Hi everyone!! I just wanted to send you all an update and reassure all you nervous brides HOW AMAZING our wedding went at GSP!! We got married on April, 21 at the Chill Out Beach Club and it honestly couldnâ€™t have been more perfect. I had BIG worries about how the wedding would turn out after ALL the stress and bumps in the road that occurred during the planning stages, but I can honestly say, that EVERYTHING turned out even better than I could have ever dreamed (or planned). J Iâ€™ll try to summarize each part of the wedding, but feel free to ask any more questions that you have! The wedding Coordinator Emma: First of all, Emma was FANTASTIC!! You all know by now that I REALLY struggled with her over the many months prior to the wedding. She wouldnâ€™t get back to me and things seemed to change every time I talked to her. So needless to say, when I got down to the resort I had prepared myself for the worst. Well I got the surprise of a lifetime when I finally met her and found out how WONDERFUL she is!! She was so nice, so organized, so all about making our wedding the best day possible. Honestly, I couldnâ€™t have asked for more from her. And..the wedding day went without a single hiccup!! AMAZING! Wedding at the Chill Out Beach Club: Of all the decisions I made, this was the best one!! Pictures DO NOT do this venue justice. It is an amazing place that is private, intimate, and literally glows after the sun goes down!! To get a Wedding location like this in San Diego, CA would have cost me WELL OVER $50,000 so even though the Chill Out location is the most pricey option at GSP it is still SOOO reasonable and IT IS WORTH EVERY DIME!! The cost is only $100 per person and that includes your food, all your alcohol from 6:30pm-10:30pm, the table setup, and your d©cor setup. We did the Mixed Grill as our dinner option and all our guests said it was by far the best meal they had at GSP. There was SOO much food! They had this AMAZING shrimp, two different kinds of steaks, fish, awesome baked potatoes, veggies, fruit, a bunch of different salads, breads and more that I canâ€™t even remember right nowâ€¦and the set it up in such a gorgeous way!! They had flowers and these vegetable carvings that I didnâ€™t pay a penny for and it made the whole buffet looks so extravagant. This was VERY unexpected and so awesome! If any of you are planning on having your wedding here, feel free to contact me if you want help with the table set up. We decided not to use the round tables with white tablecloths because we felt they didnâ€™t go with the theme of the venue and REALLY detracted from the natural, organic look of the Club. Soo..we used the share tables that they already have in the club and then brought down our own table runners. Obviously I am biased Jâ€¦but I thought this looked sooo much better and really made the dinner look gorgeous. Also, we got the glow dance floor (which again, WORTH EVERY PENNY!! It make our pics incredible) and we had them put the dance floor on the sand in front of the beach club and have them move all the small circular loungers around the dance floor so people could sit to take a break from dancing but still feel like they were a part of the party. It gave the dancing part of the reception almost a club feel which was SOOO awesome!!! I have pics if anyone wants them . We actually got DJ Doremixx to DJ our Wedding and he was absolutely incredible. Unfortunately GSP does NOT allow outside DJâ€™s anymore, but since I had contracted with DJ Doremixx before they changed their policy, I was able to get them. This caused MANY MANY months of stress and struggle but in the end it was worth it. He was awesome and made the whole event sooo much fun!! Cocktail Hour: the open bar that comes with the Chill Out package didnâ€™t start until 6:30 and our wedding ceremony was at 5:00, we decided to pay for a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 so the party could begin right after our ceremony ended. We thought they would just open up the small bar that is inside of the Chill Out Club , but they ended up setting up a whole different bar outside on the sand directly in front of the ocean!! The set up was GORGEOUS and our guests (including myself) were BLOWN AWAY by it!! The bar was probably almost 20 feet long and they displayed glasses of champagne and tequila shots in such a beautiful way so our guests could easily grab drinks. They decorated the bar in all white and it came with two bar tenders. SOO surprised that they set up this separate station for us and we so very very pleased. It really separated the events of our wedding so people werenâ€™t all in one location for the dinner and cocktail hour. Yes, the cocktail hour was pricey (I think it was around $600-$700) for only one hour, but honestly it was worth it. The pictures of guest enjoying cocktails on the sand in front of the ocean are beautiful and it is such a great memory. Videographer: This is the one aspect of our wedding that we had such LOW expectations for and we were FLOORED by how AMAZING our wedding video was!!! Seriously, the video was AMAZING and even after watching over a dozen times already, I am still moved to tears. We paid for 4 hours of taping so they could capture the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, speeches, cake cutting and some dancing. We figured the finished product would be really raw, kind of grainy, and hard to hear, but BOY were we surprised. The video was edited down to about an hour and was meticulously paired to music. They did about a 3 song montage of shots of our location and my new husband and I dancing on the sand by the ocean which was sooo beautiful I get tears in my easy just thinking about it. Not only that the sounds was AMAZING!! You could hear our ENTIRE ceremony perfectly and ALL of our speeches. This video seemed pricy at the time and I almost didnâ€™t get itâ€¦but THANKGOODNESS my best friend pushed me to get the video because it is a memory I will cherish for a life time. I think we spent almost a $1000 for the video and honestly, I would have spent $5000. If you are on the fence about getting the video GO FOR IT!! Cut out the extra flowers, or d©cor, or go cheaper on the invites if you need to fit it in your budgetâ€¦because after everything is said and done, itâ€™s the one memory you have left of your wedding that TRULY captures the look, feel and events of your Big Day. Photographers: We are VERY picky about photography so we researched for MONTHS to find the best photographers aroundâ€¦and we did!! Unfortunately they were located in Arizona so we had to fly them, over to Mexico. But it was WORTH IT!! We chose Jason+Anna Ball Photography and they are the two most talented photographers I have ever seen! And not only that, they are soo much fun and became our close friends by the end of the wedding weekend. If you have it in our budget to splurge a little on Photography, look up Jason and Anna Ball. They specialize in destination Weddings and have flown all over the world to capture all different types of ceremonies so they are experienced, talented and oh so amazing!! If you want to see the work they did on our wedding, let me know and I will send you the link to their blog. Anywaysâ€¦I think that mostly covers it. As you can tell from my review, I couldnâ€™t be happier with how our wedding turned out, so I want to reassure you nervous brides that everything will turn out fine!! GSP is AMAZING so sit back and enjoy and be confident that everything will work out just the way you want it to. Feel free to message me if you have any questions!!
Hello, would you be able to share the price of the DJ and the dance floor? Also, was it from the hotel or an outside vendor....any info would be really appreciated.