1. I brought all of my own decorations, which was not a lot. I kept it simple. I was charged $150. I brought down gazebo sheers and chair sashes for the ceremony. For the reception, i brought down lanterns, candles, flower petals to scatter on the table, menus, guest mad libs, and more chair sashes for the chairs at the reception. The only i bought down there were maracas.
2. If you use an outside vendor, you can avoid the $800 vendor fee by having them stay for 3nights. I splurged in this dept by using Elizabeth Medina. I did not pay the $800 vendor fee since I told them she was staying for 3 nights. She actually was only able to stay for 2 nights so it was much cheaper than the $800 vendor fee. The Resort did not give me a problem with her only staying for the 2nights.
3. This is really all up to you. Honestly, almost anything looks romantic on the beach! I have seen so many different types of gowns and they all looked beautiful. I did not have a veil and i did not have a long train. I will post pics soon so you can see and then decided.
4. I totally agree in this dept. I am only 5ft tall and my husband is 5'10". So I definitely needed to be taller. I opted for platform wedge flip flops for the beach ceremony. Then I changed to heels for the reception. Since I splurged on my photographer, I purchased inexpensive shoes at http://www.bridalsho...s.com/home.php They charged no sales tax and free shipping.
5. I would suggest calling, esp for the older family members. I know its a pain and very time consuming but your family/friends would appreciate it a lot more than an email. Of course, I'm sure there are guests who would totally be ok with an email so those guests i would send an email to. Plus the holidays are coming up so you can bring it up then and see what feedback you get.
6. I did not do any live music. But I wish I hired the mariachi band for the smores bonfire. I did have a photo booth and cigar roller during my reception which was a hit!
Hope this is helpful...
Originally Posted by KayaWasTaken
Now that I'm official, I'm ready to ask my seventeen hundred questions!
1. I see everyone talking about bringing down their own decorations... Are there rules on what you can bring, and what has to come from AS? BTW, without this forum, I would have never even known that bringing my own bows etc was even an (awesome) option!
2. What was everyone's decision on the photographer? For me, this is probably the most important part, besides actually getting married, of course, lol. I am willing to make this a bigger part of the budget, and give up some other things. I have to say, I am really not crazy about any of the AS approved choices, so I guess I will have no choice but pay the $800 fee... Well, I got some prices, and I really like Elizabeth Medina, but their packages start at $5,250, and $6K seems pretty high! Anyone use a local photographer they loved? Any way to get out of the $800 fee?
3. Train or no train? I'm the clumsiest person alive, and I'm convinced I will trip walking down the isle if I have a train, but would having a long veil be "romantic" enough?
4. Shoes! I definitely want heels for as long as I can bear it (then will probably switch to white wedges of some sort, yet to find them, too)... Any recommendations for a cute but COMFY white heels? Brands? Stores? Styles?
5. How did you go about getting a headcount? My WP keeps saying email, but I can't help but feel like it's tacky to have that be the first announcement of our wedding, especially for older family members... On the other hand, we are inviting about 200 people, but expecting only 40-60 to make it, so printed stuff will get pricey...
6. Entertainment: Did anyone have the Fire Dancers or any of the Live Music?
That's all for now, I appreciate any input the more experienced of you may have! Thanks in advance!