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#11 CourtneyV

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    Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:25 PM

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    I don't know about this area either... why is everythign wedding related hitting me hard in the face today? I don't think we are going to do a rehersal dinner although a welcome dinner sounds nice. I also think it's a good way of everyone getting introduced to one another and so on.

    I think i would have mine the night before the weddding BUT
    1- is it rude of me to reuqest another night of my guests time? I think most are thinking of this as a vacation too. I don't want their whole week to be tied to the wedding
    2- should I talk to my wc and do this at our resort or find a cool lil restaurant.

    Ahhh here come all the options again. I don't know whats worse trying to do my invites or plannign a welcome dinner LOL


    1) lol - No, it's not rude to ask for another night of their time - or at least I don't think it's rude. They don't have to come if they don't want to... plus, they gotta eat anyways so what's the big deal?!

    2)I heard that some resorts will do a bonfire or something - I liked that idea, but since the resort will charge you anyways for the welcome dinner, you might as well see if you can find something on your own - you always have the resort to fall back on.
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    #12 MikkiStreak

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      Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:26 PM

      We're definitely doing a welcome night gathering. If it's in our budget, we'll do a cocktail or dinner. If we're strapped for cash, we'll have everyone get together in one of the bars/lounges at our resort after the dinner hour for drinks. We were thinking of assigning our guest list to 2 teams and doing some games (something that makes them consult with each other as a team) to get people talking and interacting with each other... But we'll decide the team divisions because we definitely wont' have an equal distribution of the guest list (groom's side outnumbers brides side by about 4:1)...

      #13 NABUMBAH

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        Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:40 PM

        We had a welcome dinner at Tabasco's as well as a rehearsal dinner on a boat. IMO it was too much planned in a short period of time. That said, both were a blast and provided a great chance for everyone to meet & greet. Out of the two, I thought that the boat was more fun.

        #14 *JillD*

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          Posted 18 April 2007 - 08:21 PM

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          I'm doing an informal welcome reception in our suite at the resort. I didn't want to hassle with transportation and the cost of the food/bev at the resort was outrageous. My WC has arranged a couple of chaffing dish rentals. So, were going to have a taco bar and chips and salsa with margaritas and beer from costco. ...we had to upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite to do this, but the cost of the upgrade still saves us money.
          Jess, I like this idea. We have a 1 bdrm. suite as well and we're only having about 20 ppl total, so this might work for us. glad you mentioned it!

          #15 starchild

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            Posted 19 April 2007 - 12:39 AM

            We agonized over this . . . parents & FI thought it was good enough to make a reservation for 40 and everyone pays for themselves. I wanted to host something though, even just cocktails/chips/etc. I ended up booking a full dinner/drinks sans the parents money because it was something I wanted.

            I googled PV restaurants, checked photos and reviews on tripadvisor/igougo/yahootravel, then contacted the restaurants directly via the email addresses on their websites. Most of them replied promptly with quotes and that's how I did it.

            #16 LEIGH

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              Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:45 AM

              Our wedding is on Sunday also.....We will be having a welcome dinner Friday night at one of the restaurants on location at Dreams. Since it is an AI, We are just reserving spaces for our 30 or so guests and paying a little extra for the extra service so that they can be there to help and be prepared. My TA is actually doing all of this for me, but the resort should be able to help you in this area!
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              #17 Shelley

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                Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:14 AM

                Thanks everyone! I've e-mailed my WC to see what options she can give me, so now I just have to wait patiently to hear back... I just like the idea of guests getting a chance to get acquainted b/c there's people coming from across Canada now. I was a little worried of taking people's time when it is their holiday too, but I think the suggestion that if someone doesn't want to come they don't have to is bang on!

                #18 Mrs.Morley

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                  Posted 19 April 2007 - 05:37 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by starchild
                  We agonized over this . . . parents & FI thought it was good enough to make a reservation for 40 and everyone pays for themselves. I wanted to host something though, even just cocktails/chips/etc. I ended up booking a full dinner/drinks sans the parents money because it was something I wanted.

                  I googled PV restaurants, checked photos and reviews on tripadvisor/igougo/yahootravel, then contacted the restaurants directly via the email addresses on their websites. Most of them replied promptly with quotes and that's how I did it.
                  Hi Starchild,

                  What restaurant are you doing your WD?
                  I am also getting married in PV (dreams) and would love to know what type of rates you were given by different restaurants.

                  Thanks

                  #19 ~Melissa~

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                  Posted 19 April 2007 - 05:49 PM

                  Thanks Courtney for the input - you kick ass heheheh


                  we've decided to wait and see when everyone will be there and then decide which night it iwll be on.

                  #20 starchild

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                    Posted 20 April 2007 - 01:44 AM

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                    Hi Starchild,

                    What restaurant are you doing your WD?
                    I am also getting married in PV (dreams) and would love to know what type of rates you were given by different restaurants.

                    Thanks
                    La Palapa quoted $45pp for chicken, $59 I think for filet mignon, drinks not included

                    Los Burros quoted $22pp for chicken & beef fajitas, 2 beers & 1 margarita pp

                    River Cafe quoted $45pp I think it was fish & chicken?

                    We chose Barcelona Tapas based on food and killer views. My brother is an event planner and did the negotiating with the owner who is from Chicago and super nice. I think it's between $40-50 pp at this point. I know we get several cold and hot tapas pp, desserts, pitchers of sangria, softdrinks, and beers (all unlimited). The food is so varied and is served family style which will be great for getting guests to interact. There are tons of great places in P.V though. My WC suggested La Palapa and El Arrayan.




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