Hi I need some major help.
My fiance and I really like the Melia Caribe but before we book I just wanted to see what the standard deal is for weddings in Punta Cana.
I have some financial questions for anyone who has researched destination weddings at all inclusive resorts.
- We are finding that the prices for open bar are so much higher than anything we have found, even in the northeast of America. $20/person/hour for example? Is this the standard?
- It doesn’t make sense to us that our we and our wedding guests will have already paid for all of our food and alcohol as part of our all-inclusive fee for the resort but that the wedding packages are another $50-60/ person for dinner. I am confused. If I can buy a cake a la carte, pay the priest to celebrate my mass, pay to use the Gazebo, pay for music and everything else separately, why do I have to pay another $110/person to drink for the length of our reception and then $60 more for their dinner? What is the difference between the food we eat at our reception and the food we will eat the night before? And what is to prevent my guests from just going to one of the bars to drink anyway if I don’t pay for an open bar? And finally, after my reception is over we are all going to want to keep partying, so we would go back to one of the bars in the resort and drink (for free because it is all inclusive) anyway so what is the story here?
- Does it make more sense for us to have it at a restaurant outside of the resort and just pay our bar bill at the end of the night? We are planning on inviting over 100 people so if we end up with 60ish we could be spending like 5K on just alcohol if we go the open bar route.
We really love the Jellyfish but even their open bar fees are steep.
Maybe I am crazy but I honestly figured that weddings at all-inclusive resorts would be all-inclusive for food and alcohol because it has already been “included” and that the special wedding stuff would obviously be extra. What is the point in going to an all-inclusive (and making our guests pay the premium for it) when we are going to end up treating them anyway and could just do our rehearsal dinner, reception and brunch the next day at a place that has nothing included?
Please help! I am so lost! We are totally going to pick up the tab because our wedding will ultimately be much less expensive if we leave town just from a guest number standpoint and we of course want to treat our people who are willing to travel for us. We just don’t want to get taken for a ride and pay twice in the end.
If anyone has found an all-inclusive resort where the wedding packages are constructed so that you pay a fee to reserve one of the restaurants for your party but eat and drink the same stuff you do the rest of the time you are there and then buy the wedding stuff separately I would be interested in hearing how you did it. Maybe it doesn’t exist, if that is the case then we will just roll with the punches.