Here are a few photos of my ceremony set up, reception set up, and flowers to accompany my review from last month.
I'll include a little explanation to go along with them to help future brides with their planning.
This is a picture of my gazebo set up. I was and still am extremely unhappy with the way this looked.
Gazebo 55 is very beautiful and secluded from the rest of the resort. I think it needs very little to dress it up.
I recommend not doing too much to this location, and letting the natural beauty come through.
- We used 5 organza 50"x10yd sheers. I think for the way I wanted them to drape this was not a good fabric choice. I also they they did a just plain lousy job of hanging them, the charge for this set up was $200. I also don't like the organza because the ends look ratty. If I had them going to the ground and not flapping in the air up high, they probably would have looked better. We saw near by a gazebo with just plain white sheers and it looked elegant and gorgeous. Originally I though plain sheers would look.. well plain, but not so in person. Again, I tried to hard to dress the place up.
- For future brides, I would ask the wedding coordinator at what time your gazebo will be set up and have someone who knows you well go and check it out. maybe even take a photo of it to show you, perhaps have your wedding assistant accompany them. You will be too busy with getting ready to go yourself, but there is no reason why someone else can't go and scope it out. So that if you are dissatisfied you can have them change it. I would have given anything to have that done. I hate the way this looks and every picture from a distance, it always the first thing I think when I see it. That makes me a bit upset, seeing as the even made me very happy.
.... you should also know that for all of my LOMAS complaints I have not been reimbursed anything and Lomas has been ignoring all communication from me. If you have a Lomas complaint from your wedding I suggest you get it taken care of before you leave the resort.....
- You can also see my chair hangers flapping in the wind. They were just ribbon and peacock feathers. While they looked pretty hanging on chairs in my house, they were too light to hang well in the wind. Using the starfish or something heavy like a shell, like other hangers I've seen, would probably help them hang better. Also, the wide white ribbon catches the wind very easily.
- My runner as you can see wouldn't lay flat and was like this for my entire walk down the aisle, something to hold it down probably would have helped this issue. It was so windy the any flower petals on the runner would have long blown away... and our bubbles were completely lost in the wind.
- The sand as you can see was raked, but not packed. It was completely torn up by the time I got to walking down the aisle. The runner did not help at all with walking across the sand. I highly recommend wearing flats for your walk down the aisle.
Tucanes... and our reception set up.
Now, while this set up was a great use of the space for such a small group, it was quiet and no one could talk to one another... making the dinner kind of boring... when we had our rehearsal dinner in La Isla we had one long table for the 13 of us and it was very friendly. We had a great time. I recommend not spreading your group out for the sake of the look of the venue and your table. I was too hung up on the aesthetics, although I did love the way it looked.
For my tables, I brought my own table cloths, runners, tea lights, and votives. They set up 3 vases with flower petals and floating candles (which did not stay lit the entire night).
I paid $180 for the centerpieces on the 3 tables, and an additional $50 for set up of my items.
My total set up costs were $250 for both locations, these also included luminaries along the walk way and the pool, which sadly I don't have a good photograph of.
sweetheart table for the two of us, and a clear vase to hold my bouquet, which was wholly unnecessary because my flowers had basically fallen apart completely by this point in the night. Also, the table cloth here was a round table cloth. The wedding planner wasn't sure it would work on the sweetheart table size, but I think it worked just fine.
Speaking of flowers, here are some pics of my bouquet and my MOH's, you can see the weird evergreen filler, the painted orchids (Not true blue dendrobiums, DO NOT order the blue dendrobium orchids), the peacock feathers that I never asked for, and the awful plastic flower holders.
$300 for my bouquet, $60 for my MOH's...again I never received any kind of refund for this.
Also, here's a photo that Sarani took of the flowers that had fallen off my bouquet during the ceremony.
If you compare the size of my bouquet in the rock picture you'll see that it ended up the same size as my MOH by the time we made it to the reception.
Now.. I know this was a lot of complaining... but all in all I loved having my wedding at EDR and I love my husband... which I think you can tell in my photographs, which I loved. This is just a little helpful wisdom being passed on, so that other brides don't have the same mistakes as me.