Monday, 01 June 2009 06:00
By Press release
Antigua and Barbuda will usher in June as the “Month of Romance” with a weekend of activities that will culminate with the 2009 Celebrity Destination Wedding.
Contest winners Adrienne Scales and Myreon Smith of Atlanta, will exchange nuptials on Saturday June 6 at The Inn at English Harbour, in the presence of officials from The Ministry of Tourism and The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and a celebrity "guest of honour".
The lucky couple will arrive on island on Thursday June 4, then proceed to the Ministry of Legal Affairs to apply for their marriage license on Friday, highlighting how easy it is to get married in Antigua and Barbuda.
With no residency requirement, couples can get married in Antigua and Barbuda in less than 24 hours.
The destination wedding promotion is intended to emphasize same day weddings as one of the destination’s competitive advantages, that will strengthen Antigua and Barbuda's position as the “Romance Capital of the Caribbean.”
Derede Samuel-Whitlock, Director of Tourism for the United States, anticipates that this will be an exciting weekend celebration. “We are intent on keeping the spirit of romance alive in Antigua and Barbuda and we hope that when the Antigua and Barbuda International Romantic Rhythms Music Festival returns next year that we can continue to use this promotion as a unique platform to integrate couture, cuisine and culture, that will differentiate our festival tourism product from our competition.”
Adrienne and Myreon will have a Unity Sand Ceremony and have selected ivory and pink as their colours for the wedding.
The Unity Sand concept made famous by Trista and Ryan, from the popular Bachelorette Television Show, has been described by many wedding planners in the United States as one of the most popular elements in today's destination weddings. Often taking the place of the traditional unity candle ceremony, the Unity Sand Ceremony is felt to be better suited to outdoor
and beach settings. Similar to the unity candle concept, sand is poured by the bride and the groom to symbolize unity and the newly formed union is represented by the intertwined pattern of sand created by the couple.
To create a truly authentic experience, the couple will mix white sand from Antigua and pink sand from Barbuda in their Unity Sand Ceremony.
Celebrity stylist Indashio, will be the “celebrity guest of honour” and will style” the bridal party,
Indashio and his team will also help to spread the theme of romance throughout the destination and will make several local appearances. On Friday June 5, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Indashio will sign autographs at Columbian Emeralds, and will host a mini fashion Show at Heritage Quay. Later that evening, Indashio will be the featured speaker at a charitable “Spa Party” at The Inn at English Harbor, which will address the issues of self esteem and empowerment among young women.