Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
In this Issue:
- Romance Travel Forum: Where Education Prospers
- North America: Out-of-the-Box Weddings
- Onsite Review: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
- Caribbean: 4 Very Different Honeymoons
- Mexico: Wedded Bliss in Paradise
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.
Is it better to celebrate a honeymoon by decompressing on the beach or by enjoying an island’s best restaurants (or golf, or...)? That’s right: There is no right answer.
How can two adults-only, all-inclusive honeymoon havens in the same corner of the same Caribbean island be so successful and yet so different? Guests I met at Royalton Resorts’ CHIC Punta Cana in late April would have felt out of place at Club Med Punta Cana’s Zen Oasis, and vice versa
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.
Last month I got a peek at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s destination wedding venues, including the two gazebos, each on either side of the resort and ideal for weddings under 100 guests; the 200-guest Terrace; the 400-guest ballroom, and the setting most couples choose, beachside.
Honeymoons aren’t one size fits all. Millennials, especially, want to change it up a bit and try more niche experiences, whether it’s horseback riding along ancient roads or going on a spiritual journey as newlyweds.
Today’s honeymooners want to hang with the locals; eat authentic dishes; go hiking; drink fine wine; and post photos of stunning locations that will get them a dizzying number of likes on Instagram. In the first few days of marriage they want to grow as a couple by discovering a bucket list destination together.
A honeymoon in Africa is beyond many honeymooners’ wildest dreams, but it doesn’t have to be. Imagine romancing it up in Morocco, exploring the savannahs in South Africa or living the island life in the Seychelles. The trio of tours we’ve married together for this story allow your newlywed clients to dive right into their wildest dreams.
A trio of destination specialists help set our sails for islands that promise—and deliver—many of the most idyllic and romantic client-pleasing honeymoons.
Luring travelers with rich ecosystems, sparkling beaches, ancient civilizations, and stunning eco-lodges, Central American countries are well positioned to reap the gains from a growing crop of newlyweds choosing eco-friendly honeymoons.
Whether your clients are honeymooning, celebrating a 20-year marriage, or renewing their vows, it doesn’t get more romantic, decadent and unique than these onboard and onshore cruise offerings.
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.
Honeymoons are a memorable time in a couple’s love story. What better way is there for a couple to form a deeper bond, and learn about their spouse than when participating in activities they wouldn’t normally do back home.
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.
Florida’s Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in the north end of the Palm Beaches delivers...whether your clients are looking for an idyllic destination wedding spot or seeking out some romantic time together.