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cruise Beachside wedding at a Paradisus resort. MEXICO & THE CARIBBEAN It’s a marriage made in heaven, truly, when your clients can walk down the aisle with the experts at AMResorts, Palace & Hard Rock, Paradisus and Sandals— enduring powerhouses in the destination weddings scene. paloma villaverde de rico destination wedding powerhouses in C M Y CM MY CY CMY K C 70 june 2012 Couples can expect everything from ready-to-order wedding packages that make planning for the big day as easy as 1-2-3, to customized nuptials where money is no object. And with a bevy of all-inclusive options thrown in, the bride and groom—and their guests, of course—will feel like they’re catered to from the moment they step onto the property as an engaged couple, to the moment they head back to their daily lives as newlyweds. And because the resorts themselves are facilitating all of the wedding basics (although your involvement is vital and there’s an average 10 percent commission for you on the wedding packages themselves), it’s your time to also shine as a top travel agent by creating an all-out vacation experience for the wedding guests and gaining new clients in the process—it goes without saying most guests will want to make a long weekend, at least, of their travels to the wedding destination. But first you need to be on top of all the destination wedding options available. Here’s some ammunition. sandals resorts Sandals Resorts has some big news to share—its in the midst of launching its new Your Wedding. Your Style. destination wedding concept (if you’re in NYC on June 14, incidentally, take a detour to Grand Central Terminal as they’ll be hosting a free event to introduce it to the general public). This is, the hotel company says, the chance for brides to “plan a custom destination wedding experience that’s distinctly, uniquely theirs.” Couples will have the opportunity to personally style and execute their dream wedding at any one of Sandals’ 14 Caribbean resorts—in Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Jamaica and Antigua—although Preston Bailey or Martha Stewart will no longer be around to help. This is all about customization, the company says, with cookie-cutter weddings being thrown out the window. Now available are an expanded color palette, wedding accessories and bespoke experiences, and once couples have selected their favorite palette, they can browse the continued on page 72

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend June 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Artisans of Leisure
Romance on Land & Sea
Out of Africa Come Romantic Retreats
Starry-Eyed Bliss in Exotic Surroundings
Enchanting Nuptials American-Style
Honeymoons that Stir the Soul
Latin American Gems Play to the Heart
Brazil Travel Planner
Fairy Tale Honeymoons in Europe
Island Weddings Pump Up the Volume
Once-in-a-Lifetime Honeymoons
Destination Wedding Powerhouses
Fancy-Filled Mexican Weddings
'Mooning in Mexico

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