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posted 1 year ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

i also think most people would want to relax, it can be a bit stressfull when having to have to transport people from one place to another and wranlge everyone up. why not in the hotel? leaves more time to mingle and people can run back to thier rooms if needed.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I would plan your event for the hotel patio and then if you and the youngins want to go out after make a separate plan for that. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Are you still doing the weeklong cruise? I know that after traveling I’m always tired and feel like I need to refresh. I personally would prefer just a small cocktail thing on the hotel patio so that I can go up to my room whenever I want. Plus if you’re still doing the cruise, they have a whole week of events and dinners coming up. Know your crowd though- your guests might be a lot more fun than me! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

tlynn1218 :  If  you’re staying at the Sheraton, and going to a restaurant in Old San Juan, it’s very near, so not much time would be lost getting there. I do think that to be in Puerto Rico and have dinner at Longhorn or Olive Garden would be a “crime”, as there are so many great local restaurants. (Nothing against either Longhorn or Olive Garden!)

Are you thinking of El Patio de Sam, or El Picoteo at El Convento Hotel? Both are great. If, however, you’d like your guests to experience authentic Puerto Rican food, Raíces Restaurant is perfect, and it’s right in Old San Juan.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We got married on a week long cruise and it.was.the.best. You’re going to love it! We did dinner the night before but it was in a city some of our friends that weren’t coming live in (and we don’t), so they were able to come to dinner. It wasn’t “mandatory” and only about 1/2 the people that were on the cruise were there, but it was really nice to do (about 10 minute walk from our hotel). We did ask everyone to come to dinner on the first night of the cruise and that was nice as well–good chance for everyone to meet each other, celebrate my uncle’s anniversary (we have the same anniversary), make sure everyone got on OK, etc.

In your situation I think if people have flown in and are then boarding the ship the next day they might not feel like getting dress up/organized to go to a bigger/fancier event, so maybe the hotel patio option? Regardless, have fun!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

tlynn1218 :  if everyone wants to go out then that’s perfect! Which cruise line are you going on?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

tlynn1218 :  Oh, San Juan Smokehouse is a delicious alternative, do go there! And La Placita is so much fun, there’s music, dancing on the plaza. Go, you won’t regret it!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I think that sounds like a great plan! Depends on your group if they’d want to go out after traveling, but I know in my group (at least friends and younger relatives), they’d all want to go out and have fun. This has been the case for any wedding weekend type thing I’ve attended. So I think mingling on the hotel patio and then moving on to the restaurant with whoever would like to join is a good way to please both the people who just want to relax, as well as those who would like to go out and have fun.

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