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need advice for off-site ceremony then back at the resort reception

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#1 spammie76

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    Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:49 PM

    Hello Everyone!

    I need some creative advice regarding an off-site ceremony then back-at-the-resort reception specifically Dreams Cancun.

    How can I make my reception as cost effective as possible since I am also spending an arm and a leg for a ceremony somewhere else?

    I just want a simple but private dinner party for us newlyweds and my attendees? Maybe in one of the restaurants but they don't take revervations. Dreams quoted me $42/pp+10%tax+15%grat. This is a little too much to pay for 32 ppl considering we are all going AI.

    I'm stressed!

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      Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:36 AM

      Since you will travel outside the resort for your ceremony have you looked at having your reception outside the resort as well?!?!?
      I don't see any other way around you paying the $42pp at Dreams but maybe you can get a better deal at an outside restaurant.

      We are dealing with this issue b/c most brides chose AI yet we still have to pay for our guests dinner.
      In my case, I have to pay $50 per guest!

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        Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:40 AM

        If it makes you feel any better, I'm at $70 pp. That being said, I've got all sorts of crazy special requests going on at that price.

        Can you make changes to the menu to keep the costs down?

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        #4 Yvette

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          Posted 16 April 2008 - 11:03 AM

          We are doing the same thing. We have our AI resort but we are using an outside WC then we have plans to have dinner at a local restaurant. Because we are on a very tight budget we are only paying for drinks and appetizers, our guests are free to order & pay for dinner themselves. So far I have not gotten any complaints and everyone has been very understanding about the money issue.

          #5 spammie76

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            Posted 16 April 2008 - 11:04 PM

            Thanks Ladies for all your input....i guess weddings whether homebased or destination is still a money making industry...i wonder if they will say the same thing for a 50th birthday bash? hehehe

            for sure i will call around for some local restaurants

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              Posted 17 April 2008 - 10:47 AM

              You may want to do a search for rehearsal dinners. Many brides on here have their rehearsal dinners off site. With their help, maybe you could get ideas of which restaurants to look into.

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