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#1 SparksFly

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    Posted 03 December 2011 - 03:41 PM



    I am getting married at the Royal in Cancun in June 2012. It's an all inclusive and the wedding package only includes a 1.5 hour "reception" with the package. It basically allows us enough time to have everyone have dinner together at one of the restaurants.


    I will be paying for an additional cocktail hour after the ceremony, but I was thinking about not having a reception with a DJ/dance floor etc??


    There are so many great nightclubs in Cancun that it seems kind of silly to hire a DJ+extra time for reception+ other incidentals which could be big money.


    Question is:


    Would it be terribly tacky to not have a "dance reception" at the hotel, but get all the younger guests to go to one of the clubs that evening??


    I don't know what to do! Any opinions are welcome....


    Thank you!



    #2 lmadore

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      Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:43 AM

      I dont think it would be tacky, destination weddings are kind of a do what you feel thing. But I would look at the number of people who are going to be at your weddding, and you said the young people go to a club? Are you going to have a lot of older guests who would be left out?  

      #3 SparksFly

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        Posted 04 December 2011 - 09:10 AM

        Anyone would be able to come with us to the club. I am not going to just invite the "younger" people.


        CocoBongo is just an amazing show on top of being a cool club to go to. I just don't want people to be pissed that there wasn't a "typical" reception that would would find at other weddings.

        #4 lmadore

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          Posted 04 December 2011 - 09:16 AM

          Could even look in to having a  reserved table and a specific club maybe? one thats close for the guests to get to. Still depending on the amnt of people you have attending.  Might be a better party at the club.  Hard to have a dance party if ya only have a handful of people . 

          #5 JayKay

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          Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:51 AM

          I have been to a few destionation weddings.  The first one they payed extra to rent a DJ and dance floor for the night of their wedding and the other was like you suggested, going to a club afterwords.  I think they each have pros and cons and each appeal to different types of peoples.  They were both great though and each showed the personality of the wedding couple.  Do what feels appropriate for you.

          #6 favorsmr

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            Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:37 AM

            Since it's your wedding, I would say do whatever you prefer.  One of the best things about a DW is that it is what you make it...so go for what you want and enjoy!

            #7 Peach

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              Posted 18 December 2011 - 04:22 PM

              agreed... do what feels right for you and your guests.


              We are waiting to see who all books with us, but we might be forgoing the actual reception as well.... we are having a AHR though.... depending on our guest makeup, we might do dinner, first dances, then just go to the "club" at the resort, which, I believe, is right on the beach.

              #8 SS2012

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                Posted 21 December 2011 - 04:35 PM

                i agree with the other girls, it definitely depends on your guests! we ended up doing the reception because we have about 75 people coming, so we felt we have to do something! we are not having a DJ however and are just going to have an ipod reception. we are trying to save money somewhere! 


                in the end i think its whats best for you, your FI and the group your having! 

                #9 lavenderlux

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                  Posted 28 December 2011 - 12:21 PM

                  That's totally what my cousin did for her DW. We went to Coco Bongo and she got VIP tickets for us. All the adults/parents/etc stayed at the resort and hung out or went to bed early. Haha

                  #10 beachbride0519

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                    Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:39 PM

                    We are having our wedding at an all-inclusive also but the package only includes a 1/2 hr cocktail reception...so we figured we would have a sit down 2 hour private reception...but the more I think about it, we may do the dinner at one of the restaurants and then go to the resort club later for dancing...decisions decisions! It's going to come down to how many people book for us.
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