When it came to selecting a location for their December wedding, Melissa and Jonathan let sentiment guide them to the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. "It's a special place for us," Melissa explains. "We took one of our first vacations there and it's where we got engaged." For the Miami-based couple, choosing the Bahamas was as convenient as it was romantic—the hour-long flight made it easy for them to visit the island several times before their wedding.

To make planning the trip easier on their guests, Melissa and Jonathan blocked rooms at their venue and at The Cove Atlantis, and posted this information on their wedding website. "Both hotels offered us a great group rate," the bride says. Rather than compiling an itinerary of guest activities, the couple kept it simple and hosted only two events: a welcome barbecue and a farewell brunch. "There is so much to do in the Bahamas," Melissa explains. "We wanted our guests to have the freedom to do what they wanted."