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Galapagos wedding: what you need to know

Galapagos wedding: what you need to know

In the recent years, we saw our clients ask more and more about the Galapagos Islands for their weddings, maybe because of the Attenborough series of documentaries or maybe because it is on their bucket list, but before they plan anything, we usually discuss a number of important topics that are inherent to the Galapagos Islands and cannot be transposed to any other destination wedding location.

The Galapagos archipelago is a national park and a protected preserve

  1. Because the Galapagos archipelago is a preserve, with its very own environmental “police” you will be able to see the wildlife like nowhere else in the world. You can have your pre-wedding session with iguanas and sea-lions (beware of the two-meters distance! 🙂 ), and discover unique endemic plants and birds. But for the same reason, you have to consider this for your wedding day.
  2. We cannot bring fresh flowers from the continent, we cannot use endemic flowers from the islands and no greenery either, unless we pick them from the floor, sand etc. and even though it must be near to the venue, because it is illegal to transport endemic plants or animals. For that reason, we only use luxury and real touch flowers for the arrangements, bridal bouquet, boutonnières, garlands etc. our objective is that it always look and feel real. The price is higher than fresh flowers arrangements. We have to include transportation, importation and customs.
  1. The Galapagos Islands are a 1000 km or a bit more (depending on the island), from the continent, we have three airlines: Avianca, LATAM and TAME, landing in Baltra (Santa Cruz Islands), or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal). There are not a lot of businesses there because there are not a lot of inhabitants, and no rentals (except plastic chairs). Thus, we cannot propose the same chairs or tables as we would be proposing you on the continent, unless you are willing to pay a huge amount of money for chairs purpose only. We help you with wooden chairs locally made, and we use our ingenuity to have your wedding decor look amazing.
  2. The islands are not a destination wedding “destination”, therefore, there are few weddings per year and the vendors are coming from the mainland, which mean you’ll have to take into account their travel expenses.
  3. The food except the seafood is imported from the mainland, this is the reason the menus are a bit more expensive.
  4. We cannot organize a wedding on a natural beach without a permit, for that reason, we recommend to start planning as early as possible.
  5. Big parties and music: depending on where the venue is located, you will not be able to have a dancing, due to the high decibels restriction for the protection of the wildlife. Take this into account when reviewing the venues.
  1. Drone restrictions: yes we know, it can be annoying not to have shots from the air, but in some places / location there is a total restriction and the authorization can cost hundreds bucks.  We will let you know the places where a drone will be able to operate.


To have a good experience planning your wedding, we recommend to take into account all of that.

If you plan your wedding between 2018-2019, the cost of the wedding for 40 guests, can very between $ 20.000 to 26.000 depending of the venue and your vendors selections, and decor choices.

If none of these restrictions and information is keeping you from your dream wedding in the Galapagos Islands, then contact us as soon as possible.

We will be more than happy to help you with all the planning, organization, logistic, florals and decor!

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Here you’ll find 12 good reasons (of course they are more 🙂 ) to choose Ecuador with ETICA EVENTS for your destination wedding:

  1. Various possibilities and locations: You can choose to tie the knot in the Cloud Forest, on one of our natural pacific beaches, on a yacht in the Galapagos Islands, in an extraordinary hacienda in the Andean Cordillera or in the Ecuadorian rainforest.
  2. Affordable luxury: all our weddings are bespoken, all inclusive and of the highest quality: menus, cake or cupcakes decorator, venues, decoration, wedding planner, make-up artists, favours and so much more each person that will be working on your wedding is the best in his/her field.
  3. All our packages include the honeymoon!
  4. All our packages include in the price the stay for you and your guests.
  5. All our packages include a deluxe suite for the couple, for the wedding and during the honeymoon.
  6. Ecuador has it all, great weather, friendly people, beautiful landscapes and a lot to discover.
  7. ETICA EVENTS is the first honeymoon and destination wedding agency specializing in luxury and green travel & events.
  8. We also tailor-made your destination wedding and honeymoon from A to Z if you wish.
  9. Unlimited contact with your wedding planner from the day you made your booking.
  10. Changes are possible! Yes, we understand that sometimes it is hard to choose between this colour, the best menu, those favours and we are here to help you make the choice that represents You.
  11. Romantic and special attentions like dinners for two, massages, make-up, and hairstyle are included too!
  12. You will come back! Ecuador has so much to offer, we are here to provide you with the best experience for the most important moment in your lives.

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