Hi! I will send you a PM with my personal email so it is easier for you to communicate with me. CONGRATS on Ceiba! You and your fiance (and your family and friends) will have the time of your lives!
We used Ivan Gomez from DJ Doremixx and we LOVED him! (I am VERY delayed in posting reviews on here (our wedding was in April), but he will receive a glowing one!) He was easy to communicate with by email (a little delayed in responding compared to what us NY'ers are used to, but nothing concerning and he always answered my questions). He played our song list as well as other songs in line with what we like. He was set-up and ready to go on time. We had 60+ guests, and there were very few songs where more than 5 people or so were sitting - everyone danced the whole night! And, he has GREAT props! We were thrilled with his services.
We did not rent a dance floor. With the number of guests we had (64 including us), there was plenty of room on the terrace for tables and dancing. Plus, we did not want a lighted dance floor. If you do, or if you will have a lot more guests, you may want to consider it. I am happy we did not rent one.
For lighting and Flowers we used Gabi at Planner1Events (again, I am delayed in writing a review, but she was FABULOUS)!! We had her hang Chinese lanterns (and we loved the look of it), but she has numerous lighting options. If you email her, she will send you a full list of services, set-up, flowers, bamboo arch/gazebo, maracas (which I put the place cards on), etc. with pricing. I described what I was looking for, and she sent various pictures of options that were in line with what I wanted. She is readily available by email, and very helpful. My flowers looked exactly like I pictured/ordered - they were beautiful!!
Here is a link to a slide w/pictures, http://harris.brookeboling.com/ and try this link for all the pictures so you can really see the set-up, etc. http://www.pictage.c...o?event=1035226
Paola and/or Diana can give you the contact info for the mariachi they recommend (I have it in my email somewhere, but could not locate it quickly). They were fantastic! We had them play at the rehearsal dinner.
For the ceremony, we had Javier Rojas play his guitar http://www.javierroj....mx/en/bio.html He was excellent.
Pam from beautyweddings.com offciated our ceremony - she was great and had half our guests in tears! http://www.beautyweddings.com/
For photographer, we flew in Brooke Boling. http://brookeboling.com/ She is photographer out of Nashville (and one of my sister's good friends). We loved that her pictures were creative and unique. The cost of her flight, hotel, and fees was comparable to some of the more highly recommended Mexican photographers. Check out her blog (link is on her website) - she shoots in many different states/locations. Try this link for all of our pictures: http://www.pictage.c...o?event=1035226
Hair and make-up - I had my mom and sister do it (they are stylists). So I cannot help you there! Remember - it is windy and humid, so unless it is all pinned up/back, it makes photographs more difficult. (I kept it half up/down, and it was a bit of a struggle.)
The food was delicious (we are total foodies as well!). We did not do a tasting before, but we had eaten in both restaurants when we did our site visit and felt confident in the food. For passed apps, we had Vol au vent Mushroom, Panko Japanese style breaded crab with sweet chile, and grouper ceviche with green mango, shallot, and piquin chili . Delicious. . Delicious! For dinner we had green salad w/goat cheese, tortilla soup w/garnishes, and choice of Grilled Grouper with almond rice and asparagus julian OR Angus beef steak with mushroom sauce, potato au gratin and vegetables sautÃ©ed in garlic. We did not do a dessert and just went with the cake - vanilla w/dulce de leche filling. VERY good as well.
I really do not have any complaints - everything went smoothly and all of our guests had the best time.
As for prices, I was quoted everything a year ago when we were planning, so I would assume that the prices have gone up a little.
I hope this answers your questions - sorry for the lengthy reply!
Originally Posted by tappleton
Hey tweets, I tried to send you a PM, but my computer froze and did something weird (so you got a half message that's why). Anyway, I'm from Ny too and just booked my wedding at ceiba. I'm starting to look for vendor and just wanted to ask who you used and get some recommendations and pricing.
-DJ who did you use and how much? Did you like them? We are looking for someone to really get and keep the party going!
-Lighting for reception area, what did you pick and how much did it cost?
Did you rent a dance floor? If so were you glad you did?
Photographer? recommendation, cost?
Hair and makeup? Did you like whoever it was? How much was it? Was the trial included.
And most importantly food recommendations. My fiancee and I are total foodies. I think you said you did a tasting. Are there any dishes you'd recommend getting/not getting, good appetizers/bad appetizers? Did you have their cake? We didn't do a tasting when we were there.
Thanks so much! I am starting from square one right now
If anyone else has any tips that would be awesome too!