Another 2012 St. Thomas bride!? How exciting! Are there any others on here? I imagine we'll start filling up soon enough if not.
Thanks for your compliments on the Stardust. I had my heart set on a villa and after a ridiculous number of hours online I was beginning to get discouraged. Everything was either too expensive (even with us splitting the cost with my family who would rent it with us) or I just didn't love it. So when I found it, spoke with the owners, and realized that not only could we afford it... but we could afford it staying there by ourselves my head nearly exploded from the excitement LOL!!! We also reserved with Janelle @ Island Bliss for the coordination and she has been very helpful. Within 24 hours of our placing our down payment with her she forwarded me vendors and the applications for our license. I have not booked anything else, but Janelle has suggested that we start with photography to increase our chances of getting who we want before they book up. My favorite, from all that I received is Elisha Orin and I hope to book with her. I'm not sure what her 2012 prices are though, since we haven't requested those rates as of yet. She then suggested that after photo we should decide on catering and that this should be done by late summer or early fall for a Saturday night wedding. In a perfect world, we would like to be able to take a scouting trip this summer to try food, find a ceremony location, and confirm that the guest accomadations aren't roach motels in disquise...but we'll have to see if we can do that. I've never even been to the island? Have you?
Anyhow...My current project is guest accomodations. I am planning to send out save-the-dates in late April/early May and prior to doing so I would like to have decided on 2 hotels for the group rates and have a website setup with the travel suggestions. I just reached out to a travel agent that one of my bridesmaids recommended today and we scheduled a call for next Monday to discuss. Assuming all goes well, I will let you know what I learn about the 2012 group rates and I'll send her info your way if you're interested.
BTW...Good question on the RSVP's. I've been wondering about that myself recently. I guess it's somewhat dictated by when we need the final headcounts for the caterer but the sooner the better...right? I figured I would do a little searching on here and then if that failed I would email our trusty coordinator.
Have you booked your venue or any other vendors yet? If so, I'd love to hear the details.