Hi girls, I just came back from my wedding at the Hard Rock. Overall I had a great experience there. The resort is beautiful and huge. The inside looks like Vegas and there are so many great restaurants. As soon as I get some pics that my family and friends took I will post them. I had my wedding last Friday at the beach in front of the Toro Steakhouse. Here are the free private events that I had for bringing 47 people with me:
Thursday- Welcome Party at the Eden Pool---this was absolutely gorgeous. I would definately recommend this spot.
Friday- Ceremony was supposed to be at the Ipanema beach but there was some construction I was told so they moved over to the beach in front of Toro Steakhouse which was very nice. This was a nice set up. I just had the complimentary Hard Rock package and honestly for the 20 minutes for the symbolic ceremony I didn't want to pay for any of the Colin packages. It still looked very nice.
Cocktail Hour and Reception was at the Toro Solarium. Half open half covered but I had Celebrations do the reception decorations. The sashes I had brought for the ceremony accidently got put on the reception chairs instead but worked out any way.
Sunday- Farewell Brunch - Element Terrace ---this was on the roof of the terrace but it was set up very nicely. There is no elevator to get up there just alot of steps so if there is some one in your family that is disabled I would not recommend this spot.
I was not very happy with the inhouse photographer. She was bossy and honestly the pictures were nice but cheesy. She also missed the first dances but that is half my fault because the private session ended before the reception started so we got to the cocktail hour early and she was not due to start till 6:30. This also led to the bridal party going to the cocktail hour when we were all supposed to get introduced at the same time so we just ended up just having bride and groom get announced. I wish I had picked my first choice of HDC photo. Too late.
Also make sure you ask for a rehearsal. I did not get one and basically every one saw me pull up on the trolley before any one had been seated. I was basically telling the bridal party to have people sit. The coordinator was late getting there so I was just sitting on the trolley where every one could see me. Basically it took the "wow" factor of me walking up out of the equation.
If you have any questions let me know and I will be happy to help