To extend the reception, it cost us a whopping $18.90 USD per person. They charge you %15.00 plus 11% tax and 15% service fees. Robbery!!
As for the international bar thing, I'm not sure about that. Natalia just told me that if there was a particular type of wine or alcoholic beverage that you want, you had to pay for it.
The servers were completely on-the-ball and super friendly. We were happy to tip them but wish we had given them more after all the compliments they got from our guests. They got people whatever they wanted in shots and drinks, including coffee (which apparently is not included in the meal).
I should mention that we were pretty disappointed by the food. It generally was not what we expected and it was brought out lukewarm, which should not happen considering we were at the Seaside Grill that has it's own kitchen. We had the vol au vent appetizer which tasted good but the pastry was a bit moist instead of light and flaky like it should have been. The salad was presented nicely but a bit bitter and had way too little salad dressing. Maybe we should have opted for the chicken salad. The main course was the flank steak which was good but too well-done for our liking and not hot enough when they brought it out. The fruit tart was tasty but the tart shell was so hard, I ended up only eating 1/4 of the tart shell and I just scooped out the fruit filling which was yummy. The wedding cake tasted awesome and it was nice and moist. We had the three milks cake with pineapple filing, and our only regret is that we didn't get the leftovers boxed up so I'm not sure what happened to the rest of it. I was really happy that the servers cut it up and served it to the guests but not everyone had some. I even ordered a bit less and we still had leftovers. I was warned by a forum bride not to expect to see the type of wedding cake that you might get in North America, so I wasn't surprised when the shape/height of the tiers weren't perfect and it didn't look exactly as in the pictures. I haven't yet but I'm planning on writing Natalia an email about what was good and not so good with their services, mainly the food. My husband, guests, and I ALL agree that despite us paying almost $82.00USD per plate over the 20 guests in the package, the all-inclusive food at the resort was better than the reception food. We ate at the Seaside Grill a few days after the wedding for dinner, and my husband went there twice for dinner to have steak (he even ordered 2 steaks one night) because he liked it so much. The kicker is that the normal food/salad they serve at the Seaside Grill is better than when you have a reception there, which makes no sense because you're paying a tonne of money to rent the place and feed your guests. Also, we had 4 vegetarians who did not want their vegetarian lasagna so by email, we requested a plate of grilled vegetables and tofu with a side of rice for the main course. All the other courses were already vegetarian, which we chose that way on purpose. What my guests got was rice with pieces of carrot......and we paid $82.00 for that!!!! That was a total lack of respect and a complete rip-off!
On a completely different note, the Italian restaurant "Portofino" was the best one according to us and all our guests. The pace of the service is what you would expect here and the food was fantastic. We wish we had gone there earlier in the week because we would have gone twice. TIP: bring a shawl or some sort of cover-up to wear in the restaurants or you'll freeze. They like to crank the A/C .
Anyway, hope that helps!