| Originally Posted by ashjanbro |
I am very confused about something. I know we have talked about reception locations and music in the past but I still just don't get it. The wedding guide (2009) says that you don't have to pay the private event fee for the dreams of love or ultimate packages for outside locations. I assumed this included the terrace of el patio, pool side, etc. If you are interested in the terrace of the restaurant and not inside the restaraunt, does the 70% occupancy requirement apply? I asked Anabel about the terrace of el patio and she said that it did which is not what I understood.
Furthermore, one of my e-mails that Lizet sent (I think), states that music is only allowed at private events or in the ballroom. So if I have my reception on the terrace or poolside I can't have music without paying $750 for the private event fee?
Someone else also mentioned about the speaker. I too was not under the impression that you had to pay $150 for the speaker system for the wedding plus an additional $150 for the reception. It seems to me that Dreams is really trying to "milk" us for our money. $200 is ridiculous for tulle. I mean what the hell?
Is this right? Can someone totally clarify this for me please?
Like I said earlier, I agree about the speakers, it seems too expensive. However for the tulle I kinda understand as it seems like something they specially order/go out and buy just for the person asking for it. I have noticed that Dreams prices are much more reasonable when they are providing something themselves compared to when they are using outside vendors (exp: tiffany chairs, fire dancers, lounge furniture).
For the music you can definitely have the music on the beach or by the pool. Several brides have asked and have all been confirmed. I think when the guide says private events or ballroom only, what they were trying to say was that you could not have music in a restaurant if there are other guests in that same restaurant (which makes sense).
It used to be that the outside terrace of El Patio you didn't pay the 750$, as long as your group was outside while other resort guests were still able to eat inside. Maybe they have changed that...
It's true that the guide is not always clear, that is why the "unofficial guide" was put on page 1, because brides were being told stuff that was different from what was in the guide or from what you would interpret the guide to be saying. I would go with what is on this forum, and then try to confirm with a coordinator.