Saturday, November 22, 2014

Elope to the Florida Beaches in 2014 - It's not too late!!

Did you want to get married in 2014 but time slipped away?  It's not too late to run down to the Florida Beaches to Elope!  Elope to Destin, Panama City Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, 30a, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, or Pensacola Beach! has some great cheap wedding packages and amazing Sunset Beach Wedding Photography.  Check out the "Packages" section and call us, we have lots of dates for December!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beach Wedding Engagement Season is Near! 10 Best Proposal Packages!

We saw this article on's newsfeed this morning, and thought it perfect for the start of Engagement Season.  Realstic for most of us?  No, probably not, but fun to dream!  

After getting engaged this holiday season, consider a destination beach wedding in Florida with Sunset Beach Weddings - call us to talk about your plans!  (850) 366-8054

Put a Ring on It! The 10 Most Baller Proposal Packages on the Planet

Jordi LippeNovember 19, 2014

Planning a proposal can be a daunting task. Viral videos have set the bar way too high these days. It's no longer enough to book a nice restaurant and toss a diamond into a glass of champagne.

Today you need a flash mob, a helicopter, an entourage, a singing monkey.

We get it. You're overwhelmed! And, you should be.

Thankfully, luxury hotels have caught on to this trend and created packages to help you create an over-the-top moment where you're guaranteed an ecstatic "Yes!" These are the top 10 most perfectly planned proposal packages.

Put a Ring on It! The 10 Most Baller Proposal Packages on the Planet

A proposal truly meant for a princess. (Thinkstock)

Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Be transported back in time for a historic proposal with theKey to Your Heart package, which allows you to see the Golden City in a magical way. For $2,300, you get a luxurious suite with vaulted ceilings, breakfast in bed, and a special horse carriage tour through some of the city's secret fairy-tale spots. 


This one will knock her socks off. (Thinkstock)

The Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, Calif.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this iconic hotel located just outside of Los Angeles, the property is offering aProposal of the Century package. We agree, it's a bold statement, but it pretty much lives up to its name. 

The package gives you private and exclusive use of The Rose Bowl stadium to pop the question right on the field in front of a photographer and videographer, a private serenade by the 40-piece Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, a custom-designed engagement ring featuring a 2.5 carat cushion-cut diamond, and a stay at the hotel. Of course, the over-the-top gesture has a price tag to match; it will set you back $100,000.


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Four Seasons Lanai at Manele BayHawaii

This classic five-star hotel always provides stellar customer service, so when it comes time to get down on one knee, you know you're in good hands. The hotel's Put a Ring On It package includes a consultation with the resort's director of experience, a romance specialist, who will ensure that all the details are taken care of. Whether you choose a helicopter ride or a hike on a volcano, the hotel will take care of the planning so all you have to do is choose a ring and ask the big question. Prices vary.


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The New York Palace, New York

What better place to make someone feel like "the one" than in the Center of the Universe. Guests who book the Palace's Ultimate Proposal Package receive two nights in its Jewel Suite along with round-trip airport transfer, VIP welcome presentation including a bottle of Dom Pérignon, chocolate truffles, a couples massage, a seven-course dinner, and a custom-designed engagement ring by Martin Katz. The package starts at $50,000.


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The James Royal Palm, Miami

If you're looking to spice things up for your big moment, then head south to The 305, where this oceanfront hotel has an amazing Proposal Package. Starting at $599, you get a two-night stay in an ocean-view suite, a couple's massage, a sunset dinner, a one-hour professional photography session, and a two-hour car service to explore Miami.


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Hôtel de Glace, Quebec, Canada

Hoping to be cool when it comes to your proposal? Well, it doesn't get much cooler than popping the question in an ice hotel. This Canadian hot spot offers a Wedding Proposal Package starting at $499, which includes a bottle of Pinnacle ice cider, two handmade ice flutes, a jewelry box made of ice, and a themed suite with a fireplace for the proposal.


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Bellagio, Las Vegas

Before you think about having a quickie wedding in Sin City, why not go all out and have an outrageous proposal as well. One of The Strip's most luxurious hotels has The Proposal package, which is sure to sweep anyone off their feet. For $1,000, you'll have 30 minutes of private time on the Terrazza di Sogno, a balcony overlooking the famous water fountains, to get down on one knee. The hotel also provides rose petals, a bouquet of flowers, gourmet chocolates, and Champagne. For an additional fee, you can add on a photographer and videographer to capture the moment as well. Next stop? A Little White Wedding Chapel.


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Paradisus Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

How about heading to paradise? This tropical resort offers a "Say Yes" Engagement Proposal package for $750, which includes breakfast in bed with mimosas, chilled champagneand rose petals on the bed, a couple's massage, and a private three-course dinner "Under the Stars" with a 30-minute live musical performance. 


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Walt Disney World Resorts, Orlando

Disney is all about making dreams come true, so why not take them up on that offer by having a truly dreamy engagement. Packages start at just $100 (in addition to the room cost) and offer experiences like being presented with an engraved glass slipper at Cinderella's Royal Table, a letter from the Fairy Godmother, and a personalized royal proclamation that will declare your loved one a royal princess. You can even have Mickey and Minnie congratulate you with custom bath towels and rose petals adorning your room.


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Holdsworth House, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Classic romantics should head to the English countryside to create their fairy-tale proposal. The Ultimate Marriage Proposal package includes a seven-course dinner and bottle of Champagne in a candlelit, private dining room or the restaurant; an overnight stay in a suite with breakfast, including chocolate-dipped strawberries; and use of the beautiful grounds' historic stone gazebo for the big moment. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Florida Destination Wedding Budget Blog from @SandyMalone

Here's another informative article from Sandy Malone at titled "5 Easy Ways to Blow Your Wedding Budget."  These are all great tips and can be applied to your Destination Beach Wedding in Florida!

Wedding Budget Saving Tips

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All brides and grooms start out with what they believe is a "realistic" wedding budget. If you're working with a wedding planner, he or she should be able to help you with the numbers and create a guestimate of what everything will cost when you add it all up and include gratuities.

With that said, only you can blow your budget. Your wedding planner isn't the one who is actually spending your money — you are. You will be given options and you will make decisions and sign contracts. End of day, you were the one who couldn't live without the sparkler tunnel or the second wedding gown.

Here's a list of the top five things that will cause you to blow your wedding budget:

1. Choosing the top-level bar at all of your events.
Do you really need to serve Bombay Sapphire gin and Belvedere vodka? After the first few drinks, it doesn't even matter what kind of booze it is — they'll keep on drinking. Serving a lower level of bar doesn't make you look cheap — you're still providing an open bar for quite a long period of time.

2. Overdoing it with flowers and décor.
Are you getting married in a beautiful venue or outdoor location? If the room is already exquisite or you're already in the midst of an amazing garden, don't try to gild the lily. Less is often more in this situation.

3. Extending your wedding reception to run all night. 

Every additional hour costs you more money on everything. None of the event staff can begin breakdown or cleanup until your wedding is over. So you have to pay to keep the kitchen staff, the service staff, security, the wedding planners, the music and maybe even your photographer if you really want those crazy late-night shots. This can add on mega bucks to your budget.

4. Having a huge wedding party. 
Do you really need eight bridesmaids, four junior bridesmaids, and three flower girls? The cost of the flowersfor the bridal party alone will go into the thousands by the time you're done. Plus, don't forget you must buy gifts!

5. Trying to provide transportation for everyone. 
It's a smart (and safe) idea to have a "drunk bus" on hand late night to get guests back to the hotel safely, but don't feel like it's your responsibility to get your guests to and from your actual wedding and reception and their accommodations. Half of the time, they'd rather drive their own rental cars and have control of how long they stay. They don't like feeling stuck. Unless the hotel has a free shuttle on hand, don't try to coordinate everybody.

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We keep hearing that engagement season is coming! Destin Beach Weddings is ready!

Should you get engaged over the holidays, you might consider a June beach wedding in Florida!  Sunset Beach Weddings would love to help you.

We specialize in intimate beach weddings and vow renewals of all sizes and enjoy the simplicity and symbolism of a couple in love, married at the water's edge.

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Planning a wedding at the beach can be a very exciting experience! We are romantics and love seeing a couple get married in these beautiful surroundings. We feel we're part of your lives and want you to have your dream wedding.

We have photographed and officiated hundreds of weddings here on the beach. Each with it's own style and character. Let us use our expertise to give you the low-stress destination wedding of your dreams. Call us at (850) 366-8054 or email to discuss your plans!

See the sections of our website - - for more information on Beaches to visit, Packages, Photography, Marriage License, how to Reserve Your Date, and to Get to Know Us!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Time to start thinking about Beach Wedding Colors!

Here's a blog article from written by Chelsey-the-Intern about the significance of wedding colors.  Visit and look through the "Packages" section to see many color and decoration options for your Florida Beach Wedding.

Wedding Colors Set the Vibe for Your Wedding Guests – Guest Blog by Chelsey-the-Intern

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Your wedding day is the one day it can and should be ALL ABOUT YOU. Every detail, from the centerpieces to your wedding party attire, should be reflect the bride and groom's styles and personalities. Not only should the physical elements of the wedding scream your names, but also the overall mood. One of the most powerful ways to accomplish this is through the use of color.


Not only are the colors you choose for your wedding the heart from which your décor, flowers and attire originate, but they also set the mood and personality for the entire event. If you have a message to deliver, or want your guests to feel a certain way when they enter the venue, you don't necessarily have to pick a theme, just pick a color scheme the promotes that kind of energy.


And because your wedding day is, after all, the day that is ALL about you and your fiancé, you'll want to choose colors that display your personalities as a couple! Whether you're outgoing, laidback, adventurous or traditional, you'll want to choose a wedding color scheme that relays that message to your guests. There are a handful of ways you can coordinate colors to match your personality.

Larry and Fernando's big red wedding included hundreds of different shades of red roses and carnations, plus a dozen other red accents. It was the only color they used and it set the tone for a raging reception!

Larry and Fernando's big red wedding included hundreds of different shades of red roses and carnations, plus a dozen other red accents. It was the only color they used and it set the tone for a raging reception!


For example, a bride and groom who are outgoing may choose a bright color like red because red is associated with energy as well as passion, desire and love. Guests at a red wedding can most likely expect a lively party!


A couple who chooses to use pale pink and ivory sets more of an elegant, soft-spoken vibe. Their guests can expect simplistic details and a more mellow celebration.


On the theme side of things, if a bride and groom want to make their guests feel like they're on the ocean, they could choose a beach or tropical theme. They might go with colors such as aqua, sand and white, or bright orange, hot pink and parrot green. Bright tropical colors send the message that guests can expect a lively and joyous party, while shades of sea glass imply something more soothing and serious.


If a bride and groom decided to go with a garden theme, they might choose a more natural look such as whites and ivories, along with specks of greens and browns. These colors deliver an elegant and comforting feeling. The popularity of using succulents in bouquets and décor has exploded in garden themes.


As the bride and groom, you need to decide what you want the vibe of your wedding to be. The next step would be to choose either a theme or a color palette that can assist you in accomplishing just that. Since I didn't know what all the colors meant when I started this blog, I can only assume that quite a few brides and grooms are in the same position. Here is a breakdown of what emotions some specific colors may evoke:

Shades of Pink

Light Pink: Happy, Playful, Fun

Hot Pink: Bold, Energized


Shades of Purple

Purple: Mysterious, Glamorous, Grown-up

Lavender: Softy, Dainty, Ladylike


Shades of Blue

Aqua: Fun-loving, Fresh, Vibrant, Tropical

Royal Blue: Grand, Traditional, Happily-Ever-After

Navy: Ultra-classic, Alternative to Black


Shades of Green

Lighter Green: Reminiscent of Nature, Calm, Laidback, Relaxed

Brighter Green: Energetic, Fun, Creative


Shades of Red

Passionate, Dramatic, Desire, Romantic, Energetic


Shades of Yellow

Optimism, Cheerfulness, Appreciation for Friendship


Shades of Orange

Creative, Fun-loving, Joyfulness, Enthusiasm, Optimism



Pure, privileged, modern, Innocence, Cleanliness



Elegant, Old-World, Soft-Spoken



Lavishness, Luxury, Warmth, Tradition



Restrained Wealth, Glamour, Sophistication



Modern, Understated, Sleek, Peace



Timeless, Stylish, Sophisticated (but beware – it's also considered the color of mourning in much of the world and not all of your older guests may considerate an "appropriate" wedding color despite the fact it has been in style for years)



Comforting, Patience, Conservative, Reliable


Remember, most elements of your wedding such as the flowers, décor, attire, and cake use the color as the basis. You may use as much or as little color as you wish. The more color you use, the stronger the mood will be.


There are some things to keep in mind as you choose your colors or theme. If you have already chosen a venue, you may want to take its decor into consideration (i.e. If the venue has a color scheme of purple and green you probably won't want to go with red and navy blue as your colors. If the venue you're using features bold colors, it's likely that some color palettes may clash).


Depending on where you're getting married, keep the season in mind. Seasonal colors vary and you are definitely not limited to using what reflects the weather outside wherever you're getting married, but it's good to have an idea of how to play it up if you like. Spring colors usually consist of pastels and colors that resemble those first flowers poking out of the ground after winter. Consider muted pinks, greens, purples, blues, browns, white, ivory and grays.


Bright, fun, pops of color can be associated with summer weddings. The hot colors resemble summer: popsicles, sun, bright flowers, fruit, the beach, etc. Think bright pinks, oranges, yellows, corals and various shades of blue.


Autumn weddings call for earthy tones. The dramatic change of the season can be a huge help when planning an autumn wedding. Picture the falling leaves: oranges, reds, yellows, mossy greens, purples, and browns.


Although winter is a season of frigid cold, it makes for beautiful weddings. Winter is a time where metallic colors are especially popular! Because there are so many inspiring holidays in winter, there are a slew of colors to choose from in your theme. Think reds, greens, purples, blues, pinks, grays, gold, silver, white, ivory, black, and tans.


When in doubt, start with a color that you've always loved and work from there. Or look at using neutrals. Neutrals, despite what some may say, are not boring. They are extremely easy to add splashes of color to and look great in every venue!


The most important thing to remember is that there is no set of rules that you have to follow when choosing your wedding colors, it's your day!




Chelsey Commins, Intern at Weddings in Vieques

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Looking for a Photographer for your Florida Beach Wedding Photography?

Look no further than Sunset Beach Weddings Photography.  Go to the "Photography" section of our website - - there is an extensive slideshow with tons of examples of our work.  Be careful though, it can be addictive!  You can also see the slide show on our photo website:

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When choosing a wedding company to help you with your Florida beach wedding, you'll want to see lots of examples of their work, not just their 10 best shots.  You'll also want to see how much editing they do, whether you see beach-goers in their shots, and what a final photo set might look like.  If a beach photographer is reluctant to show you these things, it may be for a reason!

Give us a text or call at (850) 366-8054 or email us to discuss your beach wedding plans!

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We have affordable beach wedding packages in a wide range of prices and style for Destin, 30a, seaside, watercolor, seagrove, grayton, seacrest, rosemary beach, blue mountain beach, dune allen beach and gulfplace.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Looking for a great beach wedding venue in Destin?

Looking for a great florida beach wedding venue in Destin, FL? Henderson Beach State Park rents beach space away from the condos. The park also has beach side pavilions you can rent for your reception after the ceremony. For more information call Carolyn, the Events Coordinator, at (850) 269-1062. She is in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am until 5:00pm CST.

We love performing ceremonies at Henderson Beach State Park, it's beautiful and offers a bit of privacy despite being in the heart of Destin.  Give us a call to talk about the park or our beach wedding packages - (850) 366-8054 -

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunset Beach Wedding Photography Featured!

We posted another beach wedding feature on Tumblr yesterday!  These wedding photography features are beneficial to help with your destination beach wedding planning in Destin, FL.  You can see the feature here:

We have affordable beach wedding packages in a wide range of prices and style for Destin, 30a, seaside, watercolor, seagrove, grayton, seacrest, rosemary beach, blue mountain beach, dune allen beach and gulfplace.  Visit our website to see all our packages -

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Great Destination Beach Weddings this year!

What a great 2014 wedding season! Congrats to all the newlyweds! 2015
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Monday, November 10, 2014

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Engagement Season is Coming Fast! Need an idea where to propose?

Sunset Beach Weddings looks forward to engagement season because we reserve a large portion of our weddings during this time.  Lots of couples get engaged around the holidays.  November, December, and January and then book their Florida Beach Wedding for the next year.  

There's no wrong way to propose, but maybe this article from CNN on the most romantic small towns in America will give you some ideas!  Note that one of our local beaches made the list, Rosemary Beach on 30a!  Rosemary Beach is a perfect location to propose or have a beautiful Florida Beach Wedding.  Visit our website to learn more about our wedding packages and photography -

6 of America's most romantic small towns

By Kristine Hansen, for CNN
November 3, 2014
The B&Bs and vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas, help get people in the mood. "A lot of people have gotten engaged here," says Nicole Bendele of Becker Vineyards.The B&Bs and vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas, help get people in the mood. "A lot of people have gotten engaged here," says Nicole Bendele of Becker Vineyards.
Small town romance: Fredericksburg
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(CNN) -- For an otherwise entertaining movie, "Gone Girl" had kind of a downer message.

Happy loving couple heads to small town and immediately finds a viper's nest of dysfunction, deceit and revenge?

Thanks rural America!

To the rescue are these six real American small towns, where cobblestone streets, adorable cafes, couples spa treatments and distance from big city hyper-ambition don't ruin relationships, they strengthen them.

Ephraim, Wisconsin

Midway up the Door County peninsula there's a place where small boats cruise in and out of a small harbor just across the street from Wilson's, a century-old ice-cream parlor that scoops up cones while hand-holders plot second desserts and nighttime walks.

That place is Ephraim, Wisconsin, an historic town with Moravian and Norwegian roots dating to 1853 that's now home to fewer than 300 full-time residents.

"To ensure that Ephraim remains a historic and beautiful location, Ephraim's zoning is admittedly strict and is continually refined to preserve the distinctive atmosphere and character of the Village," reads the town's official website.

"The village offers incredibly intimate spaces," says Natalie Nedderson, co-owner of Eagle Harbor Inn, a bed-and-breakfast with whirlpool suites. "Hardy Gallery (which exhibits works from local and regional artists) begs you to paint your names on its red clapboard exterior, joining generations of couples ... establishing that you have staked your claim in graffiti."

Professions of love in graffiti?

Not exactly what we'd expect from the sons and daughters of devout Moravians, but it proves that even quaint villages have the power to surprise you.

Eagle Harbor Inn, 9914 Water St., Ephraim, Wisconsin; +1 920 854 2121; from $175 per night

Hardy Gallery, 3083 Anderson Lane, Ephraim, Wisconsin; +1 920 854 5355 (phone number is active seasonally)

Fredericksburg, Texas

With its frontier fields and world-class wines, Becker Vineyards attracts would-be suitors and those who might not even know they're that serious yet.

"A lot of people have gotten engaged here," says tasting room coordinator Nicole Bendele. "Some impromptu. Somebody might be out on the veranda overlooking the lavender field and pop the question."

Good wine has a way of making even a hardened soul misty, and so do the views in Texas Hill Country.

A quick drive from area wineries, Fredericksburg has those pretty views, as well as a "y'all come on in" Main Street vibe and superb restaurants, like the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant, which unequivocally states it has "the largest Texas wine list just about anywhere!"

"The town lends itself to romance," says Donna Mittel of Gastehaus Schmidt Reservation Service, which books Texas Hill Country hotels, bed and breakfasts and country inns. "With romantic B&Bs, fine restaurants and the vineyards, people come for the quiet time away from the kids, or the dogs."

Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, Texas; +1 830 644 2681

Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant, Cotton Gin Village, Fredericksburg, Texas; +1 830 990 5734

Gastehaus Schmidt Reservation Service, 231 W. Main, Fredericksburg, Texas; +1 866 427 8374

Friday Harbor, Washington

San Juan Island: Not a bad first-date spot.
San Juan Island: Not a bad first-date spot.

Not everyone's idea of "romance" is sifting through a hotel's pillow menu while awaiting the afternoon's melted-chocolate massage (not that there's anything wrong with that).

For some, posing for precious pics in front of the hulls of water-beaded kayaks says, "We're in this together!"

For these couples, Washington state's San Juan Islands are pretty much perfect.

The area's outdoor opportunities are legendary, but after the paddling and hiking and orca spotting are over, Friday Harbor on San Juan Island has a rustic "no stoplights, no strip malls, pretty much no nothing" vibe that lends itself to tranquil reflection and "I wouldn't want to be here with anyone else" conversation.

Once that's out of the way (guys, that's a joke), it's off to sophisticated restaurants like Tops'l Sushi Bar, or plates of comfort food such as chicken breast with a tart-apple waffle at the Duck Soup Inn, a small cabin dedicated to local ingredients (some foraged) that sits snugly on Dream Lake surrounded by tall conifers.

Of course, you can always stay in town.

"The Inn is right in the middle of Friday Harbor, so couples can stroll sidewalks hand in hand as they window shop, head for dinner, look for a cafe to disappear into or a cozy bench to watch the world roll by," says Scott Hale, manager of the Island Inn at 123 West, which has 360-degree water views and a special "INN Love" package for couples, with a cheese board, fresh flowers and bottle of sparkling wine.

Tops'l Sushi Bar, 1B Front St. N., Friday Harbor, Washington; +1 360 370 7191

Duck Soup Inn, located halfway between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor; +1 360 378 4878

Islands Inn at 123 West; +1 360 378 4400

Healdsburg, California

The square in Sonoma County's Healdsburg is lined with high-end restaurants, tasting rooms, boutiques and indie bookstores.

Hotel Healdsburg caters to couples with its "Romance in Bloom" package, folding in perks like a soaking tub stocked with salts and oils, sparkling wine, house-made truffles and a couples massage.

Dinner downstairs at Dry Creek Kitchen is a seven-course experience.

"So many of my clients are true romantics that come to this town celebrating a special occasion: an engagement, anniversary or birthday," says Ann Marie Montecuollo, owner of Ann Marie Fine Jewelry, just off the town square.

For vacationing couples, she specializes in custom-designed jewelry to commemorate their trip.

Dry Creek Kitchen, Hotel Healdsburg, 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, California; +1 707 431 0330

Ann Marie Fine Jewelry, 122 Matheson St., Healdsburg, California; +1 707 433 5053

Rosemary Beach, Florida

Rosemary Beach: Florida fling since 1995.
Rosemary Beach: Florida fling since 1995.

Founded in 1995, Rosemary Beach has evolved into a romantic destination, attracting celebs such as country singer Kellie Pickler -- it was the site of her proposal.

A winding cobblestone Main Street is filled with sidewalk cafes serving sushi, Gulf-caught seafood and chocolate-covered bacon. (That's romantic, right?)

The Gulf of Mexico's emerald-green beauty is just a block away.

Although their website tagline makes us cringe a little ("Welcome to the delicious moments of your life"), The Pearl is a year-old marvel of a super-luxe beach hotel with romance built into its DNA.

There are also plenty of luxury homes for rent through Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Co.

Strict design codes keep lodgings awash in nature-inspired hues and high-end appliances.

Bicycles built for two? Um, maybe in 1914.

These days you can each rent a beach-cruiser bicycle from Bamboo Bicycle Company (which does actually have adult tandem bikes if that's your thing).

The Pearl, 63 Main St., Rosemary Beach, Florida; +1 850 588 2881; from $179 per night

Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Co.; +1 866 348 8952

Bamboo Bicycle Company, 50 North Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach, Florida; +1 850 231 0770

Sunset Beach Weddings, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida +1 850 366 8054

Aspen, Colorado

Cozy now? Just wait til they\'re in front of a fire.
Cozy now? Just wait til they're in front of a fire.

The Aspen secret?

It doesn't matter if you ski or not.

Downtown streets are lined with art galleries and shops worth spending hours and hundreds (if not thousands) of spare change on.

The bars, hotels and resorts don't just conjure images of roaring fires and designer boot fashion, they deliver them.

The Hotel Jerome is a pretty example.

The property's throwback couture is a plus, but so are the dramatic mountain views from its suites and cozy fun at its renowned J-Bar.

"Whether your idea of romance is running up a mountain or wrapping up in a blanket in front of a wood fire, Aspen has it all," says St. Regis Aspen Resort spa director Julie Oliff. "The trouble is, you won't just fall more in love when you're here, you'll fall in love with everything here."

The spa's Great Bath is a guaranteed pleaser -- it features berries, chocolate and champagne in an aromatherapy bath followed by a massage.

Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St., Aspen, Colorado; +1 855 331 7213; from $225 per night

St. Regis Aspen Resort, 315 E. Dean St., Aspen, Colorado; +1 970 920 3300

Milwaukee-based Kristine Hansen writes about food, wine and travel for publications including TIME, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons and Fodor's Travel.

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