Guest Blog: My Destination Wedding

Most recently, I sent this absolutely beautiful couple away for the destination wedding of a lifetime. Trusting me with your destination wedding is such an honor, and one I take very seriously (as I do all my bookings), because I recognize the importance of having the best wedding, honeymoon and vacation experience.

This month for me has been a realization that no matter how luxurious and highly rated a resort is, sometimes issues arise.  By using a travel agent, as this bride expresses, you have a “guardian angel” on your side to help if needed.  Specifically with this wedding, due to some hiccups with the on-site wedding planner, there was a chance that the wedding may not have been as perfect as it was if the bride & groom didn’t have a travel agent, who specializes in destination weddings, (me!!!) to provide them support from the office in the U.S. while they were on the resort in the Bahamas. When the couple reached out to me I worked through the night with every contact I had within the Sandals community to make sure, to the best of my ability, that they had their most perfect wedding. I’m proud to say, they did!  As a result, the Bride asked me if she could share a small snapshot of their experience on the blog, and of course, I said “YES!” 

My Caribbean Wedding
By Amanda (the beautiful bride!)

Before my husband and I even got engaged, we always dreamed of a destination wedding in the Caribbean. We frequently visited various Caribbean islands during our past cruise vacations and felt that having a destination wedding there would represent us perfectly.
We began looking at Sandals locations and came to a consensus that Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma Bahamas was just for us! Once we were booked, we were able to start the wedding planning! 
Our Travel Specialist, Dina, was right there by my side to coordinate my vision with my Sandals Wedding Planner. It made the process stress free and as a bride, I was able to actually “enjoy” the whole wedding planning process.
The resort was breathtaking and had one of the most beautiful beaches I had ever seen. The food was delicious and the drinks were sensational! Simply romantic!
It was very quiet though; almost too quiet. At night, there was limited entertainment which ended by 10 pm. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing; but, as a young couple, we would have preferred something a little more as far as activities and entertainment. If your looking for a quiet, low key getaway; this is the Sandals location for you.
Regrettably, we had a few hiccups with our Sandals wedding planner. There were enough of them to prompt us to contact Dina the night before our big day. In order to ensure our wedding ran smoothly and to ease our apprehension, Dina telephoned her connections that very same night; even the resort manager!
Needless to say, the day of our wedding was picture perfect. The hotel manager even privately escorted us back to the airport the day of our departure in an effort to regain our confidence.
Though Dina could not be at our wedding, I felt she was there as our guardian angel who made sure our wedding dream came true. Words can’t describe my gratefulness to Dina for all that she did before, during, and after our beautiful wedding day.
– Amanda
As a destination wedding specialist, I take your wedding on as if it was my own.  We start by meeting so I can help you narrow down the many options you have for a destination wedding.  Once the couple has decided on a location that is the best fit for them, I can then work to assist them by being a liaison, if they so choose, in the wedding planning process.  Most importantly, it is my job to handle all of the guest accommodations, flights, ground transfers, excursions and such to ensure that everyone has a wonderful, memorable time during the destination wedding experience.  I pride myself on not only being there for you from when you say “Yes” to when you say “I Do”, but I enjoy making the process as stress-free for the couple and their family as possible.
If you are thinking about a destination wedding, or have a family member/friend who is looking for a travel agent who specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons, be sure to contact me soon to begin the planning process!

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