I am staying on at the Suites, I have been away a lot this year so it will be really nice to see all the family. We are staying for 2 weeks but get there 3 days before most of our guest, plus a few are staying at the beach. My family is great if I don't want to see them I just won't and they will completely understand. I think the hotel is very full so hopefully we will get upgraded to the Grand! My aunty already has been for the last 3 days of her stay as her agent had booked her in when they were already fully booked. So fingers crossed! We will also do a couple of days in Amsterdam and Paris when we get back so that will be fun
Cam definitely let us know re the cocktail hour. Can't beat free if it's offered. Your date is around the corner girl! Whoo hoo!! Are you going to honeymoon at the Suites as well, or are you going elsewere?
I saw in Lisa's review that she used the Lobby bar for her cocktail hour too. I asked Nicole and she said this was fine to help yourself at the bar, but quoted $150 for use of the DJ set up. I think it is one of those things where it costs but she was doing a favour. In lisa's case I think she had a very big wedding with lots of extras so this was like throwing in a bonus. I didn't want to mention anything to Nicole about this as then she may feel that she has to go by the book all the time - meaning other brides may miss out on her goodwill. Which we don't want!
My wedding is soon so I can let you know of other locations to have your cocktail hour for free. Basically anywhere there is a bar. I know another bride went to the music room. Not sure what the actual names of the bar is but it is in one of the reviews.