how to become a travel agent

A big misconception in the travel industry, someone has to be “certified” or go to school to become a travel agent. You don’t technically need either to become a travel agent. You just need a travel agency to allow you to sign-up and use their credentials to sell travel.

How to Become a Travel Agent  GuideHere is where I say…BUT, do you want to work with a travel agency that accepts everyone with 0 qualification requirements? I don’t want to talk bad about these agencies, but in my opinion it really waters down the agency community. It creates poorly trained (or not trained at all) travel agents out in the communities we live in that use our designation as “travel agent” that for example I have sat next to people on a plane and they respond cautiously, “But are you a REAL travel agent?” I know exactly what they are talking about.

I am going to go into detail on how to become a REAL travel agent and how to be successful in my opinion. This is how I run my travel agency. We have quickly risen to the top. We are recognized by companies such as Disney Destinations, American Airlines Vacations, Apple Leisure Group, Delta Vacations, and more as a top travel agency in the United States.

1) Find an agency that will mentor you.

At Vincent Vacations, we train people that have never been in the travel industry before. I will say there is a lot of misunderstanding in what we do. A lot of people think that because they can navigate Expedia, then they too can be a travel agent. This is not the case.

Once a client has gotten to the point of selecting where they want to go, what hotel they want and what dates…putting in the names and birthdates of the travelers is the easy part. It’s something most middle school kids could do. The hard part is helping them select the resort or hotel. Helping them navigate the cruise options or what they should do while at Walt Disney World to know how many days to book. It’s building a rapport with the client so they trust and value your opinion on all of these things. There is too much information out there and people come to a travel agent to help them narrow down their search. Finding an agency that values training and knowledge is KEY. We train in groups. We do an introductory 3 day training with business development managers from hoteliers and cruise lines so the newbies (as we call them) can hear the passion and information from the sales reps we work closely with. Another benefit I see with the group trainings, you start to build relationships with the other agents. They are learning things for the first time just like you. Everyone will likely have the same questions and be at the same stage for at least the first little bit. You start to build this in the training so the group training is non-negotiable for me. I do get a lot of requests to just watch the recorded trainings or sign up without it but then this start of community would be lost. This industry is made up of 2 different types of travel agents. A brick and mortar agent who works full time in an office and an independent contractor (IC). The independent contractors don’t have the benefit of working in an office. The idea of the office, where you can quickly bounce ideas off each other, and learn from each other. At Vincent Vacations our IC team is a community. As part of how the agency mentors our team, we are big on this community with helping each other. We do a weekly team meeting via ZOOM, team building activities, a yearly retreat, awards party, FAM trips (I’ll talk more about FAMs in another section) and we have a private Facebook group where everyone can utilize to brainstorm.

2) Travel where you sell, and share your experience.

This can be an expensive job at first. I joke with some of the agents to see what their spouses think of their new job. It can be difficult at first but it’s so important. We are a traveling agency. I put a lot of emphasis on this and when sales reps come to me and say, “how can we get more business” I am always saying, “Take us on a FAM”. A FAM is a Familiarization trip. It is when travel agents travel together to tour hotels or resorts or experience a destination. A FAM trip can be a short weekend trip to Mexico where you see 15 hotels in 3 days or a tour of Italy. There’s not really a specific category but they are so important. When you meet someone and you can speak confidently about a destination it can be a game changer on closing a sale. “I was just in Cancun and I would love to tell you about the airport experience and my top 3 hotels I think you would love when we are working on your trip.” Do FAM trips cost money? Most of them, yes they do. They are typically very discounted. They are a lot of work. I have never been so tired than on a FAM trip where we went from hotel to hotel in the heat seeing every room category. We started taking pictures of the name of the hotel so we could wrap our brain around which pictures are which. When you’re done you’re always so glad you went. You make new friends, build relationships with the hoteliers and gain so much knowledge. Share your pictures on social media. Save some. Share a little a at time. Create albums of your FAMs so you don’t forget and it can become such a resource. You will be glad you did.

3) Maximize Social Media

Someone recently asked in a social media group I am in if I let my clients be “my friend” on social media. My answer without hesitating is YES. If you want to be successful, the quickest path and least expensive path is through social media. Picture this…….you book someone a trip to Mexico. You’re new and inexperienced. You might not have shined during the booking process but you did a fine job. Will the client remember to call you in a couple years when they are ready for their next trip? IFFY. If you’re connected on social media will they? YES! Of course not guaranteed but think about it. They start to feel like they know you. They see you traveling for your job as an agent. They see you posting reviews of hotels, other client experiences and treating it as a profession.

We also encourage all of our team to build a Facebook group. This is where they can put together travel inspiration and example trips, (we provide the content to our team for a lot of this), people can ask questions and you can run it like a business. Agents with a travel focused Facebook group consistently sell more travel than those who don’t have one. The ones with 2-3k people in their groups have more business than they know what to do with.

This only works if you treat social media as a business. What image do you want to portray? Keep social media positive. Keep it lighthearted. Post funny pictures of your kids, your weekend cooking venture and your travels. Do not post your family drama. Do not post politics. Politics is sure to alienate half of your audience. Be intentional. Who do you admire on social media? Why do you admire them? Is it because they complain, post low quality photos and rant nonstop? Of course not. Everyone on your social media is either a client or a potential client. Once you emerge yourself into this thought process you will see an uptick in business.

4) Join a Referral Group

Referral groups can be so helpful when you immerse yourself and use it to your advantage. This is where you will refer other members of the group to their businesses and they will return the favor. It’s a great way to expand your network outside of what you already have. If you don’t know of any, this is a great time to start one. This way you can set the rules and expectations.

5) Never stop training.

This is huge. This job is fluid. Everything is always changing. There’s always a new policy or even a new destination to learn about. There are conferences that will help you focus on your niche and become an expert. For example if your focus is romance travel then conferences like Love Mexico or Romance Travel Forum should be on your priority list. There are cruise conferences like Cruise World or RiverView Conference if you want to focus specifically on River Cruises. The training is as important as networking at these events. This is where you will meet other agents that also have this focus. Agents with a core group of agents that they can bounce ideas off of are much more successful than those who isolate themselves.

Becoming a travel agent has blessed me and my family so much. After the pandemic we joke that it’s not for the faint of heart but as travel returns I have seen the need for professional travel agents more and more. The value has been shown over and over and it’s a profession not going away. We are here to stay.

Trafalgar Travel Agent

What’s hot for Trafalgar Tours in 2022?

I personally have traveled with Trafalgar twice. Once to South America for their 7 night, Highlights of Peru itinerary, and once to Italy for a Tuscany focused itinerary.

The Tuscany was a girls trip with a group of travel advisors. Can I start off my saying that Tuscany with a group of friends exploring vineyards, making our own pasta and trying olives and drinking wine. It was magical. Peru was a couples trip. We traveled with 4 couples. An unexpected joy of Peru was no jet lag! They are just straight down, so we didn’t need any time getting use to the time change…..Lima is on central time zone. They were such opposite styles of trips which makes me point out that Trafalgar has so much to offer.

Here’s the inside scoop of what it’s like to travel with Trafalgar and what is trending in 2022.

Who goes on a Trafalgar Tour?

One of the big questions we get as a Trafalgar Travel Agency is who goes on these tours? More specifically, “Is it all old people?”. My quick answer is, “everyone” and let me explain. One the tours I have traveled on there are people of all ages. There are families traveling with their children (typically 10 has been the youngest), couples, girls trips, and retired people. It will 100% depend on the destination, time of year and length of tour. Younger people will have a stricter schedules so they are more drawn to the 7 – 10 night itineraries and families typically travel during school breaks.

Where does Trafalgar travel?

Trafalgar has tours all over the world. I especially loved our experience in Peru and it was my first time to the continent. I would love to go back and try their Argentina tour or Brazil. They have tours on 6 of the 7 continents.

Do I have any free time to explore on my own?

The short answer is, “YES!” but the long answer is, “It depends on the tour you select on how much go go go it is.” There are some tours where you are doing a night or two in each city and your are covering multiple countries in 10 days. These ones will still have some free time but it will be more limited. The itinerary we did in Peru had for example an included walking tour of Machu Picchu but then the rest of the day we could explore on our town. In Italy we had a walking tour of Pisa for example and then an hour to explore and take funny pictures. We had the same experience with like at The Vatican for example. There was a tour but then free time. It was always a good balance where I would have wanted the tour either way and free time for pictures and to grab a drink but not too much where we just sit around and wonder what’s next. In both destinations we had most evenings free where we would dine in local restaurants. The guide with us would give us recommendations which were always so spot on.

What kind of hotels can I expect?

Trafalgar uses 3.5 and 4 star hotels with good locations where you will be able to easily walk to restaurants. I have appreciated this so much. They include breakfast at the hotels. They are a middle of the line guided tour company so I did not see as many recognizable American brands like Hilton or Marriott. We stayed in local hotels and some with some quirkiness. We laughed so hard at the one in Rome that one of the rooms had the shower in the bedroom instead of the bathroom. In Peru we stayed at the base of Machu Picchu in the town. The hotel was trendy and in a perfect location where we walked out to the pedestrian street with all the cute shops and restaurants. We ate dinner and then wandered and found am open air café that we played cards until late. All the hotels have been clean and were ones I would stay in again. Your guide stays at the same hotel with you.

How much does a Trafalgar Tour cost?

The cost of a Trafalgar tour can vary based on destination and what is included. To give you more of a specific example, Best of Italy is 13 days for $2925 per person, based on double occupancy. Highlights of Peru which is the tour I did starts at $2425 per person, based on double occupancy. This one has a higher daily average rate since it also includes inner country flights. For the best pricing consider traveling not during peak season like when kids are on a school break or over a holiday.

Are there any discounts I can get for a Trafalgar Tour?

Yes! Trafalgar offers a generous 10% savings for paying in full a minimum of 6 months prior to your tour date. They also offer Last Minute Deals so they can fill tours with a few spaces here or there. This is perfect for those with a flexible schedule.

How do they handle Covid testing?

Do you have uncertainty about navigating the ever changing protocols? Trafalgar is a great opportunity to travel with ease. Are you worried about where you will test to return to the United States? Trafalgar sets all of this up for the guests and makes it where it doesn’t become an entire day interruption. They have boots on the ground in each destination they have tours which makes all the changes something they adapt to and incorporate to make the vacation experience still top notch.

What is Costsaver? Is it the same as Trafalgar?

Costsaver Tours are part of the same corporation as Trafalgar Tours. They use the same coaches but there are a few differences. Costsaver is going to be more of a sold 3 star hotel experience. Of course still clean but just more basic and likely to not have extra services like a pool or spa. While Trafalgar includes a lot of touring and typically several meals during the tour, Costsaver is going to be very basic tours and more free time. They will have optional tours you can purchase ala carte. This is a great option for someone that has traveled but likes the idea of not having to coordinate travel between cities so they can maximize their vacation. Costsaver tours still have the same knowledgeable guides. A Costsaver guest is the all about the destination and not as much about the perks of luxury hotels and dinners.

What is Insight Vacations?

Insight is also part of the Trafalgar family. They are going to be a step up from Trafalgar. They are going to be in hotels in city center locations with brands you will likely recognize. I have toured with Insight as well and for example we stayed at the Hilton in Vienna. It was a great location. The big thing that stands out with Insight Vacation is they take out seats on the coach to give everyone more leg room. They are going to have 40 seats instead of 48 – 50 which makes me call Insight “Premium Economy” of guided touring. They also have more inclusions. For example if you are in Venice, you are going to do a gondola ride. This would be an optional add on for a Trafalgar Tour or Costsaver. This is included with Insight Vacations. One sect of their touring companies that I am kind of obsessed with is the Country Roads tours. This takes you on the scenic path. Country Roads of Italy or Country Roads of France for example will have you staying in quaint towns and is all about the scenery and immersion. They are going to include things like a cooking class or wine tasting. It’s a great option after you have checked of the big cities and want to go back and experience the countryside.

What is hot for 2022?

With tourism in Europe returning before some of the other continents, it has quickly become the front runner for Trafalgar Tours. There are pandemic restrictions being lifted right and left which has allowed for more ease of travel. Trafalgar has also curated more tours in the United States. This might be something you would say, “why when there’s not a language barrier? I could just do it myself so why?” These are valid questions but think of it this way…….you could just sit back and relax and be on vacation. This is something when we have traveled with groups they point out loving about guided touring. We don’t have to think about how to get to the next place or where we will eat dinner or even what are we looking at. We are being taken around by a guide who will help us with all of those things so we can just soak it all in.

Are vaccines required for Trafalfar, Costsaver and Insight Vacations?

As of April 23, 2022 when I am writing this blog article yes they are required. They also will go off of the countries policies so for Peru for example they are also requiring a booster if applicable since it’s a requirement of their country. We are hoping these requirements will loosen in 2023 to allow for more travelers to experience their wonderful tours.

We have travel agents who specialize in Trafalgar trips and tours.
Trafalgar is an expert covering tours in all 7 continents and over 300 trips.

Our owner, Lia Vincent, has experienced Trafalgar first hand having gone on the Highlights of Peru trip. This is an 8-day guided tour of Peru, covering from Lima to Machu Picchu. Lia has also booked several clients with Trafalgar!

What the tour company has to say about this tour we chose: Our most popular holiday in Peru, the ancient allure of Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley meet the buzz and bustle of Lima and Cusco in time spent with Insiders who share personal tales of their beloved country.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to weave in the Sacred Valley, watching centuries-old dyeing techniques, passed from mother to daughter, as the weavers keep their Andean traditions alive. Meeting the curator of the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum in Lima. And hearing tales of Dr. Diez Canseco’s illustrious ancestors, as you tour his mansion, a traditional country house, and settle down to a home-cooked Peruvian meal with him.

View more about Lia on her profile.

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Founded in 1947, Trafalgar Tours is a leading escorted tour operator. They are based in Geneva Switzerland and London, England. They maintain 8 regional offices.

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As a full-service travel agency, we sell Disney, cruises, and much more – but our biggest seller is all-inclusive resort vacations in Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

What is an all-inclusive resort vacation? This means your time on the resort property, all day and all night, you get to enjoy a service and style that go above and beyond. All-inclusives, at no extra cost to you, typically include in-room dining, top-shelf cocktails, sprawling pools, and non-stop entertainment, including amenities exclusive to adult guests. 5-star accommodations, beach activities, land sports, free Wi-Fi, and all taxes and gratuity included. So ditch the wallet, this is paradise.
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All-inclusive resorts try to capitalize on the white sands and stunning tropical views ideal for every guest, where the experience is better than a beach — it’s your fantasy playground. Enjoy out-of-this-world, all-inclusive amenities with first class restaurants, bars and lounges, championship golf, and sprawling pools and in some cases, family friendly resorts include a water park with slides, splash pads, food trucks, snack bars, an adults-only pools with a swim-up bars and more. To add even more, live shows while the headliners in your crew enjoy exclusive amenities reserved for
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Destination Wedding Locations – A Romance Guide to Luxury Destinations

Endless romance AWAITS!

We want to make sure you fall in love with your destination wedding location and the resort that matches your vision for your perfect destination wedding package!

We understand those extraordinary moments, the ones that truly take your breath away, the ones that stay with you forever. Whether it’s the first time you see one another as you walk down the aisle, or the view from the beach where you celebrate that special anniversary or renew your vows.

All Inclusive Weddings assists in making those stunning experiences, creating lifelong memories for you to love and cherish. We are honored to be a part of your celebration because you deserve an experience as amazing and unique as your love.

WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT DESTINATION?

Selecting your destination is the first step in planning a trip to celebrate your romantic milestone. You want a location that sets the tone for your special occasion and represents the love you have for one another. If your celebration includes more than just the two of you, also consider a place your guests will cherish – loaded with all-inclusive luxury and exciting activities.

DESTINATION DECISION MAKERS

BUDGET: No need to break the bank. Determine what you are willing to spend. We will work with you and your chosen destination resort to create a one-of-a-kind experience within your budget.

BACKDROP: It doesn’t have to be a fantasy! Visualize your dream location and choose a destination that meets your unique criteria.

STYLE: Beach breezy? Nature lovers? History buffs? Define your style as a couple and select a complementary destination.

SEASONALITY: Are you celebrating a certain date? Is there flexibility? Some destinations have great promotions during low seasons.

Viva MÉXICO!

EAST COAST

The eastern coast of Mexico bordering the Caribbean Sea is home to the popular resort destinations of Cancun, Riviera Maya and the island of Cozumel. This region on the Yucatan Peninsula offers some of the best and most romantic beaches in the country, championship-caliber golf courses and an incredible mix of ancient Mayan and traditional Mexican culture — it’s a place every couple will want to experience.

TIME ZONE:
Eastern Std. Time (GMT-5)

KNOWN FOR:
Snorkeling, Cenotes, and Mayan Culture

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Tulum

PACIFIC COAST

The sparkling sapphire sea, majestic mountains and cactus-dotted desert landscapes make the Mexican Pacific Coast one of the most beautiful destinations. Luxury resorts, top-notch Mexican cuisine, world-class golf, exciting nightlife and adventures in nature are just a few of the many reasons to celebrate your special occasion here.

TIME ZONE:
Mountain Std. Time (GMT-7)

KNOWN FOR:
Golf, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching and Sport Fishing

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Huatulco, Los Cabos, Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit

Discover THE CARIBBEAN

ST. MARTIN

This elegant island shares the cultures of two countries. To the south is the Dutch side, with its cosmopolitan capital of Philipsburg, duty-free shops, glitzy casinos and nightspots. To the north is the French side with its chic boutiques, cafés and amazing views. Couples can discover it all and each other in St. Martin.

TIME ZONE:
Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)

KNOWN FOR:
Festive Nightlife, French Cuisine and Outdoor Markets

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Anse Marcel, Maho Beach, Orient Bay, Phillipsburg, Simpson Bay

CURAÇAO

Slip away to Curaçao, a Caribbean paradise that thrills and inspires. From delicious local eats and exciting outdoor excursions to a wealth of cultural gems throughout the area, this destination appeals to everyone on your guest list.

TIME ZONE:
Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)

KNOWN FOR:
Colorful Skyline, Island Cuisine, Diving and Dutch Influence

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
East End, Jan Thiel, Pietermaai Smal, Westpunt, Willemstad

Dive into the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Dominican Republic has picture-perfect beaches and every kind of activity and entertainment imaginable. From a catamaran to Soana Island, to the rich history and heritage at Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial, couples find the perfect backdrop for their special occasion in the Caribbean region.

TIME ZONE:
Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)

KNOWN FOR:
White Sand Beaches and Merengue

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Cap Cana, La Romana, Macao Beach, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Uvero Alto

Experience JAMAICA

Beyond the sand, Jamaica has soul-stirring beauty with lush forest along misty mountain peaks and hidden waterfalls. A fusion of smoky, fresh and tropical island flavors await your discovery. Couples find themselves swaying to the soothing, rhythmic music the country is famous for. Friendly smiles and open arms welcome you under the warm island sun. Jamaica is a treat for all the senses.

TIME ZONE:
Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)

KNOWN FOR:
Reggae, Rich Culture and White Sand Beaches

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio

Adventure in CENTRAL AMERICA

COSTA RICA

Costa Rica’s motto, pura vida, is a way of life that has the country ranked as one of the happiest and the greenest countries in the world. Tucked between the countries of Nicaragua and Panama and the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, Costa Rica is a land of incredible biodiversity with volcanoes, cloud forests and tropical wildlife, national parks — ideal for adventure-loving couples.

TIME ZONE:
Central Std. Time (GMT-6)

KNOWN FOR:
Rainforests, Adventure and Biodiverse Wildlife

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Arenal, Cahuita, Corcovado, Gulf of Papagayo, Playa Copal, Puerto Viejo, Tortuguero

PANAMA

Best known for its landmark canal, Panama wows with Instagram-worthy backdrops for your celebration, including lush rainforests, mountain cloud forests and 3,500 miles of Pacific and Caribbean coastline. There are more than 1,500 islands off the Panama coast, making it a cocktail of ecological wonders, rich history, fine dining, culture and nightlife. Create an experience for your guests that is utterly unique.

TIME ZONE:
Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)

KNOWN FOR:
Panama Canal, Natural Beauty and Vibrant Culture

POPULAR LOCATIONS:
Bocas del Toro Islands, Casco Viejo, El Valle de Anton, Panama City, Playa Bonita, Santa Catalina

Other Popular All Inclusive Wedding Locations

FALL IN love WITH OUR recommended locations! There are so many to list! Other popular locations can include: Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, Saint Lucia and so much more!

Know your destination? Explore the ideal resort brand for your romantic milestone! Finding a resort that matches your unique style as a couple will make the occasion even more special.

FREE WEDDINGS AT SELECT LOCATIONS!

We can help you find the perfect location for your destination wedding! How do you know if a place is right for your special day? Answering the following questions can help. How many rooms does the hotel have, and how many are available for the days you want? What types of guest rooms are available? What facilities does the hotel or resort have for a wedding? Does the hotel or resort have a standard wedding package? Can it be customized? Do you have an on-site coordinator?

Please contact us today at All Inclusive Weddings to learn more about our locations and services!

Destination Wedding Etiquette

Dot your ‘I’s’ and cross your ‘T’s’ with our guide to destination wedding etiquette!

You said, “yes” to forever. Then, you started imagining your big day in a romantic locale. Now, you’re probably trying to figure out how you can get all of your friends and family there while keeping a smile on their face.

With all the components that go into a destination wedding, the stress can be overwhelming. From organizing a guest list to making sure everyone knows where to be and when, staying on cloud nine might feel like a constant struggle.

But, fear not – no matter how many guests you have coming and what their expectations are, we’re here to make sure you have a stress-free celebration that everyone will talk about for years to come. After all, just because weddings can seem complicated doesn’t mean they have to be – it’s all in your approach and preparation.

More interested in seeing a cost / pricing guide for all-inclusive destination weddings? Check out our Destination Wedding Cost – Packages Pricing Guide!

We’ve gathered all the tips, tricks and insight from our experience in the industry to walk you through the entire journey from start to finish before you even pack your bags. So, go ahead and trade your worries for joy knowing you’ll have everything you need to give your guests the time of their lives at your destination wedding.

You will notice all-inclusive destination weddings open up many features not possible with a traditional wedding, but they have their own challenges you need to keep in mind. Going through my own destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, our romance travel agency, All Inclusive Weddings, was born out of wanting to help other couples navigate the difficulties, and communicate what’s actually involved!

create your wedding website

Websites have soared in popularity over the past few years and for good reason – guests have all the information they need in one accessible location, freeing up the time that would be spent answering countless calls and texts. Creating a website is also a great opportunity to tackle the often-touchy subject of finances – give your guests a gentle heads-up on what they’re expected to pay for, so no surprises come up later on.

THINGS TO INCLUDE ON YOUR SITE

FLIGHT INFO
Direct visitors to sites where they can get deals on airfare

TRAVEL TIPS
Share your personal suggestions for effortless travel.

LODGING
Encourage your guests to stay at the venue by providing your group code.

YOUR STORY
Get everyone excited by sharing your love story along with any sentimental pictures.

INSIDER TIPS!

TIP 1: Use A Template

No need to start building from scratch. There are plenty of sites that are setup and ready
to fill in with your personal flair.

TIP 2: Introduce Your Wedding Party

Give your wedding party a shoutout by including their photos and a brief bio on your site.
Since they are the ones assisting you throughout the week, this will give your guests some
familiar faces to turn to for questions, while you and your other half are busy socializing.

Your website will be full of personal information, times and dates, so keep it all
secure with a password requiring visitors to sign in before viewing any content.

send out save the dates

Now that your website is created, let your guests know to mark their calendar with a Save-the-Date card. For destination weddings, it’s best to give as much notice as possible – between nine and 12 months heads-up is appropriate. This may seem too far in advance, but remember your guests
need to evaluate travel costs and take time off.

Don’t forget the plus one – Typically, those in the wedding party get a plus one, but consider your other guests’ relationship statuses – long-term and live-in partners may expect to come along. Be clear
exactly who the invitation is addressed to, so recipients don’t extend it at their discretion

build an itinerary

When traveling abroad, endless details can overwhelm your guests. Creating an itinerary that includes meet-up times, locations and contact information will allow everyone to get everywhere stress free. A good rule of thumb is to list any event that you have covered. Your guests can relax knowing these activities won’t cost anything extra.

Strength in numbers – Having a wedding team to help you with planning will ease worry and resolve confusion. Many all-inclusive resorts even offer a dedicated “entourage” when you book your
wedding at any of their resorts.

send out invitations

With all your details finalized, it’s finally time to get those formal invitations in the mail. You should aim to send these two to three months before your wedding date, as you want to provide ample time to tie-up any loose ends.

BEACHWEAR OR BLACK TIE?

DRESS CODE

List your expected dress code for the rehearsal dinner and ceremony. Nobody likes showing up under or overdressed, especially when a change of clothes could be thousands of miles away.

RSVP DETAILS
Don’t forget to give your guests a deadline to respond by. Otherwise, you could be waiting for responses, delaying your final accommodations. In your formal invitation, you should also include the actual location of your venue, rather than just the country or city – guests will appreciate having solidified details.

INSIDER TIPS!

TIP 1: Match Your Themes

Pick a theme that complements the overall look and style of your wedding. A ceremony in the garden may call for a floral invitation, while a seaside wedding may work well with pastels.

TIP 2: Mention Dietary Restrictions

Include a section that allows guests to check off any preferences or allergies, so you can plan special arrangements accordingly.

welcome guests with a surprise

After months of planning, days of preparing, and hours of traveling, your guests have finally arrived for your big day, so make them feel at home! This is the perfect opportunity to thank them for coming with a welcome kit in their rooms. Local snacks and beer, sunscreen, water, and an itinerary are essentials for your destination wedding.

GO ON A GROUP OUTING

The Caribbean has much to offer in the way of fun. We think Island Routes Caribbean Adventures is one of the best ways to get around. Live life on the wild side with ziplining and raft excursions, or dip into the Caribbean vibe with local music or festivals.

INSIDER TIP!

Capture the Moment – Bring a disposable camera on your group adventure and capture the day. These photos are awesome keepsakes for you and your guests to hold on to.

say goodbye in style

When the festivities are over and it’s time to say goodbye, the emotions can really set in. Take advantage of being with your loved ones with a final hoorah. Brunch on the beach is an awesome way to hangout with everyone, reminisce about the week, and show your appreciation before they head off.

A smooth destination wedding is all about taking care of your guests’ needs and making them feel appreciated. A little bit of planning can go a long way to keep your guests smiling the entire trip.

NOW IT’S TIME TO TURN YOUR WEDDING INTO AN UNSTOPPABLE PARTY!

LOGISTICS OF LOVE

When planning your destination wedding, don’t forget all the details that come along with international marriage. Each island has its own specific requirements, but here are some things to keep in mind:

• Confirm your destination’s residency requirements. Many islands in the Caribbean have laws regarding how long you must be there before an official marriage ceremony can be performed. Remember this, as it may affect your travel window.

• If you’re looking to have a religious ceremony, reach out to your wedding planner to find possible options. Depending on the island and venue, you’ll want to see what accommodations are available.

• Double-check your documents because each island requires its own specific set of paperwork to officiate a marriage. When in doubt, check with your wedding planner and the local government to make sure you’re good to go.

• Make copies of all required documents and keep a set in your carry-on. In the event your luggage gets temporarily misplaced, you’ll still have everything you need.

To learn more, contact us at All Inclusive Weddings today! In business since 2013, we can make sure your destination wedding or other romance travel is a success!

More Information

As far as the expectation of who pays for what at a destination wedding, if you arrange the event and you expect your guests to attend, you typically pay for it! This means if you have a reception after, the resort will charge you usually based per person or per table. This is a cost you would not anticipate your guests paying. The groom has plans for a zip line excursion with his groomsmen? This would be an event paid for and covered by the groom / the wedding party hosting.

There are ways you can help lower your guests bill at the resort of your choosing. One of the ways is finding and working with a great travel agency / travel agent, who knows the ins-and-outs of group contracts. There are even airline discounts offered for blocked group travel.

More interested in seeing a cost / pricing guide for all-inclusive destination weddings? Check out our Destination Wedding Cost – Packages Pricing Guide!

Engagement-Moons – The hottest new trend in proposals!

It’s safe to say, every bride has felt heart-fluttering giddiness just thinking about the love of her life getting down on one knee to pop the question. Some envision it in the quiet recesses of their home, while others see it on the beach at sunset.

Wherever your big moment happens, be sure to revel in every second of it! Then, when you can’t get enough of celebrating the news, consider extending the excitement with an engagement-moon.

Skyrocketing their way to popularity, engagement-moons are the perfect place to spend quality time together and even recreate an engagement photoshoot. Capturing a solid photo during your real proposal can be difficult in all of the excitement, so hiring a professional photographer during your travels is a great alternative.

Not only will you walk away with an entire collection of cherished memories to share with friends and family, but you’ll be working with killer backdrops and a stress-free atmosphere.

One more thing: we recommend detaching from technology for a bit to avoid any post-proposal pressure and get a great, personal reset that will have you well-rested and ready for the wedding planning process!

Embrace the island with an adventurous photoshoot that speaks to the lush scenery!

Being able to celebrate this amazing moment with my best friend and the love of my life, while in such a beautiful place, made this the trip of a lifetime. the staff and people we met at sandals south coast made us feel like family from the moment we walked in. because of them, it’s a trip we’ll never forget. thank you sandals for making this special moment in our lives that much more memorable
-Sarah Jessop & Tyler Lafontaine, Chicago Illinois

Weddings in Paradise – Inspiration Without Limitation!

All Inclusive Weddings was born out of the idea that destination weddings aren’t just about choosing a location, it’s about the experiences shared with friends and family while exploring the destination. We want to introduce you to the wedding aisle you’ve always dreamed of and surrounded it with the beauty and warmth of the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and more locations!

Our services offer brides and grooms endless opportunity, while our expertise and wealth of experience run deep as the seas!

Whether you’re saying ‘I do’ on a bluff overlooking the ocean or under the canopy of a carefully manicured garden, you’ll have all the knowledge needed to revel in your big day.

Weddings in Paradise!

It’s inspiration without limitation.

We hope to be your number one resource for all-inclusive destination weddings, so join us as we set out to assist you and the one you love in the tropics!

Every great love story begins with an epic journey. Join All Inclusive Weddings as we introduce you to white-sand beaches, swim under rushing waterfalls and traverse lush terrain to discover and explore real dream weddings and exotic backdrops that set the scene.

The idea of a beautiful, exotic venue is probably the main reason you picked, or are considering, a destination wedding. Somehow, each inspiration accomplished the impossible feat of further enhancing the idyllic backdrops. Like a strand of pearls adds to a classic gown, shimmering lights strewn across lush tropical gardens and a dramatic, white frame arbor against the blue horizon lended to the beauty of the surroundings.

Likely one of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make throughout the process is selecting the ceremony and reception venues. A white-sand beach aisle? A gazebo in a tropical garden? A sunset bluff overlooking the sea? An Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel? The good news is you have plenty to choose from and it seems impossible to go wrong. You can even upgrade to a twilight hour ceremony or an off-site location.

A destination wedding is a getaway to share with your closest family and friends that is filled with multiple days of events manifested from pure imagination. Can’t you picture it—A tropical welcome party, an intimate and romantic rehearsal dinner, or an epic las

You can be as involved or laissez-faire about the process as you want. They’re ready to handle every single detail and create an entire itinerary filled with adventure, romance and relaxation, so all you have to worry about is soaking up every special moment in the Caribbean sun.

Documents Needed for Other Countries

With a destination wedding, we highly advise and it is the most popular option – get all documentation created in your state of US local residence. As an option, all required document work can be completed in your home state, except for the official signature from the bride, groom and witness. If you would like, you then take the marriage documentation with you on your destination wedding trip, and sign during the wedding reception. When you return from your trip, you can turn the documentation in, and you are officially married.

However, if required, here are the documents required by country. All advise mentioned on this site can change at any moment, so please contact us for the latest requirements.

JAMAICA
• Residency period: 48 hrs. (includes
weekends and holidays).
• Notarized copies of BOTH bride and
groom’s valid government-issued
Passport photo ID or Driver’s License.
• All copies of documents must be
notarized and mailed to our Miami
office. Please note that Notary’s
commission must be valid until after
the wedding date.
• Notarized copies of BOTH bride and
groom’s state-issued birth certificates.
• Notarized copy of all previous divorce
decrees, all pages of court certified final
judgment for BOTH bride and groom
(if applicable).
• Notarized copy of former spouse’s
state-issued death certificate and
related notarized marriage certificate
(if applicable).
• Notarized copy of legal adoption papers
or legal name change (if applicable).
• Notarized copy of legal translation
of all documents to English along with
notarized documents in original
language (if applicable).

Please note that documents will not be
returned. Documents must be received
in our office at least 60 days prior to your
arrival date for wedding confirmation.
Please note that in the event that all
applicable required documents are not
received by our Miami office we will not
be able to perform the wedding.
• Please mail notarized documents to:
WEDDING DOCUMENTS C/O DT BUSINESS SERVICES
5000 SW 75TH AVENUE, SUITE 111, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33155
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees are $95

BAHAMAS

Residency period: 48 hrs. (two business
days, NOT including day of arrival,
weekends or holidays);
• All original documents with certified court
seals must be hand carried to the island.
• Country-issued passports and state issued birth certificates for BOTH bride
and groom.
• All previous divorce decrees, all pages
of court certified final judgment for
BOTH bride and groom (if applicable).
Former spouse’s state-issued death
certificate and related marriage certificate
(if applicable).
• Legal adoption papers or legal name
change (if applicable).
• Legal translation of all documents to
English along with documents in original
language (if applicable).
• Please note that documents will not be
returned. Documents must be received
in our office at least 60 days prior to your
arrival date for wedding confirmation.
Please note that in the event that all
applicable required documents are not
received by our Miami office and/or
original documents are not hand carried
to the resort (where applicable), we will
not be able to perform the wedding.
• Please uploaded documents to:
HTTPS://SANDALS.COM/WEDDINGS/DOCUMENTS-UPLOAD/
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees
are $310.

ANTIGUA

Residency period: 48 hrs. (must include
one business day, NOT including holidays);
no Sunday weddings.
• All original documents with certified court
seals must be hand carried to the island.
• Country-issued passports OR stateissued birth certificates for BOTH bride
and groom.
• All previous divorce decrees, all pages
of court certified final judgment for
BOTH bride and groom (if applicable).
• Former spouse’s state-issued death
certificate and related marriage certificate
(if applicable).
• Legal adoption papers or legal name
change (if applicable).
• Legal translation of all documents to
English along with documents in original
language (if applicable).
• Please note that documents will not be
returned. Documents must be received
in our office at least 60 days prior to your
arrival date for wedding confirmation.
Please note that in the event that all
applicable required documents are
not received by our Miami office
and/or original documents are not hand
carried to the resort (where applicable),
we will not be able to perform the wedding.
• Please uploaded documents to:
HTTPS://SANDALS.COM/WEDDINGS/DOCUMENTS-UPLOAD/
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees
are $288.

SAINT LUCIA
Residency period: 72 hrs. (three business
days, NOT including day of arrival, weekends
or holidays); no Sunday weddings.
• All original documents with certified court
seals must be hand carried to the island.
• Country-issued passports and stateissued birth certificates for BOTH
bride and groom.
• All previous divorce decrees, all pages
of court certified final judgment for
BOTH bride and groom (if applicable)
Former spouse’s state-issued death
certificate and related marriage
certificate (if applicable).
• Legal adoption papers or legal name
change (if applicable).
• Legal translation of all documents to
English along with documents in original
language (if applicable).
• Express Wedding: Residency period 48hrs/
2 business days (excludes day of arrival).
Fee of US$341 is due at the time of booking.
• Please note that documents will not
be returned. Documents must be
received in our office at least 60 days
prior to your arrival date for wedding
confirmation. Please note that in the
event that all applicable required
documents are not received by our
Miami office and/or original documents
are not hand carried to the resort
(where applicable), we will not be
able to perform the wedding.
• Please uploaded documents to:
HTTPS://SANDALS.COM/WEDDINGS/DOCUMENTS-UPLOAD/
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees
are $270.

BARBADOS
Residency period: 48 hrs. NOT including
weekends or public holidays.
• All original documents with certified court
seals must be hand carried to the island.
• Country-issued passports and stateissued birth certificates for BOTH bride
and groom.
• All previous divorce decrees, all pages
of court certified final judgment for BOTH
bride and groom (if applicable).
• Former spouse’s state-issued death
certificate and related marriage certificate
(if applicable).
• Legal adoption papers or legal name
change (if applicable).
• Legal translation of all documents to
English along with documents in original
language (if applicable).
• Please note that documents will not be
returned. Documents must be received
in our office at least 60 days prior to your
arrival date for wedding confirmation.
Please note that in the event that all
applicable required documents are not
received by our Miami office and/or
original documents are not hand carried
to the resort (where applicable), we will
not be able to perform the wedding.
• Please uploaded documents to:
HTTPS://SANDALS.COM/WEDDINGS/DOCUMENTS-UPLOAD/
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees
are $325.

GRENADA
Residency period: 72 hrs. (three days,
including weekends and holidays prior
to applying for license) and one-three
days for application of license.
• All original documents with certified court
seals must be hand carried to the island,
except for express weddings.
• Country-issued passports and stateissued birth certificates for BOTH bride
and groom.
• All previous divorce decrees, all pages
of court certified final judgment for
BOTH bride and groom (if applicable).
• Former spouse’s state-issued death
certificate and related marriage certificate
(if applicable).
• Legal adoption papers or legal name
change (if applicable).
Sworn affidavit or letter from a Notary Public:
must be on a letterhead with applicable
notarized, seals etc. attesting that neither
party has not been previously married.
• Legal translation of all documents to
English along with documents in original
language (if applicable).
• Express Weddings: Residency period
48 hrs./1 business day. Fee of US$190 is
due at time of booking. Notarized copies
of all documents that apply along with the
Marriage License Application Form, must
be sent to the mailing address below:
WEDDING DOCUMENTS C/O DT BUSINESS SERVICES
5000 SW 75TH AVENUE, SUITE 111, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33155
• Please note that documents will not be
returned. Documents must be received
in our office at least 60 days prior to your
arrival date for wedding confirmation.
Please note that in the event that all
applicable required documents are not
received by our Miami office and/or
original documents are not hand carried
to the resort (where applicable), we will
not be able to perform the wedding.
• For Non-Express Wedding, please
uploaded documents to:
HTTPS://SANDALS.COM/WEDDINGS/DOCUMENTS-UPLOAD/
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees are $180

CURACAO
Residency period of 72 hrs (includes day
of arrival, weekends, and holidays; DOES
NOT include day of wedding) Wedding
Days: Monday – Saturday. No Weddings
on Sundays or Holidays.
• Wedding Information and Processing Form.
• Letter of Authorization form.
• Letter of Intent form (Must include
2 different dates and time of day for
ceremony, along with signatures and
email addresses of both parties).
• Original Birth Certificate with an
Apostille/legalization from Netherlands
embassy or designated competent
authority in your country of residence
for bride & groom in long/complete form
only (not older than 1 year).
• Notarized copy of a valid passport
for bride & groom with an Apostille/
legalization from Netherlands embassy or
designated competent authority in your
country of residence.
• Original Divorce Decree with an Apostille/
legalization from Netherlands embassy or
designated competent authority in your
country of residence, if applicable for
bride & groom (not older than 6 months)
Proof of single status via the Registrar
Office in your area for bride & groom
(not older than 6 months) and with an
apostille/legalization from Netherlands
embassy or designated competent
authority in your country of residence.
• Original Death Certificate with an
Apostille/legalization from Netherlands
embassy or designated competent
authority in your country of residence, for
either one or both of you are a widow/
widower, you need to provide the relevant
documents (death certificate), not older
than 6 months.
• Witness Request Form.
Copy of valid passport of up to 6
witnesses. Witnesses must be 21 years
of age or older.
Form must be signed by wedding
couple and list the full names of up to 6
witnesses along with their mailing address
and DOB (date of birth).
If copies of witness passports are not mailed
with documents, the wedding couple may
hand-carry the copies and hand to the
Wedding Manager upon check-in.
If couple is traveling with less than the
required number of witnesses, the wedding
couple must check off box in “Witness
Request Form” acknowledging and noting
the number of witnesses attending.
Please note: the Resort will provide up
to six (6) witnesses and submit required
documents on the couple behalf if
necessary and requested via the form.
• Original documents other than in Dutch or
English need to be translated into the Dutch
language (i.e. a French or Spanish document
must be translated into Dutch, not English).
• ALL Original Documents MUST have an
Apostille/legalization from Netherlands
embassy or designated competent
authority in your country of residence.
• Documents MUST be received in our
(Miami, FL or UK) office at least 3 months
prior, and no more than 6 months prior to
your arrival date for wedding confirmation.
• Please mail required documents to:
WEDDING DOCUMENTS C/O DT BUSINESS SERVICES
5000 SW 75TH AVENUE, SUITE 111, MIAMI, FL 33155
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees are $500

**Within two weeks after the Civil Registry Office has received and
examined the documents, the couple will receive a message stating
that all documents submitted are in order. If not, the document
corrections will be communicated, and it is then determined
whether the planned wedding date and time is still feasible.
Please Note: In the event all applicable required documents are not
received by our Miami, FL or UK Document Office within the time
frame requested, we will not be able to perform the legal wedding,
at which time couple may decide on a Symbolic ceremony

CURACAO
SYMBOLIC WEDDING

Residency period of 48 hrs (includes day
of arrival, weekends, and holidays; DOES
NOT include day of wedding) Wedding
Days: Monday – Saturday. No Weddings
on Sundays or Holidays.
• Symbolic Information & Processing Form
• Copy of valid country-issued passports
or government-issued driver’s license
for both parties
• Documents must be received in our office
at least 60 days prior to your arrival date
for wedding confirmation.
• Please uploaded documents to:
HTTPS://SANDALS.COM/WEDDINGS/DOCUMENTS-UPLOAD/

TURKS
& CAICOS
• Residency requirement: 48 hrs, must
include two (2) business days (day of
arrival and weekends NOT included).
• State issued birth certificate and copy
of the driver’s license OR passport.
All pages of all court certified final divorce
decrees with judge’s signature. Divorce
Decrees MUST have the following written:
“Final Decree”, “Final Judgment” or
“Dissolution of Marriage”.
• State issued death certificates with
related marriage certificates Legal name
change or legal adoption documents
if applicable.
• Two (2) Notarized Affidavits of Spinster
ship/Bachelorhood, (a sworn statement
indicating either party has never been
married) one to be mailed in and the
other are to be hand carried to the
resort with original documents.
• Affidavits notarized must be dated
and notarized within 90 days prior
to the wedding date.
• An original notarized sworn affidavit
referring to documents specifically
may also be provided to accompany
photocopy of document.
• A late fee of US$150 will apply for all
documents received within 21 days prior
to the arrival date.
• Please mail via courier service Notarized
Copies (with the valid notary’s original
ink signature & stamp) of the required
documents for both the bride and groom
at least 60 DAYS prior to the arrival date.

Couples must hand carry all original
state issued and/or court certified
documents with raised/embossed seals
and stamps plus a copy of the Spinster
ship/Bachelorhood affidavit to resort.
• All Documents for both bride & groom
must be submitted with a completed
Wedding Information Form.
• Notarized Affidavit from either parents
or legal guardian must be provided
in order to marry in Turks & Caicos
if under 21 years of age.
• All required documents are due
60 days prior to travel for all islands.
• A legal translator must translate all
documents in a foreign language
to English. Both versions must be
submitted.
• Please mail notarized documents to:
WEDDING DOCUMENTS C/O DT BUSINESS SERVICES
5000 SW 75TH AVENUE, SUITE 111, MIAMI,
FLORIDA 33155
• Mandatory marriage officiant and
government documentation fees
are $400.

Frequently Asked Questions for Destination Weddings

Is my wedding legal in the country where I reside?

Yes, your marriage is legally binding in the country where you reside. You should inquire
with your local government regarding name change procedures and other marital legalities.

Are medical and or blood tests required to get married?
Blood tests are not required.

When will I receive my marriage certificate?
Your marriage certificate will be sent within the following time frame:
Jamaica: 6-8 weeks,
Turks & Caicos: 8-10 weeks, Antigua: 4-6 weeks,
St. Lucia: 6-8 weeks, Bahamas: 8-10 weeks,
Grenada: 2-3 weeks and Barbados: 2-4 weeks.
Curacao: 4-6 weeks (in Dutch); 6-8 weeks

When do I finalize my wedding details?
Details should be finalized 60 days prior to arrival. Don’t worry, you’re not on your own for this, your wedding planner will guide you through the journey.

Is there a fee for the use of a personal wedding planner?
In line with our Luxury Included® philosophy, every bride and groom have their own personal Wedding Entourage including a wedding planning team as part of the complimentary wedding inclusions.

What are the different types of ceremonies I can choose from for my wedding?
Customarily, a non-denominational minister presides over our wedding ceremonies but if you wish to inquire about having a non-religious ceremony or religious ceremony (an additional cost may apply) please consult with your wedding planner.

Are there any special inclusions for weddings with a group of rooms?
Nearly every all-inclusive resort offers a number of exclusive bells and whistles for wedding parties that book five rooms or more. Please contact us to hear more information!

Can I get married at a different resort than where I am staying?
It is required that you get married at the same resort where you are staying.

Who will assist me once I arrive?
Your event planner at the resort will be excited to meet you and will be instrumental in making your dream day a reality.

What are the wedding venues at the property?
Most of our resorts offer beach, garden, and gazebo locations. The location is chosen during the planning process but can be changed (based on availability) at your on-site resort consultation.

What is the best way to travel with a wedding dress?
Arrangements for transportation of a wedding dress should be discussed directly with your airline carrier.

Are tuxedo rentals available on the island?
Some resorts have contact information for local formal wear providers (varies by island). However, we do not offer tuxedo rentals at the resort. Keep in mind; due to the warm Caribbean climate grooms may want to consider a lightweight suit.

What wedding cake flavors are available?
You have a choice of vanilla, chocolate, Caribbean fruit, red velvet, brownie or carrot. Vanilla, chocolate and carrot flavors and vanilla fillings are also available in gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and vegan options. Special flavors can be ordered for an additional cost. All orders must be submitted within 60 days prior to arrival.

Can I add an additional tier to my cake?
A 4” tier may be added to our 8” and 6” profile. Custom orders beyond that size may be accommodated at an extra cost.

Can I bring my own wedding décor items and favors?
Rest assured, we have everything you need to celebrate your dream wedding your way! We do not recommend bringing décor items and favors, as there are customs regulations that will require you to pay taxes and duties on these items or they could be confiscated if deemed commercial items. Along with customs fees, you could be subject to additional baggage fees based on the weight of the items. If you decide to bring favors and/or décor with you, please note that there will be an applicable set-up fee for these items.

Please contact us with your destination wedding planning needs for full details and to discuss any specific décor or favors you would like to have!

Ultimate Destination Wedding Guide

All Inclusive Weddings offers you completely customizable weddings in resort locations from Barbados to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

From photo packages to fireworks, there are so many options and ways to make your destination wedding stand out. We’re here to make sure your wedding day is truly special!

We want you and your guests to say, IT WAS THE BEST WEDDING EVER!

So we’ve put together this wedding guide to get you better acquainted with some ideas and possibilities of an all-inclusive destination wedding.

You will find everything from salon and spa packages, to photography and videography options and beyond.

We hope to inspire you and show you what’s possible! View our past completely customized events browsing our dream board – You can browse inspirations, select décor, and decide on your favorite flowers. You can also send photos of your own inspirations, and we can work with local vendors to fulfill your request. Or if you want a completely pampered planning experience, we’ll do all the legwork for you. It’s our pleasure. And it’s all included!

We invite you to dream differently, but don’t want your budget to hold you back. Which is why many all-inclusive resorts offer a free wedding experience that includes all the essentials for you to exchange your “I Do’s,” no budget necessary.

Several all-inclusive resorts now include drone footage. This means capturing your wedding day from a whole new perspective with an exclusive aerial video (drone) add-on. Drone footage will add a completely new dimension to your day and showcase the amazing location of your wedding from angles and viewpoints that previously would only have been achievable with a helicopter.

• All drone footage is shot at a minimum of 1080p (HD) resolution.
• Drone videography for weddings is accommodated via contracted, licensed vendors who provide service to the all-inclusive resort location of your choosing.
• All drone operators are vetted and approved by the location.
• All drone operators are highly trained and experienced in the use of their equipment.
• Our drone operators use only professional grade drone equipment.

Photography possibilities

IF A PICTURE IS “WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS” A VIDEO RENDERS YOU SPEECHLESS.

Captured in HD quality by our professional videographers, your video will be the perfect way to share and relive your wedding day for years to come.

Step 1: Pick your perfect package

Pick from four professional videography packages: Classic, signature, premium and ultimate. Each
captures your most meaningful moments and will be available in your choice of one of two unique editing styles. Enjoy highlights from your ceremony, cake cutting, first dance, and reception, plus exclusive add-on options based on your package selection.

Step 2: Choose a unique editing style

CONTEMPORARY
Give your wedding video a modern flair with our contemporary editing feature complete with a unique storytelling style with mini stories that candidly capture key moments of your day. Edited with only select background audio and any music of your choice from our music library, this package presents your wedding day in a style reminiscent of a beautiful music video.

TRADITIONAL
Classic and chic, our traditional video package is edited in the sequence of events throughout your
wedding day—with full-length footage of your ceremony, vows, and more. This style is the perfect combination of a beautiful editing style with your selection of romantic background music, and traditional elements, including key audio from your vows, speeches, and more.

Step 3: Add finishing touches

Enhance any video package with special Add-On options, such as a Blu-Ray Disc, a 30 or 45 second
trailer to share on social media, 3 to 5 minutes highlight video to share a synopsis of your special day with friends, family and much more. Once edited, your video will be delivered to you as a digital file. You may also opt to purchase a traditional DVD or Blu-Ray disc of your production. Please note that DVDs do not have the space capacity for HD quality videos, therefore we recommend you order the Blu-Ray Disc or HD download file.

Photo and video combo package

CLASSIC CHIC 75 digital images, 20 5×7 prints, 8×8 photo book, classic video
LOVE N’ LUXE 100 digital images, 20 5×7 prints, 10×10 photo book, classic video

VIDEOGRAPHY ADD ONS

We offer add-on options, which allows you to select the video elements that best interpret your individual style – giving you the opportunity to turn your dream wedding into treasured memories.

• Drone coverage
• Reception entertainment coverage
• Additional hour of coverage
• Wedding dinner and speeches with parents first dance (1 hour)
• Rehearsal Dinner coverage (1 hour)
• Spa coverage
• USB/DVD Copy
• USB Presentation Box
• USB & presentation box combo
• Blu-Ray Disc
• 30 to 45 second social media video trailer
• 3 to 5 minute highlight video
• Honeymoon Experience package
• Raw footage
• Love story interview
• Parents/Best friends wishes (4 Persons Max)
• Rush fee (10 Day turn around time)

SPA

LET THE WARMTH OF THE ISLANDS SOOTHE YOUR SOUL

Spa options help you look your best throughout your stay! With hairstyling, makeup application, and spa services including massages and manicures, it’s perfect for bachelors & bachelorettes, wedding
showers, honeymoon gifts, and more! Experienced spa specialists will revitalize you and your party with botanical products and essential oils native to the Caribbean. Partnering with only the best in the beauty industry, including Pevonia, SpaRitual, Dazzle Dry, Moroccanoil and La Bella Donna Cosmetics, Red Lane® Spa lets you commemorate your wedding celebration with an array of body and beauty treatments that make you glow and put you at ease.

ONCE YOU’VE SAID “I DO” IT’S YOUR HONEYMOON

Once you’ve said “I Do” it’s your honeymoon—a very special occasion that calls for indulging in the ultimate calming experiences for two people in love. Lose yourselves in the exotic aromas of a ‘Scents of Love’ couples massage. Whether indulging in total relaxation in an over-the-water pavilion, beneath a beachfront gazebo, or within the privacy of your luxurious suite, your side-by-side Red Lane® Spa massage will relieve stress so all that’s left is enjoying each other’s company. Red Lane® Spas are sanctuaries of renewal and calm inspired by the passions, natural rhythms, scents, and spirit of the islands. Relish in the tropical ambiance of wild fruit-infused treatment rooms and surrender to a state of bliss as skilled professionals help restore you to wellbeing.

CUSTOMIZABLE WEDDING WEBSITE

We provide stylish templates complimentary for brides and grooms to create personal wedding websites. With a selection of 10 beautiful designs, from modern and traditional, to contemporary or whimsical, you can use your personal website to share with friends and family details about your destination wedding. Features of the website include your wedding week itinerary, love notes from friends and family, your gift registry, photos, and more. Plus, each template will include the ability to generate your very own personal wedding hashtag and create a wedding countdown clock!

GIFT REGISTRY

FILLED WITH MEMORIES TO CHERISH FOR A LIFETIME

Our Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Registry allows you to create a wish list to make your all-inclusive destination wedding truly unforgettable. From a romantic couple’s massage infused with Caribbean flair, to an adventurous Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise, or an upgrade to a luxurious Love Nest Suite®, you can register for an array of unique experiences.