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Originally Posted by K3nelson View Post

 

Hi Everyone! I'm getting married a SMB on May 19, 2013!  Am just starting the planning process with Celia and would love some recommendations.  We are going with the Ultimate Wedding Package and will have approx 40 guests.  Questions for you...

1) Reception Recommendations - For an outside wedding reception, would you recommend the gazebo terrace, pool terrace, or garden?

2) Music - Do it yourself sound system or DJ??  Which is the way to go?

3) Rehersal Dinner - It sounds like you can't make reservations for a large group in the restaurant.  What about the bonfire idea??  I would like to get my guests together prior to the wedding, recommendations are welcome please. =)

4) Has anyone done an alternative to wedding cake?  My finace hates cake (I know, Weird-O). =)  Any suggestions!

 

Thanks!! Can't wait to hear your recommendations!

Karin (Denver, CO)

Hi Karin!  Congratulations!

 

I can't speak for experience since my wedding is still coming up, but I can tell you what we're going with.  Our weddings are about the same size.  We have about 35 guests coming.

 

Reception - We're doing the Gazebo Terrace.  This seems to be the most popular and you are getting married in a popular month so I would reccomend making this decision soon or someone else may get it first.

 

Music  - We decided to do the music ourselves rather than hire a DJ.  It seems like both are popular options and it's really a personal preference.  We decided it wasn't worth the expense to us.  After much research we bought The Big Jambox, a portable bluetooth speaker, for $299.  We're taking that with us and making playlists on an iPod.  That was a cheaper option than renting the sound system and we get to keep it afterwards. 

 

Rehearsal Dinner - We're doing the beach bonfire Thursday night.  Our wedding is Saturday.  We decided to do it as a welcome party rather than a rehearsal dinner the night before so everyone got a chance to mingle and get to know each other.  A lot of our guests are arriving Thurs so that's the night that made sense for us. 

 

Wedding Cake - I think we're doing the cake that comes with the package.  You get desert as part of your reception dinner with the Ultimate Package so there is an extra option there, but I'm sure you could work with Cecilia to do something other than cake if you wanted to.  You may not get much credit for the cake but they will charge you $5 per person for the extra 20 people to add on to the cake so that cost may offset if you get rid of the cake.

 

Hope that helps!  Welcome to the forum!!

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Hi KCDawn, Thank you so much for the recommendations!, I appreciate it! I like the idea of the Bonfire Welcome Party! Are you ordering food for the event? Or just gathering your family and friends? It's not really in our budget to have a private rehearsal dinner. :0( Please keep us updated on how the IPOD station you are bringing works out for you. Since you are bringing it with you, and it has a speaker, I'm assuming this means you don't have to rent the sound system, correct?

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Originally Posted by K3nelson View Post

 

Hi Everyone! I'm getting married a SMB on May 19, 2013!  Am just starting the planning process with Celia and would love some recommendations.  We are going with the Ultimate Wedding Package and will have approx 40 guests.  Questions for you...

1) Reception Recommendations - For an outside wedding reception, would you recommend the gazebo terrace, pool terrace, or garden?

2) Music - Do it yourself sound system or DJ??  Which is the way to go?

3) Rehersal Dinner - It sounds like you can't make reservations for a large group in the restaurant.  What about the bonfire idea??  I would like to get my guests together prior to the wedding, recommendations are welcome please. =)

4) Has anyone done an alternative to wedding cake?  My finace hates cake (I know, Weird-O). =)  Any suggestions!

 

Thanks!! Can't wait to hear your recommendations!

Karin (Denver, CO)

Hi Karin!!!! Congrats and Welcome :)! I am getting married in 80 days at SMB!!!!!  We have almost 40 guests booked already!!!!!

 

Here is what we are planning:

1) Cocktail hour on the gazebo lawn, private reception at the gazebo terrace

2) We are renting the sound system for the ceremony, Caribbean Trio for the cocktail hour, and we are having the DJ for 3 hours for the reception

3) We are doing a "Welcome Bonfire" the night before the wedding on the beach from 8-10pm. Everyone can eat on their own and then join us for music (renting sound system), open bar, and dessert on the beach.

4) We are using the wedding cake they provide. But I am sure you can work something else out. Ask Cecilia, she has been very helpful to me.

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Originally Posted by K3nelson View Post

 

Hi KCDawn,

Thank you so much for the recommendations!, I appreciate it! I like the idea of the Bonfire Welcome Party! Are you ordering food for the event? Or just gathering your family and friends? It's not really in our budget to have a private rehearsal dinner. :0(

Please keep us updated on how the IPOD station you are bringing works out for you. Since you are bringing it with you, and it has a speaker, I'm assuming this means you don't have to rent the sound system, correct?

You're welcome!  Like Lola, we're doing the party later (I think ours is 8:30) and letting everyone do dinner on their own.  We're just having the bar, no food.  The idea of bringing the ipod station with us is so we don't have to rent the sound system.  I'm working on how to connect a microphone to it so it can be used for the ceremony.   We are having the mexican trio during the cocktail hour, but by using our own system for the bonfire party, ceremony, and reception it will save us a good bit of money.   

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My ETSY seller just sent the final picture of our wedding cake topper!!!! I cant wait to see it :)

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Originally Posted by LolaTX View Post

 

My ETSY seller just sent the final picture of our wedding cake topper!!!! I cant wait to see it :)

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That is soo cute!!  I love the dogs!

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