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    Wedding Coordinators: Illeana v. Maye

    Have fun in Cabo...I want to go back!! I see you are also from LA, so that makes the travel & site visit so much easier (we went down twice while we were planning ) I am hoping to find the time to write up my review over the upcoming holiday weekend, but since that won't be in time for your visit, below are some of the other vendors I would recommend. Feel free to PM me if you are still looking to finalize vendors and need additional input on anyone, otherwise, I will get around to posting a full report out soon. Sorry to side track your post, but wanted to get you some additional input in time for your site visit! - Suzanne Morel- Hair & Make up - Pricey but good work - Ana & Jerome Photography- LOVED them.... and have loved the couple preview photos they sent me so far. Won't be able to post a full endorsement until I see the final product, which should hopefully soon. If my pictures are half as good as the entire experience has been with them so far, I'll be reporting back good news - Ambar productions- lighting & furniture - Arturo Ortiz- DJ - Sergio Farias- Flowersandeventsloscabos.com- Flowers - Cynthia Sosa- Hola Grand Faro on-site wedding planner (now Barcelo Grand Faro)- I think you already have your venue, but Cynthia was fabulous to work with
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    Wedding Coordinators: Illeana v. Maye

    I recently returned from my Cabo wedding (will post a full review soon), and used Maye as my wedding planner. Unfortunately my experience was not positive, and based on my experience I can not recommend her to other brides. It seems that the experiences with her on this forum continue to be inconsistent (some great, some not so great), similar to how they were several years ago when there was more feedback on her. In short, I found her to be disorganized, lack attention to detail, and on a couple of occasions dishonest/ manipulative. I found her to be very quick to initially respond to emails, but her follow through was very poor. I found her to be very reactive, and not a proactive and planful with our wedding process. It is true that she is probably one of the least expensive planners in Cabo, but honestly after my experience, I would have paid not to use her at all. Given my experience with her attention to detail, I probably couldn't even recommend her for day of wedding supervision. On a positive note, she was hard working, nice and does seem to mean well. Additionally, the vendors that we did use from her were reliable. Lastly, she knew I was very unhappy on several occasions and did work with me on price because of this. Working with her was one of the most stressful parts of my wedding planning process. I plan to write glowing reviews about almost everyone else we worked with in Cabo, but unfortunately this completely missed the mark for me. I will write a full review and provide further details/ examples, but if you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out by private message.
  3. I'm wondering if any of you have used a website for RSVPs? We have several events + the wedding that we'd like people to RSVP for, and since most of our guests are tech savvy we would like to do this online. Our wedding website is on theknot.com and their RSVP section doesn't seem to work well for what we are looking for. Are there any standalone RSVP sites that you all have used and could recommend? As always, thanks for the help!
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    Ana and Jerome Photography

    After months of researching, I decided to go with Ana and Jerome for my November 2013 wedding. I loved their work, they have been very responsive, and they are very personable so I can see them fitting in well at our wedding. They were right in the middle for pricing- not the cheapest, but definitely not the most expensive either. Jerome used to go by "Mango Productions" so you can find reviews on here under that name. I won't be able to post a full review for another 5 months, but so far so good in all of my interactions with them so far.
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    Post Pics of your pets!

    Trying again..I think I submitted wrong the first time.
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    Post Pics of your pets!

    This is my Puggle, Molly. I wish she could come to the wedding too!
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    Videographer/Cinematographer

    I am using Ana and Jerome (formerly Mango Productions- Jerome Dieu if you want to search on this site for reviews) for photography. They do videography as well, and are much cheaper than your other quote. I am using them for photography, so I am not sure what their standalone rates would be for video alone as my quote was for both video & photography. I didn't end up signing up for video just due to budget, so I am not sure what the recommended amount of hours is for wedding coverage. I really like their work, they have been incredibly responsive and helpful so far, and they had good reviews on this and other sites. They were in the middle from what I found in terms of pricing- not the cheapest, nor the most expensive either. I won't be able to post a full review until our wedding in November, but my experience so far has been positive. here is their website: http://anaandjerome.com
  8. Thank you! I spent hours searching on Etsy yesterday and looks like there are lots of great options there. I will look up the seller you suggested. Thanks
  9. Hi All, I've been admiring all of the beautiful invitations on this thread, however, don't have the crafty talent or patience to tackle a DIY invitation project. Does anyone have any recommendations on cost effective websites where I can order invitations from? We are debating between passport & boarding pass invitations, and would prefer not to spend much more than a few dollars per invitation. Zazzle is one that I have been looking at so far. If you could post the website and cost of invitations (if you know if) that you've used or looked at I would appreciate it. Also, if this has been discussed somewhere else on this site please let me know. Thanks!! AR
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    Bradley Fraser Photography

    I'd be curious as well, as he is one of the top photographers we are considering. He does have recent work/ recommendations on his website, but curious if anyone on here has recent feedback or wedding album they would be willing to share.
  11. We finally picked a venue and are going through a contract with Hola Grand Faro, San Jose del Cabo for November 2013. I've been researching Cabo resorts since I got engaged last September, so If I can help anyone please let me know! SO excited to finally have a venue picked!
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    Wedding at the Hola Grand Faro

    Hi Annied- I am working on a contract for a November 2013 wedding. I don't have any vendors booked yet, but will be glad to share when I do. Just wanted to say hello and happy to see some other Hola Grand Faro brides on here!!
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    Melia Cabo Real 2013 Wedding!!!

    Congrats on selecting a venue!! I haven't been to a wedding at Melia Cabo Real, but went there on my site visit a few weeks ago. The wedding coordinator there was really organized & on top of things. The grounds were beautiful, and there were several good options for reception & ceremony locations. The beach there was very private and wide. The hotel is definitely older, but you can tell it has been renovated and the rooms were perfectly fine for the price. We stayed there for 1 night, and ate at one of the ala carte restaurants for dinner & the breakfast buffet. The food was fine, we weren't blown away, but it was perfectly good for an all inclusive. We aren't picky, and for the money we really liked Melia. We ultimately chose a different hotel because we wanted our guests to be able to walk to some bars & restaurants, and we found Melia a little too remote. It did make our top 3 short list though! Good luck planning!
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    ** Melia Cabo Real Info Sheets **

    Unfortunately my sheet isn't working for people via email...I tried to pull it from a Facebook message and it won't work.... I will PM you some of the basic prices I have, and I would recommend reaching out to their wedding coordinators through Facebook or email. They have been extremely responsive and will get you a wedding package right away. We have been on a mission to find a reasonably priced wedding for us, and also didn't want to ask our guests to pay more than $250ish for 2 people (all inclusive prices). From my research all of the below properties had wedding room rates under $300 per night per couple (all inclusive rates) and also had reasonable wedding packages (under $100 per person for food, beverage, ceremony & reception, etc). I will rank them from least expensive to most for the wedding packages based on ~75 guests: Hola Grand Faro (All Inclusive- San Jose del Cabo) Melia Cabo Real (All Inclusive- Corridor) Villa Group- 3 Properties from budget to high end to count towards your room block- Villa del Arco, Villa del Palmar & Villa la Estancia (Medano Beach, Cabo- Optional All Inclusive- This one actually could be the least expensive wedding, only if all of your guests choose the All Inclusive package...if some of your guests don't this would be middle of the pack for pricing) Playa Grande (Land's End, close to Cabo--- I can't recall if this is all AI, or AI optional) Hacienda Encantada (Just outside Cabo San Lucas- beautiful property) We have it narrowed down to Hola Grand Faro & Villa Group and hope to make up our minds this weekend...we ultimately ruled out Melia because we like to be walking distance to other bars & restaurants, and Melia was a little remote. It was still a beautiful property and reasonably priced so we seriously considered it. I've spent hours searching these boards & reaching out to properties with the criteria of reasonable wedding & reasonable rooms so hope this helps! Will send you a PM with some more info.
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