Travel Talk  Planning a Successful Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are fun and exciting, but there’s a lot to consider.  If planned well, you can create a vacation that is affordable and unforgettable for you and your guests, but if not planned well, can be a nightmare.  WPN listener Misty from Oklahoma is planning a wedding in Mexico and had some questions concerning blocking rooms and handling resort arrangements.  She wants to make the overall experience as easy as possible for their friends and family.

Jennifer Stein, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Destination I Do Magazine, answers Misty’s questions and offers recommendations and resources that will help all couples planning their dream destination wedding.  Jennifer offers helpful advice on what to reasonably expect from your resort, the best way to communicate with your guests, proper etiquette to negotiate a group discount, options so the guests feel valued, and the benefits of working with experts that specialize in destination weddings.  You will learn that your business should be appreciated and you deserve special attention while at the resort from beginning to end. 

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Travel Talk - Destination: Mexico
Just south of the border, a state of adventure and romance awaits.  A trip to Mexicoâs sunny, white sand beaches and natural beauty will be an experience youâll never forget.  When planning your wedding and honeymoon in Mexico consider the beautiful resorts talked about in todayâs episode. 

Thereâs nothing more tantalizing than a private Jacuzzi with an ocean view, a massage with oils and flowers, or dinner and wine on a terrace under a moonlit night. You can enjoy these services in the intimacy and comfort of your hotel room, or in restaurants with bohemian or relaxed atmospheres.

Every Mexican destination offers a wide array of possibilities to make the most significant celebration of your life a pleasant experience.  You can opt for an intimate ceremony by the sea, a mystical ritual performed by a shaman, or an elegant fiesta with hundreds of guests in a garden.  Places like Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta offer everything you need to have a personalized wedding of any size.  With professional wedding planners available to arrange all nuptial details, couples may dare to dream up an elaborate yet completely stress-free event.

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Travel Talk:  Destination:  Westin Resorts
Experience the Westin difference.  A Westin resort has luxuriously appointed rooms, a skilled event and catering staff that can help plan your destination wedding, and private candle-lit dinners or spa treatments for the two of you to celebrate all the reasons you fell in love.

This special episode takes you to four romantic resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and St. John in the Virgin Islands.  To ensure nuptial celebrations meet every expectation, a skilled Westin coordinator works closely with the couple from the time they make their reservations.  Westin wants you leave feeling better than when you arrived.  Every aspect of Westin is carefully selected to create an emotional connection with you and your guests.  

Couples looking to tie the knot at Westin Resorts can rest assure all the details for the big day will not just be memorable, but simply unforgettable.  A range of wedding, honeymoon and romance packages are available to help couples custom design their destination wedding.  Whether youâre celebrating your wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or just special time together, youâll experience the romantic escape of a lifetime.

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Travel Talk with Lisa Light, author Destination Bride
Destination wedding author and expert, Lisa Light, discusses why destination weddings are so popular today. Lisaâs book, DESTINATION BRIDE: A Complete Guide to Planning Your Wedding Anywhere in the World covers diverse locations and venues in countries all over the world. You will find out how Lisa got started in the business and why she loves planning international events. Her extensive travel background and wedding planning experience is a significant asset when helping couples plan their dream wedding away. Lisa says, âCouples have a desire to plan on their own, but are overwhelmed. If you know how to do it you can do it anywhere around the worldâ.

Lisa offers insider knowledge and answers important questions about planning a wedding away from your hometown. How many guests would you like to invite to your wedding? Do your family and friends share the same vision you have? What do you need to consider when planning a realistic budget? How do you determine your dream destination? Should couples visit the destination in advance? Is the honeymoon combined with the destination wedding? What are some hot spots to have your destination wedding? What is the one island you should pay attention to for a tropical beach wedding? What about a city wedding? Whatâs involved in terms of having a legally binding wedding outside of the United States? Does the wedding always happen on the weekend? Is travel insurance important?

Interface abroad can be frustrating. Want a stress free and rewarding wedding planning experience? Hear how important the planning trip really is. You will find out which professionals can help you coordinate many of the details here and abroad. Lisa cites three unique professionals that can ensure less aggravation for you and your guests. Hiring reliable service providers can make your wedding the celebration of a lifetime.

Lisa talks about exciting places such as Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, Bali and Mexico plus amazing places to think about in the United States. Donât forget that Puerto Rico, USVI and Hawaii all part of the US. Did you know that there are over 150 castles in Canada? Whatâs Lisaâs favorite destination? You will want to plan your unforgettable romance adventure after listening to Lisaâs authoritative advice.


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Travel Talk with Jennifer Stein - Navigating the Destination Wedding Superhighway

Are you considering a dream wedding away from home surrounded by family and friends?  Todayâs featured expert loves travel and weddings and wants your dreams to become reality.  Hereâs your chance to meet Jennifer Stein, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Destination I Do Magazine, the travel publication for engaged couples and romantic travelers.  Jennifer provides us with trustworthy guidance and advice.  Hear insider travel information about making the entire destination wedding planning experience easier for you and your guests.

Is a destination wedding right for you?  Are you comfortable with travel or does it stress you out?  What questions do you need to ask yourself?  Where should you go?  Who do you need to communicate with?  What do you need to keep in mind for your chosen location?  Where can you get the most current information about weather and marriage requirements?  How can you best determine accommodation options for your guests?  Who pays for what?  Should you have a wedding registry?  How early should you send save the date cards?  Learn about the value of having a wedding website.  Jennifer answers these questions and offers some absolute etiquette musts brides and grooms should be aware of.

Destination wedding myths.  True or False?  A destination wedding is more expensive.  False. Jennifer says that a destination wedding can save you money!  People think itâs selfish.  You canât have a honeymoon and destination wedding.  You will have to tune in to hear the answers plus get some terrific planning recommendations from Jennifer, a dynamic professional who knows what is truly important in the world of travel.


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Travel Talk - Destination: Antigua
Welcome to the premiere episode of Travel Talk only on Wedding Podcast Network.  Travel has become more popular than ever in the world of destination weddings and honeymoons because of the Internet. International resources are at our fingertips and WPN promises to bring them to you.  Let’s explore and discover different destinations around the world with experts in the travel and tourism industry – travel agents, authors, editors, event planners and newlyweds - ready to share their firsthand experience and advice.  We will provide information to help make the planning less complicated and more fun.

Where are we going today?  Paradise in the Caribbean.

Wedding Podcast Network was invited by Gordon “Butch�? Stewart to the inaugural weekend celebration of the Mediterranean Village at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa. Like Sandals says “Love is all you need.�? It was voted World’s Most Romantic Resort ten years in a row by the World Travel Awards and we can see why.

Hear Holli & Robert’s firsthand experience at this romantic resort and spa. There is something for everyone.  We visit the award winning Red Lane Spa exclusively at Sandals. We tell you about the variety of dining options and culinary delights, the pools and swim up bar, the white sand beach, the lighting, the gardens, the land and watersports activities, evening entertainment and so much more.  The live performances by Shaggy and Sean Paul were a special treat.  Celebrities spotted: Brooke Burke, Stacy Keibler, Teri Polo, Kimorra Simmons and Rumer Willis.

This is your opportunity to get to know Chairman & Founder Gordon “Butch�? Stewart, CEO Adam Stewart, and Managing Director Jaime Stewart-McConnell.  We also had the chance to interview Chief Romance Officer Unique Vacations Joann Delgin and Cheryl Hammersmith of Hunter Hammersmith & Associates about their new Luxury Included Honeymoon brochure.  Internationally celebrated event designer and wedding planner Preston Bailey tells us about his signature WeddingMoons destination wedding packages only available at Sandals.

We were delighted to be amongst our wedding industry colleagues: Rebecca Grinnals, Sylvia and Ben Weinstock, and Diane Forden, Editor in Chief of Bridal Guide magazine. We made some new friends in the world of travel: Lorri Robbins, Publisher of Recommend magazine and Penny Sheldon, certified travel specialist.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our hosts the Stewart family and the concierge team for a very memorable Luxury Included Vacation at the Mediterranean Village at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa.

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