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When wedding planning gets dicey (and it will, at some point — though hopefully not to the same extent as yesterday’s SBOM!), there’s always that little thought in the back of your mind… what about a destination celebration?

As much as we love weddings that took place in the South, we also have an appreciation for destination weddings that took place in what we’ll call the deeeeeep South — the Caribbean :) And when I think destination wedding, I immediately think Sandals Resorts. There’s a reason they’ve been known as the expert in romantic getaways for the last thirty years, y’all! What’s perhaps most impressive about this company, though, is how dedicated they are to constantly improving the experience they provide their guests.

Because after all, it would be easy for a company like Sandals Resorts to rest on its laurels, but no — instead, they developed an entirely new way for couples to style and execute their dream destination wedding. It’s not an exaggeration to say they’ve completely revitalized the experience, transforming it from a packaged, off-the-shelf product to an interactive, personal adventure. As we at SW well know, crafting a meaningful beginning to married life filled with custom details is the most important thing to most of y’all, and that’s what Sandals Resorts is now able to deliver.

Here’s how it works: Using the online Destination Wedding Designer, couples plan and select every aspect of their day. They begin by building their profile and selecting their wedding destination, one of five Caribbean islands: Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua, Saint Lucia or Grenada. They then choose their color palette from ten distinct shades, including a variety of corals, pinks, blues, and greens, as well as over 1,000 ideas for flowers, decor, cakes, and entertainment from a mix of traditional, modern, tropical, and romantic themes.

To me, the variety and taste level of Sandals Resorts’ options is really what sets them apart from other destination packages. The details they offer are the same ones you’d want if you were getting married in the U.S. — and since traveling to, negotiating in, and sourcing from a foreign country can be quite difficult, this type of wedding would be nearly impossible to achieve without an expert guide.

Speaking of expert guides, Sandals Resorts also offers plenty of personal assistance to complement their high-tech planning experience. A dedicated wedding team both pre-travel and on-site helps couples realize their vision, from walking them through a variety of wedding locations on the property to being on hand throughout the celebration to ensure all goes smoothly. Win-win!

To learn more about destination weddings at Sandals Resorts, head here! And I would LOVE to hear: Did you get married at a Sandals resort? Or did you honeymoon at one? Comment below!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Kerri Ross reply

    I got married at Sandals Emerald Bay, and no, i am not a southernbride, but i loved planningour wedding and it was just as beautiful as anything we ever couldhave imagined doing! So easy, so fun, so memorable!! Its been 10 months and not a day goes by that i dont look at our pictures!!

  2. avatar Lara reply

    I am such a huge Sandals and Beaches fan! Ari and I took an amazing trip to Sandals St. Lucia a couple years ago and it is hands-down the best vacation we’ve ever had (not including the Beaches trip we just went on last month!). After touring the wedding venues and getting to know the wedding team there and talking to so many brides, I highly recommend having a Weddingmoon. I think Ari and I may do a vow renewal there in the not-so-distant future!

  3. avatar Sara reply

    My absolute best vacation was this past summer with my fiancé. We had spent the summer studying for the bar (possibly the worst summer I’ve ever had). We left for Belize two days after we finished the exam. For the first time in three years I read books for fun! We also biked to town , ate fresh seafood, went scuba diving with sharks along their barrier reef, went snorkeling, and spent a whole week reconnecting with each other. I’m especially thankful a family member gave us their timeshare as a graduation present as we won’t be able to afford a honeymoon. Considering how busy life is, it was amazing to take a moment and remember to breathe. Absolute bliss.

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One thing we haven’t discussed yet in the “Emily Plans a Wedding” series is our honeymoon! That’s kind of surprising, actually, because as travel bugs, John and I love to discuss our next trip, and our honeymoon is kind of an exciting one :)

We’re actually going to be taking a minimoon directly following our wedding – we’ll drive back down South from Connecticut, stopping in Washington, DC, Charlottesville, VA, and Lynchburg, VA along the way. For our big adventure, we’re thinking a longer stay in France in June of next year. Oh la la!

Of course, just because we’ve already mapped out our trips doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming, and today’s sponsor, Wanderable, is the perfect accomplice. I love that Wanderable, a honeymoon registry, is also an online community where you can discover new places and experiences, and be inspired by the trips other members are planning (or dreaming about!).

If you have all the household goods you could ever want, registering for experiences instead of just accumulating more stuff is a fantastic option. A honeymoon registry works just like a traditional registry, except guests can gift you a horseback ride in the Texas backcountry, a fly fishing lesson in Montana, or breakfast in bed at a boutique hotel in Paris… instead of more plates. Yes, please!

If you’re ready to sign up, you can go with the free registry option (ad-free, too!), or you can upgrade and choose one of 28 designer themes with customizable colors. Whichever you choose, rest assured that the design will be simple and beautiful.

Tell me: If you were registering for a honeymoon on Wanderable, what would you register for? I’m dying to stay at Blackberry Farm or Paws Up, so one of those would be at the top of my list :)

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  1. avatar Erin reply

    I love the idea of a honeymoon registry! I made one recently (after I felt exhausted by my Amazon.com wedding registry and me and the groom finally picked a honeymoon spot!) and I’m really excited. It gave me insight into what we’re getting ourselves into down there (Key West!), ideas about the local area, and my mom assured me the older guests would probably love to buy us “experiences” rather than just items. Can you say couples massage or yoga on the beach??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Love it, Erin! I actually just bought a gift for my good friends off of their honeymoon registry, and I loved the experience! It was so fun to picture them enjoying their present :)

  2. avatar Lauren reply

    Thanks for sharing this! My fiance and I are definitely doing a honeymoon registry (we’ve been living together for a year so we don’t need to register for much) but I wasn’t sure who to use! We love the idea that our friends can feel like they’re a part of our trip, and that we can send photos of those activities with our thank yous!

  3. avatar Meredith reply

    YAY Charlottesville! That’s where I live! Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Cville to the max :-) Awesome restaurants: Zocalo, Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, Maya, The Local, MAS Tapas, and Duner’s. This is a foodie town and you will not be disappointed at any of those. Things to do: Visit Monticello and nearby vineyards; Jefferson, Blenheim, Castle Hill Cider, and Keswick. Check out a show at the Paramount Theater or Jefferson Theater on the Downtown mall. Go hiking to Humpback Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit nearby vineyards; King Family, Pollak, and Veritas (there are also a few breweries out that way). Stop by Greenwood Gourmet Grocery on your way to Humpback and pick up a fantastic sandwich or bread and cheese for a picnic. On your way to Lynchburg stop by Pippin Hill Vineyards and enjoy their breathtaking views. Sorry for writing a book… what can I say, I LOVE this town!

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