Another bride on here that recently got married offered a few tips and advice and one of the things she wrote was to definitely negotiate a bit!
I’ve tried with Laura and so far have gotten $5 off LOL so instead of paying $87per person for food and open bar I’m paying $82.
My date was changed because of an error with the Royalton which is a huge deal to me – I had already sent out save the dates, my guests were booked in and the website was up and you think they would’ve offered me something for the inconvenience but they didn’t! :S
I looked into many resorts before booking the Royalton and I honestly didn’t feel Mexico was cheaper!
Yeah outdoor receptions have to end at 11pm which really sucks! Chris and I did think about moving the party to the ballroom from 11pm to 2am for example but then we would’ve had to pay $10 per person per hour for open bar plus moving the DJ, etc. So we’ve decided to end it at 11pm and ask our guests to join us for an afterparty at the Sports Bar!
I know you can’t plan until June but I’ve started an excel file (I’m a marketing analyst) so this is normal for me LOL to track costs and stuff. Here’s what I’m doing:
As part of the Free Package you get 10 people included for a semi-private at one of the a la cartes. Important Note: Laura told me that only the Italian could seat my 53 guests. The steakhouse and Zen could not seat a party of that size SO make sure you ask Laura if the Italian can even fit your 90 guests!
So we’re doing the Rehearsal Dinner at Italian a la carte - 10 people are included as part of the Free Package after that I have to pay $20 per person so $20 x 43 people.
Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail and Reception - Private Event on the beach
We're doing 4 hours of open bar that's $10 per person per hour = $40 plus Surf and Turf dinner which includes 2 hours of open bar at $47 per person = $87 per person for our wedding drinks and dinner. BUT Laura has given me a $5 discount so $82per person.
Bee, my honest opinion is don’t go with any of the packages that you have to pay for – they’re just not worth it for a group your size! 90 people is a lot!
I would go with the Free Package and add from there – I’ve done the math for both options and for my group of 53 it was more cost effective to do the Free Package and add on after that!
Hope this helps! <3
Edited by pamelas21, 14 May 2014 - 06:19 AM.