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#1871 Jillsepher

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    Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

    Ah thanks so much ladies! So great to have people know exactly how I'm feeling! All of your weddings sound amazing! I never even thought of OOT bags until reading your comments and think that is a fabulous idea! As far as switching coordinators how would I go about doing that you think? I asked Natalia how much it would cost for a set up for 4 simple centerpieces and some luminary bags. She told me she didn't know as its up to the WC once I get there. I asked if I could just have my mom set up stuff and she told me no because I would interfere with the staff. Hmmmm... Looks like another way to get some moola. Anyone else been told this? I think I might just send my mom anyway and see if they say anything to her.

    #1872 TheWolferts

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      Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:45 AM

      Jill-

       

      That is odd that she wont quote you any prices for set up fees and centerpieces! I would definitely switch! Maybe you could just let Natalia know that things arent really working out between you and ask if its possible to switch to a different coordinator? Ask for Valeria! She is very on top of things and helpful.

       

      I would get the set up fees in writing via email before you go down there. Valeria told me that she could add it to my spreadsheet now or I could take care of it down there. I am havign her add it now, so that I dont get down there and get quoted a more expensive price. I would say that you are looking at a $20-40 set up fee, based on the set up fees I was quoted. We had thought about having some guests do it for us, but for $20, I would rather everyone enjoy, rather than run around trying to get things set up and/or asking for direction from me :)
       

      Originally Posted by Jillsepher 

      Ah thanks so much ladies! So great to have people know exactly how I'm feeling! All of your weddings sound amazing! I never even thought of OOT bags until reading your comments and think that is a fabulous idea!
      As far as switching coordinators how would I go about doing that you think? I asked Natalia how much it would cost for a set up for 4 simple centerpieces and some luminary bags. She told me she didn't know as its up to the WC once I get there. I asked if I could just have my mom set up stuff and she told me no because I would interfere with the staff. Hmmmm... Looks like another way to get some moola. Anyone else been told this? I think I might just send my mom anyway and see if they say anything to her.


       



      #1873 Stina9562

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        Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:51 AM

        We are getting married at the presidential Gazebo and reception is set at the Tucanes. We have decided to bring our dockign station for music. With only 14 guests I didn't feel the need for a DJ.

         

        Originally Posted by amanda50388 

        We actually will be there april 25th, very possible. Where are you having your ceremony and reception? We went with the white gazebo and tucanes for reception.



         



        #1874 amanda50388

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          Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:05 AM

          Were doing the same thing, just bought our speaker set on saturday. Are you doing any centerpieces or anything like that? I bet you're getting very anxious, its so soon. :)

           

          Originally Posted by Stina9562 

          We are getting married at the presidential Gazebo and reception is set at the Tucanes. We have decided to bring our dockign station for music. With only 14 guests I didn't feel the need for a DJ.

           



           



           



          #1875 Stina9562

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            Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

            I was going to bring my own centerpieces but Valeria suggested taking the flowers from the ceremony gazebo and using them as centerpieces. Justifies me spending 120.00 on flowers in two different locations. I wanted to decorate chairs as well but I took to long trying to find sashes. I am toting fans down there for the guests with our programs. Not sure if I wanna assemble here or in Mexico.

             

            Originally Posted by amanda50388 

            Were doing the same thing, just bought our speaker set on saturday. Are you doing any centerpieces or anything like that? I bet you're getting very anxious, its so soon. :)

             



             



             



            #1876 Stina9562

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              Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:13 AM

              Oh and I am very excited! I am very stressed though becuase my fiance was laid off a few weeks ago, so dealing with everything has given me a huge headache. I know once we arrive at that resort I am having the strongest margarita they have!

               

              Originally Posted by amanda50388 

              Were doing the same thing, just bought our speaker set on saturday. Are you doing any centerpieces or anything like that? I bet you're getting very anxious, its so soon. :)

               



               



               



              #1877 amanda50388

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                Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

                Were bringing down vases with candles to jazz the tables up a bit, nothing to big, I totally forgot about using the gazebo flowers, i am going to have to do that some how, prob put them by our sweetheart table that we requested.

                 

                I hear ya on the stress part, there is still so much to do yet. A strong margarita is needed sure. Try there mango tango its amazing, I had it at the bar next to joe joes.

                 

                Also, I hope something works out for your fiance, you will for sure need this vacation after everything going on.

                 

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                Originally Posted by Stina9562 

                Oh and I am very excited! I am very stressed though becuase my fiance was laid off a few weeks ago, so dealing with everything has given me a huge headache. I know once we arrive at that resort I am having the strongest margarita they have!

                 



                 



                 



                #1878 Hrherin26

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                  Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:47 AM

                  I love the idea of using the wedding flowers from the ceremony at the reception. What sort of things were you bringing for them to set up for $20-$40? Are you doing centerpieces? Anything else?  Is that total? Surely not per a person?

                   

                  Are you having the covered chairs with the bows? It seems like a lot to have to pay for both the ceremony chairs AND the reception chairs....

                   

                  Are you having a DJ or are you using your ipod? If you're using your ipod are you going to rent their sound equipment? (I was quoted $250 for their stuff) If you're brining your own what brand is it? How do you know it will be loud enough?

                   

                  Sorry for all the questions--it's a LOT to think about! And we're trying to save money wherever we can...! :) Thanks!!!



                  #1879 TheWolferts

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                    Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:45 PM

                    Our set up fee for our ceremony is $20 total and that includes them setting up our 8 chair decorations (for chairs that line the aisle), a program on each seat, and a fan on each seat.

                     

                    Chair decoration:



                    I love the idea of using the wedding flowers from the ceremony at the reception. What sort of things were you bringing for them to set up for $20-$40? Are you doing centerpieces? Anything else?  Is that total? Surely not per a person?

                     

                    Are you having the covered chairs with the bows? It seems like a lot to have to pay for both the ceremony chairs AND the reception chairs....

                     

                    Are you having a DJ or are you using your ipod? If you're using your ipod are you going to rent their sound equipment? (I was quoted $250 for their stuff) If you're brining your own what brand is it? How do you know it will be loud enough?

                     

                    Sorry for all the questions--it's a LOT to think about! And we're trying to save money wherever we can...! :) Thanks!!!



                     



                    #1880 Jillsepher

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                      Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:13 PM

                      I love your aisle decorations!! Are you making them or ordering them from somewhere? If I had more people coming I would totally be stealing your sand dollar placecards! Those are so cute! Is anyone doing anything like a sand ceremony, butterflies or seashell throwing? I read about the seashell throwing(kinda like a sand ceremony) and thought it would be a great idea to involve the guests. I'm doing the iPod station as well. I thought about doing a dinner but just couldn't justify it for only 15 people so what I decided to do was the ceremony, then all meet for the free dinner included in the package- although I'm not sure what restaurant to choose, then all meet on the beach for the reception. I'm just going to have a 2 hour cocktail type party for my reception. One of the groomsmen agreed to MC it with the iPod dock. Every little penny counts! @Stina So sorry to hear about your FI's job. I can't imagine the stress. Sending hugs your way. It's things like that though that will really give you so much accomplishment by pulling this off. You can do it!

                      Our set up fee for our ceremony is $20 total and that includes them setting up our 8 chair decorations (for chairs that line the aisle), a program on each seat, and a fan on each seat.

                       

                      Chair decoration:

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                      For our cocktail hour the setup fee is $20 total and that includes them setting out our personalized napkins, we have blue glass beads that they will sprinkle in the center of the cocktail tables, and set out our signature drink menu/recipe cards.

                       

                      For our reception, the total fee is $40 and they are setting up our place cards, which are sand dollars in a sandbox (see picture below), menus we are bringing down for each place setting, and scented candles we are bringing for each table to disguise against any potential musty smell in the ballroom. We are having Lomas do our centerpieces so the set up for those is included in the cost. They are also taking our hanging corsages off the alter and putting them at our cake table at the reception for no cost.
                       

                      Sand dollar place cards:

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                      We are not covering the chairs for the ceremony because we both liked the feel of the white wooden chairs for an outdoor ceremony, but we are covering them at the reception. I am not a boy person, but we are having colored table cloths so that will give the table settings some color.

                       

                      We are using their sound system for the ceremony (which is included into our wedding package), but are using our own iPod player for the cocktail hour on the beach.We really wanted someone to be able to MC and change music based on how the party was going so we hired a DJ. I have only read amazing reviews about him so I cannot wait!

                       


                       






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