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Dana Lewis Graduates with In-demand Destination Wedding Certification
As part of Destination Wedding University’s inaugural class, Dana Lewis now offers a new range of travel services, backed by an innovative new training course
weddings currently account for 25% of all weddings annually. As a segment, it continues to grow each year across demographics. Dana Lewis— a local travel agent who has been serving clients across the U.S. for almost 4 years — recognized there was increasing demand for travel experts who can create unforgettable weddings in the world’s most beautiful places.
Lewis also knew that she had questions about the practical and business ins and outs of this complex space and needed professional guidance. “This niche requires a specific skill set that’s very different from other types of travel planning. Agents who try to dive in without mentoring get overwhelmed really quickly, and I didn’t want to fall into that,” Lewis said.
In the Fall of 2018, Dana Lewis saw that Will Medina — a nationally-recognized travel agent with nearly a decade of destination wedding planning experience — had launched Destination Wedding University and its flagship training program called The Destination Wedding Playbook.
Lewis jumped at the opportunity for top-tier professional training in this fast-growing industry segment.
The 15-week virtual course is hosted live weekly by Medina and features four in-depth modules that cover topics like finding a niche, client attraction, consistent conversion, and automation of services for peak efficiency and organization.
Lewis was part of a cohort of 34 enthusiastic students for the initial launch. In early March 2019, she graduated as a certified Destination Wedding Expert, with focused training on how to plan, set up, organize, and deliver one-of-a-kind destination weddings.
“The Destination Wedding Playbook has catapulted my business and work ethic to a whole new level. It has not only been invaluable to me professionally, but personally as well. I am thrilled to see what I have learned in action, and improve my clients’ experience, better convey my value, and bring my business to a caliber I have only dreamed possible. Destination Wedding Playbook is a game changer for me & my clients!”
With enrollment for Destination Wedding Playbook expected to triple in 2019, Lewis is also excited to be on the leading edge of a growing trend. “As a travel expert and business person, I’m always looking for ways to grow and learn,” she said. “I can’t wait for what’s next.”
To learn more about Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Wedding’s range of services and to schedule a consultation, visit www.danallewis.com.
Starting out planning your destination wedding, or other large group vacation, can be scary when words like contracts and flexible groups come up. What is a contracted group? What is a flexible group? And which one is right for you? Read on, so you can get a better understanding of the terms.
We know that coordinating travel arrangements for your group of guests requires careful planning. To ensure the best fit, we offer two distinct options to accommodate your type of group, number of travelers, and flexibility of schedule.
1. Traditional Group Travel • Contracted Group Room Block
This is the perfect booking option for travelers on the same itinerary who need flexible payment and cancellation policies for the entire group plus, other general group contract benefits.
A traditional group typically consists of:
2. Flexible Groups
They’re ideal for small groups of 10 or more (5 rooms or more) who want to vacation together at the same resort or a destination wedding, yet need flexibility with their travel dates, flights, length of stay or who may be traveling from different cities.
Don't worry, we'll work together to determine the best option for your group!
So why choose us?
Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings is dedicated to ensuring your experience, as well as your guests, is seamless from start to finish. When reserving your destination wedding with us, you’ll enjoy:
There are lots of ins and outs when deciding which path is right for you. But the great thing is that you don't have to figure it out alone! You and I could be the perfect destination wedding-planning match. Let’s chat to find out! Fill out the form found here to get started. I can’t wait to get acquainted, hear about your wedding, and help you make these confusing and important decisions!
Last Fall, I had the pleasure of attending a destination wedding travel with Sandals & Beaches Resorts at the beautiful Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. It was a great training chock full of all things Sandals and beautiful wedding settings. There are so many reasons I love Sandals, and their weddings and vow renewals are icing on the cake!
Sandals Resorts are the perfect honeymoon or couples getaway, so naturally the put on a killer wedding! They also offer family resorts, Beaches Resorts, so if you need to invite children, you can and still get that beautiful Sandals wedding.
You and your guests will love the options Sandals offers for accommodations. We can select room options for your guests in varying price points, and they can even make the wedding a vacation of their own! For you & your fiancé, you'll definitely want to pull out all the stops with a room featuring a sexy bathroom and maybe even a private pool or beachfront walkout with butler service! Plus you'll all enjoy all inclusive amenities!
Your Sandals wedding can be customized completely to your liking to make it unique to you! They are endless selections in florals, centerpieces, draperies, aisle decor, the list goes on. Don't worry--I help you throughout the process so you don't get overwhelmed with all of the choices. From modern to tropical to romantic vibes, there are options that suit varying tastes and styles, and you don't even have to lift a finger to decorate!
Sandals can also throw one hell of a party! We can arrange to welcome your guests with an exciting welcome party on the beach with a fire & s'mores or a rum & gin night over looking the sunset. And the reception, well it goes without saying you'll be on your feet dancing in celebration of the beginning of your beautiful marriage! Add a steel drum band, fire dancers, and so much more to make it completely over-the-top and unforgettable for you & your guests!
With Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings, we can create a stunning & unique destination wedding at Sandals just for you! Our process is much more in depth than the typical travel agent’s, which is a huge time saver and stress reliever to you! If this sounds like the kind of destination wedding planning you need, let’s get a complimentary planning session scheduled today! Just visit here to choose a date/time that works for you. Can't wait to chat with you!
I've previously shared about working with a specialist to plan your destination wedding. I shared tid-bits on what I do, my devotion to my clients, and how I keep weddings organized. But you may be left wondering how the planning process actually works when working with Discovereighng with Dana Travel.
Because of our background, our approach to booking travel for destination weddings is different from many other agents in the market. Here’s a quick rundown of how our process works.
Your Inquiry: We will start by learning more about the two of you; your interests, where you’ve traveled before, and what you envision for your destination wedding. We offer you a free 60-minute consultation
Service Agreement: Upon deciding to work together, all couples will sign a contract to outline services and expectations of those services.
Research: After researching destinations & resorts that best fit your unique needs, we will present you with a number of options. We will then work together to narrow down those options. This is a collaborative effort and we welcome your research and input.
Shopping Quotes: We will submit quote requests to our preferred travel suppliers with whom we maintain excellent relationships, to ensure that we meet the needs of your guests regarding departure airports, time of year, and destination you’ve selected to find the best value for your group. Some tour operators have better promotions with certain properties; we know who they are, so we have you covered.
Guests Bookings + RSVPs: We take care of all of the guests’ resort reservations, creating an RSVP list along the way. You don’t have to keep up with payments, who’s booked and who hasn’t, or make arrangements for guests, so you can focus on the fun part—wedding planning!
Wedding Planning: We serve as a liaison between you and the resort to form the perfect collaboration to bring your wedding vision to life! From planning a welcome party for your guests, to planning a stunning ceremony and an unforgettable reception, we are there every step of the way. We help you with wedding selections, staying on budget, and locating vendors.
Our process is much more in depth than the typical travel agent’s, which is a huge time saver and stress reliever to you! If this sounds like the solution to your planning problem, click here and let’s get your complimentary planning session scheduled today!
You're dreaming of an elegant beach wedding--warm sand in your toes, breathtakingly Caribbean blue waters, a breeze gently whisking your hair across your shoulders—all followed by an incredible honeymoon that you’ll be talking about (and hopefully recreating) for many years to come. I also understand that you’re overwhelming & busy with work and life, and might not be sure about where to go, how to get the best value, or how to plan for everything that might come up. But one thing you do know for sure—you don't want to leave this up to chance.
That is where Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings comes in! Wedding planning is such an exciting time, and can often times be stressful. Make it a destination wedding, and it is a whole new ball game. But, with the right help, destination wedding planning can be so much fun! In working with me, you'll have someone on your side throughout the entire process.
I work closely with my clients to curate a personalized & unique destination wedding experience for them and their guests.
I am accountable to you, not the hotel or a tour operator.
I am available the hours you are, not just "office" hours.
I am the only person with whom you and each of your guests will work with. It won't be someone different every time you or they call.
I speak directly with the resorts, wedding departments or whoever is needed, on your behalf to negotiate contracts, arrange dates, locations, and more.
I work to get you the best group rates available and get you and your guests the best value.
As far as staying organized, it can be hard to keep emotions, people-pleasing, and budgeting in check. I know I stressed about getting started with the planning and throughout the process. BUT a proper planner and checklist helped with all of that. I molded that checklist to create the perfect destination wedding planning checklist, and I share with all of my beach brides!
So why Discovereighng with Dana? I have a unique background, first-hand travel knowledge, and expertise that ensures planning your own unique, wedding celebration will be just that—unique to YOU! I love getting to know my clients as we work together, and, more often than not, create lasting friendships! I truly care, not only about my clients’ travel and destination wedding experiences, but about them as a person! If this sounds like the experience you are looking for, let's chat to get started on your destination wedding planning! Simply click here to schedule your complimentary planning session with me. See you soon!