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Don’t let the name “Hard Rock” make you think it’s a heavy metal, wild party, out of control people kind of resort.  It’s just not like that at all.  Hard Rock is all about the experience and the fun you will have with your friends and family.  Yes, they do play music – pop, rock & roll, country, classic rock, and more.  Yes, there is a lot of fun to be had including foam parties, pool games, karaoke, water sports, rock climbing, minigolf, teens and kids clubs, nightclub, golf, spa, etc.

Here are a few things you can expect at Hard Rock:

√  Beautiful Beaches
√  Luxurious rooms with Jacuzzi tubs
√  Plenty of restaurants, bars, snacks and 24 hour room service
√  Entertainment and nightlife including live bands, concerts, shows, and nightclubs
√  Customized weddings or designer collections
√  Complimentary stay for the bride/groom in a Diamond category room*
√  Events such as welcome party, cocktail/reception, and farewell brunch free*
√  Guests will want to return for another vacation
√  Fun times for all with amazing memories!

There is something for everyone at Hard Rock, even for the ones who like peace and quiet, we have that too!

Contact me at Cherie@IslandVows.net for more information on a Hard Rock wedding. You will be in good hands – I am a top Hard Rock wedding agent in North America!

*Complimentary nights and events depend on how many room nights your group achieves.  Minimum of 5 rooms for a group.

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All-inclusive resorts aren’t necessarily expensive when you add in everything that you receive for the prepaid rate.  The question is how much value are you getting for your money.

Take a hotel room for 2 people in a city where you may vacation in the U.S. , say Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Denver.  Any of these would cost you minimum of $150 per night plus tax and probably much more.

So take the $150 plus tax and you have roughly $175 per night.  Now add on all of the food, room service, alcohol, beer, wine, bottled water or anything else that you would have in a day while on vacation.  That could easily be $60 to $150 per person per day.  So we will take the low end of $60 per person.

Now add on a beach, lounge chairs, tropical weather, sunshine, music, activities, friends, family – can you picture it?  Okay, that is worth something, correct?

And don’t forget to add on a premium for the time of year.  Getting out of winter is going to come at a higher price.

So now we have the room at $175 per night, food at $120 minimum per day for two people, and ambiance which is pretty much priceless.  The total for 2 people at the low end would be $295 per night.  If you are spending roughly $150 to $200 per person on an average resort for all-inclusive that seems really fair.  If you are at a luxury resort such as Hard Rock, Palace or an adults only resort, you really need to add to the budget.  Hard Rock and Palace offer a very large resort credit that you can use for spa, golf, excursions, etc. and that really adds to the value.

Instead of looking at an all-inclusive as expensive, look at the value you are receiving and compare to what you would spend in the U.S. on a similar vacation.  Many of my destination wedding groups have never traveled to an all-inclusive but when they return they are ready to plan their next vacation!  It’s easy, it’s relaxing, it’s a great value.

Please email me with questions – Cherie@IslandVows.net

 

 

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Once you decide to have a destination wedding it’s time to find a TA (travel agent) to assist you.  All TAs are not destination wedding specialists and many have never handled a group.  So it’s very important to find someone that has your best interests in mind and has experience in destination weddings.  A good DW specialist can assist you in finding the perfect resort and destination for your wedding.

Some couples look for the cheapest rate, which TAs can provide as well, but by choosing the least expensive doesn’t mean that you will have a good experience or even save money.   A destination wedding is not the time to try DIY (do it yourself).  You need someone to assist you even though you may think you don’t!

It’s not like shopping for a car or a new pair of shoes where price is the only thing that matters when you are getting an object for your money. When you look for a photographer, accountant, child care, attorney, decorator, or any other professional for advice and to take care of something important to you, do you want the cheapest even though they may have no experience or haven’t worked with the resorts?  Many TAs work with the same suppliers and have the same or very similar rates, so if someone is giving you a much lower rate there may be a reason. Use the recommendations of other brides and ask for references.

There are no fees or additional costs for my services and I would be happy to help you plan your wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean.  Some of my favorite resorts are Hard Rock, Palace, and Secrets/Dreams/Now.  They all offer excellent comps and benefits to couples and have amazing, customizable wedding packages.

Have an amazing day!  And remember Price is what you pay, value is what you receive.

Cherie
Cherie@IslandVows.net

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Several of my favorite resorts have now started offering a Shaadi wedding package that includes all of your events.  Contact me for more information at Cherie@IslandVows.net

Resorts included are Secrets Maroma, Dreams Riviera Cancun, Dreams Tulum, and Now Sapphire.  The wedding managers at these resorts have completed training courses and are certified South Asian Wedding Specialists and will ensure the utmost attention and care will be placed on the the cultures and traditions of these wedding parties.  Below is a sample of included events.

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Shaadi Package

Inclusive of 6 events over 3 days for 75 guests

Event 1, Evening 1:

Mehndi Evening (3 hour event)

Included in the evening:

  • Area for bride (and guests if desired) adorned with drapery and pillows
  • Cocktail tables with white linens
  • Delectable passed hors d’oeuvres (choice of 3)
  • Drink station serving non-alcoholic beverages, including a signature drink created by the wedding couple

Event 2, Evening 2:

Welcome Dinner / Sangeet / Garba (4 hour event)

Included in the evening:

  • Intimate stage area with colored draping and seating for two for the wedding couple
  • Appetizer station with a section of three options
  • Sumptuous buffet offering a complete salad bar and three entrée options (choice of variety of cuisine options)
  • Dessert station offering a selection of two scrumptious options
  • Tables with white linens and white linen-covered chairs

Event 3, Day 3:

Baraat

  • A dedicated on-site wedding coordinator will be on hand to help with the organization and direct the processional. The resort has many options available to the groom to make a grand and memorable entrance preceding the wedding ceremony.

Event 4 , Day 3:

Wedding Ceremony (1-1.5 hour event)

Included in the ceremony:

  • Elegant Mandap decorated with colorful backdrop and drapery
  • Choice of pillows or Tiffany style chairs for family members participating in the ceremony
  • Tiffany style chairs for wedding guests
  • Beverage station offering selection of cold water, juice and soda throughout the ceremony
  • Shoe check station provided for ceremonies held on the beach

 

Event 5, Day 3:

Post Wedding Ceremony Lunch (1.5-2 hour event)

Included in the lunch event:

  • Plentiful buffet serving a selection of 3 vegetarian menu options
  • Beverage station offering water, juices and soda
  • Dessert station with choice of two delicious options
  • Tables with white linens and white linen-covered chairs

Event 6, Evening 3:

Dinner Reception (4 hour event)

Included in the dream reception:

  • Intimate stage area with colored draping and seating for two for the wedding couple
  • Tables adorned with choice of colored linens and Tiffany style chairs
  • Delectable buffet complete with full salad bar, 5 vegetarian and 3 non-vegetarian entrée options expertly prepared by gourmet chef specializing in Indian cuisine.
  • Private bar with bartender serving top-shelf spirits, juices, soda and water
  • Dessert station and couple’s choice of Wedding Cake (selection to be provided by wedding coordinator)

Package selling price: $25,999 USD

Like all AMResorts weddings, these resorts offer complete customization options. For additional options, pricing for additional guests or more details on how to save the wedding date contact Cherie@IslandVows.net

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Why you need a Travel Agent for your Destination Wedding

Overwhelmed with information and options on the internet?!  Here are a few reasons you should consider using a travel agent for your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding.

1.  Personalized Service:  An online travel site is a computer that does not have your best interests in mind. Travel Agents understand what you want and what you value in your travel experience. A good agent will get to know you and your travel wishes and customize a trip to your needs. Aside from the personal service you receive while in the planning stages of your trip, you will have customer service while you’re on your trip too. Your agent is there for you before, during, and after your trip to ensure that you have a good experience and will address any issues along the way.

2.  Advice:  An experienced agent has very likely traveled to the destination and has firsthand knowledge and photos of the resorts that they recommend.  Experienced agents, unlike a web page, are experts in understanding complicated itineraries and travel to other countries.   They also can provide a variety of options based on price, availability, and preferences.

3.  Convenient One Point of Contact:  Agents can handle every aspect of your trip from flights, resort stay, ground transportation, activities, tours, insurance and more.  When guests have questions about the resort, destination, excursion options, travel questions – have them contact me so you don’t have to deal with it.  Brides and grooms have enough to handle, leave the guests to the TA.

4.  Time Savings:  Instead of spending hours checking multiple websites, why not go straight to the source?  A travel agent has all the information at their fingertips, saving you hours of searching.  The internet is a great tool, but many times information provided on online booking sites is inaccurate and photos are edited.

5. Best Value for Your Money:  Agents know where the values are. They have access to discounts and package rates that offer more for your money. They also know which resorts offer perks and comps for honeymoons or wedding groups.  And there are no extra fees to you or your guests.

6. Less Stress:  Planning a vacation, honeymoon, or destination wedding can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about.  Agents do the work resulting in less stress for you.  I provide booking updates of who has booked or inquired so you don’t have to keep track.

You may want to book your own travel when you only need a flight or a hotel in the U.S.  You should definitely use a travel agent for trips outside of the U.S., for group travel, a honeymoon, family vacation, or a destination wedding.

Contact Cherie@IslandVows.net to start planning your wedding in paradise!