Post # 1
So last Friday I decided to see a T.A re: my destination wedding. I was planning on just booking it all myself but wanted to see what the T.A had to say about the Air Transat wedding packages.
It turns out that for the Air Transat packages you must put a deposit down and commit to 10 people booking through them to get it. I don’t want my guests to have to book through them so I didn’t want to do that.
So after some searching around my T.A found me a deal on my resort that was $200.00 per person less and one day longer (8 nights 9 days!) than anything I had found and trust me… I’ve looked!
We would have definitely gotten a better deal but we can’t do last minute as the resort requires confirmation of rooms booked before securing your wedding(they won’t just take a deposit).
We will be married at the gorgeous Barcelo Maya Palace Resort and Spa
Ive been to this resort below but stayed in one of the ‘lesser’ level buildings and it was out of this world. The Palace is on the same property but is their ‘top’ level choice
So here is my ceremony location. I will be having it at 4:30 pm. I will have white covered chairs with navy sashes and some navy, some white, and red pomanders. My dress is white an FH uni is bright red jacket with black pants. (he will change for the reception as he will roast poor guy!)
And if all goes well, this is my reception location. I am not sure if they will let me have it in there but I think that Ive decided I would rather have my party in a restaurant rather than a private beach dinner. The private beach/poolside dinner is about $1500 more and could be really hot. I don’t really care that there are other people around. We are only about 15 -20 max so it doesn’t matter. But I now have to see if they will let me have the party there. They may not as they usually have a 10 person limit. So cross your fingers for me please. How dreamy would below be for a dinner?
After we are taking a beach walk and are going to write on chinese lanterns and let them into the night sky. Also we are going to try and get some neat nighttime shots on the beach.
Now I just have to decide on a wedding package 🙂
Post # 3
How beautiful! I too wanted to have a detination wedding, at a destination FAR away, but instead we settled for a beach wedding in Maryland.
The pictures look dreamy!!!! So excited for you!
Post # 4
Thank you 🙂
It’s a double edged sword. Our wedding would be 4 or 5 x bigger should we have chosen to get married here. A little piece of me is sad I will never experience it (it’s my first wedding, Mr. Oneeleven’s second) but I quickly squash that feeling with realising the beauty of a small wedding.
Post # 5
Yay, looks gorgeous. Congrats!
Post # 6
It’s going to be beautiful. Yay 😉
Post # 7
everything looks amazing! i was wondering what there was to not be excited about and i take it your title was sarcastic in nature!
I also just want to share my experience with you on the dinner reception. i paid the extra $900 to have a private dinner outside. It was not right on the beach, but an open air, covered terrace. And let me tell you it was worth EVERY penny! i got to decorate the tables as i wanted. It was quiet and peaceful and private as we only had 3 tables for 19 people. i know the pics of the restaurant you posted look super nice and romantic, but i just wanted to tell you that i have attended anoter Destination Wedding in the past that did the semi-private a la carte restaurant and althought it was a nice Italian restaurant, great atmosphere, but the fact that every other table in the restaurant was filled was resort guests made it feel like we were in a noisy restaurant and did not feel like a wedding dinner at all! i personally MUCH preferrred the private dinner for my wedding and was SOOOO happy i invested in it. i got rave reviews from all my guests too about how nice and private the dinner portion of the night was. we also were able to do our speeches, cake cutting and first dance during dinner – which would not have worked at all in a noisy a la carte restaurant.
anyway, just something to think about! i also love your chinese lantern idea, sounds so cool!
Post # 8
oh and great pic for the resort, when i first started planning, we were supposed to get married in the mayan riviera and my TA totally recommended that resort. His son got married there and he had planned many other weddings there as well. it sounded amazing!
Post # 9
Looks beautiful! Love the chinese lantern idea!
Post # 10
I love those chineese lanterns, so beautiful! Your resort pics are beautiful. Congrats!
Post # 11
@Carolyn72: what beach?
@Oneeleven: that sounds amazing, I wanna come!! 😉 Mrs Sea Breeze had a destination wedding and did just the regular dinner as well, and she was glad that she did and didn’t opt for the private dinner.
Post # 12
Ugg! don’t tellll me that! lol! I am really torn about wanting to save the money or not. I am just worried that my party will be so small that having a private ceremony will look… silly….
Barcelo, albeit ridiculously expensive is pretty awesome. Thanks for the props. I love hearing about the good experiences others have had there.
Islandstobe I think was the kind Bee who first made me aware of them. Now I see them everywhere. They were on the Bachelorette and also Nick and Vanessas wedding. I’m excited to try it.
And more food for thought. Private or not!! lol And I’m so happy with my bikini I am almost tempted to invite ya! 🙂
Post # 13
@Oneeleven: lol, i guess it always depends on the venue. and what type of wedding you want. i personally wanted my wedding to be as “traditional” as possible while at the Destination Wedding location. traditional for the reception anyway, meaning private dinner, centerpieces, cake cutting, first dance, speeches, bouquet toss. i wanted all that fun stuff that i have seen over the years at weddings i have attended. And the only way to pull that off was with a private dinner. and i totally get the feeling silly. i first planned on the private dinner when i thought i would have 30 – 40 guests. then when it went down to 19, i thought it was silly too, and i debated changing it. but i had become so attached to the idea and it also became more affordable because the cost went from about $1200 to $600 for the dinner! I know i said $900 above, i think that was factoring in decor, not sure where i got that number from, oh maybe wine too, i had to buy for each table and champagne and my cake was smaller/cheaper too (2 tiers instead of 3). The meals were $30 per person though. Overall having less people than i planned brought down the cost of my wedding ALOT so that helped in making me feel better about so many people backing out!
Post # 14
Barcelo has a flat rate (as I’m sure your resort did) for up to 15 people then charges per head after that for the outdoor package and for the indoor reception package its for up to 20 people included.
We are not doing first dance or anything like that. And on top of it, about 5 of the attendees are kids.
We will do a cake cutting and probably an informal speech.
Luckily I still have time to select my package.
You might be right. Cutting back on eating out and maybe buying less shoes from now until the wedding could pay for a lovely dinner outside. And maybe if we do a poolside dinner, it wouldn’t seem so… tiny :).
Thanks for the advice. It’s invaluable.
Post # 15
@Oneeleven: actually my resort had a cost per person for the meal, so it really was cheaper when i had half the guests i expected. after dinner we had a bonfire on the beach party where we had a DJ and open bar and that was a flat rate for up to 30 people, if i had more, i would have to pay extra then. i guess every resort is different. so it looks like yours is $1500 no matter, unless you went over.
anyway, i was happy to share my experience and why i was happy with what i did, but like a PP said, there are other brides who were happy with the indoor a la carte restaurant option! i am sure whatever you go with in the end will be perfect.
and like i said, it depends what you want. for me, the first dance was one of the high lights of my day, i had chosen the song when we first started dating, LOL! basically it was super important to me and i was SOO happy to be able to do it during the private dinner! cake cutting i am sure can be done anywhere. i did my bouquet toss during the bonfire beach party.
Post # 16
oh and yes, even though we only had three tables, we filled up the little terrace and it didn;t feel “tiny” at all, it felt perfect, intimate and exactly as it should be! also because each table had space for 8 people, i had everyone seated so there were extra seats at each table and i was able to take turns sitting with each table. like “middle” table was our primary one with our families. then i had 2 other guest tables with 5 and 6 people at each, so during the salad/appetizer time, i just scooted over to the tables and sat with them for a bit. i loved being able to do that!