Hi Ladies! I am new to BDW but have been following this forum for the past few weeks. It took me a while to get through it all (189 pages!) but am glad I can finally respond and hopefully get advice and guidance from you guys!
My fiance and I are having our wedding on 1/21/12 at the IRHS (finally proposed after 3.5yrs of dating). We are planning to have a bonfire after the rehearsal dinner, ceremony on the beach, cocktail hour on the terrace and private reception at the steakhouse. I have a pretty large family so we're going to have around 60 guests (at minimum!) so I'm hoping to cut costs in any aspect possible. We have already booked our DJ and photographer which were not cheap, as I think they can make or break the day. Does anyone have any suggestions for videographers? Our photographer can add it on for $500 and I wanted to see if anyone knew anyone who did it for less. I know the resort has one but I have read that its pretty cheesy work.
I dont think we're going to go through the resorts florist as its pretty expensive, however would like to take advantage of the flowers that come with the package. Any ideas on wedding colors to go along with the tropical flowers? I am one of the least creative people you'll ever meet so this is one of the aspects of the wedding that I am struggling with!! I don't think we're going to do floral centerpieces as I figure this is one way I can cut costs by DIY.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!! Btw, I have found that getting in touch with Nicole is easiest by phone. I get her almost every time that way. I called her about three times after I sent her my wedding date request to get her to send me the written follow up. I'm sure she was pretty annoyed... oh well!!