All Inclusive – Is rececption included for guest staying at hotel?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Wannabee

Check out Palace Resorts in Mexico and the DR. I literally just got back on Sunday from my HM at Moon Palace–which was extraordinary btw. While we were down there, a wedding reception was being held in one of their more private areas and we actually asked they staff that same question and they thought most, if not all, was covered under the original all inclusive fee. Let me know if you want the info for the woman we booked in through. She has a vip membership and sells her weeks for incredibly cheap (I think we paid $2000 for the two of us, 8 days in a jacuzzi suite with the honeymoon package and literally everything you could think of included). Good Luck!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are getting married at Sandals Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. What we will get for free depends on how many rooms are booked with our group code…If you have enough rooms, they will give you a 2 hour reception for free, upgrade your room, credit you for one guest, etc. We are paying $60 a head for a 3 hour reception plus cocktail hour, plated dinner, open bar, etc. We are getting a bunch of inclusions for free, though, just for getting married at the resort. (Massage for groom, mani/pedi for bride, rehearsal dinner, mimosas and breakfast in bed, private honeymoon dinner etc.) I’m having a hard time typing on my kindle, but let me know if you want more information! I’m really excited…and they get great reviews on trip advisor!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I had a destination wedding in Punta Cana in February. We had to pay a fee to have a private reception as well as a fee per person for an open bar, I’m pretty sure this is true for most resorts.  It’s annoying since everyone has paid for ‘all inclusive’ but it was worth it to me to have a private reception.  The other option would be to have your dinner in one of the restaurants with everyone else. I was really happy with how everything turned out and the cost was much lower than a wedding at home would have been (a lot lower!) and we were able to have an intimate fun wedding with 40 of our close family and friends 🙂 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

bkprettygirl:  as PP’s have said, it depends on the wedding packages from each resort, number of people and your own personal preference. We are getting married at the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana and we’ll be having approximately 40 people. The options for dinner/reception range from semi-private dinner at one of the restaurants for no exra charge which means no music and dancing to a private dinner and private reception for a fee per head. Any DJ, lighting, non-basic decor, premium drinks etc. would be an additional fee. The food for the private dinner is definitely a little better than the regular AI food and you may even be able to customise the menu.

For us, it was very important that we give our guests a private dinner and reception since they had invested both time and money to attend our wedding.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

bkprettygirl:  I’m hoping for about 20 guests, we have 12 confirmed right now…but, of course, it’s still early 🙂

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

 

bkprettygirl:  I had a destination wedding in Cuba last year and we paid extra per person to have a private reception. They provided a 3 course meal, cake, open bar,a mircophone for speeches and a dj. It was great! I thought it was worth it to pay extra especially since all of the people travelled so far for our wedding!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

bkprettygirl:  Most resorts charge you extra for the reception- usually because they are making special food/drinks and have assigned workers to just your party. We got married at Privilege Aluxes outside of Cancun, and they let us do a low-key ‘reception’ dinner that was included in the AI for each guest. BUT that meant we didn’t have much of any decor, no private space for dinner, shared a server with other guests, and ordered off the every-day menu. 

We would have paid extra to have the full-on reception but we only had 4 guests so we didn’t see much of a point…. I would have totally done it if we had more than 10 ppl….

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m getting married at the Excellence Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) a cocktail hour and reception (for 20 people) are included in our package.  However, anything over 20, incurs a per person charge, and having a private reception is also extra $$.  (Although, I don’t have any figures yet.  *sigh*),  I hope this helps!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hi doll, I’m getting married Friday (ah!) at excellence playa mujeres north of Cancun. I did a lot of research and picked this resort due to many positivereviews, also did a ton of research on hosting weddings at an allinclusive. Back about 7-10 years ago it was mostly all inclusive and you barely had to pay for anything, lots of these places figured out that this is a popular option and are now charging extra! But still cheaper for us then a wedding in the states. We invited 100, only 40 are going (place is expensive to travel to). We are paying $3,000 for the best package and lots of things are included, but a lot is also ala cart. So 20 ppl are included each addtl person is $45 a head, some flowers are included but not enough for my party. And I wanted more for my ceremony. Napkins are extra dj is extra, we went the cheaper option of renting speakers and microphone and using our own music but still costing $350 (dj was 1,100) there is a small photography package included, but their prices for more is crazy. My cousin is awesome and is flying in hisfriend who is a pro photographer as a gift! Soo nice! So many extras but still keeping us under 5gs. I know it’s only 40 ppl but I think it’s going to be awesome.

Hope I was helpful! 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

bkprettygirl:  It depends, but typically no.

I had my wedding a a Dreams resort in Mexico.  Here’s how it worked for me:

1) Start by purchasing a package.  The package incldues lots of things, and part of mine was a private reception for 25 people (dinner cocktails, everything you need). 

2) There is a per-head cost for everyone above the 25 people.  I had 63, so that was signifigant.

3) Ther is an additional cost for anyone who is not staying at the resort.  Luckily for me I only had 4 guests come from off the resort, because the additional cost was also signifigant.

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