ok, so I did some google searching for the images.
here's what I'm seeing for the pool deck: the area off to the right behind the pool chairs. I don't know that I'd call that semi-private. however, I do know that they close the pools fairly early, so the only traffic will be people walking along the beach for the most part (Generations didn't look to have a lot of restaurants right on the beach). I think either the beach or the pool will be about the same from a convenience perspective coming from EDR.
are you going to want photos with your family? formals, etc? what about all of your guests? I ask because I knew we wanted a group photo with everyone. So we did that immediately after the ceremony (we had the minister ask everyone to stay close by for the photo right before he pronounced us and introduced us during the ceremony). then we let people peel off to go to the cocktail. so friends and family stayed - we did friends formals. then they left. then we did families, then we did couples pics of just us down on the beach.
consider if you will want a few minutes alone with your new husband right after the ceremony, or if you want to be surrounded by family & friends. that will help with your logistics too. the photos were more important to me than the immediate time together (we were there to celebrate with our friends and family, and would have our alone time later).
we did an hour for photos. I do wish we had taken more time to go around the resort and take more photos, vs. just the beach (but it was getting dark, so we were a little rushed). for instance there's a really cool buddha statue on the EDR property (that I have yet to find - but friends of mine did!!). or the gardens, or the old car that was often parked out front.
cocktail hour: 1 vs 2 hours - decide based on what you want/need for photos. if you do the hour - your big drinkers will go somewhere else to get booze or they can get it once it opens for the reception/dinner. I wouldn't worry too much about that.
I *think* there are two spaces. from what I'm seeing on their pinterest board, there's the ceremony area with the darker wood area, and then the one with the diagonal darker wood areas.
but don't quote me on that! hopefully one of our BDW members who's been there can help out.
@AllieH - many THANKS (as always) for your wise advice and guidance. I'm feeling a bit less spazzy now but still have a ton of things to sort out. We did a conference call with the WC and welcome any advice on the following:
- Welcome Reception - does anyone know what the pool deck area looks like? Specifically, is this semi-private enough to host a welcome cocktail reception with our guests? We have a free one for 1 hour & the 2 location choices are the beach and the pool deck area. I think The pool deck would be the most convenient given we have a lot of guests staying at EDR who will be coming over for it. I've asked the WC for pics but haven't received anything.
- 2 hour Cocktail Hour - So since we are getting married on the Skydeck, the WC suggests we pick a private cocktail reception instead of going with the 1 hour reception that comes with the Skydeck package because we'd have more choices in appetizers (6/person) and a full open bar (as opposed to beer, wine & soda with the package 1 hour cocktail hour). While 2 hours seems like a REALLY long time, I'm thinking guests will be distracted if we have this 2 hour option on the skydeck....that way they'd want to take pics of us or themselves for maybe the first 30 min or so then once we leave to take pics on the beach, they'll enjoy the appetizers and cocktails? A friend suggested we go down and take our pics on the beach immediately, then come back up for pics by the gazebo and mingle with guests before heading down to the reception? Thoughts?
- Does anyone know if the skydeck bar area is separated enough from the ceremony area to pull this off?