Yikes! I am sooo sorry my dear! You know what you should ask, is if you can still have a cocktail hour? But have it after dinner and extend it to 2 hours!?!? Or of course you could try this option before dinner too. I totally know what you mean about wanting a "real" reception. There are 20 of us and I didn't want to just do the dinner either. If the cocktail hour doesn't work, I am sure you can head to the swing bar or one of the bars in the one of the lobbies. For our cocktail hour, we are bringing our Bose player down, so we don't have to pay extra for the speaker we are renting for the reception.
Originally Posted by FutureRN2011
I finally got an email from Joannis.....but I have a feeling it is only because I contacted my TA and she called MP and told them they need to get going on things and stop leaving us brides that are leaving in less than a month hanging. My reply from Joannis is in my opinion half-assed. I had asked in my previous email to her what my options were for my reception since I noticed that you have to have a minimum of 20 people for a private reception outside. I asked if I could do dinner in a restaurant and rent a terrace for dancing and she replied that I would have to do dinner in a restaurant and that I could not have a private function because 12 people isn't enough. She didn't offer any other suggestions or anything. I literally felt like crying when I saw that reply. I don't know what I am going to do or if there are any hopes of having any type of event that will feel as close to a reception as I can get. I am not impressed with no suggestions as to what my options were. I guess its back to the drawing board and I will have to figure out what we are going to do for a reception. I leave in 21 days and feel like my miami coordinator has not helped me at all. She has just made me more stressed leaving me in the dark. I really hope that my on-site coordinator contacts me soon since I don't even know who that is either.
No, you do not. I have been to 2 destination weddings and didn't receive them. I am doing them because it will be a surprise for everyone and I really wanted to show our appreciation with them. However, we are not doing "favors" at the reception. It's mostly family, so they won't even notice.
Originally Posted by CafeDelMar21
Hey Ladies, I have a question: Do I NEED to have OOT bags?
I'm asking because it's not like any of my guests haven't travelled before and, well, they should know what to bring. I find it more of a pain than anything. I've never been to a destination wedding so I don't know if I am expected to make them. HELP!
YAY!! Can't wait to read it!!!
Originally Posted by USCJLB
I have posted my wedding review for anyone who is interested...whew, it took forever but I wanted to write it while everything was still fresh in my mind.
The one thing that I forgot when I posted it was about customs and forms. When you complete the customs forms you need to ensure that you keep that little stub of paper with you because they will collect it when you board the plane back to the US. We went down as 4 (mom, our son, hubs and I) but my Mom came back with our son the day after the wedding so we could have some grown up time. The customs agent when we came through mixed up my husband and son's slip of paper and it lead to lots of delays for my Mom and for us when we came back through. So just keep that in mind!
You all have been the greatest support network and I have loved this process feeling like we were all in it together. Best of luck to everyone and may you all have long, happy, and joyous marriages!