More couples than ever before are opting to get married abroad and it’s reported that this year alone, over one and a half million people will be travelling abroad to a wedding celebration! It appears that guaranteed sunshine, wanting a smaller, more intimate event and the desire to celebrate how and with whom the want to (rather than how and with whom you are traditionally expected to!) are the main reasons why so many couples choosing to fly away for their perfect destination wedding.
Popular choices for destination weddings are the Caribbean, Mauritius, Las Vegas and Australia with European favourites being Italy, Greece, the Balearics and Cyprus. Bride and grooms who decide to get married abroad have an endless choice of wonderful wedding locations which are as limitless as their imagination – From exotic beach locations, stunning countryside villas, garden ceremonies, ancient palaces, castle ruins, rustic vineyards to modern hotels…the world, quite literally is their alter!!
Earlier this year, Planned for Perfection were recently invited to IBEROSTAR Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel in South Majorca, for a Wedding Planners “Familiarisation Trip” with Zank You to experience first hand, the service that wedding couples and their guests would enjoy if they chose the IBEROSTAR as their wedding venue.
The purpose of the trip was to give Destination Wedding Planners a “snapshot” look at the hotel, enabling us to see first hand exactly how the hotel operates, giving us a genuine feel for the venue, so that we can recommend it to couples who are looking for a destination wedding in the Balearics, knowing that we’ve visited the hotel ourselves and can genuinely say that we have knowledge of the venue.
The hotel is located in the middle of the Majorcan countryside and surrounded by almond and olive trees – just a short drive to Palma and some of the best beaches on the island and, as it’s less than half an hour taxi ride from the airport to the hotel, it took less than seven hours from leaving my Gloucestershire home, to opening the hotel room door – perfect travel time from the UK!
The itinerary for the weekend included Wedding Planner “meet & greet” a show round of Hotel, Golf Course & Spa, the Son Antem Wedding Showcase and a farewell Dinner. There was also the opportunity to enjoy everything that Son Antem has to offer – spa treatments, a game of golf and relaxing by the pool!!
It was a fabulous weekend where I met other European destination planners who also enjoyed the guest experience at the hotel. We were all invited to attend the hotels annual wedding showcase on Sunday, , where we were able to meet local wedding suppliers, who are recommended to wedding couples who choose the Son Antem as their wedding venue. The hotel offers an all inclusive wedding package for couples to make their destination wedding planning journey as stress free as possible and has a team of experienced professionals who will ensure the perfect Spanish wedding experience.
If I was planning a UK wedding, I wouldn’t consider short-listing a location without a site visit first, so this was the perfect opportunity for me, not only experience the hotel from a guests perspective, but to check out the local area and meet local suppliers, who would help me to ensure a successful destination wedding in on the Island.
Thank you to Zank you and Iberostar for a great weekend and for looking after us all so well
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Orginally written by Jane Riddell for UKAWEP – The life of a destination Wedding Planner