I'm also doing a site visit first week in December but I wanted to get as much information as I could before hand.
Some of the girls who had been married at this resort previous said ways to have private cocktail events without having to pay anything more. One bride said
We had our welcome cocktail party on the night that most people arrived (Thursday) on the lobby balcony from 8:30 to 10:30. We loved this location because it overlooks the pool, which is gorgeous at night. We brought our own DJ, and Nicole let us use the DJ equipment at no charge, which was really nice. The lobby bar is just inside from the balcony, so our guests were able to go inside for their drinks. They also had a bartender that came over and was taking our guests drink orders and bringing them their drinks, which we didnâ€™t expect at all. So we were able to have a fabulous get-together with drinks and music for no charge. Canâ€™t beat that Everyone seemed to have a great time and it gave people a chance to meet each other."
So as long as you book the Lobby Balcony - you know there is a public bar just inside the door which is where your guests can get drinks.
Also another bride mentioned that after her beach ceremony - they had champagne of the beach and then the guests went inside of
Aunt Rubyâ€™s and got drinks (for free at that bar) and then they were in there for an hour before the reception which was at Aunt Rubys anyway.
Does anyone know of other location which can used, but not have to pay the cocktail fee??