Call us: +1 (202) 559-0074

Destination Weddings

Our Services

Calligraphy Journeys will guide you through planning the perfect destination wedding.  As destination wedding specialists, we know everything that needs to be done to ensure things run smoothly, so you and your guests can relax and enjoy your big day.  As travel experts we'll guide you to find the perfect location and help you navigate the hotel contracting process so you get the most perks and amenities for the best possible price.  Once you decide on a location we'll consult with you to create a beautiful personalized wedding website with your photos and information, as well as a personal web address!  As your RSVPs come in we'll work one on one with each guest to give personalized attention to their specific travel needs, and we'll keep you well informed so you know who is arriving when. For the ceremony itself, we collaborate with in-country wedding coordinators from around the globe who know the venue best to plan the wedding of your dreams.   As the big day approaches, we'll plan tours and activities so you and your guests have a fantastic time.   As your primary resource, we'll answer questions and solve any problems that arise, making the wedding planning process enjoyable and stress free. 

Locations and Venues

We can plan a wedding practically anywhere.  We have working relationships with all the most popular resorts and every major cruise line.  We also have connections with in country partners in some of the most remote areas around the globe.  From Thailand to Ireland we can plan it all.  Some of our favorites:

  • Castles
  • Beaches
  • Cruise Ships
  • Underwater
  • Lava Fields

Financial Considerations

One of the first questions couples ask when planning a destination wedding is how much it will cost.  Like any event there is a wide range of prices for destination weddings and we can help you set a realistic budget.  Many couples are surprised when they realize destination weddings cost the same or even much less than the typical American wedding.  Some even resorts offer basic free ceremonies only charging for upgraded services.  Cruise ships also offer very good rates for their ceremonies.  We can walk you through all the options in any number of price ranges once we get a good idea of the type of location you really want.   

For our part we do not charge a fee, but will ask for a refundable planning deposit of $500 after your initial consultation and once you have decided to use our services.  We put an enormous amount of time into our destination weddings and this deposit protects us should you change your mind.  We also limit the number of destination weddings we handle because we want to ensure that we have the time necessary to plan it properly.  The deposit will be refunded to you after your wedding is over and will only be retained should you cancel.


In order to ensure that your wedding is legal in the United States we highly recommend all our clients get legally married at home before departing.  Many couples are worried this will alter the way they feel on the day of their actual ceremony, but a legal marriage is just a piece of paper.  The ceremony is about joining two people and their family and friends in a public testament of their love for one another—truly that is something very different from signing a paper before a judge.  In the event you decide you really want to have both the legal and ceremonial marriage at the same time we can direct you to the appropriate people who can assist with that, but Christopher Travel accepts no responsibility for this.  Please tell us early in the planning process if this is what you intend so we can focus on locations where legal marriage is allowed for non-residents.  

Religious Weddings

Another question many couples ask is whether they can have religious destination weddings.  And the answer is a definite yes!  Venue choices may be limited for certain denominations, but we will work with you to ensure your location can provide you the wedding you want.  Some resorts in the Caribbean even have Catholic chapels available on site.

About Us

Calligraphy Journeys is the romance division of Christopher Travel LLC.  All destination wedding clients can expect the same level of personalized service for which Christopher Travel is known.  Founded by Mary Stephens to make global travel easier to plan and more accessible for busy clients who want something unique, but don't have time to do the research Christopher Travel is a full service travel planning company.  Although she consults with a wide variety of travel experts and destination specialists Mary personally oversees every trip and event planned by Christopher Travel.  Due to high demand and the high level of personalized service we only accept a limited number of destination wedding bookings per year so contact us today!

Free Personalized Wedding Websites

One of the perks of our wedding planning service is the free wedding webpage we include.  Christopher Travel will create your page with a unique web address of your choice.  Using your photos and text we can design the website to be a true reflection of you!  Including not only information about your wedding and travel arrangements the site also will tell the story of your relationship.  We can also include information for optional activities and tours or links to bridal registries.  We also can make arrangements for a honeymoon registry if you would like.  The site is not one of those cookie cutter fill in the blank wedding pages, but a fully curated custom landing page for your wedding.

by Christopher Travel