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We are having our reception at Cascade Terrace at Dreams. We will have 80-100 people. I have been thinking about the set up and wondering about hanging lanterns and tiki torches. Mariana said she could hang lanterns at each edge (thru the palm trees). I can't decide if I'll do this or not. Has anyone else hung lanterns at Cascade? For those that had their receptions there, did you have enough light? How many tiki torches did you use? And did you also have luminaries?

 

Also, did most of you have your reception on the lower area or upper? If lower, did you leave some of the lounge chairs out on the upper area?

 

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Interesting that Mariana told you she could hang lanterns. I emailed her awhile back and she told me she couldn't do it at the cascade terrace but I also sent her the picture from rebecca's wedding and she had hers at oceana and they did like a square above the dance floor. where would the lanterns go? I have never been there before so I have no clue as to up or down part of the terrace. what part has more room? Where do they normally set up the tables for the cascade

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I was just at Dreams this week and they had a private party for 120 set up on both levels. All the lounge chairs were removed and it looked really nice. There were no tiki torches or lights, just what's already there, but I thought it looked great. We didn't have our camera with us that night, and by the time we went back to get it there were already people at the party so we felt a little rude taking pictures. Sorry.

Anyway, I also thought you couldn't have lanterns at that site, but if Mariana said you could I would go for it, the lanterns look so cool! I would have the lounge chairs taken away no matter what level you use. Just my opinion...

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I was just at Dreams this week and they had a private party for 120 set up on both levels. All the lounge chairs were removed and it looked really nice. There were no tiki torches or lights, just what's already there, but I thought it looked great. We didn't have our camera with us that night, and by the time we went back to get it there were already people at the party so we felt a little rude taking pictures. Sorry.
Anyway, I also thought you couldn't have lanterns at that site, but if Mariana said you could I would go for it, the lanterns look so cool! I would have the lounge chairs taken away no matter what level you use. Just my opinion...
Sarah, your back!! How was your site visit? I can't wait to hear all about it! Is everyone using both levels? I have about 70 people coming and not sure what to do??

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I noticed in the pic that the tables are long and rectangular. Are all the tables at the Dream like this? I think I saw that Tammy's tables are round. Does anyone know what the options are? Juan also sent me a pic of what I believe was the Cascade Terrace and there were the round chinese lanterns hung up there. That is why I thought we could do it. But then Natalie you said that Marianna told you know. Hmmm I am so confused.

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Sarah, your back!! How was your site visit? I can't wait to hear all about it! Is everyone using both levels? I have about 70 people coming and not sure what to do??
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I noticed in the pic that the tables are long and rectangular. Are all the tables at the Dream like this? I think I saw that Tammy's tables are round. Does anyone know what the options are? Juan also sent me a pic of what I believe was the Cascade Terrace and there were the round chinese lanterns hung up there. That is why I thought we could do it. But then Natalie you said that Marianna told you know. Hmmm I am so confused.
Natalie, I think it depends on how many tables you have. I think you can do tables for 8 or 10, so if you have 70 you could easily spread them out onto two levels, or combine them into one.

Glenda, Dreams has round or rectangular tables. I think they usually use the rounds for large groups. If you send me your pic that Juan sent you I can tell you for sure if it's Cascade or not. Or you could post it here...
I also was under the impression that you could only have lanterns on the Oceana terrace...

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We are doing round tables of 8 or 10 people each. Originally Mariana said she could not hang lanterns at Cascade but we kept asking and she finally said she would do it, but they'd have to be on each side of the terrace area since it is too far to string them across. I'm still deciding if I'll have them... We are definitely doing tiki torches and luminarias so that might be enough, plus I have to see if I have enough in my budget for the lanterns since they are so cute!!

 

As for the top/bottom area, we were planning on only using the bottom area with 4-5 tables on each side and dance floor in the middle, but the picture I posted from Mariana uses the top floor, so now I'm confused!!!! I think I'm just going to ask Mariana (& Maye) what they recommend for the set up. We have about 80-90 guests.

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Thanks Jen! I think that I have that darn terrace from every angle but the one you've posted. IT's EXACTLY WHAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.

 

I am:

 

Using the lower portion facing the gazebo for a ceremony.

Using the top for the reception, set up basicaly just like the pic.

Using a mix of rectangular (2) and round tables (4).

Luminaries all over the place!

 

We are hosting approx. 60-70 guests.

 

Now for your concern:

Paper lanterns always look great, but they may lose it's affect arranged only amongst the trees and not over the guests. I still love the look though!

Dreams has pretty bright outdoor lighting that will illuminate the area.

For 100 guests, I'd suggest using both levels. It's such a great space! The backdrop of the infiniti pool is lovely.

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i know there is enough light at cascade terrace with just the lights that dreams uses- i believe they hand two oir three extra spot lights for weddings. personally i am not worried about lighting at all- have you seen tammy (host) pic? she didnt have any extra lighting and it looked great. also- we are using both level with a space on the lower level for dancing. we are expecting 85-100 and plan on using round tables. hope that helps

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i know there is enough light at cascade terrace with just the lights that dreams uses- i believe they hand two oir three extra spot lights for weddings. personally i am not worried about lighting at all- have you seen tammy (host) pic? she didnt have any extra lighting and it looked great. also- we are using both level with a space on the lower level for dancing. we are expecting 85-100 and plan on using round tables. hope that helps

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