I cannot tell you all how thrilled I was to find this website because I have been driving myself crazy for 2 weeks looking at reviews on various resorts and wedding locations! So thank all of you in advance for any help you can provide!
We are looking to get married June 27, 2015 in Punta Cana. The problem (and blessing) is that my fiance and I have very large families and we are the first to get married in both. Just blood relation alone, we are looking at 120+ people who all live very close to each other (we are not scattered throughout the US). We are planning to invite 200 people with the hope that only a 100 attend (if not less!) and preparing for 150.
Lodging - I would like to have everyone stay at an all-inclusive so that the trip is more affordable for them, especially in terms of alcohol. I looked at some smaller hotels like Zoetry and Sivory to see if it was possible to essentially get everyone to stay at the hotel but I'm confused by their pricing because I don't think its all-inclusive as listed until you get to $700 a night (WAY TOO HIGH)
Any suggestions on smaller all-inclusive hotels?? I love the idea of finding a hotel where we are able to book most of the rooms. Or even a larger resort that has sections, etc.
Guest budget - Expecting (hoping!) that flights will cost around $500 round trip, it is my goal to keep the trip under $1,200 a person. For example, the cost of all-inclusive lodging for two people would be no more than $1,400 total for three nights.
Ceremony - We are both Catholic so we need to find a church and we have a priest in the family who we would like to perform the ceremony. Any suggestions on churches would be much appreciated!
Reception - I would like to do something off-resort if possible. However, most of the restaurants that I have read about in the threads will not accommodate that many people. I am super open to suggestions! My budget for the ceremony/reception is 25k.
Whew! That is a lot of info...Thanks for reading and double thanks for any responses!!!