Child friendly weddings abroad
Many couples planning a second marriage are tempted by the idea of an overseas wedding but are understandably keen to ensure that any children from their first marriages are involved and can enjoy the event.
Deserted beaches and moonlit walks aren’t necessarily a high priority in these situations!
Antigua’s best-loved all-inclusive resort, the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, is the perfect destination for couples to have a child-friendly honeymoon. Nestled in 40 acres of beautiful lush gardens with stunning sea views, Jolly Beach is offering newlyweds an idyllic family getaway or ‘familymoon’, where children and relatives can join in with the wedding celebrations.
Jolly Beach now organises and accommodates wedding ceremonies that involve the children. If they are under 18, the sons are allowed to be best man, holding and presenting the rings to the marriage officer, and the daughters can be flower girls or the maid of honour. If the children are over 18, they can fully participate in the wedding and sign on behalf of the bride and groom. Beverly King, award-winning wedding coordinator at the resort, says that some couples that are remarrying even exchange rings with the children, or participate in a sand ceremony that signifies the joining together of the two families.
Jolly Beach Resort and Spa can then provide everything the whole family will need for an enjoyable familymoon.
When the newlyweds want some privacy, there are endless activities to keep the children busy; the resorts famous Kidz Club has a host of activities for all ages including a playground, outside games including dodge ball, aqua aerobics, nature walks and, for the younger member’s, Caribbean story time.
Teenagers won’t be stuck for entertainment either, with the Jolly Teenz Club they can enjoy night-time BBQ’s on the beach and a games area with a Nintendo Wii and Xbox, air hockey, ping pong and indoor basketball.
One of the biggest joys of the familymoon is being able to spend quality time together. Have a night of stargazing and roasting marshmallows over an open fire, or try group lessons of kayaking or sailing. Take a snorkelling or scuba diving trip, or choose from one of the largest ranges of water sport equipment found in the region including Hobi Cats, Sunfish Sailboats, Aqua Finns, Windsurfers, Kayaks, Paddle Boats, Surfbikes, and Float Mats. If all that sounds too exhausting, why not all relax around one of the resorts two swimming pools? Or take the whole family down to laze on the beautiful white sand beach by the glittering Caribbean Sea.
The resort features in most leading UK tour operator’s brochures including Kuoni, Hayes & Jarvis, Thomas Cook Signature and Thomson Tailormade.
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