When the spontaneous urge to tie the knot seems as natural as a long nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner, head to the Caribbean where weddings are big business and resorts know how to plan a grand celebration. Although December 12 falls on a Wednesday, not typically a busy wedding day, hotels and resorts have been anticipating last-minute bookings and have made the date special with a treasure chest of wedding bargains.
Triple digit wedding dates occur only 12 times every one hundred years making them extremely popular with couples looking for an unforgettable day on which to say I Do. Anticipating a flurry of 12/12/12 nuptials, wedding planners are in high gear arranging every last detail for a December wedding to remember.
For those keeping count, this year’s triple-repeating date will be the last until the year 2101 and is considered a lucky day for a weddings. In numerology, the number 12 is the number of completeness as reflected in the 12 months of the year, 12 signs of the zodiac and 12 hours on a clock. For an anniversary day you’ll never forget, getting married on 12/12/12 is a once in a lifetime celebration.
Once in a Lifetime
Spread across eighteen resorts in the Caribbean, Sandals and Beaches Resorts hosted nearly two hundred wedding couples last year on 11/11/2011 and are anticipating an even busier 12/12/12. As a wedding gift to those tying the knot at any one of the resorts, the king of the all-inclusive vacation is offering a gratis ‘Beautiful Beginnings’ ceremony to all 12/12 couples who book six or more nights. Sandals Resorts
Another popular all-inclusive family in the Caribbean, Breezes is enticing couples to exchange vows on 12/12/12 with a credit that is equal to 12% of their stay including accommodations and upgraded ‘Dream Wedding’ packages. When booking six nights or more at Breezes Grand Negril in Jamaica or Breezes Bahamas, the bride and groom are offered a complimentary wedding and reception complete with their own wedding planner and choice of theme from the ‘Island Inspirations’ collection that includes the aptly named Aqua, Blossom, Flora, Seashell and Tropical motifs.
In one of the funkiest cities in the Caribbean, El San Juan Resort & Casinoin San Juan, Puerto Rico is getting on the lucky twelve wedding bandwagon with a host of incentives aimed at couples considering an end-of-year wedding. Wedding packages are gratis when twelve rooms are confirmed which not only means a special day for the newlyweds but also for their family and friends escaping the winter for a few days in the sun. Close to the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in the fashionable Isla Verde district of the city, the hotel is renowned for Bachelor & Bachelorette parties either at the Encanto pool or seaside. Four lobby bars and a salsa dance floor at the Brava Club set the mood while the Edouard de Paris Spa soothes the party soul the morning after.
Also in San Juan, brides-to-be who book their wedding at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino can also enjoy a gratis three-day and two-night vacation before the big day. Valid for all weddings booked for 2013, complimentary vacays can be enjoyed any time before the wedding date. In addition to the complimentary “Sunning of the Brides” stay, couples who book the “Marriott Experience Package” wedding are offered a complimentary one night stay the night of the wedding and a basket of strawberries, bottle of champagne and en-suite breakfast in bed the next morning.
Lucky in the Lighthouse
Billed as a once in a lifetime experience, a wedding on the secluded island of Barbuda is well worth the splurge. The only resort on Antigua’s petite sister island, the five-star Lighthouse Bay is going all out with a 12/12/12 wedding for just one couple (at press time, it was still up for grabs).
Sensual and secluded with the glistening ocean on all sides, paradise extends for miles as far as the eye can see.Nightly rates for the entire hotel and island are $37,500 which includes five roundtrip helicopter transfers from Antigua for up to twenty-six people, all nine suites including one Grand Suite, three Master Suites and three Junior Suites, meals prepared by an extraordinary culinary staff and all taxes and gratuities.
If that wasn’t enough, amenities include complimentary international telephone calls and personal laptops and iPods to use while on property. And to pass the time before the big day, guests can horseback ride, sail, fish, take cooking classes with Chef Lennox Cadogen or simply sit back and savor another day in paradise.