Thanks for this post, Jcoke. I just updated my website to include this info, so now it says:
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: If you are NOT a guest of ANY of the Palace Resorts Sites on the day of the wedding you WILL BE required to purchase a Day Pass to have access to the resort. They charge $88/per person for full access to the resort amenities from 7am-11pm (you will not be allowed back on the resort grounds for any reason after the day of the wedding).
If you plan on staying off the resort, you need to inform us ASAP because there is a limit to the amount of day passes that the hotel will give out -- anyone over that limit will not be allowed on the resort.
How would you suggest I ask the people who book offsite for their $88? We are definitely not going to pay for that. We'll know mid-December our final count for bookings. I was thinking of calling those that booked offsite and asking for them to paypal me or something? Sounds so bad though!!
I would say that this is something that you shouldn't start to worry about. 1. Its too early and even though folks are telling you that they are coming, by the time it's actually time to book many of those folks will back out. 2. On my website I told my guests that if they planned on staying off the resort that they needed to inform me asap because there is a limit to the amount of day passes that the hotel will give out and anything over that limit they would not be allowed on the resort. So the passes would be based on a first come first serve basis. And even though people say they will pay for it I would not trust them. They don't come on the resort and actually pay the $88, it gets applied to your final bill. So if someone happpens to "forget" to give you the money you're stuck. I had 72 people at my wedding and fortunately we only had 1 guest stay off resort so we only had to pay for them to come to our rehearsal dinner and wedding.