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  • 5 States to Say I Do In

    12/2/2021 3:58:35 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, associate editor of The Compass

    Mexico and Europe aren’t the only places for a destination wedding. And you don’t need a passport to visit these five stunning states where you can exchange vows and turn your wedding into a vacation for you and your guests.


    1. Hawaii

    If you want your wedding on island time, Hawaii is the perfect place. The Aloha State is unparalleled when it comes to romance and adventure. This tropical destination is covered with natural beauty and incredibly lush landscapes that make great backdrops in wedding photos. While Maui is considered the most romantic Hawaiian island, there are plenty of other pretty places across the archipelago to say “I do.” Kauai is for the couples seeking a more secluded spot to tie the knot. Oahu is the most convenient island for a destination wedding because it has the biggest airport with the most frequent flights from the mainland. There are also stunning places to stay like Kualoa Ranch, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, or Four Seasons Resort Maui at Waileau.


    When to wed: With temperatures around the 70s to 80s during the day, anytime year-round.

    Hot spots to get hitched: Sherwood Forest, Noelani Gardens, or Magic Island.

    How to get there: visit https://bit.ly/3xDB0nL.


    2. Rhode Island

    Nautical couples hoping for a classy wedding on the east coast should consider Newport, Rhode Island. This seaside retreat ranked No. 10 on U.S. News’ best affordable destination wedding spots. Located on the southern tip of Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island, Newport is a ritzy weekend escape inspired by the Old World. This classic coastal port town offers a mix of New England charm and old-fashioned glamour. From the magnificent Newport bridge to the sailboats that take over Narragansett Bay, this port town’s simple elegance is worth the splurge for a wedding weekend escape along the shores. Spend the night at popular hotels like The Chanler at Cliff Walk or Castle Hill Inn.


    When to wed: Newport weather is warmest (and busiest) during the summer months with highs in the 80s. From May to September, temperatures are typically in the 60s and 70s.

    Hot spots to get hitched: Romantic inns and cottages inspired by European castles and reconfigured, magical mansions along cliffs make for gorgeous venues.

    How to get there: Visit https://bit.ly/3o9keJZ


    3. California

    Couples can’t stop California dreamin’ when it comes to having a wedding in wine country. Vistas of vineyards, lush valleys and rolling hills set the scene for wedding bliss in California’s wine country. Wine lovers can get a taste of what a wedding in wine country is like in various vineyards and valleys. Cheers to forever and choose from gorgeous castles, rustic barns and elegant estates in Napa Valley. Here you can sip and stay at The Estate’s sophisticated Hotel Villago and its sister hotel, Vintage House nearby one of the most stunning wedding venues in the state of California. For a more intimate experience, spend your big day under Sonoma Valley’s sunny skies, just north of San Francisco. Stay at the award-winning wine country destination located here in the Valley of the Moon, Kenwood Inn and Spa. Exploring Temecula Valley’s expansive and verdant wine region is another option that is filled with famous wine estates, low-key wineries and hot-air balloon rides, too.


    When to wed: Summer months and October are the best times to visit California’s wine country.

    Hot spots to get hitched: The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley or Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma Valley.

    How to get there: Visit https://bit.ly/3o9keJZ


    4. Colorado

    Snowbirds who always imagined their winter wedding under a blanket of fresh powder should consider Aspen, Colorado. Perched perfectly atop Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, this posh ski resort town is renowned for its winter sports and wow-worthy views that will thrill any outdoor enthusiast. Your guests who are more comfortable indoors will also be entertained with high-end shops and incredible hotels and restaurants with panoramic views at up to 11,200 feet in the sky. After your wedding festivities and fun in the snow-covered forest, stay at Aspen Meadows Resort or Buttermilk Mountain Lodge.


    When to wed: While winter is wonderful in Aspen, it’s also picture-perfect year-round.

    Hot spots to get hitched: The Little Nell or The Aspen Meadows Resort.

    How to get there: Visit https://bit.ly/3o9keJZ


    5. Arizona

    Live out your desert wedding dreams in Tucson, Arizona – the city of turquoise jewelry, saguaro cacti and southwestern sunsets. This city in southern Arizona is nestled between Phoenix and the Mexican border. Tucson is a dreamy destination wedding location for active couple who love the outdoors and warm weather year-round. Plus, wedding party favors are easy to find while perusing the art galleries and local shops filled with Native American and Mexican textiles and jewelry.


    When to wed: Sunshine, clear skies and warm weather is year-round in Arizona.

    Hot spots to get hitched: Hacienda del Sol or Casa Tierra.

    How to get there: Visit https://bit.ly/3o9keJZ


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    6. Florida

    As if Disney World wasn’t already the most magical place on Earth, their newest wedding venue has some of the best theme park views in all of Orlando. The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is a 14-story, 349-room hotel with magical amenities for your big day. There is a 4,000-square-foot event space with floor-to-ceiling windows with space for 160 guests. Plus, the 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace has magnificent views for the couple and their guests where they might see fireworks from all three parks during nightly show-stopping firework shows.


    When to wed: This new theme park is coming soon with plans to open in fall 2021.

    How to get there: Visit https://bit.ly/3o9keJZ

    What are your favorite domestic destination wedding locations? Tell us in the comments below.


  • It’s Sandals Resorts® 40th Anniversary and we’re kicking it off with a 40-day Celebratory Sale!

    11/19/2021 2:52:00 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Limited to only 40 rooms at select resorts with Best of Everything All Included. Its’s a first-come, first-serve Exclusive, so hurry and book now for travel July 31, 2022 through October 2, 2022. A Sale like this only comes around once every 40 years.


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  • I Do, Take Two!

    11/12/2021 9:18:44 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    10 Reasons Why Destination Wedding Are Perfect For Second Marriages

    A second wedding is a second chance for you to create a unique and memorable life together. Most brides and grooms have already experienced the traditional hometown wedding the first time, so the second time really calls for a more intimate experience. Chances are, finances are better than the first time around and parental persistence isn’t as intense, so this wedding can be as personalized as possible. Here are 10 reasons behind why one-third of destination weddings are second marriages.


          1.  They have a been-there-done-that attitude, so they already know the dos and don’ts, allowing this to be the most personalized wedding ever.


          2.  Destination weddings are distant events, with no comparison between the first and second wedding. It can be intimate and romantic or an upscale multi-day celebration!


          3.  A destination wedding allows a honeymoon or vacation to continue their celebration. The newlyweds can spend more than a few hours with their loved ones and after the big day is the beginning of their honeymoon celebration.


          4.  Guests experience the ultimate vacation, since they’ll typically arrive a few days early, getting to know each other with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion opportunity for close friends and family. Guests can explore and create a memorable experience of their own.


          5.  Choosing a destination wedding is an exciting way to reduce the increasing cost of traditional weddings, since they’re typically priced in a package and almost everything is included! Plus, are decorations really necessary with views of emerald oceans, floral gardens and mystic mountains alongside the ceremony? Typically resorts offer special wedding rates for guests too, so it’d be an even cheaper vacation than originally planned.


          6.  With family involved, children can be a part of the big day. From being the ring bearer, best man or maid of honor, officiant or giving their mother away, a destination wedding is a perfect way to really create a bond together as a new family.


          7.  Destination weddings can accommodate any size but only 20 percent of invited guests end up joining in on the fun, so it’s a great way to trim down the guest list; on average close to 60 guests will attend a destination wedding. So, whether they are expecting a grand or intimate wedding celebration, a destination wedding can easily accommodate any size.


          8.  When is the last time they have celebrated alfresco in January? Now is their chance to start a New Year and new beginning under the sun in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida or Costa Rica, which all happen to fall under the most popular destinations.


          9.  Tyus Tours & Travel will really get to know you because we’ll be asking more than the basic questions of where, when and how. We’ll be cutting into the cake a bit further by figuring out why they want that specific location, what their expectations are and their love story.


          10.  A fresh start for both the bride and groom begins with their dream wedding. Destination weddings are considered simpler and faster, since the couple puts all of their trust in travel agents like Tyus Tours & Travel that will take care of the majority, so stress is left at home.


          11.  For a FREE Destination Wedding at Sandals Resorts visit https://bit.ly/weddingfree for more information.


  • Special Invitation
    You’re Invited to A Virtual Wedding Party

    11/8/2021 11:33:04 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Wednesday, November at 6 pm EST (5 pm CST, 3 pm PST)


    This is a great, informative online event for couples researching destination wedding venues and offers. Couples can receive up to $250 Spa Credit for attending, only if they book through Tyus Tours & Travel within 14 days after attending the online event


    Grab your fiancé and log-in to the best Wedding soiree online!


    Learn the latest information from the Romance Specialist at Sandals Resorts and receive inside tips about throwing the ultimate Wedding in the Caribbean. Plus, we'll have an exclusive booking incentive of up to $250 Spa credit for the Bride and Groom.


    RSVP Today at www.sandals.com/virtualparty


    Make sure to mention Tyus Tours and Travel as your Travel agent.


  • 6 Dreamy Domestic Destinations for Weddings

    10/21/2021 9:56:21 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    A destination wedding doesn’t have to be in a far-flung location halfway around the world – the good ol’ US of A has some excellent wedding locales. Here are some domestic wedding destinations and beautiful hotels in them, approved by The Knot, the #1 wedding experts.


    Destination #1: Miami, Florida


    Why: Miami gives visitors a mix of big city life and beach living. Couples have a range of background options for their wedding pics like a high-rise rooftop, a classic beach backdrop or cool city vibes from the Art Deco District in South Beach or the vibrant Española Way.

    Hotel picks:

    1. Delano South Beach
    2. Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort


    Destination #2: Las Vegas, Nevada


    Why: Do you really need to know why Las Vegas is a perfect destination wedding locale? The drive-thru chapels are still there of course, but more options abound. Party-centric, chic, classic – you name it, Vegas has it.

    Hotel picks:

    3. Bellagio
    4. The Mirage


    Destination #3: Napa Valley, California


    Why: What could be more romantic than a Wine Country wedding? Though most wineries cannot host weddings because of the Winery Definition Ordinance, which protects the precious agricultural land in the area, there are many gorgeous hotels, resorts and landmarks to choose from.

    Hotel picks:

    5. The Meritage Resort & Spa
    6. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa


    Destination #4: Charleston, South Carolina


    Why: Charleston is the destination for a unique, historic wedding venue. Think historic homes, beautiful parks, garden rooms, courtyards and even the harbor. Plus you can easily find a charming hotel for the guests and the couple.

    Hotel picks:

    7. Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston Autograph Collection
    8. The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel


    Destination #5: Chicago, Illinois


    Why: Bright lights, windy city! Chicago is perfect for couples wanting a vibrant cityscape for their wedding. Plus, Lake Michigan is so accessible from downtown, giving couples the option to include a little nature into their wedding aesthetic.

    Hotel picks:

    9. Kimpton Gray Hotel
    10. The Langham


    Destination #6: Austin, Texas


    Why: Live music, beautiful parks, scenic lakes, plus a vibrant cityscape give couples and their guests plenty to see, do, eat and drink when in town for a Texan wedding.

    Hotel picks:

    11. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
    12. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.


    Test Drive


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    Disclaimer: Get the latest mask and travel restrictions on the destination you’re traveling to before you go from the city or country’s tourism board website or government website.


  • 6 Sunny Spots for a Beautiful International Destination Wedding

    10/15/2021 2:43:11 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Sun-and-sand destination weddings will always be in demand. These 5 locales are not only sunny and sandy, they’re also trending.


    Destination #1: Tulum


    Why: Tulum’s ancient stone remains are unique archaeological attractions that tell the original story of the now bustling modern city. Plus, with ruins situated right on the coastline, couples’ wedding photos will be more than magical.

    Legal requirements: For a legal wedding in Mexico, here’s what you need to know.


    Destination #2: Cabo


    Why: The crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez create the perfect scenery for a romantic getaway. If you have a couple looking for a dream beach wedding, many hotels and resort in Los Cabos offers spectacular honeymoon and wedding packages that let you as a travel advisor leave all the work behind.

    Legal requirements: For a legal wedding in Mexico, here’s what you need to know.


    Destination #3: Cancun


    Why: Couples looking for a luxury wedding or a spicy celebration bursting with entertainment will find what they want in Cancun. Convenient to travel to from origins throughout the U.S., Cancun was designed with the needs of a tourist in mind, which makes it easy to design a dream wedding experience.

    Legal requirements: For a legal wedding in Mexico, here’s what you need to know.


    Destination #4: Costa Rica


    Why: Known world-wide for its eco-tourism efforts, stunning natural beauty from the rain forest to the beaches, and an extensive amount of wildlife species that live in the varying habitats, Costa Rica is a top-notch destination and creates a beautiful backdrop for a destination wedding. just legalized gay marriage

    Legal requirements: For a legal wedding in Costa Rica, here’s what you need to know.


    Destination #5: Bahamas


    Why: The Bahamas lives up to its title as the World's Leading Wedding Destination (earned in 2015), offering more than 700 islands with numerous unique locations where couples can declare their love for one another.

    Legal requirements: For a legal wedding in the Bahamas, here’s what you need to know.


    Destination #6: Jamaica


    Why: With beautiful resorts, honey-colored beaches and the faint sound of reggae music in the background, it’s no surprise Jamaica is a popular destination wedding location. Couples can opt for ready-made resort wedding packages or rent a private Jamaican villa for a customizable experience.

    Legal requirements: https://moj.gov.jm/services-and-information/marriage-licence

    Disclaimer: Get the latest mask and travel restrictions on the destination you’re traveling to before you go from the city or country’s tourism board website or government website.


  • Sail To Europe

    10/7/2021 10:01:57 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Make your summer 2022 family vacation legendary. With 100 destinations across Europe, 8 ships and 10 home ports to choose from — it’s the most monumental Europe season yet. Go for bolder bonding with the two newest ships in the fleet — the game-changing Odyssey of the SeasSM and the biggest in the world, Wonder of the Seas®. And max out memories across the Med with brand-new itineraries and ports of call. Taste your way through tapas in Spain, marvel at masterworks in France, and roam the ancient ruins in Greece. It’s time for up-close exploring, with iconic destinations from Copenhagen to Crete on an epic expedition through Europe.


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