I am not sure I'd wear heals. I saw a bride in heals the day before my wedding and I just couldn't believe it. I made some beautiful flip flops with ribbon, bows and rhinestones and they were perfect. I even made some for my daughter who was my maid of honor. We only had 19 guests and didn't need a microphone for the wedding. I asked afterwards and they all said they could hear it but I do know that I made a point of speaking a little louder and the officiant spoke loudly as well. We did not pay for any decorations. Keisha put the flowers up on the gazebo and that was it but really, that was all that was needed. We had not fabric. You will probably have some trouble with your guests hearing you though in the restaurant if there are several other parties there. Ask her when you meet how many will be in your restaurant the same evening as you.
We wrote our own vows/ceremony as well. I took pieces from many other brides on here and made my own. We had to specialize the sand ceremony because that's where my kids were included in the wedding. It was really nice that they could be made a special part of it. Our ceremony was exactly 20 minutes long.
I went with the free tropical bouquet and loved it because it was so tropical and free. I'm glad I didn't pay for another bouquet because you cannot take it with you when you leave.
Originally Posted by booschmit
Thanks frizzy 64..that was all helpful. I'm surprised you say the tuling and flowers are always on the gazebo because tai flora is trying to charge me for it. These are the things this website is wonderful for. I'm cancelling that on my order. I really just want a nice bouquet for myself and flowers for our parents and some sashes on the white chairs.
Another question I have, is about toasts at the plantation. Did you have any sort of microphone or did you just talk loud? I had asked Keisha about a microphone and she quoted me $150/hr to use it. That is ridiculous! We have 60 guests so i'm worried it may be hard for everyone to hear but I'm not paying several hundred dollars for it. How bout at the ceremony? was there microphone available there for when we do our vows? Also did you use standard vows? or make your own? not sure how this works and cant seem to get an answer of what the "standard" vows are.
Thanks so much for your help and advice..it is much appreciated!