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 wedding or $500 credit toward a more elaborate one. Normally, the free events are fairly modest, and the resort will upsell couples who want more.

Included in a Free Sandals Wedding:

  • Services of a wedding consultant
  • Wedding website
  • Help with legal document preparation
  • On-site ceremony location
  • Guest seating with cushions
  • Bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere
  • One 5"x7" wedding photograph
  • Pre-recorded music of your choice
  • Table setting with white linens, silverware and crystal
  • Orchid centerpiece 
  • Cocktail reception with sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres
  • Signature cocktail
  • Two-tier wedding cake
  • Honeymoon dinner for bride & groom
  • Breakfast in bed with mimosas
  • Thirty-minute foot massage
  • Manicure for the bride
  • Turndown service with flower petals on the first evening of honeymoon

Couples who stay fewer days pay for the weddingmoon services described above. Those who stay longer or bring more guests are entitled to premium perks.

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, the turquoise sea and blue horizon
  • 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 places 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.

Weddingmoon Inspirations

Sandals makes it easy for couples to style their destination wedding ceremony and reception without leaving home. The eight decor themes, all of which can be customized with its own color palette and floral accents, are: Romance, The Islands, Gardens, Sophistication, Passion, Tropics, Sand & Sea, and Nature. Prices for these depend on the optional weddingmoon add-ons selected and the number of guests invited.

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