I just have a few questions. How much of the pink and orange did you bring to decorate the gazebo? Im just curious how much I will have to bring. Also, where did you purchase it? Thanks so much!
Originally Posted by mekanabr
Thanks everyone for the congrats! It was such an amazing day! I'll attempt to answer some of the questions..
-as far as the decor goes, I brought with us pink and orange chair sashes, pink, orange, and white 8" paper lanterns, and pink and orange paper luminary bags with electronic tea lights to go inside. Chanldyn and Donnalee set up the chair covers and lanterns for hte ceremony and it was beautiful. After our wedding since there was one after us, they took everything down and then to my surprise set up the paper lanterns in the gazebo again for our reception. THey also put our luminaries around the outter part of the gazebo and along the inner step and a few alnog hte pathway leading up to the gazebo. I'll post the pics I have that were posted on fb, sorry I don't have any other ones. I originally wanted them to use the luminaries to light up the entire pathway to the gazebo, but it worked out better the way they did it bc ppl just cut across the beach to get there, so noone would have appreciated the pathway anyway. Plus, when the lights went out they provided just enough light to allow us to keep dancing!
gazebo at night, hard to see sorry! but you can see a few lumiaries in the front along the pathway and they they were put around the outter edge and along the inner part that raises a little bit
table decor, we didn't get the package inclusive flowers, bc we went through Jan's so instead they gave us a centerpiece for our table and it was used on the table during the signing of the register. We brought with us the table runners in both pink and orange and they transferred the chair sashes from the ceremony to the dinner. We brought with us tea lights and the centerpieces which were photos printed on vellum and set up in triangles, everyone loved them.
for the alcohol we got for the reception, we just stopped at a random road side store that our taxi driver took us to. His name was Michael and he was just a driver the resort got for us. Since we went all over for about 2 hrs, the trip cost us $10 pp and we had 16 ppl with us (not cheap! but totally worth it). I'm sure if you were just going to the store and back it wouldn't cost for than $20. We bought 4 bottles of wine and 2 cases of red stripe and they charged us in Jamaican, so I think it was just over $100 for everything. When the reception at the gazebo started our friend walked over to the lobby bar and paid the bartender $5 for a gallon jug of rum punch. Chanldyn set up the cooler or ice, table, and cups for us. We actualy had cups with us that were from our fav bar back home but they provided everything we would've needed. THe only thing we didn't have when we got down there was a bottle opener for the red stripe and a cork screw for the wine, but we got one from a bartender and returned it at the end of the night. If you want liquor, the resort sells it at their shops on site, we didin't trust our friends mixing their own liquor drinks lol.
We borought our own ipod dock and just set it up once we walked over from dinner to the gazebo. My brother in law was in charge of it for the night and just made sure our first dance song came on when needed, other wse it played until the playlist ended.
-Mahoe falls is about 20 mins away and it is $5 to play in the falls and $5 to tour the Coyoba gardens that are on-site. Mahoe was beautiful and I definitely recommend it! Our tour was through Lee's Tours and I set up everything in advance beofre we were down there. We had private transportation during the whole excursion and we went zip lining and to the falls and it was $62 per person. Everyone loved the tour and thought it was cool that we went into Jamaica and saw the mountains etc instead of doing a snorkeling excursion (our original idea). We were usposed to have had time to go shopping at Ohco Rios but we got stuck in traffic bc of an accident on the way to zip lining and didn't have enough time. Our excursion left the resort at 9am and returned around 3pm.
and don't worry, your questions weren't rude at all! I"m happy to help.
My hair literally didn't move until I went swimming that night at 2am! My hair never holds curl and whatever they put on it actually made my hair stay where it was supposed to and was mostly curled the entire day, I was super impressed. I didn't get my make up done at the resort, although they wanted me to. I used a tinted primer from Benefit and it was amaizng, even with the heat and humidity, my makeup looked great all day. I got it from Sephora and highly recommend it!
As far as the excursion goes, read above and that should hopefully answer your questions, let me know if it doesn't!
Here's a pic of Mahoe! It's the top portion, there is another part below about the same size. It was so fun and refreshing after the hot morning in the jungle zip lining to splash around in the falls
part of the lower portion