Post # 1
Hi 🙂 We just decided on a destination wedding in either the Bahamas, St. Thomas, or Jamaica, but I am lost! Can anyone please give me a run down of what a typical Destination Wedding at an all inclusive is like? I just finished “chatting” online with a rep from Sandals, and she said the receptions are only 30 minutes, they serve cold h’ors d’ouvres and champagne and are $25 per person.
I am so confused, and she really didn’t help-I don’t think she understood what I was asking, which was, that if my guests are paying for a 5 day vacation at an all inclusive resort where all food and drinks are included, why is there a charge for the food (not even a dinner!) at the reception, and why is it only 30 minutes? What about a bridal dance, and dancing during a reception? Dinner? Cake? She said this is the “wedding package” with cake, flowers and a few photos.
Does anyone have any experience with a Destination Wedding at an all inclusive and could you please give me an idea of what it is like?
Post # 3
I am just starting to research myself, but it looks like if you pay for a private area for dinner/reception, it is additional per person, but if you want to do a semi-private dinner (like have an area in a restaurant where other people can eat) and then go to the disco for dancing, it would be free, since it is an all-inclusive.
Also, check out bestdestinationwedding.com
Post # 4
@christina-uliana: champagne often isnt free at all inclusives, and the hors d’ouerves would be made for you, as again they arent typically given to guests
Generally at AI – you pay a fee which is for the ceremony – chairs, set up, a champagne toast etc. and often a non-private dinner is included- ie theyll give you a reservation at a restaurant, but will be shared with other guests. That is the wedding package – for the ceremony itself and a toast afterwards (and depending on the hotel, then a non private dinner). A reception is extra
If you want any kind of private thing then you pay more per person. if you want a full private reception its normally possible, but you will have to pay for either a DJ or a band, decoration etc, and the fee per person covers waiting staff etc for a private event – as they would need extra people
I looked at a lot of AI in mexico so it may be different there
Post # 5
We had a Destination Wedding in Montego Bay Jamaica and we had an hour for cocktails and then a three hour private reception – dinner, open bar etc. This was included in the wedding package that we chose. Entertainment for the reception was extra however…. We drank champagne all night long and we were not charged anything additional. We even had pictures and a 30 minute video included in our package. Basic flowers and a centerpiece and a two tier wedding cake was included too!! We certainly could have had dinner at one of the restaurants on the resort and saved money but I didn’t want to have our “reception” with everyone else at the resort so the extra money was well worth it to us!!! We did have to pay an extra $300 for the minister for the legal ceremony. BTW we stayed at Secrets Wild Orchid and it was AMAZING!!! I’d be happy to answer any other questions for you!!!
Post # 6
Thank you! All great information, you have all been very helpful!…I appreciate it so much! 🙂
@kristiew417: That sounds more like what I was thinking…Im going to look into that one…we have our travel agent working on some information for us, and I will ask about Secrets Wild orchid…thank you!!
Post # 7
I just got married at a Secrets resort in Mexico. The reason why you pay for food/drink for a wedding is bc it’s a private event. There is actually a lot that goes into it, and you will have your own privte servers/bar set up/etc. Basically, weddings are not included in the “all-inclusie”. We did the ceremony and that was only about 30 minutes, but then did a cocktail hour, and also a 4 hour reception with DJ, dancing, etc. We also did a beach welcome party for our guests 2 nights before the wedding. It was only $250 for the set up and it was $10ish per person for drinks for 2 hours. We had a private bonfire on the beach with drinks and bartenders! It was awesome and well worth the splurge. We had 20 guests for our wedding. Good luck!!
Post # 8
We honeymooned at Sandals La Toc in St Lucia. Most of the weddings were pretty small but there was one with about 30 people. They had a cocktail hour and private dinner, with live music. However, I don’t think they had dancing or anything. After dinner the guests just seemed to do the regular evening activities. If you have any kind of private event, they will charge you extra.