We had 31 people and the downstairs space was perfect! We had tons of space for everyone to dance. For 55 people, I think everyone should be able to fit, but they will need to remove some tables after dinner for the dancing portion. Just double check with Mayte, but I don't think you will need to book the upstairs...plus if you did, the upstairs guests would miss out on interacting with everyone during dinner.
Your reception cost will depend on the menu and open bar option- we opted for a personalized menu and had the national open bar for 2 hours plus the dinner open bar option (wine, beer, and pop) for during dinner which was $8/pp for the entire duratin of dinner. We hired DJ Mannia- well worth the money...everyone danced all night! Guests are still raving about the party and said it was the best wedding ever. Re: extra costs, it's best to have Mayte email you the pricing...there are lots of other extra options (cigar rollers, fire works, etc...). The dinner decorations package was $500 which included all decorations, but does not include real flowers...only silk I believe...but it still looks beautiful. We didn't have our ceremony there so I'm not sure what the decoration costs are...
We stayed at the Majestic Colonial and had our ceremony there...sister resort to the Elegance. I definitely would choose Jellyfish over the resort as it was more private and something different for the guests. The only thing to keep in mind is that it's a 1/2 ride for the resort so maybe bring some plastic bags with you for the ride home for anyone who may be sick!
More than 1/2 my guests got sick on the trip at some point...might be from the resort's food? One guest was even hospitalized for 2 nights for gastrointestinal infection. I would just be cautious of what you eat and maybe stick with familiar foods...I on the other hand did not get sick. Although by the time we left, abotu 95% of my guests got sick or were getting sick from the resort with tons of bathroom and stomach issues.
Originally Posted by bamcandr
mb bride..congrats on your wedding! Can I ask how many people were at your wedding? We have around 55. Do you think that if we just stay downstairs that would be enough room or would you say I am going to have to rent the entire restaurant? Is there an area to dance? If you don't mind me asking about price, how much was yours approximately? Did you have a dj or do you know if they have speakers to set up an ipod? How much were you charged for the decorations inside and outside? Is just an overall price for "decorations" Or do you pick and choose what type of decorations you want? Are the main prices just for eating, drinking, and decorations? Can you think of any other costs you had besides fire dancers)? I'm sorr for all the questions, but I'm trying to figure out the best option! We are staying at the Majestic Elegance, where did you stay and would you def. reccommend jellyfish over resort reception? Thanks so much in advance!