Congratulations on becoming a bride of the AS!!! Here is my advice for your questions below:
I would like to make OOT bags. What did you guys put in them? And where did you get the bag and items from? You can go as big or small as you'd like to! There are specific forums for DIY OOT bags & ideas, check it out! Some favorites I've noticed that are most-commented about are: 1)"Hangover kits" that include items such as headache medicine & remedies to help alleviate the after-effects of a long night!
2)OOPS kits, for those unexpected problems that arise, include items like Tums, Pepto, Stain remover wipes, Sunburn cream, Etc.
3) Personal items in case guests forgot to pack something, such as travel size toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, sunblock...
As for me, as much as I LOVED the DIY projects I just felt it would be too much to pack and bring down there for as many guests that we're planning on having [70+ guests] so I'll bring down brown craft bags that I'll personalize with a luggage tag stamped with our logo. Once we are down there, we'll go into town and purchase things "native" to the area, such as handmade [not Made in China LOL] novelties, maracas, tequilas, etc. It makes traveling so much easier!
What did you guys do for a welcome party? How much did you have to pay? Do you have a travel agent already? If so, check to see if they are a "Gourmet-Inclusive Member" If so, one of the fabulous perks you receive is a choice of three services- a cocktail party for 1hour, spa package, or wedding day amenities. We went with this cocktail party for our "welcome party" Worked out great! Up to 50 people is free, after that it's about $10 extra pp. If you don't have this option, take a look at the banquet service menu on the Karisma website. It gives you all the information you need for how much a cocktail party would cost, depending on the type [standing, passed, buffet, etc]
Did you guys come up with activities for the entire group to do? On or off resort? We were thinking of doing this, but personally we thought since we are having a welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, and the wedding day events, we wanted our guests to have time for themselves. I have heard of some brides doing a catamaran ride including drinks & hor d'orves in lieu of a cocktail party. Look into this see what works best for you! You can book excursions & tours through Lomas or speak with your WC about this, I'm sure they can help you in providing options/pricing.
Did anybody have their reception poolside at the resort? What did you you for decoration? Was it too hot,humid or windy? I LOVE the picture you shared below- it's almost identical to what we're doing!!! I LOVE the lanterns, and I found a GREAT website that is cheap, great quality [I ordered some to see for myself], and also sells little LED lights to throw in the lanterns for extra lighting =)
Thanks for all the information murel.
Did you bring your own paper lanterns for the receptions? If so, how much did the resort charge for setting it up? I want lanterns too and I want it to look like the picture below (so a lot). Do they charge per lantern or just a flat rate?
Does anyone know how much it cost for a bonfire?