Thanks for the welcome cokcktail reception tip, Dina! We were thinking 8pm, so people could spend the day in the pool and meet us after dinner (or before), but maybe 4:30 / 5pm works better so people can meet up pre-dinner.
Since we have such a large group of people coming with us, I have a feeling that we are going to show up at a restaurant and meet up with a bunch of people randomly. Most likely, those people are going to want to all eat together. Did you ever have more than 12 people? And did they push tables together for you?
Also, are there any late night snack places open? I am thinking there will probably be a few disco nights and we will likely want to grab a bite before heading to bed.
You could definitely do something at 8, but it will likely be quite busy. Everyone hangs out in the lobby at night, as there isn't anywhere else to go except for the nightly shows. The disco opens at 10. We went there on the night of our wedding and had a blast, I wish we had have gone more than once
I don't think we ever had more than 12 people at once for dinner. I'm honestly not sure how many they will accommodate. It's hard because you want to spend time with everyone. They always pushed tables together for our large group.
The buffet is open pretty late, but definitely not after the disco. BUT there is room service 24 hours. We never ordered, but my sisters did a few times and said it was always good.
Vanessa - yea to sending out invites! I loved that part as well. I'm not sending out another round. I was thinking about doing an evite a week or so before to tell them about the casual happy hour we want to do the night before our wedding.
Dina - as for the vows my other half isn't too big about writing his own vows. I was thinking about putting together a nice short one that both of us can say, but want some prompts from the minister. Do you think they would help incorporate that as well?
Also do they seam wedding dresses and suits at the resort?
Gannoham - I know time is going to fly by!! We aren't planning any for sure events for people. It's more like I know I want to go snorkeling so I will tell people and whoever wants to come can. I didn't want to be the "cruise director" for the whole week. I know my group is just ready to all hang out on the beach. I have heard there are vendors at the resort that can help you.
Past brides were the vendors helpful to get you out snorkeling, or other off site excursions?
Ok, I should clarify: the minister did the "repeat after me" stuff I believe for the exchanging of rings, and then we also recited our own vows that we had written ourselves. What we "repeated" was beautiful, but our own vows added our own personal touch. You could definitely write your own short vows, give them to the minister prior to the ceremony and he will have you repeat after him. I have a funny story about this: Our minister spoke wonderful English. While we were repeating the minister, he did not speak into the microphone, and with the wind from the ocean my husband found it hard to hear him. Patrick was trying so hard to repeat exactly what he heard and heard "I de-wed" instead of "I thee wed". It was so funny to me, and when the minister repeated himself Patrick still didn't hear him properly. I don't think he actually got the right words out. Puts a smile on my face thinking about it.
They will definitely steam your dress and suit for you. This was included in our Divine package. Ramon was sure to go over exactly what we needed to do to ensure this happened correctly and timely. We also had the groomsmen shirts ironed - for a pretty reasonable price of 2.50$ a shirt.