First of all thank you so much for all of the replies. It's so nice to know that so many people are willing to help out!
Claire- That is so great that our weddings are around the same time! Maybe we will run into each other! Although from the looks and sounds of this resort it is going to be massive, I wonder if I will even run into my own family! haha. Where are you staying?? We are in the Royal Suites for both weeks. We have read so many great things about them we had to make sure we got a room there! I will send Vanessa another email about Portofino to see if I can talk her into letting us have the terrace to ourselves...It would alleviate so much of my worries!!
Becks- Portofino does look gorgeous, when is your wedding?? Have you asked Vanessa if you would be allowed to have the terrace all to yourself? Do you have a confirmed (or pretty well good idea) of how many people you have coming with you?? I am also doing a trash the dress photo shoot but I am going to use my actual wedding dress. I know that I will never wear the wedding dress again, and so if it gets ruined to me it is no different than if I were to pay to preserve it in a box and store it in my closet. But to anyone that doesn't want to get their dress ruined I totally understand, I used to feel like I would keep my dress forever, it was just lately that I decided I was ok with chancing it!
MyTye- I see your point about the terrace! If I was there and I saw a wedding taking place I would feel embarrassed to sit out there and "impose", however some people might not even think twice about it! I will ask Vanessa about decorations. I wouldn't want to bring too much stuff since we are already needing enough clothes for two weeks, so maybe I will stick with flower decorations on the tables. I have the "crafty" desire and I Pin all sorts of DIY wedding ideas...but with working part time and being in school full time AND planning a wedding I barely have time to make dinner let alone DIY stuff although I wish I did!
Mikeycelle- the more I look into Portofino the more great things I hear about it, which is fantastic! I just have to convince Vanessa to let me have it to myself since it looks like my guest list won't be growing anymore, so we don't have a huge crowd. Table lanterns sound pretty too, I will ask Vanessa for a picture thanks! Do you know if they provide the speakers and the ipod dock or if we are supposed to provide that?? Also, Vanessa said that I could not have any music if I chose Portofino, has she told you differently? or anyone else??
It is a little bit crazy as I only have the day before our wedding to basically make sure that everything has been planned properly since we are getting married on the tuesday and arrive on the sunday night YIKES!!! But I am not going to stress today because it's my Birthday!! So I am going to go enjoy some relaxing time with my Fiance!
Enjoy the weekend everyone!!!