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Thanks lsmith!


We have requested the Italian but Chandlyn told us we would know closer to the date. I like your approach with everything being laid back. We are definitely that way as well but we have so many different groups of people from various points in our lives joining us for the day that we thought making a seating chart would help everyone to feel more comfortable.


When you think back to the Italian do you think you can put a seating chart up on the wall? We are also renting the gazebo and I am very excited about our dance party. I will be sure to make some playlists for the DJ to use!



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Omg just finished reading 181 pages post. I am feeling very overwhelmed and very excited!!! All I have done is booked with a travel agent and got my date set. But thanks to this tread it will steer me in the right direction!

Thanks for all the great information Ladies!

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I was thinking the free one as well but I am not to sure yet! Haven't done to much, I feel like I am behind after reading all the post.


Originally Posted by jenner29 View Post

We will be there from the 17th until March 2nd...I'm thinking we are probably going to go with the free package, but we may have too many people...so not sure yet.  How about you?  How much have you actually got done so far?




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Thanks for all of the information lsmith!


We booked the gazebo for our group as well!  Can you just clarify the total cost of the gazebo reception.  When I spoke to Donnalee she said $500 + $22/person for the bartender.  I was just confused by the mention of the extra $250 to set up?  Is this included in the $500 or separate?


This awful DJ is really disappointing!  I've heard this a few times, so it must be true!  I was kinda hoping it was just a few people with different taste in music, but I keep hearing the same.  If you asked him to play particular songs, would he?  Does he have a bunch of music that you can pick from?  I'm really not tech savy and don't even own an ipod, so I was hoping to avoid making my own wedding playlist!  Do you have any suggestions?  I guess if all else fails, maybe I can get the bridal party to start putting something together....

Originally Posted by lsmith211 View Post

I know a lot of you asked Katelyn questions about the gazebo - thought I'd throw my 2 cents in and hopefully give you guys some info you can use:


First-  we got the DJ and his music was awful!!!  Luckily we did our own playlist and gave him our ipod and got him to play all of it - his stuff was like all crazy remixes and stuff (we only listened for as long as it took to run up to our room to get the ipod - he didn't want to play the CDs we had with us - but he will if that's all you have....)......  But, I will say that the sound system was amazing, and in my opinion totally worth the extra $250 to set it up!!!  I can't imagine that a docking station would carry too far since you are outside and it's breezy (not too windy though), and with the ocean right next to you.....  Honestly, the sound quality was amazing! 


We got the bar set up and I'm really glad we did....  They charged us $22 per adult for the 2 hours, so it ended up costing about $1000 but the bartender was amazing - even made a custom drink for our guests!  I didn't even look into getting bottles ourselves, cause I just couldn't be bothered...  There were no stores around the resort that i saw, so I would say you'd have to buy everything from the resort.....  But it's a really long walk for anyone to get drinks at the other bar, so you will definitely need something if you rent the gazebo


They shut things down pretty much exactly at the 2 hour mark - I think they gave us 5 minutes extra or so, and the DJ warned us that he was starting our last song....  As soon as the music ended they started packing up the equipment and bar - they didn't waste any time!  We had ours from 8:45-10:45 so we headed right over to the disco from there.....  The karaoke bar is a great option as well!


We got married April 5,and the sun set pretty much at exactly 6:30, but I would think it would be a little later in June.  I'd say prob about 6:45 or 6:50


Hope that helps - you're all gonna love the GBP - we can't wait to go back......


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Thanks Lsmith for the info!!!  Love the pictures, looks like a great time!


Welcome tamandrob!  Good luck planning and you definitely made the right choice of resort!! :)

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A sand ceremony is where the bride and groom (and sometimes other people, such as moms, or children) each have a container of sand, usually different colors, and they pour them together into one container.  The judge usually reads out something while its going on.  Try searching on this site and you will find lots of peoples containers, and readings they used.

As for my dress, I'm just going to put it in a bag, like the kind used for mens suits.

Originally Posted by welshmother View Post

Hi guys, my name is Lisa, from the UK and I too am getting married there on the 18th November this year.  There are 8 of us all together travelling over from England. 


I have looked at all these amazing pictures with tears in my eyes!!  I have a couple of questions if someone could help me........


What is the Sand ceremony please and how would I go about it, I loved the pictures of the sand being put into the same container!


Also, how did you guys get your dress over there?  I am thinking of getting one of those men's suit bag things!


I can't believe I've only just found this website!!!! xxxxx


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Welcome welsh and tamandrob congrats!!!!


Busy bee I was told it was 500 if you are renting the gazebo and DJ without the DK it's 250. I am bringing a ipod and making a playlist just hope there is somewhere to plug it in. My FI is using this opportunity to get a expensive docking station he has been looking at the bose one which is suppose to be really good and loud.

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Hi BusyBee,


FleetMac Bride is right - the gazebo is $250 alone, or $500 including the DJ.


I'm not sure about requests for the DJ, I'm sure he'd play what you want (if he has it) since it's your wedding, but at the disco they didn't play any songs we requested!  We didn't ask him what music he had - we knew we wanted our own playlist from the beginning.  The only time we heard his music was while my sister ran up to the room to get her ipod....  I wasn't looking forward to making my own playlist either, but my sister offered to do it for me in lieu of a wedding gift so it worked out really well!  Anyone in your wedding party that might be willing to take this on for you???

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