Round three: Wedding stuff!
First off, I have to say: although there doesn't seem to be a lot of information online regarding GS weddings, don't be fooled! GS has weddings EVERYDAY! I can confirm that there was a wedding every single day that we were there and a few times, there were TWO weddings in one day! So for those of you that weren't sure if other people were doing weddings there, they definitely are.
From what we noticed, most people were choosing a ceremony on the North beach (where they have the bamboo canopy set up) which is semi-private. Yes, people can come and watch, but it is definitely a bit out-of-the-way, off the main beach and down the side a bit. These ceremonies seemed to be around 2-3. Personally, I found it was still a bit too hot at those times and my fianc© and I are thinking of a 5 pm ish ceremony. (We are not concerned about pictures because we'd probably arrange to do posed pics the next day, and trash the dress
Most couples also seemed to choose a restaurant for their reception. We saw wedding parties at the Mexican, Italian and Japanese restaurants, although we were told that you can rent any restaurant you'd like. We also noticed that some people booked off the whole restaurant, while others, did not book off the whole place. I personally found it weird that some couples decided not to rent the whole place. Even with a smaller group (10-15 ppl) I think it would have been better to have the whole place to themselves (the Brazilian and Mediterrainian restaurants are the smallest, and would fit these groups nicely). It was strange to see wedding guests on one side of the restaurant and then a smattering of couples and groups on the other. Another thing we noticed was that some people had their receptions EARLY. We had reservations at the Japanese restaurant at 8:30 and a wedding party had already left the restaurant prior to this! What would the guests do at that point...?
I suppose I should clarify: my vision of a wedding is a ceremony sometime in the afternoon-early eve, followed by an evening supper, followed by dancing and partying with guests into the night. No offence to anyone who choses otherwise This is just what my hubby-to-be and I decided on. We just couldn't figure out where the guests would go by 8:30 if the reception was over? The evening show? The disco doesn't open til 11...?
From what I saw of the flowers (table decorations) they were lovely. Mostly lilies, although I know you can choose others.
The brides that I saw also looked beautiful. I cannot confirm who did their hair or makeup (whether Sirenis spa, or someone else) but they did look fantastic. After visiting the spa, I don't have any doubts about their ability to do a good job. Very classy place, just bring a picture, I'm sure they'll do a great job!
FYI: our whether was off and on all week. Just as cloudy as sunny! Prettymuch no rain though!
Next up: the Palapa and the coordinators.