hi girls, here is some info that might help some of you with the time issues etc...
-I know some ppl are planning on having their reception at the disco at 11... It is a lot of fun, but just a little warning, it is VERY Loud and pretty dark and it's not super huge. I know my friends and I had a lot of fun there but none of my parents or any older guests went to the disco, I don't really think they would have enjoyed it. But it depends who the crowd is that you will be taking there.
- for the 'semi private' dinner...I know that the wedding coordinators tell you they don't allow music etc... but if you have your own ipod dock or whatever to play music, I don't see any reason why you couldn't have your first dance there. I wish we would've had a dinner playlist prepared bc it was silent when we got there (and there weren't any other ppl dining yet) so we asked them to play music. However their speakers have a mind of their own and it would go to silent to very quiet italian music to super loud ridiculous opera music blaring..it was really silly. But if you don't have anywhere else to do your first dance I def think you could get away with, plus the wedding coordinators only stopped in briefly to let us know the gazebo was set up, otherwise they weren't there. I wouldn't be able to get along with lots of dancing in there but one or two slow dance songs would prob be fine.
-for renting the gazebo, as far as I understand if you do not pay for the dj, you must bring your own stereo to play music. There are plugs down there but I would recommend bringing something that can run off of batteries, as they do turn the lights off at 10:45, so if you want to stay down there any longer, you need to have something battery powered.
-someone had asked what size paper lanterns I used and I used 8" lanterns and I got them from Luna Bazaar.
- Also- for first dances, I think you would be able to have them right after the ceremony if you didn't have another place to do them.
- If the gazebo is rented on your wedding night, you can either rent a restaurant, the disco, or you could easily get everyone together at the terrace/lobby bar. If you can have a few friends head up there a little bit in advance to get some tables together it would at least give everyone a place to hang out. THere is live music up there every night and the terrace bar opens at 6-11. When my group was there there were a few nights when 25 or more of us would meet there before or after dinner and just get tables together and hang out. It was always a good time and you can request songs for the band to play, another option for your first dance.
-for the long times between ceremony and dinner...seriously, don't stress about that! We had our ceremony at 2:30, stayed at the gazebo until 4 drinking champagne, eating cake and getting pics taken. Then we headed out into the town for pictures and no one complained that there was time in between. Our dinner didn't start until 6:30 and it really wasn't a big deal at all. It's a huge place so ppl can def entertain themselves. If you want a place for ppl to meet, they can all head up to the lobby bar and hang out and get drinks. Or just let everyone go cool off in the AC of their rooms (a lot of ppl did that bc it was so hot during the ceremony), also if they are hungry the main buffet restaurant is open until 3:30 or the beach buffet is open til 5 or so.
-THe disco is called Ska Disco, for those who were wondering.
JayKay- for my pink and orange I brought with me just a few extra chair sashes and table runners, but I'm pretty sure they used their own decorations for the gazebo bc I don't think I would've had enough orange to put up there but who knows...they never charged me for anything. I would just bring a few extras and I'm sure they will handle the rest. I bought my fuchsia satin chair sashes (which I used for table runners on top of the wider orange organza runners) from