Deal Alert: U.S. Virgin Islands ‘Test Drive Your Wedding’ Package From $550

~ Attend USVI Bridal Symposium July 9 – 12; Save $550 on wedding expenses ~

U.S. Virgin Islands (May 30, 2013) – The U.S Virgin Islands Department of Tourism invites U.S. brides-to-be to ‘Test Drive Your Wedding’ on St. Thomas  this July 9  –  12, at the Territory’s first Bridal Symposium. Attendees who book their destination wedding by October 31, 2013, to take place in the U.S. Virgin Islands by October 31, 2014, will receive an additional $550 credit to put toward their wedding expenses with approved local suppliers.

“As a U.S. destination, we offer unique efficiencies making it surprisingly simple to get married in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We offer a quintessential Caribbean destination wedding location with an abundance of settings to ‘tie the knot,’ from historic churches and sugar mill ruins to tropical gardens, dramatic sea overlooks and palm-fringed beaches. Best of all, no passports are required for U.S. Citizens, which makes it easy for wedding guests to attend.”

Throughout the USVI Bridal Symposium participants will learn how to plan a destination wedding in the Territory. Schedule highlights include panel presentations with featured bridal market experts moderated by celebrity host Mar Jennings. Panelists include blogger Lisa Barr, motivational speaker Simon T. Bailey, event designer Samantha Goldberg, authors Julia & Richard Markel, former Brides Editor and now wedding invitation entrepreneur Millie Martini Bratten, romance travel writer Melanie Reffers and Emily Post Institute’s Anna Post. There will also be a marketplace to meet with the destination’s leading bridal vendors as well as island tours to discover the diverse wedding ceremony and reception locations available.

This ground-only $550 per person package includes:

  • Three-night minimum stay at St. Thomas’ Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
  • Complimentary registration at the four-day USVI Bridal Symposium
  • Most meals, including three dinners
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Welcome gift bag
  • $25 shopping certificate
  • Site inspections to include ceremony locations, hotels and reception venues on
    St. Thomas and St. John

Reservations for this package can be booked on www.visitusvi.com, the official web site of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. Use booking code TDYW2013 to access the four night/five day deal.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to www.visitusvi.com, follow us on Twitter (@USVITOURISM) and become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI). When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel—including on-line check-in—making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever.  As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

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