Sandals Resorts Announces Partnership With Internationally Celebrated Wedding Planner Preston Bailey

Sandals Resorts and Preston Bailey Redefine Destination Weddings With Exciting New Signature Packages for WeddingMoon(TM) Guests at Sandals’ and Beaches’ Sixteen Caribbean Resorts

MIAMI, May 10 /PRNewswire/ — Sandals Resorts announces a partnership with Preston Bailey, the internationally celebrated event designer and wedding planner, who will design a selection of exceptional wedding packages available for purchase exclusively to Sandals and Beaches Resorts WeddingMoon(TM) guests beginning June 1, 2005. Preston, author of Design for Entertaining and Fantasy Weddings, has personally created one-of-a-kind events for celebrity clients including Donald and Melania Trump, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matt Lauer, Donna Karan and Oprah Winfrey. Offered as an enhancement to the successful Sandals Resorts WeddingMoon(TM) program, couples seeking a truly luxurious experience, as enjoyed by Preston’s well-known clientele, can have a fantasy wedding of their own only at Sandals Resorts beginning this Fall with one of four unique packages, which include island- inspired settings for the ceremony, striking bouquets, glamorous table décor and innovative keepsakes, designed by the internationally recognized wedding planner Preston Bailey.

Recognized as the world’s preeminent event designer, Preston brings an incomparable level of artistry and creativity to projects for all clients. He applies his expertise to produce one-of-a kind surroundings that evoke awe- inspiring reactions with elegant materials including a rich interplay of flowers, fabrics, props and lighting that meld to create an ambiance of color, texture and mood. Often completely transforming a space, his designs are inspired by his love of nature, art, history, architecture and global cultures.

“We are very excited to welcome today’s most highly regarded wedding planner, Preston Bailey, into the Sandals family,” stated Joann Delgin, Director of Wedding Strategy for Sandals Resorts. “To remain the industry leader in the luxury all-inclusive category, we are continuously looking for ways to innovate and enhance our product offerings. Together with Preston’s imagination, we will redefine the destination wedding by making available a heightened level of service and luxury, which was once only available to celebrities and his VIP clientele. He is a true visionary and we are pleased to say he is only at Sandals Resorts.”

The latest offerings from Preston Bailey will allow those seeking the perfect destination wedding, an increasingly popular trend, a higher level of choices for their special day. Each of the four packages — The Floral Elegance Collection, The Water Lilly Collection, The Seascape Collection and The Crystal Collection — includes beautifully designed wedding settings and décor such as fresh contemporary floral screens or a tree filled with orchids, crystals and candlelight and featuring indigenous island materials. Specialty wedding cakes complement the exceptional designs and the beautiful surroundings. Preston has also created stylish keepsakes for the bride, groom and guests that include delightful favors such as exotic petal tossers, palm fans, and elegant amenity boxes. Exclusively for the bride, Preston has designed a selection of unique bouquets that can be kept after the ceremony as a remembrance. Bouquets are available in a variety of colors and styles, such as the new pomander, a round arrangement that hangs from the wrist. For the groom, specialty bowties and boutonnieres that incorporate local plants and flowers, such as palm and mini pineapples, are available. For the ultimate in luxury, Sandals Resorts and Preston Bailey are also developing one of the most lavish wedding experiences as the upper tier in package offerings which includes private jet, special location, a once-in-a-lifetime musical performance and more.

“Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular with couples looking to find a unique location for their event,” said Preston Bailey. “In the past decade, the wedding industry has seen a 200-percent growth in destination weddings, with the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica and the Bahamas, among the leading destinations for such events. I am thrilled to work with Sandals, the leader in this exciting category, to expand their signature program and introduce these elements for fantasy weddings available only at Sandals that their guests will remember for a lifetime.”

Sandals Resorts developed the WeddingMoon(TM) concept over a decade ago which is the union of the wedding and the honeymoon in one idyllic Sandals Resort location. Currently WeddingMoon(TM) guests who stay for five nights or longer receive their wedding ceremony compliments of the resort. In addition, for those staying six nights in a premium category or higher, Sandals gives the happy couple a complimentary wedding gift, their choice of a stunning 16- piece set of Waterford stemware or a 20-piece set of Wedgwood china.

The luxury leader in the all-inclusive arena, Sandals offers guests remarkable amenities and services from lavish suites featuring elegant sitting areas, private plunge pools, stunning ocean views, mahogany four-poster king- size beds and extravagant marble baths to dedicated private butler service. Recently, the resort welcomed the Red Lane Spas, available at all Sandals and Beaches Resorts, which combines European traditions with Caribbean flair and specializes in romantic couple treatments. The partnership with Preston is yet another way the resort continues to raise the bar on the luxury travel experience.

About Sandals Resorts —

Sandals Resorts is the largest operator of luxury, ultra-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Sandals has a total of 12 couples-only properties, including seven in Jamaica, three in St. Lucia, one in Antigua and one in Nassau, Bahamas. Recently unveiled is the newly refurbished Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Resort and the brand new Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa.

Sandals Resorts standard WeddingMoon(TM) package includes a professional wedding coordinator, special dining for the couple, personalized gifts, and of course a romantic ceremony setting. Packages designed by the internationally celebrated wedding planner and event designer Preston Bailey will be available beginning Fall 2005 as an enhancement to this program and will feature inspired designs and decorative elements that have made him today’s preeminent wedding planner. The Preston Bailey experience can be purchased beginning June 1, 2005. For reservations, call 1-888-SANDALS (1-888-726-3257) or visit

About Preston Bailey

For more than 24 years, Preston Bailey has been at the forefront of the event design industry. His mastery of over-the-top, one-of-a-kind events has earned him the reputation as the world’s preeminent event designer. Celebrity clients include Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. His numerous national television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, CBS’s The Early Show, The Today Show, and Entertainment Tonight.

Now in its fifth printing, Preston’s first book, Design for Entertaining (Bulfinch Press, November 2002), serves as an inspirational sourcebook for events, weddings and other celebrations. His newest book, Fantasy Weddings (Bulfinch Press, November 2004) has already become the standard for anyone who loves to see dreams come true.

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