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Excursions/Welcome Party

Posted in Key West, FL, USA
Emptyprofileicon Jenna Fink Key West, FL, USA

Hi ladies! I am thinking instead of a rehursal dinner, I would like to plan some type of excursion or "welcome party". Does anyone have any suggestions other than the sunset Fury charter for a group of approx. 30?

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Emptyprofileicon Shavaughne Desecki Key West, FL, USA

We got married on June 24 this year. On Wednesday, the 23rd, we took 70 people on a boat cruise from 4:15 - 6:15 with Sebago. They fit us in between their afternoon activities boat ride and their sunset cruise. We had unlimited beer and wine, a pretty good spread for dinner, and a DJ provided. They were the best ever!!!

We had a great time dancing on the top deck. They made some simple shots to pass and were a great crew. It was about $50/person and well worth every dime. Everyone had a great time and always brings it up when we talk about our week in the Keys!

Shavaughne

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Emptyprofileicon Jenna Fink Key West, FL, USA

I'll be sure to check them out! Thanks so much for the reply.

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Emptyprofileicon Tracey Lott

We paid for our wedding ourselves, including the reception so money was tight. We opted for a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" type of welcome dinner at a restaurant called Lobo's. They were open just for us and we had 40 people. They had burger's (literally the BEST I've ever had- they order the meat that day and grind it themselves), jerk chicken, homemade mango slaw, fries, onion rings (yum), a chocolate chip cookie bar with shots of milk, white and red sangria (I brought my own glass dispensers), and an open bar for beer. Our bill came to less than $600. The owner's were a pleasure to work with (I dealt with Reina) and they were very responsive, which is a rarity for Key West. They let me come in and decorate the tables and add votive candles. They were very flexible in letting me bring in my own little shot glasses and doing the chocolate chip cookie bar and providing milk, making homemade sangria for us, and allowing us to bring in our own PA system to play music and make announcements. It was delicious and we had nothing but rave reviews from all of the guests. It made such an impression that I can't wait to eat there again when I go back- maybe multiple times because I can't decide between the burgers or the wraps (I didn't get to try them!). I tried to get information from Margaritaville, but they weren't as responsive and it was going to cost something like $5,000 due to their minimum spend. Lobo's was much nicer in that we had the place to ourselves, the food rocked, and the price was very affordable for high quality food.

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Emptyprofileicon Jenna Fink Key West, FL, USA

ooohh thats a good idea too! Thanks a lot, I appreciate it and I will be sure to check them out. As you know, I'm sure, planning isn't easy...especially all the way from Ohio!

Where did you have your ceremony and reception? We are looking at the Crowne Plaza La Concha for the reception. Debating between that and Southermost cafe, or Kellys maybe.

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Emptyprofileicon Anonymous

You could take a tour of key west on the conch train that can be fun

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Emptyprofileicon Shannon Gieda

We did a sunset cruise with Sebago and my guests said it was their favorite part of the trip. We had 80 people, open bar, and food and it cost me less than my rehearsal dinner for 20 people.

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Emptyprofileicon Tracey Lott

Jaeli, click on the link view wedding http://www.weddingmapper.com/plan_wedding/fl/key_west/0dhn94
to read about where I had my ceremony and reception. You can also look at photos of my wedding at http://heitzman.shutterfly.com/

I was very happy with what I selected, as I got the expensive wedding I wanted for the price I could afford (under 5K). I was also able to have control over what I wanted decor-wise and DIY where needed to help save money. For example, I was able to bring my own wine, beer, and liquor and pay hourly for a bartender. That helped me save so much money. Both places (Lobo's for the rehearsal dinner and The Cafe at The Inn at Key West) were open only for my function and I was able to get a lot customized for what I wanted. My Shutterfly website will explain all of my DIY (I WAS a bit out of control...we live in GA so we drove to Key West with a truck filled to the brim with all of my stuff to decorate). The hardest part to planning from afar was dealing with vendors that won't call you back and not being able to get information (not to mention some of the ridiculous prices I was quoted (Margaritaville's $5,000 minimum spend for a "Cheesburger in Paradise"). All of the places I ended up with were very responsive and did a wonderful job. The Inn at Key West is a beautiful hotel. It has Westin quality decor for low $100's. The pool is gorgeous- they are known for having the prettiest pool in Key West.

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Emptyprofileicon Mel Key West, FL, USA

Hi "Sgieda" - can you give me an idea on how much you spent with Sebago?

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221031 Jenna Hartman

Hey Tracey - I am heading to KW next week to start planning out APril 2012 wedding and have an appointment to meet with Nadene at the Inn at Key West... Question about the cafe, is it open-air or indoor? It wansnt pool side right?
We're basically going to pay for our wedding ourselves too and I'm glad to see they're willing to work with you (bringing your own things etc). I am also going to have to check out Lobos! We're also interested in Southernmost, Kelly's and Rooftop Cafe.

Thanks for sharing!

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