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  1. Also, we booked with a TA but gave our guests the option.. honestly, our TA was horrible, especially as I was dealing with her from afar since we don't live where we grew up, but all our guests are still there. We dealt with it, the good thing was that we didn't have to put money down as a group booking and she dealt with all that.. but definetly wasn't an enjoyable experience. Our wedding website: www.weddingwire.com/aylward
  2. Olaaa.. just passing through as a past bride. As far as tipping, I should have planned it out earlier and put the money in envelopes a head of time like I did for pastor york (I paid Jellyfish a head of time). But from what I remember, we tipped Mayte at least $100 (could have been more and I also bought her daughter a few outfits from back home- her daughter was born a couple of months into my wedding planning), a couple of wait staff that we really noticed $20 each (there was so many of them, I had no idea who was really working our party).. my gracious husband went and tipped the MC betwe
  3. $420 for a cake is definetly based on the amount of guests you have.. just gotta remember that all your communication is by email and there are language barriers.. so make sure you ask more than once on certain issues.. Mayte redid my preinvoice multiple times whenever there would be a change. A wedding at the Jellyfish isn't as expensive as the resorts when you think about all the hidden costs resorts charge and everything you would have to bring with you (decorations, etc). You don't have to worry about that at the Jellyfish since they do everything for you. If you're wanting fire dancers
  4. Astef- We planned on meeting Mayte on the Wed. we arrived, but by the time we settled in, we were tired and it was getting late.. so we met with her on the Thurs (she was busy planning a wedding that afternoon, but you have her attention) plus it was raining/thunder.. welcome dinner was on the Friday, wedding was on the Saturday. Don't stress/overwhelm yourself because honestly its almost 3 months later I'm wanting to go on an actual honeymoon because I feel like my husband and I werent able to relax/were always with people. Lona- not worth it to rent out the restaurant, Mayte will even
  5. Venus- my bouquet was $130 so yours sounds right.. you have more orchids than I did Feb- I wouldn't bother hiring someone else besides Mayte, it is not worth it..she has her own vendors she works with and people that help her, so she knows what shes doing. I used the Jellyfish DJ, they had DJ Mania tshirts on so I was extremely confused.. not sure if they work hand in hand, but anyway.. the DJ the Jellyfish uses does an excellent job, I gave him a list of exactly when/what songs to play and he added in songs in the mix.. my guests loved him and were dancing all night. I wanted ex
  6. andddd yes, she made place cards & menus for each person..you can see it in our video: http://vimeo.com/32143307
  7. Entree: Capresse salad Main course: Cheff´s pasta, jellyfish seabass, Redsnnaper filet alex style. Sides: grill vegetable + sauteed potatoes with bacon and parsley $32 pp, then I had apps during cocktail hour.
  8. Astef, I want to say you only pick one side, it was definetly enough food though. I had the jellyfish seabass with shrimp in ginger sauce and sauteed veggies..so good! As far as the apps, I wanted finger food especially since people were on the beach during the cocktail hour.. so as far as the antipasto/chorizo I wouldn't know.. that would be something that you can discuss with Mayte in person or just ask her in email because she told me how much would be enough, shes really good about that. Don't worry too much about the small details (I know its hard) because you just go over it with Mayte
  9. I want to say mainly all the judges there speak Spanish, that was the reason why we did a symbolic ceremony, if you end up doing symbolic look into Pastor Rick York, he has gotten popular this past year and books early in advance and I believe his price has gone up.. definetly worth it though, speaks English and sends you your ceremony in writing beforehand so no surprises. Erin/InloveinKorea- Mayte is extremely busy and has multiple weddings during the week and shes doing it all on her own, just rest assured as your time gets closer she focuses on you.. shes replying to emails/planning
  10. If anyone has issues, just PM and let me know so I can try to find you that way.
  11. Congrats Mel!! I've been thinking about you and hoping your wedding comes out amazing! Your pictures came out great so far!!
  12. Left from Logan, just checked them in my suitcase in between clothes..make sure you check your bag. If you have any questions just PM me or add me on fb, I don't mind.
  13. Jacq, no extra charge.. they deliver your flowers to the resort ahead of time. If you want to find me, put: Jessica Arruda Aylward and put that I live in Phenix City, AL.
  14. I was there around noon on the day of your wedding.. ridiculous thunderstorms and lightening.. Mayte was so worried, she really cares about her brides.. she also told me that my bouquet was already at the florist (my wedding was on the Saturday) and that yours wasn't even there yet.. so she was definetly stressed! The sparklers flew well (even flew back with some of our cake to eat a year later, yeah I know.. I'm such a law breaker!) The only thing is, it was really windy inside the Jellyfish and with about 30 guests, there was no way that they were able to light them to have all of them
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