Originally Posted by Canadagoose
I have a question for Trace and Sandy,
How was the food for your wedding dinner? I've been looking at the menu options that Jessica sent me and it really doesn't sound like there are very many dishes served. I find this especially worrying as neither one of us likes fish or seafood.
What do they mean by 'Standard Decoration'? What does that include both for the ceremony and the reception?
Are white chair covers included with the price?
How much extra do they want for coloured sashes?
What do you think is better value: the Gold star package (with the rest being a la carte) or the Dream wedding package with more included, but a significantly higher price?
Check out my review on trip adviser, it may help answer some questions for you! http://goo.gl/rwb8L
To answer your questions here - the food was fantastic. I was actually blown away by the quality as I was expected average, hotel food and what we received was well above any of our expectations! Like you, we are not fish/seafood people and went with the steakhouse dinner (Which was also our favourite a la carte.. bloomin onion appetizers there!!!) So, our meal included a salad to start (wedge style, beautifully presented and very tasty) then soup (onion, nothing special). Main course was grilled ribeye presented on grilled pineapple with potatoe/veggies and it was DELICIOUS! We were able to have a vegetarian option for those who wanted, but we had to gather the #'s in advance. We chose the veg lasagna for them and I was told it was delicious in itself. For the children, we had them send chicken fingers/fries.
My set up would be a really good representation, I believe, of "standard set up" as I paid zero dollars for any additional decor. White chair covers, white fabric canopy, burlap runner, microphone, DJ to play my ipod before and during ceremony. The same can be said for our reception, we had it in the convention centre and the only decor I brought from home the maracas as take-aways for the tables and some oversize balloons I had got for cheap online. Everything else was the work of Alejandra, I paid not one extra cent for any of the table decor you see in my pictures. It should also be said that I am soooo not picky about a "theme" , all my request was white, white, white. And what I saw was beyond my expectations considering my limited opinion. **Disclaimer!** Some might say the table set up is "too simple" but I hate at weddings when there isn't even room on the table to put your camera down or you can't see the person across from you because of some centerpiece you forget about the moment you have your first drink. The menus on tables were a surprise to me as we had never talked about that with Alejandra and although we had sent along a pre-determined seating chart, I hadn't given anything thought at all (bride brain) about how we might display it. She saw the oversight and took care of it by printing out a fantastic display and setting up a table for it without even a single drop of sweat on my part.The lighting was compliments of my DJ, DJ Doremixx who was by far the best DJ we've ever had the pleasure of partying to in North America. No lie. He was that good and worth every single penny. The only thing I would have not done was put up the tacky "cory and tracy" banner, but my Mother had dragged it all the way from Canada without me knowing it (it was up at my shower) so who was I to say no? meh.
We were never offered the Gold package so I can't compare for you, although I do know that Alejandra did a quick comparison in pricing at our request at our meeting after we arrived and the dreams package ended up being better value for us due to the amount of people we had (95).
Jessica, I posted some pics at the bottom to give you and the others an idea of just how long the walk is before hitting the beach. hope that its helpful.