@cfinkenbine - I think a fishing trip would be a great idea! As for a welcome party - yes we are. There was a special deal that if you have 50 people you get a 1 hour cocktail party on the beach with appetizers. We arrive on a Sunday, so we are planning to do that on the Monday at this point. As for rehearsal dinner - we are opting to do a dinner the night before the wedding with just our parents as a thank you. I am contemplating a brunch or dinner another night with the wedding party plus significant others but haven't decided when yet. Because we aren't getting married until 4:30, I am going to do a girls pooltime/hangout the morning of the wedding. The groom will be banished to other resorts so that I can enjoy some time with the girls/women that made the trip as a thank you as well.
@kimmyd2 - The renovations weren't done yet when we were there, but we saw some before and after shots of what has already been completed and some anticipated after shots of what is still being worked on. They are adding 3 new a la carte restaurants to the beach/carbie as well as an updated sports bar with bowling alley, a new pool, updated buffet, and a pirate ship with a surfing practice water park. The renovations for Beach/Caribe are supposed to be done Dec 15ish, 2014. There was talk when were there that the Tropical may be shut down in 2015 (I don't know when) to start doing renovations on it.
So far all of our guests except 1 family are staying at the Beach resort. Depending on the carrier you use, they only have a certain allotment of rooms, so we are now having to ask on a one off basis for more standard rooms through Sunwing. The nice thing is, if we do "run out of room" they can always go to the Caribe. I would highly recommend using a travel agent and they can ensure that you and your guests are at the same resort.