playbook retreat press release

november 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Travel Agent Gets Real-Life Destination Wedding Planning Experience in the Industry’s First-Ever On-Location Training Weekend

As a part of Destination Wedding University’s inaugural graduating class, Megan Amelio was part of a select group that participated in the Playbook Retreat, the first start-to-finish destination wedding training weekend in the industry.

Chicago, IL, November 3, 2019  The world-renown travel entrepreneur Richard Branson is famous for saying, “The best way to learn about anything is by doing.”

This is precisely the idea behind the Destination Wedding Playbook Retreat, a unique, first-in-the-industry weekend that offers travel agents the opportunity to see and practice exactly every detail that goes into a destination wedding.

The Playbook Retreat is an elective capstone event for a select group of graduates of Destination Wedding University. It’s a 16-week intensive program that takes students through every aspect of becoming a destination wedding expert.

Only DWU graduates can register for this immersive weekend. In 2019, interest in the Playbook Retreat was so high that it sold out in a mere four hours, filling all 32 available spots. Megan Amelio, part of the inaugural graduation class, was one of the lucky participants. 

The moment the students arrived at Hard Rock Resort on the Riviera Maya, students were welcomed in style. There were dancers, a mariachi band, happy hours and even the ultra-luxe Rock Star Suite. For three full days, in gorgeous surroundings, participants experienced all the aspects of a destination wedding: welcome parties, food, decorations, music and entertainment, and a full wedding ceremony. Participants even got to experience luxury farewell cruises.

Representatives from Hard Rock Resort’s wedding department partnered with the Playbook Retreat and led classes. They shared their motivation and expertise on everything from social media marketing, to booking and videography. Responses to the unique training weekend were hugely enthusiastic. The consensus seemed to be: This is not your regular familiarization (FAM) trip. 

Jackie Williams, a recent DWU graduate, said, “This was an immersive Destination Weekend Experience with surprises at every turn. I truly felt like a celebrity with my own paparazzi and personal coach at my fingertips all weekend.

Will Medina, the creator of Destination Wedding U. and the Playbook Retreat is an expert in destination weddings. Medina stated, “I really wanted to design an experience that was exclusive and intimate and that would give my amazing agents a real-life, hands-on look at what goes into making unforgettable weddings.

As Medina researched the industry, he found many large conferences and seminars that offer information and how to compete in the industry. What they didn’t offer was collaboration and mutual support system among agents. 

After sixteen weeks of working together, the DWU students had formed a tight bond. Medina wanted to maintain that environment of positivity and passion. He even incorporated a training that helps students face their biggest fears. This course provides step-by-step guidance in all areas that make destination wedding planning both challenging and thrilling.

Enrollment for Destination Wedding University is expected to triple next year, with registration opening in January of 2020. Amelio knows that being part of the first group to experience something as unique as the Playbook Retreat will give her indispensable insight into exactly what makes for an unforgettable destination wedding.

Amelio said, “Taking this course was invaluable and gave me the confidence to call myself a true Destination Wedding Expert. I now have the systems in place to create a better overall wedding planning experience for my couples, as it should be. They are planning the trip of a lifetime and deserve a well organized and confident Destination Wedding Expert by their side throughout the entire process from beginning to end and I can confidently do that now.

Enrollment for Destination Wedding University is expected to triple next year, with registration opening in January of 2020. Amelio knows that being part of the first group to experience something as unique as the Playbook Retreat will give her indispensable insight into exactly what makes for an unforgettable destination wedding.

To learn more about Bridie Travel Co’s range of services and to schedule a complimentary 30 minute destination wedding design session, visit www.bridietravel.com/beachwedding.

Megan Amelio is a Travel Specialist and Owner of Bridie Travel Co. She has firsthand experience and is considered an expert in creating, planning and executing one-of-a-kind weddings in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Bridie Travel Co
Megan Amelio
(708) 613 7788
Megan@BridieTravel.com


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