What next, zipline weddings? Why, yes, because today many wedding couples want a ceremony that’s unique. Sure, many still tie the knot on a resort beach, but here’s what to suggest for clients who, much like my wife and me when we got hitched, want something different.
Tell your clients to start their married life together with a splash of paradise amidst Mexico’s gorgeous landscapes—from Cancun to Puerto Vallarta. Travel advisors, romance specialists, and tour operators fill us in on why saying “I do” in Mexico is such a grand idea.
Weddings have taken on a personality of their own, as couples are opting for distinct destination weddings versus the standard walk down the white-sand aisle. “There has been a rise in out-of-the-box wedding options as couples begin to capitalize on making their special days as unique as their relationship,” says Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s executive chef Daven Wardynski.
Chances are, your clients planning destination weddings are Millennials. These “kids” are digital natives. They’ve grown up with technology. They’re also a generation of travelers. How you fit into their universe is key. They want their weddings to be in places that speak volumes about who they are.
As a romance travel seller, you know all the facts on destination weddings: It’s one of the fastest growing niche markets in the vacation experience; Mexico and the Caribbean are the most popular international destinations for destination weddings; a 4-day destination wedding experience can be more budget-friendly than a 4-hour ceremony back home; many destination weddings take place at all-inclusives; and a destination wedding affords ample time for couples to spend true quality time with their loved ones.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is uniting couples with their dream wedding and/or honeymoon in the idyllic destination wedding setting—Honolulu, Hawaii.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts is upping its commission to 21 percent and adding a new loyalty travel club program.
AskMeWeddings’ new Proactive Honeymoons & Destination Weddings Specialist Program (AskMePhD) is aimed at helping travel agents increase their revenues on destination weddings and honeymoons bookings by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to create and implement an effective business plan.
From Sept. 23-27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. Island resorts and hotels are providing a variety of savings such as discounts of up to 50 percent off and rates starting at $75 per night for attendees. Special offers include complimentary breakfast and all-inclusive options.
Destination wedding hotspots from Sanibel Island to Carmel.
We had the opportunity to speak with Marilyn Cairo and Hilary Lanzer, ASK ME's managing partners and founders, about destination weddings in Mexico.
Palace Resorts has increased commission on wedding enhancements at all seven of the brand's oceanfront properties.
Fantasies become reality when you book a destination wedding for your clients at Palace Resorts. You’ll be in awe of the incredible incentives, bonus commission and rewards Palace offers travel professionals.
Those love birds looking to tie the knot can now do so the Mayan way at Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
We sat down with Eric Gavin, v.p. of marketing, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, to talk about the lucrative destination weddings market.