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Is it tacky to put a limit on our guest count?

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Definitely put a limit on it if you're on a budget. I made the mistake of not doing that. I wanted a 30 person wedding and that's why it's a destination. Guess what my guestlist is currently at???

118!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by AnaSteele58 View Post

 

 

Good point. I think I will let everyone know up front that 30 is our max. That should cut down on the drama later on.

It's great to let people know early on. I feel people are a lot more understanding when its a destination wedding too. The guest list is always the hardest part!! Good luck :) 

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Definitely put a limit on it if you're on a budget. I made the mistake of not doing that. I wanted a 30 person wedding and that's why it's a destination. Guess what my guestlist is currently at??? 118!!!!!!
Whoa! I would fall out if my count was that high.

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Originally Posted by AnaSteele58 View Post

 

 

Whoa! I would fall out if my count was that high.

I'm going nuts over it right now. So stressed...wondering how the heck are we gona pay for all this madness!

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Another option you have is to find a resort that doesn't charge the 'per person over 10'.  It was something that I really stressed over so I finally found a resort where the dinner/cake/cocktails were all included if they stayed at the hotel, regardless of how many.  However, that is only if you do the semi-private reception.  If you want the private dinner, then you do have to pay the per person fees.  

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We've found another resort (Gran Caribe/Royal Cancun) we like. I'm on the fence because the price for 20 ppl seems reasonable as well as the surcharge for additional people. The only thing is I can't seem to get my hands on a menu and a price list for extras. I've emailed the resort and asked for assistance on here. No luck. Someone mentioned for me to add all the extras online to see the cost but the "extras" available to add online were very limited. Traci, which resort did you decide on?

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I decided on Marival Residences & World Spa.  They have a free wedding package that people say is actually free lol.  I do plan though to not fully utilize that and will be doing the private 4-hour reception which is $30 per person.  Here is the free wedding package.  I've read in reviews that people actually walked away without paying a single thing and had a fantastic time.  

 

Free Wedding Package at Marival Residences

  • Fruit basket
  • Up grades based on availability
  • House Flowers for ceremony: location
  • Brideâ€s bouquet and groomâ€s boutonniere
  • Wedding toast with margaritas & martinis
  • Option of spiritual or legal ceremony (including medical exams, judge fees and wedding certificates)
  • Three-course dinner in specialty restaurant included for wedding group who are registered all-inclusive guests
  • Wedding cake for all invited guests
  • Bottle of champagne in room on wedding night
  • 30-minute massage for both bride and groom
  • Breakfast in bed.

No minimum number of bookings required

Available Extras

  • Ceremony at sunset: $170 USD
  • Mariachi band: $790 USD per hour
  • Trio: $450 USD per hour
  • DJ: $580 USD per event (4 hours)
  • Photography: $450 USD (30 Photos)
  • Wine/Champagne List: Prices upon request
  • Minister Services: $390 USD
  • Weekend or Statutory Mexican National Holiday wedding dates: $150 USD
  • Translation of documents in Mexico (birth certificates): $30 USD per page
  • Translation of divorce decree (if applicable): $30 USD      

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I decided on Marival Residences & World Spa.  They have a free wedding package that people say is actually free lol.  I do plan though to not fully utilize that and will be doing the private 4-hour reception which is $30 per person.  Here is the free wedding package.  I've read in reviews that people actually walked away without paying a single thing and had a fantastic time.   Free Wedding Package at Marival Residences
  • Fruit basket
  • Up grades based on availability
  • House Flowers for ceremony: location
  • Brideâ€s bouquet and groomâ€s boutonniere
  • Wedding toast with margaritas & martinis
  • Option of spiritual or legal ceremony (including medical exams, judge fees and wedding certificates)
  • Three-course dinner in specialty restaurant included for wedding group who are registered all-inclusive guests
  • Wedding cake for all invited guests
  • Bottle of champagne in room on wedding night
  • 30-minute massage for both bride and groom
  • Breakfast in bed.

No minimum number of bookings required Available Extras

  • Ceremony at sunset: $170 USD
  • Mariachi band: $790 USD per hour
  • Trio: $450 USD per hour
  • DJ: $580 USD per event (4 hours)
  • Photography: $450 USD (30 Photos)
  • Wine/Champagne List: Prices upon request
  • Minister Services: $390 USD
  • Weekend or Statutory Mexican National Holiday wedding dates: $150 USD
  • Translation of documents in Mexico (birth certificates): $30 USD per page
  • Translation of divorce decree (if applicable): $30 USD      

Wow! This place is NICE! I will have to do a little more research when I get home. Were you able to get good room rates for your guest?

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I feel like they are good rates but I don't have too much to compare them too.. This is a rough estimate of our rates.  This is round trip airfare and the all-inclusive stay.  These prices also include unlimited excursions (zip lining, dolphin swims, sunset cruises, etc.) but since then they've limited it to 1 per stay I think.  Let me know if you have any questions!  

 

 

8 days/7 nights - $1634

7 days/6 nights - $1462

6 days/5 nights - $1292

5 days/4 nights - $1123

4 days/3 nights - $942

3 days/2 nights - $870

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Definitely put a limit on it if you're on a budget. I made the mistake of not doing that. I wanted a 30 person wedding and that's why it's a destination. Guess what my guestlist is currently at??? 118!!!!!!
Did you get married yet? I know this thread is a few months old. If so, how was everything with 118 guests?

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