Five Fab and Affordable Hotels To Say I Will or I Do! From Rhode Island to the Virgin Islands, WatkinsPR Highlights Top Spots for Destination Weddings

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Statistics from the 2011 American Wedding Study reveal that 18% of marriage proposals occur in December and an increasing number of couples choose destination weddings or elopement to the traditional wedding. With these stats in mind, WatkinsPR shares information on five hotels that offer affordable and unique ways to ask and say I DO. From Rhode Island to the Virgin Islands, prices of the wedding packages range from $560 to $12,000, a significant savings as an average wedding costs $26,501 according to BRIDES magazine's 2011 American Wedding Study.

Beach wedding in the Caribbean.

Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, has seen a 40% increase in elopement package sales

From Rhode Island to the Virgin Islands, with prices starting at $560, these five hotels featured below offer unique ways to say I WILL or I DO!

Statistics show that 99% of proposals are made by the groom. The question is how!? On the east coast of Florida, the beachfront Costa d’Este Beach Resort has popping the question covered with their Besa Me (Kiss Me) proposal package, which features everything needed for a perfect affair of the heart including a welcome Mojito (to calm jitters); dinner for two at The Wave Kitchen & Bar; oceanfront accommodations (because who wants to drive home after the Yes!?); a romantic turndown with champagne, chocolate and rose petals; breakfast in bed for two; and complimentary valet parking. The Besa Me Proposal Package starts at $555 per night, inclusive of taxes. For more information, call 877-562-9919 or visit

Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, has seen a 40% increase in elopement package sales, over the last year. Hotel Viking’s Elopement Package includes: two night’s accommodation in a luxurious suite; bottle of chilled champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival; couples massage at the award winning SpaTerre; breakfast in bed each morning; use of historic Kay Chapel including Justice of the Peace to perform the marriage ceremony; gourmet wedding dinner for two at One Bellevue Restaurant including wine; nightly turn down service; complimentary parking and all taxes and gratuities for $3200. For more information call 401-847-3300 or visit

Hotel Caravelle, located on the romantic island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, is making a splash with their Wet Wedding Package where couples can “take the plunge” while scuba diving. The full service package, which includes dive gear, minister, a three-night stay and more is just $1299 now though December 14 and is $1499 December 15, 2011 through April 14, 2012. For more information or to book the Wet Wedding Package, contact Hotel Caravelle at 800-524-2030 or visit    

Destination weddings are on the rise as can be seen at the Paradisus Punta Cana and the Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic. Paradisus Resorts, with Paradisus Playa del Carmen opening this winter in Mexico, offers several wedding packages including the Tailor Made Romance Package, starting at $12,000 for 34 guests including the bride and groom, is ideal for couples that want to have all of the fun and none of the fuss of a big, festive wedding in paradise. The Tailor Made Romance package includes six certificates for massages (ideal for the bridal party); a beach BBQ party with an open bar the night before the wedding; a non-denominational ceremony; bouquet and boutonnière; one-hour post-ceremony cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres; a three-hour sit-down dinner reception; wedding night in-room setup with chilled sparkling wine, Petit Fours, flower petals on the bed and scented bubble bath; and after the wedding day, the newlyweds enjoy a couples massage and a private three-course dinner. The package offers much more including upgrades and discounts. For details call 1-877-276-0872.

Lemon Tree Inn of Naples, Florida offers a “Sail Away” wedding package featuring three nights at the boutique hotel and a wedding ceremony aboard Sweet Liberty, an elegant 53-foot sailing catamaran. The package includes a two-hour boat cruise and an exchange of vows performed by a US Coast Guard Certified Captain. The package rate is $560 for two people December 15 through April 14, 2012. Each a guest aboard the boat, beyond the bride and groom, is $32 each. Taxes and gratuities are additional. Couples wanting to book the entire boat, which can accommodate up to 40 guests, is $1160 which includes taxes and gratuities. To book, call Lemon Tree Inn at 888-800-LEMO.

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