OK So for all of the future brides that have not sent out invitations....here is what happened to me in regards to the other Iberostar resorts.
1. you can have kids at the suites...that is one of the reasons why I decided on it.
2. I put in my invitation that the wedding and activities would be at the suites....being nice I added (there are three resorts at the property, you can stay at the Grand, Suites or beaches. If you stay off property you will have to pay $100 per day per person to attend events) BIG MISTAKE
3. if they stay at the beaches they have to pay $30/person/day to attend the wedding activities at the suites. and my future inlaws took advantage of my misprint and argued that since I didn't mention the $30 in the invitation their guest staying at the beaches shouldn't have to pay the $30 fee. so basically to keep the peace I am eating the cost for her 6 guests that are staying at the beaches. (did i mention that my and FI are paying for everything ourselves...and all of my inlaws guest work for the airlines and fly for FREE so they are not even paying for airfare.....)
My suggestion...DO NOT MENTION THE OTHER RESORTS....if they find out about it themselves then they are responsible for the additional fees...just like eholt said. This has been a serious headache recently and if I had to do it over again...I wouldn't mention the beaches or grand at all. I am having to adjust my budget to cover this expense....agggggggg
Sorry needed to vent...
Originally Posted by eholt
Im not sure why the idea of having to go into this gets under my skin, but each time I read a post I feel some kinda way! :/
If you send out invites or info on the wedding and include the HOST hotel, its a no brainer to me. WE, the bride/groom will HOST you at this resort....not the freakin island. Should YOU choose to stay elsewhere...its on YOU!!
Granted, I had a few people that I thought would be traveling with children and I offered them to stay at the Beach and not the Suites. It didn't end up happening but I was clear to the TA who these "exceptions" were and that was that. I did have people who did not go with the TA (even though she did price match) but they didn't adventure outside of the resort. Maybe I was fortunate but the bottom line is guests need to realize that the HOST hotel is where the HOSTING and action will take place and not complicate matters!
If it were a stateside wedding and you state that a shuttle will pick you up from Main St. Marriott, would guest stay at the Holiday Inn and still expect shuttle service? NO!
Okay...of my soapbox and to work I go!
Originally Posted by MrsDesz
Thanks for the response. I'm just going to be very clear with my guests on my website. - "You have to stay at one of the three Iberostar properties.
If you choose to stay outside of the Iberostar resorts, unfortunately you will not be able to attend the wedding" (since for every 10 wedding guests, 9 have to be Iberostar guests).
At least if I'm blunt (like a previous bride said) they'll know there are limited options.
**I'll reserve the pass for that 1 guest (out of every 10 guests) that may stay with relatives from Jamaica. I think this may work. What do you think?
Originally Posted by MrsDesz
Congratulations! You sound like you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing your pics!