Originally Posted by graceandthomas
I have a couple questions about DT. I apologize in advance if they've already been asked, but I promise I did my best to go through old posts first!
1. Is it possible to have a FREE reception?! This is an all inclusive resort, so I would hope we can just make reservations at one of the restaurants for our group of probably around 30, and have a not-so-private reception. Everything I'm reading on here indicates a per person charge for a private dinner... are/have any of you doing a completely free reception? (I guess this is a Dreams Resorts in general question, we are also consdering Riviera Cancun.)
2. My TA mentioned a gazebo on a hill... she said it's more private, not directly on the beach, and over looks the ocean. However, I haven't seen this mentioned on anyones reviews or on any of he lists of ceremony locations on these forums. Anyone know anything about this location?! ... I reallly hope it exists! And if pictures are floating around somewhere I'd love to know where!
Thanks SO much for any information!!
Unfortunately, you are unable to have a free reception, at least now with the number of guests you are bringing. I've heard of brides reserving a table at a restaurant, or just showing up with 10 guests or less (preferably 6 or less) and them getting a free reception. But once you pass 10 people, they will charge.
Your package includes up to 20 people, so you are only paying for everyone past that, so for a wedding with 30 guests, you're only going to have to pay for the additional 10 guests. The silver menu is another $55/per person (reception dinner/drinks only), and the gold menu is $65/per person. If you want extra cocktail hour, that will be $25/per person (hors deurves and cocktails). If you want extra cake or champagne for each guest that's probably another $6/per person for each. They will charge you for everything beyond 20 guests. It's better food than you would otherwise have at any of the restaurants though. Even if you have your dinner at one of the restaurants, it's still considered a private event for your larger group because you are taking away waiters/bartenders/staff to be exclusively treating your guests only. That is why they are charging you more.
Regarding the gazebo, I just went there 2 months ago, and I saw nothing of the nature. I didn't see a hill either though...so maybe that's my problem. I'm pretty sure I saw all the resort had to offer, and all I remember is the church or the beach for weddings. I think you might be confusing the gazebo for something at Riveria Cancun or Cancun Dreams locations (?). I'm pretty sure those both have gazebos...but you won't find one in Tulum.
Good luck wherever you choose your wedding!! I loved my wedding at Dreams Tulum and wouldn't have had it anywhere else!