Wedding Details

So you’re taking the plunge and traveling to an exotic place for your wedding. Congratulations! An adventurous trip to Costa Rica is the perfect way to start the biggest adventure of your life.

By choosing a destination wedding, you’ve cut down on the stressful details of your wedding by at least 90%. However, there are a few things you’ll want to plan on bringing with you, depending on the type of ceremony/reception you’re planning to have.  

Check out this ultimate details checklist for a destination wedding in Costa Rica so you don’t miss a thing!

Ready to Rock It?

Below is a long details checklist of a destination wedding in Costa Rica and I hope it’s helpful to you. Dealing with last-minute wedding details can be quite the hassle, but it will be a lot easier of you’ve planned ahead of time. What’s more, bringing items that are hard to get here (or expensive) will cut down on the worries of the day. 

If you’re looking for inspiration, I’ve added links to galleries of wedding details photos so you can see what others have done for arbors, bouquets, favors, and other decorations.

Once you get here, don’t worry if a few small things don’t go as planned. You’re here, you’re together, and you’re getting married — that’s what matters.

¡Pura Vida! — as they say in Costa Rica!

Still planning? Check out more of my wedding resources pages here!

Hover over the individual galleries below to see the details. Click on any gallery to see all the photos.

Bridal Party Gifts and Wedding Favors

Many destination weddings are actually elopements or small, intimate weddings with only a few guests and no bridal party. If you have one, however, don’t forget the bridal party gifts!  You might think it’s a good idea to pick the gifts … Read More

Guestbook and Pens

A guestbook is a fun way to remember all the guests who were adventurous enough to make this journey with you.  While you can find cool, Costa Rican themed journals and the like in the souvenir shops, again I’d recommend bringing … Read More

ring bearer pillow
Ring Bearer Pillow

If you’re having a flower girl and/or a ring bearer, definitely bring their accessories with you — unless your planner has a set you can use.  Don’t forget the petals for the flower girl’s basket! I recommend using real petals … Read More

Special Wedding Mementos

With destination weddings, it often happens that some people can not attend your celebration. Maybe they have passed, or they might have mobility issues and plane travel might be difficult. There are many ways to honor these people who can … Read More

Unity Sand and Candles

If you want any special rituals like a unity candle or unity sand, I suggest that you find a set you like and bring it with you. That’s not the type of thing that you’ll easily find in Manuel Antonio … Read More

Wedding Cakes and Toppers

There are all sorts of fun or romantic cake toppers that you can choose from online. I’d recommend finding one before you come so you’re sure to get the right one to represent your personalities.  The same thing goes for the … Read More

Wedding Ceremony Set Up

There are all sorts of fun or romantic cake toppers that you can choose from online. I’d recommend finding one before you come so you’re sure to get the right one to represent your personalities.  The same thing goes for the … Read More

Wedding Dresses

It’s unlikely that you’ll forget your wedding dress when you come to Costa Rica. You might forget everything else — but your dress is coming with you so we don’t need to say any more about that. It also doesn’t … Read More

Wedding Flowers and Bouquets

Definitely make arrangements for the flowers for your bouquet and any decorations you’ll be having a few weeks before you come. I recommend working with a wedding planner for this. There are many fantastic local planners who can coordinate with … Read More

Wedding Jewelry

Pick out your jewelry well ahead of time and bring it with you. I don’t recommend waiting until you get here to pick something “beachy” or “tropical” from a souvenir shop. You never know what you’ll find and you don’t … Read More

Wedding Shoes

Your shoes are another important thing to pick out well ahead of time and bring with you. Personally, I’ve never teetered around in high heels, but even so, I don’t recommend it on the beach. If your ceremony and reception … Read More

Welcome Signs

If you’ll be having guests, a welcome sign is a fun addition at the entrance either for the ceremony or the reception. It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to gently remind their guests with a cleverly-worded welcome sign to put … Read More