Post # 1
The last 10 months have completely flown by and now we’re down to five months until our DW!
Our Destination Wedding is at one of the sandals resorts in St Lucia in May 2016.
Our expected guest list is 10-14 people (including us) so a very small & intimate ceremony. We are already married so this is just our ceremony + honeymoon.
Since it is such a small group – Do we need a DJ for the “reception”? Our reception will be two hours long which includes a seated dinner. I just can’t imagine a DJ being necessary…. That $650+ could definitely be used elsewhere.
Just undecided. Suggestions greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
Will the dinner be in a private dining room with no other music? For something that intimate and short I’d think an iPod and wireless speaker would suffice.
Post # 3
I believe the dinner will be outside in a private area on the resort. Location details are saved until the very last minute… when we arrive in St Lucia!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t use a DJ, personally. It’s too small a group, and if you don’t plan on dancing you’re litterally spending $650+ on background music. I’d spend $200 and get the Bose Mini Bluetooth Speaker (I love mine!!!) and make a playlist. If you’d like to do a first dance you can put that on your playlist, and the rest of it can be for background music during dinner.
Then you’ve got not only an awesome speaker (seriously….love mine!) that you can continue to use the rest of your trip (we take ours to the beach all the time) but also when you get back home. You still have $450+ do spend on something else. 🙂
Post # 5
what did you decide to do? i am in the beginning stages of planning and we are leaning towards Sandals Grande St. Lucia in November of 2018 with 20- 30 people. i feel like i’ve been trying to read everyones experience and determine true cost of the weddingmoon with the Chic and Natural theme. i feel like i’m looking through everything but theres nothing like hearing the experience of others who have already gone through it.
Post # 6
Heck no to the DJ! maybe bring a mini speaker and play off your phone, or head over to a night club after, maybe even with bottle service!
Post # 7
We were at the Grande also – you’re going to LOVE it. Best time of our lives hands down. A few of our guests stayed at la toc and they were very envious everytime they came over to the grande. If you have guests staying at another location, the shuttle ride is 45min+ one way.
Anyways back to the DJ. We did not end up having a DJ – honestly our ceremony/reception was very laid back and we just went with the flow. We only ended up having eight guests with us so we didn’t need a large party. After our dinner we went swimming .. basically did whatever we wanted to 🙂
I did see other weddings while we were there and the one stands out – they had like 50 guests so they definitely needed a DJ / dance floor, etc because it was a legit reception. So i guess it all depends on the feel you’re going for. If you want to dance/have your guests dance I would recommend getting a DJ. I did ask if I was able to bring a speaker and was told no, but I could’ve rented one from them of course…
Everyone there is super helpful and friendly. One suggestion I have – pick the best picture package you can because our photos are what we cherish the most! We ended up upgrading our package because we just loved way too many photos! 🙂 If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!