Originally Posted by slstriednig
Wow Girl! You really did it right!
Thanks for the cost breakdown...super helpful. Erika responded today about the DJ and said that she made a mistake in her email and it really is $1250 for the DJ and Lighting. Whew...but you make a great point, we will need to think about how much the lighting is really worth to us. I love the idea of bringing our own chair ribbons...do you know if they can move the chair ribbons from the ceremony to the reception during the cocktail hour?
My mom and I were talking last about the reception at Chili's. Erika sent me the menu and there are a few choices for meats,etc. How does that work? Do we have our guests make their selections prior to the reception or do we all order at the reception as if we are in a regular restaurant? Did you bring any table centerpieces? So let me get this straight....you had a semi-private dinner and then a private reception with a DJ...for FREE?
Another question for you about the cocktail hour. Is it solely based on your guest count or can we decide to have minimal apps at the cocktail hour. Example, we currently have approx 60 guests who are planning to come...the price sheet Erika sent me states the apps are $15 per person and amount to ~8 pieces per person. Do you know if it is possible to order the apps for only 30 guests but split it among all guests so there are 4 pieces per person instead?
Would love to see your pics!
~Shannon & Dennis
I'm sure they can move the sashes from the wedding to the reception. But I really don't think you will need too. The whole resort is so beautiful along with the d©cor they have there I'm glad I didn't decide to bring my own centerpieces and such, especially when we brought 2 suitcases full of gifts for our guests (customs was a treat! LOL). As for the reception dinner and choices...when you meet with the planner they will go over the menu options with you and you can pick what type of menu you want offered, then the day of the dinner everyone will have a menu with three choices to pick from for the main dish and also choices for an appetizer. I actually forgot about picking the food type when we met with Erica!
We got the private dinner free and I made a mistake on my list above the reception was $600 and above I listed it as the cocktail hour, instead of the reception (they call it cocktail after dinner).
Our cocktail hour was free because we did a semi-private. We did however have to pay for the mariachi band. But even though the cocktail hour was semi-private and other people from the resort could come by and have drinks..there was no one else over by the licrio bar so it was "private" even though it was semi-private. We did not do apps, but it sounds like from reading the emails I got back from Erica it's $16/person and it averages out to be 4 pieces per guest..I guess they can figure how much one person can eat. The only reason why we didn't do apps was because it was literally an hour from the end of the wedding to the dinner and we figured that people could just socialize have a drink and listen to the mariachi band. Some people didn't even go to the cocktail hour, but went back to their rooms to change and get ready for dinner. My husband didn't even want the band, only because we wouldn't be able to enjoy all of it due to the photo-shoot after the wedding, but I put the law down on that! The people that did show up for the cocktail hour did enjoy themselves and the band.
Hope this is helpful!