Welcome Dinner Blues
Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:15 AM
I explained that you can't just walk in a restaurant with 40 people and expect to be seated together, so they suggested I find a place to make reservations but everyone pays for themselves. It's just bugging me that they think this is such a waste of money - our money by the way since they refuse to pay for this part of the wedding! This from people who pay $1000 for steak knives . . . they just aren't going for this on general principle!!! They say they have been to destination weddings before where they met up with people but paid for themselves, they called it no-host or something. How would I even word something like that?? Meet us here at 8:00 for dinner and we'll split the checks?? Of course I want to save money where I can, but is there even a way to skimp on this?
When I told them about this forum and how practically everyone is having a welcome reception of some sort, they asked me to ask you guys this:
Is it really customary to pay for a welcome dinner in advance of the wedding or are you all just really, really nice? And, what's wrong with a cocktail reception with appetizers & set drinks only?
So I turn it over to you experts . . . sorry so long but I'm trippin out right now!!!!!!!!!
Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:33 AM
I think if you don't have it in your budget, its not necessary, but it is a nice thing to do if you can afford it. We were thinking of doing some type of group excursion or something and we will probably pay for that, but we can't do both.
hope this helps!
Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:39 AM
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:03 AM
Wonder if you just did a lite passing coctail hour or something?
Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:00 AM
Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:49 AM
I did however feel obligated before I had selected an AI venue to host an event each day. Mailny because resort food can be so expensive and I know that my guests saved to make the trip already.
I'd suggest pricing dessert or just chips or tacos and margaritas and beer. Maybe your parent's can justify that or even covering a portion of the bill. Ex. $10 on each person's entree.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 12:04 PM
Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:27 PM
I would love to have a welcome dinner, but unfortunately it just isn't in the budget for us. We even considered doing appetizers and drinks at one of the resort restaurants and that was also too expensive.
So instead, we're doing a "welcome reception" in our suite at the hotel. We are staying in the timeshare portion of the hotel in a 1 bedroom suite with a full kitchen, dining area, living area and patio.
I'm calling our welcome reception a "drop=by reception". It will run for 4 hours so that people can stop-in as they wish. We will serve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. I plan to buy all of the food and beverage from Costco.
Aside from the cost, I didn't want to have the welcome dinner/reception off of the resort grounds just because of the logistics of getting everyone there.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:34 PM
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