Signature Vacations announces a grand slam and hits it out of the park!

May 17th, 2013

Direct flights from Winnipeg to Freeport in the Bahamas for the winter season 2013/2014 scheduled for Saturday departures – beginning mid December!
We anxiously anticipate more great news and amazing offers as Signature Vacations brings out the new winter brochures and product line! If the Bahamas has been your destination wedding dream – the beautiful resorts, stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters available within budget and with the bonus direct flights from Winnipeg are sure to please!

Taking Destination Weddings to New Heights!

May 9th, 2013

AirTahiti Nui Hosts First Inflight Wedding

Air Tahiti Nui has held its first inflight wedding ceremony 10,000m in the air somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean between Paris and Los Angeles with a British couple celebrating their union on flight TV07 en route to Tahiti for their honeymoon. For Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant, it was their 42nd wedding ceremony as the pair travel the globe exchanging vows in unique wedding locations, including a horseback wedding in Canada, a wedding in an Ecuador temple on the Equator and even a ceremony officiated by Martha Stewart in New York, all in search of the perfect place to wed. During the Air Tahiti Nui ceremony, the bride and groom walked down the aircraft aisle and met in the first row where the flight’s chief purser recited the ceremony in English and French before declaring the couple united as “2 people 1 life”.

In front of the aircraft full of travellers, Alex and Lisa each vowed to be “life long travel partners” before placing the national flower of Tahiti, a Tiare flower, behind each other’s ears as a symbol of commitment.

The couple celebrated with passengers, who had the opportunity to sign a guest book, before retiring to business class for celebratory champagne and sugared almonds.

(Featured in e-talk Travel News)

Top 10 Tropical Destination Wedding Locations for 2013

March 21st, 2013

Tropical destination weddings have never been hotter. But if you’re considering tying the knot in paradise, then do as Wedding Planner Institute of Canada’s president Danielle Andrews Sunkel recommends. “It’s imperative to visit the location first to see if the overall vibe fits in with your vision,” says Sunkel. “Besides, ‘research’ is as good a reason as any for taking a holiday in the sun!”

According a recent article published in the Reader’s Digest the top 10 destination weddings as follows:

1. Aruba

Beyond its stellar beaches and top notch tourist services, one of the main reasons this Dutch Caribbean island is so popular is its predictable weather. Aruba is arid and outside of the hurricane belt, so sunshine reigns all year-round.

Destinations to consider are Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts for intimate adult-only affairs, or the Divi group all-inclusives for families and the budget conscious. Renaissance Aruba Resort also has its own lovely little private island for weddings, and Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino even has a dedicated wedding planning website

2. St.Maarten/St.Martin

Half-Dutch and half-French, this duel nation island offers services in both of Canada’s official languages. The vibe on each side is very different; the Dutch is lively and cosmopolitan, while the French side is laid-back Creole-Caribbean.

For luxury weddings, La Samanna is historically the Grand Dame, and for families and big groups, Divi Little Bay is a great choice. For secluded romance, Radisson Blu is tucked away in its own private bay and The Cliff Cupecoy Beach offers stunning seaside settings for ceremonies.

3. Cancun/Riviera Maya

The ecological diversity of this vast Mexican region provides scads of unique settings beyond beautiful beaches. Historic Mayan ruins, lush rainforests and scenic cenotes also provide picture perfect backdrops.

For an upscale, adult-only all-inclusive, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun is your best bet, while for large groups the side-by-side sister resorts CasaMagna Marriott and JW Marriott Cancun host in high style. Dreams Puerto Aventuras is a perfect choice for families, and for luxury boutique-style, Villa Rolandi on Islas de Mujeres is the spot

4. The Bahamas

Scenic tropical nuptial spots are plentiful in the Bahamas, including Nassau, Freeport, and Grand Bahama, but the most popular destination for weddings is the aptly named Paradise Island. That’s where you’ll find the famous Atlantis Resort – the ideal venue of choice for groups and families, and the upscale One & Only Ocean Club’s exceptional vistas. For the yachtie set, the island of Abacos is the preferred choice, with Abaco Beach Resort offering unique weddings that also include colourful local Bahamian traditions.

5. Jamaica

The birthplace of the all-inclusive, Jamaica has many scenic wedding spots along its famous seven-mile Negril beach, like the boutique-style Rockhouse Hotel, perched on the cliffs of Pristine cove. But if you’re really seeking an upscale, adult-only all-inclusive, head to the side-by-side sister resorts of Secrets St. James and Secrets Wild Orchid, in Montego Bay, where you can wed on a lovely gazebo pier on a private beach.

6. Dominican Republic

A perennial favourite for Canadian sun seekers thanks to its plethora of all-inclusives, most of the best wedding resorts are situated in Punta Cana. For an upscale, boutique-style all-inclusive, Zoëtry Aqua Resort exudes romance in very private settings, with a focus on health and wellness.

For families and big groups, the new Hard Rock hotel caters to the young and energetic, while Now Larimar really knows how to pull out all the stops for a sophisticated and luxurious seaside ceremony.

7. St. Lucia

Lush and lovely St. Lucia boasts scenery reminiscent of the South Pacific, thanks to its famous towering pitons (volcanic plugs) and fertile forests. Adults-only all-inclusive Rendezvous is designed exclusively for couples, and serves as an idyllic spot to tie the knot.

For a family-friendly all-inclusive, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay is ideal as a lively resort in a private cove, while for something more upscale the luxury boutique Ladera, perched 1,100 feet above the sea, boasts some spectacular vista backdrops.

8. Puerto Rico

Steeped in colour and history, with ancient forts cresting cobblestone streets, Puerto Rico also boasts a lush rainforest in its interior and idyllic beaches on its coasts. For a romantic and historic wedding site, the old city of El Convento is a luxury venue that echoes the island’s colonial past.

Those seeking a more modern, cosmopolitan seaside venue can choose the San Juan Marriot Resort on picturesque Condando Beach, or the satellite island of Vieques where the W Resort offers another contemporary beach wedding options.

9. Los Cabos

Famous for its magnificent arches ( Los Arcos), and well documented as a playground for the jet set, Los Cabos resorts now offer more moderately priced all-inclusives for the not so rich and famous.

For families and big groups, Dreams Los Cabos is the spot, while for an upscale, adult-only experience, Secrets Marquis resort has stunning vistas and celebrity guests like George Clooney.

If you can really afford to wed in VIP style, Esperanza is the chic and exclusive escape, having hosted none other than U.S. President Barack Obama.

10. Curacao

Home of the famous blue liqueur and known for its candy-coloured waterfront buildings, Curacao is full of culture, history and idyllic beaches. Sunscape Resort is a lively all-inclusive for families and groups, and Santa Barbara Resort is cosmopolitan on its own private beach.

For luxury, downtown Sandton Kura Hulanda Resort is incredibly unique, and its sister resort Kura Hulanda Lodge has one of the world’s only tree-house mansions. Both were recently featured on The Bachelorette.

We at Destination Wedding Wish would have to agree with these tropical destinations as being most popular and due to the high demand for direct non stop flights the Mayan, Jamaica, the Dominican and Los Cabos are the highest in demand for destination weddings from our brides across Canada to date!!

Even Elvis visited our booth at the Wonderful Wedding Show…

February 6th, 2013
We had a fabulous weekend at the Wonderful Wedding Show in Winnipeg
and even Elvis has personally asked us to plan his destination wedding! lol!
We enjoyed meeting each and every one of our special brides and are already
having fun planning and dreaming about beach weddings for 2014!
Please contact us if you are interested in a destination wedding or even if
you are curious to know exactly how it works!  We are so honoured to be
a small part of your special day!

Tips to avoid becoming the next victim of pickpockets on your next holiday

January 18th, 2013

It’s a sad fact of life that tourists attract thieves, crooks and assorted shady characters. They know travelers are usually bcarrying plenty of cash, perhaps an expensive camera, or better still, their passport. To make matters worse, travelers are much more likely to either be bedazzled by some strange sight or befuddled by some foreign system to notice what the crooks are up to. According to statistics gathered by travel insurer SureSave, the most likely age groups to be targeted are 60-70 year olds and 18-25 year olds – each presenting opportunistic thieves with different prospects. The younger group are targeted for mobile devices while the older group are targeted for passports and wallets. The most common place for tourists to fall victim is on or near public transport, with markets and shopping centres being the next most common. The top destinations for pickpockets are Spain, France and Thailand, closely followed by Vietnam, Bali and Italy. Here are tips to help prevent it happening to you:

  1. BLEND IN – Spend the first couple of hours in a new country looking at what the locals use to carry their belongings, and go get one. While you’re at it, look at how they dress, copy that and blend-in a little. This will make you stand out less to thieves.
  2. APPROACH WITH CAUTION – Pickpockets almost never work alone. One captures your attention while the other rifles through your bag. It might seem rude, but politely challenge overly-friendly approaches from strangers. It may be cover for an accomplice to get his hands on your valuables. The genuinely friendly will understand and the thieves will go off to find an easier target.
  3. STASH YOUR CASH – Many travelers recommend not putting wallets in pockets ever. If you must carry large amounts of cash, stash it out of reach inside pockets.
  4. BELT UP – As unstylish as they are, money belts can be a saviour, but still only carry enough cash for the day. Leave the majority of your money locked up back at the hotel with your passport.
  5. RELY ON PHOTOCOPIES – If you’re in a country that insists you carry I.D., take a photocopy of your passport and some other photo I.D. If the police insist on seeing the original, offer to take them to see it at your hotel. However, some countries such as Japan insist that a photocopy is not good enough and you must carry the original, so make sure it’s stashed away safely.
  6. DITCH THE BUM-BAG: When in a crowded place hold your bag or purse tightly in front of you. But remember, backpacks and bum-bags scream ‘tourist’ and are prime targets for pickpockets.

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