I forgot to answer your other questions regarding cocktail hour. We had ours on the beach shortly after our ceremony. It worked out fine as we weren't too far away getting photos taken and joined in halfway through for appetizers and drinks. They let you request the drinks you want so we had pina coladas I think or margaritas and my favorite, mojitos!
We didn't pay for additional food and it was good for use. The appetizers we had were great. It would really depend on how much time you have between the cocktail hour and reception.
The area by the chapel is beautiful and I saw one wedding have their cocktail hour there, I think it would be a great spot! You are right next to the Sugar grill or bar I believe so if guests would like more drinks they could go there. We saw a wedding party and guests hanging out there between their cocktail hour and reception. They often have live music there at night which is nice. For rental of tables and chairs the cost isn't too bad. I rented two or three tall cocktail tables and I think it was 40$ or so. You probably wouldn't need many chairs unless you have a lot of older guests. With the cocktail tables, guests mingled around more...this is also what I saw with the larger weddings that were taken place.
Originally Posted by BeaBride
Thank you so much for your input. I really appreciate it. I think we will end up with the ultimate package and having them for the reception sounds like a great idea. Did you have any AV equipment at your wedding? Also, I forgot how many people you had at your wedding, but where did you have your cocktail hour? I know that one of the brides back in 2010 (I think) had about 60 guests. She decided to have her cocktail hour at the lobby bar and they brought out the champagne and hors d'oeuvres that were included in the package (for 20 people). She decided not to pay for any additional food/drink. I am thinking about doing the same since the reception would be starting soon, but do you think my guests would miss the additional food or is there enough food/drink available close by that is included on the "all-inclusive" resort stuff?
Also, the other idea I had was to have cocktail hour outside the chapel in the courtyard. However, I'm thinking I would have to pay to have them set up tables/chairs there and I'm not sure there is a bar nearby...so I would have to definitely pay for more food/drink, right?