Hey ladies! Welcome back Mrs. Hamblett. I was wondering where you've been, and welcome Emmalou!
I was pretty productive this summer I'm proud to say. Emmalou, we're getting married the same week as you! We will arrive at RMB on June 20th, but our wedding will be that Saturday the 23rd. I'd love to be a spectator at your ceremony if you don't mind.
The Fi and I are doing a beach ceremony in the gazebo. Unfortunately, you cannot do the ceremony any time that you want. They have set times. I believes they are 10, 12, 2 or 4. We are having a 4:00 ceremony. It's stupid because seating for the dinner doesn't open till 6:30, but they are non-negotionable on this point. Trust me. Then we are having a private 6:30 reception at the Mahoe Bay Steakhouse. The $55 per person charge is only if you choose the special menu with the open bar. Our reception is a $1,000 flat rate (which is good for us because we'll have about 50 people), and you get unlimited beer, wine, and rum punch. The menu is pretty good. If you go to my website, I have it posted. As far as a cocktail hour, the WC said they do a complimentary rum punch while the guests are waiting as well as some fruit I believe. Other than that, the cocktail hours are absurd. Like...$25 a person or some crap like that. No thank you. We are going to let our guests enjoy the rum punch and fruit, and then they can wander to any bar in the resort while they wait. The WC said seating will not open until 6:15. The semi-private dinner is only for 40 guests max, so that wasn't going to work for us. Plus, since you are sharing the restaurant with other resort guests, they are pretty strict on music. They wouldn't even let us bring in a ipod. Finally, the dinner is only two hours, and we wanted a longer reception to celebrate. The beach receptions are like $3,000, so that was out of our price range.
We are going with Stacey Clarke for photography, and we couldn't be more excited. She is so easy to talk to, and she's very flexible. She will be doing a TTD session with us on Sunday as well. Our DJ is Kevan Stewart from JA Wedding DJ. I actually heard of him from this website. He got glowing reviews from a lot of the brides. I contacted him this summer, and he seems super friendly and flexible as well. We're really excited. It was just important to us that we wouldn't have to worry about music. He's going to play during the ceremony, and then he'll have plenty of time to set up for the reception. I won't have to worry about dinner music and dancing music, and he'll do the announcing.
As far as flowers, we're going to do silk as well. I might be making my own arrangements. Our colors are cobalt blue and mango. Fi and I both have blue eyes, so I wanted to be surrounded by blue in the pictures so our eyes would pop. (So vain...I know lol). Then I am obsessed with Tiger Lilies, so that's what our flowers will be.
Mrs. Hamblett, what do you mean when you said that for every 10th person, the 11th is free? We have 41 people booked so far, and they told us the same thing, but I don't understand it! Does that mean that they are free the entire week? Like they don't have to pay for the room at all? Do you get to pick the people that are free, or does the resort pick? Does it matter what room they are in? What if it's an ocean view room? Is it still free? Ah! I'm so confused by this. Thanks!!!!