This facility was beautiful. We wanted to get married on the beach but didn't want our guests to have to wade into the sand, so we chose the oceanfront patio and they arranged for a backup room for us in the event of inclement weather at no extra cost. The staff was usually very friendly and easy to work with in planning. (I called other hotels early in the process and was shocked to find out that some of them were not really interested in my business, so I was attracted to the Pearl because they treated me well as a customer.) They provided the chairs for our wedding, which saved us a bit of money as well.
We did have a hiccup in coordinating the rooms: I couldn't be financially responsible for 10 rooms, so I was advised to make reservations first - and then come back and create a contract to get a discount for our people. Within that time frame, a group came and booked out almost all the rooms. So we'd printed on our invitations that we'd arranged for a special rate - only to find that the hotel was booked and it was possible that our guests wouldn't receive a discount. It was a major headache a few weeks before our wedding...We actually had to print out separate inserts to go in our invitations which cost us extra time and money. This could be avoided by making up your mind early and committing to a block of rooms via contract or not. If you decide against it, travelocity negotiates good prices, and you may find that your guests would get similar rates that way. Some of mine took this route.
In the end, they did make arrangements for us and past that point, I had no problems. Note: If you arrange for a suite (a king bedroom with an additional living room attached - there are 2 TVs, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies and MORE than enough room for this to be your bridal suite and for your wedding party to get ready. I was very happy with this arrangement.) They sent us champagne and strawberries once we arrived and had even heard through the grapevine that I'd wanted to arrange a breakfast for my family there. They gave my groom and me free breakfast a few mornings of our stay.
One thing I would say about photography: The patio has a black metal fence that separates the beach from the hotel, and it shows up in our pictures. It's a small sacrifice that we paid so that some of our guests wouldn't have to sit in the sand. The Hilton is right on the water at the north end & has a deck without a fence. And I looked into their pricing, but I still found that the Pearl was a better choice overal, service and price consideringl. A small sacrifice, but worth noting for a detail-oriented bride.
It was expensive, but we found the environment worth it. We had an overall very positive experience. We were sad to leave at the end of our stay.
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