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                                         FABULOUS
                                         RESORTS

                                         DISCOVER
                                         DESTINATION
                                         WEDDINGS

                                         WEDDING PLANNER
                                         SPECIALIZING
                                         IN LOS CABOS,
                                         MEXICO
Photo courtesy of VisitMexicoPress.com




                                                       A   special time...
                                                                 in a perfect place.
                                    LOCATIONS
                                                                                                                                        HONEYMOON
                                    BRITISH COLUMBIA         Bracebridge             Wasaga Beach            NEW BRUNSWICK
                                    Abbotsford
                                                             Brantford               Whitby
                                                                                                             Bathurst
                                                                                                                                       BRIDAL REGISTRY
                                                             Brockville              Windsor
                                    Burnaby                  Burlington              Woodstock               Dieppe                    The Honeymoon Bridal Registry is a
                                    Kelowna                  Cambridge                                       Fredericton               program whereby family and friends
                                    Mission                  Carleton Place          QUEBEC                  Miramichi                 may assist in making your
                                    New Westminster          Collingwood
                                    Parksville                                       Alma                    Moncton
                                                             Don Mills               Amos
                                                                                                                                       honeymoon dream a reality. Just
                                    Prince George                                                            Saint John
                                                             Dryden                  Aylmer                                            phone or visit your nearest
                                    Surrey                   Elora
                                    Terrace                                          Bellefeuille            NOVA SCOTIA               participating Carlson Wagonlit Travel
                                                             Exeter                  Boucherville
                                    Vancouver
                                    Vernon
                                                             Fonthill                Charlesbourg            Dartmouth                 office and they will establish a special
                                                             Goderich                Chibougamau             Halifax
                                    Victoria                                                                                           account to which your guests may
                                                             Guelph                  Chicoutimi              Sydney
                                    West Vancouver                                                                                     easily contribute. You will receive a
                                                             Ingersoll               Cowansville             Truro
                                                             Kingston                Drummondville
                                    ALBERTA                  Kitchener               Gatineau
                                                                                                                                       gift acknowledgement each time a
                                    Calgary                  London                  Granby                  P.E.I.                    contribution is made. In addition to
                                    Didsbury                 Markham                 Hull                    Charlottetown             assisting with your honeymoon
                                    Edmonton                 Midland                 Joliette
                                    Lethbridge               Mississauga             Jonquiere                                         budgeting, this will also be helpful
                                    Lloydminster                                     Laprairie               NEWFOUNDLAND
                                                             Mitchell                                                                  when sending out thank-you notes.
                                    Medicine Hat             North York              Laval                   Carbonear
                                    Red Deer                 Orangeville             Levis                   Clarenville
                                    Sherwood Park                                    Longueuil
                                                             Orillia
                                                             Ottawa                  Montreal                Corner Brook                  DESTINATION
                                                                                     Pointe Claire           Gander
                                    SASKATCHEWAN             Peterborough                                                                   WEDDINGS
                                                                                     Quebec City             Goose Bay
                                    Regina                   Sarnia
                                                                                     Repentigny              Grand Falls               This increasingly popular program
                                    Saskatoon                Sault Ste. Marie        Salaberry de
                                                             Scarborough                                     Labrador City             allows you to enjoy both your
                                                                                     Valleyfield             Mount Pearl
CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL LOCATIONS




                                    MANITOBA                 Shelburne               St.Bruno de                                       wedding and honeymoon all at once!
                                                             Simcoe                                          St. Anthony
                                    Winnipeg                                         Montarville
                                                             Sioux Lookout           St-Eustache             St. John’s                Imagine...a romantic wedding
                                                             Stratford               Ste. Foy                Stephenville              ceremony in an enchanting
                                    ONTARIO                  Strathroy               St.Hyacinthe
                                                             Tecumsen                                                                  destination with family and friends
                                    Ajax                                             St-Lambert              TERRITORY OF
                                    Arnprior                 Thornhill               Ste.Therese             FRANCE                    there to share in your joy and
                                    Barrie                   Thunder Bay             Val d’Or
                                    Belleville               Timmins                                         Saint Pierre et           memories! Some resorts offer your
                                                                                     Verdun
                                    Bolton                   Toronto                 Westmount               Miquelon                  wedding ceremony free of charge! Or
                                                                                                                                       there may be incentives for family
                                                                         Responsibility                                                members and friends attending the
                                    Carlson Wagonlit Travel, their agents and/or suppliers of service in connection with this
                                    program act only as agents for the traveller and accept no responsibility for the service of any   wedding.
                                    hotel, aircraft, cruise ship or any other conveyance used in connection with this program, nor
                                    any delay, loss or accident to travellers or baggage occasioned by such services from              If you’re thinking of an island
                                    whatever cause. In the event that it becomes necessary to alter arrangements, such alterations     wedding, just the two of you...or with
                                    may be without any penalty to Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Additional expenses shall be borne
                                                                                                                                       loved ones present, be sure to ask us
                                    by the passengers. Conversely, refunds will be made to the passengers if any savings are
                                    effected thereby. All prices and discounts in guide subject to change at any time.                 about all the possibilities!

                                     FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REACH THE OFFICE
                                           NEAREST YOU CALL: 1-800-227-5766
                                                                                                                                          Please feel free to call
                                            1-800-CARLSON (1-800-227-5766)
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                                                OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
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                                                                                 CONTENTS

                                                             2         List of CWT Locations
                                                             4-5       Discover Destination
                                                                       Weddings
                                                             6-7       Sandals
                   Welcome to                                8-9       RIU Hotels & Resorts
                                                    …        10        Resort to the Best
                      a collection of ideas and              11        Encore Cruises
                       information to help you plan your     12        Secrets Resorts & Spas
                       own special time, in your own         13        RBC Insurance
                      special place.                         14 - 15   ARUBA
                     Are you in the midst of wedding         16 - 19   BAHAMAS
                  preparations with so many details to       17        The Essential Travel Agent
take care of, including your Honeymoon? Perhaps you          18        Begin Your Story in the
are planning your wedding and honeymoon in the same                    Islands of the Bahamas
place. Or are you thinking of a Romantic Getaway?            20 - 23   BARBADOS
Intimate time together in quiet, luscious surroundings. A    22        Is An All-inclusive For You?
renewal of those vows you took long ago.                     24 - 33   CUBA
But where to start? There are so many choices and            34 - 39   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
options to consider.                                         35        Planning a Honeymoon?
                                                                       Don’t Forget to Pack
It’s precisely with that in mind that we’ve developed this             Travel Insurance
guide. You won’t find it full of prices, and dates and       40 - 59   MEXICO
booking deadlines or anything like that. Your                41        Some Travel Do’s
professional Carlson Wagonlit Travel Consultant will help              and Don’ts
you with those plans later. What you will find here is a     45        Majestic Tours
showcase of resorts that have been specially chosen to       47        Renewing Vows as the
fulfill your dreams and desires, whatever your reason.                 ancient Mexicans
                                                             58        Perfect Weddings
So have fun! Enjoy browsing though these colourful
                                                             58        Honeymoon Countdown
pages and let your imagination flow. Carlson Wagonlit
                                                             60 - 61   ST. LUCIA
Travel will be there to look into your choices and offer
                                                             62        CWT – Bridal Registry
suggestions. We’ll search for the best prices and describe
                                                             63        Canadian Tour Operators
options. We’ll tell you all about the documents required
for your trip like passports, visas, tourist cards or        64        Samsung Cameras
international driver’s licenses. What currency you should
carry, what clothes you should pack, what insurance you
                                                                  Ratings:
need. And we’ll inform you about the culture and
customs of the destination you select, right down to                             moderate
details of local holidays and store hours.                                       superior

Stop by one of our 220 Canadian travel agencies soon,                            deluxe
and let our experienced travel consultants help you plan          %              plus
your romantic escape!

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                                M     ore and more often couples are
                                      planning the wedding and the
                                honeymoon for the same place. This is
                                                                            and all the stress and headaches of
                                                                            filling a banquet hall with 250 guests,
                                                                            more and more couples are choosing
                                the definition of a destination             this carefree alternative. An intimate
                                wedding, and they are becoming so           wedding in a tropical paradise with
                                popular that award winning Sandals          turquoise waters, lush foliage and
                                Resorts has actually coined the term        white sand beaches. Perfect for a
                                “Weddingmoons” when referring to            private, tastefully done second
                                this new and growing trend.                 wedding too.

                                Travelling afar on the wedding day                                                               Here are a few steps in the




                                                                            Discover
                                used to mean one of two things –                                                                       planning process:
                                elopement or honeymoon. But
                                today the lines between                                                                                    L OCATION ,
                                traditional wedding,
                                                                                                                                           L OCATION ,
                                elopement and honeymoon
                                have blurred as more
                                couples incorporate aspects    Destination                                                                 L OCATION
                                                                                                                                    First things first – choose the
                                                                                                                                    location. Factors to consider



                                                                Weddings
                                of each into the big day.
                                                                                                                                    include the expense of the
                                Destination weddings have
                                                                                                                                    location, the ease of dealing
                                become popular because
                                                                                                                                    with local laws and
                                weddings overall have
                                                                                                                                    requirements, and the
                                become more personalized.
                                                                                                                                    availability of activities and
                                Couples want their wedding somewhere        Often groups of 10 to 50 relatives and
                                                                                                                         amenities for you and your guests.
                                special and meaningful – like a fun         friends of the bride and groom travel
                                                                                                                         Many couples opt for locations that are
                                vacation spot where everyone can turn       to the selected destination. Sandals,
                                                                                                                         not only congenial to a ceremony, but
                                the wedding into a holiday. And             SuperClubs and an increasing number
                                                                                                                         also offer opportunities
DISCOVER DESTINATION WEDDINGS




                                couples who marry later in life, or for a   of resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico
                                                                                                                         to golf, sport fish,
                                second time, may be especially eager        offer free basic weddings to guests
                                                                                                                         indulge in a spa
                                to have a second experience, different      staying a minimum number of nights.
                                                                                                                         treatment or explore
                                from the multitude of other weddings        Most wedding packages include the
                                                                                                                         another culture. And of course one
                                they have attended or participated in.      services of a marriage officer, bouquet
                                                                                                                         should consider the ease of travel to
                                Most couples list their desire for an       for the bride, boutonniere for the
                                                                                                                         and from the destination.
                                intimate and informal affair as a reason       groom, wedding cake, sparkling
                                to marry afar. Travel costs whittle down        wine and photos. Many resorts can
                                the invite
                                list,
                                making
                                the                                         take care of all arrangements.
                                destination                                 Some hotels even have local
                                wedding less expensive, and more            wedding coordinators on-site who will                          D ECIDE ON          A
                                about the bride and groom. Choosing         take care of all the details, and advise                          D ATE
                                neutral territory can also mitigate         you on legal requirements, wedding                        Next – choose a date.
                                family conflicts.                           fees and translations. From lavish                        Consider high and low
                                                                            resorts to exotic hideaways, we have a                    season costs, weather
                                So, instead of spending a bundle of         featured collection poised to fulfill your   patterns or any other well known
                                money on a large traditional wedding,       dreams and celebrate your love.              particulars of the destination. Your best
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bet may be to wed just before , or just     Travel agents have access to special
after the busy travel season for the        resources providing up to the minute
place you have in mind.                     information on requirements stipulated
                                              by the government of every
                                                   destination worldwide.
            C HECK
     A VAILABILITY
Before you pay any deposits,                                  A DD I T U P

                                                                                         Cruise




                                                                                                                                      photo courtesy of VisitMexicoPress.com
check your date with close                               After pricing travel options
friends and family members.                              and making selections, be
Between time off for work
and school and costly travel
arrangements, attending your
                                                         prepared to furnish
                                                        estimated costs to friends
                                                       and family. Before asking
                                                                                           Weddings
                                                     your attendants if they can
                                                                                          A N A LTERNATE C HOICE
wedding may be a lot to expect
                                                                                         According to Cruise Lines International
from even the dearest of friends.                  participate in your wedding, be
                                                                                         Association, cruise weddings have grown
On the other hand, if you choose a           up front about what it will cost them.
                                                                                         at a phenomenal rate over the last few
particularly fabulous destination, you      Be absolutely clear about what
                                                                                         years. Five years ago there were
may be surprised at how many well           expenses you expect them to absorb.
                                                                                         practically none, but this year there will
wishers will be eager to join you on
                                                                                         be thousands. The growth rate is not
your big day.                                      P ACKAGE D EALS                       surprising. Where else can you have a
                                            Many hotels and resorts offer                wedding and then sail off on your
                     L EGAL                 destination wedding “packages” where         honeymoon! No time wasted between the
              R EQUIREMENTS                 some or all wedding details are              “I do’s” and the fun.
                               Most         coordinated by on site professionals.
                                            Others have contacts and experience          Cruise weddings can take place onboard
                          marriage
                                            with off-site planners they will be          in a public room on the ship, or on a
                      bureaus require a
                                            pleased to recommend. Usually a              romantic beach ashore. Many couples get
                  few basic documents in




                                                                                                                                                                               DISCOVER DESTINATION WEDDINGS
                                            selection of packages are available          married while in a cruise port or before
             order to grant a marriage
                                            ranging from a very simple wedding to        the cruise begins. That way guests can
license. For weddings abroad, however,
                                            an elaborate package including food,         come aboard, enjoy the service, and
sometimes a bit more than a birth
                                            flowers, photography, champagne,             disembark before sailing. Or you can
certificate, marriage license application
                                                          cake and a string quartet.     invite all your guests on the honeymoon!
and blood test are needed to make
your marriage legal. Your travel                                If this option is
                                                                    available to you,    Most of the major cruise lines have
agent will be happy to obtain
                                                                       by all means      wedding packages. The Grand Princess,
the very latest requirement for
                                                                         take            for example, has its own wedding chapel
your chosen destination.
                                                                          advantage      and the captain is authorized to marry
                                                                           of it.        you at sea, which eliminates the need to
        T RAVEL                                                             Having an    ‘bring your own’ clergyman or other
 R EQUIREMENTS                                                              expert       official to perform the service.
Here too, your professional                                                 handle all
                                                                                         The price range for a shipboard wedding
travel agent will be                                                       the details
                                                                                         is just like one ashore – from a few
pleased to provide you with                                               can be the
                                                                                         hundred dollars to thousands depending
all the particulars regarding                                            nicest
                                                                                         on how elaborate you wish to make it.
passports, visas, tourist cards,                                       wedding gift
                                                                                         Once again your travel agent will be
health requirements and the like.                                   you ever receive.
                                                                                         happy to furnish you with options,
                                                                                         suggestions and details.
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          SANDALS
SANDALS




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                                                          SANDALS




                                                                    SANDALS




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                       RIU HOTELS & RESORTS




                                                   Marry Me
RIU HOTELS & RESORTS




                                                                         Mexico
                                                                                                                                                MODEL RENDERING




                                                                         Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas   Cabo San Lucas   Riu Palace Riviera Maya   Riviera Maya      Riu Jalisco Puerto Vallarta




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                                                                                                                      RIU HOTELS & RESORTS




               Say it at RIU Hotels
               Say it during a romantic dinner in one of our exquisite restaurants. Say it during a moonlit stroll on a
               white sand beach. Or if you prefer, say it viewing a magnificent sunset from a room balcony. Spectacular
               hotels combined with our impeccable service and attention to detail provide an inviting atmosphere for
               an unforgettable wedding, honeymoon or anniversary celebration. Say it whenever you want, however
               you want and wherever you want. But, say it at RIU Hotels.

               See our listings in this book for a detailed description of each resort.

               ALL-INCLUSIVE THE RIU WAY FEATURES: Lover’s welcome gift, unlimited meals, unlimited domestic and selected
               imported alcoholic beverages, tropical juice cocktails and soft drinks, unlimited use of in-room minibar and liquor dispenser,
               various water and land sports, daily activities for adults and children, live nightly entertainment and outstanding service.

               Other RIU Hotels
               Riviera Maya: Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Yucatan, Riu Tequila, Riu Playacar; Cancun: Riu Cancun, Riu Caribe;
               Punta Cana: Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino, Riu Bambu, Riu Naiboa; Puerto Plata: Riu Merengue, Riu Mambo;
               Negril: Riu Tropical Bay, Riu Negril; Miami Beach: Riu Florida Beach; Orlando: Riu Orlando; Varadero: Riu Las Morlas,
               Riu Turquesa; Aruba: Riu Aruba Grand.




                                                                                                                                                                                                  RIU HOTELS & RESORTS
               Book via My Travel Canada or Holiday Network or send an e-mail to weddings@riu.com
               Please see special prices when booking in advance.

                                   Dominican Republic                                                              Jamaica                                Bahamas
                                                           MODEL RENDERING                                                              MODEL RENDERING




Riu Palace Las Americas   Cancun   Riu Palace Punta Cana    Punta Cana       Riu Bachata   Puerto Plata           Riu Ocho Rios   Ocho Rios               Riu Paradise Island   Paradise Island




              CANCUN • RIVIERA MAYA • PUERTO VALLARTA • CABO SAN LUCAS • PUNTA CANA • PUERTO PLATA
              NEGRIL • OCHO RIOS • BAHAMAS PARADISE ISLAND • ARUBA • MIAMI BEACH • ORLANDO




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                     RESORT TO THE BEST
RESORT TO THE BEST




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                                                                                                ENCORE CRUISES




                                                  Say
                                               Aloha to
                                               Romance!
                                                day HAwaiian Island Cruise
                                                        o
                                               With Up t 96 hours in port!
                                                     Departing every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Honolulu.
                                                                   Visiting: Hawaii, Maui and Kauai
                                               Wedding Packages include:                 Honeymoon Packages include:
                                               • Wedding Co-ordinator                    • Romantic dinner for two in Le Bistro
                                               • Personalized Wedding Ceremony             with a complimentary bottle of wine
Let your endless love story begin in Hawaii,   • Wedding Officiant                       • Sparkling wine and strawberries
where islands as sweet as "mai tais" have      • Romantic Recorded Ceremony Music          in your stateroom upon embarkation
                                               • Keepsake Marriage Certificate           • Canapés delivered to your stateroom
their own special beauty, their own treasure   • Wedding Announcements                     on one evening

                                                                                                                                         ENCORE CRUISES
trove of wonders. Where palms dance in the     • Wedding Cake                            • Complimentary sparkling wine and cake party
evening breeze and sugar beaches often         • Photography Package                     • A keepsake photograph
                                               • Bottle of NCL's Private Selection
have more shells than people. There is no        sparkling wine or champagne
better way to enjoy these magical Islands
than on board NCL America’s Pride of Aloha,
Pride of America or Pride of Hawaii.




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                                                                           Visit www.secretsresorts.com.




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