Paola arranged the bonfire for us, we didn't do anything fancy as far as seating/decor or music. They just put one of those metal pits in the sand and built a nice fire, then pulled up the wooden loungers so it was like we had benches around the fire. The bonfire was on the beach off to the right of the oceanfront restaurant so everyone just walked up to the bar there for beers. It was very relaxed and a great way for everyone to meet each other and catch up. I think it would have been great if someone had brought their guitar down but we didn't want to ask anyone to travel with it so we just relied on the ipod. We brought a cordless ipod player speaker and all just hung out and chatted til midnight. It was a lot of fun! FYI, WEAR BUG SPRAY, preferably with deet! I got bit a ton that night.
I used the onsite salon for my updo. Since I got married on a Sunday, they didn't have their regular stylist working so Paola arranged for two guys from Cancun to come down to do me, my mom, and mother-in-law's hair. I think it was about $75 for just an updo no wash, or another $20 if you wanted a wash and blow dry. They did a great job, but unfortunately they weren't the regulars there.
The make-up I did myself. I'm not a big make-up girl, but I sucked it up about a month before the wedding and went to the Trish McEvoy counter at Nordstrom's. They were great at doing a very natural look, and had a handy little self-application step-by-step book. Then I practiced at home several times.
Theresa, I checked out the Aerialistpress website, how cool and really good pricing! I wish I had known about them for us, I would have totally used them! We used ModernGirl Invitations, which were fantastic customer service wise, great customization and their pricing was very reasonable, but just flat not the letterpress which really adds a richness to invitations.
Happy Planning ladies!