Rehearsal Day Thursday Nov 26th 11:30am. We decided to have the rehearsal early and have a lunch instead of a dinner. We didnâ€™t want to keep people too long. It was a really hot hot day. Everyone was sweating poor kids. So we kept it short.
We had our Welcome/Rehearsal Lunch 1:30 : River Cafe A+
I worked with Michael Boufford, Manager. Michael was very accomdating with my budget and was willing to work with me. We got a pretty good deal. The food was excellect. The resturant sat along side the river. The wait staff took care of our party. Our glasses were always filled. We were well taken care of. They even created a special menu for us with our names on it. There were 3 entree to pick from. Burrito, Enchilada or a Veggie Sandwich. These pictures are what my little cousin ate.
We passed out our OOT bags and Wedding Party gifts before dessert. I don't think our guest were expecting anything since no one has ever been to a DW before. They were all surprised and thankful.
Wedding Planner Company: Vallarta Wedd Planners Puerto Vallarta Wedding Planners - Beach Wedding Planners in Puerto Vallarta Coordinator: Johanna Ortero A++++++++++++ and their Vendors
I don't think anyone on this forum has used Vallarta Wedd Planners. I think I am the first. I am so glad that I went with them!!!
I was not doing to use a WC but it got way too hard trying to get in contact with hotels and their coordinators. The hotel coordinators were always changing people. So I decided to start looking for a WC. I emailed many companies and Vallarta Wedd Planners were the first ones to contact me. I started working with them in May 2008. There are 3 women that run this company. Estrella, Paula and Johanna. Estrella was first to make contact. Then I started working with Johanna because she knew about a certain hotel that I wanted our wedding to be at. I was looking into having our wedding at Villa del Palmar, Buenaventura and Mayan Palace. I was going back and forth between Mayan and Buenaventura. VWP does many weddings at Mayan Palace. So I would keep going back to the Mayan. Plus my friend had her wedding there. I was torn and needed to make a choice. Johanna kept telling me that I would not be disappointed about the Mayan. And after doing the budget for Buenaventura and Mayan, Mayan came out way cheaper. I am so glad that Johanna would not give up suggesting the Mayan. I felt comfortable with VWP right away. I never even talk to them on the phone until I made my first payment to them which was sometime in 2009. I know that sounds kind of crazy not talking to someone and wiring money but I felt the trust right away even if it was through email.
My emails were always answered right away or with in a few days. If Johanna was going out of town she would let me know. Or if I emailed her and she was not available the other WC would let me know she would get back to me soon. It was kind of hard for me to give control to someone else because in my own personal and professional life I am always the one making the choices. It was nice to have someone just tell you, show you pictures and deciding things that way. It was a vary stress free year and a half of planning. All I had to do was make DIY stuff, OOT Bags and find a dress which was fun and relaxing.
Johanna called me on Tuesday when we arrived at PV to confirm our Wed. meeting. She offered to pick us up at our hotel for our Wednesday meeting.
On Wednesday she picked us up at Buenaventura and we gave her a suitcase full of our supplies. It was so good to finally meet her. It was like we have known her for awhile. We felt comfortable right away. She took us to our visit to the Mayan. Our family followed in a taxi. We finalized a few things with her that day. My parents and Paul's sister thought it would be a good idea to provide transportation to the Mayan since everyone was staying in Downtown and Mayan was at the Marina. So Johanna said she would make a call to get a price. And we also decided last minute to have fireworks as a surprise to our guest. All she had to do for both was make 2 calls and everything was set and with a good price. She was even able to get the Mayan to get me a room to change into my dress before the wedding and at no charge. On Thursday the day of rehearsal Johanna offered to pick us up again to take us to the Mayan and to the River Cafe for our lunch. That was very thoughtful of her to take care of us in that way. After rehearsal at Mayan we stopped at Starbucks to pick up one of her partners Paula. She was so friendly right off the bat. Like we have known her too. When we got to River Cafe Estrella was there to meet us too. All 3 WC were there so we did not have to wait at the door for our guest they took care of greeting them. Paula helped us set up our OOT Bag/ Gift table. Estrella showed me around the river area. They waited till all our guest arrived and ordered their drinks and food and once we were served they made sure that everything was going well before they left. Johanna said they were going to go through the bags I gave her to make sure she knew what everything was. Around 5pm I got a call from Johanna she had a few questions on some items and complemented all the DIY things I made. (I still can't believe I made my own things.) On the day of the wedding I got a call from Johanna at about 10am she called to check on me. She asked how I was feeling. I told her I was feeling good and excited. She asked if I was nervous I told her not at all. She asked what I was doing I told her I was watching TV. She sounded surprised that I wasn't getting ready yet. Later she joked about when she called to check on me to the other WC that I was just watching TV. She said most brides are going crazy and getting ready. When I was at the Mayan getting ready Estrella and the Photographer came to take pictures in the room and gave our flowers. She left us for about an hour and said she would call us to come down when it was time. Estrella meet us downstairs and walked us to the wedding area. Estrella waited with my Dad and I for about 10 mins. While we were waiting I swore I felt a rain drop and it kind of smelled like rain in the air (I am from Seattle and I know when it smells like its gonna rain) Estrella said no it was probably something else you felt. I felt it again and I said something again. My dad was laughing. Estrella says "Mary never never does it rain in Puerto Vallarta in November!" I just smiled at her. Johanna came and greeted us She told me she had some surprises for us. She said that the Mayan added complementary guacamole to our chips and salsa order. And she said that as a gift to us from VWP she added to our centerpieces and she said she hoped that we didn't mind. We brought our own decorations. Here is what I brought for our centerpieces and later you will see what VWP added. When I saw the tables I thought I was going to cry it looked so beautiful. Everything looked amazing. Exceeded my expectations. Through out the night they all check on us and our guest. The WCs stayed till the end of the wedding. They were always there and aways in sight. Very attentive to all our needs. I can't even descride how thankful I am to have worked with them. Johanna came to the hotel to drop off our bag of supplies on Monday. And on Tuesday night Johanna and Paula came to give us a few other things and to say good bye. While at the airport I even got a text from Johanna to say she missed us already. I work in the service industry and this company went above and beyond their duties in their contract. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding in PV.
VWP have great vendors that they work with. I loved our DJ he had every single song on our list and even our 8 year old ring bearer would request a song and he would play it. Our flowers were beautiful! I just emailed what I wanted and gave a few pictures. They came out perfect. We also did a corkage fee and the price we paid for our liquor was dirt cheap. The pastor they work with Bryan Henderson...he was AMAZING. Such a very friendly and welcoming man. I come from a cathloic/christian family and his wedding service was very personalized. Our family loved everything he said. There were some random ladies watching the wedding and they talked with my Mom about him and she sent them to Johanna. Fireworks..who has fireworks at their wedding..thats all I can say about that. Charter Bus..I didn't see it but the BMs said it was never nice. The price we paid for everything probably would of been millions here in Seattle.
Vallarta Wedd Planners gets a Facebook Thumbs up!!!
Photographer: Puerto Vallarta Melnik Carlos Melnik
Carlos was referred to me by my friend. Her pictures looked good so thats why I chose him. Carlos has great prices. I only paid for 250 pictures and 4 hours. But in the end I ended up with 755 picture for just a little little little bit more money. One thing I know its hard for guest to not to want to take pictures of your wedding my mom had to tell some people to let the photographer take pictures. Here is one of my favorite pictures that Carlos took haha
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