By: Tracey Manailescu
Well blow me over with a feather, why don’t you? On May 6th, 2012 we had the pleasure of being educated, fed and wowed by some wonderful companies.
84 WPIC Alumni were trained as Certified Sandals Specialists (CSS) by the lovely Lorna Richards, Sandals National Training Manager. Most Alumni were renewing their CSS certification, while other Alumni got a chance to learn about why we gush over Sandals at WPIC. (This needs to be renewed every year.)
We love the fact that Sandals has added some wonderful additions to their wedding planning packages and apps to make the wedding planning process easier for couples. Sandals/Beaches work very well with WPIC certified wedding coordinators. Thank you, Gina Tsirmpas for introducing us to Sandals so many years ago…
Danielle and I have two places left to visit through Sandals, and those are Antigua and The Exumas. We have enjoyed several personal vacations, sent clients, families & friends on personal vacations and honeymoons, we have attended many Sandals FAM trips, and WPIC has held Conferences at Beaches, Turks & Caicos and Sandals Royal Caribbean in the Bahamas. I have coordinated a Destination Wedding to Royal Caribbean in the Bahamas where the bride was from Romania and the Groom was from B.C.
Trust me, WPIC, Danielle and myself love the Sandals/Beaches brands.
After the CSS training, Erin Pleizier, Catering Manager and also happens to be WPICC, along with her team at the Courtyard Marriott(our host venue), blew us a way with a welcome reception that was amazing! So many vendors were brought in to showcase what they can offer to our clients. There was an ice cream station, photo booth with props, a mind reader, food stations, cupcake station, open bar, DJ, videographer, photographer, decorator, florist and even a prize giveaway of an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott and brunch.
We are so appreciative of the opportunities that we were given. We hope to be able to give back to all of those who participated.
Here is a list of the vendors involved: