Couples are booking 'reverse weddings', according to Sandals
30 Oct 2020
Travel experts, Sandals, have seen more couples booking honeymoon elopements before their at home family celebration
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sandals and Beaches Resorts has seen an influx of UK customers booking a ‘Reverse Wedding’. Many brides and grooms are turning what was originally their honeymoon into an elopement destination wedding in a beautiful Caribbean location, which will be followed by a bigger party for family and friends back home when they return, if UK restrictions allow.
With a selection of ‘travel corridors’ still open, many couples have chosen to add a wedding to their existing honeymoon booking, as their original wedding ceremonies are cancelled or postponed.
Karl Thompson, Managing Director of Unique Caribbean Holidays Ltd. (UCHL), says: “We have seen a noticeable increase in customers adding wedding celebrations to their bookings since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.
"Some of these customers originally had weddings planned at home in the UK and a honeymoon booked with us, but after their UK plans were cancelled, they have since decided to take advantage of our free wedding offer so that they can continue with their special plans. Others have simply decided that a destination wedding in the Caribbean is much easier to coordinate and saves a lot of stress, as our Sandals and Beaches Resorts wedding planners take care of everything from start to finish.
"Most of these couples will opt for an intimate ceremony at our resorts and then a bigger celebration with friends and family back at home afterwards, once the UK restrictions on large gatherings have been relaxed.”
Toby Attwood-Wright and his partner Hannah Sherfield planned to get married in Devon in August with 100 family and friends but, when their UK wedding was cancelled, they decided they’d tie the knot on what originally was planned to be their honeymoon in St Lucia. The couple chose to book the Over-the-Water Wedding Chapel (above) at Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, which has a glass aisle and offers stunning views out over the sea.
Tody says: “Hannah and I were gutted when our wedding was cancelled as we were really looking forward to having a big celebration with all of our family and friends in the UK, but when we learnt that Sandals did free weddings, it seemed too good an offer to pass up. We are so pleased that we were able to have our beautiful wedding ceremony in St Lucia with just the two of us, and when we reschedule our UK wedding, we’ll just turn it into a big party. We’ve managed to get the best of both worlds, really.”
Couples who stay at one of the 18 idyllic beachfront Sandals or Beaches resorts for three nights or more can qualify for a free wedding, with an intimate ceremony and classic reception celebration available just for two.
A new free ‘Virtual Wedding’ Live Streaming service is also available for all couples that book a 2020 or 2021 destination wedding ceremony with Sandals and Beaches Resorts before 31st December 2020, so that families and friends back at home can still be part of their special day.