Is there any better way to learn than to hear directly from your peers in the industry? Hear from Blythe Weston and Wayne Taylor, co-founders of Tropical Bliss Weddings, on their experience starting their destination wedding agency earlier this year – before everything changed.
We actually started our destination wedding business in January 2020. We have done extensive advertising and began gearing up for a huge launch when…you guessed it…COVID hit! Our first bridal show in April and was cancelled along with the fact that all travel had completely come to a halt.
My fiancée and business partner has been in the travel industry for over five years. He and I have wanted to expand our business and with his expertise in travel and my extensive knowledge of interior design and creating budgets, it was a no brainer to move into the destination wedding niche.
The most memorable wedding moment we have had so far was helping plan our couple’s destination wedding in Jamaica who, despite COVID, has been very optimistic and understanding while the resorts are mostly still in lockdown and or have had to furlough their employees due to COVID. PATIENCE has been key during these unprecedented times in the travel industry. We have had a wonderful time picking the décor and wedding details with our wedding coordinator at the Sandals resort in Jamaica virtually! Sandals has a new virtual wedding planning experience. This allows us to have a face-to-face interactive call with the resort wedding planner. The wedding planner pulls all of our décor, table settings, etc. we have selected and puts it together for us to see virtually. This allows us to actually see the bride’s selections make sure the bride is happy with everything! This is a plus to COVID and I hope Sandals will continue this experience even after COVID has been eradicated! As a designer, I know the importance of seeing everything pulled together and not being able to see that because of a destination wedding is a downside for some of our brides.
Our favorite international wedding destination is ST. LUCIA! It is on our top travel destinations list for all travel, especially weddings and honeymoons! It is such a magically peaceful place. Set in the middle of the Caribbean with the Teton Mountains gives Hawaii a run for its money with its lush picturesque background.
We do not offer domestic wedding destinations at this time….Our name is Tropical Bliss for a reason…love begins in a tropical paradise! We want our brides and grooms to experience the ease and value of a destination wedding and start FOREVER BEGINS with TROPICAL BLISS in a beautiful far away location.