My husband (Jack) and I held our wedding reception for 150 people on September 14, 2013. We had a destination wedding in July; therefore, our event at Pier 5 was solely a wedding reception.
Our wedding coordinator at Pier 5 was Chris Sikora. As we speak, my husband is writing a letter to Pier 5 on his behalf. He was spectacular.
I have to say Jack and I were very pleased with our event. We had numerous guests stay at the hotel that evening and they all seemed to have an enjoyable stay and were happy with their room. Pier 5 has a very nice breakfast (for a charge - except for bride/groom) in the morning. Fresh pastries, fruit, etc. As part of our package, my husband and I had a suite to get ready in during the day, followed by an extremely nice room for that evening with three balconies which had incredible views of the harbor. The rooms were very nice and clean. Absolutely no complaints.
Our event was held in the Harbor West Ballroom. It's very nice and the reason we chose that ballroom was because of the enormous deck outside that's on the water. That is actually what made us book the venue. There is another room upstairs that is gorgeous and boats gorgeous views of the city; however, it is smaller and wouldn't fit all of our guests (including the food stations). We essentially had three venues: The atrium (where guests walk into from the parking lot), the ballroom and the deck. It was perfect.
The atrium hosted our cocktail hour where we had a sushi display, passed hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, a signature cocktail and passed champagne. The signature cocktail was awesome. It was a delicious teal martini and guests LOVED them!!
Our ballroom hosted the majority of the seating, our dance floor, open bar, and deejay. We also had up-lighting which was a really neat touch and created a beautiful ambience.
The deck hosted another open bar (had a total of three bars), large tables and tall tables. Each venue had its own style. It was really neat.
We decided on doing our own centerpieces. That was a lot of work but in the end it was WAY cheaper and gorgeous. Pier 5 is very willing to help in putting centerpieces together or provide you with anything you need to get them together.
When we were introduced as husband/wife, we came on the water side by the deck. Our parents/siblings were in the entrance of McCormick & Schmick's outside and Jack and I hid behind the corner. So when we were all introduced, guests were on the deck and we walked up the sidewalk along the water. It was a GREAT way to be introduced and so pretty! Guests really loved it and it made for awesome pictures as well.
For dinner, we decided on various food stations. We didn't want a sit-down dinner where everyone eats the same thing. We had four food stations: seafood, pasta, mexican and tenderloin/ham. The food was really good. We heard numerous rave reviews about how good the food was. Guests also said that they loved the variety. If I had to complain about something, the venue continued to run out of plates. It was really bizarre. Guests were waiting for plates which was super annoying. We all know something is going to go wrong at a reception and that was really the only issue.
We also had a French fry bar that was put out around 9:30 or so. Boy was that a welcomed treat for our guests who had been dancing, as well as for guests who wanted a little something more after their dinner had digested. We did regular and sweet potato fries with numerous aioli's. GREAT idea and an awesome touch!
Our cake was spectacular. We decided to go with the cake that was included in our package and we are so glad that we did. We are huge lovers of buttercream and it was honestly the best tasting cake. Jack and I said "no way" to keeping the top layer until our anniversary! We ate it the next day! It was that good!
I wanted to customize and gear the reception toward the bride and groom as much as I could. So in addition to the wedding cake, Jack and I chose our favorite treats. He loves Snickers, Reese's cups and Twix and I love snicker doodles. I found two large candy jars and filled them with Jack's fave treats and a pretty cookie jar and filled it with the cookies. On a cocktail table, the treats were displayed and in front of each jar read "Groom's Favorite Treats," "Bride's Favorite Treats." It was an incredibly neat touch and the cookies were eaten within the first hour! Guests also had treat bags that they could put candy/cookies in if they chose to take some home (there were no cookies left to take home).
In the ballroom, we had a picture table that showed everything from our destination wedding. It had a collage of pictures on decorative glittery teal/purple (colors of our reception) paper that basically told the story of our wedding week in Turks & Caicos. We also had our vase from our sand ceremony, my bouquet (I had synthetic flowers which were exquisite) and everything else that showcased our island wedding. It was another really neat touch and guests loved it.
I wore my wedding gown (that I wore at my wedding) and Jack wore a tux. He wore khakis and a white shirt at our beach wedding but our reception was a more formal affair so a tux was more appropriate. Guests were extremely happy that I wore my gown and Jack looked incredibly handsome in a tux. It was perfect.
The staff at Pier 5 was super friendly. The girls setting up that day were incredibly nice and I felt very comfortable with them. They were working very hard and they did exactly what we had asked for in our package.
My mom and I went to Pier 5 numerous times prior to our event to discuss centerpieces, number of tables, etc. Each and every time, Chris was present, took his time with us and the staff at the concierge desk were always very friendly. We all felt like good friends come the day of our event.
In the beginning of the night, we showcased our wedding video to all of our guests. They couldn't say enough about it. It was a 10-minute clip (basically a synopsis of our beach wedding) and Chris did a wonderful job at setting it up for us (we used a large projection screen).
Chris Sikora was our wedding coordinator and he was fabulous. It was the little things he did that we were so grateful for. Not only would Chris respond to every email but he would also follow up with a phone call. That was huge for us. While he has numerous weddings to plan at one time, we always felt like ours was the only one. Kindness: Chris was an extremely kind and calm gentleman. We brides can get stressed and short-fused, but Chris keeps his cool and LISTENS to what is important to the bride and groom. He gave his opinions and expertise when elicited and sat back when the bride wanted to make decisions. Chris was open to new ideas and embraced them. On the day of our event there was a LOT going on in the ballroom and there were several weddings taking place throughout the hotel that evening. To say it was hectic is an understatement. Chris was being pulled in a million different directions. I was one of the people pulling him and he remained sweet, calm and respectful (I know it wasn't easy for him at certain times). Even if Chris was going crazy in his mind, he never showed it, which in turn actually calmed me down. We can't say enough about Chris. You are lucky to get him as your wedding coordinator.
Pier 5 enjoys customizing your event the way you want it. They like new and fun ideas, especially with food. Feel free to share any and all ideas you have.
Our event was spectacular. We actually received numerous HAND WRITTEN notes from guests talking about how nice and fun our event was.
I didn't think anything could top our island wedding but our event at Pier 5 came pretty close!
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