What is a Weddingmoon?

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Question: What is a Weddingmoon?

Answer: A weddingmoon is an out-of-town wedding held at a Sandals all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean that combines a wedding and honeymoon. Sometimes known as a destination wedding, the weddingmoon is a term that was coined by Sandals, which hosts many weddingmoon couples and their guests at ceremonies and celebrations every year.

Other Caribbean all-inclusive resorts such as SuperClubs also host destination weddings, but the term weddingmoon is a Sandals trademark for the exclusive use of that resort group.

What Does a Weddingmoon Cost?

The cost of a weddingmoon can vary dramatically. Couples who book a three-night stay or longer at Sandals are entitled to a free Beautiful Beginnings weddingmoon. Normally, these events are fairly modest, and the resort will upsell couples who want more out of a free weddingmoon than:

  • Services of a wedding consultant
  • On-site ceremony location
  • Help with legal document preparation
  • Certified copy of marriage license
  • One 5"x7" wedding photograph
  • Pair of "Just Married" T-shirts
  • Bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere
  • Wedding cake
  • Marriage officiant
  • Champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception for bride and groom plus two guests
  • Honeymoon dinner for bride & groom
  • Continental breakfast in bed

Couples who stay fewer days pay for the weddingmoon services described above.

To provide couples with a way to plan their destination wedding online, Sandals has introduced "Your Wedding, Your Style," an .

(Try it; it's fun!)

Pros and Cons of Having a Weddingmoon

Weddingmoon Advantages:

  • Talk about turnkey! You can unpack once, deal with your wedding coordinator, have the ceremony and celebration and don't have to fly off elsewhere to start your honeymoon
  • You can save money. Stay three nights at a Sandals resort, and you can get a small, basic wedding at no charge
  • Nature does the decorating. Forget about spending scads of money on a florist. You're surrounded by palm trees, indigenous flowers and local vegetation
  • It's a never-ending party. Not exactly, but if the two of you are extroverts and love having people around, you can keep the good times rolling from the wedding through the honeymoon
  • Or it's for just the two of you. You don't have to call it eloping; you can simply say that you wanted a small, low-stress wedding and the resort will provide the officiant and witnesses
  • It's untraditional! What to wear a white bikini and pareo instead of a heavy gown? Your wedding, your choice!

Weddingmoon Disadvantages:

  • It's untraditional. So you'll have to give up dreams of being married wearing a long white dress in your hometown church with every single person that you want to include attending
  • You want to get married at home. Perhaps you have sentimental reasons to get married where you live, or there are friends or relatives who would find it impossible to travel to see you wed
  • Passports required. Unless you and your guests have them, the only place you can travel for a hotel weddingmoon is Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands
  • Too much togetherness. Some couples are happy to be surrounded by friends and family when they marry, but honeymooning with the same folks is a bit much
  • Surrounded by poverty. Outside the gates of many all-inclusive resorts is evidence of poverty and a lower standard of living the citizens deal with
  • You hope for a honeymoon elsewhere. Perhaps a beach resort isn't where you see yourself and your beloved honeymooning after the ceremony.

Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart designed six beach wedding themes for Sandals Resorts. Each has its own color palette and floral accents. Prices for these start at $1,500 and can go well into the five figures depending on the optional weddingmoon add-ons that you select and the number of additional guests you invite.

Also See: All-Inclusive Pros and Cons