They are pretty much identical in my opinion. The Verando terrace is closer to the Grand side and the Tuscan terrace is in the Nizuc side- so I would just pick whatever section is closer to where you are your guests are staying IMO. We had our rehersal dinner at the Verando terrace and thought it was PERFECT- it is right on the beach (it ended up being REALLY windy though) and the grand side is quiet- so we did not have many people at all walking by! I think the "gardens" is just the grassy area next to the terraces but I would just have everything on terraces cause there are bugs that bite you- I'm not sure if they are mosquitos or not. They are not close enough that one will put a damper on your party or be a distraction. If you are concerned with lighting def have yours on a terrace as there are lamps around all the terraces. It wasn't the brightest by any means but it was enough lighting to see what you are doing. Here are a couple pics from my rehersal dinner if this helps!!
You can see one of the lamps in the background of the 2nd pic!
I'm in the middle of completing that huge checklist...I can't believe I'm 2+ months out, time has gone by soo fast. We're having MUCH fewer guests than we had originally planned (35 max...a few are still deciding, and we're currently at 70 nights, SO frusterating!!!) but due to that our location options are different than I had originally looked at. Does anyone have any suggestions on the Venado Terrace/Gardens versus the Tucan Terrace/Gardens?
We're having our ceremony on the beach and we are having a one hour cocktail hour following the ceremony (so we can take pictures) and then a buffet dinner. The gardens appear to be larger than the terraces, but I think that's just the maximum capacity? I def. want dinner to be as close to the beach as possible (we originally really wanted it ON the beach, but can justify paying the additional set up fee) so I'm thinking of doing the cocktail hour at one of the gardens, and then dinner at the corresponding terrace? Any suggestions on if this would be a good flow? Or which garden/terrace is the best combo? I think I remember reading somewhere that the Tucan and Venado are pretty similar and close to each other....I just hope not too close that if someone else is celebrating the same night there will be too much overflow/competing noise?
Also, how is the lighting at the places? Is additional lighting NEEDED to see and function, or have girls just brought it in for decorations/mood?