Hey Jamie, we can bring our own speakers? We have a Bose speaker as well, I didn't think about using it! Do you think it would be loud enough?
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.
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.
YAY!! Can't wait to read it!!!