Okay, I'm back...
Now I had 50 guests attend so it was a decent size group. We got married on the beach. The chairs were decorated with the sashes and I have to admit seeing it in person was much better than the pictures on the website. It really was a nice set up. The package was for the guests to attend the wedding and a semi-private dinner. The prices for all of this destination wedding stuff are inflated because DW's are the popular trend now. So the hotels are definitely capitalizing on it! Nothing you can do about that... we were overcharged but oh well!
I had a semi-private dinner. Here's the bad & ugly part: We did not get to select which restaurant we wanted to have our dinner in. We were told the restaurant is chosen for you based on your number of guests and availability. We didn't find this out until we were sitting down with Kenya (WC) to finalize things. We wanted to choose a restaurant and couldn't so we were quite annoyed with that! Then we were told it was going to be in Bamboo restaurant. So we left the wedding coordinator's office that evening, & went to go scope out Bamboo. It was okay (asian themed). Since it was air conditioned, we were fine with that especially since there was no other option.
Well, after the wedding ceremony on the beach, we had our own private train just for our wedding guests, that came & took us all to the restaurant. (It also picked up all my guests & dropped them at the wedding location for the ceremony.) I'm thinking we were going to Bamboo with air like we were told but found out Kenya told us the wrong restaurant name. It was Tapeo, actually next to Bamboo & was outside the main part of the restaurant in the HEAT! (Other resort guests were inside in the air.) Well let's just say we all lost weight sweating that day & my uncle got sick in the heat & had to leave dinner to get medical attention. Dinner was horrible, no music playing at all, service was extra SLOW, the food sucked, and the dessert & cake tasted terrible as well. But our guests were all so pleasant & polite that no one complained (except me). I also didn't like that everyone had to eat the same meal. We had salmon which was mediocre at best.
We cut the cake after we ate so people could have cake and the discusting puffed pastry apple thingy as dessert. The cake was so much fondant we barely could cut into it. It was designed really cute though.
Next the train came to take us to our Beach Bash. Well one third of our guests had to leave to go back to their rooms to freshen up & change because the heat was unbearable & people were drenched in sweat. So these people walked or got a golf cart to their rooms & would come to the Beach Bash late. The rest of us got on the train & went to the location. Well, they were still decorating when we arrived at the site so we had to sit on the train in the heat for about 5-10 minutes more & wait. We made the decision after the wedding ceremony to move the beach bash from the beach to the outdoor pavilion because it was forecasted to rain. Good thing we did because it rained toward the end of the beach bash. If this happens on the beach, you don't get any money back.
So, the Beach Bash was a cute set up & this is where we did our first dance, mother/son dance... it was really a fun time but this was because of our group. We MADE it fun- we had brought our own laptop with playlists we made at home, so our guests enjoyed the music. The DJ guy kept asking if he could play his music so I let him for a few songs. (OMG!!!) Why did this dude play the most vulgar songs- Lil John, Shots (unedited), something else with a bunch of profanity. I made him put our playlist back on. Didn't think it was appropriate to have my parents & older family members hearing about "they wanna suck our c*ck"!
The party food at the bash was 3 trays of mini pigs in a blanket, & pork lunchmeat with crackers. Mind you, about half my guests don't eat pork. We got no option & coordinator knew about the no pork thing from when we selected our dinner menu, we had told her. We assumed she would respect the dietary restrictions for the beach bash but NOPE!
All in all, I got great wedding shots because we brought 3 photographers (family) with us. The set up on the beach looked beautiful also. But the wedding dinner was terrible & overpriced. We could have gone to a buffet and been happier. The Beach Bash was way overpriced! We only did it so we could have a reception. The liquor was all cheap stuff.
I saw a really cool boat while we were on vacation that was for weddings. They pick your guests up, take you all out sailing & you have dinner & drinks on the boat after your ceremony on the beach. Not sure how much or the info but if I had known about that option, we definitely would've gone with that instead.
Don't mean to sound negative because my special day was wonderful but I'm giving my honest opinion. It could've been better in several areas for as much money as we paid the resort. Hope that answered questions.