Originally Posted by mizpriya
I would get married again there (not that I would remarry or anything lol) but I still would. I think the most common ones would be the fee that you have to pay to have a break for photos between the ceremony and reception time. They asked for $400 or you pay for a cocktail hour. Didn't want a cocktail hour because all my guests stayed on the resort and it's all-inclusive for crying out loud! Mind you, I did argue for them to waive this fee for me. The rational behind them doing this is because if you have guests that do not stay on the resort (outside guests) then they need to cover the fact that they might take advantage of the drinks and food of the resort. So I managed to get them to waive it on the grounds that all my guests are ON the resort and I only needed an hour for us to take pics with the guests and us as a couple. It was frustrating, but it was worth the fight since we won.
The other fee that they don't outright tell is the $350 vendor fee...and that is per vendor, not per person ok. Just to clarify.
Those are really the only hidden fees that we came across. It wasn't that big of a deal really. We went with the free package so it really didn't matter much. And we did it a la carte style. So for us, it didn't amount to much in the end. Yes they should be more clear and specific on their documentation about all these things, but really, it wasn't that bad in my opinion. The break in events fee was the only one of concern. You really still save wayyyy more money doing it this way than an at home wedding. Put it this way, you now know what to expect when dealing with them from reading this. Gran Caribe is inexpensive for you and guests compared to going to Beach Palace (we were looking at them at the beginning as an option but Gran Caribe cost us a lot less!). You might have to put in some time to deal with them to waive fees. but from our experience, it was worth it. Just reason with them, and be respectful when dealing with them, and you can work it out. I told them I wouldn't sign the contract unless they waived that fee and everything else was a negotiation.
That's my two cents!
Thanks for the input. We thought the same about Beach Palace. We thought it was beautiful but it is very expensive, even if we get married in low season and I don't feel comfortable making my guests pay so much. We were thinking of going with the Luxury package because we expect a lot of guests and I think the cocktail hour is included with that so the fee shouldn't be a problem. But yes, the more you know beforehand the better prepared you are. The person we talked to during our site visit did mention those fees so I'm glad it's just that.
In terms of an open bar, on the webinar they said that open bar and food for the reception was all included but some people have said there is a fee for those. Does anyone know what's up with that? do you pay extra only for the amount of people over the package limit? (for example if the package is up to 30ppl and you have 40)