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30 Apr 2014

Say Yes to Sandals

by Fran @ Hitched

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be a guest at the Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa (www.sandals.co.uk) on the wonderful Caribbean island of Grenada. Located right on Pink Gin Beach, this newly refurbished resort which opened its doors on December 21st, 2013, has everything that a wedding planning or honeymooning couple could want; from great, friendly service, to privacy and luxury included.

Making the decision to get married abroad is tough. What will the experience be like? Will everything be to my standard? Will our friends and family enjoy it? Will it feel like a romantic wedding? To answer all of these questions I was invited to check out the Sandals LaSource resort for myself. Putting myself in the shoes of a bride-to-be I experienced a step-by-step journey through an engagement, all the way through to a blissful honeymoon.

The Proposal

I've been happily married for two years, but when I was at Sandals I fell in love and was proposed to all over again. Sandals are experts when it comes to planning the setting for romance. During my first night on the island we were enjoying a candle-lit dinner on the beach when out of nowhere the big question was popped.

Sandals LaSource is geared up to help any proposal of marriage perfect, and to suit the style of the couple. Whether it be on the balcony in your room with Champagne, at the end of a boardwalk overlooking the ocean, or even underwater, the wedding team at LaSource can help you plan and achieve the ultimate proposal.

Getting Married at Sandals LaSource

On the morning of my beach wedding I got my nails done at the Red Lane Spa; a tranquil, relaxing experience where got to choose my sparkly nail colour and chill out for over an hour while my hands were massaged and my nails painted the perfect wedding shade. I then went to meet with my expert wedding planner who talked me through all the options that are available to wedding planning couples at LaSource.

The wedding team at Sandals LaSource are ready to persoanlise your wedding experience from start to finish, making sure that you have the absolute best when it comes to your décor, your wedding flowers, your wedding cake, the perfect colour scheme and so much more.  The wedding team are able to source pretty much anything that you need for your big day…and if you book your wedding with LaSource, or any of the Sandals resorts, you’ll be in touch with the team frequently, and for several months before your actual wedding. Your wedding planner will have everything ready for when you arrive in Grenada…and in terms of when to arrive for your wedding, you shouldn't require longer than a few days to discuss and plan the finishing touches.

During my wedding consultation I got to discuss options of flowers that I loved, where it would be possible to physically get married on the beach and within the resort, and I also got to do some cake tasting which was fab!

When it came to the actual wedding I was handed a truly beautiful bouquet that featured white hydrangeas and yellow lilies. I’d mentioned how much I loved hydrangeas in my consultation and as if by magic, my bouquet was full of them. And, to complete my bridal look I was gifted a gorgeous headpiece, designed by Island Bridal (www.islandbridalonline.com).

I walked down the boardwalk to a gazebo where my groom would have been waiting for me. Guests were all seated on glamorous chiavari chairs, a saxophonist played the perfect wedding song, and the aisle was lined with a mix of seashells to create the atmosphere; it was the perfect setting for a romantic wedding on the beach. At Sandals the choice is basically yours when it comes to your wedding. You tell your wedding coordinator what you love, and they’ll make it happen.

It couldn't get much more romantic saying ‘I do’ gazing into the sunset overlooking the magnificent Pink Gin beach.

The ceremony was followed by cocktails and a sand-blending session whereby the bride and groom blend coloured sand into a glass bottle or jar to keep as a forever memory of their beach wedding at Sandals. This unique memento will be a talking point in your home for years to come! It was such a lovely touch and an unexpected way to break up the evening.

The bride and groom can choose a number of different options when it comes to the wedding breakfast at Sandals LaSource; from a buffet to a sit down dinner on the beach, or a glamorous table for two set up in one of the restaurants, or several tables depending on the size of your wedding party. A pool side wedding reception could also be an option.

And, if by chance it happened to rain at the time of your wedding or reception then Sandals would have it covered, literally! A back up plan is always available and at the ready!

Every night at Sandals there is entertainment in the lobby, so after your romantic wedding reception and the cutting of your beach themed wedding cake, why not join the rest of the lovebirds at the resort and dance the night away.

The Honeymoon

Whether you choose to get married at Sandals LaSource or simply spend your honeymoon there you’ll be guaranteed an amazing time. For me one of the most important factors when visiting a hotel or resort is the style and quality of the room, and I have to say that my Italian Village SkyPool Butler Suite was literally the best and most luxurious hotel suite that I’ve ever stayed in around the world! You’ll want your honeymoon and your whole wedding experience to be unforgettable, so if you can afford it, you really should indulge and try to book yourselves into the best suite affordable at the resort.

Some couples might think that they won’t spend much time in the room whilst on holiday, but when you've got a room like that includes a wonderful balcony overlooking the ocean or the resort, an infinity pool, an outdoor tub with curtains for privacy, a bed with double doors that open up overlooking the ocean, an ultra luxurious bathroom with a giant shower and an amazing tub, a fully stoked bar with your own personal butler, and a full sized living area – you might find yourselves staying in the room a little more than you think!

Enjoy breakfast in bed on the morning after your wedding, or in fact every single morning of your honeymoon if you like, or choose to dine in one of the nine restaurants at the resort.

If you’re after some experiences as a couple then I recommend a romantic couples massage that can be arranged by the beauty specialist team at the Red Lane Spa.  Massages and treatments do come at an extra cost, but it’s worth it! Or, why not book a day trip with the excursion team. Take a day tour around the island of Grenada, or why not go on a snorkel trip to visit the world’s first underwater sculpture park. I went on an amazing guided snorkel tour around the island, led by Greneda Seafaris (www.grenadaseafaris.com). I highly recommend them!

Alternatively, the whole of Pink Gin beach is at your disposal, so why not grab a hammock or a sun bed for two and laze about for a week or two, reminiscing about your special day and all of the guests that were able to join you, whether you tied the knot at home, or abroad.

ReTie the Knot

If you loved your honeymoon at Sandals so much, or you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate your second, fifth, tenth or twentieth wedding anniversary, then why not consider the ReTie the Knot package that Sandals have to offer. Working in a similar way to the wedding package, you’ll be given a ReTie the knot planner, a 30 minute ceremony, a cake, a photograph and more, all included in your package. It’s the perfect opportunity to either re-live a memory or do it all over again with your loved one!

On top of my romantic engagement, my perfect Caribbean wedding and my luxurious honeymoon experience, I was truly impressed with the passion and excellence in customer service that the staff at Sandals LaSource exude. The Sandals charm and relaxing atmosphere will leave you feeling fully refreshed and revived, ready to start your life together as a married couple!

Good to Know

  • Sandals LaSource is located 5 minutes from Grenada’s Maurice Bishop Airport. Transfers are super easy and you can be in your suite in no time.
  • There is a team at Sandals La Source dedicated to booking you on special experience trips and excursions around the island, so be sure to book your trips up either in advance or shortly after your arrival at the resort.
  • Sandals LaSource have thought about all types of couples when it comes to their 9 restaurants so if you eat a gluten free diet or have certain allergies to food, they've got it covered.
  • Grenada is located very close to the equator, so be sure to wear sun screen if you’re out in the sea, on the beach or by the pool as it’s really warm throughout the year.
  • Everything at Sandals is all-inclusive, but if you need to pay for something in cash then they do accept American Dollars.
  • Everyone speaks English so there is no language barrier.
  • When it comes to your wedding, the dedicated Wedding Team can source most flowers, table decorations, accessories etc…so you may not need to carry them yourself from the UK.
  • Sandals own 20 resorts dotted around the Caribbean so if you like their style you can try it out again and again in the future. 
  • Kick-start your incredible wedding abroad or honeymoon experience by booking the luxurious No.1 Traveller Lounge at the airport.

Speak to a Sandals agent about booking your wedding or honeymoon at Sandals LaSource Grenada - you won't regret it! 

I've said YES to Sandals – will you? #Sayyestosandals 

Fran x 

Seven nights staying at Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa on a Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) basis costs from £1799 per person per person, for travel dates between 24 September 2014 – 13 October 2014. Return flights and resort transfers are included in the price. For further information or to make a booking call Sandals Resorts on 0800 597 0002 or visit www.sandals.co.uk. Excursions are available through Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours www.islandroutes.co.uk.

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Published 30 Apr 2014 12:12 by Fran @ Hitched