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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone is choosing the package that comes free with 7 nights stay and choosing the rest ala carte?  I originally booked the ultimate package but since I am going to have over 20 guests and they charge more per guest for food over 20, it doesn't seem to save much money using the package.  We are using our own photographer so we don't want the resorts or the mariachi band or the spa extras.  We may just take over a restaurant instead of a sit down dinner but I do want a cocktail party and dancing.  Did anyone just pay for a cocktail service?  I was going to ask Rebeca how much they charge for just a cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres service.

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Originally Posted by surfnvolley63 View Post

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone is choosing the package that comes free with 7 nights stay and choosing the rest ala carte?  I originally booked the ultimate package but since I am going to have over 20 guests and they charge more per guest for food over 20, it doesn't seem to save much money using the package.  We are using our own photographer so we don't want the resorts or the mariachi band or the spa extras.  We may just take over a restaurant instead of a sit down dinner but I do want a cocktail party and dancing.  Did anyone just pay for a cocktail service?  I was going to ask Rebeca how much they charge for just a cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres service.


We went with the free package. I believe you have to book 7 nights or more in the junior suite. We are doing everything al a carte, because we are having about 40-50 people and it was much more reasonable to do it that way. We are bringing our own photog also, and we are also cutting out the cocktail hour to save some money.
 

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Are you having a sit down dinner?  Can I ask what they charged you for the reception per person?
 

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We went with the free package. I believe you have to book 7 nights or more in the junior suite. We are doing everything al a carte, because we are having about 40-50 people and it was much more reasonable to do it that way. We are bringing our own photog also, and we are also cutting out the cocktail hour to save some money.
 



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Are you having a sit down dinner?  Can I ask what they charged you for the reception per person?

 

 

 

Yes. We are having a reception at Las Palamas Terrace(by the pool). Earlier in my planning Rebeca said that without the cocktail hour it would be $40pp for dinner. It is $55pp with the cocktail hour. We are having a "Welcome Bonfire" instead of a rehearsal dinner. It is much more reasonable option.

 

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We are leaving dreams today to come home after an amazing wedding 10-09-2010 .... review and tons of helpful information to follow..... but in the meantime feel free to check out our shutterfly account with non pro pics...you can get a good idea of the bonfire, welcome cocktails, and of course the wedding.  Our wedding was at oceana.

http jasonallyson.shutterfly.com

 

Also a few of the pics from our photog is at www.imagesbyaaron.com

 

You do not need a password or login.... if you do not have an account with shutterfly than sign up and you can view all the pics from our page.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Allyson! you looked beautiful & I love all the details!

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In regards to the onsite photographer.. Here is what I got back from them. I got the ultimate package.. I also have a friend who is a photographer, so I will be using her but I figured the more pics the better..

 

Here is what they said,

 

Hello Brittany

   
Congratulations! You get married!
 
Thank you very much for choosing Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa for your vacations. We will be very glad and enjoy every moment of your wedding celebration , leave it to us to capture the highlights and special moments.
 
 
I attach to you the link of our web page and you can see some examples of weddings at the resort and also the price list.     http://www.adventurephotosmx.com/#/drepv-ps-3/         Please if you have any question just let me know           Regards    
Cristheell Bernal
Adventure Photo Team | Dreams Puerto Vallarta | Vallarta Adventures | 
Paseo de las Palmas 39-A, Nuevo Vallarta, Nay. 63732 | Tel: +52 (322) 
2971212 ext 452 | Toll Free from US or Canada: 1 888 301 2457 | 
drepvphoto@vallarta-adventures.com | www.vallarta-adventures.com 
<http://www.cabo-adventures.com/ > | www.dolphin-adventure.com 
<http://www.cabo-adventures.com/ > |

 

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Thanks Crystal!  I think we are going to do the same thing.  How much was the welcome bonfire?  We are going to do that but I haven't received a quote yet from Rebeca.  Did you get any rates on a buffet dinner instead of a sit down?  I read on here somewhere that it was more expensive which is strange because I think they would use less staff etc. for a buffet.
 

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Yes. We are having a reception at Las Palamas Terrace(by the pool). Earlier in my planning Rebeca said that without the cocktail hour it would be $40pp for dinner. It is $55pp with the cocktail hour. We are having a "Welcome Bonfire" instead of a rehearsal dinner. It is much more reasonable option.
 



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We are doing the bonfire as our welcome gathering. It will cost $300 but it comes with our own servers, marshmellows, graham crackers, chocolates, roasting sticks and chairs.  I am going to give out the OTT bags at this time as well.

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We are doing the bonfire as our welcome gathering. It will cost $300 but it comes with our own servers, marshmellows, graham crackers, chocolates, roasting sticks and chairs.  I am going to give out the OTT bags at this time as well.

 

You guys will absolutely LOVE the bonfire!! It was so much fun & everyone had a great time! You won't miss not having a rehearsal dinner at all. And depending on what night you're having it, people can either eat together or separately at the theme night & then come to the bonfire after.

 

I know some people are considering having music - we didn't, which turned out to be fine b/c it was pretty loud on the beach. At one point we tried to make a short speech thanking everyone for coming, but no one could really hear us over the waves.

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