Destination brides and destination wedding attendees…reception advice..help!!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Best reception for destination wedding
    On the beach (I flew all the way here for the beach!) : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Terrace area... (Pretty... Can still see water and beach) : (22 votes)
    85 %
    Banquet hall ( it's too hot to be outside) : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Other.... I'll explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    7395 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Inside. The other thing you have to deal with is bugs. Mosquitos, sandflies etc will be out and about nibbling on your guests if the food/dancing section is held outdoors.

    Post # 3
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    885 posts
    Busy bee

    I voted terrace, you are still outside and at night it should be cool enough for dancing. I do agree with PP about bugs though! If the terrace is far enough away from the sea then you may be okay- just have everyone wear mosquito spray! I’ve been outside in Mexico (April and July) and Dominican Republic at night dancing and it was fine – still hot but cool enough to dance. I guess the other thing to think about is humidity – my hair went INSANE in mexico in july, especially dancing. I don’t think you can really go too wrong though inside or outside! At a destination wedding people are much more relaxed.

    Post # 4
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m getting married in Costa Rica too! Our wedding is at the end of November though, and our schedule is similar to yours, just a half hour earlier (ceremony at 4:30, cocktails at 5, dinner reception at 7). We’ve opted to do the whole thing in a private garden area overlooking the ocean. I’m told the sun sets earlier in November, so I imagine there will be a bit of relief from the heat once the sun goes down, plus there will likely be some kind of a breeze from the ocean. I never considered the bugs though!

    I really love the idea of an outdoor wedding! It is good to have a back up plan in case of bad weather though.

    Post # 5
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    43 posts
    Newbee

    bkprettygirl:  I absolutely love the idea of the reception on the beach! It something i’ve been considering

    i just think the look of it is gorgeous. Of course, I understand the concern of it being too warm. Do you think it will cool down by 6:30-7?

    Post # 7
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    16 posts
    Newbee

    I would go for the terrace, no sand getting anywhere and you can dip your feet in the pool to cool down. You can still go down to the beach for photos etc.

    Post # 8
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    232 posts
    Helper bee

    We are also getting married at a beach locale. (I’m from Florida and getting married there even though we don’t live there anymore)  I love the idea of everything on the beach. In fact it’s always been my dream to dance in the sand.

    However in practice, food and sand don’t usually mix that well. 

    If you are the coast and it’ll be evening anyway, it shouldn’t be too hot to be outside and you’ll likely have a breeze. If your guests are from a cold weather place like me, they’ll relish the opportunity to dine/dance outside.

    So I voted terrace! Good luck. Sounds beautiful!

    Post # 9
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    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    bkprettygirl:  I’m planning on doing CR too! But probably much earlier in the year. What resort are you using?

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I vote terrace, but I’m biased since that is where I’m having mine since I didn’t want to be directly in the sand at the wedding (other than for a few photos).  I’m having my welcome dinner directly on the beach though to still have that experience.  It is entirely up to you, but I think the terrace is more “formal,” but if that isn’t the feel you want then have it wherever you would like!  Just make sure your guests know whether or not they will be in the sand so they can dress appropriately (and wear the right shoes).  

    Post # 12
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    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I had my wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico in August. It was fun, it was great, but it was SO HOT. Everyone was sweating (long after sunset) and we actually had to have spray bottles on the dance floor to survive! The groomsmen were jumping into the pool, people were dousing themselves, haha – it was the wettest wedding ever.

    I don’t think June is QUITE as hot as August but I think you might want to consider an inside venue. In the end, I just couldn’t justify doing a tropical destination wedding and having it indoors so I made the sacrifice but we were drenched in sweat most of the night.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    bkprettygirl:  i live about 6 blocks from the beach and while i LOVE it, everytime i go i’m reminded that the beach is not always all its cracked up to be. think WIND and SAND. i think terrace is a perfect compromise because it will cut some of the wind (pictures with peoples hair everywhere an obstructing faces are not sure) and sand makes it very hard to dance or even walk sometimes, especially if people want to dress up. It’s also just dirty and gets everywhere.

    Post # 14
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    16 posts
    Newbee

    discoK:  Im getting married in Costa Rica in feb in manuel Antonio. What part are you getting married at? How many guest?

    Post # 15
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Bandcwed:  We’re getting married in the Gulfo del Papagayo on the northwest coast… there’s 31 of us in total going. How is your wedding planning going? I can’t wait to see Costa Rica.. I’ve never been!

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