An outdoor wedding was not what I had always envisioned, but I am glad we went for it. After a week of rain and hail, the sun came out bright and shiny on our wedding day. April 4th was a little too early since there were not really trees in bloom, but we enjoyed the day. Our reception was held at the Clearwater River Casino Event Center and it was set up very nice. The downfall to the reception was the dj did not show up, so no dancing. I don't have his name or I would say, "don't use this guy." I really wanted dancing, too. Overall, it was a great celebration of our love and commitment to one another.
Sue Jacobs of Creative Cakes was great to work with and understood my vision for my wedding cake. She worked with me on estimating the size of cake I needed and let me design the cake despite wanting to use a style that was not in fashion. I don't really care about trends and had in mind what I wanted and it was beautiful! The cake flavors and fillings were wonderful. My guests thanked me for ordering such a wonderful cake.
We wanted an outdoor ceremony since Pete loves mother nature and being outside. The staff were very helpful and responsive to my questions and concerns. The only thing that was not to my satisfaction, was the bathroom doors were locked and there were port a potties on site. That had not been discussed prior to my ceremony.
The staff did not seem to respond in a timely manner when I was planning my reception and I had began calling in October for my April wedding. I almost changed the venue for my reception since I was so frustrated with the lack of communication from the staff and then at times they were rude to me. The cost was reasonable and the space was really great. I also liked the fact it was near the casino and hotel.
The hotel staff were great. We were able to reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests and it was convenient for them since the reception was on site. The kids loved the indoor pool.
The Rehearsal Dinner was held at Antonio's and I had made arrangements about three months in advance and they were very helpful in selecting menu and staying in a reasonable price range. The atmosphere was very casual and fun. I had quite a few guests for this dinner and Antonio's staff accommodated us very well.
I put this on the wedding mapper because people always like to go to Wal-Mart and the night before the wedding, so many people asked, "Hey, where's Wal-Mart." In retrospect we should have bought more hairspray that night.
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