Originally Posted by TLGnhci
I was considering going to the El Dorado for a night or two as well.
Girls, when you get 20% off a private event, say your reception - what exactly does it take 20% off of? And I read that someone asked about the ceremony flowers, are they transferred to the reception site?
And, is it lame to not hold a cocktail party and just have guests mingle at a lounge/bar for an hour?
Not lame at all. I am not having a cocktail party but actually starting my reception right after the ceremony. My WC told me we can start the bar an hour early and serve the food later. This way everyone is at the reception area drinking and we will eat all together. We figured... start the bar an hour before we need to eat (while we are taking some pictures)... that gives us 3 hrs during dinner and dancing stuff. Then we can always head to the bar afterward.
Originally Posted by amandamarieb
But of course!
For the 20% you get it off food and drink. That includes the wedding cake.
You can have you're ceremony flowers transfered for sure. That'll just be part of your set up fee (probably around $100 depending on what you have to set up.) In an effort to save money, I am having actual bouquets hang from the chairs at the ceremony lining the aisle. Those flowers will be tied loosely with a gold ribbon. When it is time for the reception, my WC will move them to Zavaz Plaza and place them in the gold blume boxes I've bought. And there you go I have centerpieces. They are charging me $60 per bouquet and most of the centerpieces are listed as $100 so I think it's a good deal.
I know some girls have done it that way and I am sure that will be fine. I was going back and forth about that too until Amy B brought up a good point. If you want everyone to be at the reception when you enter with DH and be announced, you run the risk of some people not being at the reception on time and missing your entrance. My mom flipped out about that so we HAVE TO have a cocktail hour. It works out because we got the free cocktail hour promotion after some urging. Ask about it, maybe they are still running it.
I am doing the same thing! I "coping" what amy did but putting gazebo flowers in the tall vase and taking it to the reception site. I am also planning to use my bridesmaids bouquets as a centerpiece. We are saving some money and reusing the flowers otherwise go bad. My bridesmaids can't even take the bouquet back with them anyway.