I didn't even really set a booking deadline--the money is due April 25, so people need to be booked by then, but besides that I've been pretty laid back about the entire thing, which is why I don't think it's too much to ask for the party to be booked in March--and everyone who we originally planned on IS booked! We have 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen good to go (even the one he just asked six seconds ago was already booked because he's the brother of one of my bridesmaid's and his boss' son so their entire family is coming...we have very interconnected family relationships apparently!) but he kind of sprung the other friends on me and seemed put out when I more or less said "No they can't be in the wedding if they're not booked by then because I can't wait that long." But like you said, if they're not booked by then they probably won't be coming anyway so it probably won't end up making a difference.
I think you're exactly right about AI. Some people are AMAZED and barely comprehend when I explain that they don't need to pay for food or drinks on the resort...but then the people who are already used to the idea or have been to one before seem to think that means the wedding is essentially free. We wish!!
That's so cute that you had friends thank you for the open bar--they must have been thrilled that the entire week was an open bar!
I'm glad you agree! Like you said, it's no problem if he brings his friends to the resort--heck, bring 20 friends, makes no difference to me. It's YOUR vacation, but it's OUR wedding. That sounds a little Bridezilla-y but I guess I gotta be firm at some point!
I'm glad you mentioned welcome bags too because I was already worried about that--I have 50 guests booked now and bought just enough supplies for 60 people. There's a chance that I could end up with closer to 60 INVITED guests, and I really don't want to buy more supplies for univited strangers!
oh no. There's a reason why we set budgets for certain things. I would not include them in my count at all. Just those your FI and yourself want there. I know it'shard to be mean esp. if your always a kind hearted person but the bridezilla somtimes just needs to come out. LOL If you dont mind me asking, did you have other resorts in mind before picking jade? what made you pick jade? Im on a battle right now on 4 resorts to pick and its breaking my head.