Post # 1
We are getting married at an all inclusive resort. Included in the wedding package is a 30 minute reception with cake and wine. We have the option of adding a plated dinner for $50/pp but I’m starting to feel that since the nicer restaurants are already included in the hotel costs, we should just have the free reception, followed by dinner at one of the nicer restaurants instead of spending the extra money. There is only 5 of us, so we can still have an intimate feeling dinner. Is this tacky? Should we just spend the extra money for a plated dinner at a more private area of the resort, that will be more decorated for a wedding reception?? I plan on having the reception table decorated so we could just also have the dinner there are well.
Post # 2
yogahhh: Not tacky, save the extra money and have the dinner in one of the nice restuarants. It’ll still be intimate and beautiful. 🙂
Post # 3
yogahhh: Seems like the only difference is your guests will choose off a menu instead of a predetermined plated dinner right? I’d say save the money! As a guest it wouldn’t seem any different to me.
Post # 4
I vote not tacky. Can you book the table at one of the nicer restaurants in advance so you don’t have to wait at all? Either way, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing it like this.
Post # 5
Go to the restaurant. Why pay more for something you already have?
Post # 6
Not at all tacky. Sounds great, actually!
Post # 7
I agree with the other PPs. I’m sure your guests won’t even notice.
Post # 9
Go for it! Sounds awesome to me!
Post # 10
Not tacky at all. It’s a small wedding, save your $$!
Post # 11
yogahhh: The only thing that I will say being at a resort, it is sometimes hard to get reservations at the nicer resteraunts at the resort. The first thing I would do after getting my room in your shoes is book dinner, or if you are lucky enough to be at a resort where you can book before you get there, do it as soon as you can. DH and I went to Sandals for a week for our honeymoon, and the nice resteraunts were booked all but two days that we were there, and that was asking the first out of 7 days for reservations.
Post # 12
Misswhowedding: good call! We are actually doing sandals, so maybe this is something I need to discuss with our on site wedding coordinator. Was it really hard to get rsvps?? I really want to have a few dinners at the nicer restuarants while there, not just for a reception
Post # 13
The first thing we did when we got in was make reservations at the resteraunts. If you have a butler suite it might be easier. We litterally went in with a “We want to go to any of the reservation resturaunts any night.” Out of 7 days, they had two nights with late reservations for one resteraunt (the nice French one) and two nights with open reservations at the hibachi resteraunt which was a lot easier to get in to, and the third restaraunt we were wait listed for and did not get in. We took one late night (9:00) at the french one, took wait list for the third restaraunt the same night as the other late reservation was open for the french one, and took the hibachi for Friday as it’s other night was the night we went to the french one. We booked these on Monday, our first reservation was on Thursday. I highly suggest the moment you get in and they show you to your room, go straight to the reservation desk and get them set up.
Post # 14
There is lots of information on the BDW Forums (Best destination wedding forums) that answers this type f question… they may be able to help!
Post # 15
Not tacky at all! Save the money or you could put it to another use. Possibly treating yourselves and your guesst to a fun excusion? I know as a guest I would really appreciate that than a plate of food.