| Originally Posted by Jules23 |
Congrats Lisa on your wedding! Everything sounds like overall it turned out perfectly. Thanks for the very detailed review, I was looking forward to it for awhile now! haha. I just have a few quick questions for you:
1. In terms of choosing your locations for your welcoming party, rehearsal dinner and cocktail hour; did you choose these prior to your arrival? Im just concerned about choosing prior to arrival that I may change my mind once I see the different locations in person.
2. You mentioned you used your own DJ for the welcome party, how about for your wedding reception on the beach? Or did you use the resort DJ (any feedback about the resort DJ as we know theres mixed reviews about him).
3. Since it rained during the day - how was the sand at night for the beach party - wet or dry? And was the extra cost for the beach party the same pricing structure as it is to have for the cocktail hour or welcome party?
Thanx! and Congrats again!
1 - We visited Iberostar twice in the last year because we were in JA for 2 other weddings at ROR, so we were able to choose our locations in advance. Also, about 2 weeks before the wedding date Nicole sends a "Final Details" worksheet that asks about where/when you want your welcome party, cocktail party, etc. They are pretty flexible there though, so if you choose a place but then decide on somewhere else once you get there, they could probably work it out as long as no one else has that area reserved. Only thing is that you'll have to notify your guests of the changes after you get there. Let me know if you have any questions about the different locations and I might be able to help (and might have a picture). The main ones are the lobby staircase, lobby terrace, Mango Walk club, and Blue Moon music room.
2 - We used our own dj for the reception also. He's a friend that was there for the wedding, so he was there the whole weekend. If you use your own dj, you still have to pay to use their equipment, and their dj will be there also. I think it's to kind of supervise the equipment and make sure it's not playing too loud. He wasn't in the way or anything though.
3 - I was worried about the sand being wet for the reception also, but by then it was dry enough and totally comfortable to dance on. I think it stopped raining around 3:30 and we were on the sand around 9. There wasn't any extra charge for having the dancing on the beach during the reception. We just had a bar set up out there instead of using only the one that's inside (that one was open also) for the regular $8 per person per hour, and the dinner was still included at no cost.