Rehearsal/Welcome Dinner Questions
Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:04 PM
I know a lot of people have had Welcome Dinners and Good-bye brunches and I'm wondering how you managed to do this without going way over on budget. While I love the Hilton it is definitely one of the best reasons to have your wedding at an AI!
Any thought? Does anyone know of a restaurant with prices low enoough to do this without spending like $100/head (including the 25% tax/gratuity that's on everything). I'm really worried about this! All these people who I adore are coming from around the country and in a few cases the world to be with us and I would love to be able to do more with them...
This is how I'm starting to feel when I think about this (hee hee hee)
Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:41 PM
I think there are a few choices:
1. Host an hors d'oeuvres and cocktails RD, or a bonfire at the Hilton beach with s'mores, or some other kind of event with lite fare that serves as your RD.
2. Host a Welcome Party two nights before the wedding for everyone (with light food/drinks like above) and a smaller "normal" RD with just wedding party the night before.
I think guests appreciate having something to do and some food/drink even if it isn't a full meal. It will just give them another chance to hang out and get to know each other before the wedding too.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:04 PM
I totally understand your dilemma. I also feel it's important to have some sort of welcome/RD event. I am having more of a welcome dinner 2 nights before our wedding. It's costing us approx $2K for up to 40 guests. We're doing it at Baja Cantina. I could have done just drinks & chips/salsa/guacamole for much cheaper. You can definitely do something to meet your needs. It definitely doesn't have to be an all out meal.
You could even say "hey everybody, lets get together for drinks at XYZ place" - that way you can all get together, but you won't necessarily be hosting it financially. Or even have a pool gathering mid-day where everybody meets. Again, you don't have to buy them food & alcohol to get them together.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:31 PM
Do you have any recommendations of places other than the Hilton? Their prices are pretty high PLUS since we're doing the ceremony and recption there is woul dbe a nice change of pace to pick someplace else. But then again that brings up the whole issue of transportation!
Christa, You are totally right about having everyone meet and not necessarily footing the bill as well! I wonder if the Hilton will allow outsider guest to at the pool/beach area... I'll have to ask MariaElena to see if she knows!
Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:37 PM
Oh, and to answer your original question, everyone who comes to the wedding is invited to the Welcome Dinner.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:55 PM
christa beat me to it, but the taco bar at baja cantina sounds like an awesome idea and won't break the bank.
i have to admit, these reasons were why we went AI...
i think it is good etiquette to have everyone invited to the welcome dinner...i did welcome dinner in lieu of rehersal dinner because everyone we wanted at the RD was already in mexico.
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 07:11 PM
I still think i want to do a separate rehearsal dinner for our families because my parents and my FI parents have only ever met once and that was 5 years ago when we graduated from college! It would be nice to have a special dinner with them (I'm thinking Casa Natalia for this)... but that could always be Sunday too...
I think if I could do the Welcome Dinner/Drinks for less than $3000 I think we can swing it... and you guys are right I dn't have to freak out just yet... I mean the wedding isn't for 9 months!
Posted 28 September 2006 - 04:22 PM
Posted 28 September 2006 - 04:55 PM
Posted 28 September 2006 - 05:40 PM
| Originally Posted by gkashmira |
Do you guys have a good contact for the places Christa mentioned? I like the taco bar at Baja Cantina idea too...
Here's some contact info for Baja Cantina Beach:
Baja Cantina Beach
El Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Cabo Villas Beach Resort
Tel (624) 143-9773
Tammy posted the group menu & bar options for me a while ago, see if you can find it. I am doing the taco bar option & I think it's a nice balance in terms of price & what we're getting - way more than just apps.
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