We did have the 4 poster arch.
I am way behind on my review of Sandos and my wedding, things have just been crazy.
First I want to say we went really simple with the wedding as far as decorations, etc.
We had 50 guests so the basic wedding was free and we just added a la carte to there.
We had the 4 poster gazebo with no flowers (the flowers is the majority of that cost).
Then we had just natural greens on th aisle that I paid $30 to the grounds crew to collect and put in that day (thru Maria of course)
Then we had 2 flower girls and I ordered 2 bags of petals which they dropped on their way down... (then later ran out and picked up which I joked with Maria I should get a break for them cleaning up)...
I ordered flowers for me, the 2 bridesmaids, and corsages for the 2 moms. The guys didn't wear flowers b/c they wouldn't have held up on their light weight linen shirts.
We just used the champagne toast that they provide as part of the package and I put some tunes on our ipod that we used for the cermony that we played while we danced and just hung out in the little wedding hut until dinner.
We did a few pictures on the beach while the guest stayed in the hut or went to the bar.
Then we had dinner in the Italian restaurant, which we set up really nice and since it was a buffet we all ran into each other.
After that we moved into the bar by the meeting point and the enclosed sports bar area and just sort of took it over.
There was a band playing at the meeting place and when we walked out to head to the disco they played a few songs just for us, so we did a really impromptu father/daughter dance and bride/groom dance and the rest of the guests joined in...
We were pretty laid back about the actual wedding day and chose to spend the money on the catamaran ride where we were all together for the whole day, etc.
We also randomly organized wedding group days, so one day we all met up at the swim up bar in the Riveria section and one day we met down by the beach to play volleyball, etc.
Since we provided everyone with these great orange mugs, the guests always knew were people were and even guests at the resort kept saying you are with that wedding group.
It was only $450 because we didn't go over the top on the actual resort items. We spent the money (which we spent more of) on mugs, invites, dress and wedding attire, and mostly the catamaran.
This resort is great for people who want to have a little bit more control over their ceremony and wedding set up. As most resorts I found were very cookie cutter and you didn't have much room to make it your own. If you want the fancy, super swanky stuff, I think they get you with all their per person fees, etc.
I was so happy with the wedding and the hotel they made our guests feel really welcome and everyone had a TON of fun!
If you want to see pictures then just private message me, I have some on facebook and shutterfly I can send you of the ceremony and the hotel. I just need to get on here and load them into the computer....