I am so happy to hear you liked La Vaqueira as that is where we are planning to have our wedding dinner! And, we also have a few vegetarians that I have been worried about. Did you need to tell the wedding coordinator that you would have vegetarians far in advance, and before you arrived at the resort?
I had mentioned to Araceli that we had a couple of people with special diets. We chose the menu for them when we were there. It was actually easier than I expected given their strict restrictions, so if yours are just vegetarian you won't have any trouble. We had to cut out all gluten and dairy products as well so it was a bit tricky!
My wedding plan sounds very similar to yours, so I hope you don't mind answering more questions:
- Which wedding package did you go with? It looks like your entire group has champagne glasses, so I am wondering if you did the princess package that includes the champagne toast? I am debating between the princess and the infinity package right now...if I go with infinity (primarily due to suggestions found on this forum), I would add a one hour cocktail hour after the ceremony...
We did the infinity package and added the champagne toast afterwards for $8/person. It was a nice idea and provided some great photos, however, we didn't find the champagne was very good, and I didn't really have time to drink my glass, so it's up to you whether or not it's worth it. You will likely go for photos right after your ceremony, so if you do a cocktail reception after the ceremony you probably won't get to enjoy it much yourself, but your guests will. Our guests pretty much just went to the sports bar for drinks while we had photos done, they seemed pretty content with that since the drinks are all free there anyway.
- How long did your ceremony last?
To be honest, I'm not really sure how long it lasted, everything seemed like a blur. We went with a symbolic ceremony, with no religious discussion at all. It didn't seem like it took very long, definitely no more than 30 mins.
- During your dinner, was your group separated from other diners in the restaurant? How were drinks handled during the dinner- did you need to go to a nearby bar, or did they serve you at your tables?
I think it will depend on how many people you have. We had 22 all together, so we had a small area set up in the restaurant, it wasn't a separate room or anything, but it was sort of set apart. We had 3 rounded booth tables for our guests and a head table for just my husband and I. Your wedding coordinator will talk to you about how you want to set it up, if there are options depending on the number of guests. Drinks were ordered through the wait staff and brought to the table. They were really good about making sure your drinks were full and that you had everything you needed.
- When/where did you eat your cake?
We actually didn't do a wedding cake. We're having a reception at home so we're sort of doing cake there, but it wasn't something that was important enough to us. There was a delicious brownie for dessert with our dinner and we were satisfied with that.
- Did you give out any favors or extra decorations?
No. We just gave out our OOT bags when everyone arrived, which had some cute personalized stuff. The door hangers were actually pretty popular, and were noticed by other guests at the resort which was kind of neat. We figured that the background of the ocean (even though we didn't actually get to do that) was enough for decoration for us. We're pretty simple people so too much decoration would have been too much for us. We thought about wedding favours, but my husband had been to another destination wedding where they gave out sand dollars, and he brought it home and then we had no idea what to do with it. It was a neat idea, but not very practical, so we decided to scrap that.
- Since you were inside for your cocktail reception, how did they set that up? Did you have any music?
They set it up pretty much the same way they would have set up the beach. There were some high tables and chairs and the bar at the front. When you go to the resort, look for the building Ibeza, right beside the sports bar, that's where we ended up having it. I think you actually have to pay extra to normally have it there, but because it was raining it was the only option. It was a really nice place, they decorated the chairs and tables with the white cloth just like they would have on the beach. It worked out well though because it was air conditioned and we had a dance floor so we didn't have to try to dance on the beach.
We did have music. We paid for the audio equipment ($560 for 2 hours). It was so worth it! We had actually made up a playlist because we thought we would just hook up our Ipod and that would be it, but there was actually a DJ with it. So he played some of our songs, we made sure he knew which songs we really wanted played, and then he mixed in some of his as well. So if you go with this, don't worry about making a playlist, just have some songs (if there's specific ones you want played) and he'll play them. We did this for 2 hours, but could have gone longer, so it may be worth the extra hour depending on the price. If not, we went to the disco after which was a lot of fun as well! I would recommend having someone with you be in charge of talking to the DJ and setting up music and speeches- my friend was our MC and it made my life so much easier! She made sure the DJ knew what songs we wanted and took care of everything so we could have fun.
I am getting very excited for my wedding and hearing your review, along with the last few others on this forum, has been really helpful!
Feel free to ask if you have any other questions. I know how anxious I was before my wedding because there is so much out of your control and unknown, but it really does all come together once you have your meeting. Your wedding coordinator will take care of everything! I was so happy with my day! I hope everything comes together for you and you have an amazing day too!