Anyone having a large destination wedding?
Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:01 PM
Travel Agent Vs No Travel Agent
Because I knew the price was going to be too high for some of our guests, in our invitation, we said if you want to book with our travel agent, here is the price and dates. If you prefer to book on your own, rsvp with your travel dates and times. We decided we would forgo the extra discounts/free tickets to save ourselves the hassle.
We sent our invites out in November. I believe the majority of our guests booked in March and April. I had people call me the day before I left for JA to say there were not coming! Wasn't too impressed but whatever.
Only received 30% of rsvp's back, most people called or responded thru our website instead. Advice for future brides: use email or phone number as rsvp. save on the postage.
I thought I had to plan a series of events on a daily basis. I organized a day trip to Ochi and a rehearsal dinner at my Uncle's! For the rest of the week...small groups naturally formed and people did their own thing. Don't stress too much on what everyone else is doing. They're fine!
Make friends with a driver and negoiate your group rates. Some will offer to be your driver for the week.
We made friends with the shuttle bus driver to Margurittaville - because our group would take up a full bus - he would arrange special pickup times for us!
If you are staying on a resort, it may be difficult to schedule all guests an a la carte restaurant. Book on the first day and see what you can do. We tried to reserve small groups for all 3 restaurants but by the middle and end of the week - guests didn't want to follow a schedule and did their own thing.
Wedding Day Events
Schedule your day and time accordingly. We had a church wedding and a offsite reception afterwards. This meant longer receiving lines, more times alloted for photos, serving etc. Arranging transportation was a big <expensive> thing but if you are staying on the resort you should be okay.
Everyone that came down to Jamaica had a BLAST! Find time to relax and enjoy!! It will be worth ALL the stress in in the end!!
Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:33 PM
| Originally Posted by JesseLyn10 |
I am still doing laundry so we can pack!! I am actually making place cards for dinner right now...so last minute!
I have been trying to do a planning thread but just have no time - I am going to have to do my planning thread and resort review when I get home!
I am such a photo junkie - I'll post lots of photos!
Posted 17 July 2010 - 09:26 PM
Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:34 AM
We KNOW that the majority will not come, but nobody can say they weren't invited, right?
We estimate that we'll probably end up with about 75. But hey if we get 150, the more the merrier!
The biggest thing stressing me is that only 14 have booked so far; most of our bridal party has not even booked yet.
I've been kindly reminding people that the price of airfare will only go up the closer we get to the time of departure.
Ah well, You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink, right?
Posted 19 July 2010 - 05:48 PM
I am getting married at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall. We invited over 150 people but expect possibly 50 to attend. My biggest challenge has been just finding out who is really coming and getting them to book through our travel agent. We had wanted to book all together so we can be in the same area of the hotel and because we get some comps if we hit a certain number of rooms booked. We ended up taking an initial "survey" of our friends and family to find out about how many people to expect and then actually put down the deposit for this number (on the low side, in case some people backed out, though we knew we would probably also get a few surprise yesses). Now, we just have to hope we hit this number so we don't lose any of the deposit money.
The other thing was deciding when to send out invites. According to our contract, people had to book several months prior to the wedding, so we didn't want to send out invitations long after the cut off date for booking (since we would essentially be sending to people who already said they couldn't come), so we just decided to send the invites out way early, about 5 months out. That way, everyone got the invites, and then could tell us though the RSVP/booking with agent, whether or not they were coming.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:33 PM
Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:45 PM
| Originally Posted by LisaAndDreJamaica2011 |
I am getting married next August at either Rockhouse in Negril or Tensing Pen. I want to have 80 guests. No more. Less would be okay, too...my problem? I probably have to invite about 150, and I'm scared that at least 100 will confirm. I don't want 100! I've heard horror stories of people inviting the world, expecting only about 60 guests, but being forced to accomodate for well over 100. When I went through my list I felt pretty confident that between us, we'll have 65 guests at the minimum. I know I'm blabbering, but if you have any good ideas, I'm open! I was thinking of having 2 rounds of invitations. Since the wedding is in August, the first round willl go out in February, and the second in April. This issue with this of course, means to whom do I send the Save The Dates ( I'm new and can't yet bear to use the acronym )?
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:17 PM
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