country has two seasons: dry and wet. However, its spring-like temperature makes it ideal for year-round tourism.
Spanish is spoken throughout Ecuador
Spanish is the official language in Ecuador. Also, Quechua and Shuare are major indigenous languages.
Ecuadorians are hospitable people
In general, Ecuadorians are very welcoming to visitors. People will ask you where you are from and what you liked about the country. Even so, you’ll be greeted several times a day. Therefore, make sure to learn to say buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), and good night (good night).
Start creating the wedding of your dreams, and have the wedding you always dream of!