Originally Posted by Misadelf
Thanks Kaela! Your posts are VERY helpful! I have a question about what happened with the live band? Was that another rule? Because I think they require 50 guests to allow you to use the terrace, so if they said no band with 55 guests, I kinda think that means no bands on the terrace? Is that the case? These guys... I have had like 10 back and forth emails on bands and my options but noone has mentioned that a full band would not be available on the Terrace!
Thanks again, and I would love to see your pictures of the ceremony/reception!
I really wanted a live band like it sounds like you do! But for a number of reasons, I ultimately wasn't comfortable. They did not tell me that I couldn't have the band at Blue Terrace, but they warned me that it would make the space pretty tight. Yes, they informed me that you need to have at least 45 guests (I'm pretty sure that was the minimum I was quoted) but no more than 60. We had 55 (including 7 children and even the children had their own "place setting." Even if they were infants, which we had 5, they had their own "spot" at every table.)
So with our 55 guests, and their warning that it might make space a little uncomfortable, that was the first thing that made me hesitate on the band. The space issue could have been solved by moving to the ballroom (which I didn't want to go all the way to the beach in Mexico to have the reception in a ballroom) or moving to the beach (which just wasn't our first choice). But we ultimately wanted to be at the Terrace (which I'm now confident was the best choice). And, I agree that they were right. You could have fit a band, but it would have been pretty tight.
The second thing that made me hesitate about the band was that my Lomas planner (Lynda) told me that they don't emcee at all. So you would have to figure something out on your own about how to make all the necessary announcements (ie; announce bride and groom, first dance, cake cutting, etc.). And, they were going to charge for a separate sound system/microphone to make said announcements or toasts etc. She specifically said we could NOT use the band's equipment for that. You also can't pick your music ahead of time, so you don't really have any idea what they will play! Maybe other brides have had a different/better experience, but without an emcee or being able to choose SOME of the music or use their equipment, I wasn't comfortable paying nearly $4000!
Hope that helps!