Hi Jenna. Well you've certainly come to the right place to get info! First I would suggest you start working with one of their Wedding Coordinators as soon as you can, they have an office in Miami with a 1-800 tel # so you don't have to make long distance calls. Second, most important thing is setting your budget. They do have some very simple packages that aren't too expensive, like the Fantasy package where you don't have to do a reception dinner with dj, plated menu, privatized restaurant, etc. They will allow you to just completely customize your event and anything you do would be a-la-carte, but trust me that can get expensive because you'll be charged for every little thing unless you do it yourself or bring it with you - at which point you'll need to pack it or ship it there - and again, there goes your $. So, I think you should have a budget in mind of what you are willing to spend, and then work with the coordinators to see what can be done with your budget. They do lovely simple-low key weddings for not terribly expensive..it's when you start adding on all the extras that your $'s go up.
They have several areas where you can do your ceremony including the beach. You don't have to do chairs..but..it's a wedding...as low-key as it is. Just something to think about. The lobby starts going at about 9 pm with entertainment. That's where everyone goes. They bring in a live band every night which plays great latin fun music, and then the disco/club also located in the lobby opens at 11 pm. This is a nightly thing, so yes you'll have somewhere to go and dance/party. You can definitely do a non-privatized dinner without having to privatize a restaurant.
Speak to the coordinators once you have your budget in mind, you'll be surpised at what can be put together for you. Good luck!
Originally Posted by SimplenSweet
Hi there ladies!
I need help! I'm 25 and tryin to plan my wedding- I honestly want to keep it simple and sweet....my mom passed away when I was 14 and I think I lost the "bride gene" somewhere along the way- and I've really never had a desire for a big wedding ceremony or party.
My fiance and I are planning to come down November 19-25 of this year, and we are having about 30-35 guests (mostly immediate family and a few close friends). I wanted to do the all-inclusive as it seems to be the cheapest option. I am thinking about booking the wedding for Friday, November 23rd. My ideal setting would be on the beach, with my family/friends standing around (no chairs) and no decorations (maybe a bridal bouquet). After that, I'd love to do pictures with hubby and with everyone. I'm thinking of just trying to ask for reservations at a restaurant (maybe at long tables) but not privatizing the whole place. Honestly, I don't want to pay more for a cocktail hour/drinks when it's an all-inclusive resort (I don't really mind being around other people). Is this do-able? After that, we just want to dance... not sure if there's anything to do there on Friday nights after 7pm... anyone have suggestions?
Also, for the rest of the week we would like to try and do dinner together as well... just so we can have a section or a big table.
Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated~~