Every couple has the perfect wedding and honeymoon in mind, but many have to compromise their plans due to budget restrictions.
Brides Magazine decided to create its first crowd sourced wedding earlier this year, allowing one lucky couple to see those dreams fulfilled with everything from the dress to the honeymoon being decided by millions of consumers worldwide.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism joined with the magazine to be part of the competition, and offered four different honeymoon packages for the public to choose from.
Briana Hainley and Jason Schnitzer, the winning couple from California, had their wedding streamed live over the Internet on Sunday, 7 April so all who had voted for them could participate from afar. They then had two days to prepare for their honeymoon in the Cayman Islands, booked for 9 to 16 April.
Voters worldwide chose the “Cayman Pampered” package, which includes a five-night stay at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, renowned for its spectacular Hibiscus Spa facilities; followed by a two-night escape to Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman. Other activities include a couple’s massage or a sail with Cayman Luxury Charters.
Briana and Jason clearly won over the voters with their sweet love story. As Briana tells it, Jason “fell out of the sky and walked into my classroom.” Their chosen charity – the American Cancer Society – was also a factor, particularly as Jason’s father recently won his battle with throat cancer. The couple wants to do everything they can to contribute to the organisation’s lifesaving research.
The wedding was held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, and now they can look forward to spending their week’s honeymoon here in the beautiful Cayman Islands.
“The Cayman Islands is delighted to be a part of this exciting partnership with BRIDES LIVE WEDDINGS,” said Shomari Scott, director of tourism. “Our goal in offering the honeymoon package for this innovative social media wedding is to demonstrate to consumers that not only is the Cayman Islands the best place for romance but that we are also ahead of the curve compared to other destinations.
“With our islands fast earning the reputation as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, we are thrilled that our leadership position is being further enhanced through inventive partnerships such as this,” he added. “We look forward to welcoming the bride and groom to our shores and providing them with an unforgettable honeymoon experience.”
“We are pleased to partner with Brides to illustrate the Cayman Islands’ distinctive romantic offerings,” said Tourism Minister Cline Glidden. “As our three islands provide a wide range of activities and environments that can cater to the whim of any couple, we believe the Cayman Islands lends itself perfectly to this opportunity.”
Voters worldwide chose the “Cayman Pampered” package, which includes a five-night stay at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, renowned for its spectacular Hibiscus Spa facilities; followed by a two-night escape to Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman.