Originally Posted by megsosborn
It's been awhile since my last post but I just started hammering down some more wedding details since I took a break over the holidays:)
Questions for everyone:
1) When do you pay the outside photographer fee?
2) We are planning on having an informal welcome/get together dinner and was wondering if any of you had suggestions as to which restaurant might be best for this and
3) Is anyone trying to organize a lunch for their bridesmaids and other girls the day of the wedding? I am getting my hair done at the Spa on my wedding day and I thought it would be nice to have lunch for all my girls. Some of them will be getting ready there with me and others will just come for lunch. Mayra, at the spa has gotten back with me and said that we can have lunch but is pushing for us to rent out the Garden Villa since there will be around 12 women. The Villa is $200 an hour - plus the cost for lunch! If anyone has been to the Spa, can you tell me if there is a room to set up a lunch buffet in or if there is even room to accommodate a request like this?
1) No clue. sorry!
2) I had my wedding at PPC last October and I saw the YHI Spa. They have a private pool with cabanas, which is probably the area you'd be renting out. It's beautiful! If it's worth the $200/hour plus food, go for it-- you probably won't be disappointed. I'm not sure what the plan B is in case of rain. Perhaps there is an empty cabana that they'd put the tables in? You'd have to ask Mayra. But if it's a good day to be outside, there's plenty of room around the pool. (so nice!)
If you didn't want to pay for a private lunch at the Spa, another option is to simply show up at one of the restaurants with your crew. They're super accommodating to guests. Of course, they're going to want to sell you as much as they can and tell you that you can't reserve for so many people (when I was there the restaurants didn't take any reservations at, but it was never a problem), but everything is already paid for, so if you don't mind not having a privatized event, eating at the restaurants is a great option. Then you can take the trolley down to the Spa for your appointments. Just book early! I didn't book early enough and another bride with 8 bridesmaids took all the availability! They were great and accommodated me and my mom anyway, but I suggest booking early to avoid any anxiety-- oh, and bring pictures for your hair-do. Good luck!