The Bridal Retreat is where wedding planning married wellness. Unlike any wedding organizers, The Bridal Retreat takes their planning beyond the actual wedding. Through their Wedding Planning Bliss Camp, couples are guided with an expansive agenda intended to foster healthy relationships between all involved in their wedding planning. Brides engage in an array of activities, including yoga, meditation, wellness talks, mindfulness, awareness, healthy meals, chef advice, journaling and many more. The brand that The Bridal Retreat wants to project is its holistic treatment toward managing a once in a lifetime event of would-be couples.
Kristin Sullivan is the chief celebration officer of The Bridal Retreat. For more than two decades, she has played a vital role in significant events in the lives of thousands. Sullivan is part of a female quintet who make up The Bridal Retreat. To her, the other four key players in her organization are her soul sisters.
First is Laura Brownwood, a nutrition enthusiast and a joy consultant. Laura aids couples in making the right choices relating to nutrition while giving tips on how to keep hold of positive emotions. Kathryn McCann, on the other hand, instructs yoga and meditation exercises and how practicing both movement and stillness daily will change your life. Next is Erin Leon, who advises after years of being in hospitality management on the resort side. As an expert in contract negotiation and budgets, Leon earned the alias ‘Numbers Ninja.’ And last is Erin Washington, who takes charge of giving lifestyle advice about maintaining balance and living the your best life. With this 5-pronged approach, The Bridal Retreat is unlike any other.
What birthed The Bridal Retreat was Sullivan on a personal sabbatical to write a book about her years in weddings. Reading through years of journals and notes from clients she uncovered the missing links, the journey to the big day is just as important if not more than the big day itself. In a rather bad memory for Sullivan, she was once a victim of disastrous wedding management. Sullivan started in wedding planning over 2 decades ago after her own special day went south. The onsite resort coordinator did not deliver what she envisioned, even when they browsed through the procedures for months. So Sullivan promised that others wouldn’t have to experience what she did. She said, “When you show up to what is to be one of the most important days in your life only to find your flowers are wrong, and you have a yacht docked in your ceremony spot, the person you worked with isn’t onsite and won’t be for your event, your videographer was more obsessed with filming his assistant than your wedding—well, you get the point.”
From 25 years of experience, Sullivan understood that there is a need for a healthy start in the planning process right after the engagement. Her strategy for forging a sisterhood out of her professional circle makes their pursuit personal. In turn, The Bridal Retreat becomes a safe place for Brides to prepare and plan. “You will leave The Bridal Retreat with bundles of tools that will last a lifetime after four days with these women. It is life-changing and makes the perfect gift for the Bride in your life,” added Sullivan.
By marrying wedding planning to wellness, Sullivan created a new brand—something that no one else has yet done.