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#1 beachesSB1412

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    Posted 31 January 2011 - 06:24 PM

    I am planning on just having the 30min reception included in BB wedding.  Can any of you ladies tell me if you thought this was a waste, not long enough, what took place in the 30min, etc.  I just cant wrap my mind around paying for a reception/dinner at an all-inclusive - we could eat at restaurant and go to Liquid Bar.  Please help!



    #2 urmysunshine

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      Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:11 AM

      I can't offer you any help as to what happens in the 30 minutes, but we were thinking of doing the same as you, going to a restaurant and skipping the "reception". 

       

      We will only have probably 12-14 max in our group, so it really shouldn't be an issue.  I can't justify paying for the reception.



      #3 Tennyt1

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        Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:15 AM

        I'm doing this also but at Sandals....


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        #4 Jordana

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          Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:24 AM

          Hi Ladies, thought I might offer some advice in response to your questions concerning the 30 min reception. My husband and I were just married January 20th/11 at the BEACHES Turks and Caicos.

           

          Initially I couldnt wrap my mind around paying the extra for a cocktail reception or for that matter the full reception like you had stated at an all-inclusive resort. Basically what you are paying for is the convience of having a location all to yourselves and the bar and servers set up at your location.

           

          In the end we ended up going with the BB package(most elegant & simple) it was perfect especially with the location of our 1 hr cocktail reception that we decided on. We had 23 guests + 3 kids and then ourselves. We paid the additional $25 per/person for the 1 hr cocktail reception and it was definitely well worth it. It was a private location- boardwalk overlooking the Ocean with 1 table decorated and then they set up additional cruiser tables for other guests to mingle. There is quite an extensiive selection of hot & cold Hors d'heures plus cheeses, fruits and dips. They also supplied a set up bar & bartender for that hour. We did our speeches at this location & cut the cake too.

           

          I then made a request to our awesome wedding co-ordinator Patricia to see if it was possible to make a reservation at a restaurant that we had loved. This is not something they typically do but she completely came through. They had all of our tables set up together and we paid nothing extra. She escorted us to this location once our reception was complete.

           

          I know that they list all these additional costs and quite honestly it is ultimately your own decision but coming from someone who was concerned about every little detail right down to the particulars of the loot bags for my guests, everything turned out perfect. The setting alone is enough without all the extras. And girls dont hesitate to ask your wedding co-ordinators for things once your down there. Our's was amazing she went out of her way to do everything and we weren't even married on the resort. We were married in a Catholic Church on the island. She even drove my maid of honour and I in the BEACHES escalade that was complimentary.

           

          Good Luck

          Jordana

           

           

           



          #5 Tennyt1

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            Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:31 AM

            Jordana, that is exactly what I'm planning on doing..... Did you have the OOT bags put in the guest rooms or did you just hand them out? 


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            #6 Tennyt1

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              Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:32 AM

              sorry to be off topic but I'm curious?


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              #7 beachesSB1412

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                Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:53 PM

                Jordana thanks so much for the info!!!!!



                #8 urmysunshine

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                  Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:36 AM

                  Thanks for all of the great information.  This sounds pretty nice, we may just do that too!

                   

                  Originally Posted by Jordana 

                  Hi Ladies, thought I might offer some advice in response to your questions concerning the 30 min reception. My husband and I were just married January 20th/11 at the BEACHES Turks and Caicos.

                   

                  Initially I couldnt wrap my mind around paying the extra for a cocktail reception or for that matter the full reception like you had stated at an all-inclusive resort. Basically what you are paying for is the convience of having a location all to yourselves and the bar and servers set up at your location.

                   

                  In the end we ended up going with the BB package(most elegant & simple) it was perfect especially with the location of our 1 hr cocktail reception that we decided on. We had 23 guests + 3 kids and then ourselves. We paid the additional $25 per/person for the 1 hr cocktail reception and it was definitely well worth it. It was a private location- boardwalk overlooking the Ocean with 1 table decorated and then they set up additional cruiser tables for other guests to mingle. There is quite an extensiive selection of hot & cold Hors d'heures plus cheeses, fruits and dips. They also supplied a set up bar & bartender for that hour. We did our speeches at this location & cut the cake too.

                   

                  I then made a request to our awesome wedding co-ordinator Patricia to see if it was possible to make a reservation at a restaurant that we had loved. This is not something they typically do but she completely came through. They had all of our tables set up together and we paid nothing extra. She escorted us to this location once our reception was complete.

                   

                  I know that they list all these additional costs and quite honestly it is ultimately your own decision but coming from someone who was concerned about every little detail right down to the particulars of the loot bags for my guests, everything turned out perfect. The setting alone is enough without all the extras. And girls dont hesitate to ask your wedding co-ordinators for things once your down there. Our's was amazing she went out of her way to do everything and we weren't even married on the resort. We were married in a Catholic Church on the island. She even drove my maid of honour and I in the BEACHES escalade that was complimentary.

                   

                  Good Luck

                  Jordana

                   

                   

                   





                  #9 Jordana

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                    Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:08 AM

                    Tenny, Check out my review on the BEACHES TURKS roll call thread, it completely goes through everything. We actually had everyone to our suite and then distributed them.

                     

                    Jordana



                    #10 Tennyt1

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                      Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:30 AM

                      nice! I will check it out. Thank you!

                       

                      Originally Posted by Jordana 

                      Tenny, Check out my review on the BEACHES TURKS roll call thread, it completely goes through everything. We actually had everyone to our suite and then distributed them.

                       

                      Jordana




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                      ~April 2, 2011 ~ Sandals Grand Ocho Rios ~
                      ~52 Guest booked plus the Bride & Groom~




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