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#1 Woodsylou

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    Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:11 PM

    Hi

    i am suffering from a budget problem! so trying to cut costs. i just wondered if anyone else had a destination wedding and didn't have a private event? did you just have the meal in a restaurant? what were your opinions? how did you make it special?

    any moon palace brides do this? if so which restaurant do you recommend?

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    #2 bholthof

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      Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:53 PM

      Hey,

      I'm also thinking of doing this - we just don't have enough guests coming to really make it worthwhile to have a private event.
      I'll be interested in seeing responses to this question too.

      Just curious though - did you know when you started planning that you were going to have a budget issue? Or is this something new that has cropped up? I just ask because I'm wondering that if you knew in advance that money was tight - why would you choose a Palace resort to have the wedding? Yes they are gorgeous, but they are also expensive!!
      We also considered Palace resorts - but to save ourselves and our guests we went to Cuba. I still think our wedding will be great, though.

      No offense intended - I'm just curious. :)
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      #3 Woodsylou

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        Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:55 PM

        no offence taken! i was being totally deluded when i booked the wedding, on our budget. as it's getting closer i've realised that unfortunately money doesn't grow on tree's! we considered borrowing money, but i just can't justify getting into debt for one day (even if it is the most special day of our lives). I did book on a impulse. loooking back i would of done a LOT more research, but that's just me! too late now! haha!
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        #4 sasse75

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          Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:02 PM

          I think that there are lots of brides who choose to not have a private event due to budget. One suggestion might be to have your dinner in one of the restaurants at the resort but inquire about the possibilty of renting out a pool or beach bar for afterwards for a few hrs - you could have your cake cutting, speeches and dancing there. Still a cost incurred I realize but not as much as doing the whole thing private. Good Luck!

          #5 *Meagan*

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            Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:42 PM

            We are sticking with the free reception at our resort and then going "non private" and all going to a restaurant to eat together and then out to the dance club and bars on property!

            #6 FutureMsMoulton

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              Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:51 PM

              My friend who got married there just bar hopped all afternoon since there are 9 bars and then met up with everyone at the brazilian bbq place. If they won't give me the free option I am going to do the same thing... so not worth the extra money. As her guests we put on suits and sat poolside until dinner.

              #7 ~Nicole~

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                Posted 03 December 2009 - 10:24 PM

                I didn't have a private event and we had an awesome time. There were 9 of us and since we were such a small group the hotel surprised and gave us our own little dining room in one of the restaurants. Everyone ordered what they wanted and seemed happy. Afterwards we went to one of the bars that had a covered patio. There was barely anyone there so we grabbed one of our ipod docking stations and started our own party right there lol. I didn't have anything planned, we just went with the flow and it was amazing :)
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                #8 *Meagan*

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                  Posted 03 December 2009 - 10:28 PM

                  Aww Nicole! That makes me feel really great! That is totes awesome!!

                  #9 ~Nicole~

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                    Posted 03 December 2009 - 10:32 PM

                    Seriously Meg, didn't you see my fb pics? It was the best night of my life lol. Don't even worry about it. It's great how weddings just set everyone in party mode and everything just seems to flow nicely. It will all work out!
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                    #10 Girasole

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                      Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:43 AM

                      Meg u will have to let me know how the resort works with you & how the nonprivate dinner works. I have seriously been considering that also since we don't have a ton of people going (15 -20 tops).
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