Tobago wedding planners and vendors encouraged to say “I do” to Bride Villa
May 29, 2019
Bride Villa is a unique event produced by Caribbean Bride Magazine (CBM) for islands interested in promoting themselves in the destination weddings and honeymoons niches, and the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited (TTAL) has partnered with CBM to host Bride Villa in Tobago from June 10 to June 12, 2019.
Bride Villa will focus on strengthening Tobago’s wedding and honeymoon niche tourism product. The event will facilitate the building the capacity of relevant public and private sector individuals and organizations involved, or wishing to become involved, in this market. The Tobago Tourism Agency will also use Bride Villa as an opportunity to promote destination Tobago in the international romance travel market through the use of Caribbean Brides’ extensive database.
TTAL CEO, Mr. Louis Lewis, stated:
“We are very much aware that the strength of a destination’s romance and wedding niche lies not only within the natural assets – of which Tobago is blessed to have many – but also depends on the quality of service offered at every step of the way in planning a dream wedding or getaway.
Our strategic focus, therefore, in optimizing Tobago’s romance niche to become globally competitive, is rooted in a duality of efforts that seek to develop our internal romance product as well as our external marketing activities.”
The three day seminar includes carefully curated workshops - facilitated by international industry experts - to educate local vendors on industry trends and expectations of the romance travelers, and give local talent a platform to showcases their offerings to a global audience of industry influencers who will be present at the event.
Owner and Creative Director of Caribbean Bride, Mr. Dave Cox, who is also an international consultant on destination weddings and honeymoons, will be one of the speakers at Bride Villa, presenting on the topic Marketing Yourself with Great Images.
Mr. Cox stated: “Caribbean Bride is very excited to be working with the Tobago Tourism Agency on the Bride Villa Seminar. I believe there is tremendous potential in Tobago that just needs to be polished and presented to the world. We look forward to working more with the destination to develop this niche.”
Other workshops topics at Bride Villa include Trends in the Destination Wedding Industry, Building your Wedding Brand, Earning a Bride’s Trust Online and The Service Your Bride Expects and Deserves, among others.
At the end of the three day seminar, participants are expected to have a better understanding of the trends and techniques of the international wedding and honey moon niche market, and will receive accreditation from the Caribbean Brides Academy as a certified Destination Wedding Vendor.
Bride Villa Speakers
Jo Anne V. Brown
Lauded as a “fairy godmother” of destination weddings, Jo Anne V. Brown is the leading wedding planner in the Cayman Islands with more than 25 years’ experience in producing events for Hollywood celebrities, British royalty and other high profile clients through her full-service production company, Celebrations Ltd. She also helms JVB Design House, which provides Wedding Planning & Design services in exotic locations around the globe, curating luxurious wedding experiences.
A digital marketing expert with over 15 years of experience, Andrea Lown helps businesses big and small to create growth strategies and tactical plans including digital media, website development, content marketing, e-commerce, social media, conversion optimization and analytics. In 2008 Andrea founded SmartBrideBoutique.com, a wedding classifieds website helping brides to create the wedding of their dreams on a realistic budget without sacrificing designer style.
Deepa Mahal is a Destination Wedding Specialist for the Caribbean Seas and founder of iRockWeddings: the premier source to plan destination weddings or events that cater to differing faiths, with a high level of professionalism and care. Deepa has overseen partnerships with the Caribbean's finest hotels, tour operators and tourism boards, as well as, initiating various South Asian Wedding Programs with a number of the Caribbean's all-inclusive resort brands.
Brian is an award-winning event planner with over sixteen years of experience in the international events industry. He is the Chief Event Architect and Creative Planning Visionary of By BrianGreen LLC based in Atlanta, and Crown Events Inc. in Barbados, creating amazing events across the globe. In 2017, he was the featured guest expert on The Steve Harvey Show for his Wedding Hour segment to give advice on how to host the best wedding. He has also appeared as an event expert on (We)TV network’s show “Get Married,” for two seasons, and has been published in every major international wedding publication including Inside Weddings, Brides Magazine and Caribbean Bride.
Dave is the Creative Director at Digital Coconut and a professional photographer with over 25 years of experience working for brands like Nokia, Mercedes, and Sotheby’s International Realty. He specializes in visual storytelling showcasing the true beauty and personality of destinations. Dave is also the owner and Creative Director of Caribbean Bride, and a regular speaker at wedding symposiums on trends, romance marketing and photography.
Laura Beauparlant is an award-winning international keynote speaker, an expert on branding and design and the author of Brand Chemistry. As the founder and creative director of Lab Creative, her mission is to help ambitious entrepreneurs create strong, memorable brands that consistently attract their ideal clients. For over 15 years, Laura has helped countless small business owners and entrepreneurs gain confidence and grow their businesses through unforgettable branding.
About Caribbean Bride
Caribbean Bride is a destination wedding media company comprising Caribbean Bride magazine, Caribbeanbride.com and Bride Villa, and Lucky 13 events. Their audience is made up of couples actively seeking information to plan their destination wedding and/or honeymoon, wedding professionals and travel enthusiasts.
Caribbean Bride magazine is a leading destination wedding and honeymoon publication and the only one focused solely on the Caribbean. It is distributed online and in print in the US, Canada, UK and several islands in the Caribbean at bookstores, resorts and travel companies. The magazine has hosted wedding shows in the US and Caribbean and has acted as a consultant to leading hotels and tourism organization on romance travel.