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#501 sfox4214

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

Originally Posted by Krystal084 


Thats so terrible! If anything I feel like they would prefer it to be a smaller crowd so they have less to clean up!  Anyway, what are you planning on doing?  Are you just going to rent the disco? 

 

Kassi pretty much has it right. And it took me a while to really understand why they do this ... but the way it was explained to me by my travel agent was that they will accommodate a guest, before a wedding party ... it's really all about repeat guests ... they want people to return. If a smaller wedding party blocks out a whole restaurant, they are possibly upsetting at least a hundred guests that wish to dine there that night. It is not worth it to the resort to upset over 100 guests by accommodating a small wedding group. They don't make their money off weddings ... and I think we tend to forget that. At least I did ... lol. Unfortunately I am unable to rent the disco because I have only 24 guests coming. Now this, I think is ridiculous as they told me I could use it if I had 25 guests, and they don't use the space for the guests during that time. But whatever ... I took my chill pill and I'm ready to just let things be :) I have actually decided not to do anything after dinner ... we will be doing our first dances on the beach after the ceremony, and speeches during dinner ... so I don't have to worry about getting that in. I've also been told dinner runs over (we'll be dining at Aunt Ruby's) ... so it doesn't make sense for me to spend $800+ on a DJ, bonfire and open bar, when I'm not really sure how much of that time I'll actually use. We also plan on letting off wish lanterns, and that would have taken more time away from DJ, as they shut down the beach at 10:30p. So yeah lol, I plan on doing the included semi-private dinner, there's no need for me to spend extra money on a semi-private at Aunt Ruby's as they give you your own section of the restaurant and it's pretty much private. We will then let of the wish lanterns and then going to the lobby bar until the disco opens. This is a much different vision than I originally had, but I know I'll be happy with it ... and not regret anything :) The resort offers a lot of different options for smaller groups (although they aren't what we're used to) ... so bear with them, they will make sure you end up getting your dances in, and any other traditions you will include in your wedding.



#502 julzman22

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    Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

    Originally Posted by HollyAndJohn 

    Julzman22....yes i paid the day before for the DJ....$525 from 630-10....As far as the food, I just asked Nicole to replace the lamb with a chicken option

     

    Krystal, i rented Calabash with 55 for the $800

    Thanks Holly. It sounds like you got in on 2012 prices. I keep being quoted the $190 per hour for the dj which is the 2013 prices - even though I booked in Nov of 2012. So did you have to contact the dj yourself or did they do it for you? Did you get DJ Kevan?

    That's great to know they are willing to makes some switches on the menu. That is something I hadn't asked yet. I am pretty sure we are going with Calabash also. Did you like it there? Food was good?



    #503 Woods26

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      Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

      From what I've read/heard from other brides who had their dinner at Calabash - if you have a large group, as you do, but not enough to actually rent the restaurant, they won't seat other guests near you, or even in the restaurant until about 8, so you'll have the place to yourself for an hour and a half....and it's free :)

       

      That's what I'm planning to do, since I'll only have about 30 guests attending.

       

      Hope that helps!



      #504 HollyAndJohn

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        Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

        Originally Posted by julzman22 

        Thanks Holly. It sounds like you got in on 2012 prices. I keep being quoted the $190 per hour for the dj which is the 2013 prices - even though I booked in Nov of 2012. So did you have to contact the dj yourself or did they do it for you? Did you get DJ Kevan?

        That's great to know they are willing to makes some switches on the menu. That is something I hadn't asked yet. I am pretty sure we are going with Calabash also. Did you like it there? Food was good?

        I think it was DJ Kevan....i sent a list of songs like our entrance, first dance, father daughter, and mother son which we did right away....then he would just play songs as we requested them, it was awesome!

         

        Calabash was the perfect place, we had 55 people and the space was great....i had the snapper and it was amazing, the steak was also good.....the jerk chicken was extremely spicy!!

         

        I requested a choc cake and ended up with Vanialla but it was actually sooo good!

         

        I saw a few receptions on the beach that i did not like, it was dark and just not what i wanted for my recpetion....



        #505 HollyAndJohn

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          Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:49 AM

          one more picture so you can see the set up of the ceremony

           



          #506 Krystal084

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            Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:30 AM

            Thanks Holly, Sfox, Kassi, & Julz for the advice!  I didn't realize there was a semi-private option- which makes me happy again 



            #507 Ally1521

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            Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

            Can you please send me a copy of the pricing too. Thanks! a.lynn1521@yahoo.com



            #508 julzman22

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              Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

              Originally Posted by HollyAndJohn 

              I think it was DJ Kevan....i sent a list of songs like our entrance, first dance, father daughter, and mother son which we did right away....then he would just play songs as we requested them, it was awesome!

               

              Calabash was the perfect place, we had 55 people and the space was great....i had the snapper and it was amazing, the steak was also good.....the jerk chicken was extremely spicy!!

               

              I requested a choc cake and ended up with Vanialla but it was actually sooo good!

               

              I saw a few receptions on the beach that i did not like, it was dark and just not what i wanted for my recpetion....

              Were the receptions on the beach that you saw with a bonfire? That was a must for us to have a dance party on the beach. I figured the bonfire would help light up the darkness. I will make sure they have enough lighting for us. I've seen pictures from others & I thought it seemed ok. I wonder if they have lights they could string up out on the beach somewhere. I hope so anyway. We don't have enough people for a private reception, so my only option was a bonfire or cocktail party on the beach on terrace. And I'm not sure if you answered, did you have to book the dj ahead of time or did Nicole totally take care of that for you? Thanks for all your help & advice.



              #509 Gingerbeef

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                Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:49 PM

                I hope the beach bonfire isn't too dark and it would be awesome if they could string up lights of some sort. Or if there are any other creative ways to make it brighter. Actually tiki torches would be cool to put around the perimeter.  I think I might look into that idea!  It just seems like it would be so empty feeling with just a bonfire.  



                #510 Kassi22

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                  Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:34 AM

                  Just an FYI as this question comes up a lot. I have been speaking with Nicole and have my price breakdown for my wedding that coming up and she said YES, you do have to pay a Vendor Fee for Rashel Edwards. I have to Pay $200 for her and hairstylist. ...  I'm not sure if this has changed.. but this is what I have in my charges quote from the resort.






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