October 07, 2005 08:30 ET

Destination Weddings - Canada's Hottest Wedding Trend

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What is the one common comment you often hear from couples after their weddings? "If we had to do it all over again, we would have eloped." So says Sue Stiliadis, Groups Manager at, a subsidiary of the very popular online travel retailer, itravel2000.

"We were finding more and more clients returning from their honeymoons relating that they had a marvelous time, but if they had to do it all over again, they would have eloped. The stress, time commitment and cost surrounding planning their wedding and reception were so exhausting that it took them quite a while to finally relax and enjoy their honeymoon. And while on their honeymoon, they saw other brides and grooms taking their vows in a decorated pavilion overlooking the palm-lined beaches with the sounds of surf in the background. The parents and guests looked so relaxed and everyone was enjoying the atmosphere. These couples didn't have to worry about getting to the airport early the morning after their wedding to catch a plane for their honeymoon. They were already there."

So was born the "Destination Wedding" concept. By combining the wedding and honeymoon into one program, a Destination Wedding allows the bride and groom and their families and friends to relax and enjoy the entire experience.

Getting married away from home but inviting everyone to come along with you is the definition of a Destination Wedding. itravel2000 is Canada's largest and most recognized online Destination Wedding retailer. They receive about 20 requests a day and last year, over 5,000 guests attended Destination Weddings organized by these travel experts.

itravel2000 has very close relationships with Sandals, SuperClubs and Melia-world-renowned resorts that may even offer a free wedding package including a dedicated wedding coordinator. Itravel2000 knows how important this day is to the bride and groom and their families. They know that the most important consideration for the engaged couple is that the wedding be stress free and cost effective. They want to feel special and that this is "their day". Itravel2000 works with resorts which will allow only one wedding a day, eliminating the feeling of being part of a "wedding factory".

Eager couples who are seriously planning their weddings can visit the dedicated wedding website and review the various wedding packages offered there. All of the necessary information is at their fingertips. They can see what the various legal requirements are at their choice destination. They can then either fill out the online form or call the itravel2000 wedding department. Each couple is assigned a dedicated wedding consultant to look after all of their needs. The resort's on-site Wedding Coordinator will work closely with them to ensure every detail has been looked after ~ all at no extra charge.

Brides and grooms initially choose itravel2000 for the guaranteed lowest price offer, but they come to appreciate and value itravel2000's knowledge and experience in helping them achieve their dream wedding for a fraction of what it would cost for a traditional wedding at home.

According to Sue Stiliadis, Groups Manager at itravelweddings, the top five wedding destinations for this past year have been Cancun and the Mayan area of Mexico, Holguin and Varadero in Cuba, and Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

The top two resorts that groups have gone to are the Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa in the Mayan Riviera region of Mexico and the Paradisus Rio de Oro in Holguin, Cuba.

Complete wedding packages start at $1,715 CDN. By bringing along a minimum number of wedding guests, the resorts will often include services such as legal fees, marriage license and legalization documents with translations, floral arrangements (including bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere), photographer, wedding cake, champagne toast, special wedding dinner, room upgrade, private check-in and special room amenities, and the services of a wedding coordinator. Extras that can be added at an additional cost might be private transfers, live music during the service, a horse-drawn carriage for the couple, videography and much more. Couples can choose a location, ranging from a private terrace surrounded by lush tropical jungle or surfside on a romantic private beach.

Currently, Canadian couples have made Cancun and the Mayan Riviera area of Mexico the most popular request for their Destination Weddings. However, Cayo Coco and Varadero in Cuba are gaining in popularity with new brides and grooms. Sandals, Superclubs and Melia Resorts are always a good choice for brides and grooms as they offer a variety of free wedding packages and great destinations to choose from.

It is surprising how many friends and family will take time off from their busy schedules to turn the wedding into a vacation that they share with the happy couple. Guests who can't attend can assist the couple by purchasing an itravelweddings Gift Certificate which helps the bride and groom cover the costs of their wedding.

Any bride and groom entertaining the idea of a Destination Wedding should check out the many options available at and see how itravel2000 can make your dream a reality.

/For further information: Joni Krueger
Director Business Development, Groups and Incentives

Contact Information

  • Joni Krueger, Director Business Development, Groups and Incentives,
    Primary Phone: 905-238-3399 ext. 2079