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Originally Posted by JMK923 View Post

 

Hi! I'm curious if anyone is having a cocktail party after their ceremony, or if they have anything scheduled in between the ceremony and reception? Is anyone having food served, or just drinks? I'm up in the air about having one since our guest list is pretty large - we're inviting 190 friends and family. Although, we expect about half to attend... But it's still a pretty big destination wedding! Anyways, I'm trying to be conscious about spending as much as possible and thinking about eliminating the cocktail party or having an alternative. Typically, I feel a cocktail party is required at a wedding but since this is a destination I figured I'd ask. What's everyone else doing? Any ideas?! Have any past brides had a cocktail party and really liked it?!

We did have a cocktail party between the ceremony and dinner. And although it was great for guests (since we went off and did photos), I think a lot just went to their rooms or headed to a bar for a drink. So unless you are getting one included with your wedding package, or feel it is required, I would skip it and save the money! And like Rachael mentioned- it's ALL INCLUSIVE! They can grab a cocktail anywhere, and if they are hungry there are plently of spots for a quick snack. I would not be worried!

Originally Posted by GinaP View Post

 

Hi! I didn't even think about an assistant for the DJ! I am also having DJ Doremixx and I booked him for three nights. Is this going to be a problem? Do I have to pay a vendor fee for assistant? Ahh! I'm supposed to make my final,payment today, now I don't know what to do! Thanks for any feedback!

Hmmm...I have no idea. Perhaps you could just purchase a day pass for the assistant? (I don't know if this will work) Yikes- I am sorry I don't know what to tell you.

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Originally Posted by LilPumpkin View Post

 

 

Kathryn83. Did they charge you for the modifications? I asked for one change and they said it would be a $2.00 per person charge. I said HECK no. LOL

 

 

Originally Posted by MK0386 View Post

 

Oh, I'm interested to hear what your modifications are! 

 

We swapped out some of the dessert options in favor of others that we think we'll like better from some of the other menus. If we had done a straight addition to the menu it would've been $2/item/person. I am not sure if the free swap is something standard or something I got because of previous issues we encountered with the planning process. I don't want to get into details but the resort "owed" me on a couple things so this may have just been a favor for our troubles. I'm also assuming that there would've been a charge if we wanted something that wasn't standard.

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Originally Posted by JMK923 View Post

 

Hi! I'm curious if anyone is having a cocktail party after their ceremony, or if they have anything scheduled in between the ceremony and reception? Is anyone having food served, or just drinks? I'm up in the air about having one since our guest list is pretty large - we're inviting 190 friends and family. Although, we expect about half to attend... But it's still a pretty big destination wedding! Anyways, I'm trying to be conscious about spending as much as possible and thinking about eliminating the cocktail party or having an alternative. Typically, I feel a cocktail party is required at a wedding but since this is a destination I figured I'd ask. What's everyone else doing? Any ideas?! Have any past brides had a cocktail party and really liked it?!

We're doing a cocktail party even though it feels superfluous and we have a super small guest list. FI's favorite thing about weddings is the food and I figure it'll help everyone stay in one place for pictures. Since we have so few guests attending, I want to get as many group shots as we can.

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Hi! I didn't even think about an assistant for the DJ! I am also having DJ Doremixx and I booked him for three nights. Is this going to be a problem? Do I have to pay a vendor fee for assistant? Ahh! I'm supposed to make my final,payment today, now I don't know what to do! Thanks for any feedback!
Yeah I booked DJ Doremixx. I asked Ivan (the main DJ) and he said he brings an assistant to set up. The assistant won't be able to get in the resort so that's why I just did the vendor fee vs 2 ppl in a 3 night room which would be more expensive and also a headache to ask Ivan to know who he will be bringing etc.

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You girls all bring up a great point that its an all inclusive resort!! You definitely shouldn't worry about it and just let your guests go grab a drink at a bar or something until the reception. If I didn't have mine free trough my GI wedding coordinator that's what I would do. No need to pay for that at an all inclusive resort!

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Hi! I'm curious if anyone is having a cocktail party after their ceremony, or if they have anything scheduled in between the ceremony and reception? Is anyone having food served, or just drinks? I'm up in the air about having one since our guest list is pretty large - we're inviting 190 friends and family. Although, we expect about half to attend... But it's still a pretty big destination wedding! Anyways, I'm trying to be conscious about spending as much as possible and thinking about eliminating the cocktail party or having an alternative. Typically, I feel a cocktail party is required at a wedding but since this is a destination I figured I'd ask. What's everyone else doing? Any ideas?! Have any past brides had a cocktail party and really liked it?!

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Originally Posted by GinaP View Post

 

Hi! I didn't even think about an assistant for the DJ! I am also having DJ Doremixx and I booked him for three nights. Is this going to be a problem? Do I have to pay a vendor fee for assistant? Ahh! I'm supposed to make my final,payment today, now I don't know what to do! Thanks for any feedback!

 

My WC (Lynda Gomez) told me that the vendor fee would cover the vendor and his assistant. So if my photographer brings an assistant it's $800 total for both. :)

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Originally Posted by kathryn83 View Post

 

 

 

 

We swapped out some of the dessert options in favor of others that we think we'll like better from some of the other menus. If we had done a straight addition to the menu it would've been $2/item/person. I am not sure if the free swap is something standard or something I got because of previous issues we encountered with the planning process. I don't want to get into details but the resort "owed" me on a couple things so this may have just been a favor for our troubles. I'm also assuming that there would've been a charge if we wanted something that wasn't standard.

 

Kathryn83. Thank you for the info.

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