How much should people pay?
Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:56 AM
I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but we're trying to plan a destination wedding, and the majority of resorts we're looking at are going to cost guests $1700 per person. We are worried that this is too much to ask people to spend, espeically with the economy the way it is etc.. I can't help but feel guilty, but I also don't think people would be happy if they paid 1200 and ended up at a crappy place.. so my question is - how much are your guests paying to attend your wedding and what are your experiences with this? do people seem to mind?
(also, if anybody knows of any great resorts that are a bit less expensive, I would LOVE to hear about it!)
thanks so much!
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 02:20 PM
Post #26 has the results!
I'll bump it up in an attempt to get more recent information!
Posted 28 April 2009 - 03:01 PM
I am getting married at Aventura Spa Palace at the end of November, which is not considered rainy season in Mexico. I am not using a TA and I probably should since our guests are coming from the U.S., the Netherlands, Sweden and a big chunk from Romania. But they are all well-traveled adults so I see them having no problem with this.
I found ASP to be cheaper than most but also heard great things about the quality. There is a forum in here for aventura where you can check in with tons of brides getting married there and ask questions, see pics and videos. Talking to them helped me make up my mind. As far as prices, my guests are paying $ 2,300 per couple which includes flights (from Ky) and four nights of all-inclusive stay. This is because we are booking through a group contract where we commit to fill a certain number of rooms. The group contract also provides spa and golf credits ($300.00 per room) and free tours through the resort.
Of course, the tricky part is if someone who RSVPs changes their mind...there might be a fee involved past a certian date.(you have to ask the sales coordinator) But for us, most of our guests (30) are very close family and friends so we shared this policy with them in a very polite manner along with our invites. They know that if they say yes in the RSVP card, it means committing to that reservation and price.
Another thing we did to be respectful to our geusts was to send invites super early. They went out last week and we are 6 months away. I felt this was important because even if someone really wants to come and spend $2,300 as a couple to do it, they need time in advance to plan and save for this, especially in these times. We have also set up a web site with information and a place for them to get in touch with us for any requests or questions.
Does this help? All in all, I highly recommend ASP...and the price seems very reasonable, especially after I saw the survey Amarillis posted! :-)
November 21, 2009
Aventura Spa Palace, Mexico
Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:20 PM
we enjoy nice resorts so we made it clear that we would be going somewhere nice but we did not expect people to come.then we changed to we are going alone except our best friends.then no-one will get upset.they paid £3600 per couple.but they did have the option of hotels cause we are staying at a riu resort and these always have 4-5 hotels next door to each other which are a mixture of 3-5 star.this may be an option but 80% of your guests do have to stay at the hotel you are getting married at.
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