I can't be of much help on the exotic gazebo info- I didn't even know they had that LOL
But, for pictures, remember that you're photographer is a professional- He/she can make the darkest of nights look like sunrise! I've seen some amazing images shot during dusk and they are spectacular! One I remember seeing [not sure where, I'll try to find] is when it was pouring rain on the beach and the shot taken you would have NEVER known- plenty of light and the rain actually made the picture even better! I would say Google images so you can see firsthand what can be done at different times of day. I would also ask your photographer, after all, they will know better than anyone! They will be sure to get the best shots at the perfect time! The first look prior to the wedding, completely up to you- I know some brides are a big "no" when it comes to seeing to FI before walking down the aisle. I think I will do the first look b/c it's those raw moments & emotions between just the two of you that I want to have forever. I want to walk down the aisle w/o crying my eyes off seeing him LOL But it's a personal choice, but either way any moment will be right and your photographer will know it =)
Buying duty-free liquor is a great idea!!! You can also take a trip into the towns by the resort for liquor, but I'm not sure which one will be cheaper- I'd go duty-free b/c they can't rip you off haha!
I think it's a good idea to have a little something in your room for when you have guests come by and just want to relax on that gorgeous balcony!! And for those who aren't happy with the strength of drinks being made on the resort, tell them to ask the bartender to double up on the liquor and throw him a few bucks I wouldn't worry so much about this, b/c if guests want stronger drinks they'll ask or drink more LOL
Hope this helps
Has anyone done the Exotic Gazebo? It's a MUCH better deal if you are doing white sheers. You get the sheers (wrapped around the poles), two large floral corsages and rose petals from 48 roses for $250. Just white sheers and 2 large corsages are $320. Murmel you mentioned that you didn't have them wrap the sheers around the posts. I asked my coordinator, even though you said not too , and she said that you had to wrap them. Will it really not be a problem when I get with the onsite coordinators to have them left loose? Also....the exotic gazebo has a thatched roof, is that something they put on the gazebo at Sensatori if you choose the exotic package? Because the gazebo there is plain. If there is no thatched roof added, do you know what the top of the gazebo would look like if you did have them wrap the sheers around?
Also, I want my wedding to be at sunset, so we've scheduled it for 5:00 at the end of January. Sunset begins at 4:50 and is set at 5:30...this will make for amazing wedding photos I figure. My question is....what do you think I should do about pictures of my FI and I? Should we try and do "first look" photos before the wedding to have sunlight, is there enough light at the resort to do the majority of pictures after the wedding? I figure we'll do individual family pictures prior to the wedding just trying to get my head around the timeline of the rest of them and the amount of light there will be and the amount of light required! Has anyone seen "post sunset" pictures taken at the resort? Have any ideas where I might find some?
Someone mentioned, possibly in this thread, or maybe in reviews I read that they purchased bottles of liquor duty free and brought them into the resort to make their drinks stronger. I don't need stronger drinks, I don't think , but my parents have gotten a honeymoon suite and we would like to do a little entertaining on the amazing balcony. I checked with my coordinator to see if we could purchase liquor from them and do it that way but they do not allow that in the rooms. Do you think it would be a decent idea to buy liquor in Mexico and just have it in the room? I'm not talking about throwing a raging party or anything in the room, just a place people could hang out since my sister will have my 6 month old niece with her....and of course when we hang out we would like to have some drinks!
Thanks for any info/advice/direction you've got!