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Does Number Of Guests Matter For All Inclusive?

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#11 Ruzanna

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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 07:52 PM

    Yup. It's annoying. I asked myself the same question: If my guests are all paying for all-inclusive food & drink, why does it cost so much more for the wedding dinner. I do get it to an extent. It's outside of the regular service they are providing both at your event and behind the scenes in the kitchen. They have to staff for it. But they are still making lots of $$$ off us!


    Our package is $3300 for 25 people (and includes a lot of extras - flowers, photography, videography, makeup/hair, massage for 2, private dinner for 2 on the beach, soloist, etc.). Then it's $94 per additional person for dinner. This includes set-up, champagne toast, wedding cake, cocktail hour, etc. But these are also priced separately so, for example, I don't plan to add any extra wedding cake. We get a cake for 25 plus dessert, so that will save me $7 per extra person. Oh, BTW, this doesn't include the $5 per extra chair for the wedding ceremony! And, if we want our reception to go past 9, we have to pay $15/person per hour for EVERYONE. Don't get me started on sound systems, etc. 


    I'm sad to say that DWs are a nickle & dime experience.  :unsure:


    @vancouverpetunia  I'm glad i'm not the only one who didn't get the whole additional pay concept. BUT $94 PP is Toronto prices!!! I can't believe they would charge you that much! Where are planning your wedding?


    @beckys98 $20pp additional is what i saw for some resorts. That sounds more reasonable.  I guess I would have to turn on some mad negotiation skills HAHA

    #12 vancouverpetunia

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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 08:02 PM

    @vancouverpetunia  I'm glad i'm not the only one who didn't get the whole additional pay concept. BUT $94 PP is Toronto prices!!! I can't believe they would charge you that much! Where are planning your wedding?



    We are at Now Sapphire in the Riviera Maya. Now Jade has about the same pricing. Honestly, I looked at lots of resorts and most of them were similar in terms of the total price I was looking at. Yeah, some were less per person for additional people, but then they had packages that didn't include very much so you would be paying extra for other things. And there were quite a few that were charging between $75 - $100 for additional people for dinner.

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    #13 snswedding2016

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    Posted 17 April 2015 - 02:42 AM

    @Ruzanna I agree with what all the ladies have said so far. It really depends on the resort and package you choose. My fiancé and I were budgeting for 60 people when we first started planning our DW. I was very frustrated that a lot of the places we liked only had packages for groups up to 25-30 people. Like @vancouverpetunia said the additional person charges ranged from $80+ per person (in the ones we researched anyway). I thought that was really crazy especially when we were expected double the amount of people those packages are built for. Plus for us a lot of what was included in those packages weren't necessary for us. I can see them working really well if you have a smaller group and you want things like a champagne toast. My cousin had a DW 2 years ago that they only had 30 people and so all the packages fit perfectly for them. The price was sky rocketing as we started pricing it out…then we found the Karisma properties. While they do over charge for A LOT of other things (flowers, outside vendor fees etc) we found that building our wedding a la carte worked much better for our group size and ended up saving us money compared to the initial packages we researched.


    We were trying to keep our ceremony & reception to $6000 or less and that seemed impossible with a group of 60 at a resort like the Barcelo properties. Keep in mind we wanted a private reception and the only location stipulation was that it wasn't in a hall/ballroom. At Azul Fives (the property we ended up choosing) so far we're at $4100 with our guest count being at 53 - this includes ceremony, private reception, partial decor, food, open bar, sound system (we opted not to have a DJ) and an outside vendor fee (for our photographer). With photography we're at $5200 - so far staying within our budget. It also comes with a couple of other perks that weren't a necessity for us but are a nice bonus like a semi-private rehearsal dinner, wifi (for the bride and groom), a groom's room to get ready (with gourmet bites), 2 for 1 massages, 15% discount at the spa, honeymoon breakfast in bed, candlelit dinner for 2 on the beach and a couple of other small things. Azul Fives is a great fit for us but may not be for others. Take your time to really look into all your options and find the resort that best suits your needs!


    I hope that helps a bit! Happy planning! :)  

    Edited by snswedding2016, 17 April 2015 - 02:46 AM.

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    #14 RJE

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    Posted 17 April 2015 - 05:38 AM

    It is so hard to compare when one resort includes 20 people and the other includes 30 and they charge for kids or this one includes alcohol!!

    I created folders for each resort and then did a spreadsheet for what they each included and ranked them in order of my preference and eventually that helped narrow down. I dont loveee everything included in the Moon Palace package but it seems to be the best fit for what we were looking for (family oriented resort, party atmosphere, adults only side, great food, private ceremony, etc)

    #15 Ruzanna

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      Posted 17 April 2015 - 05:39 AM

      @snswedding2016 thank you for that info! You're right, most of the packages are for smaller groups. I haven't thought of customizing the package for  60+ guests. we don't have our numbers yet. i mean we will be inviting many people, but i don't know how many will actually come. 

      #16 snswedding2016

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      Posted 17 April 2015 - 08:48 AM

      @Ruzanna My pleasure! Glad I could help!  :) We invited just over 150 and estimated 60 would attend and right now we have 53 with deposits. 

      My planning thread - http://www.bestdesti...016-azul-fives/



      #17 beckys98

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      Posted 17 April 2015 - 02:11 PM

      @Ruzanna if it helps my invite to attendee ratio is about the same as @snswedding2016. We invited about 140 (including plus 1s) and we have 65 adults attending. Based on verbal RSVPs we thought we might get up to 80 - and were terrified about the budget - but a lot of those didn't pan out and we ended up at 65.

      #18 calgarybride2015

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      Posted 17 April 2015 - 03:07 PM

      We invited 64 and got 42!

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      #19 Moments That Matter

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        Posted 19 April 2015 - 12:39 PM

        Welcome to our forum community, and Congrats on your upcoming dw, Ruzanna!!! as you can see, there's lots of great info, advice and support from everyone here, so glad you found us :)


        Wishing you happy research, and all the best with your plans - cheers!!! team MTM :)





        Edited by Moments That Matter, 19 April 2015 - 12:40 PM.




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        #20 Ruzanna

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          Posted 20 April 2015 - 08:17 AM

          Thank you for all your advice ladies!!!

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