What is it truly like to have a destination wedding in Costa Rica? Savita, one of our past guests, had her destination wedding in Costa Rica at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa. Savita was kind enough to sit down and answer a few of our questions about:
What It’s Really Like To Have A Destination Wedding In Costa Rica
Savita and her husband Patrick decided on a November Thanksgiving Weekend wedding and invited the whole family. They not only shared in this special occasion, but also celebrated gratitude and thanksgiving.
Several months later, we took a moment to catch up with Savita and asked her to reflect upon her experience.
1. Why did you choose a destination wedding in Costa Rica? Why Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa?
We both love traveling and wanted to do something unique and personal. It also helped that it was more cost effective than having a huge wedding in San Francisco (where we lived), or in our home towns.
Neither of us had ever been to Costa Rica but had always heard wonderful things. We thought, “why not go for the first time for our wedding?!” I spent hours Googling destination weddings in Costa Rica and accommodations. We came across Blue Osa’s website. I was immediately transfixed and knew that this was the place we needed to get married. The accommodations and location was as relaxing and stunning as they looked on the website.
A destination wedding at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica was the perfect choice.
Photo by Funky Town
2. What was your favorite aspect of having a destination wedding in Costa Rica? Your favorite part of the experience?
Our favorite part of a destination wedding in Costa Rica was getting to and being in an exotic location on a beachfront yoga retreat. This isn’t for everyone but for us, the journey down was exhilarating. The unparalleled beauty of the Osa Peninsula doesn’t hurt.
Our favorite part of the experience was being able to prepare, celebrate and recover with an intimate group of our close friends and families over the three days of the wedding. We were able to spend quality time with everyone. This is not something that’s common for most brides and grooms. We also took advantage of Blue Osa’s yoga classes and eco-spa services.
3. What traditions did you incorporate in your wedding?
We were lucky to find a Hindu priest in Costa Rica thanks to our amazing wedding planner Larissa from Weddings Costa Rica. We had a Hindu ceremony – it wasn’t the several day or even the multi-hour kind, but it incorporated most of the traditions my family, particularly my mother, felt were a good representation of our Hindu culture…and all within one hour! Blue Osa Yoga Retreat was also so hospitable in allowing us to include unique items that were in accordance with our traditions. Blue Osa allowed such things such as a Mandap (marriage tent) and a sacred fired which we walked seven steps (each step was a different vow) around.
4. What advice to you have for other brides thinking of a destination wedding?
Find a good wedding planner in your destination of choice! It was so helpful to have a local expert help plan and scope everything out for us. It simply didn’t work for us to fly out beforehand to book and schedule things. So having a skype account and an amazing planning team (Thanks Team Larissa & Team Aaron!) was a must.
Also, be prepared that many of your best friends and family won’t be able to make a destination wedding. BUT the tradeoff is that you’ll have extended and personal time with the loved ones that could share in the event.
5. What three words best sum up your wedding day?
About the Photographer
FunkyTown Wedding Photography are portrait and wedding photographers serving Victoria B.C., Vancouver and the lower mainland, Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise. AND, we are based in Manuel Antonio for a destination wedding in Costa Rica in the winter months. Our style is a mixture of fine art, photo jouranlism and funky.
To learn more and book them for your next destination wedding to Costa Rica at Blue Osa, please go to their website – www.FunkyTownPhotography.com