I have been to my share of weddings and I can say, without pause, that the absolute worst weddings are those held at ‘all inclusive’ Hotels.
This is because these Hotels do a lot of weddings and have gotten it down to a conveyor belt style.
The Bride and Groom have to be ‘on spot’ at a particular time, and ‘off spot’ by a particular time. There are a limited number of spots, and a limited number of restaurants, so that the wedding is more controlled by the availability of ‘spots’ and restaurants.
So if you want to be married under that gazebo and dine at the first class restaurant, then you have to be married at 10 am on the 13th of December. It is not up to you, it is up to the availability of a venue and a restaurant.
Now I have tried to warn people about these conveyor belt weddings and some people do listen and change the venue to a quiet guest house where they virtually take over the property for the entire day, and the wedding is exactly the way they want it.
Then there are people who don’t listen.
The Bride To Be wanted her wedding the way she wanted her wedding and she wanted it at an all Inclusive Hotel in Jamaica
The fact she lived in Florida, her family and his family lived in Florida meant everyone would make an airline and a Hotel rich. As most people don’t have the kind of money to hop on a plane and overnight at a Hotel in Jamaica during September, (prime hurricane season) she got her ‘guest list‘ down to twelve people. These were not the ‘right’ twelve, as her best friend and her two brothers would not be able to come. Her mother tried to reason with her, but she ‘wanted her wedding the way she wanted her wedding’, so her own mother ‘didn’t have to come’. if it was going to be a problem.
As you can see, the wedding planning started on a rather bad footing.
Now this is a wedding. This is supposed to be the most significant day of one’s life. It should not be a ‘conveyor belt’ . Where you and your party have to be at point ‘A’ at two pm, and off by two thirty pm or your wedding will be canceled because it will interfere in the Wedding set at three p.m.
Further, as each guest at an all-inclusive is X dollars you have to go by your pocket not your heart. You can only invite as many as you can afford. And you have to pay in advance.
The mother of the bride, who knew about weddings tried to talk her into getting a guest house which would allow her the freedom to invite those she wanted, and not be tied to time. This was ignored by the bride.
As the better restaurants at the all Inclusive were already taken, her wedding supper was at the Tex-Mex corner. It was a horrible fast food joint which made a guest physically sick.
Meanwhile, after the mumbled ceremony that no one could hear, the Bride was taking photos.
Wile the guests choked and puked, she was busy taking pictures. . Long after the ceremony was over she was taking pictures. As only fifty are included, all the extra had to be paid for now, so she had to go to the room to get the money.
Those of you who dream of these ‘all inclusive’ hotel weddings, FORGET IT! Find a little Guest House where your’s is the ONLY Wedding happening that day.
You can, even without a wedding planner, but with FAMILY member drafted for the purpose find a fantastic place which will twist itself into a pretzel to please you.