Yes, I didn't use the bouquets that they offered in our package (we brought our own), so they did up two centrepieces which we used on the table where you sign the marriage certificate during the ceremony and then they moved them to our head table for the reception. But I had to provide centrepieces for the rest of the tables.
And we rented the gazebo after dinner. So it worked out nicely that we finished dinner, and walked right over to the gazebo. I believe we only paid $250 though. Email her back and tell her you were told by past brides that it was cheaper than what you were quoted. I did that, and they gave it to me for that price. Doesn't hurt to ask!
We brought our own ipod dock and ipod and when we got to the gazebo, we put all our stuff down and we went and set off our sky lanterns and then did our first dance. The ipod dock worked perfectly and we had put extra songs on there in case we got the gazebo till later. Worked out better than expected because they didn't end up turning the lights out on us until about midnight! At which point we moved over to the disco.
And we didn't use the bartender. A few of the guys took it upon themselves to ask each of our guests for a small donation ($10 or so per couple) and they went into town and picked up a tonne of liquor for us. So it was set up with pop, juice, ice, and cups when we got to the gazebo. You can request that set up (ice, pop, juice, cups and a table) for free and they'll do it for you. If you're not comfy asking the guests to give more money, just work it into your budget and get some bottles of rum, vodka, beer, and wine (and don't forget the rum punch - tip a bartender during the week for a couple jugs on your special night!) yourself during the week.
Hope that helps!
Originally Posted by JennS
Hi Girls, thank-you for the info...you guys are both so helpful and its great to have people like you on this forum, most people I'm sure get married and then never come back on the share advice with the Brides to Be, so again thank you both!!
I have spoken to Chandlyn and the only place available to have a semi-private is the Grill, so that it is what we've decided to do. With the exception of you JayKay, it sounds like most have gone with the Dolce Vita as it overlooks the ocean, but its unavailable to hopefully the Grill will be good. We are also going early January but it will be over the Christmas/New Years period. I am glad to hear that you get to choose your menu...and I'm glad you mentioned about the Kids and Vegetarian meals Kristo, I never would have thought of that either.
As for decorations, Kristo you have mentioned flower centrepieces...did they provide those instead of the bouquets since you didnt use the free ones??