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Open bar??? I don't get it?

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    Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:16 AM

    I've read a few posts mentioning having an open bar for 1 hour or 2 hours or 3 hours but I don't get it. If you're at an all inclusive isn't it all included? Isn't it always open bar all the time everywhere on the resort? Am I missing something?
    Jen and Kevin

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    #2 purrfected

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      Posted 03 April 2009 - 06:44 AM

      Hi Jen.

      At my resort if you have a private reception you have to pay for the food and the bar. Additionally, some of my guests may not stay at my resort. That would mean I either have to buy a day pass for them or host a private reception.. I have not decided which I am going to do, it all depends on how many offsite guests I have. If everyone is onsite I can host a private reception and not pay for the bar since everyone can get their drinks at the bar in the adjoining room. (I got this info from a previous bride) I am hoping that most of my guests stay on site!

      I hope I helped clear up the confusion. I was a bit confused myself when my WC kept discussing the price per person for the bar!

      #3 sunstarsmoon

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        Posted 03 April 2009 - 08:42 AM

        JENANDKEV, I know its hard to swallow when you are at an all inclusive having to pay for an open bar. After reading and reading and more reading here on this site I finally understood why. You are paying for a private reception.
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        #4 *Casey*

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          Posted 03 April 2009 - 08:57 AM

          I think a lot of resorts charge for that if you are reserving a certain place like a restaurant or pool area that won't be available to the other resort guest. I just think they try to get you any where they can.

          #5 kiki317

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            Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:30 AM

            Plus you'll actually be getting private servers/ bartenders. It took me a little while to figure out why i was paying so much extra for dinner and drinks at an all inclusive but then i realize i'm paying for the set up and the service.

            #6 Jen_S

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              Posted 03 April 2009 - 10:28 AM

              Our resort was the same if we had a private reception they charged you for the bar. Makes sense because they have to bring in the staff.
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              #7 YoursTruly

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                Posted 03 April 2009 - 10:36 AM

                not sure where your wedding is but it is more than likely for a private reception as the girls stated. maybe you can do something lighter like cocktail reception which may be cheaper than an open bar? Or your guests can hang out by the bar until dinner if an evening wedding?

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                  Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:12 AM

                  Hi, welcome to the Forum and good luck with everything...

                  #9 ~*petals*~

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                    Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:49 AM

                    We're paying per-person to have a private reception (reserved restaurant, special dinner, etc.) but the bar is included in the per-person charge.

                    #10 Ayita

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                      Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:13 PM

                      This is one of the main reasons why I decided not to go for an AI... People already pay for food and drinks, and you pay for it through the daily pass, and you STILL have to pay for food and drinks if you have a "private reception" which is - depending on the resort - more than a certain number of guests or having some areas reserved for you.

                      I think this is really abusive - asking you to pay twice for the same thing ? At least in my non-AI, I'm paying for food and drinks but 1. I know why and 2. my guests did not have to pay for the exact same food and drinks too !

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