@zoeknight20 - Thanks so much! We had Zaray and she was AMAZING as you said! The whole ipod playlist went great as well. It was a total blast!
@Danielle1 - I think you had asked about who runs the music and I said I'd update you on that once I was back, so here goes: during the ceremony, your WC will coordinate and play the music for you. I had 3 songs (processional, bridal processional, recessional) on one playlist and everything was played to perfection. For the reception, I had a dinner playlist, a bride & groom first dance playlist, a bride & father playlist, a groom & mom playlist, and a reception dancing playlist. There is an ipod technician that sits at the table the whole night in case of any problems. He was the one that started the dinner playlist. When you are ready for the first dances, your WC will play those playlists for you...and she asked that someone in our wedding party "announce" the dances. Worked out fine! Then, our WC started our reception dancing playlist. If there was ever a song I wanted to skip then I had full access to go to the ipod and make any changes! One small thing to note - I used my iphone 5 as my "ipod" and you have to make sure to 1. change the settings on your itunes so that all songs play at the same volume, and 2. if you have a password on your iphone, take it off for the day, or change it to something easy like "0000" and tape a piece of paper to the back of your iphone with what the code is.
I think I also was supposed to report to you on lighting! Our ceremony was at 4, and ended around 4:25 or 4:30. It was hot as HECK on the sky deck, but everyone survived. Cocktail hour was on the sky bar south from 5 to 6 and we didn't need any lighting whatsoever. The sun didn't start setting until about 7ish. Since you're getting married in February maybe check to see what time the sun typically sets, because you definitely don't need lighting until after that time! Our reception was on the Palenque from 6-10. We had the Zuniga 4 column string lanterns, 2 votive LED gold candles at each table, and under the table lighting and it was PERFECT. The Zuniga 4 column lighting was perfectly bright. At some point (around 9ish) the resort lights on the terrace kick in and make it even more bright. I can send you some pictures of what it looked like when I get the pictures more organized!
@mj12102016 - Reporting back to you on the wind! We had our reception on the Palenque terrace and it wasn't that windy overall...but I think it had the 2nd most wind out of any place. We had some table numbers on light cardstock that tipped over a few times, but it was more of a NICE light breeze than anything. I never thought to myself "wow, it's windy out here!". I think the windiest spot at the hotel is probably at the beach. If you want tall centerpieces, I'm sure you could do it - just try to weight them down with sand at the bottom or something like that. As long as they're heavy, you'll be good to go! Also, we spent almost every night at the Sky Bar, and that wasn't very windy as well. Not sure if the wind weather changes during different times of year though. If possible, I'd recommend the Palenque Terrace for your wedding. It's extremely private and beautiful. The receptions at the Sky Bar South seem a little less private, because the other side of it is open to the general public (although there is a good distance separating the two). The only problem is, the women's bathroom is on the side in which they hold private events. So you'll have women from the general public side sneaking over to your event to use the bathroom.
Last place I forgot to mention was the Infinity Terrace, where we held our rehearsal dinner at 7pm. Again, I didn't notice the wind all that much, but there was some. I don't love the Infinity Terrace since it's right up against the pool. I made the resort take down the pool volleyball net and basketball net because otherwise balls would have been flying into our tables. This is also where they have the showers where you rinse off - so you'll get some people coming up from the beach rinsing off nearby. Overall it was fine, but not my most favorite place. We probably would have chosen the Sky Bar South for this instead, but it was booked for another event that night.
LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS!!!