If you’re planning a destination wedding in Tamarindo (or anywhere in Costa Rica), then don’t miss our Tamarindo wedding guide. Packed with everything you need to know, from budgeting details to you’d-wish-you-had-known can’t-miss insider info, we deliver the goods on Tamarindo weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways.

Breathtaking Photo-Ops for your Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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You. Your betrothed. And your Costa Rica destination wedding. It’s a match made in paradise.

There are a few must-haves when it comes to any Costa Rica destination wedding: Love. Your betrothed. Vows.

And photos.

Yes, you need photos. Beautiful photos. Awe-inspiring photos. Epic photos. Photos, photos, photos. Record ye all the memories. Because, part of the allure of a destination wedding is the remarkable beauty of your chosen destination. (Cough, Tamarindo. Cough, cough!)

Anyway… Photos. Photographs are the imprint of a moment, a feeling, a milestone. Because, in the moment, your emotions sweep you up. You can’t commit every moment to memory because you’re too busy experiencing the actual moment. And that’s exactly as it should be. Don’t observe; experience.

Everything else is for the photographs. And so, with that in mind, here are five of our favorite photo ops for your Costa Rica destination wedding:

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8 Questions to Ask Your Tamarindo Wedding Planner

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Choosing the right Tamarindo wedding planner is all about finding the professional who best understands you.

As you begin to envision your wedding in Tamarindo, you also begin to realize how much work goes into the planning: An ocean away and often in another language, Costa Rica wedding planning is an exciting, complicated, and challenging beast.

Somewhere along the line, you decided you needed a little help. Whether you’re in search of a full-service Tamarindo wedding planner or an à la carte wedding coordinator, you seek peace of mind. You want a perfect day. You hope that every detail will be exactly as you imagine.

You just don’t to be the one to worry about every one of those perfect details. And so, the below questions will help you narrow the field to the planner who best complements your vision.

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Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rica Wedding Planning

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Costa Rica wedding planning? It’s all in the details, like finding the perfect wedding photographer and capturing some truly once-in-a-lifetime, you’ll-never-forget-this-day imagery.

When it comes to your Costa Rica wedding planning, you probably have a lot of questions. Myriad. Many. A veritable multitude.

Don’t worry – it’s natural! Wedding planning is all about the details, and the details are even more complicated when you’re planning a destination wedding. After all, there are language barriers, and distance, and general country unfamiliarity to contend with – all the little and big things required to make your wedding a success.

And a resounding success, your wedding will be! Costa Rica offers a spectacular backdrop to your “I dos”: Our venues are extraordinary; our marriage requirements, easy; our weather, remarkable; and our photographers, florists, and other professionals, talented. In other words, Costa Rica is a perfect place to get married.

But back to those questions. We’ve pulled together this Costa Rica destination wedding FAQ together, based on our years of experience, expertise and many (myriad, multitudinous…) fielded questions. If you have any questions we haven’t already covered, ask in the comments or get in touch; we’re here to help!

Quick Look:

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Looking for Show-Stopper Tamarindo Event Venues? Here are 5 Favorites

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Don’t just plan an event. Plan a show-stopper at these five outstanding Tamarindo event venues!

Anyone who has ever planned an event, knows – there are event venues and then there are Event Venues. You know the ones: They mark the difference between a place to host your event, and a show-stopper that will serve as precedent for all future events.

Host the second. Choose one of our favorite Tamarindo event venues, and plan on being a show-stopper.

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How to Find (and Choose) the Perfect Costa Rica Wedding Photographer

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Choosing your Costa Rica wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make | Photo courtesy of Toh Gouttenoire

When you’re planning your wedding in Costa Rica, a lot of work goes into the… well, planning! After all, whether large or intimate, fancy or casual, this promises to be one of the most important days of your life. And by important, we mean significant. And by that, we mean you need to be thinking about your Cosa Rica wedding photographer.

Big leap, you say? We think not. Because, at the end of the day (literally), your wedding is but a day – or a weekend or, okay, if you’re going all out, an entire week! – but the memories? Well, the memories last a lifetime. Great photos will help.

We don’t say that to be funny. Photos really do help. Because, in the moment, your emotions sweep you up. It’s hard to commit every minute, every look, every smile to memory because you’re too busy experiencing the actual moment. And that’s exactly as it should be. Don’t observe; experience.

Enter your wedding photographer – Editor’s note: your talented, experienced wedding photographer who really gets you – and his job it is to experience nothing and see everything. That’s why this may be the most important I-do decision you never knew you had to make. Because, while every other wedding decision affects the day/weekend/week itself, your choice of Costa Rica wedding photographer affects how you reflect on that day, for the rest of your life.

So, you know – no pressure.

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Treat Yourself: Hiring a Tamarindo Private Chef

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Relax. Indulge. Treat yourself. Our favorite Tamarindo private chef is here to serve. Literally.

Sometimes, you just don’t want to eat out. You don’t feel like getting dressed up, or piling into the car for dinner, or any of the restaurant routine. You’d much prefer sunset drinks on the balcony, appetizers by the pool, and a low-key evening. You’d prefer the luxury and bespoke services of our favorite Tamarindo private chef (and surrounds).

Welcome to paradise. Truly. Because, if there’s anything more indulgent than a vacation in Tamarindo, it’s a vacation in Tamarindo, upgraded with the luxury of your own private chef – a personal chef who visits your vacation home, understands your palate, and crafts fabulous meals from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

In other words – yum. All the yums. Whenever and however you want.

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One-of-a-Kind Oceanfront Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo: Part 2

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Where sky meets sea, where sea meets infinity pool, where you meet your dreams: 5 striking oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo (Pictured: Flamingo Blu)

Last month, promised you a list of the best oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo – and we delivered. Well, partially. We shared the first part of our list, which highlighted 5 beachfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo, with some help from Playa Langosta, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Potrero – the “greater Tamarindo” area, as we know it.

Today, we’re bringing you the grand finale – grand, not in the sense of overshadowing our first list, but grand in its true meaning: luxury, oceanfront estates, grand in both size and style. Because, these homes are truly something more: Perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime wedding, event or celebration, they promise more than the space you need; these vacation homes deliver on the luxury experience.

Oceanfront infinity pools. Full-time staff. Bubbling Jacuzzis. Multiple master suites. Gourmet kitchens. High design. And oh, those views. These homes represent the apex of oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo: the nexus of upscale living, exclusive location, and dreams made reality. And we are so excited to share them!

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15 Reasons You’d Hate Your Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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Planning a Costa Rica destination wedding? Then, let us stop you right there: the Costa Rican promise is not all it’s cracked up to be. We’re serving up the hard truth.

So, you’ve been seduced by the promise of a crashing sea and soft sand, tropical flowers and a wedding on the beach. You’re convinced that a Costa Rica destination wedding will deliver on the moment, the setting, the venue… the whole picture you’ve always hoped.

Well, stop right there. We’re here to tell you that a wedding in Costa Rica could be more nightmare fare than dream-worthy destination. From drop-dead ugly scenery to completely unimaginative venues, Costa Rica is a study in the unimpressive: exotic wildlife and vivid sunsets, bucket-list things to do and more than enough variety to please all your guests.

To make it worse, Costa Rica makes it way too easy to get married here. There are essentially no hoops to jump through, no bureaucracy to make you scream in frustration. Our wedding planners are too good and there’s so much to do, you could fill five honeymoons.

Welcome to an embarrassment of resources and of settings, of special moments and of ease. It’s everything you never wanted your wedding to be, right? There are lifelong memories to be made here and, as we all know, a wedding is not the time to make memories. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Sunset in Tamarindo: The Views You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

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There’s nothing quite like a Tamarindo sunset, and that’s why we know there’s nothing quite like our Tamarindo sunset tours. Don’t miss ’em!

Once upon a time, there was a Costa Rican sunset…

Okay, okay – that’s a corny opening line. But, the thing is, a Costa Rican sunset really can be spectacular enough to warrant its own story. Sometimes, the sun descends slowly, smearing an entire paint palette across the sky. Other times, it disappears before it even hits the horizon – a blazing orb of mystery.

And almost every night, the Tamarindo sunset sets our world and emotions on fire. It is a sight to see, over and over and over again.

With our love of tropical sundowns, it’s no surprise that we highly recommend Tamarindo sunset tours: adventure and relaxation, nature-watching and ocean activity, all in combination with a beautiful and fiery bow.

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4 Costa Rican Wedding Traditions to Incorporate into Your Tamarindo Wedding

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To love, to luck, to your marriage! Here are four of our favorite Costa Rican wedding traditions to incorporate and adapt to your Tamarindo wedding ceremony and reception.

In this wonderfully modern era, every country has its traditions – some, that persevere and others, that time has long forgotten. These traditions are never more pronounced as when they comes to life’s big moments.

And here, in Costa Rica, there are many wedding traditions to which we cleave, for the joy they bring, the moments they represent, and the rich cultural tapestry to which they belong.

So, with that in mind, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite Costa Rican wedding traditions. Which might you incorporate into your Tamarindo wedding ceremony and/or reception?

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