Congratulations to your engagement! Hacienda Cocina Y Cantina (HCC) is a beautiful place to get married. My husband and I feel in love with the venue when we visted HCC last July of 2012. We did site inspections and food tasting in different hotels and restaurants at Cabo San Lucas. But, HCC provided what we what for a wedding venue. We both fell in love with the whole ambiance, dÃ©cor, architectural design, and especially the delicious food. The staffs of HCC were great to work with, especially Susana Flores. By the way, if you plan on doing site inspection and food tasting, you do not need to pay a fee for someone to show you around. I contacted different hotels, restaurant, and private villas before my trip and scheduled appointments with their group/wedding specialist. Of course, you do have to pay for the food tasting. When it comes to wedding journal review, my email to you will be the start.
I booked the La Cima Terrace for the ceremony and the dancing portion, reception at the main dining room, and Cascada terrace for the cocktail hour. HCC charged me $595 for the venue fee and $350 for set-up fee. I did inquire about the buy out, however $15,000 is required for food and beverage consumption. We decided to have the reception area in the main dining room, because I wanted to eliminate having to rent extra chairs and tables, when the tables and chairs are HCC are completely fine with me. FYI, if you decided to have your reception in the La Cima terrace, HCC will not provide the tables, chairs, and linen. However, they will provide bistro tables during the cocktail hour.
When it comes to food and beverage option, we opted for3 course plated dinner (Salad or soup, selected main entrÃ©e, and dessert). Depending on the food choices the cost varies, for example, entrÃ©e option #1 Duo of beef/shrimp, cost is $46 per person; option #2 Grilled sea bass, cost was $36; option #3 Vegetarian entrÃ©e, cost was $32. And do not forget to calculate the 11% tax and 18% service fee.
I ordered my cake through HCC, I cannot remember the cost but it was under $300. They offered to have a separate sheet cake but to spend $750 for wedding cake is ridiculous, plus it is going to be wasted at the end of the event because most people either ignore the cake, or they are too full to eat the cake.
Beverage option, we opted for wine and beer and only by consumption. When we calculated the open bar option, having 85 guest and for 3 hour open bar our cost will be already around $7,000. When it comes to alcoholic beverage, we know our guest and most of them will not be drinking. So, paying an open bar per guest was not part of our budget.
I would like to share more of my reviews and if you like I can share more pictures taken during my wedding and also other vendors I worked with. By the way, which hotel are you and your guest will be staying at? Because if you are planning having you or your guest stayed at RIU properties, I can share what incentives and refund I received.