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Beach Bum Vacation Honored at Prestigious Sandals Resorts S.T.A.R. Awards

Sandals Resorts has recently recognized Beach Bum Vacation for their outstanding achievement by Sandals Resorts at the 11th Annual Travel Agency Recognition S.T.A.R Awards held recently at the elegant Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, Nassau, Bahamas.

This prestigious event honoring travel agents from across the U.S., Canada and Latin American and recognized top travel agencies for not only their exemplary sales performance and marketing expertise but for their commitment to using their extensive product knowledge of the world’s best Luxury Included® resorts in creating dream vacations for their clients.

Beach Bum Vacation’s awards included:  Best of the Best, Top Suite Concierge, Top Producing Sandals Agency, & the prestigious Chairman’s Award appointed to Founder & President/CEO of Beach Bum Vacations: Hayley Whorrall.

“Each one of our resorts is unique and offers more quality inclusions than any resort on the planet – from luxurious suites with exclusive butler service, to 17 dining options per resort, to unlimited land and water sports – even golf’,” says Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts.  “A Certified Sandals Specialist and a Preferred Sandals Agency is specially trained and qualified to best recommend the resort that is perfect for you.”

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or a family vacation at Beaches Resorts, Beach Bum Vacation has all the latest information on developments and services at Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts.

Beach Bum Vacation specializes in Caribbean vacations, honeymoons, family reunions, corporate incentive travel, & destination weddings.  Beach Bum Vacation is based out of Fishers, IN but operates nationwide, 7 days a weekPlease call 317-577-7775 or toll free 1-877-943-8282 to find out more about Sandals & Beaches Resorts. www.BeachBumVacation.com

Wedding Talk: Unique Ceremony Locations

By: Beach Bum Marcie

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The Beach Bums have been assisting and recommending great destination wedding locations to couples for over 12 years now…and what we have found is the trends are ever-changing.  In order to keep up with the shift in fashion, we continually visit and share with our preferred resorts what it is our client is looking for right now.  We spend time exploring new properties and destinations, checking out the latest options for you, our client, to ensure we can offer exactly what it is that you envision for the most important day of your life!

Destination weddings are up 400% since the early 2000s, as couples are finding that they want something less expensive, less traditional and to take it a step further, more unique.  However, as with any rise in popularity, the simple beach background becomes less exciting to some couples who picture themselves in the sun.  We speak to many brides and grooms who are now craving something new and distinctive.  Brides are wearing more formal gowns and wanting to sport their special wedding stilettos, which (let’s face it, girls!) don’t work so well in soft white sand!  Not only that, but the idea that people are eloping is becoming much less popular!  We find that most couples bring many guests who they would like to accommodate and the beach is not always the right choice for everyone.

As the needs for couples change, many of our favorite resorts are offering a refreshing take on their wedding location options and we could not be more excited to share the stand outs!

Top 5 Most Unique Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Locations

Sandals Resorts offers at least three locations per resort to choose from for your wedding ceremony from idyllic hilltops to gazebos overlooking the water on three sides to lush garden areas providing privacy and simplicity.  But one of our personal favorite locations is the poolside gazebo with beach and ocean views at Sandals Emerald Bay in beautiful Great Exuma, Bahamas.  Not only is this island the “Bora Bora of the Caribbean,” and by far, one of our top sellers in terms of “unqiue,” but the wedding gazebo provides everything a couple could ask for in a perfect wedding backdrop to recite their lifelong commitment to each other.  The reflecting pool and garden area delivers privacy, intimacy and romance without being right on the sand giving the couple everything they need in elegance and luxury for the unforgettable union of two surrounded by friends and family.

In beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico, Azul Beach Hotel and Azul Sensatori Hotel introduced the fabulous rooftop sky terrace location for couples interested in a perfectly private experience.  We cannot quite describe the sights you see from the highest building on each resort, which offers unobstructed views of the crisp blue Caribbean Sea boasting shades of turquoise for miles and miles!  Not only that, but the area is completely intimate away from other guests with breezes coming off the ocean and endless options for decoration to turn a blank slate into your wedding dream!  Decorate the gazebo with sheets of fabric in your wedding colors that blow in the wind behind you or leave it in its simple white glory, so the two of you are the spotlight.  The “sky” is truly the limit with these incredible rooftop locations.

Have you ever envisioned yourself on your own deserted island getting married with no one around except those nearest and dearest to you?  Well…your dream can easily become reality at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where they offer an unbelievable private island location option to host your wedding and reception, creating an unforgettable experience like no other!  The island becomes your own escape with no other guests but you and your wedding group.  It rests lazily just off the coast giving couples an opportunity to host their big day by transferring their friends and family via a unique watercraft off the mainland to the beautiful intimate beach or garden area within the island to witness their nuptials.  Once the island is rented, it is yours for the evening to host cocktail functions and an awesome reception for memories that expand beyond just saying, “I do”.

In stunning Cancun, Mexico on a stretch of beach that is to die for is beautiful family-friendly Gran Caribe Real and exquisite adults-only The Royal Cancun by Real Resorts.  These two properties offer an amazing oceanfront wedding chapel that is truly one of a kind, with glass walls that allow for a 180 degree view of the incredible azul sea and stunning white beach that runs along the east coast of this bustling tourist town.  The windows of the chapel are like a view into the couple’s soul, creating spectacular lighting and plenty of seating for larger wedding parties, as well as, offering Catholic couples the best of both worlds – a Catholic chapel with unforgettable sounds of the ocean waves as the background music to their romantic day.  How could a guest forget the reciting of the vows from their perfect pew with a gorgeous view?

There is something special about St. Lucia, wouldn’t you agree?  The “Hawaii of the Caribbean” got its name because of the insane landscape that ranges from stunning beaches to idyllic volcanoes!  This gorgeous country in southeast Caribbean has incredible weather all year round and has many options for a romantic wedding in the sun.  Sandals La Toc in Castries boasts two unique wedding locations that should not be overlooked when shopping for a beach-free locale.  Their cliff top verandah with its dark wooden deck and fantastic views is a great place for a small intimate experience at sunset, where guests can enjoy the nuptials and the incredible backdrop of the Caribbean Sea! But not only that, Sandals La Toc offers an amazing hillside deck with endless vistas for the perfect scene for your perfect day.  The height of romance is offered with the rolling hillsides serving as the extraordinary background creating fond memories for a lifetime.

The beach is lovely and perfect for relaxing but when it comes to getting married away it’s not for everyone.  Luckily there are NO LIMITS to having your destination wedding and we can help match you up with the ideal spot for the two of you!  With so many unique choices out there, hook up with your favorite Beach Bum for a free wedding consultation to find your dream location and let’s get started making your wedding dreams come true today! Also be sure to check out out Destination Weddings by Beach Bum Vacation on Facebook for more insider tips!

Wedding Talk: The Worry-Free Wedding

By: Beach Bum Marcie

Destination Weddings are one of the hottest trends in the travel industry right now. It can be a stress-free, fun, romantic, laid back atmosphere for planning the wedding of your dreams when you carefully choose the right professionals and resort to work with. Destination wedding couples come with an array of wants, needs, and often, envision their perfection in such a simple form – the two of them, their friends/family members and the beach.  No fuss.  So many couples will say that they just want to enjoy their experience and not worry.  They don’t want the stress that often accompanies hosting a function in their hometown, with oversized guest lists, choosing vendors and researching venues.

Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Specialists have taken the stress out of the research side by matching our clients up to the perfect resort for their wedding experience, and lucky for us, Sandals and Beaches have really taken the worry out of the wedding planning!  We are so excited to be partnered with Sandals and Beaches to tell you all about “Your Wedding. Your Style,” which simply means – NO WORRIES, MON!

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Giving couples the choice between trendy Customizable Themes in the latest beautiful colors and Martha Stewart’s stunning pre-designed packages allows the couple to decide what works best for them!  But not only that, it is so easy to legally get married at Sandals and Beaches, with simple, easy paperwork, inexpensive government fees and minimal residency requirements. They will ensure all the details, legalities and worry are removed by working with us to manage your time-line, guest list and what extras would work best within your budget!

Mostly, we are so happy to share that they are listening to the needs of the Millennial Bride, allowing them around the clock access to their wedding details and providing constant wedding coordinator care to pre-plan every detail before heading to warmer climates.

The days of cookie-cutter wedding choices from Sandals and Beaches is gone, with the new Wedding Designer, which allows couples to build their dream wedding online with multiple color options, floral arrangements, photography packages and so much more.  With the ease and simplicity of clicking your choices for a very relaxing wedding planning experience, it takes planning to an all new level and is easily accessible 24/7! You truly get the opportunity to design your custom wedding package to reflect your own personal style!

Nadine Dennis, Sandals and Beaches Wedding Manager, was asked why she believes Sandals and Beaches is the best option for a “no worries” experience and this is what she had to say: Our weddings provide a  worry free experience, so that brides and grooms can focus on what matters most – each other! We find that our weddings are worry free because we have created a seamless planning process for the bride and groom, providing and sourcing all of the services needed to create a dream wedding at each resort.  Our properties offer the most magnificent backdrops, whether it’s a beach wedding or intimate garden wedding giving so many easy options to each couple.”

The Beach Bum Certified Travel Concierge Wedding Specialists could not agree more!  After spending four luxurious days last month becoming Certified Sandals Wedding Specialists (on location in Jamaica where the sun is always shining and the water is refreshing), the Beach Bum team saw firsthand how Sandals and Beaches Dream Makers are truly creating memories to last a lifetime for their destination wedding couples.

The new Customizable Wedding option is so special creating multiple color palettes with the favorites of couples today!  They realize that providing this option to create your own vision is truly where the Millennial Bride envisions herself and that no two weddings should ever be the same!  Nadine went on to tell us The items featured on our website provide ‘inspiration.’ But with the Wedding Designer, couples can share their own ideas with us, and we would be happy to work within our resources to make it a reality.”

“Your Wedding. Your Style” is truly just the beginning and the sky is the limit for creating beautiful wedding day memories!  Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Specialists and Sandals and Beaches can help make your dreams come true as well by customizing, not only your wedding experience, but your overall resort experience by matching you and your family up to a resort that best fits what you are looking for in an amazing experience!  We want you to enjoy wedding planning, choosing the details and this time before you walk down the aisle.   We would love to take you through our “no worries” step by step process to ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to make the best decision for you!  Come with us, as we take the worry away!

Top 5 Favorite Beach Bum Sunsets

May 3rd, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Beach Bum Vacation, Caribbean, Jamaica, Mexico | Leave a comment

Throughout our various travels we have seen some stunning sunsets and captured some gorgeous photos to remember the amazing moments. Here are our Top 5 Favorite Beach Bum Sunsets! Enjoy and be inspired! If you love sunsets we can recommend the best destination/resort in order for you to enjoy that perfect sunset each evening of your Beach Bum Vacation!

Kauai Sunset by Beach Bum Melissa

Montego Bay, Jamaica Sunset by Rich Miller, photographer to Beach Bum Marcie

Amazing Sunset in Ocho Rios, Jamaica captured by Beach Bum Nanda's clients

Italian Sunset on the Amalfi Coast by Beach Bum Becky

Sunset in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Beach Bum Jennifer

 

Wedding Talk: Civil vs. Symbolic

By: Beach Bum Marcie

When a couple considers taking the destination wedding plunge and gets married away, there are several factors that must be considered. Generally the first few steps include choosing a location and resort.  It is not as easy as it sounds and allowing a Beach Bum to take you through our step-by-step process will eliminate much of the stress that can come along with making that decision, simply by talking to one of us and filling out our online questionnaire.  If you are not currently working with a Certified Travel Concierge, MEET THE BUMS HERE and choose the Beach Bum for you! In deciding on a country and resort, couples must consider all of the pros and cons that come along with a legal ceremony (civil) or a symbolic ceremony (non-legal). Please note, couples can LEGALLY tie the knot in ANY country but each country’s requirements and applicable fees must be factored into the decision, so there is a level of comfort prior to heading south of the border for the big day!

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Beach Bum Vacation’s Destination Wedding Specialists can guide and support you through the unique requirements of each country and match you up with a country and resort that meets your expectations for the perfect ceremony and fits what you are looking for based on the amount of time you wish to spend in a country before you are husband and wife, as well as, help you decide if having a symbolic ceremony is for you versus a legal ceremony. The Beach Bums often are asked “What is the difference between a Civil and Symbolic Wedding in another country?” It’s a great question!  The short answer is: “A CIVIL ceremony is legal and recognized in the United States, as well as, the country in which you marry, and SYMBOLIC is not recognized.”

Destination Wedding Couples have to decide for themselves if it is important to them to be LEGALLY married on their wedding day or if they are OK with possibly getting married at home privately and quietly in their church or with the Justice of the Peace, and then just having a ceremony on their chosen anniversary date at the resort. No one will be the wiser, which is why it’s good to consider both options, especially for Mexico and Punta Cana and other countries where the hoopla for legalized ceremonies can overshadow the fun of planning!  However, in countries like Antigua, Jamaica, Bahamas, and St. Lucia, it is so simple to be legally wed, there is no reason to get married at home first.

A symbolic ceremony allows the couple to experience their wedding just as they would if they were being married civilly/legally, and most couples do not share with their guests that they are having a symbolic ceremony; because to them, it is the OFFICIAL ceremony and as real to them as it would be if were legal.  This will be the day they celebrate as their wedding anniversary regardless of when they “legally” tie the knot at home.  There is a lot to be said for choosing this avenue to get married, especially when documents must be translated (Mexico and Punta Cana), blood tests are required (Mexico) and it’s difficult to confirm a local judge (Punta Cana).  Many couples also have their own priest, minister, rabbi or friend perform the ceremony, write their own vows and have a lot more flexibility to customize their ceremony without the legal vows/language instituted by the country.  In addition, residency requirements tend to be less strict allowing for less time between the arrival date into the country and their wedding. Couples just need to arrive in time to finalize wedding details, instead of meeting residency requirements.  This makes for a more relaxing overall wedding experience.

Wondering what kind of wedding ceremony is best for you?  Just ask your Beach Bum!  Knowing a country’s legal procedures is part of the free services we provide and we want to ensure you have everything at your fingertips to make the best decision for you! The Beach Bums are here to guide and support you all the way down the sandy aisle!

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