Constantly dream of a destination wedding on a white sandy beach? Naturally. Snapped harshly back into reality very when you realize planning a major event from thousands of miles away is a lot of work? You're not alone.
For couples looking to make their ocean-view destination wedding dreams come true, Sandals and Beaches Resorts could have your answer. The luxury resort company recently launched a new virtual design experience that redefines destination wedding planning for brides and grooms. With this new service, couples don't even need to step foot on the resort until the day they say "I do" because everything is done virtually.
"The Virtual Wedding Design Experience is a first-of-its-kind in the destination wedding industry, allowing for that face-to-face interaction needed to plan a wedding," Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of Romance at Sandals, tells Brides. "The service allows couples to virtually 'meet' their wedding planner and actually explore their wedding planning offices, which is of course filled with endless décor from each of our 10 unique inspirations – from intricate table settings to different palette combinations. This interaction enables our wedding planners to go over every last detail with their guests to help visualize and plan their special day."
The service was developed out of a need to make the wedding planning process as easy as possible for brides and grooms-to-be. According to Brown, "the hardest thing about planning a destination wedding is that 'destination' element." Couples often conclude that planning a celebration from thousands of miles away is more difficult than what it is worth but, "it’s actually the opposite when planning your wedding at a Sandals or Beaches Resort," claims Brown.
The wedding planners also do more than just help couples choose a theme and decorations. They prepare marriage documents, coordinate ceremony and reception venues, and everything in between. For couples worried about the thought of planning a wedding without ever seeing anything in person before walking down the aisle, Brown assured that their top-of-the-line technology allows for an "intimate interaction" with the wedding planners, "allowing [couples] to plan their wedding right before their eyes as if they were in the same room!" So whether it's an oceanfront ceremony, beachside welcome dinner, or garden reception, your wedding planner has got you covered.
Since these weddings are completely customizable, couples are able to personalize every detail of their wedding day. "Sandals Customizable Weddings currently features 10 inspirations, including our newest Band of Gold inspiration," said Brown. "Keep in mind, these inspirations are designed using our myriad of decor options to give ideas of what your special day could look like. Each one is influenced by the tropics, gardens, romance, passion, the islands just to name a few. And they offer creative and stylish suggestions – from floral arrangements to wedding structures, to table runners to chairs – with absolutely no restrictions or limitations. This gives our wedding couples the creative freedom they need to bring their vision to life."
For Brown, the newest inspiration is her favorite. "I love all things that shine, so my favorite would have to be elements of our newest inspiration – Band of Gold. It’s a stunning inspiration with a touch of modern elegance, all the while set amongst the most beautiful backdrops the Caribbean has to offer. It truly makes for an on-trend wedding!"
Brown also shared that couples have been loving mixing traditional wedding elements with the modern, tropical flair of the Caribbean. "One of the looks driving inspiration for our couples has been elements from our Signature Statement," she said. "The “I Do’s” take center stage under a tasseled floral chandelier, with the reception featuring an architectural geometric bar that perfectly accents the classic details of this inspiration. It’s elegant, chic and simply breathtaking. It’s also something you would imagine at a traditional wedding at home, yet completely elevated by the Caribbean’s aesthetic and natural beauty."
Lucky for couples, this service is available at all Sandals and Beaches Resort locations (that means 18 Caribbean beaches to choose from!). So what are you waiting for? Your dream destination wedding—without any of the hassle—is just one click away.