Wedding Bells, Brazilian Style

Destination weddings are commonplace these days, and why not? If you’re planning, forget Florida, say Adios to Mexico by setting you sights further south.

Traditionally, the honeymoon usually follows the wedding, but leave it to two enterprising Connectbrazil types to turn the tables on matrimony by giving Rand McNally’s globe a good spin. And it turns out that saying “I do” is just as easy in Portuguese as it is in English.

A wedding in Brazil? You bet – right in the heart of Rio. Recently, one Washington D.C. couple took their love of each (and Brazilian music) into consideration in planning their nuptials. As the Washington Post reported, Amy Bormet and her fiancé, Matt Dievendorf budgeted their dollars for an October wedding in Rio de Janeiro – and for as much as four weeks to revel in the music they both love.

The couple had this to say about their big plans: “We are both jazz musicians. We love Brazilian music and want to explore Bahian culture in northeast Brazil. We’re also interested in outdoorsy rainforest time and chocolate. Hostels are fine, and anything classier is great.”

They couldn’t pick a better destination than Brazil for their honeymoon. Rio is a popular wedding destination with some of the most glamorous held right at the legendary, ultra-lux Copacabana Palace Hotel. Brazil also has a number of all-inclusive resorts on the Northeastern coast and even several world-class waterparks for those wanting to make a big splash.

The couple’s plans included traveling between Recife and Rio, taking in the local charm and differing musical styles that pulsate throughout this South American country.

Bossa Nova and Samba are well known outside Brazil, while others, including Axe, Choro, Forro, Frevo and Lambada (the Forbidden Dance) are more localized. There’s Carnaval, Brazilian rhythms infused with reggae or jazz… or urban and rap. Explore to find music that requires nothing more than a triangle and an accordion.

Planning a wedding in Brazil is easy with dozen on local and online companies ready to help you make your dream come true. A destination wedding in Brazil can really deliver great value because of the favorable exchange rate on the dollar. Plus, a lifetime’s worth of memories.

So if there are wedding bells in your future, why not add them to a Brazilian beat?