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#1711 CamLovesJA

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    Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:01 AM

    Calabash portions are very small and very pretty but there is 5 courses, so you definitely are full after. I got some Jimmy Choo heels for the reception and forgot to wear them! Can you imagine! at the disco later my MOH said to me where are your shoes??? I ran up and got them and wore them for about 2 songs then went back to room lol
     

    Originally Posted by BridetwoBe 

    Ms. Smith to be great planning thread. Your day is coming. Pray and stay as stress free as possible. Calabash seems to have great reviews. The only thing I read that was on the bad side was there meal portions are small, which is fine because after eating all inclusive all week a small meal would'nt hurt :) Your BM dresses are hot and so are those reception shoes. Are most people wearing wedges for beach weddings? I have come to the conclusion that I may have to go for the wedges and heels for reception. I am not a flip flop person at all. I just did not plan on buying two pays of shoes I may never really wear again :/





    #1712 CamLovesJA

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      Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:43 AM

      Hi Chanelle

       

      I thought Calabash was perfect. The decor is very elegant and perfect for a wedding reception. Out of all the restaurants I though it looked the best. The food is wonderful, 5 course small portions but perfectly presented. We had  lamb, snapper and steak, if your guests do not eat fish I am sure there is another option but we were mainly vegetarian who eat fish so was not a problem. I asked everyone their menu choices 6 weeks before and let Nicole know. We did not have the option to play our own music as we did not hire out the restaurant, however they played their own music which was fine and everyone was just chatting anyway. Speeches were fine no problem at all music was only background music so everyone could hear and there was no need to shout. We had 35 guest in a U shape table at one side of the restaurant and did not feel like there was anyone else there. (there was a couple and a table of 4)

       

      Unless you have 100+ guests I would definitely choose Calabash, however Aunt Ruby's does have a beach feel. I personally don't like to be sitting outside at night for long periods of time due to mosquito's but I didn't notice any this year. Not on bite! You also have the opportunity to do a lot more decoration ideas with Aunt Ruby's and I think it needs it as it is quite everyday looking for a wedding. But once its decorated up looks fab. For me I just did very simple table layout and wanted it quite classic I also didn't want to bring loads with me.

       

      Camilla

       


       

      Originally Posted by chan_porty 

      Hi Cam,

      How did you like Calabash? I'm having a really hard time deciding between Aunt Ruby's and Calabash. I have a few vegetarians so I hope that there will be options for them. Why didn't they make you rent out the restaurant? Did you not have a DJ or anyone making speeches? I thought that if you had music or speeches, you were forced to rent it out? How many guests did you have?

      Sorry for so many questions :)

       

      Chanelle
       

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      Originally Posted by CamLovesJA 

      Hi Starrysim,

       

      I didn't even think about it like that but I guess we did. My guest were just ordering as they normally would at the restaurant on any other day. We had the reception at Calabash restaurant. We did not hire it out so the were two other tables of 2 or 4 people so I guess they just treated it like it was not a wedding. Which makes sense to me! obviously this cannot be guaranteed if they have their policy but it was ok for us. I don't think my guest would have even understood if the waiter had said no you may not have that. They came around with wine, then people would say actually can i get.... or just accept the wine. Maybe its different if you hire out the restaurant. I think the closest bar would have been the lobby bar up the stairs, not far but not so close to pop out and get drinks.

       

      Islandgirl, married life is fab! love it, I want a wedding every year now! that was actually our 2nd we got married first in December 09 in a church and this was the beach one  I had always dreamed of, it felt like the main one as all the family was present. 

       


       



      #1713 Lizk23

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        Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:47 AM

        Question on the food...I've noticed whenever people discuss their menus there's never anything vegetarian. Does anyone know if they have any vegetarian options at the restaurants or if it seems like it'd be easy to put things together. My soon to be mother in law and I are both vegetarians. I have just started planning my wedding for January 2012 and I need to start making a to do list because I have a million questions and ideas running through my head!



        #1714 BridetwoBe

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          Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:50 AM



          $18!!! Where fron? I know that's right...

          Originally Posted by BridetwoBe 

          Ms. Smith to be great planning thread. Your day is coming. Pray and stay as stress free as possible. Calabash seems to have great reviews. The only thing I read that was on the bad side was there meal portions are small, which is fine because after eating all inclusive all week a small meal would'nt hurt :) Your BM dresses are hot and so are those reception shoes. Are most people wearing wedges for beach weddings? I have come to the conclusion that I may have to go for the wedges and heels for reception. I am not a flip flop person at all. I just did not plan on buying two pays of shoes I may never really wear again :/





          #1715 CamLovesJA

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            Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:55 AM

            There are definitely vegetarian options, if you cannot see it on the menu you have chosen just ask. I can't remember what it was for Calabash but we were vegetarians who eat fish so we just went with the fish option. On our cocktail menu we changed all the red meet dishes for vegetarian ones. 
             

            Originally Posted by Lizk23 

            Question on the food...I've noticed whenever people discuss their menus there's never anything vegetarian. Does anyone know if they have any vegetarian options at the restaurants or if it seems like it'd be easy to put things together. My soon to be mother in law and I are both vegetarians. I have just started planning my wedding for January 2012 and I need to start making a to do list because I have a million questions and ideas running through my head!





            #1716 BridetwoBe

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              Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:55 AM



              You can really have anything you want. Just let Nicole know and the chef will prepare according to your taste. I spoke with Nicole and she said you can alter the menu anyway you like.

              Originally Posted by Lizk23 

              Question on the food...I've noticed whenever people discuss their menus there's never anything vegetarian. Does anyone know if they have any vegetarian options at the restaurants or if it seems like it'd be easy to put things together. My soon to be mother in law and I are both vegetarians. I have just started planning my wedding for January 2012 and I need to start making a to do list because I have a million questions and ideas running through my head!





              #1717 wendyjd

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                Posted 07 February 2011 - 04:08 PM



                Originally Posted by Tina5978 

                Wendy/Maura/Imuze and others,

                 

                What is your honest opinion of Aunt Ruby's versus' Calabash?



                Tina, we had our reception/dinner at Aunt Ruby's.  Unfortunately we did not go to Calabash the whole time we were there.  The food was good at Aunt Ruby's but we had really bad service that night.  It was quite unfortunate since it was our wedding, but we went with the flow and just left after dinner before dessert was served.  We went to the lobby bar and hung out with our guests. My wedding was very small, only 9 people total so we did NOT rent out anything for a private event, just a large table for dinner and a cake table adjacent.  I think the poor service was due to an inexperienced server, because it was the ONLY time we had any problems at all.  The gourmet restaurant was very nice and would be a good option if I had to do it again, however it depends on your guests, a few were picky eaters and did not enjoy their meal that night (but again, they just went to the buffet and had a great meal after we finished).

                 

                 



                #1718 ashaun

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                  Posted 07 February 2011 - 05:07 PM

                  I REFUSE to let my guests stress me out.  We mailed STD's around Thanksgiving complete with TA's info.  About a week after the new year we started encouraging people to make their deposit to lock the room and flight rate.  Well today flight prices increased by $100.00 and half the people hadn't booked and are now semi-pissed.  Has anyone else experienced this with their planning (changes in flight prices)? 



                  #1719 BridetwoBe

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                    Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:49 PM

                    Ashaun the prices will go right back down. They fluctuate all the time. Continental was $900 roundtrip last week per person roundtrip and the next day dropped in the $500's. If they are too high wait a little for them to drop, but once they drop low make sure you take advance of that low price because they typically do not get any lower than the where they were originally.



                    #1720 eholt

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                      Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:19 AM

                      I agree.  Don't worry about it.  FI and I booked eraly along with our parents and I have seen the prices go up and down.  Some folks have gotten better airfare than us.  If they are pissed, let that be their problem and don't you take ownership of their frustration.  I got a call last week from my TA saying there are limited rooms available for our week there.  I called like 2 people and then my FI said don't reach out to anyone else b/c we gave them a YEAR to plan.  Oh well...guests or no guest...its going down on May 19!!!

                      Ashaun the prices will go right back down. They fluctuate all the time. Continental was $900 roundtrip last week per person roundtrip and the next day dropped in the $500's. If they are too high wait a little for them to drop, but once they drop low make sure you take advance of that low price because they typically do not get any lower than the where they were originally.




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