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Give your take on having the private reception at the hotel vs dinner at one of their resturants. I don't want to be too cheap but I would like to save some $$ if there is not much difference..

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Dinner at one of the restaurants is usually included in the wedding package. I went 2 years ago to a wedding in Punta Cana and they had closed off a covered outside section of the restaurant, we had our own waiters, it was perfect. Couldn't ask for more. And best of all it was included in the package!

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This is what I am doing because I felt the same way..... private dinner receptions are like 45 plus per person and then an open bar........ tahts ALOT! SO I am doing the included dinner and then I will rent a space for 300 dollars that has a bar 2 min walkin distance and we will have cake and music there....... I think it is a good compromise...... wish you all the luck! Have you been looking at resorts to be married at?

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We did a beach reception which included a buffett dinner that was fantastic as well as open bar, a dance floor, etc. It was everything we could have asked for and more. It cost us extra, though, so if you are looking to curb costs - there is nothing wrong with the dinner option at a restaurant. And since the night clubs at most resorts are pretty empty - just take your reception there and it'll be your own private dance reception (if you have some music on CD to take as well, most DJ's at the resort clubs will play your music if it's mainly your wedding party there!

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To save on costs, we are having dinner at the buffet restaurant at the resort. We are doing a quick cocktail hour in which we will do our first dances and family dances.. then off to the buffet (where the resort at no chge will put aside tables for us) to eat and then off to the disco to party.

 

Foxytv- love the idea of bringing a cd to the disco.. Im going to try that!

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We went with the half private half not idea too. We had a private cocktail reception after the ceremony for 2 hours with hot and cold apps, full bar, and DJ. This is where we cut the cake and had our dances. Then we just reserved enough tables for our group at the resort's Beach party which included every type of food imaginable, full bar, coffee and dessert bar and a free show. It was perfect as we had so many people with different food tastes it would have been impossible to pick a menu. I was very happy with my choice and it really let are guests get the full experience.

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This is what I am doing because I felt the same way..... private dinner receptions are like 45 plus per person and then an open bar........ tahts ALOT! SO I am doing the included dinner and then I will rent a space for 300 dollars that has a bar 2 min walkin distance and we will have cake and music there....... I think it is a good compromise...... wish you all the luck! Have you been looking at resorts to be married at?

This is exactly what we are doing too. Reception dinner at the steakhouse (menu of ceasar salad and surf & turf), then renting the Parrot Bar for cake/dancing/speeches. Once I saw the pics (on Facebook Majestic Colonial Brides group) of how beautifully they set up the tables for the reception dinners at the restaurants I was sold on taking this less expensive route! Plus when I was at Majestic in Dec. 2007 the steakhouse was my favorite restaurant - great food, and hopefully our guests will think so too!!

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We are having a private reception because that is what is included with the wedding package that we chose. I have been to other DW that were in the restaurants and that was fine too. We personally wanted a private venue but that is because we are not planning an AHR and this is going to be our only one!!!

 

As far as extra cost, our package includes private dinner for 24 people and an extra $15 pp after that. The private bar will be $15pp/hour. Also, we are using our Ipod for music and renting the resorts speakers and microphone for $300. Our reception will only be two and a half hours. After that, we all plan on going to the disco at the resort for more festivities!!!

 

Whatever you decide on, your wedding day in paradise will be awesome! Have fun planning!

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Our free wedding package included a dinner at one of the resturants. It said we will have a seperated area (not completely private) well the way the resturant is set up we had our own area. I have no idea who else was in the resturant (actually another wedding was there too) because we were left to celebrate ourselves. Completely segregated. We were allowed to stay afterwards and crank our Ipod/docking station so we danced did speaches and had cake. So check out where you are thinking of going and find out their policies and reviews from other brides.

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