How much is too much to ask your guests to pay?
Posted 14 May 2008 - 11:52 AM
We had decided no more than $1500 pp for an AI 7-night trip in Punta Cana, but we can't find anything that low. We would love to have the wedding in PC, but we may have to move it to Puerto Plata so that more people will show up.
My parents have dropped out of the celebrations, my sister is my MOH and I don't think she'll be able to go now (she's put herself into a very tight financial situation over the past few days), and I don't think any of FI's family can make it.
Maybe you could have the wedding in one place and have your honeymoon in the luxury resort
Good luck with your decision,
Posted 14 May 2008 - 05:53 PM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 06:20 PM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:08 PM
We've had people complain it's expensive, we just smile and say that we understand if people can't afford to come and that we would love for everyone to be there, but we really do understand.
There are a couple of reason we choose this resort, one being that we've stayed in the chain before and had an AMAZING time and since having a DW is basically planning a vacation for everyone who comes, we didn't want to risk it with a resort we've never been to.
Usually, when people complain about the price we tell them everyting that is in cluded and they are usually impressed...ALL food, Drinks (including liquor), taxes, gratuities and even some excursions if you stay 3 or more nights.
Anyway, choose a place you love, people will complain no matter what!
150 INVITES / 6 YES / 13 NO
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:09 PM
Unfortunately, we did not have that option because I had the STD completed before we had booked any resorts.
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Posted 14 May 2008 - 09:16 PM
CoquetayLoca- Yes Dreams tulum was looking good until FI decided that he didn't want people to travel 1 1/2 hr from CUN. (annoying) I love the quaint look of it and I am still interested but.... We had a big discussion about that last night. That rate though!!! Where the heck did you find that? Are you with a TA? You really can't beat that.
As far as mem day weekend timeframe I think that is considered "off season" and will be an amazing celebration becuase I will be done with Graduate school!! I am forecasting some sort of breakdown as I try to finish my thesis before my wedding.
So basically, I still have my appointment with the paradisus and am now even thinking about doing the wedding off site after seeing someone post about Ajua weddings. (aye, aye, aye!) This is insane!
Posted 14 May 2008 - 09:31 PM
We narrowed our initial list to 5m then picked our top two. We married at the lesser-expensive one and honeymooned at the higher-end resort. It ended up being the right move for us b/c the luxury resort would have been a bit "boring" for our liviely group of friends and family, but it was perfect for us for our honeymoon.
So, do keep in mind that more "luxury" resorts will likely mean less nightlife and bustle ... and I would take into account the type of family and friends you will have coming -- those who want luxury or those who want nightlife, etc.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 10:17 PM
| Originally Posted by phoebe75 |
LC Rachel- you had your wedding at Las Caletas and I saw some pics. (gorgeous!!) The accomodations where somehwere else though right? Curious. That place looks great.
Yes, it's not a resort so you don't stay there. You just get to be there for the whole day and then your guests join you in the evening. It's an awesome experience and I'm so happy we chose LC. It has so much bang for the buck.
Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:05 AM
We knew we had guests ranging from broke to not broke so we just wanted them to be in PV anywhere they could work in. In the end people stayed at several places, some used their own TA's, some booked direct. I think everyone got great rates. The ones who stayed at Dreams paid about $900pp including air, and the cheapeast I heard of was $550 for 4 nights including air at an AI hotel near the boardwalk. Also some stayed "free" with Marriott points and timeshares.
I think we may have paid the most because we stayed the longest, but still it only came to like $2600 for a suite for 2 including air/transfers/insurance. We went in "off" season which helped a lot. Good luck!
| Originally Posted by LC_Rachel |
It's an awesome experience and I'm so happy we chose LC. It has so much bang for the buck.
Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:25 AM
I am having my wedding in Mexico where it is relatively cheap b/c I know that people couldnt afford a luxury place and the type of people that are going could care less. This is NOT to say that luxurious hotels are not amazing because lord knows they are. But it depends alot on the guests.
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