Please feel free to ask me any questions. I know how helpful this was to me before I went and I'm happy to help. First of all- it was AWESOME! The resort is amazing and the people were so friendly. I loved every minute of it. Okay, now down to the important part THE WEDDING:
It was incredibly easy. We met with Sasha who really knows her stuff and is very friendly. We decided on the large pavilion by the reflecting pool because everyone would fit and we could also have the reception inside it. Great for 12 people, but probably won't apply to Alex and Viki so you will have more options. We didn't commit to any photos until we saw them and no one pressured us at all. We did have it videotaped. Very steep at $500, but I'm so glad I have it. We had several friends taking photos also and they saved us a lot of money. Sasha walked us through everything so don't worry that you'll be left not knowing what you're supposed to do or where you're supposed to go. The ceremony was wonderful. I thought I would be nervous and teary, but I wasn't nervous at all. I felt very relaxed and I had no idea how much fun I would have during the ceremony. Vaughn was our officiant and he was funny and kept things light. I got a little teary, but it was very joyous. The flower ceremony was a bit of a letdown and I think it was my fault that I didn't make it clear to Sasha ahead of time that I wanted a big deal made of it. Vaughn just kind of said they want to give flowers to their moms and then we did and that was it. They were dressed roses and our moms appreciated them, but it just felt a little passed over and not as special as it should have been. The reception was great. We had the steel drum band and it was really good for a large group. I will confess that there was even a conga line. The food was pretty good and the drinks flowed.
Here are the only negatives: We picked our menu and time for the morning after breakfast in our room and it never showed up. We gave up and went to Bayside which is where we wanted to eat anyway, but it was a pain having to wait for it and not have it show up. Also, we picked the menu for our special wedding dinner. We could choose between eating from the menu at Mario's or a special menu at Bayside. We chose Bayside and what sounded like a delicious meal. It took 2 hours! There was a 40 minute wait for the entree and we didn't even care by the time we got it. We were wishing we were with our friends and family at Barefoot. Now, those are really the only negatives so that isn't bad at all. Oh, this is important- watch where you're standing for the pictures. The photographers put us in the grass by some flowers and I ended up standing in an ant hill. I got 17 bites and there are photos of my new husband pulling ants out of my dress. It wasn't a big deal and it didn't put a big damper on things. The nurse visited and put some alcohol and caladryl on the bites and we moved on. That was even before the conga line! Makes for a good story anyway. Overall, I loved my wedding and I'm so excited for you guys because you've really made a good choice. I can't wait to hear about your experiences.
Viki: The reef in Antigua is not very pretty honestly. We saw some rays, lobster and urchins along with some barracuda and other fish. I feel any day spent under water is a good day, so we still enjoyed the diving, but this is not the place to go to expect great diving. The dive guys are really nice once they warm up. We were able to store all of our gear there so we didn't have to lug it back and forth.
Please let me know if you have any questions about wedding, resort, etc. I'll be happy to help!