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#11 GregsBride

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    Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:27 PM

    Thanks everyone!!! What you said make perfect sense to me now shellb... Once I do decided on a location I will try to see if there is a way that I could negotiate a slightly lower price or have something similar to what ginalynn is doing. Thanks again for the info!!!
    ~Christina

    #12 KellyMN

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      Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:42 AM

      I, as well as every other DWB, had the same questions at some point. They are charge more because it takes extra work to set up a meal for that many people. For us, they closed down the whole restaurant and had additional staff, extra special drinks, music, etc. I also think they just do this because it's a good way for them to make more money. You'll notice, the resorts charge a ton for things like flowers, chair covers, runners, candels, cake toppers, etc. It's their way to make money - they know that you are (probably) in a foreign country and can't just walk down the street and get your services another way. They know you're forced to go through the resort and they'll make you pay for it :) It's all worth it though! And there are many ways to save $$$.
      On another topic, if you're looking to save money, one thing I'd advice against is the group travel option. Often times the company booking your wedding will give you a deal, or offer so many free meals if you travel as a group. DestinationWeddings does this, along with many other destination wedding wholesale companies. Traveling as a group means all your guests have to have the same departure city, room category, number of night stay, etc, which I think limits the options for your guests. I think they are traveling all the way there for you, so you should allow them the flexibility of traveling whenever and from wherever they'd like. I know you might loose the "free" meals, but I'd take money from somewhere else just not to force your guests to do something they don't prefer. That's my two cents :)

      #13 DanielleNDerek

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        Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:59 AM

        Welcome to the forum. At my resort if you want a private reception you have to pay for it but if you just wanted to have a reception dinner at one of the resort restuarants not private that would be free.

        Goodluck with your planning!
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        #14 stacey

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          Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:50 PM

          Welcome to the forum!!
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          #15 dainanewell

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            Posted 21 August 2008 - 02:04 PM

            Welcome to the forum.....we have chosen dreams punta cana...they offer a free wedding.....and the choice of having a free reception in one of the restaurants....happy planning!!!

            #16 Robyn Louise Photography

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              Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:46 PM

              Welcome to the forum!

              #17 Jenn3878

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                Posted 22 August 2008 - 04:44 PM

                to the forum! Best of luck with your planning!

                #18 Erica053009

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                  Posted 22 August 2008 - 04:50 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by GregsBride
                  Hi Ladies...

                  I have been doing a little research on weddings at all-inclusive resorts but most packages I've seen list prices for between 8-12 guests. I am planning on having about 40-60 guests, but I have noticed that most resorts charge about $50 per person for the reception. Now this may sound a little dumb, but I am wondering why I have to pay an additional fee per guest to have dinner at the reception when they are already paying to stay at an AI resort? I'm still very new to this so any help will be greatly appreciated :)

                  Christina
                  This was the most frustrating part for me too but they have to pay for extra staff (cooks, waiters, bar tenders, dishwashers, etc...) I also hated that they were charging me a price per person and then add on price for liquor per person

                  #19 CayoLargo

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                    Posted 22 August 2008 - 04:58 PM

                    WOW...there was a big eye opener...I had not looked into an extra cost per person for the reception. I have just emailed my wedding planner to ask. Thanks for posting this as I had no idea...I hope it is not too much.
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