Local Oak Park Travel Professional Graduates With In-Demand Destination Wedding Certification


[PRESS RELEASE] Oak Park, MI. September 9, 2019 – Destination weddings currently account for 25% of all weddings annually. As a segment, it continues to grow each year across demographics. Dana Braun — a local travel agent who has been serving the Northwest Ohio area as well as couples all over the United States for over 4 years — recognized there was increasing demand for travel experts who can create unforgettable weddings in the world’s most beautiful places.


Ms. Braun also knew that she had questions about the practical and business ins and outs of this complex space and needed professional guidance. “This niche requires a specific skill set that’s very different from other types of travel planning. Agents who try to dive in without mentoring get overwhelmed really quickly, and I didn’t want to fall into that,” Braun said.

In the Fall of 2018, Braun saw that Will Medina — a nationally-recognized travel agent with nearly a decade of destination wedding planning experience — had launched Destination Wedding University and its flagship training program called The Destination Wedding Playbook.

Braun jumped at the opportunity for top-tier professional training in this fast-growing industry segment.

The 15-week virtual course is hosted live weekly by Medina and features four in-depth modules that cover topics like finding a niche, client attraction, consistent conversion, and automation of services for peak efficiency and organization.

Ms. Braun was part of a cohort of 34 enthusiastic students for the initial launch. In a few weeks, she will graduate as a certified Destination Wedding Expert, with focused training on how to plan, set up, organize, and deliver one-of-a-kind destination weddings.

“This program provided me the tools and systems to manage and design intricate travel itineraries while growing my confidence, knowing that I am that working with the best suppliers and partners to provide exceptional service while allowing me to make the planning process stress-free and enjoyable for my couples.”

With enrollment for Destination Wedding Playbook expected to triple in 2019, Ms. Braun is also excited to be on the leading edge of a growing trend. “As a travel expert and business person, I’m always looking for ways to grow and learn,” she said. “I can’t wait for what’s next.”

To learn more about Dana Braun Travel Design’s range of services and to schedule a consultation, visit www.danabrauntravel.com

Dana Braun Travel Design is an award-winning travel agency located in Oak Park, MI specializing in creating and managing extraordinary destination weddings, honeymoons and group travel itineraries in Mexico and the Caribbean.



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