Our reception site was at Playa Palmerus. It was a great spot! Close to everything, yet hardly anyone walked by. I requested the "head table" simply be another round table in the middle, so we could still be a part of everything. It worked out really good. The served us Appletini's (green) which were amazing as we were coming in. Service was great and it was so nice outside.
My inspiration centerpieces for the reception were something like the first picture, but matching the theme. They turned out great! (second picture)
For the meal we had Mango Scallop Ceviche, which had a really nice presentation in half a coconut
Lemon Chicken Soup from Merida (also delicious), surf and turf. The steak was cooked to medium, so I was thrilled! I was so worried it would be over done, and the lobster tail was grilled nicely (no pictures yet)
For dessert we had Molten Chocolate Fondant Cake - the comment on this one from facebook was "Danielle thought the chocolate was so good she wanted to snort it" It was pretty good.
Around dessert time, we had a mariachi band come and play. Like everyone says, it's totally worth it! Everyone loved it. They sang a few songs to everyone, then came around to each table and asked what time of song you wanted. They played us a romantic song, and we had our first dance.
A highlight of the night - we didn't want the glass tinkling, but didn't have another plan. FH and a few of our guests had a great idea for a game. Two of our friends ran off in search of coconuts, then dug a heart shaped hole in the sand. To get us to kiss, you had to throw the coconut into the hole. If you missed....tequila! It was a lot of fun. Here FH's brother just missed.
For dancing, we opted to do the ipod dock on the sound system. It worked great, except we had a few over zealous and tequila loving guests who tried to play DJ. So I would make your song list, and make sure you have your iPod password protected. A few times songs were skipped partway, or the playlist reset. We spent a lot of time picking certain songs, so that kind of sucked. There was a wireless microphone which we used for announcements, speeches and those sorts of things.
After the reception, we called it an early night due to FH tummy issues, everyone else went back to the Carey bar in the lobby, and continued on!
All in all, a fabulous night!