A quick update on where my FI and I are in our process leading up to our wedding on May 19th:
We're planning to do a family only dinner the first night we get in on May 17th for a group of 12-14, but we haven't quite figured out how best to approach this. Should we set it up as just a normal group dinner as though we were all there as guests together? We considered doing a small private dinner, but we certainly don't need 4 hours of service for the meal.
The next night, we're doing the "rehearsal dinner" as our group dinner included in our free wedding package with all of our guests (30-35, we have some stragglers that are still "on the fence"). That dinner with be at La Isla. (I'm assuming Cocotal must have been full or something, but I think we will like La Isla better anyway.)
The wedding is going to be at 3pm on May 19th at Gazebo 55. We're expecting it to be hot, but we're just planning to have the dress code take that into account (e.g., no shoes, sundresses, lots of sunscreen). I figure there should be a breeze off the water at least. We ended up picking Sarani for our photography and are only going to do pictures for the time before the ceremony, during, and immediately after.
We then have some time between for guests to cool off and change before dinner at 6pm. We're having the dinner and reception at the Mexican Gazebo, as there were not many options given to us besides that location. We're okay with it, but Claudia kept trying to talk us out of it due to the heat and bugs (?!) in that area of the resort. The only other options were to do the reception on the beach by Guacamayas (which wouldn't be private at all and would have to be over no later than 9pm) or in the ballroom garden, which also didn't look very appealing. We're going to do the BBQ Buffet (as table service is not available in that reception location for some reason). We bought our own table decorations ahead of time on Etsy and at a craft store. We will have table numbers made out of crushed sea shells, random shells and aqua-colored glass spread out on the table, some blue bottles filled with sand, and some aqua-colored candelabras. For favors, we're going to do crystal seashell bottle stoppers for the ladies and a bottle opener for the guys. We ended up getting DJ Doremixx for the reception as we were getting very anxious about having to control the flow of things ourselves. We're both lawyers and thus VERY type A, so I could see my FI and I walking on eggshells if we had to rely on an iPod all night.
Most of our family leaves on Sunday, so we're hoping to do a friends-only excursion that day or on Monday. We're still kicking around ideas on that one though.
We're staying in the swim-up casitas for seven nights in order to receive our free wedding. (We stayed in the swim-up suites last time and absolutely fell in love with sitting in the lazy river all day.) After finishing up at EDR, we're going to go over to Merida and spend a few days exploring that city before returning to the real world after Memorial Day.
Here's hoping we don't forget too many details!