Any other October brides making plans? We are getting married at Grace Bay Club October 20, 2012. After visiting Provo in February, we decided that you really can't go wrong with any of the oceanfront resorts. They are all lovely, well kept and on the same fantastic stretch of beach. We chose Grace Bay Club based on its proximity to many shopping and dining options for our guests, we wanted them to have everything they need within easy walking distance. During and just after our visit we had pretty much settled on Seven Stars. We had an amazing dinner there and the staff was wonderful to us. Unfortunately they scheduled their "owners weekend" the weekend of our wedding and we were told they would not be doing any additional events. Luckily, we were able to get a "3rd night free" booking at GBC making it within our budget. It is a fabulous resort with a ton of amenities.
During our February visit, Luise and Ashleigh from Nila Destinations picked us up at our hotel in Turtle Cove and drove us to all the resorts we requested as well as some they thought were along the lines of what we were looking for. They also arranged a cake tasting (yum, yes we will be using Diane!) and offered to set up a meeting with a florist. There was absolutely no pressure from them to sign up with Nila while we were there. They simply answered all our questions, made suggestions and gave us all the information we requested. It didn't take long after getting home for us to sign up with them as our wedding planner. We have been working mainly with Ashleigh ever since. Nila will be coordinating our wedding ceremony on the beach and Shameka with Grace Bay Club is coordinating our reception.
We are planning to use a steel drummer named Kelci Talbot for the ceremony and possibly during dinner. Originally we planned on a band but I'm worried that with a smaller group it may not be worth it. There is a 3 hour minimum for Bowen Arrow, the band suggested to us. We went to a local bar where they were playing while we were there and they were great. They interacted well with the audience and I believe they would be a hit at a wedding. I am on the fence when it comes to the reception music. Anyone out there want to share their experiences with band, DJ, guitar soloist, or just having a friend man an Ipod?
What is the best place to go for a gel mani/pedi the day before the wedding without breaking the bank? I'd like to treat my bridesmaids and both mothers but I'm worried that the GBC spa might be more than I want to spend for the 7 of us. I need a good local salon that might be willing to offer a group discount.
I booked flights for my family last week, rates seem to be on the low end right now and it is a relief to have it done. We are in the middle of ordering invitations and I can't wait to get the RSVPs back and see who is going to be able to make it. I feel like having a final headcount is going to make some decisions much easier. We have 20 guests already booked. They are booked at the Comfort Suites and the Sands and my family is booked at a villa in Turtle Cove.
I still need inspiration for welcome bags and wedding favors. Any suggestions on what would be a hit?
Sunset is scheduled for 6:20 that day and we are having the ceremony at 4:30. I am anxious about having enough time for tons of great pictures but not leaving my guests waiting around too long before dinner. I am also wondering if it will still be too hot at 4:30? My fiance absolutely refuses to see me before the ceremony so no pics together ahead of time.
I have been in touch with Shenique about hair and makeup- pricy but probably worth it. I like the idea of doing my own but I think that is too ambitious for my wedding day. I want to wear my hair down but I am concerned about wind and frizz with it being on the beach. Anyone have any experience with that? Is it possible to wear my hair long without looking like a disaster by the end of the ceremony?
I am hoping that other brides will start posting more on here, I am down to my final 4 months and I need inspiration! I would love to hear what everyone reading this is thinking and planning. I feel like the board has been too quiet lately. It got me to feeling guilty since I hadn't posted anything before now.