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Questions You Should Ask Your Destination Wedding Planner

Outdoor destination wedding reception by the water Outdoor Destination wedding ceremony on the beach Tented Destinatiom Wedding Reception with palm tree centerpieces

 

Planning a destination wedding is fun…but sometimes stressful.  There are many things to consider, including enlisting the help of a wedding planner for your destination wedding.  The planner of your choice or pool that you choose to interview could be one local to the area, local to you and has knowledge of the area or in another location with a familiarity of the area.  Take some time to configure a description of what you want for your wedding and wedding weekend.  Recognizing both US and international destination weddings can benefit greatly from a wedding planner, we’ll provide questions to help you choose your planner that suits your needs:

US Destination Weddings:

  1. Are you familiar with my venue/area that I would like to have my wedding?
  2. If the area has more than one location (in our instance—Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Sea Island), could you tell me which would be better suited for my wedding?
  3. Based on the information about my wedding, do you have any suggestions about other venues?
  4. Are you able to assist me in finding vendors in my budget and event vision?
  5. Are you also able to assist in securing room blocks for my guests?
  6. Would you be able to help research and plan weekend activities, parties, etc. around the wedding?
  7. What is your communications/work method?  (This is important for when you are out of the area where you intend to marry.  Having an open communication plan helps the process go smoothly)

International Destination Weddings

  1. Are you familiar with my venue/area that I would like to have my wedding? Can you help us with the marriage requirements?
  2. Can you suggest any specials that would suit us at other properties in the area?
  3. Do you speak the language for where we intend to have our wedding? (This, albeit not mandatory, can be a huge help to you.  In some locations, English is the second language and some things get lost in translation.  Even having a planner that is familiar with colloquial languages and phrases can be of great assistance)
  4. Are you able to help us secure negotiated room blocks with our resort?
  5. Are you or someone in your firm able to assist our guests with travel reservations and requirements? (There is a double bonus for planners that have travel agent credentials, as you get to handle everything with one person.  If not, see if there is an agent in the company that can assist you so that your event can stay with one company with fluid communications)
  6. Would you be able to help research and plan weekend activities, parties, etc. around the wedding?
  7. If we want to ship items with us for the wedding (such as linens, décor, favors, etc.), are you able to assist with the international customs requirements?
  8. Are you able to travel with us for site visits/tours or production of the actual event?  (Again, this is a huge help for you—as your wedding planner will act as the liaison and advocate for your wedding.  While the coordinator at the resort will follow instructions in your file, keep in mind that most properties have about 10-20 weddings per day so your coordinator may be stretched thin.  Your wedding planner, however, is solely dedicated to your event and is able to fine tune the details to ensure that it goes off as you have planned, while you enjoy your vacation with family and friends)

Having these questions will help you flesh out details that are important to creating your event.  More likely than not, these answers will become apparent in conversation with the wedding planners you choose to interview.  Be an avid and detailed note taker, to ensure that you are comparing “apples-to-apples” in terms of experience, resources, services and pricing.  Of course, you should also feel secure and excited when working with your planner, so be sure to count the personal dynamic between the two of you as well. 

Check out this great post on Wedding Bee: Wedding Planners Are Your Friends or do research on great websites like Best Destination Wedding.

Take Me Away Tuesday: Sixthman’s Floating Music Festivals!

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Looking for something fun and non-traditional for your honeymoon or mini-moon?  If you’re music lovers, definitely check out Sixthman’s Floating Music Festivals!  Everyone loves long walks on the beach and romantic sunsets, but what about the giant culture of music lovers who want to combine their love of music festivals with a Caribbean vacation? Sixthman has a variety of floating music festivals for every taste!

In 2011, Sixthman will host several sold-out and almost-sold-out cruises including Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise, Cayamo: A Journey through Song (featuring Steve Earle, John Prine, Patty Griffin, Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, and more), 311 Caribbean Cruise, Barenaked Ladies’ Ships and Dip, and more. We even do an ELVIS Cruise with Graceland every year!

There are also a few cabins left on VH1 Best Cruise Ever (featuring Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script and a dozen more), which sails on Carnival Inspiration from Tampa to Cozumel on April 28-May 2.  If you’d like to see other Sixthman events, check out their website.

Which Sixthman party boat would you like to go on?

Take Me Away Tuesday: St. Croix’s Buccaneer Resort

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Tying the knot is a piece of cake at St. Croix’s Buccaneer resort, where wedding packages feature elaborate family affairs, romantic couples-only elopements, and – new for 2011 — festive "jump the broom" rites of passage, a modern interpretation of an ancient African tradition.

The resort’s four wedding packages for 2011 share the following features: Wedding location at the resort’s restored 17th century sugar mill or its palm-lined beach; the services of a personal wedding planner and non-denominational minister (if required); services of a photographer and selection of 40 images plus CD; his and hers Buccaneer bathrobes; his and her massages; bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere; his and hers sterling "hook" bracelets, and welcome basket of champagne, fruit, cheese, and chocolate.

New for 2011, couples at The Buccaneer can enhance their ceremonies with a "Jump the Broom" ritual, based on a centuries-old African tradition of jumping over a gaily-decorated broom as a symbol of entering a new life together with a clean sweep. "Jump the Broom" includes a traditional invocation and a one-of-a-kind wedding broom designed by an artist exclusively for the couple, and is priced at $500 as an add-on to the wedding package of choice.

 

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The Buccaneer, family-owned and operated for 64 years, is the Caribbean’s longest-running resort and the only hotel in the Virgin Islands to be selected for membership in the exclusive roster of Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The resort has the distinction of being owned and managed by the Armstrong family since 1947. It was founded in the 17th Century as a Knights of Malta manor, and in subsequent decades the property served as the childhood home of Alexander Hamilton, a French Great House, sugar plantation, cotton farm, and cattle operation. The resort has been named one of the world’s top 50 tropical resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, and one of the best family resorts by Forbes. Located on the eastern end of St. Croix, less than a five-minute drive from the historic town of Christiansted, The Buccaneer’s 340 tropical acres feature an 18-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, three beaches, a water sports center, a two-mile nature and fitness trail, fitness center, spa, three restaurants, a shopping arcade, and other amenities. The 138 elegant and spacious guest rooms are located throughout the property, from the hilltop main building to the ocean’s edge, all offering wide terraces or balconies with sea and island views.

 

If you are interested in this beautiful St. Croix location for your destination wedding, contact our travel division. Our experienced destination wedding planners would love to help you and your guests discover somewhere new for your nuptials!

Take Me Away Tuesday: Snique Away

imageIf you’re a jetsetter like me, you enjoy clearing customs more often than you clear your throat.  Frequent travel can be a little burdensome on the Prada purse, which is why I absolutely love Snique Away.  Not so much for the deeply discounted, secret pricing, but also because each day is a new limited offer: some where new, unexplored, unchartered, and ready for you to enjoy. 

For example, at the time that I’m writing this post, this was one of the offers I was swooning over (as I want my before-the-end-of-2011 getaway to be in DR):

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SniqueAway is your accomplice for stunning escapes.

A brand-new private sale travel experience, that offers their members top brands and A-List accommodations at surprisingly affordable prices. There is no cost to join SniqueAway, but an invitation is required. By limiting membership, they’re able to bring you exclusive rates on the world’s top hotels. Our limited-time-only sales showcase the sleek, chic, and always unique. Oh, and check out our pedigree: We’re part of Smarter Travel Media—a TripAdvisor Media Group company. TripAdvisor offers the world’s most trusted travel advice™. We take full advantage of their knowledge by bringing you the recommendations and guidance of millions of travelers.

 

So it’s simple:  Look, book, save, rave.  Discover somewhere new each day or keep your eye on your favorite locale on the upcoming secret sale radar.  Don’t worry—SniqueAway offers US and International Destinations!  It’s also perfect for checking out the location of your destination wedding at a deeply discounted rate, which of course means more money for shopping.

And yes, I’ll share my invite with you 🙂

Take Me Away Tuesday: Hôtel Le Toiny

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hotel le toiny resort in st barth for weddings, honeymoons and vacations

Situated in the area of the island referred to as Côte Sauvage, the 15 pastel-colored bungalows, called Villa Suites, are set on a gentle slope overlooking the bay of Toiny and the Caribbean Sea.  A hidden paradise of privilege, romance and luxury features many experiences during your stay: snorkeling and underwater adventures, surfing, big game fishing, tennis and diving.  The Serenity Spa Cottage features delicious treatments for ladies and gentlemen with premium products from GEO. F. Trumper and local Ligne St. Barth.  The new hot shell massage puts a Caribbean spin on the traditional hot stone massage, utilizing locally sourced clams filled with a blend of self-heating organic ingredients, resulting in firmer, healthier looking skin.  The resort is home to the popular Restaurant Le Gaïac featuring innovative French cuisine with a Creole accent.  Hôtel Le Toiny is affiliated with Relais & Chateaux, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

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For more information on weddings, honeymoons or luxury vacations at Hôtel Le Toiny, please contact our Cocktails + Details Travel Division