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Have an absolutely magical time!!! I cannot wait to hear all about the amazing time that you have!

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Centerpieces for the reception dinner... if I were to just have the dinner in one of the specialty restaurants, do they supply centerpieces? And if I wanted to bring my own centerpieces (that may require some assembly), when do I provide these to the coordinator?

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Multiple responses to that one :)

 

The first option is to use the centerpieces that they have in the restaurants.  This is typically a bird of paradise in a vase or a clear lantern:

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Or you can pay extra to have decorations at your wedding site.  These will then be used as centerpieces at your wedding.  Here is my wedding ceremony site.  I paid for extra flowers on the hammock structure and along the aisles.  You can see them pointed out in red.  The one pointed out in blue was included in the wedding package and was used as a decoration at my reception as well.

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Then here is my reception.  You can see those same flowers used at the center of the tables.

 

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Here is Cheryl's Reception Centerpiece.  It was the flowers used at the center table (like mine arrowed in blue), and then they added a candle to the middle.

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Here are two of her three tables.  You can see that the main table had the included centerpiece, the rest just had the lanterns

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Or you can bring your own centerpieces and give it all to the wedding coordinator during your meeting and she'll set everything up for you. (my centerpieces included votives and the table runner that I gave her at our meeting to set up).

 

Or you can hire an outside florist and have centerpieces made for your reception, like Mariah did:

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Do you just show her pictures of the way the centerpieces should be set up and leave all the things with her when you have your meeting?

Seeing your pictures remind me of something else I wanted to ask before...

1) Would you recommend getting married at the hammock structure? It looks really pretty with all the extra flowers and the drapings, which i LOVE. But people tell me that it's really windy there, and not the greatest for pictures if you have long hair or veil flying around...

2) For those who had dinner in the specialty restaurant, did it not feel as private? Would it be recommended to do the private poolside dinner instead? I'm kind of torn right now, because I like having the privacy of the poolside dinner, but I'm a bit afraid of the rain and being outside at night.

 

3) Does the resort have other options for private dinners other than the poolside one?

 

Sorry for all the questions. I hope I'm not being annoying.

 

Thanks!

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I gave the wedding coordinator a ridiculous document that had very detailed pictures, drawings, and instructions in regards to EVERYTHING. I'm overly type a though,... So there's that. But everything was done perfectly. I loved the hammock location. There are rocks where the water breaks right in front if you and it's just gorgeous. Plus it's "private" since you can't swim at that part of the beach. However, it is very windy. I did not wear my veil due to the wind, and I had to have my hair up. But I'm not sure if the other locations are too much less windy? The dinner in the restaurant is semi private. For usually at least a half an hour, if not longer you'll be the only ones in there, so that's really nice. For me, having an outdoor reception under the stars was the only thing I wanted. Being overly type a, I knew there was a rain backup location if need be,,, but I put in an order for a gorgeous sunny day on my wedding day, so all was good :)

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Originally Posted by Tlseege View Post

 

I gave the wedding coordinator a ridiculous document that had very detailed pictures, drawings, and instructions in regards to EVERYTHING. I'm overly type a though,... So there's that. But everything was done perfectly.

I loved the hammock location. There are rocks where the water breaks right in front if you and it's just gorgeous. Plus it's "private" since you can't swim at that part of the beach. However, it is very windy. I did not wear my veil due to the wind, and I had to have my hair up. But I'm not sure if the other locations are too much less windy?

The dinner in the restaurant is semi private. For usually at least a half an hour, if not longer you'll be the only ones in there, so that's really nice. For me, having an outdoor reception under the stars was the only thing I wanted. Being overly type a, I knew there was a rain backup location if need be,,, but I put in an order for a gorgeous sunny day on my wedding day, so all was good :)

 

Our wedding location was at the gazebo and we didn`t find it too windy. There was a light breeze though, which we found very refreshing. I had a fingertip veil and didn`t notice it blowing in my face at all. It was a heavier veil that had crystals throughout as well, so that made a difference.

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Yeah, it all just depends on the day.  Mariah's wedding at the gazebo was fairly windy.  Her hair blew out of it's hold even.  So it's hit or miss, which comes with getting married outside I suppose.

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Originally Posted by Tlseege View Post

 

Yeah, it all just depends on the day.  Mariah's wedding at the gazebo was fairly windy.  Her hair blew out of it's hold even.  So it's hit or miss, which comes with getting married outside I suppose.

 

That's very true. I guess it was a risk we had to take deciding on a destination wedding anyways. I'm still trying to decide which location to have the ceremony, and seeing your pictures, Trisha, is pushing me back towards the hammock now. The extra flower arrangements REALLY added to it and makes it look so much nicer. 

 

Oh, for the set up of decorations that you bring yourself, does the resort charge you extra to set these up for you?

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