Post # 1
So we’re having a Destination Wedding in Miami and everyone is staying at the same hotel because we’re providing a shuttle from the hotel to the church and then to the Port of Miami where we will have our reception and embark on a cruise.
We got the hotel to provide our guests with a rate of $75 a night. The hotel does not have complimentary breakfast but you can add it for $10 per person (that’s $1000 total!).
We were thinking of upgrading everyone to have it be included but our shuttle needs to leave the hotel by 8AM and I don’t really think anyone will have time (or get up extra early) to eat breakfast. And I would hate for us to spend that extra significant amount of money if nobody is going to eat.
Should we suck it up and upgrade everyone or should we just provide a granola bar, piece of fruit, and pastry in a welcome bag? If the latter, does that make us seem cheap? =0/
Post # 3
I would have a difficult time getting ready and on the bus by 8:00am. You could give them the granola bar or you could have a basket of muffins and bagels on the bus to eat on the way.
Post # 4
I would love it but I’m sure most people wouldnt get up that early for a free breakfast. Is there another alternative? Why is the bus so early?
Post # 5
I wouldn’t want to wake up that early to eat their breakfast if I’m also getting ready for a wedding. I would rather just eat a granola bar on the way.
Post # 6
Can you have the hotel track who eats breakfast and then bill you afterwards?
Post # 7
@Rgeddy: Our ceremony is at 8:30 AM because we have to be at the ship for priority boarding by no later than 10:30 AM. It’s early, I know. But there was no way around it. =0/
The only other option would be to see if I can set up a table outside next to the shuttle and see if I can get some catered bagels, muffins, coffee, fruit, yogurt. But I don’t know if the hotel will let me do that. Also I figured if we include it in the welcome bag, they can eat it before, on the bus before the cereomony or on the bus before the reception.
Also, once we board the ship (by 11ish), there will be food and snacks while everyone gets settled, then hors d’oeuvres at the reception (at 1pm).
Post # 8
@LGenz: Great option! I will definitely ask the hotel on that one.
Post # 9
I’d get up that early for breakfast, but i’m a freakazoid. Not many people will do that. I’d like some coffee at least–so if the hotel has coffee around, your guests will appreciate it! But heck, a granola bar would be A-OK.
I think telling them they have the option of breakfast is great! I bet half the people will take you up on it.
Could you do a continental breakfast though? That should be cheaper–cereals, pastries, bananas, more grab-n-go food? eggs and waffles are unecessary if that’s what the breakfast otherwise includes!
Post # 10
I would have something dropped off in the lobby or a conference room at the hotel for them- if the hotel will let you. Like some muffins and fruit. So they can grab it before getting on the bus.
Post # 11
What about even having a box of granola bars and a basket of fruit when they get on the bus (make sure they allow food on the bus).
Also, you will have time to sit around for a while at the port. They tell you to be there at 10:30, but for the last wedding we went to (on Carnival out of Miami) we didn’t board until almost 12:30. The ceremony on the ship started at 1 and the reception following.
Post # 12
Thanks bees for all the great advice. You’ve all been very helpful and now I don’t feel so bad about not upgrading all the rooms. We’re going to check with the hotel to see if they can give people the option to have breakfast and bill us after the fact.
And we’ll definitely have some fruit, granola bars, bagels and what not available that morning.
@caszos: It helps to know that we may be waiting around for a while before boarding the ship. Is there anything you would recommend to make the waiting easier? Something you wish you would have had at the wedding you recently attended?