Jenna-If you pay for the private reception which is sounds like you intend to do you automatically get the time of 7-11pm. You have to pay add'l for the DJ which is $1200. We aren't doing the appetizers b/c the only package I liked was about $15/person and if people are hungry they can run into the buffet and grab a snack after all we are at an all inclusive. I didn't get an option for a buffet at chili's,just the sit down meal.
SCarp-Thanks! I know I'm over it now, but I'm cleansing myself of selfish friends once this wedding is over. As for your situation, don't feel obligated to pay for people. If people really want to come to your wedding they will come and you can't worry about it. I am really fortunate that most of my friends and family are coming, but my FI is the opposite and only a few of his are. We aren't doing the boat anymore, but I don't know what we are doing b/c my sister says I'm being a pain in the butt and won't tell me. I don't know exactly how much it cost b/c she wouldn't tell me that either, but I think it was $600 b/c I think it was around $50 a person. It depends alot on how many people you have going.
I had my final dress fitting yesterday and I swear this dress is going to get the best of me. So we get there and my mom, sister and I were all having our final fittings done. Well the shop is closed and the ladies at the dress store across the way said she just left. So they call her and she comes back, she apologizes and says, "I had you in the book but I had a really bad day and so I just left." Okay, she has broken english so I don't know if she had a bad day and forgot I was coming or knew I was coming and just left??? So then it turns out that my dress is done, but she hadn't even started my moms or sisters. Then I put the dress on and I guess b/c she steamed it the bottom of the dress lays different. I sent my sister pictures in california and she didn't notice the difference so I'm just going to let it be. Maybe it's just the nerves?? I keep telling myself to breathe!