Kissing Fish staff did help with all of the lights and lanterns and table decorations. We tied on all of the chair sashes late that morning. We got married in December, close to the shortest day of the year so our wedding started a little before 4, sunset was around 5:15 that day. It was dark when we cut our cake. William John was our DJ and he was really good, played all of the playlists we had made and was chill with a relaxed island vibe. It wasn't really too hot in December until we started dancing and then Mike at Kissing Fish had the staff take down the one side of the tent that you see in the photo by the speaker to have it be more open.
Check out some of my other posts which lists lots of details about our wedding and feel free to private message me if you have any other questions!
You def need a regular passport, the passport card is not good for arriving by plane, only by boat. I'm glad you got in touch with Joan.
Is Bay Bistro more expensive is hard to say...have you been to Turks & Caicos yet? I hadn't before our wedding and only went to Da Conch Shack one night (not worth the cab ride there) and Somewhere Cafe down the beach at Coral gardens which was yummy and reasonable. The food at Bay Bistro was good, everyone really liked it. I'm not a super foodie though and am allergic to shellfish and I don't eat red meat and we had both on our menu so can't say a whole lot personally about the food, except the fresh grilled catch of the day which we had at our reception was delicious.
Kissing Fish has all of their catering menus up online to check out. We did a modified version of the Island Bar-B-Que. Below is a picture of our menu that we had for the reception. The thing to remember with price if you do the beach bar-b-que is to add the catering costs on with the tax/tip, so an extra 41% for anything food/bar. So, a $50 meal/$50 bar for a person is actually $141. Plus if you do the beach, you have an extra $14 per person to rent their chair and plates and cutlery, plus $800 for Chef and Staff (1 bartender, 3 waitstaff) fees. I am not sure if that is more expensive or not than other options on the island, I knew we wanted a fun beach party and decided early on that staying at The Sands and doing both our dinners at Kissing Fish seemed the best. We had our Welcome Dinner inside at Bay Bistro and the cost was considerably less without the catering, chef, staff, chair fees.
I do feel that the tent is key, because it kinda separates your wedding from the rest of the beach. It is a public beach and the restaurant and Sibonne Hotel are right there and with the tent it's a little more formal. Plus you are right about the rain...that would not be fun!
Take care, k