Our ceremony is on beach with reception in the garden the day after yours! We also went with the free wedding, just seemed more flexible, one of my bridesmaids is a hair stylist and the other is a makeup artist which definately helps.
our photographer will be staying at the resort so like the other ladies have mentioned, that will "by-pass" the $350 vendor fee. depending on whether you're doing first look photos or not, 1/2 hour might not be enough and 2 hours after the ceremony might be too much.....
i asked about the tres leches cake too, but was told they cannot do it for outdoor receptions during that time of year as it will melt. i did read some time ago that a bride was told she couldn't have it prior to her wedding, but requested it upon arrival and got it.....i figure it doesn't hurt to ask when we get there, but in case, I'm going to choose another flavour that i'd be ok with too.
i've heard great things about the beef and the paris chocolate shell =)
hope this kinda helps! See you there~~
Originally Posted by violagirl
Wow, what an incredible amount of helpful info to be found here! My fiance and I are booked at the gazebo for the wedding,cocktail hour and reception on May 21. We decided to go with the free wedding, as it didn't seem like much more money to pay the extra for the hotel, given the cost of the wedding packages...also, we wanted to choose our own photographer, bouquet, cake, etc, and didn't really want the options that came with the wedding packages.
I'm very lucky to have three guests (one is family) that are professional hair stylists...so, no worries there. Also, I plan to do my own makeup (I have been researching and shopping for several weeks already But, the one outside vendor issue I haven't seen addressed on this forum is the photographer.
Does anyone know, will we have to pay the $350 vendor fee to use an outside photographer? Has anyone had any luck adding their photographer to the guest list, or finding another way around the vendor fee?
With the photographer--how have people divided up the time? We have a four-hour package with Blue Lens Caribe. I was thinking a half hour before the wedding, the wedding, 1-2 hours after and then 1 hour of the reception. Anyone have suggestions on how to best use the photographer?
Also, what have people experienced as far as guests staying outside of the The Royal? Can guests staying at the Gran Porto get into the The Royal, or is it true that all individuals not staying at The Royal can only come in for the wedding and reception? If my family and members of the wedding party can't get in, it will be pretty daunting to not be able to get ready together.
Last, any thoughts on the food choices for the reception? We are having a private reception, and I'm just wondering if anyone has recommendations for the menu? I keep reading about a cake--tres leches--but this does not seem to be on the menu.
Sorry for the long list questions. And I'm sure there are more to follow