Hey Ladies - I agree it is quiet around here. It's probably just the holidays. I'll give everyone a loooong status on where I'm at.
First and Foremost - I am over budget for the wedding and the honeymoon combined!!!!! Not good since my FI and I are paying for everything ourselves.
1. Ceremony is at 5 at the gazebo.
2. Cocktail Hour will follow on the beach in front of the Gazebo (Our WC confirmed that they will not be setting up during the ceremony)
3. Reception - Private in the ballroom. I think I will need AC after being outdoors for so long.
4. Honeymoon - Staying the Royal and upgrading to a Swim Out Suite after the wedding
I am hoping/praying that I can get 20 people to book so we can have a private reception. I think I will get close to it.
Flowers - Marvin
Colors - Coral/Platinum with Yellow or green accents (not sure on the accent colors)
Photog - Cecilia Dumas
Favors - Picture frames that double as place card holders
Chair Sashes - Raza Linnes: I am getting 50 for the cost of renting 25 from the resort. This way they can setup the reception at the same time as the wedding so guests do not have to wait (heard that happened in one review)
Dress - Ordered and almost paid for.
BM Dresses - Ordered and almost paid for.
Makeup - Going to book Adrian from Waves but I am waiting for MsGlave to get back so I can read her review. She used them for her wedding
DJ or IPOD?? (No Budget) - with 20 people, not sure it's worth the expense, but I really want one. FI is against it though..He wants to do the IPOD and pay the Royal to operate it. Did I mention I am already over budget??
Videographer (Budgeted $700) - I really want one, but it seems ridiculous to spend at minimum $500 for the Royal package for 30 EDITED minutes. The next package up is $700 for 60 EDITED minutes. FI hates this. We both think it would make more sense to just buy a good camcorder and enlist our buddy to operate it. At least then we get all the footage and we keep the camcorder. I've heard not too great things about doing this, but I think we will have to chance it. After the ceremony we plan to play "Pass the Camcorder" so guests can record video from their point of view. Cheesy???
Welcome Dinner or Welcome Cocktail (Budgeted $500) - I was going to do a Welcome Dinner at the resort since it wasn't in the budget to do one of the surrounding places. Then I saw a review from a Royal bride who did a Welcome Cocktail at the Royal instead to save money. I thought this was a great idea since light snacks are included, but when I priced it out, it only saved us $100 usd. Not sure if it's worth it...but then again why spend $100 to feed people at an all inclusive resort.
BM Clothes - I don't know.
That's it for now...All I can think about is that I am over budget and the wedding is in less than 4 mos!! Yikes!