So sorry it has taken so long to post since the wedding. Did I tell you I also have a 8 month old baby girl. So you can see I have been busy with that as well. Still...My apologies.
Everything turned out beautifully despite some bumps along the way getting it organized. I want to answer some of those questions we all have been trying to find out about the RIU. Palace. Where do I start?
FYI...To both Michelle's and Jenn, who have been emailing back and forth with me and my mom...if I leave anything out, please feel free to email me. Either my mom or I will get back to you sooner through email than on here. (I don't seem to find the time to get back on here lately...but I check my emails always)
We had the Caprice wedding pkg.
Brides Bq: all Casablanca Lilies and greens (included)
Grooms Bout: small white lily to match (included)
purchased BM bq's $60.00 ea. (MH was to have 7 lilies, BM were to have 5 lilies...all ended up with only 4 large casablanca which we didn't know till they were brought to us 1hr before the wedding. too late to do anything about it so just breath...LOL) wanted hand tied with blue ribbon we brought, no container. They put them in a cylinder and wrapped the cylinder with the ribbon (did not like it but can see why they did it. It was a very hot day and they lasted longer this way. Just would have been nice for them to tell us first and not just do it.
GM Bout: my mom made real touch silk combo of lily petal, cherry blossom with agreen leaf from silk lily. I wanted to incorporate cherry blossom into the theme. They turned out great and were much better than paying 5x $30 ea from the resort florist.
Lets start with the ceremony ...46 in total attended incl wedding party. Everyone gathered on the grass prior to the wedding starting. We had a basket of silk fans that my dad handed out while he visited with everyone before the ceremony started.
We decided to have the guests seat themselves where they liked. Because the ramp we walked down to the ceremony was a little steep we opted to have the groomsmen escort the bridemaids down. My groom carried our daughter and I walked beside them.
The ceremony is about 20 minutes long, 25 minutes with the sand ceremony. Judge speaks in spanish and the WC translates. The signing of papers is long and you get finger printed (bring something to clean the ink off)
San Jose Gazebo: Awesome choice to have the ceremony. Over looks the ocean, background of the Arch (although the angle you cannot see the actual arch but it is there) and on our day (Wednesday) there were cruise ships (some got in some photos which turned out kind of cool). There was a table set up to the left side of gazebo with champange and water on ice. Champange glasses (not plastic) and a server (all included in pkg). To the right of the gazebo was another table set up for the sand ceremony. There is also a very large grass garden area for picture taking. Chairs were covered in a white cloth chair cover with a blue bow tied around it. On the front of the gazebo arch were 2 very large flower arrangements (incl. in pkg) that matched my bouquet. Casablanca lilies smell awesome and can bother some with allergies but since it was all outside there were no problems.
San Jose Gazebo Riu Palace
The walkway to the right is one choice for the wedding party to enter, or you may enter from the left which has a level ground. We picked the ramp on the right to walk down (it's a little steep, not bad just take your time) I did it in 3 inch heels...and never fell at all...) We did not bring this from home. The sand ceremony was a last minute addition. My mom hunted high and low and finally found a plain vase and colored sand at Walmart. Luckily mom brought some craft supplies and was able to decorate the vase. The colored sand is actually scented sand found in their home decor deptartment. The beige sand in the vase is from the beach. 4 colors: base color represents where we were married the other 3 colors represent our daughter and us. NOTE: afterward mom stuffed the empty space of the vase neck with kleenex and topped with douple saran wrap put the vase back in the box it came in and gave it to the best man to bring home for us as a carry on. No problems at the airport. Total cost for vase and colored sand $35.00
sorry...This is a lot of info for one post and I am probably posting in the wrong area. Someone let me know if I am rambling. I will post next on the reception.