Why a Destination Wedding is a Great Idea, Especially Now!
Planning a destination wedding in 2020 has been anything but easy for engaged couples around the world. But, if there’s one thing that Sandals believes, it’s that love isn’t cancelled and the vows must go on! If you are recently engaged and worrying about how to plan the perfect wedding during a pandemic, now is the time to open up that planner and consider a destination wedding.
As the leader in romance for almost four decades, and one of the most trusted names in destination weddings, Sandals Resorts is making weddings possible for couples tying the knot this year. From virtual wedding planning tools and enhanced safety and cleaning protocols to celebration ideas and virtual streaming, here’s how Sandals makes it easier than ever to say “I do” among awe-inspiring settings in paradise.
Set the plans online, on your own time
Planning a wedding can be hard work, but what if all the details could be sorted out in the comfort of your own home? What if you could step into a tropical Luxury Included® oasis, browse through a suite filled with dreamy decor and begin manifesting that fabulous wedding all while sitting on the couch? Well, Sandals says, “yes, you can!” and has incorporated various virtual wedding planning options to make sure everything is taken care of.
First, you’ll want to find that picture-perfect wedding destination and wedding venue by taking a 360-degree digital and photo tour of all 18 Sandals and Beaches Resorts. By exploring every breathtaking backdrop and resort amenity, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the beaches of Jamaica or the turquoise waters of The Bahamas. Now, all you need is a cocktail in hand!
After all locations are finalized, it’s time to customize! When it comes to weddings, every little detail counts, no matter how grand or small. With the Ultimate Digital Wedding Planning Tool, you have access to just about anything you can think of — hairstyles and makeup looks, decor elements and even unique inspirations crafted by Sandals. For total customization, you can mix and match from hundreds of items, including bold patterns, hints of gold and island chic — the sky’s the limit!
For a better idea of what each décor element looks like, you’ll also have full access to the Virtual Wedding Design Experience. Once again, mega-grateful for the digital era we live in, this planning and design experience lets you hop on a video call with your own Sandals wedding planner and walk through a suite full of table runners, chargers, votive candles and more. Many brides and grooms strive to reflect their couple’s style with little touches throughout the wedding, so virtually exploring the ceremony and reception options available lets you do that no matter where in the world you are!
Another major benefit of virtual wedding planning: ultimate flexibility. With kids home from school, zoom call meetings throughout the day and errands to run, these options relieve all the stress of meeting in-person or missing a session. Seems like icing on the cake!
Health & happiness
After touching down in paradise, you might still wonder what each resort is doing to ensure your health and safety are prioritized. Rest assured, Sandals has kept this front and center by implementing the Sandals Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness across all resort destinations. Even the resorts are designed to feel like a world made just for two. Expansive beaches, intimate dining settings, luxurious accommodations and exclusive, one-touch service for Butler Elite guests are just a few ways that Sandals turns privacy into the ultimate all-inclusive luxury.
Say farewell to altered plans and hello to the altar!
For your big day, Sandals understands that guest lists have been among the biggest stressors. Hoping to alleviate that pressure as much as possible, you can now be inspired by three customizable celebration ideas.
If you’re a couple that loves the idea of a romantic elopement, Sandals has your match made in heaven. Exactly how it sounds, lovebirds can plan an elopement for two that focuses on quality moments with your other-half. Take the time to enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner, couples massage or a day spent poolside beneath a cabana, all without worrying about any schedule besides your own. You’re on island-time, after all!
If group celebrations are a non-negotiable, get creative with a minimony or microwedding. These smaller, intimate gatherings are great for including close friends and family, plus they give you the option to add up to three Sandals Bells & Whistles enhancements, when booking as a group.
With an array of exciting add-ons available, you can amp up the wedding fun with options like a reception sangria bar or a rum and game night that gives your guests time to unwind, reconnect and share some laughs. Besides, after months of planning, the day has finally arrived, so all that’s left to do is soak it all up!
Far apart, near in heart
Worried about having to limit the size of your wedding? To avoid any stressful or guilty feelings, Sandals is offering a Complimentary Wedding Ceremony Live Steam Service, for a limited time, as a way to expand your guest list. This feature allows those friends and family who can’t make it to easily tune-in from remote locations and virtually celebrate!
Seal it all with a kiss
Love is alive now more than ever and that’s why the resorts made for two people in love are vowing to make your wedding plans as stress-free as possible. So, whether it’s two, ten or 50, you can still have that extra special day, surrounded by the people you love!
To keep you on track, here’s a Sandals Virtual Planning Checklist!
- Take a 360-degree digital and photo tour to find your perfect wedding destination and venue
- Sort out all the details with the Ultimate Digital Wedding Planning Tool
- Schedule a video call with your wedding planner via the Virtual Wedding Design Experience to choose decor
- Find your perfect reception fit — An Elopement, Minimony or Microwedding
- Invite those who can’t be there in person to take part in the festivities through the Complimentary Wedding Ceremony Live Stream Service
- The one and only thing left — say “I do!”
P.S. – Take the plunge into your next chapter and plan your honeymoon in some of Sandals’ dreamiest suites: Skypool Butler Suites, Rondoval Suites, Swim-up Suites, Over-the-Water Bungalows & Over-the-Water Villas, and more!
Ready to make your destination wedding dreams a reality? Learn more about planning Sandals’ destination weddings now.