HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT MULTI-GENERATIONAL TRIP

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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER

As a travel advisor, it is my job to design journeys for my clients that will leave beautiful and lasting memories. The complexity of trip planning becomes exponential when you add more people and the diversity multi-generational considerations of ages and interests as well as family dynamics. As a wife, mother and grandmother who has taken and planned many extended family vacations, I am also able to provide my clients with first hand tips and tricks on how to make their multi-generational experience positive and as carefree as possible. All of these I have learned through my own family travel mistakes and successes.

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EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT

One of the key factors to a successful multi-generational trip is to remember that although you are travelling en masse for a family holiday, each member of the family has their own expectations and needs. Although we cannot please everyone, all the time, if we craft a holiday experience by listening to all the hopes, dreams and concerns, everyone will walk away happy and looking forward to the next trip.

With modern medicine and healthy living, we are living longer and slowing down the aging process. Age does not dictate our lifestyle or preferences and to group everyone of similar generations into the same box is one of the biggest mistakes made when planning a multi-gen vacation. Rather than focusing on the different generations in your group focus on the personalities, likes, dislikes, needs and wants. The key challenges come with various ages and abilities, whether it be physical or dependencies on others that need to be considered.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

My best advice is to choose locations that will offer something to suit multiple interests and physical levels. Just because you are travelling en masse, do not expect to spend every moment of your vacation joined at the hip. Find a way to allow family members to branch off into groups or go solo to pursue their own interests, which might just boil down to alone time.

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MAKING THE PERFECT MATCH

It is very important to choose a resort or cruise ship that will accommodate any special needs that your family members may have. In the case of young children, make sure there are appropriate children’s activities and child-minding services. This will give parents a chance to have some “Adults Only” or “Couples” time which is essential.  Are there enough activities to keep the teenagers happy? Making sure everyone has relevant options is the key to a successful multi-generational trip.

Some of the best activities that everyone in the family can do together are those that are experiential.  Choosing easy to moderate activities will ensure that everyone can participate regardless of age or mobility whether it be hiking in the Andes, taking a Catamaran trip, visiting local towns, or playing in the ocean or pool.  Stay away from planning any activities that will make it hard or force one family member to sit out, like snorkeling, where young children and infants must stay on the boat and subsequently will need an additional family member to stay behind to watch them. Don’t plan anything that is too long in the heat of the day or physically exhausting as this will lead to tired, grumpy and a very unhappy family.

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WHY WAIT?

The biggest shift in multi-generational travel is to have unique and experiential moments. Most of my clients are looking to take their family on trips that offer more than just sitting on a beach. They want activities, adventure, great food and for many, including an educational aspect to the trip. There is a shifting trend in legacy-giving, where parents and grandparents want to spend their money on their family NOW while they can, to enjoy these experiences with them. This “soft giving” method rather than leaving everything in a will allows them to use their money to share these special memories with their family.

Some of my most successful multi-generational trips that I have planned include Peru with visits to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, sailing around the Galapagos Islands, taking a helicopter and picnicking in Grand Canyon, heritage trips to Israel, expeditions to the Arctic and the list goes on.  There are so many places to see in the world and experience that will further enrich our personal and collective lives when we share them with those we love.

MAKING THE BEST MEMORIES THAT LAST BEYOND A LIFETIME

From my own personal experience, travelling with my children and grandchildren has given me memories that keep my heart full. Years later we still find ourselves sitting around a holiday table reminiscing about our trips, laughing at specific events or discussing places we saw or people we met. These are stories that we share as a family and will continue to share for generations to come. Memories of family members who are no longer with us are richer when we can reflect and remember those special moments shared on our trips together. It may take some creative planning, require a bit more compromise and a lot more patience, and in the end multi-generational experiences are priceless.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILY EXPERIENCE

  • Multi generation travel can be one of the most bonding and satisfying experiences for everyone in the family if it is planned right wich includes having enough time to get your preferred accommodation.
  • Alway keep in mind the personalities, likes, dislikes and needs of every family member that will be travelling.
  • Allow each family member to have their guilt free private time.
  • Choose activities that are inclusive and will appeal to everyone.
  • Stay away from anything that requires too much focus (little children do not have the attention span for museums, galleries, etc).
  • Do not plan anything that is too physically demanding as this will most likely eliminate the very young and the very old in the group.
  • Make sure to have at least one communal meal a day that can be used for sharing and planning.
  • If one person is paying for the whole family, it is advisable for them to come in a few days earlier and stay a few days later to have their own R&R.

 

Camille Jocsak

Paradise2Perfection / Planned2Perfection

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FINDING YOUR “HAPPILY EVER AFTER”

finding your happily ever afterGROWTH OF THE ROMANCE INDUSTRY

Despite economic downturns and the growing recession, the wedding industry continues its steady climb as one of the fastest growing industries around the globe.  Couples continue to demand the best for their “special day” while raising the bar for those that follow.  As a Wedding and Romance specialist, I have planned and executed many weddings and wedding-related events throughout the years. I have seen the wedding industry change, flourish and morph into a multi-billion dollar industry. It continues its steady climb thanks in part to technology and our love for travel.  Traditional weddings have all but lost their appeal and couples are turning to more unique venues and destinations to exchange their vows.

SEASON OF LOVE

This is the season of love, where couples young and old declare their new and renewed love and commitment to one another.  For those of us in the wedding industry, it is a time of planning, coordinating and guiding couples in their quest to find the perfect venue for their wedding or vow renewal.  Whether it is at home, on a beach, a mountaintop or a ship, couples are looking for that perfect, romantic spot where they can pledge their love to each other and begin their happily ever after.  

TECHNOLOGY AND LOVE

While love is eternal, technology has revolutionized the way we go about our daily lives, so of course, we would expect it to have an impact on one of the fastest growing industries of our time: The Romance Industry. We now increasingly rely on technology to guide us to the perfect resources through online retailers, vendors, venues and even to help us find our perfect mate with the help of dating websites and social media. 

 Our reliance on technology for even the most personal of items reflects how we, as a society, have moved away from the “traditional” and we are becoming more open and accepting of the change.  Being able to communicate with people all over the world has given us the opportunity to open our social circle and become more diversified.  We embrace individuality and have opened ourselves up to unlimited opportunities for love.   

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

In recent years we have seen romantic events such as proposals, engagements, and weddings move from simple private family affairs to elaborate and sometimes public productions.  The bar has been raised to include custom made rings, multi-tiered cakes, exotic floral designs, scripted proposals, and custom-made dresses.  Theme based weddings, multiple pre- and post-wedding events, destination weddings in exotic locations are not the exception anymore They have become the norm. There are photographers, videographers, drones, musicians, bands, DJs, wedding planners, floral designers, makeup artists and creative designers all of whom are part of the production team to create your modern-day wedding or romantic celebration.  

This reality has shaped the romance industry to become more commercial while still feeling authentic and requires a multitude of skilled professionals working together to make each event a success according to its own criteria.  Technology, wedding trends and “hot” destinations will continue to change from year to year. 

DIVERSITY OF FAMILY MEANS DIVERSITY OF WEDDING

The average marital age is rising, and couples are waiting until they are established in their careers and have more disposable income prior to getting married.  For many couples, one or more of them may have been married or in a long-term commitment previously. There may even be children.  Couples want to create a memorable experience for both themselves and their guests and are willing to pay to ensure that happens. Whether it is a surprise proposal, a small, intimate wedding or a lavish affair for hundreds of guests, today’s couples expect and demand perfection.  They want a celebration that is unique and will showcase their personalities and traditions but most important they want to make it about them.

AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER…

So, what remains a constant in this crazy thing called love during all these changes? The answer is simple and universal, “…and they lived happily ever after.” It’s the line that we all remember from our childhood fairy tales.  The characters may be interchangeable, but the fantasy has always remained the same.  The dream of shared passion, the power of love and the ability to recreate those magical moments in the fairy tales of our youth. 

This is why it is so important to work with a professional wedding and romance planner to be sure that not only does your “Happily Ever After” dream come true, but that it is also on a budget, under control and exceeds everyone’s expectations. After all, you deserve it!  

Planning the destination wedding of your dreams

STORY Laurie Wallace-Lynch

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married on the warm sand of a sunny beach, or perhaps in a romantic castle in Europe, you are not alone.

“Destination weddings are hugely popular, with the top three destinations being Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic and a trend moving towards more exotic destinations such as Bora Bora, Italy and France,” says Camille Jocsak, owner of Planned 2 Perfection Limited and Paradise 2 Perfection in Mississauga.

Camille has what is arguably one of the best jobs in the world—as a wedding planner, she globe trots with bridal couples. Camille calls herself a wedding broker and she works with clients to make their dream wedding come true.

“I’ve planned weddings in Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, England, France, the Middle East and of course in Canada,” says Camille. “I run Canadian training wedding boot camps, designed to train and help hotels and resorts understand North American culture and how to best manage bridal couple expectations. I get to know culture and marital laws. I travel to the hottest destinations and their resorts to familiarize myself, meet their staff as well as local wedding vendors, building personal relationships. This allows me to complete tasks and get answers in a fraction of the time it would take the bridal couple to try and do on their own.”

Getting the wedding day vision down on paper is the first step. Camille meets with clients to find out what type of wedding they have in mind and then offers suggestions based on their budget and their chosen destination.

“Getting married in some countries can be more difficult than in others. You have to be aware of the rules and guidelines,” states Camille. “For instance, if you are getting married in Mexico, you have to be in the country three business days prior to your wedding day, have blood tests performed in Mexico and supply the necessary legal information ahead of time; you must have four witnesses, none of whom can be relatives and they must be over the age of 18. Once you return to Canada, your wedding documents must be translated into English before they can be recognized in Ontario. Most countries offer three types of weddings; symbolic wedding, a religious ceremony and a civil ceremony, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the wedding is recognized as legal in Canada.”

Camille is recently helped to plan a wedding that sounds like it was straight out of a Hollywood romance. “It was a Venetian masquerade in Venice on the canal with gondolas,” explains Camilla. “I am also planning another wedding in Tuscany where the bride’s vision is whimsical and romantic and will take place in a beautiful Tuscan garden.”

Many resorts and cruise lines offer destination wedding packages, often with perks for the bride and groom hosting, dependent on the number of guests and the package they book.
“It really depends on the couple and their needs,” explains Camille. “If you are looking at Mexico and doing a South Asian Wedding, I would say Grand Velas and Moon Palace. I love AM Resorts, Dreams specifically, and Paradisus, as they just are great high end resorts with beautiful amenities and great to work with. If you prefer an adults-only resort, there is Sandals, Secrets and Couples. Many resorts now offer the split option where your guests can choose between an adults-only side or a family side. I just did a wedding like this two weeks ago at Paradisus in the Riviera Maya. This is a great option for bridal couples who would like to include everyone. More affordable options are Iberostar and Karisma Resorts. I’ve worked with them all and it really comes down to who you know and how good your planner is at negotiating and working with the venue and vendors to get the best services and the most flexibility from the resorts.”

Camille advises bridal couples to do their homework and ask questions. “Always remember that when doing a destination wedding, you must respect the country’s laws and culture.”
We checked out some other upscale resorts which have truly thought of everything when it comes to destination wedding packages.

Resort Options

The beautiful Elbow Beach Bermuda is a 98-room luxury hotel located on the pink sands of the island’s famed South Shore. Their wedding package includes private beach use for the ceremony and reception, elegant indoor and outdoor spaces with ocean views, banquet facilities for up to 200 guests, gourmet catering services, discounts for groups booking 10 or more rooms and access to their luxury spa and beauty salon. The resort team can customize packages to offer special services such as horse-drawn carriages, fireworks, entertainment and more. Honeymooners receive perks like a complimentary night stay with full breakfast, VIP status, a $100 USD spa voucher and more. www.elbowbeachbermuda.com

The House is a charming 34-room adult-only boutique hotel located along the stunning west coast of Barbados. The inn is reminiscent of a fabled castle with terraced brick walls and arched wooden doorways for that chic beach house vibe. The Tropical Luxury Package includes a private beach candlelit dinner for two including a bottle of bubbly, a petal-strewn aisle for the wedding ceremony flanked by two floral pedestals, and the gift of two plush resort bathrobes which will come in handy at the resort spa. www.thehousebarbados.com

The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offers several wedding packages, and specializes in large- scale ethnic weddings. Their certified wedding planners are experts at coordinating the nuptial rituals as part of their three-day wedding package which includes authentic food, music, decor, makeup and hair stylists and a mendhi artist. The Honeymoon Bliss Package, available to couples who are married at the resort, includes perks like a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a $50 resort credit per day. www.marriott.com

The Resort at Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, Florida is a luxurious beach front resort boasting tennis, golf, a spa and wellness centre, a marina and several dining choices. Having stayed recently at this upscale resort, it truly offers everything a bride and groom could wish for in one location. The His and Her Wedding Package includes five-hour premium open bar, selection of hors d’oeuvres and one gourmet display, sparkling wine toast, wine service with dinner, plate, buffet or reception stations dinner, a customized wedding cake, mani/pedi salon soiree with light bites and bubbly for four ladies and golf foursome with lunch for four gents and best of all, a stay in the beach view honeymoon junior suite, (based on a minimum food and beverage package purchased). www.longboatkeyclub.com

Cruise Ship Weddings

Cruise ship weddings are hugely popular with several cruise lines offering wedding packages. This is a fun way to join family and friends together for a wedding combined with a holiday.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers “Royal Wedding” packages including their Ultimate Love Story Package, which includes the assistance of a wedding planner to help organize the big day, a non-denominational wedding official, a wedding photographer (photos available at an additional charge according to the order), a three-tier wedding cake, a bottle of champagne, and a chocolate-dipped strawberries and Mimosa breakfast served in bed.

“Most large cruise lines now offer wedding packages,” says Camille. “Some can perform weddings on board while others offer in port weddings. There are certain cruise captains who can officiate. I know that Celebrity, Azmara Club, Princess and Cunard all allow on board weddings. In order to legally marry aboard, the ship has to be registered with a certain country, such as Malta or Bermuda. Legal marriage rules apply depending on where you are getting married and where the ship is registered. The proper license must be issued in Canada or a foreign port and arranged well ahead of time. Always check on which countries provide marriages that will be legal in Canada before booking. Do your homework!”
Although some ships do not have the authority to perform legal ceremonies, cruise passengers can still have a wedding on board with an arranged official, if the ship is docked at a port.

“Other ships do the weddings on their private islands, such as Holland America with weddings on Half Moon Cay or on Disney Cruises, with marriages taking place at Castaway Cay, but keep in mind that if the port is cancelled due to weather, your wedding will be cancelled as well.”

There are as many packages and variables to packages available as there are cruise lines and resorts offering couples plenty of exciting options to make their dream of a destination wedding come true.

How to Plan a Successful MultiGenerational Trip

There is no easy way to travel with a group but when the group consists of multi-generations within the same family it can prove even more challenging.  As a travel advisor, it is my job to design journeys for my clients that will leave beautiful and lasting memories.  As a wife, mother and grandmother who has taken many extended family vacations, I am also able to provide my clients with first-hand tips and tricks on how to make their multigenerational experience positive and as carefree as possible. All of these I have learned through my own family travel mistakes and successes.

One of the key factors to a successful multi-generational trip is to remember that although you are traveling en masse for a family holiday, each member of the family has their own expectations and needs. Although we cannot please everyone all of the time, if we plan our holiday right everyone will walk away happy and looking forward to the next trip. With modern medicine and healthy living, we are living longer and slowing down the aging process. Age does not dictate our lifestyle or likes and to the group, every one of like generations into the same box is one of the biggest mistakes made when planning a multi-gen vacation. Rather than focusing on the different generations in your group focus on the personalities, likes, dislikes, needs and wants.  That being said there are some key challenges that come with various ages whether it be physical or dependencies on others that need to be considered.

My best advice is to choose locations that will offer something to suit multiple interests and physical levels. Just because you are traveling en masse do not expect to spend every moment of your vacation together. Find a way to allow family members to branch off into groups or solo to pursue their own interests or just have some very important alone time. All Inclusive resorts and cruises are perfect for this type of holiday as they have multiple activities and amenities to suit all ages. Teenagers are more inclined to party late into the night and sleep in late. The rest of the family either by choice or because of their dependency on others in the family will be up at the crack of dawn and ready to start their day with the rise of the sun. When we understand the habits, wants and needs of those in our family, we are able to accommodate them and focus on the moments we are together. Choose at least one main activity each couple of days to do together whether it be hiking, boating, visiting cultural venues, etc. and then let everyone go on and do their own thing.  It is key for any multi-gen family to have at least one meal together each day.  This will be a time where natural discussions will take place reflecting on the day and sharing experiences whether it be what is forthcoming or what has already taken place.  Sharing the day’s events with each other will come naturally and everyone from young to old can and will participate with ease. These are the times when we bond with our family members and even the most sullen of teenagers will open up.  Family moments to remember and cherish!

Choose a resort/cruise ship that will accommodate any special needs that your family members may have and in the case of young children make sure there are children’s activities and child minding services. This will give parents a chance to have some “Adults Only or Couple” time which is absolutely essential.  Are there enough activities to keep the teenagers happy?  Making sure everyone has options is the key to a successful multi-generational trip.

Some of the best activities that everyone in the family can do together are those that are experiential.  Choosing easy to moderate activities will ensure that everyone can participate regardless of age or mobility whether it be hiking in the Andes, taking a Catamaran trip, visiting local towns, or playing in the ocean or pool.   Stay away from planning any activities that will make it hard or force one family member to sit out such as snorkeling where young children and infants must stay on the boat and subsequently will need an additional family member to stay behind to watch them.  Don’t plan anything that is too long or physically exhausting as this will lead to tired, grumpy and a very unhappy family.

Multi-Generation travel can be one of the most bonding and satisfying experiences for everyone in the family if it is planned right.

Always keep in mind the personalities, likes, dislikes, and needs of every family member that will be traveling. 

Allow each family member to have their guilt-free private time.

Choose activities that are inclusive and will appeal to everyone. 

Stay away from anything that requires too much focus (little children do not have the attention span for museums, galleries, etc).

Do not plan anything that is too physically demanding as this will most likely eliminate the very young and very old in the group.

The biggest shift in multi-generational travel is to have unique and experiential moments. Most of my clients are looking to take their family on trips that offer more than just sitting on a beach. They want activities, adventure, great food and for many an educational aspect to the trip. There is a shifting trend in giving whereby parents/grandparents want to spend their money on their family NOW while they are able to enjoy these experiences with them.  This “soft giving” method rather than leaving everything in a will allows them to use their money to share these special memories with their family.  

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Multi-generational trips that I have planned include Peru with visits to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, sailing around the Galapagos Islands, taking a helicopter and picnicking in Grand Canyon, heritage trips to Israel, expeditions to the Arctic and the list goes on.  There are so many places to see in the world and experience that will further enrich our lives when we share them with those we love. 

From my own personal experience, traveling with my children and grandchildren have given me memories that leave my heart full. Years later we still find ourselves sitting around a holiday table reminiscing about our trips, laughing at specific events or discussing places we saw or people we met. These are stories that we share as a family and will continue to share for generations to come.  Memories of family members who are no longer with us are richer when we can reflect and remember those special moments shared on our trips together.

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It may take some creative planning, require a bit more compromise and a whole lot of patience but in the end, multi-generational travels are priceless!

Ecuador – Pacha Mamas

This Community of Angla Parish San Pablo, Canton Otavalo province Imbabura (yes quite the mouthful)  is the home to some incredible women. Going against tradition these women took a stand and formed an alliance allowing them to practise the ways of their past.   Using the herbs and plants, all of which they grow themselves on this land inherited from their ancestors, they perform healing rituals, blend medicinal salves and educate the next generation on the traditions of their Quichuan ancestors.

This is not a place that is on the “tourist grid” and it is by invitation only that one is allowed to enter into this tight knit community.  We were very fortunate to have been able to spend time here and witness the women at work. We were honoured to be invited into the home of the Pacha Mamas living in this beautiful remote village more than 2 hours outside of Quito. When we arrived we were greeted with smiles and warm hands of welcome for us,  two Canadian strangers.

These Quichua indigenous women took time to explain to us their history and told how it was through their mothers and grandmothers before them that they learned the ways of the Earth and its power to heal both body and mind.  Although they did not speak any English and their Spanish was a mixture of old Spanish and Quichua, our guide Vivian was able to interpret as they told us of the history of the Pacha Mama, which means Mother Earth, and in particular their small group of women.  They live modestly but are proud of their Quichua  roots and blend those beliefs smoothly with their deep Catholic faith.  It was not without its challenges that the Pacha Mamas were able to establish their organization.  Even women from their own community believed that such a plight went against the moral code of the their ways and to this day make it difficult on those who dare to join.  It is therefore surprising to know that the husbands of these Pacha Mamas not only gave their blessings but helped them to construct the buildings that sit on the farm giving them shelter and a place to call their own.  Although small in numbers, the Pacha Mamas are a determined group of women who have created a beautiful inclusive community giving back to the land and people they so cherish!

Two sisters who follow their mother and grandmother as Shaman’s honoured us with a healing ritual.   As they were preparing for the ceremony the women explained how they identify plants as being either male or female and that each of those have  hot and cold varieties.  It is by blending together the right combination of plants that they are able to perform specific rites.  In our case it was one to  heal the soul and bring inner peace. We took our place in the centre of a carved cement circle  showing the directional letters representing North, South, East and West.  We watched as the Pacha Mamas prepared the plants and lit a small fire inside a bowl.  As  the scent of the blended herbs floated into the air,  a bouquet of plants was dipped into essence water and splashed upon us from head to toe.  It was hard not to feel overwhelmed and honoured by this rare opportunity.  Once the ritual was complete and we stood in silent reflection, we could both feel a  light tingling creeping its way up our skin. This, as we were told, was normal and would not be long-lasting.  To allow the rite to fully complete its circle, we were instructed to touch no one for at least an hour.  This would ensure that no other person’s bad karma could enter into our space and the power of the herbs could do their job.  It was truly an inspiring and spiritual experience.

Spending time with these incredible women left me with a desire to share their story with others.  Working together with the Pacha Mamas and our local Expert Guide, who is also our personal link to the not yet tech savvy Pacha Mamas, we have created one of a kind experiences for those wanting to take their travels to the next level.  Every trip we take allows us to write a new chapter in our book of life and for those wishing to experience a truly inspirational and unique travel immersion this one is for you!

Imagine living and working side by side with the Pacha Mamas and their families.  Learn how they use the knowledge they have gained from their ancestors to continue to preserve their land and culture.  You will share this unique experience with a small group of like minded individuals as you embark on this socially satisfying and spiritually fulfilling journey! As a small part of a bigger adventure you will travel  “Off The Beaten Tourist Path” throughout various villages in the Andes regions of Ecuador with  your personal guide experiencing the flavours, culture and handicrafts of the “Real” Ecuador.

Join us and “Travel with a Cause” !  We will work together to help you create new life chapters that are meaningful and purposeful leaving both you, the traveller, and those you meet along the way feeling more enriched for the experience!!

If you are interested in participating in our Pacha Mama Experience contact Camille Jocsak direct at  (416)347.7440 or by email at info@paradise2perfection.com

 

The Business of Romance

“…and they lived happily ever after!”…the line that we all remember most from our childhood fairytales. The characters are interchangeable but the fantasy has always remained the same. The dream of shared passion, the power of love and being able to create those magical moments of the fairytales of our youth.Romance.pngSo how did a simple fairytale concept turn the business of romance and weddings into the worldwide multi billion dollar industry is it today?

First we must look at how new and emerging technologies coupled with our need to be and have the best has impacted the way we find love. Technology has revolutionized the way we go about our daily lives so of course we would expect it to have an impact on one of the fastest growing industries of our time, the Romance Industry. We rely on technology to guide us to the perfect resources, vendors, venues and even to help us find our perfect mate with the help of dating websites and social media.

Our reliability on technology for even the most personal of items is a reflection of how we as a society have moved away from the “traditional” and become more open and accepting of change. Being able to communicate with people all over the world has given us the opportunity to open our social circle and become more diversified. We embrace individuality and have opened ourselves up to unlimited opportunities for love.

29015_250423471761762_1406353899_n-1.jpgIn recent years we have seen romantic events such as proposals, engagements and weddings move from simple private or family affairs to elaborate and sometimes public productions. The bar has been raised to include custom made rings, multi-tiered cakes, exotic floral designs, scripted proposals and custom made dress(es). Theme based weddings, multiple pre and post wedding events, destination weddings in exotic locations and of course the newest trend “trash the dress” are also in vogue. There are photographers, videographers, drones, musicians, bands, dj, wedding planners, floral designers, makeup artists, creative designers all of which are part of the production team to create a modern day wedding or romantic celebration.

The average marital age is rising and couples are waiting until they are established in their careers and have more disposable income prior to getting married. Couples want to create a memorable experience for both themselves and their guests and are willing to pay to make that happen. Whether it is a surprise proposal, a small, intimate wedding or a lavish affair for hundreds of guests today’s couple’s expect and demand perfection. They want a celebration that is unique, and will showcase their personalities and traditions but most important they want to make it about them! Today’s couple’s are not willing to settle!

The reality is that the romance industry as a whole has become more commercial and requires a multitude of skilled professionals working together to make each event a success. Technology will continue to change and impact how we do business as new applications and tools are developed. Trends will continue to change from year to year with the global demand for wedding and romance professionals’ continuing to grow.

So where is the constant in this ever changing world we live in? How can we be sure that romance never dies? Well the answer is simple…

As long as fairytales exist we will always be looking for our “…happily ever after!”

(Written by Camille Jocsak)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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