Post # 1
I’m in the final throes of wedding planning, which is happening in Playa Del Carmen at the Secrets Capri resort. I have gathered the minumum 10 people to qualify for their “free” wedding package, which gives us a ceremony, bare bones decore, a bouquet and that’s about it. I had planned to spruce up the intimate beach ceremony area by tying some gold/navy sashes onto the chairs, and their telling me this will cost $100 to do, even thogut I’ll just do it myself and it will take 2 minutes and will not damage their stupid chairs. It seems like everything is insuring some sort of fee, it’s ridiculous.
Have any of you experienced this before in your destination planning? The feeling that I am a giant wedding cow, with unlimmited funds, just ready to be milked by “the industry” is starting to piss me off, lol
Post # 2
So your guests are paying for your “free” wedding and you are baulking at a $100 fee to bring in your own vendor (you are counted as an outside vendor). Ok then.
Post # 4
In my experience, I think it’s an unfortunate reality of the industry. The moment you say ‘wedding’ everything costs more. And yes, I’d expect anything you want to add to cost ya- no matter how uninvolved the venue has to be. It’s a resort at heart and they are notoriously expensive for ‘add ons’.
Post # 5
I think what’s happening is the venue is charging $100 for the right to decorate their chairs. I totally agree, that does seem silly to me! Esp since the resort marketed the wedding package as free and isn’t including much decor!
I feel like the American Wedding Culture is very much about grooming consumers. My price sensivity has gone out the window! I hope it comes back.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
that’s annoying! We didn’t pay any wedding fees at our venue, but we rented out the villa for a week and had to use one of their preferred caterers. In exchange, they set up tables, linens, and wine and millefoglie were included. Everywhere is different, though. A small fee to DIY is frustrating, but certainly not unheard of. I doubt there is anything you can do, ad it’s likely in their resort policy.
Post # 7
What a rude retort. In fact we are paying 100% for our own wedding, and we have made it clear to our guests that there is no obligation to attand, only come if you want.
We have paid over 3k for our wedding already, and where my frustration lies in the constant nickel and dime-ing I am encountering. Especially after they heavily market their free weddings. I suspected this would happen, but I just wanted to vent my frustration.
Post # 8
So you’re passing the cost of your wedding onto your guests. Nice.
Post # 9
Some of these comments are really unncecessary. It’s a destination wedding and her guests were invited. They were given the OPTION to pay and go to the wedding and they chose to do so. There is no need to be so rude.
Post # 10
well the bride did say she had to get 10 guests to get her free wedding…
Post # 11
It’s an all inclusive resort, yes the package was marketed as free but all the extra’s are extras.
While frustrating I think you should have expected it.
Post # 12
This is pretty common. It’s a pain and a little shocking. But you will get nickled and dimed with everything now I’m sure.
Post # 13
Wow ladies, you guys are into conclusion jumping! It was fortuitous that my guests WHO WANTED to go to Mexico numbered exactly 10, saving us the 1k fee for this wedding (which we would have paid). I did not hold a gun to any of my guests heads to come to Mexico for 7 days, jeeze.
Post # 14
I think you’ve lost perspective a little. Extras will cost money, especially when the base package is free or heavily discounted. When you go for the cheap option, you kind of have to expect that.
I had a Destination Wedding in Mexico as well, at a resort in the same family. I did feel that their prices on some items were a bargain, while there prices on other items were a rip off. I used that to guide my choices and didn’t choose to pay for anything I didn’t feel comfortable with. I also used outside vendors for a few items. I also felt a little “nickled and dimed” at first when some items were so pricey…but in the end I feel like I got an INSANELY GOOD value for my dollars.
They did a really great job. If you have to spend $100 here or there to get things how you want them, just do it. If it’s not worth the extra $100 for you, just let it go. I went with basic decor only and my wedding was gorgeous because the resort and the view were gorgeous.
Post # 15
Weddings are a luxury, not a right. You complain about a $3000 wedding but how much are your guests paying for your *free* wedding so you could save $1000? Now complaining about $100.