AI vs. Non-AI ????
Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:04 PM
Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:31 PM
my girlfriends are all flying in on weds or thurs morning the week of my wedding, and one of my mexican girlfriends is organizing a bachelorette outing with everyone who can go. its a pay for yourself type outing.
we are also doing a meet-and-greet at one of the hotel bars the night before the wedding day with all our guests -- but that is a "we're going to be at x location at x'oclock, we hope youll stop by to say hi before the big day" -- i am planning to do a small dinner with my bridesmaids beforehand, which i'll gladly pay for.
its all pretty different to me to do things this way, but its much simpler i think and im glad i dont have to worry about paying for extra stuff. we are thinking about organizing a deep sea fishing excursion for the guys because my FI really badly wants to do it, but that will be a pay for yourself thing too.
my FI has a friend who had a DW in puerto escondido in november, and they didnt do any activities or anything to entertain people and everything went fine, nobody bitched about it. i think it's an american thing to think you have to bend over backwards if you ask people to come to your DW, because im finding that with all my mexican friends, they think doing that stuff is over the top and unnecessary.
we realize a non-AI will be a bit more expensive, but our mexican guests wont really eat at the hotel much anyway, so we aren't too worried.
Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:32 PM
I know for our wedding we are definitely doing AI. After forking over hundreds of dollars in taxi's and restraunts for a week, it would have been worth it to go AI.
Hope that helps!
Posted 23 January 2008 - 04:28 PM
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Posted 23 January 2008 - 04:51 PM
As far as planning other events for our guests.. it was pretty easy to organize a welcome dinner to thank everyone for coming down.. at $24/pp I couldn't have beat that price anywhere.
I never felt obligated to take care of my guests but I wanted everyone to feel comfortable about traveling so far (many had never been out of the country).. having extra events just extended the party.. but some of our best times were just hanging out in the pool drinking and laughing.
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