Post # 1
Is anyone else finding their destination wedding more costly then they initially thought? I’m not sure we can really do this. . . Even if we just have a beer/wine plus dessets welcome reception (2 hours) instead of an actual rehearsal dinner it will run us nearly $4,000 for our 60 guests. Ugh. We love the place, but maybe it is just out of our budget. I wish I could cut the guest list down, but I just don’t think we can.
Post # 3
Where are you holding your wedding? What type of “theme” or reason why you chose the location? Maybe we could help you find another spot and save you some bucks. I do have to say, for just beer/wine and dessert for 60 people that’s a lot of money. We are here to help!!
Post # 4
We are having it at a resort in Puerto Rico – El Conquistador. The location is beautiful and it will actually be an opportunity for our immediate family to have an amazing short vacation that they would never have taken on their own. Not sure of a theme. The other thing that was great about PR is that it is a tropical location, but no passports needed (too much of a hassle for all of our family). It is hard without any type of local contact there to look for other options like for an “off the resort” rehearsal dinner / welcom reception.
Post # 5
What about an off premise caterer to do a BBQ on the beach… local fare?
Post # 6
Wow — that does sounds expensive!
We’re getting married in Aruba which is notoriousy expensive and just this afternoon I had a call with a wedding planner about our ‘Welcome Party’. We’re working with a budget of $1500 (I told her our budget is $1200) and expect to be able to get 3-4 hot appetizers (40 pcs each), an assortment of mini cakes, non-alcoholic beverages and a ‘signature cocktail’ for 35 people. We did decide to take over part of the resort’s restaurant though – the bar and lounge, so we don’t have set-up fees or special staff to pay. Otherwise set-up fees alone were going to be $400 plus for a ‘standing’ function (no dinner tables). I d like the idea that guests will have the option to order additional food or cocktails off the menu. I don’t feel like I have to buy them dinner, but like to know it will be easily available for those that didn’t get around to having dinner yet.
One of our options was an outdoor bar just a little ways down the beach that would have been a lot less expensive so make sure you explore off-site options. Another option that we were looking into was getting a large suite for the night and then catering in some food from an off-site location but your party is probably too big for that.
Post # 7
I will be in Puerto Rico from Sept 26-Oct 10…And I will be staying at one of the hotels that is right by the El conquistador. I am Air Force and go there usually once a year. Off the top of my head I can think of two restaurants very close to your hotel that are very good and might be able to do something cheaper.
One of them is a place called the Metropol..It’s actually walking distance and I always love their food. Very traditional Puerto Rico. The other place is a steak house but its casual and serves traditional Puerto Rican flank steak and rice and beans. I can’t think of the name of that place but would be happy to find out for you.
If you want to message me off-line I would be happy to scout out some options for you.
It can’t hurt to think about it while you still have plenty of time to consider all your options.
Post # 8
Its funny, not really…but I’m feeling your pain! That was our intention of having a destination wedding too, because we thought it would be cheaper! We were wrong…because people will be traveling afar (I’m an Aruba bride, too, as cjaruba) we’re inviting everyone to a welcome/rehearsal dinner, wedding (of course), then a farwell party! Mind you our guest list is 130 (invited), not sure yet the final guest count, but our feelings won’t be hurt if they can’t make it ( I mean that in the nicest way).
So yeah, i don’t think its cheaper…our budget was $10k and we have way surpassed that! Okay, i’m stressed now! But in the end…its what you want (the wedding of your dreams) and it’ll all be worth it in the end! Your family and friends will never forget it thats for sure!!