| Originally Posted by Bicky11 |
Hey guys...with respect to the beach-it was really nice-some of it yes has eroded away due to the hurricanes and such-there are some sandbags up but what they really do is act as barricades to the huge waves...a few days we were there there were 8 foot waves and a really strong rip tide that would pull you out. The bags are good cause the kids kind of play behind them and cannot get sucked out that way. The beach is really nice-get there early in the morning if you want to get chairs on the beach. Sand is beautiful there- I heard they had to import it from China after all the storms they were hit with-not sure if that is true or not but it is almost white, soft, really fine sand.
With respect to the reception-there were 32 of us in total and we had ours at the international buffet. I have heard that when you have a large group they will do a private reception for you as larger groups are hard to accomodate-I heard you have to have over 40 people and then it is free but if you want a private reception for less than that number you then have to pay for it. Maybe email Lupita and ask her as I am not too sure about that. With 70 people going you should have at least 18 rooms so you should be able to get quite a discount off your wedding if not get it for free. We went with the most basic legal package and then added flowers. I had 4 flower girls, 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 1 ring bearer and a corsage for my mom and his as well as his boutinneir (sp?) and my boquet and the total cost for all our flowers was $335 USD.
We got our wedding for the $500 USD as we saved the $350 for having over 7 rooms or whatever it is you needed. Our costs were as follows:
$500 wedding (legal package)
$335 flowers for whole party
Then we had to pay $70 judge's transportation
$220 blood tests
$80 for my hair
For a total of $1245.00 USD. We did not get a photographer or hire a band. There is live entertainment every night outdoors and we all just grabbed tables there, watched the bands and had our drinks and enjoyed the weather. Family had really good cameras so we saved costs there. No matter which package you get they do not include flowers for anyone other than the bride and groom so if you have a wedding party at all you may want to consider the costs for flowers for everyone. There is a golf cart that will go right to the bride's room to pick her up and the wedding party and they take you right to the wedding hut. The guys just have to walk it which is no big deal. They got our music right. We had one song for the guys entrance, one for all the girls, one for the signing of the documents and one for when we exited and it worked perfectly. Then you go up to the wedding hut which is right behind where the ceremony is (right there) and they have champaigne for the adults and apple juice for the kids. You can do your toasts or whatever there, then go off for your pics and whatever then go to your dinner location. Hope this info helps. If you have any more questions feel free to send them to me on facebook as I dont go on this site very often. Thanks and good luck!
Thank you for your information. Its hard to get anything of detail from the resort. I realize they have so many inquiries, however when you are trying to budget and all you do is find out the cost when you get down there...well that might set some people back.