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#531 Tam

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    Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:31 AM

    Hey Ladies,
    What is everyone doing for their reception and/or cocktail time between the ceremony and dinner?
    I am trying to figure this out while still keeping costs down...
    I also don't understand why we have to pay for a private cocktail reception when it is an all-inclusive...
    Anyways, just need some ideas..

    #532 lrdavis23

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      Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:38 AM

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      so Toya what color scheme did you finally decide on? Last time I knew you were going with like pink and kiwi I believe!!'

      So ladies what are her prices like for the monogram?
      Hey Nat, I am going with apple Green or Kiwi with aqua blue,tan and ivory or creme. When I actually put the kiwi and pink together it was too much, it look like watermelon everywhere lol... and then I thought about what you told me hahahahah so I changed my mind. When I put the kiwi with aqua blue and hints of ivory and tan it was a softer look and I liked it alot better.

      For the monograms, Nicole only charges $5 per monogram and I think if you purchase 4 you get the fifth one free. I have 3 monograms I wil try to attach them

      Good Morning Ladies !
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      #533 nsbride2010

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        Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:16 AM

        Oh shit Ash thats right I fogot to go sign up for that!! I will do that tomorrow, once FI is gone to AHL camp!

        Hahaha Toya thats so funny you thought of my FBIL when picking out your colors!! I can't imagine your color shades were as outrageous as his though... what you picked out sounds very beachy but very classy as well :)
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        #534 nsbride2010

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          Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:17 AM

          oops, forgot to put my little star in sh*t, I missed the key... apologies!! :)
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          #535 lrdavis23

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            Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:37 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Tam
            Hey Ladies,
            What is everyone doing for their reception and/or cocktail time between the ceremony and dinner?
            I am trying to figure this out while still keeping costs down...
            I also don't understand why we have to pay for a private cocktail reception when it is an all-inclusive...
            Anyways, just need some ideas..
            Hey Tam,

            This is how I cut my cost down. Me and FI are staying 7 nghts so we qualify for the free wedding package. Then we just added up the cost based on 50-60 guest for the reception which came to $2016-$2489. We are choosing the buffet menu which is 32.00 per person plus 16% tax and 10% service charge. Then I am bringing my own decor instead of paying the resort $90 per centerpiece and that helps keep the cost down. I'm not purchasing any extra decor for the gazebo excpet chair sashes because it is pretty as it is. so in a nut shell this is hopefully how my budget for the DW will look below, I just rounded everything up.

            Our stay and air fare - $3000
            Wedding ceremony - $ Free
            Wedding reception food - $3000
            Wedding reception decor - $350
            DJ services - $800
            Speakers for reception - $110
            Bouquet and flowers - $ 350
            Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gifts - $250
            Misc - $500
            TOTAL - $8,360.00

            For our at home recpetion we are spending somewhere around $5000 and we are renting an outside pavillion and ballroom and having a big cookout stlye party. something very fun and not super formal.

            Hope this helps somewhat.
            Married June 18, 2010 @ Dreams Punta Cana

            #536 ebredhawk

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              Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:23 PM

              tam - i think my pricing will be similar to toya's w/ a few changes... a little less for food since we won't have nearly as many guests as she will, we aren't using a DJ and we are doing our own flowers at home so the price will be lower.

              i have seen a lot of people ask why the reception is more when you're already at an all-inclusive. the response i've seen makes sense to me... that they are having employees (bartenders, servers, etc.) that are being dedicated specifically to your reception. normally, if you have a big group you can't all sit together at the restaurants or have reservations like what you get for the reception. it doesn't bother me one bit because the resort does such a good job of keeping the costs competitive (some of the lowest around and they include a ton of things!). i haven't heard of a single resort anywhere that will do a private reception without charging extra. it's counter-intuitive since it's an AI, but i'd gladly pay extra for that special time with all of my guests!

              #537 lrdavis23

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                Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:45 PM

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                tam - i think my pricing will be similar to toya's w/ a few changes... a little less for food since we won't have nearly as many guests as she will, we aren't using a DJ and we are doing our own flowers at home so the price will be lower.

                Hey E, since your not having a DJ, what have you decided to do as far as music goes ?
                Married June 18, 2010 @ Dreams Punta Cana

                #538 lrdavis23

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                  Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:50 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by ebredhawk
                  tam - i think my pricing will be similar to toya's w/ a few changes... a little less for food since we won't have nearly as many guests as she will, we aren't using a DJ and we are doing our own flowers at home so the price will be lower.
                  OH yeh one more thing E, I am thinking of doing my flowers too or ordering real touch flowers. How are you doing your flowers or where did you order from or what store are you getting them from ? sorry I know thats alot of questions :)
                  Married June 18, 2010 @ Dreams Punta Cana

                  #539 anbrkl2010

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                    Posted 22 September 2009 - 03:56 PM

                    Hi! I am getting married at Dreams on March 13, 2010, and I had a few questions about reception tables and chairs and wondered if anyone knew the dimensions for the tables and chairs. I wanted to put bows around the back of the chairs and maybe add something to the tables, but didn't know how much material we needed. Strange question I know, but just wondered what some of you were doing for decorations at the reception. Thanks!

                    Amy

                    #540 Tam

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                      Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:07 PM

                      Toya,
                      I am bringing real touch flowers... I actually bought some of them from a girl on the BDW, but I haven't received them yet..just bouquets. I am starting to worry though about not getting them yet.
                      I just like the idea of you know what you're getting, there's no wilting and it's way cheaper than the hotel flowers...
                      Holy crap I think they are really expensive, especially the centrepieces.
                      I was looking online today too, at sashes and tablerunners, they seem pretty cheap.
                      I can't remember who put it on this site, but it's called weddinlinensdirect.com.
                      They had lots of colours... sorry just realized I am totally off the subject!


                      I don't know what to do about a DJ...is DJ mannia from the DR?




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