Almost half (49%) of all American marriages now end in divorce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So it's little wonder that more and more longtime couples who have successfully weathered the ups and downs of matrimony are choosing to celebrate significant anniversaries with vow renewals.
Not a few of those stalwart sweethearts are opting to choose destination "re-weddings," and hotels and resorts in popular wedding and honeymoon spots are crafting packages, deals and perks to woo vow renewal business and honor long-term commitment.
For example, the Grand Wailea on Maui has come up with its new "Because Every Year Counts" vow renewal promotion. Under the promotion, couples booking ceremonies through Dec. 23, 2010 are entitled to a 1% discount for every year they've been married; up to 20% off private catering and event upgrades; deluxe ocean-view accommodations for the night of the vow renewal with "renewal moon" tropical flower turndown service; and the services of a personal wedding specialist.
Vow-renewal packages at the Grand Wailea, which recently underwent $50 million in improvements, start at $3,700 (or $4,200 for sunset ceremonies) and include the use of the Wailea Seaside Chapel and Chapel Gardens for the ceremony; services of a clergy member, solo Hawaiian guitarist and wedding specialist; two wedding leis; and a Renewal of Vows certificate.
Call (800) 232-4604, Ext. 2804, or visit www.grandwailea.com.
In the Caribbean, boutique all-inclusive property Mango Bay in Barbados is also rolling out the white carpet for longtime couples. Its Renewal of Vows package includes the services of a wedding coordinator and clergyman; decoration of a wedding arch; a bouquet and boutonniere; one bottle of champagne; and a one-tier, 12-inch wedding cake.
The package is priced at $750, in addition to the cost of the all-inclusive stay at Mango Bay. Nightly rates start at $385 per room, double, in standard accommodations through Dec. 14.
Couples can personalize their vow renewals by adding a la carte extras such as one hour of live steel-band music for $300; additional champagne ($100 per bottle); video ($750); a 24-photograph album ($450); a 24-photo album plus 40 digital pictures ($650); more bouquets ($50); a hair garland ($30); or hairdressing services (starting at $75.
For more, call (246) 432-1384 or visit www.mangobaybarbados.com.
For those not looking to renew vows but simply celebrate existing ones, the Migis Hotel Group's Black Point Inn in Prouts Neck, Maine is offering a Romantic Hideaway Anniversary Special.
The package is designed for stays of four to seven consecutive, off-season (Sept. 20 through Oct. 25) nights and includes a bottle of wine in the room upon arrival. Other package amenities include oceanview accommodations, full breakfast for two daily and one dinner for two in the Point Dining Room.
A four-night stay is priced at $675, before taxes and fees. Additional nights, with breakfast, cost $145 per couple. Call (207) 883-2500 or visit www.blackpointinn.com.
For its part, the Park Ridge (N.J.) Marriott is hoping to win the hearts of fiances by offering them a one-night stay each year for the rest of their marriage if they book their upcoming nuptials at the 286-room property. The Wedding Anniversary Room for Life special applies to couples booking events in the hotel's 8,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom through Dec. 31.
Free-room gift certificates can be used for Friday or Saturday night stays; other restrictions also apply. For more on the offer, contact the Catering Sales Department at (201) 307-0800, Ext. 6672. For more on the hotel, call (800) 882-1038 or visit www.parkridgemarriott.com.