Originally Posted by IrishGirlMD
OK girls so I finally heard back from the corporate office.
Her first email was very confusing and vague so my response back was simply, "will I be forced to pay for a private reception if I have 45 guests" and her response was no.
I will say, that she totally copied Keisha on ALL emails. Thankfully I didn't say anything negative about her or it would have made it very awkward to work with her. So if you email corporate, be sure to remember that whatever you type, Keisha will see.
But I consider it a win. I'm not paying an extra couple of thousand dollars. My wallet is very happy.
Thanks for the support girls, I never would have known to do that without the knowledge of this forum. Thanks! Happy Bride right here.
Good for you IrishGirlMD, anything to save dollars and cents ends up wirth it in the end!! Do you think you could pass along the email address you used to get in touch with corporate/sales? I'm thinking I will have to go the same route. We are having approx. 60 guests, and have also been told that we MUST have a private reception. To be honest, that's what I prefer anyway, but it truly seems wrong that they can charge you 67$ per person ON TOP of your package price! PLUS a rental/set up fee! I hate to be so negative, just seems like a lot of surprises.
Can you clarify exactly what they have reduced for you and what will be included for your big day? Will you be paying for the "free" package only, and then upgrading with a per person cost, or will you purchase one of their more expensive packages and simply not have to pay for the guests included in that package?
Basically, what my fiance and I are hoping for, is a private dinner and reception (torn between beach and pool deck) for approx 60 people. We aren't sure what the most cost effective way to do this is.... do we go with the "free" package and pay the flat rate location rental fee plus the 67$ per person (plus having to pay for dj/sound equipment, decorations etc.), or do we book one of their upgraded packages (and have decorations etc. included) and push for the first 40 guests to be exempt from the 67$ pp charge? How have others approached this issue for a large group and private event?
...What a headache
My other questions are a bit more to do with logistics - wondering about opinions on whether the beach or pool deck would be better for having both dinner and reception for such a large group. Wondering about proximity to noise/other guests. Do you feel like you're "on display" while celebrating on the pool deck? Is the beach location too close to nightly entertainment?
Thanks in advance ladies!! You're all lifesavers!