I hope the planning is going well for everyone This is my first post in here, and I hope I don't come across as a "bridezilla" though my queries here
Going to try and keep this short (not one of my strengths lol)...
Got engaged last Saturday, and am over the moon about getting married to my partner. Being the type A, neurotic, lovely individual I am lol, I started looking into DW asap. This was something I started to envision for us over the past few yrs.
This past week we've gotten info out to our friend who will be doing travel/accom arragements for us. She is wonderful and I trust her to find a great deal. I unfortunately fell into the trap that many of us do when we envision the DW - we think it "will be cheaper than stayin at home".
We plan on doing our wedding in Mexico. My friend provided a story for us tonight that made me you know what in my pajamas....She brought up things like extra dj fees, extra fees for more reception service after the 3 hr mark provided in their wedding package, etc...She stayed at the palace mayan, which was 5 star, and her wedding was 19000.
I have done some major searching on here and loved hearing about ppl's budgeting. With that said, I was wondering if some of you could share your honest feedback about the following:
- can we do a fun and well serviced mexico wedding for well under 20 grand? We have budgeted that each guest pays no more than 1500 (preferrably)
- we have 50 ppl we expect to come, are there resorts you know of that have decent deals for ppl this high? (I UNDERSTAND THAT MANY RESORTS OFFER THE WEDDING PACKAGE FOR FREE WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE WEDDING PARTY. HOWEVER, THEY ALSO CHARGE YOU PER PLATE WHEN YOU ARE OVER THE DESIGNATED NUMBER IN THE PACKAGE)
- What are the "sneaky extras" you recommend watching out for? For instance, my friend's reception package offered 3 hrs of bottle service post reception. She therefore had to pay for hrs of extra service ($13/person!!!!) until 12am, because ppl obviously wanted to party on the beach beyond 9pm (reception was at 6)!
Furthermore, she had to pay to use the resort's generator when the DJ was playing. lol!
I've been quite emotional tonight as I begin to realize that I've painted a certain picture for my fiance that this DW would somehow be "easier and cheaper", when I now know this is not necessarily the case.
I am by no means a "debbie downer" but tonight I really wanted to get my concerns out to a group of individuals I knew would understand and appreciate how confusing this process can be! I am so thrilled to be getting married, and I know in the end my partner and I are what matter most.
I appreciate any and all feedback guys, thanks for reading!