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Quick follow up on Mannia:

 

I've been trading e-mails with Carlos, and just sent him the information that Elisa sent, because it lists insurance requirements, etc.

 

His response:

 

"Hello Rebecca,

THIS IS KIND OF CRAZY, the insurance is really high, is too much , they just don´t want you to have another vendor , let me see what can i do about this ,

 

We keep in touch"

 

I'll let you know what he comes back with.

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Neen that totally sucks! I feel so bad for you and I know how frustrating it is - trust me! Is there anything we can do to help? Anything at all?

 

Thanks for the update Becks - let me know what he says around the insurance piece.. ridiculous!

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actually i think its a sign...i don't really believe in signs, but from the beginning i wasn't IN LOVE with the paradisus so maybe reconsidering isn't the worst thing in the world. thanks for being so supportive...sorry i'm only going to be a visitor on this thread from now, but i'll be sure to keep up with you ladies since i can't wait to hear all about your weddings!!!

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Wow Everybody!

I've been away stuffing invitations for 4 days and I missed so much! I laughed and damn near cried reading everyone's responses. Michele, I haven't posted the invitations yet, so please bare with me sorry for the delay. Neen I totally understand how you feel - The DW is just not as inexpensive as it was back in the early 2000s so tell FI, it's going to be expensive no matter what resort you choose. I visited Moon Palace, Azul, Dreams, RIU, EDR, and Occidental Royal Hideaway so if I can forward you any pictures. Or give you any advice don't hesitate to PM me.

So this week a former Paradisus bride Trish was in LA and we had a quick drink, she gave me many dos and don't of the Paradisus. She said overall everything was GREAT but they kinda screwed her on the room block. Come to find out they quoted her a certain price for her group and offered lower prices on their site, so most of her guests booked on the site. Since she didn't fulfill her roomblock requirement they didn't honor her free room.

She was also annoyed by the dine-around dinner reservations. What this basically is leaving the bride in charge to book all of her guest at each restaurant. She said don't do it and to let the guest handle their reservations on their own.

She also shot with Citlalli with Claudia Photo and was very very happy with her.

I have a bunch of questions that I'm sending her tommorrow so I'll get back to you with her answers. Also I sent Elisa a long e-mail of questions today about most of the things we covered here, so hopefully she'll get back to me tommorrow.

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Alright Girls - Perla was on fire today - responded of my emails that I sent this morning within 6 hours and sent all my spreadsheets - I am hoping to update them tonight with all the information she sent me and I will post tomorrow - couple of things I wanted to post:

 

1) The Cocktail Menu packages with the appetizers include an open bar for one hour

2) The packages include microphone and stereo set up for the ceremony

3) Children 3 and under are free for dinner, 4-10 yrs pay 50%

 

If you guys have any specific questions I can try and answer them but I will certainly post the excel sheets asap..

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OMG Neen Im so sorry to hear about what happened. If you need any help let us know. I know its frustrating but you will pull through, so many people are helpful and based on the descriptive site visit reviews Im sure you will find one that fits what you and your FI are looking for. Wishing you the best!!!!!

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I just recieved this e-mail today from Victor De Alba - SWANK:

Hola

 

I just talk with you wedding coordinator. They let me know that you make your confirmation more than 10 months ago.

Sorry I just get to this property 6 months ago, so defintly the deal before my entrance will be the right one

 

Please find in the attached file the new proposal with the price of $ 1,250.00 plus taxes.

 

Regards

 

Victor

-----Original Message-----

From: madenerg2@aol.com [mailto:madenerg2@aol.com]

Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 2:06 PM

To: Victor de Alba

Subject: Re: Swank Audio Visuals

 

 

Hello Victor, I just noticed that the Paradisus quotes $1250 for your DJ services in their '08 price packet, and you sent me a quote for $1700. What's the difference in price for exactly?

 

 

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Originally Posted by becks View Post
The price I received for the DJ was higher than that, I think...

 

Yes, just found my notes. I've got $1700 for the DJ for 4 hours (which includes all equipment). I've also got $450 for the sound system for 4 hours, but I'm thinking that's for all night... So, maybe the $1250 you have is the DJ, without the sound system, because $1250+$450=$1700

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LOL! And what exactly does that mean? He is actually sending me a quote as we speak so hopefully it will be $1250 - that's what it says in the package information that Perla gave me.

 

I'm hoping to post all my spreadsheets - just waiting on some additional prices from Perla.

 

In terms of the centerpieces - do you girls know if they are included in the packages? We are thinking the AQUA package (with changes of course!) and I was wondering if they were included?

 

Also wondering what you guys were doing in terms of appetizers?

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Originally Posted by Melissa Radolli View Post
LOL! And what exactly does that mean? He is actually sending me a quote as we speak so hopefully it will be $1250 - that's what it says in the package information that Perla gave me.

I'm hoping to post all my spreadsheets - just waiting on some additional prices from Perla.

In terms of the centerpieces - do you girls know if they are included in the packages? We are thinking the AQUA package (with changes of course!) and I was wondering if they were included?

Also wondering what you guys were doing in terms of appetizers?
Classic. $1250 vs. $1700. Let me know what he comes back with. If it's $1250 he's just about exactly what Mannia would cost (with supervision fees and outside vendor fees).

We are doing the wish package - it covers the basic stuff: symbollic ceremony, gazebo/arch thingy (no flowers on it), music (CD) during the ceremony, white rose bouquet, boutinierre, basic set up for the cocktail party. It also covers 6 chairs on the beach (with plain white covers).

Everything else is an add-on. Chairs are $3 each, cocktail hour food/bar ranges from $18 to $40 pp for the hour - we're customizing our menu and looks like about $32 pp at the moment. Our meals are $70pp. Then we're doing open bar and dancing after for 2-3 hours. We're also doing the terrace with couches in addition to some cocktail tables. Since we're having the dinner in L'Hermitage, we don't need the banquet tables.

All in, when we ran the numbers, we found this to be about $900 cheaper than one of the other (bigger) packages that had things we didn't want, and about $1200 cheaper than doing everything totally ala carte.

We should all totally compare invoices when we get quotes.

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Well originally we were going to customize to add lobster but then Perla informed me it was going to $18 more per person in addition to the change fee of $40 (don't ask)! - We are pricing out the Fantasy, Aqua and Custom - It looks like the custom is certainly the most expensive - we are also doing the legal ceremony so that's another 1100 bucks!

 

I am waiting on Perla and will post! Our dinner is about $80 pp on the Terrace..

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