I wanted to do the same thing....we are having a group of about 30 people....and reasoning behind the fee is because they have to setup a semi private area for us, and have extra staff just to accommodate us....my WC said that the "all inclusive night fee" does not include private events....which makes total sense (even though i dont want to pay for it lol) so we are going to pay $15 per person to have a welcome/rehearsal dinner at Maria Marie......but i am a Royal in Cancun bride not PDC! ...............I didnt want to have to spend the money BUT we thought it was amazing for us to have dinner with everyone for about 2 hours....especially on their first night there...just to set the tone for the week! good luck planning ladies!
Originally Posted by kellygrrrl
I think the fee is more about logistics -- the restaurants simply aren't designed to accomodate a group of 30 all entering, sitting and ordering at once (the latter I'm assuming is why they use a set menu for all private events). maybe you could instead do welcome cocktails together at the lobby (I think someone else suggested this)? or I was thinking of telling everyone to meet in the lobby at a certain time each day if they wanted to go to dinner as a group. you could simply split up (based on where people want to eat that night) if more than 15 people show up.