@kmk2016 Sounds like you are having a great time!
By Garden Terrace, do you mean the roof garden lounge in between the Tapas restaurant and Mojito bar where the nightly entertainment is set up? When you walk through the main lobby, you can see the roof garden lounge and it has brown wicker furniture with red and black pillows?
Yes- this is the place. They lock the glass doors to the lobby and place staff at the bottom of the grand staircase to completely block the area. They remove all the cushions and the arrange some of the cocktail chairs and tables (brown wicker) at the back on the sides and bring in the ceremony decor. The arch/gazebo is brushed metal and will be wrapped in your fabrics. The aisle runs to the stage where performances normally are and all excess furniture is moved. This can be for ceremony space only as they need it for evening shows starting at 8:30.
Another tip- any earned private events are for 40 people and then $25 a person for additional guests. Children are an extra $12.50 (half price) But here is the brilliant tip of the day.... Children are FREE (not 1/2 price) if you have them order off the kids menu rather than be served a smaller portion of a plated dinner. Sooooo- if for example you have 40 adults and 10 kids attending- use your "40 included spots" for adults... And then add 10 kids and order off the kids menu and there is no extra charge! (So learning was- don't count the kids in your 40 allocation UNLESS you have less than 40 people total. There are about 4 appies, 6 entrees and 3 dessert options on the kids menu- so if you have more than on event, you can do this and still offer a different meal to the kids!
The area between the property wall, and the ceremony locations on the beach is quite shallow... The location by the pier is definitely the nicer of the two. You come down the aisle almost perpendicular to the congregation and then make a sharp turn and walk a very short walk (maybe 20 steps) "through" the chairs and down the wooden aisle. If you have more than 30-40 guests there isn't enough room to put more than 5 rows between the wall and the gazebo, and so they make 1/2 circles around it for the ceremony... Which I think would look really pretty.
We toured generations today- and admittedly I was worried I would wish I was getting married there because it is new and fancy- but honestly? It lacked a certain vibe... Sensatori was fun and comfortable and beautiful and wonderful without feeling awkward or pretentious. Plus the spa at Sensatori was waaaayyyyy nicer!
The cakes were good- the cupcakes were awful and soooo dry. The chocolate and the red velvet were our table's favourite and we tried them all! General consensus even from the onsite coordinators is they will make anything happen and not to worry if Miami says no- or they want to charge you lots... That they will work with you. Maximum set up is $250 for decor but she said that is absolute maximum and they love brides who bring so much from home to make it perfect for their vision and they promise to make the vision stunning.
End of the day it reassured us completely. The food has been spectacular. Tonight the coordinator got us a dinner reservation at Le Chic with another couple that was on our site tour even though there was no availability through concierge so make sure you ask them and they will do what they can!!
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Edited by kmk2016, 07 June 2014 - 12:51 PM.