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#91 madenerg2

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    Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:14 PM

    Melissa I totally agree....I've been doing nothing but Forum and planning forum and planning!
    Ok so I'm annoyed at that too! What the hell? Can you move your ceremony time back and just tell everybody to head over to the Fun Pub afterwards?? That's what we're doing. As far as the DJ - Does anyone remember what Monika (adamsgirl) said about him...I thought I remembered her saying that he was only so/so...I'm still trying to understand why Victor sent me a quote for $718 for just the sound system.
    Oh wait a second...he's charging me $410 for the DJ audio package and $220 for the technician for the set-up and recovery of the equipment.
    Does anyone else have this fee?

    #92 MissyR

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      Posted 05 March 2008 - 04:12 PM

      I'm just pissed off because we wanted to start everything earlier b/c there are some people with kids who will want to go to bed earlier - that and my 78 year old grandparents won't last until 11:00 so we wanted to make sure everything was done early!

      I think Monica had said he was good but that he didn't play all the songs they had requested - the quote I have is for $1250 but that I got through BECKS!

      #93 nenamono

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        Posted 05 March 2008 - 06:20 PM

        Geeesh I took a break and I missed all this gossip. From all this reading and catching up you guys got me all riled up with these extra costs and what I think is a measly 4 hours from the time the ceremony starts (thats just crazy!!!!). Who does that Go here for more info on your packages to get the fine print on time (oh there is something in there about a contract at the very bottom): Romance by Paradisus
        I guess I might be adding an extra hour.

        Here are the Timeline posts I saved that were helpful to me.

        I've started my OOT bags but don't have much. I have the welcome letter, tissues, cocktail/Spanish for dummies books, medicine, soap, luggage tags. I need to get moving on that but its hard when I don't have a head count yet I keep buying stuff not knowing if I have too much or not enough I'm basing it all off of the people I think will come.
        I've booked Citlalli for 5 hours. I'm hoping that will be enough time to get some good shots. They had a range of packages but we decided that this fit us best.

        You have Vonage, so do we but I had no clue we get free calls to Mexico. Is it based on a certain package (I didn't sign up FI did). I have never called Perla but might start if calls are free. So exciting. Thanks for offering to help with the Timeline. I think I'm good I just discovered Microsoft Publisher and although we have had our bad times I'm really getting into it. LOL. I will let you know if I need any help though, thanks so much for the offer.

        #94 neen

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          Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:23 PM

          ok, just caught up too. Here's what Elisa and Perla told me, which from what you've all said, must not all be true:

          The extra $10/per person after the four hours covers the open bar cost

          The RECEPTION DINNER is three hours, regardless of when you get married. After that, you have to pay the $10 per head. Like Melissa, we're getting married at 3:30, but our dinner reception isn't until 6pm so our 3 hour reception is from 6pm-9pm and then we'll pay for an extra hour. We're not sure if we're actually going to do a cocktail hour anymore, but if we do, with the cocktail food package, plus the $10/per head per hour for alcohol, that's costed out separately from the dinner reception package so that's why it wouldn't suck up an hour of your package time.

          We are going with a DJ and for 5 hours its $1883.70 (I just got the contract today from Victor). Not sure why I had him price 5 hours instead of 4, but at this point, whatever!

          For the ceremony, I actually picked songs I wanted to have played on the PRC's sound system, but for $100 less, I can have a live steel drum band so that's looking like the way we're going to go ($350).

          Maybe I just added to the confusion here, but maybe some of this was helpful...

          #95 neen

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            Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:25 PM

            out of curiosity, how much is Citlalli's 5 hour package? Off the top of my head I think Claudia quoted me $3,250 for 5 hours...oh yeah, and she hasn't gotten back to me since I asked for a contract. weird.

            #96 MissyR

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              Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:38 PM

              We are looking at some music for the ceremony/cocktails as well - was the steel drum band priced through Perla or did you find that on your own?

              #97 neen

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                Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:54 PM

                they are through Perla. i'd have no idea where to start if i tried to go it on my own with these sorts of vendors. it doesn't seem like any RM brides have been able to recommend a really great WC so feel like i'm dependent on Elisa and Perla for pretty much everything.

                was just venting to FI about all this stuff and he's convinced Elisa and Perla make up most of the pricing info as they go along. For instance, we want to go with the beef filet plated menu at $80/person, but only want 3 courses instead of 4 (no soup) and we want to offer guests the option of having chicken or fish istead (both of which are $60/person meals)...and Elisa said these changes would bring our menu to $90/person. Exactly how is that math done?

                whatever, forgetting about it for now and will take it out on some poor unsuspecting partner in kickboxing class tonight.


                #98 madenerg2

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                  Posted 05 March 2008 - 09:20 PM

                  I CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW THESE PEOPLE ARE PRICE GOUGING US!!! I swear, Claudia Photo raises her prices every 3 months.
                  I met with Claudia during my site-visit in may, and then with Citlalli during my site visit in December. And Claudia honored the prices she quoted me in May. What's really weird to me is that you pay the same price no matter which photographer you're shooting with. I just sent her an e-mail today asking her if I get the 8 hour package would I be able to split it up with the Rehearsal Dinner to possibly give guests some (one) of the photos of themselves. Back in May '07 the 8hr photo package was $3150. Is anyone using her husband for Video?
                  Michele thanks for all that info, I'll look through it tonight. How many guests are you expecting? Where did you get the contents for your OOT bags. I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Oriental Trading.com - Have you been there yet?
                  My FI sent an e-mail to Jozef the steel drummer last week, and he didn't hear back so I spoke with Elisa today about contacting him for our ceremony and coctail hour.
                  Neen, did they quote you a price yet for the steel drums? Did they say it was a whole band or one person?
                  That dinner pricing thing is Rediculous! You need to call! I called from my cell phone today. I worked international calls into my plan as soon as started going on site-visits.
                  What's everyone doing for the rehearsal dinner?
                  We're actually having our ceremony, coctail hour, and reception on the far end on the cement...so we're considering doing our rehearsal dinner on the terrace. And of course THAT'S EXTRA TOO! Is it tacky to have my guests walk in to the Carribbean Market Place to get their food for the rehearsal dinner - BE HONEST! I just don't want to have to pay for another private event. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD IT'S AN ALL INCLUSIVE!!!

                  On a Happy Note...My Boarding Pass Invites came in from Vista Prints today and they look GREAT! I'll take a picture of them tonight and post them tommorrow.

                  Can someone please tell me how to attach?

                  #99 MissyR

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                    Posted 05 March 2008 - 09:26 PM

                    God I laugh out loud when I read all this! I feel like this is going to cost me a bloody fortune!

                    LeShay I would create a photobucket account and then uplaod your pics and put the link here...

                    #100 madenerg2

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                      Posted 05 March 2008 - 09:36 PM

                      Thanks Melissa, I'll do that :)

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