I saw a wedding reception at Zavas Plaza. What do you mean by privacy? I realized no where on the resort is really private. We had beach wedding and beach reception. People were able to stand and watch the wedding and the reception. I thought our reception was private since it was away from the mojito bar & pool bar where everyone pretty much hangout all night. Also, I was pretty annoyed with the wedding party when they were blasting the music until late late night. Our music was loud but by the beach so it did not disturb too many people. It is taped off around the Zavas Plaza but don't think that people are not around to watch and possibly crash your wedding reception
We had our dinner reservation as a rehearsal dinner at SPOONS. The food was DELICIOUS!!! I was really surprised at the food quality and staffs.
We took about an hour to take pictures after the ceremony and told everyone to stay at the reception area!!! You can open the reception bar first so people can start drink and wait for you. You don't want people to be missing when you guys come back and be introduced.
by the way, we picked our signature drink when we got there. it's called mango tango. everyone LOVE the drinks when we had our rehearsal dinner. So instead of mojitos we had mango tango for toasting after the ceremony. it was frozen drinks but they were soooo good.
when they say buffet... it's really not buffet. we had our beach reception near the bbq area. remember that we had family style meals. they cooked all the food right on the bbq grills and waiters carried BIG platters with food and served everyone. each table had the big platter with the leftover food and they were able to trade food with others and serve themselves more later. we had our private server just for two of us to make sure we are served. and there were 4-5 other waiters serving our guests. we had about 27 guests. it was the BEST. so many variety of food... we wanted to make sure we provide good food for the wedding. we had the same thought... they all paid to be at all inclusive resort and did not want to have just steak or chicken or fish. we had that option for our rehearsal dinner. we had more than enough food. people were sooo stuffed and cannot finish the plates. they do not replenish the food. let me know if you have any questions.
Originally Posted by nv+gms
Great planning journal! Congrats!
I have the same number of people. I am having a private reception at Zavas plaza. #1 I wanted the privacy #2 I like the look of the location #3 its yours for the entire time scheduled #4 private bar = quick service.
Afterwards - I just learned today that the "teen club" transforms at 11pm into an adults only dance club with dj. My coordinator (who was on site for a 10-10-10 wedding) said that it was more lively than the mojito lounge. Mojito lounge has some music/bands but definitely more subdued according to my TA - e.g., no dancing. When I asked if it was "teen like" in appearence - she said no. Maybe brides that have been can give their opinion on the quality of the teen hangout turns adult only after 11???
I am doing a coctail reception but as a welcome cocktail. The time in between my ceremony and the reception will probably be less than 1.5 hrs - I am going to advise people to gather at a bar for a drink in between or go back to their room for a siesta if desired!
I am almost 100% certain that we will go with that menu. I think it has something for everyone. That or the Mexican buffet.
Reasons: versitile menu - people can select what they want.
Trade-off: There is no pick and choose menu that allows guests to decide what they want. I don't feel comfortable "choosing" a menu for over 40 people when they have already paid to stay at an all-inclusive resort where every restaurant allows them to choose according to their tastes.
What I would have preferred: a pick an choose menu with some variety that is plated and served. (from what I understand - doesn't exist)
My TA told me that many items are placed into warming dishes and then there is a BBQ set up to cook/grill main courses. I'm assuming that they replenish as needed.