I was a wedding coordinator at Ocean Coral so I think i can give you some advice.
Regarding your question about the privacy at the restaurant, as you know other guests have access to the restaurant but usually they place the wedding tables on the sides so you can have a little more privacy and guest are not crossing between your tables.
For the dances other brides have rented the lounge terrace to have their first dance, father-daughter, mother-son and an extra time for dancing.
The difference between the symbolic and civil wedding is that the civil one is performed by a judge and its legal and the symbolic by a minister and is not legal.
During the civil ceremeny the judge pronounce the name of bride, groom and witnesses and they are asked for their signatures and finger prints.
In the symbolic ceremony the minister gives a speech about marriage, it can be spiritual (speech about love, family, friends) or religious (speech about God, faith). You will also sign a certificate but is not legal.
Hope this information is useful, please let me know if I can give you some more advice
Hey everyone, I have a few questions that hopefully you can give me advice/answer for me... I am not bringing a big group of people with me to the wedding so we need to do the a la carte supper. Has anyone done this? What is the atmosphere like? Where the other guest really close or did they tend to give you some privacy?
Also since the a la carte doesn't have a dance floor I was wondering how you did your first dance and your father daughter dance?
I was also wondering if anyone knows the difference between the symbolic and civil wedding ceremony? I understand all the legal part of it but I'm just wondering about the actual ceremony. We are thinking of doing a symbolic but not telling anyone and we will get all the legal documentation done in Alberta when we get back.