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#2061 kimmysue

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    Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:06 AM

    I'm in the US in Kansas.

     

    We compared the Divine and Eternity packages as well, but the Divine didn't offer any additional people for dinner, so it wasn't worth it for us to upgrade.

     

    Kim



    #2062 82turtles

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      Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:03 AM

      Don't forget about the 11% tax and 15% service that is on top of that $48/pp dinner fee.. it actually comes out to about $60.50 for each additional Eternity dinner. If you add in the extra cost for dinner, cocktail hour, cake and champagne it comes out to about $95 per person after tax and service for guest numbers over 25. You can possibly save from not paying for the overage on cocktail hour or cake, since it seems they have enough either way, but for budgeting/planning reasons I'd suggest you plan around the full $95/pp for numbers over 25! We struggled with that added cost, and for that very reason limited the number of people we invited. While it does sound terrible, when we had a few people have to back out at the last minute for work reasons, I wasn't too upset, knowing we'd just saved about $300!

      eek, $48/pp....well hopefully not all of our invitees can come haha- isn't that terrible?   I wonder if it's worth the initial upgrade to the Divine then anyways....we'll have to really look at & compare the 2 pkgs to see what we reallllly want!  Thanks so much for all of your info, these msg boards are fantastic & are getting me really excited for planning!

       

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      #2063 82turtles

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        Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:05 AM

        Where in Kansas are you? I grew up in Salina.. haven't seen many brides from Kansas on here!

         

        Originally Posted by kimmysue 

        I'm in the US in Kansas.

         

        We compared the Divine and Eternity packages as well, but the Divine didn't offer any additional people for dinner, so it wasn't worth it for us to upgrade.

         

        Kim



         



        #2064 all the love

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          Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:11 AM

          We had 32 people at our wedding, and we never even talked to Ana about getting more champage or cake, but there was more than enough for everybody. If you're only a bit over the 25, I wouln't worry about the expense. We did pay for the extra meals though (children are 1/2 price) and it was a total of $66.78 per person (Divine package).
           

          Originally Posted by 82turtles 

          Don't forget about the 11% tax and 15% service that is on top of that $48/pp dinner fee.. it actually comes out to about $60.50 for each additional Eternity dinner. If you add in the extra cost for dinner, cocktail hour, cake and champagne it comes out to about $95 per person after tax and service for guest numbers over 25. You can possibly save from not paying for the overage on cocktail hour or cake, since it seems they have enough either way, but for budgeting/planning reasons I'd suggest you plan around the full $95/pp for numbers over 25! We struggled with that added cost, and for that very reason limited the number of people we invited. While it does sound terrible, when we had a few people have to back out at the last minute for work reasons, I wasn't too upset, knowing we'd just saved about $300!

          Good luck!

           



           



           



          #2065 kimmysue

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            Posted 29 November 2011 - 02:41 PM

            I'm in Wichita. Small world! :)



            #2066 MrsMom

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              Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:00 PM

              Did any of the recent brides do a welcome party or rehearsal dinner?  I'm trying to decide if I want to do one since we're trying to keep costs low.



              #2067 jls02

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                Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:35 AM

                MrsMom - I plan to have a welcome cocktail party in an area of the lobby.  But I won't be setting that up with the wedding coordinator until I have to email back that planning form (at least 45 days advance) or until I get down there.  Through reading some of the posts on this thread, I THINK that it doesn't cost extra, as they'll just block off a section of the lobby as a private party and a bar is right there for guests to go to.  If you wanted appetizers set up, then that's where the cost will be. 

                 

                Originally Posted by MrsMom 

                Did any of the recent brides do a welcome party or rehearsal dinner?  I'm trying to decide if I want to do one since we're trying to keep costs low.



                 



                #2068 jls02

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                  Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:37 AM

                  I'm hoping I can get some opinions on where to have my reception for a late June 2012 wedding for 30-50 people.  I know it's going to be hot so I'm wondering if the festival terrace is going to be too uncomfortably warm for eating and dancing?  Maybe I should switch to the Bamboo Room?  Any advice is much appreciated.  Thanks so much!



                  #2069 khunt29

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                    Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:51 AM

                    I have also read that the Carnival (buffet) restaurant would be free, they just section off for you, and you can bring extras like a welcome sign etc...



                    #2070 khunt29

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                      Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:55 AM


                      Wonder if more cake is even required, dessert is included with both pkgs, right?

                      Originally Posted by all the love 

                      We had 32 people at our wedding, and we never even talked to Ana about getting more champage or cake, but there was more than enough for everybody. If you're only a bit over the 25, I wouln't worry about the expense. We did pay for the extra meals though (children are 1/2 price) and it was a total of $66.78 per person (Divine package).
                       



                       



                       






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