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The price doesn't make sense. Have anyone negotiated?

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#1 AVKbride

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    Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:22 AM

    Hi everyone,


    This is my first post. A little background... I just decided to go with a destination wedding, and looking at packages online. I've been to Excellence Playa Mujeres in Mexico for vacations, and I'm strongly considering having my wedding at EPM because I really loved it there when I went. However, I'm looking at other all-inclusive options as well.


    My question is: If the hotel is an all-inclusive... and all of the guests (20-40) are staying there, WHY do we need to pay $12/person for the cocktail hour? It's not a big deal price-wise, but it kind of feels like a rip-off, along with some other fees imposed for parties over 20 people. Have any of you negotiated on the price? How flexible have the all-inclusive venues been?


    Sorry if this has been asked before. 

    #2 Tulumbride2013

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      Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:25 PM

      I think the reason They charge extra is because some ppl arnt staying at the resort, ie, some of your guests may decide to stay at the resort down the street. But still you would have to get them a day pass to your resort as well, so it is a little aggravating. As you do further research you will find many places charge a lot for ANY extras, like bringing your own photographer or DJ or other outside vendor in the place of using theirs. Our resort charges 120$. Any set up of our decor will cost extra as well. As far as bargaining, I'm not sure. It IS Mexico so ya never know, I plan to get down there and try my hardest to do so and get them to budge on some of their fees, cause they have started to add up! Good luck with your planning!!

      #3 Cherina

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        Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:04 PM

        We chose Moon Dance Villa and they do not have that addl charge for anyone staying at any moondance property Irie ~Cherina

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        #4 janette34

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          Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:24 PM

          I had to pay an extra $40 per person for a plated meal (only 10 guests were included) the cost is for the extra staff they need to have on hand to do private functions or at least that is what I was told.

          #5 Cherina

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            Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:09 PM

            That makes sense. Irie ~Cherina

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            #6 TATrisha


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            Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:28 PM

            The extra fee is typically because your group is not at a public bar.  Most likely, you will have personalized service.  If you have more than 20 people, they will need more servers.  So although it's all inclusive, you're not using the services provided to everyone else.  You're paying extra to have private services.


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            #7 DwBride2Be

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              Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

              you're paying for servers, set up, take down, decorating etc. the resorts do so many weddings that its a business for them. bringing 40 ppl to a resort that accommodates 500+ guests at one time isn't that huge for them. They would likely fill those rooms regardless. It's still better than having your wedding at home, price wise.

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