Hi correak, I wish I could help you with your answers but I can't because our wedding date is 6-12-14. With 50 people did you choose the Gold package? What locations did you choose and have you picked out your flowers yet? I am so confused by Jessica on centerpieces. Any help on that would be appreciated.
We are doing the Silver package because we didn't need any of the extras of the Gold package. We're doing a Welcome cocktail hour the night before at the X lounge, the ceremony on the pier, and the reception at the Lobster House. We're not doing cocktail hour as there will only be a half hour between the ceremony end and the reception. We are doing a longer reception so we asked for the cocktail hour apps included in the package to be brought out later in the night and chose heavier apps for "munchies". Just last week, I sent Gloria an email confirming all of these details that she and I had discussed since we confirmed the ERC in March of last year. I am waiting on her to confirm all the details and will let you know if anything changes.
We're not having a bridal party so it's just a bouquet for me. I sent Gloria a picture of something I liked and asked her if she could create something similar in the same price range as the bouquet choices I would have gotten with my package. All of this is in the one big spreadsheet of details, questions and prices I sent to her so she asked for a few days to go through it all and respond. I have not seen a catalog of bridal flowers from the ERC.
Regarding centerpieces, I received a catalog of centerpieces to choose from. The Silver package has one centerpiece included. I am upgrading that one from the Silver menu to the Gold for $10-$15. I am using the centerpiece for the ceremony and then having them move it to our table for the reception. Centerpieces for the other tables were quoted as $60-$70 for the Silver and Gold ones respectively. To be honest, I'm not a big wedding person so instead of spending $60 per table (we have 6 not including ours), I'm renting one hurricane per table from them for $5 each. I am buying colored sand and seashells and am going to fill the hurricanes with sand at the bottom, the seashells and water and add a floating candle on top. After dinner, we're going down to three tables for guests so each table will have two hurricanes. We're also doing the DJ package with lights so I think we'll have sufficient ambience to make up for not having too much bling on the tables. Also, the advantage of the Lobster House is that you have a view of the ocean and light reflecting from the pool, so the venue does not need as much dressing up as say a ballroom would.
Here's the website where I am buying the sand and shells. They have some great stuff for decorations: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ so defintiely look through it for ideas.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need additional information.
P.S.: Could you do me a favor? Whenever you chat with Jessica next, can you inquire what bars are open between 8pm and 1am at night? I' ve gotten three different answers (from Gloria and twice from calling the 1800 #) and I need to confirm our pocket schedules soon.