Hey SimplenSweet! I get married on Nov 9th...we will just be missing each other! My ceremony will be at the gazebo and the cocktail hour will be there as well. I have about 60 guests attending. I've only just started working with Jessica who is filling in for my planner Veronica indefinitely. I never had to work with Cemone - thankfully. Veronica's been absolutely great...and so far my experience with Jessica has been great as well! My power planning call will be with Jessica this Friday, but I've been slowly planning everything out with Veronica over the last 6 months so pretty much everything is planned at this point, the power call shouldn't be too much to go thru for me.
I too asked about the setup for the cocktail hour, extra costs with chairs, ottomans, lounge tables etc...it all adds up quickly. Veronica suggested to me not to bother with getting the extra chairs etc. I have the Aqua Package so I will already have 3 lounge tables set up, and they setup the h'ors deuvres tables and bar literally right next to the gazebo. She suggested that guests can just sit at the same chairs they used for the ceremony, and most people will be standing around chit-chatting and posing for pics during the cocktail hour anyway. So...I decided to take her suggestion and save a few bucks. Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by SimplenSweet
Hey KeeDon... I am planning on having my cocktail hour at the gazebo as well (beach ceremony). How did they set up seating for you there (if at all?) I'm battling with them right now.... haha! Basically, I wanted a few ottomans set up, or just have the chairs brought up from the beach for guests (I have 50 guests total... only about 10-15 would probably NEED seating as they are elderly and/or have medical issues).
I too, want to give my shout-out to my fabulous coordinator, Jessica Bianca. I had Cemone for about a month when I first started planning and she was awful. Needless to say when she left the office I knew it could only go up with who I was assigned to. Jessica Bianca is so sweet, answers emails quickly and is anxious to help me with any questions that I have. If you get her as your planner you are a blessed bride!!
I have my power planning meeting in 2 days! Can't believe it. The date is 11/19. Under 14 weeks away now!
Any suggestions you all could give would be greatly appreciated. I am looking to haul down grapewood (similar to driftwood) but hoping I can "check it" at the airport as baggage (still in the cardboard box and I will tape it up. Does anyone have experience with this? I'm also a little worried getting through customs with dried wood. Hopefully it won't be an issue.
My ceremony is at 12pm on the beach, cocktail hour by the gazebo I hope, and then our reception on La Barcaza... after that come back and boogy at the hotel lobby, then the disco.