hi jayne - wanted to take a shot at some of your questions:
* re centerpieces, I'd estimate about $75 per table for a lower-end real floral centerpiece (assuming 7 - 8 guests per table). there is a centerpiece forum on here where everyone shares their ideas. some girls are bringing glass vases and decorations with them, others are going through outside florists. there is a complete array of choices.
* on the reception extra hour, I thought it was a flat fee I'm not certain, but I'm assuming that it's $10pp for the extra hour, and an additional $10pp for the open bar, so the total would be $20pp. I thought there was a flat fee (like $350 - $400), but maybe that was only in the past.
* the cake cost is $5/resort guest for cake AND champagne. if you choose to get the couture cake, I'm thinking you'll also have to pay the champagne fee (it's likely it would still be $5pp - the Royal doesn't credit back anything you change). depending on the package you select. the couture cakes are around $200, and you'll pay an extra $50 if you want different flavors (I just found out about this one myself - sneaky sneaky). the concensus on here is the cake is largely ignored, and it's really not worth the additional fees, especially if you're planning a small wedding (I'd think that would be the only way the free wedding would be worthwhile).
please let us know what other questions you have. I'm hoping the brides on here can provide some additional clarification.
Originally Posted by jayne3383
Hi girls! I am having my wedding on December 8th, and I am getting into the throws of planning. I am really glad to have this form. Thanks for all the great information!
I had a few questions for you girls to help plan my budget...
What are your girls thinking about or have done for center pieces for cocktail hour?
I want to add an hour to my reception. I noticed the price is $10/person for an additional hour, but one document I received also lists $10/person for extra hour of open bar. So is the extra hour of reception or $10 or $20/person?
I am confused on how much the standard cake cost. Is it per person or for the entire cake? I am probably going with the "free wedding," and on the checklist on received, it looks like the standard cake is $5/person. It might be cheaper to get a couture cake since I am expecting approx 40-50 guest.
I really appreciate some input!