I just got back on Friday from my wedding at Dreams. It was absolutely amazing!! Fatima did such an amazing job with everything. I will post a review within the week for all of you to read.
I was in the same position as all of you for the welcome dinner and cocktails, this is what we did (with 49 guests):
We arrived on Friday and had previously reserved tables at the Mexican Fiesta night on the beach for 7pm, I just spoke with Roman Garcia who reserved the spots for us for free (firstname.lastname@example.org). We had asked our guests to meet us at the Rendez Vous (lobby) bar for predrinks, we did not reserve tables, we just showed up right at 5:30 and pulled a bunch of tables together, they did not mind at all. So all in all we payed nothing for our welcome cocktails and dinner.
The night before the wedding we had the bonfire as our informal rehearsal with a big pinata (sooo much fun!) a few speeches and we just all got to hang out, have a few drinks and relax the night before the wedding. I would totally recommend this to anyone as their welcome cocktails or rehearsal event. I think we payed around $500 for this so it is a fairly cheap option if you're wanting privacy and your own bartender etc.
Most restaurants open at 6:30pm. The largest one is the World Cafe buffet, Oceana I think would be 2nd largest then El Patio, Seaside and finally Portofino.
Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by Kenna Ranson
I'm confused too! I also debated the bonfire thing, but thought it would totally kill the special-ness factor for the Caletas bonfire.
The Mexican fiesta actually could be a super viable option for you - I was at the Dreams last year and it turned out to be really neat. Tables fill up fast though, so you would have to get there early to get enough to seat your party. I have about 50 guests as well.
I have a feeling my welcome dinner/drinks at the one of the restaurants and pool bar is going to end up being a bit chaotic without Dreams on-board to help me out with it, but it just seems silly to pay so much money when we're already forking out so much for the wedding itself. I really wished they had something a little bit more basic available for people in our situation. I don't mind paying some $$ for something special, but would want to keep it under $1,000 .
On another note, we should talk about the change in wedding coordinators at Caletas. I'd be interested to hear your take on it. If you are interested in chatting further, you can ping me for my contact details through my website - kennaranson.com.