Thank you so much for the suggestions! It's so hard to get the full picture since I have never been there. The thought of twisted lights and lanterns did not even cross my mind. I was stuck on it being so casual looking when I wanted a little more elegance. I don't want it stiff, but I don't want a beer party. You know? We will have between 30-40 people. Right now we are at 30,a nd some people say they are coming in addition to that, but you know how that goes. Do you think Palapa Youg is too cozy for a reception area? I was thinking that the tables would be on the sand and we could use the platform for dancing. Maybe I should encourage flip flops? I think I will ask my coordinator about Zocolo, but maybe tomorrow. I have sent her something like 2 or 3 emails since I got her. I don't want her to think I'm crazy! I'm just a little anxious at this point, and happy that I feel like I have somebody in my corner.
Originally Posted by nv+gms
I loved the palapa yoga for my coctail party but I think you should think about the number of guests you will be having. We had 33 guests with a few stand up tables and the canape station set up on the platform and it was pretty cozy. Of course all of our fun extended out into the sand when the dancing got going. Are you planning to set up tables on the beach and use the platform as a dance floor?
Thoughts on decor: lanterns, lights twisted around the poles, sheers and all the flowers you use from your ceremony (hanging flowers would be nice on the two poles facing the sea). The ceiling to the structure is not high - so that is something to consider when thinking about how much you want to hang (you could probably get exact measurements from them if this is important for you).
Other considerations: are your guests wearing heels? I'm pretty sure the platform was constructed of wooden planks that may be a bit hard to dance on. When we danced on the beach - everyone removed their shoes even though the sand is relatively firm. However - you could rent a dance floor.
Also note: The area is flanked by day beds with canopys that cannot be moved (on each side of the palapa yoga platform). The main area you get to work with is the area directly in front of the palapa yoga extending to the sea (the back of the palapa yoga area a small area of sand followed by a wall and it is where the bar was set up for our party).
If you need a bigger space and Zavas is not available - did you consider Zocolo (Mexican restaurant) - they have an area that is outdoor overlooking the sea but also covered overhead (bonus if it rains). This is part of a restaurant though - they provide you with a semi-private dedicated section. I did not see it used for a wedding but I've heard that it is a good area.
Originally Posted by bryteyedbride
Glad you had a great experience. I am having a legal wedding at the resort too, so I am relieved to hear how well it went for you. Congratulations on being a Mrs.! I have Palopa Yoga for my reception because Zavas was already booked. Any suggestions on how to make it look nicer?
I have to tell you - I was in the same boat during my planning process with the WC in Miami. Their focus is on the current weddings (1-2 months in advance). You will find this extremely refreshing when it comes close to your date b/c they respond back and forth over several emails within minutes/hours of your questions.
However, I know that this does not ease your mind right now. What I found helpful is lining up a whole list of questions and requests and then scheduling a conference call. Another strong recommendation I have is populating your own spreadsheet (aka detail sheet) - if you don't already have one from the WC - ask for it. Track your changes by highlighting new additions, colour code fonts where you have questions and keep all your files. Use the spreadsheet as your source of communication and not sporadic questions in a cascade of emails. I also kept up on these forums - jotting down questions, thoughts etc and consolidating them into one spreadsheet before sending - most of what you can/can't do is already posted somewhere in here!
Hopefully something in what I said can help you not worry. Everything will be beautiful in the end!
Originally Posted by bryteyedbride
I don't know if Angie left.
I THINK I will be getting a new DW.com specialist in the next few days too. I have not cared for mine for several months, but was trying to just deal with it. My sister really got upset with her earlier this week, and that kind of got changes rolling. I had pretty much just stopped communicating with the DW specialist except for on an absolutely "as necessary" basis.
I have to say that when I spoke to customer svc at DW.com the representative (Amber) was very nice and genuinely concerned that this be a pleasant experience for me. When I last spoke to Angie she told me that their priority was the January and February weddings. Amber let me know that my wedding should be a priority even though it is months away.
bryteyedbride - I haven't ordered the dancefloor even though it looks awesome. It wouldn't be big enough for our group (80ish expected) so we decided to skip it for now. I REALLY REALLY wish they'd allow the cold fireworks. I asked my new coordinator again just in case she gives me a different answer. Do we know if Angie left?? I sort of told my DW.com TA that she wasn't getting back to me about things but I was actually pretty nice about it!?
TLGnhci - oh good! Glad you like Erika so far!
We did ours at about 10am on a nice Sunny day. The earlier - the better - less people on the beach and not too hot. A sunset one would have been nice too but it gets dark really fast so you need to be sure you have ample time for photos. The other thing to consider if doing a sunset shoot - another wedding may be happening on the beach at the same time so it may restrict the location shots (e.g., pier area especially). We had limited sun on our trip so we adjusted the date and time as weather permitted.
Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR
Question for you girls doing TTD at Azul... Are you doing it sunrise, sunset, or somewhere in between?