Destination Wedding Test Drive at Sandals

2020 has really done a number on many young (and older) couples who had to postpone their dream weddings because of Covid-19.  Other couples took this opportunity to realize the gem they had in their partner and got down on one knee to propose, with visions of a spectacular destination wedding for 2021 or 2022.  

Many who are still in the dreaming phase of their engagement often wonder about destination weddings… where should it be?  what’s it like to plan a wedding from another country so far away?  what venue options do we have?  what’s included and what does it cost?  That’s where I come in to assist you in narrowing down your choices!


Sandals and Beaches resorts know that wedding planning can be overwhelming, especially when it’s a destination wedding and that’s why they’ve come up with an excellent opportunity for couples to “Test Drive” their Destination Wedding at the Sandals or Beaches resort of their choice before booking their special day.  Here’s how it works:

💍  The wedding couple (or bride and her guest of choice – i.e. Mother or Honor Attendant) fly down to the island of their choice and experience their selected resort at a reduced rate ($250-$350 USD per night) for up to 2-3 nights.  This room rate fee is credited back to the couple when they book their wedding and at least 5 additional rooms for family/friends.  During their test drive, the couple will experience all elements of a wedding like catering menus, sample wedding linens, taste cake options and choose their wedding venue of choice at the resort they choose to visit, plus they’ll have a one-on-one consultation with one of the Sandal’s expert wedding planners, all while enjoying the all-inclusive amenities of their luxury resort “test-driving” the experience their guests will enjoy during their wedding festivities.

SO MANY CHOICES!

Wedding couples have many venues to choose from with Sandals and Beaches resorts.  All resorts offer locations that are included in their wedding package, like lush European gardens, tropical gardens, beachfront or oceanfront gazebo locations.  Other locations, like the intimate resort chapel in Montego Bay, the Sky Terrace in Royal Barbados, Over-the-Water Gazebos at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Royal Caribbean, or Sandals Royal Bahamas, and the romantic Over-the-Water Wedding Chapels at Sandals South Coast, Sandals and Beaches Ochi, Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Grande St. Lucian can also be booked, but these locations require an additional fee.

Here are some personal photos I’ve taken of a few of the wedding venues available around Sandals and Beaches Negril, Sandals’ South Coast and Sandals Royal Barbados.  This is just a small sample of the many additional offerings available across all of the Sandals and Beaches resorts.

Garden Locations:

            



Beach Locations:


And special resort specific locations that come with an added fee:

Sky Terrace @SandalsRoyalBarbados



Over the Water Wedding Chapel @SandalsSouthCoast

Couples planning their Sandals or Beaches wedding with the wedding co-ordinators can take advantage of the Free Wedding Package offered, or can customize their wedding to their hearts’ content.  The knowledgeable and talented wedding co-ordinators are there to walk with you every step of the way to planning your dream wedding.  


After you’ve enjoyed your test drive and are ready to book your Sandals and Beaches wedding, keep in mind that for every 5 guest rooms booked for family and friends to join you at your wedding, wedding couples can earn “Bells and Whistles” to upgrade their choices to make your wedding even more special!  


📹 Plus, for a limited time, Sandals Resorts is offering Complimentary* single-camera livestream service for your wedding ceremony so families and friends at home can—virtually—be part of when you say “I Do” in paradise!  You just need to book your destination wedding with Sandals (and me) before December 31, 2020 for travel dates in 2020/2021.  Sandals also offers additional packages for an extra fee that covers even more of your special day so those celebrating with you virtually can join in for more of the festivities, like filming of cutting the cake and first dance or the full wedding day including speeches and entertainment.  


With most resorts now open (or opening soon), you can still head down for an intimate ceremony for just the wedding couple, or with a small group of friends and family, or you can plan to have a little larger wedding in a safer environment than home BUT… note that protocols for your destination will apply and some resorts require negative Covid tests completed prior to travel depending on the island and the departing country.  You can ask me for more information on the protocols for your desired destination but also remember that for Canadian couples, as of today, we still have a Level 3 Advisory “Avoid Non-Essential International Travel” and there is a 14 day mandatory quarantine upon returning home, so if you can wait until 2021, if might be wiser to take advantage of the free live stream and book your wedding prior to December 31st for travel in 2021 but if you can’t wait and want to become Mr & Mrs before 2020 is done, we can get the ball rolling on those plans now.


So… if you’re newly engaged and thinking about a destination wedding for your small (or large) group, or know someone who is recently engaged or have had to cancel/pospone their 2020 wedding and are thinking outside the box now, definitely consider a Test Drive of a Sandals or Beaches resort!   You can contact me for assistance in getting started with the details of the resort booking for your Test Drive as well as your wedding and/or group travel once you’ve decided on the resort of your dream wedding.  I am here to help you in making your wedding vacation dreams come true and will gladly connect you with the Sandals or Beaches wedding department to get the details started for your special day when the time is right! 


Contact me at https://linktr.ee/shawkes_vacationdreammaker or email me at shawkes@expediacruises.ca to get started today!


Before I go… A little local wedding planning information for those in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)…

If you are looking for a great photographer for your proposal, wedding or special occasion photo shoot, definitely check out Jess and Tim at https://linktr.ee/durandstudios or at their Instagram https://www.instagram.com/durandstudios/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/durandstudios pages and then come back and check with me on where to book your destination wedding, honeymoon, babymoon, anniversary or family vacation at Sandals or Beaches Resorts!  Sound good?!


Until next time,

~ Sue ~ Your Vacation Dream Maker

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