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I was curious of the food at your dinner reception actually. I was told they would cook the steak entree all the same and can't be requested made to order cook. I like mine medium rare and afraid the dinner reception may come out to too dry

She is talking about her reception lol. She said it was delicious. I have heard only great things about the reception dinners at Sensatori! Only negative I only ever heard was from BDR but that's a totally different kitchen/resort!

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Sorry about previous post. It's Le Chique. I have attached pics of food.

1. Dessert at Caribbean restaurant

2. Room service

3. The next few are pics at Le Chique. They are small portions as you try 15 different foods.

4. The last pic is an iPhone pic (will get prof photos in 60 days) of my bridesmaids and me. They wore short mint colored dresses with gold sandals. My gift to them was Kendra Scott earrings.

 

I know a lot of people have asked questions about a DJ. I would highly recommend getting one. We had DJ All Music which was $1500. He played all the music we requested and made sure everyone was on the dance floor having a good time. I liked not having to worry about changing songs and the whole music situation. He also did the MC. One song on our song list we submitted ended up not being a good dance song and he picked up on it right away and made a good transition to keep the party going. It was well worth the money. Also during our special dances he had a bubble machine that gave us incredible pictures.

 

Another reason I recommend a DJ is that the next day we saw a reception on the beach that had a DJ and the one at Plaza Zavas didn't, and surprisingly you could hear the music from the other wedding up at Plaza Zavas. From my understanding even if you have a speaker, a DJ from another wedding could still be heard.

 

Sunscreen....I know it's an odd topic to bring up but it's important. We saw a bride that was very burned with lines on her back in her wedding dress. Make sure to wear lots of sunscreen as the sun is much stronger there. Again I'm a Texan and sun/heat is our everyday life but it got a few of our guests pretty good. The other reason I bring this up is to let brides know to bring extra bottles. I lost mine the first day and went to the store at resort to buy more and had to pay $31 for a bottle that I would have normally paid $7 for. Ouch!

 

Spa/massages...DO THEM! We got the 2 for 1 sky massage with our wedding package and booked it for the morning after the wedding. Such a great idea. I thought it would be a little hot to do it outside, but it's in the shade and the location has a really nice breeze. Both my husband and I really enjoyed this and recommended that my parents get one. They called me the next day to say how amazing it was. My aunt and uncle ended up having 2 massages while they were there as they were so pleased with the first one...my brother and his wife also opted for 2.

 

At night we usually went to the mojito bar. Some of the evenings they had a live band playing. We did our 'send off' at the mojito bar but it wasn't quite a send off as we stayed and danced with everyone. I had brought bubbles and bells with us and while my husband and I were doing our last dance at Plaza Zavas, everyone went up to the mojito bar. When we arrived they were in 2 lines right inside the entrance and my brother had the band introduce us and we came in as everyone cheered and blew bubbles. The band then played a sweet love song and everyone danced with us. It was a fun way to keep things going as the reception flew by.

 

It was such an amazing night and I wish I could do it all over again. With our photography package we will be getting a video and I can't wait to see it. I'm very happy we paid the extra money for the video so we can go back and watch it throughout the years. We should have all our retouched pics and video within 60 days.

 

Flowers...I got my bouquet and 6 bridesmaids ones through Lomas. I also added ribbon the the bridesmaids'. They were beautiful and I was very happy with the outcome. I believe mine was meant to have 24 flowers. I didn't actually count them, but it was the perfect size! The WC called me a few hours before the wedding and said the flowers had arrived and he personally delivered them to my room.

 

Groomsmen room...with our package we got a room for the groomsmen the day of the wedding to get ready in. We opted to not have the room as they had to be out at 530 and they would then have to take all their belongings to their room. Instead one of the groomsmen offered his room for them to get ready in. The hotel brought a variety of appetizer and bottles of liquor to the room for the guys.

 

Men's clothing...IMPORTANT. My FI wore dark dress pants, white button up, vest and tie. At the reception (after first dance) he took off vest and tie due to the heat. I think his outfit went well. He said that there is no way he could have worn a coat. Also, we saw another wedding where the groom was wearing lighter colored clothing. Because he had been sweating he had sweat marks on his bottom and other unfortunate places. I never thought about sweat marks on the clothing for the men, so keep this in mind :) Since our men had darker pants, I believe it hid all sweat marks. My dad did wear a coat for the ceremony as he was insistent on it, but wore a short sleeved shirt underneath. At the reception he took off the jacket and wore just the nice short sleeved shirt.

 

I know many of us stressed over the time the Miami WC would get back to us, but I promise you it all comes together! They are more responsive as the closer it is to your wedding date. Also, the onsite WC can help fill in any gaps. Please let me know if you have any questions as we definitely relied on this site to plan the wedding and don't know what I would have done without all of you :) :) :)

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@@Cj1053 I cant thank you enough for all your updates and experiences posted here. Also I am happy to know that you have an amazing time, as each of us always dream to live that :)

 

More questions:)

What shoes did  you use with your dress? I was thinking to use flip flops with a wedge for the beach and heels for the Ceremomy at Plaza Zavas. I am worried that I get buried with any kind of shoes in the sand.

 

How long would you recommend to use the photographer? we also are looking to get the mini video clip.

Regarding your food I believe you chose the "pick and choose" plated menu with two entree options for more than 31 people?

What prices were the bouquets for your bridesmaids? I have looked at bouquets for $60 but someone wrote on the board that you can ask for them a la carte for cheaper.

Did you get ready with all of the bridesmaids or every one got dresses separately and met later?. I am curious because I am planning to pay for their hair style and would like to book in advance since you have recommended. I just don't really know if they should come to my room and we all will get ready (hair-makeup) or we all will go to the salon (I also have 6 bridesmaids and kind of want to know whats best since too many in my room might be stretchy) 

 

Thanks for the all the info and things that do not come to our minds like the men's clothing and the sendoff after the ceremony. My TA who is helping a LOT with the WC in Miami told me that we will make sure they announce to meet at Plaza for the reception after the ceremony. That is great that you mentioned it..thank you so much!!!

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@@Cj1053 I cant thank you enough for all your updates and experiences posted here. Also I am happy to know that you have an amazing time, as each of us always dream to live that :)

 

More questions:)

What shoes did  you use with your dress? I was thinking to use flip flops with a wedge for the beach and heels for the Ceremomy at Plaza Zavas. I am worried that I get buried with any kind of shoes in the sand.

 

How long would you recommend to use the photographer? we also are looking to get the mini video clip.

Regarding your food I believe you chose the "pick and choose" plated menu with two entree options for more than 31 people?

What prices were the bouquets for your bridesmaids? I have looked at bouquets for $60 but someone wrote on the board that you can ask for them a la carte for cheaper.

Did you get ready with all of the bridesmaids or every one got dresses separately and met later?. I am curious because I am planning to pay for their hair style and would like to book in advance since you have recommended. I just don't really know if they should come to my room and we all will get ready (hair-makeup) or we all will go to the salon (I also have 6 bridesmaids and kind of want to know whats best since too many in my room might be stretchy) 

 

Thanks for the all the info and things that do not come to our minds like the men's clothing and the sendoff after the ceremony. My TA who is helping a LOT with the WC in Miami told me that we will make sure they announce to meet at Plaza for the reception after the ceremony. That is great that you mentioned it..thank you so much!!!

Hi,

I wore sandals for beach and reception. They were super comfortable and easy to dance in. They were the same ones as my bridesmaids. It was hard to walk in the dress on the sand even in sandals, so I can picture heels in the sand being difficult. However it's much easier to move around once on the concrete and if you're wanting to switch to heels that would be best time.

 

I would recommend photog for 6 hours. I had them for 5. They arrived at 5 pm (wedding was at 6) and they left at 10. Reception ended at 11. I will say our photog was very creative and I'm so anxious to seeing our pics. He had us stand on picnic tables within the palm trees as the sun was setting. He showed us some on his camera and you didn't see the picnic tables in the pics but our sillouettes as well as the palm trees. I hope that description made sense.

 

Yes, that is correct regarding our plated meal. We had 42 ppl. It was so good. Because our meal had a dessert with it we didn't do a big cake. We got the $60 cake so we would have something to cut. During the cake cutting we had the DJ play the song 'I wanna grow old with you' by Adam Sandler from the Wedding Singer and it was too cute.

 

The WC told me that you can have bridesmaids bouquets made the same as yours and pay $15 less and it will be just a tad smaller. I was worried they would be too small and they were the perfect size. I want to say they were $60 to $65 each. I ended up upgrading my bouquet last min to $100. The ribbon on each bridesmaids flowers were $10 and it looked very nice. Because my bouquet was $100 it included the ribbon. I had 5 tables with vases for 5 bridesmaid flowers to go into. I used the 6th bridesmaid one as my toss bouquet. There may be a different way to make them cheaper than $60 but I'm not sure. The only flowers we did at the wedding were the bouquets and I was worried it might look bare without more, but with the beach setting, less is more!

 

I told my girls they didn't have to have their hair done at the salon. I knew I had appts so I just asked them to be in my room at 430 and one of my bridesmaids had a key to let everyone in Until I got there. I told them to come mostly ready but could put dress on and what not in room. When I came in they all had their hair up and it looked so good. Turns out one of my bridesmaids put everyone's hair up and I was super impressed. If all of us were getting dresses all at once in the room I could see where it would be too crowded.

 

Something we did that I really enjoyed is that my FI and I got cards for each other to exchange before the ceremony. His best man brought me my card and it made my heart melt. It was special and so happy we did it. I found his card and the cards for our parents on etsy. The one I got they customized and I was able to figure it out exactly. The front said "I've loved you for 757 days".

 

With the salon, you can book those appts now through your WC. They have to confirm them with salon, so takes a moment to get added to your detail sheet. If you have them come to your room it's an extra 10% fee. I think you could make the salon work and just go 3 girls at a time. If you book salon now and once you get there want to change it to your room I'm sure they will work with you on that. I think it would be nice to do it in the room that way you don't have to worry about going from salon to room with your hair and makeup done. I also had to wait until going to my room to do any other 'getting ready' tasks so I felt a bit rushed once I got back.

 

So glad to hear this info is helping :)

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@@Cj1053 Which photographer did you use?

 

Was going to go with the BBQ option for food but it may be cheaper to do pick and choose. I was scared the plated dishes would be not so good but your review says otherwise!!

With the pick and choose, do I have to have each guest tell me which entree they want?

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@@Cj1053 Which photographer did you use?

Was going to go with the BBQ option for food but it may be cheaper to do pick and choose. I was scared the plated dishes would be not so good but your review says otherwise!! With the pick and choose, do I have to have each guest tell me which entree they want?

I heard good things about the BBQ. I truly did enjoy our meal though. We got the salad with shrimp on it and the shrimp was seasoned perfectly with a delicious dressing. Yes, we had to give them the numbers on lobster or salmon ahead of time. In our invites we just said something like please let us know your entree preference and listed the 2. We provided our email address for people to respond to. There is a slight price difference between the entrees so thats another reason you have to provide numbers ahead of time. It was also nice to be seated at the wedding and be served.

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@@Cj1053 during the dinner reception how did you let the wait staff like which guest is eating which entree?

I think she mentioned in above post that she had the seating chart/meal selection to the onsite planner so they knew and went over this in their planning meeting. Many brides put a symbol on the dining/seating cards too- "shell stamp for salmon, starfish for lobster" for example... And then give a back up seating chart with selections to the head waiter.

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@@Cj1053 Which photographer did you decide on?

We went with James through Sarani. Won't get pics for 60 days but here is a pic my brother took with his camera while we were doing our photos.I can't remember if I discussed this in a post or personal message to a bride, but he had us stand on tables under palm trees.

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