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WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS AISLE TO ISLE DESTINATIONS Heart of the matter


Janine Kelso heads to Jamaica to see how Sandals’ new Aisle to Isle weddings can let a couple craft the day their way


belting out Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered, while a couple exchange vows in an overwater chapel in one of Jamaica’s dreamiest resorts. It’s one of several ceremony


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choices brides and grooms can make as part of Sandals’ newest wedding offering, Aisle to Isle. Forget set wedding packages, these shiny new wedding experiences offer couples the chance to customise their nuptials so that their big day can truly stand out from the crowd. I’m attending the launch of


Aisle to Isle at the gloriously unspoilt and secluded Sandals South Coast (formerly Sandals Whitehouse), where we are given a first-hand view of the exceptional wedding experiences on offer at Sandals’ 16 resorts across the Caribbean.


w RESORT RATING Set on a 500-acre nature reserve on a spectacular two-mile


he scene is set for a dream wedding: a gospel choir is


From the simplest to the most extravagant wedding, anything is customisable to suit your bride and groom


beach with pristinely manicured gardens, Sandals South Coast has plenty to offer couples looking to get hitched in the Caribbean in an adult-only environment. The resort has already embarked upon a Caribbean first just last year: an overwater chapel with a glass floor aisle for those wishing to tie the knot with the ocean not just as a backdrop but in full surround sound. It also has new overwater bar Latitudes, the perfect setting for a sunset drinks reception with its romantic fire pits, cantilevered hammocks and heart-melting sea views.


Ideal for well-heeled clients


are the resort’s 12 plush Over-the-Water Bungalows that form a heart-shaped wharf in the Caribbean Sea. We are given a sneak peek of these newly opened thatched bungalows that ooze romance with their 24-hour butler service; glass floors that allow guests to goggle at the marine life below; outdoor shower; overwater hammock for two; hot tub; and steps down to the water (snorkel gear is provided in every bungalow). Unsurprisingly, there is a long


waiting list for this blow-the- budget option, with bungalows selling out more than a year in advance, so encourage interested clients to book ahead.


w DESIGN THE DAY From the simplest to the most extravagant wedding, anything is customisable to suit your bride and groom’s budget. Couples who book a


three-night stay or more at any Sandals resort are entitled


to a free wedding, including a bouquet, a two-tiered cake, champagne and a cocktail reception. Beyond that, there are plenty of opportunities to upsell by encouraging couples to get creative. To help ignite the imagination of brides and grooms-to-be, Sandals has created a range of eight ‘inspiration’ themes: islands, tropics, sophistication, gardens, nature, romance, sand and sea, and passion. These provide suggestions on everything from tabletop designs and bouquets to chair covers and altar decorations, all of which can be mixed and matched according to taste. Whether your customers want a bohemian sand-between-the- toes ceremony with a driftwood altar and shabby chic white lanterns, or an exchange of vows in an elegant garden setting, they can design a service to suit their style. “No bride wants a replica of another couple’s wedding


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