RESORT VIDEOGRAPHER: 9/10
We had the videographer during the ceremony, I donâ€™t even remember seeing him. He was very discreet and professional. He got some nice detail shots of set up etc beforehand and as a really nice touch one of the songs on the video is a version of the song I walked in to which I thought was sweet. I intended to supply him with our songs for the video but forgot. I recommend it and think it adds a really personal touch. He stayed around briefly afterwards and filmed some of our group shot set ups.
The whole thing is as cheesy as I expected but despite my hair issues I love it.
The only problem is that we did not have microphones so you can here our vows through the judges microphone but canâ€™t hear either of the two readings at all which is a shame. I would have marked 10/10 other than that.
CHAPEL COURTYARD @ 5-6PM: 10/10
Itâ€™s such a lovely area and feels really private despite its location by the Sugar reef bar, Himitsu, Gohan and the Plaza. I think the timing was perfect as it meant Himitsu was not yet open for dinner so nobody needed to walk through our party.
We were also fortunate that no entertainment was taking place at the plaza that night so the area was deserted.
We requested cool towels to be waiting as everyone left the chapel which was really a nice touch and much appreciated. Natalia said there would be an extra charge for this but it never showed up on our bill.
Whilst we were in the ceremony they had set up in the courtyard and other than her not getting my idea about the table plan (one of the things I gave verbal instructions for) everything else was perfect.
As we were running late by the time we had done group photos outside the chapel they were already serving welcome drinks and bringing out nibbles.
We requested BBCâ€™s as our welcome drink and supplied a recipe, they were delicious, the best cocktail we had all holiday but we couldnâ€™t get them again during our stay as none of the bars have Baileys.
We didnâ€™t like any of the Hors dâ€™ouvres on the menu so I asked if we could have something Mexican style and it was great, nachos, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cheese sauce and mini tacos. There seemed to be a lot for 15 people and everyone enjoyed it.
We also set up a silly props table for the guests to amuse themselves taking photos whilst we were with our photographer.
HAVING FUN WITH PHOTO PROPS
Once our pictures were done we came back to the courtyard and did our first dance here as we had worked on a salsa routine and needed to do it on concrete rather than sand!!!
I highly recommend not going straight into the cocktail hour and having at least an hour to do group photos then bride and groom photos and then you get to come back and spend some time with your guests.
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