Originally Posted by snknight
Thanks for all the info, that was really helpful. We have started pricing, but some resorts do not give all the info upfront. When you say the prices in Mexico were reasonable, around how much did it cost per guest (or per couple) for a room for your wedding? Also, how many guests are you expecting at your wedding? If more than what is allowed, how much is it per extra person? Sorry to be asking so many personal questions, I just want to have a good head start on the planning. Thanks again!!
I also found it frustrating that some resorts offered so little information online about wedding packages, ala carte pricing options etc - I emailed for additional information and as you would expect some resorts were very prompt (ie 2-3 days to reply) whereas other resorts were over a month...just to get the PDF of wedding packages!
For our guests at Now Jade in early February 2013 it will be around $1400 per person (all taxes in) and that includes flights from Toronto. As a comparison Secrets resorts (priced for Jamaica) were almost $3000 pp. Iberostar (again in Jamaica) was around $2000 pp for rose hall suites (beach is less expensive, the grand is more).
We are figuring we will likely have around 40 people at our wedding -- the packages at Jade are built for 25 people and then any additional guests cost above the package price so we will be paying out a bit but we loved the resort, the pricing and the inclusions in their wedding packages. Some resorts offer packages for larger groups (ie 40+ guests) but you may be looking at a semi-private reception or paying a fee to upgrade to private. On the flip side some resorts offer wedding packages for 8 people so if you have a group with you it would add up quite quickly!
*For our guests above the 25 included in wedding package the cost will depend on exactly what items I select from the ala carte -- for example the package includes hor d'ouevres for 25 but I understand from previous brides they allot 6 pieces per person (which is lots) so you don't necessarily need to pay to upgrade hor d'oeuvres for everyone (especially since wedding party will miss cocktail hour for pictures), and since the wedding cake isn't usually eaten by all guests (esp. since dessert is included for the wedding dinner) it won't be necessary to purchase a larger wedding cake either. Right now I'm thinking I will pay the additional fee for the champagne toast and dinner (obviously - ha!) and not worry about the rest...Below are a few examples of pricing from the ala carte menu for additional items, just so you can get an idea.
Champagne toast $4pp
Wedding cake $5-7 pp
Hor d'oeuvres $15pp
Wedding dinner ~ $50pp
Wow that was long-winded but I hope it was helpful! I found that all of the AM Resorts (Now, Dreams, Secrets, Zoetry) were very upfront with package pricing and how much extras (food, decor, music, pictures etc) cost - they have a PDF you can download on their website. It might give you some ballpark numbers to work with?
Any other questions feel free to ask - I always take comfort hearing from other brides about their experiences!