Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Celebrates 08/08/08 with an Over-the-Top Wedding Package Priced at $80,008.08

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To commemorate the upcoming once-in-a-lifetime date, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort entices lovebirds to say "I do" beachside with the 08/08/08 wedding package.

The number eight is known as a symbol of eternity, with its never ending, ongoing loops. In Chinese culture, eight is considered an exceptionally lucky number, the equivalent of American's lucky seven.* To commemorate the upcoming once-in-a-lifetime date, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort entices lovebirds to say "I do" beachside with the 08/08/08 wedding package.

The three-night weekend package at this famed Marco Island hotel comes complete with never-ending activities and pampering for the bride and groom before, during and after their big day. To coincide with the special date (which falls on a Friday, a prime wedding pick) and numerical significance, the luxurious package is priced at $80,008.08.**

The ultimate destination wedding package includes a whirlwind of events throughout the newlywed's stay, starting with their arrival Thursday, the day prior to the nuptials. The happy couple will be flown and driven in style with first-class airfare (from anywhere in the continental USA) and transported via limousine to the resort while enjoying Dom Perignon and chocolate-covered strawberries. The duo will feel like royalty as they enjoy the sprawling, 1,800-square-foot Gulf-front presidential suite, boasting a romantic four-poster bed, dual showers and Jacuzzi sleigh tub. The future Mr. and Mrs. can relax in monogrammed bath robes and slippers sporting the bride-to-be's new initials, of course, on their expansive terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Marco Island's three-mile crescent beach. Then it's off to a customized welcome reception for wedding guests. After receiving special "Message in the Bottle" invitations, containing sand from Marco Island's white sand beach, friends and family will attend either a sunset hors d'oeuvres cruise or a traditional beach luau.

During the 08/08/08 wedding weekend, the ladies of the wedding party will receive a day of pampering at the Spa at Marco Island including manicures, pedicures, facials, hair styling and make-up consultations. Meanwhile, the groomsmen will embark on a wave runner tour of the Florida Everglades or hit the links on The Rookery at Marco, the resort's private 18-hole Audubon-endorsed Marco Island golf course.

After spending the day apart, both parties will reconvene for a sunset beach wedding ceremony, which will take place under Marco Island's signature Polynesian chickee huts. An officiant will perform the ceremony while a world-class photographer snaps images of the betrothed couple reciting their vows. Following the ceremony, all guests will enjoy a white-gloved, butler-style cocktail reception on the resort's Sunset Terrace.

The five-figure package boasts an elaborate wedding reception for up to 175 guests consisting of a four-hour premium open bar, Dom Perignon champagne toast, custom-made floral centerpieces and live music. All party-goers will feast on the ultimate surf-and-turf combination of filet mignon and Courvoisier-marinated Maine lobster while Chef Yves Favier indulges everyone's sweet tooth with a decadent wedding cake. And if the bride and groom didn't get a chance to sample all the gourmet dishes served at their reception, the chef will prepare a meal of their choice delivered to the bridal suite, where strewn rose petals will be awaiting the happy couple's return.

As the perfect start to their new life together, the Marco Island Beach Resort will host an after-wedding brunch the following day complete with mimosas and bellinis for loved ones to toast the newlyweds. After the morning festivities, the newly-married pair can enjoy a relaxing 75-minute couples' massage and unwind at a private poolside cabana or chickee hut on the beach. To top off their first quiet evening alone as man and wife, couples will enjoy dinner at the resort's signature Kurrents restaurant. The following morning, the newlyweds can reminisce about their special day in paradise over breakfast at Tropiks Marco Island restaurant before being whisked away by limousine to the airport.

To book the over-the-top 08/08/08 Wedding package, please contact the resort's wedding specialist James Davison at (239) 642-2659. For those with a more intimate wedding guest list, the resort can tailor this package/price based on the number of guests attending.+

About Marco Island Marriott Golf and Beach Resort
Nestled on three miles of pristine southwest Florida white sand beaches, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is the perfect island within an island escape. Caressed by tropical breezes and inspired by a Balinese sense of harmony, balance and hospitality, this is simply, paradise found. From the magnificent new Quinn's Pool, surrounded by lush landscaping and outdoor dining and meeting spaces, to our elegant spa, private resort Rookery Golf Course, and our luxurious rooms and lanai Naples hotel suites that overlook the dazzling Gulf of Mexico, the Naples, Florida spa resort is the sanctuary for relaxation, rejuvenation, discovery and play. Our attentive concierge service, choice of shopping and Marco Island restaurants and recreational activities make Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort the choice for unforgettable family vacations and memorable business meetings. For more information, call (800) 438-4373, or visit http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/mrkfl-marco-island-marriott-beach-resort-golf-club-and-spa/.

*According to the Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2007.
**Package is based on availability and subject to change. Advance reservation required. First-class round-trip airline tickets available from within the continental United States to Ft. Myers International Airport. Additional guests available for an added fee.
+Guest accommodations not included; group rates available upon request.

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