Laura - Thank you so much for the comprehensive review! I am surprised to hear about the swamp thing... no one ever told me anything about that! As for the bricks in the ocean, I'm sure my FH is going to be a little annoyed. Did it impact your experience hanging out at the beach?
I'm already changing some of the parts of the Pure Glamour package (I did not like the pink colors) - nor am I doing the food package they put in the brochure. It was $13 less to do the "pick and choose" dinner, and our guests still get three courses. I also think we're getting a very small cake for ourselves which is only $28, and then getting cupcakes for each wedding guests. We have about 50 people coming, so that was cheaper than doing the big wedding cake.
Does anyone else think the chair covers in the packages are a bit ridiculous? Is all that really necessary? I might try just customizing my own thing and having simple bows instead of the full covers that are in the pictures.
Thats so fun to meet my "twin"... we should all try to have dinner or lunch with our husbands once all the wedding celebrations die down! How long are you having your guests stay? I'm asking them to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday. We're staying Wed-Wed (7 days) on the GRM side. We are having both our ceremony & reception at the SkyDeck.
I don't think I'm going to bring all of my own decorations in a suitcase - that seems like it could be really cumbersome. However we are incorporating both of our heritages, so I may be bringing my own decorative broom so we can "jump the broom" (it's an old African-American tradition). FH is Jewish, so we'll be breaking a glass as well. Does anyone happen to know if you need a special glass for that? I can't imagine that a normal glass would break very easily - and that could be kind of a nightmare at the ceremony if we keep stomping on a glass and failing!
Please report back on what you see at the brides dress rehearsal! So delighted to meet you!
Wow that's so exciting! You're right we are wedding day twins! Are you having your ceremony on the beach or the sky deck? I wonder if we are doing the ceremony in the same spot. We just booked the pier for our reception and the wedding is on the beach. I thought it would be a random spot but the WC said it's at the beach gazebo.
My FI and I are headed to the Brides Dress Rehearsal in November to plan the specifics. I don't think I'm going to do the memorable moments package because it's so expensive ($250 per table?), but I need to figure out the al la carte pricing for individual decorations. This is supposed to be less expensive than having a local wedding, but at this rate who knows. I'll probably bring some decorations from home but my wedding contract said they would charge me $5 per person to set up my decorations. I've read some threads and it seems better to deal with that price once we get there in cash.
Anyway I'm sure we will have a lot to discuss/compare notes on in the upcoming months!