@ degaldot, I know how you feel about budget constraints and decision making. We are sort of in the same boat with you for different reasons. We prioritized people, venue, ambiance, food, alcohol, and DJ over attire, photography, videography, extra flowers, and transportation. So now we are trying to squeeze the latter items into what's left of our tiny budget. Thank God for frequent flyer miles and my sister offering us her time share for our honeymoon. To cut additional costs, I'm going for a sample sale dress, having my bridesmaids carry fans instead of flowers, asking our friends to upload their pictures of us for our photography, setting up two still video cameras at all of the venues for videography, considering breaking apart the bouquets provided in the package to make corsages for our moms, floral hair wreaths for our flower girls, and extra boutonnieres for the guys, and having our guests make their own travel arrangements to the aqueduct and HH. I'm open to other cost-saving suggestions, too.
Getting back to your question, I think the golf cart tour is 20 dollars extra per extra person. An extra couple of hundred here and there begins to add up so I completely understand your frustration. I have a couple of suggestions. First, could you and your then husband take the golf cart and rent a couple of cabs to take the rest of your bridal party to meet you at the beach for pictures? Second, did you mention something about reggae tours? Are they doing the transportation for your wedding party from Iberostar-HH-Iberostar? Maybe they will do this for you, too, for less than $220? Hope that helps.
We opted for having our wedding at the aqueduct and cocktail hour at the gazebo to have the beach be a part of our wedding. Since we'll already be in the vicinity of the beach, neither our bridal party of 14 (not including us) nor any family will be going with us on our golf-cart tour. Also, remember though that we will not have a professional photographer so pictures aren't that important to us. We will just take a few group pictures (family and wedding party) at the aqueduct and gazebo before heading off for our private golf cart tour. We've read that the bride and groom rarely have time for each other on their wedding day so we are taking this "gift" from HH to make sure that we do have some time for just us after the wedding ceremony. We are planning to meet our bridal party with our guests back at HH after the tour.
@ delgadot and excillindy, I first heard of sky lanterns through Alisha. She brought it to our attention as an alternative to fireworks as she remembered how disappointed we were that we couldn't afford them for our fourth of July wedding. Alisha didn't mention cost when we spoke, but Lola later mentioned somewhere in the vicinity of $250 for 25. Since then, Alisha has informed us that the police department has revoked their permit for sky lantern releases due to high winds. We are very disappointed about this and hope that the permit becomes reinstated by our date next year.
That said, Iberostar brides seem to be able to bring their own lanterns and release them without a permit. I'm really intrigued by this not only because of the independence and cost factor (sky lanterns are ubercheap) but also from a practical standpoint. How are these brides flying from the US with gel fuel in their suitcases? I figured I'd either get more information form the Iberostar board or talk to Alisha about it in more depth as the time nears. The price discrepancy, according to Lola, takes into consideration that HH staff would inflate them all and bring them out to you and your guests ready to release.
@ excillindy, we, too, are working on that concept questionnaire. I agree with you about the all-inclusive weddings. They work for some brides, but not for me. I love to be able to ask my questions as they pop into my head, and Alisha and her team have a consistent A+ rating.