@ChiTiff - ok so unless they are doing the dinner set up at the very far corner of the dinner/food side of the roof, they will see your set up before it's time for the dinner. My WC did mention that this same far corner I am referencing is where they set up dinner receptions so I think you will be fine. The caveat though is that you don't have full ocean views from that corner. It's still lovely but I just want to make that point clear. Given you are combining both your cocktail and reception times, I think you will be fine and it will make for a lovely transition.
Bugs - it was on the pier. The "Romantic Candlelight Dinner" offered in the package is on the pier and it's you and your boo schnaps with a waiter. There is no candle light loL other than the sconces that are on the pier and they set up a two rows of LED votives w/ rose petals in the middle of the pier floor for you to walk to your table. The dinner was GREAT the bugs that joined us, not so much. After awhile, everyone learned to stay in their own swim lane but it definitely gave us cause for pause. With the reception on the pier we didn't notice bug issues maybe because we were too busy to focus on it and also all the people and noise.
Since you are in late April, I don't think the roof deck will be too chilly but I WOULD check your ceremony time with your photographer especially if you want any beach pics. Our wedding was at 4pm with dinner starting on the pier at 6pm. We had just enough time to get some good daylight pics as well as some sunset pics on the beach with just the two of us. Had we done it later we wouldn't have gotten much from a beach pics perspective.
I wish I had taken better pics while on my tour up there so you could see what I'm talking about. Let me go through my web favorites and see if I can find the good pic I came across that shows the dinner area from the ceremony area.
Edited by girlinthecity97, 19 February 2015 - 03:13 PM.
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