Wedding Bells at TAW

Kenneth Shapiro At TravelAge West we always strive for first-hand reporting, and this issue’s cover story delivers that and then some. The story, “Destination Weddings” (page 20), was written in part by TAW Associate Editor Janeen Christoff and Assistant Editor Jamie Wetherbe, both of whom are engaged

By: Kenneth Shapiro

At TravelAge West we always strive for first-hand reporting, and this issue’s cover story delivers that and then some. The story, “Destination Weddings” (page 20), was written in part by TAW Associate Editor Janeen Christoff and Assistant Editor Jamie Wetherbe, both of whom are engaged to be married next year. Obviously these two were a perfect fit for the assignment and they learned a few things in the process.

“A destination wedding can help couples avoid some stress, especially with a wedding planner or coordinator included in a package,” Christoff said. “But it can be hard to articulate specific details in an e-mail or over the phone. Agents should make sure that couples booking a destination wedding can handle not having total control over things.”

Wetherbe is having a destination wedding herself, at her mother’s home in New Mexico, while she and her fiance live in L.A.

“I’ve never wanted my wedding to be a large production,” she said, “and the way we’re having it now, we get to spend more time with the people who are able to come. Most of them will make a mini-vacation out of it, so they’ll be in town a few days.”

According to industry figures, the destination wedding market has grown 200 percent in the last decade, with average commissions running well into the thousands. So we think you’ll benefit from this article, too.

Finally, you may have noticed a new icon on this page (below) in honor of the magazine’s recent run of publishing honors, including two Maggie Awards from the Western Publishing Association, and a national Silver medal from the American Society of Business Publications Editors (see page 8). We were also selected in the Top 25 trade publications in the world (single issue) by the Trade, Association and Business Publications International organization.

Congratulations are due to the great staff of writers, editors and designers I have the honor of working with, and also thank you for your loyal readership. K.S.

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