@meganwitt- Our rationale for the hour between cocktail hour and reception was more because of our guests. my fiancé is one of 8 siblings!! So his immediate family (Siblings and nieces/nephews ) are 32 of the 75 people we are having at the wedding. So if those 32 plus my 7 family members ( we have no bridal party) are taking pics for 30-45 mins we all would miss the cocktail hour and we are paying per head SO I figure since it's an all inclusive people can grab a drink at the beach bar and then head up to the cocktail hour. It's not ideal for everyone to do it that way but it works for us since more than 1/2 the people will be taking pictures after the ceremony.
You are right, many of your guests will be involved in picture taking, and many will watch - they wont even notice how fast that hour goes by! Also, the lobby bar is very close to both ceremony sites, so if people want shade, some drinks and to sit down there's an area. OR, there is another bar right beside both the tequilla and beach terrace. Guests can grab refreshments there. Though I wouldn't be surprised if the bar was already set up for your reception and guests could get drinks in that hour.
We did not extend our reception. After the reception "ended" the bartenders packed up and we continued to dance (this was well before 11pm) as we had our own speakers. After that we all went to the disco before it opened. I asked one of the staff to turn on the music for us and they did. It was almost like having a private reception in the disco for a bit before it opened. It was a lot of fun, and it did get busy once the disco opened, but it was a great time even then.
I flew with westjet, and they do not have closets on the plane. When I purchased my dress I also bought a garment bag from the salon. I carried my dress through security and onto the plane with no problems. As soon as the flight attendant saw me with my bag, she immediately knew we were getting married. She took my dress and laid it flat in an overhead bin at the front of the plane then immediately closed the bin doors. If anyone tried to open the doors, she stopped them. Turns out there was another bride on our plane and her dress went in the same bin (and I didn't feel so bad about taking up so much storage space). Most people are very excited for couples that are getting married. They were all so sweet. Now Sapphire will steam your dress before the wedding. Go over this with your WC before the wedding. It was included in my Divine package. My dress was perfect. We also had my husbands suit and shirt steamed, and the groomsmen shirts ironed. Everything was returned the night before the wedding. They even made sure my dress was delivered to my parents room as that was where I was getting ready!
You ladies have nothing to worry about, your weddings will all be perfect! If I can help ease your mind at all, let me know.