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#3521 cdlillad

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    Posted 09 December 2010 - 08:15 AM

    Amie,

    I'm going to have my fiance (Pedro) call Jazmin tonight to try to figure this out.  Pedro is from Mexico City, so he has been writing all the emails in Spanish to Jazmin.  I thought that would eliminate misunderstandings, but maybe not. hahaha

    Christi



    #3522 nhedderson

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      Posted 09 December 2010 - 11:20 AM

      HI !

      We just returned from our trip - it was amazing!! we used the resort DJ for 3 hours, it cost us 680 (or something like that) but well worth it. Lights, microphone, great music. No problem!!! I don't think you'll go wrong anywhere, it sounds like they all cost about the same!



      #3523 dfranklin

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        Posted 09 December 2010 - 01:56 PM

        Hi,

         

        I am just beginning stages of wedding planning! I visited 2 years ago and stayed at Coba...

        I would love to know so many things (I don't even know where to start - ah!)!!!

        If you have any information regarding the following; please let me know- I'd really appreciate it!!!!!

         

        1. Stay at Coba vs. Akumal

        2. Junior suite vs. Club room

        3. Group discounts

        4. Transportation to/from airport

        5. Day excursion to Mayan Ruins

        6. Beach wedding near hammocks vs. Gazebo

        7. Dinner and reception- on the beach vs. restaurant vs. pool

        8. Officiant for a symbolic ceremony- if will already obtain a marriage license in the U.S.

        9. Music for ceremony

        10. Music for reception and dinner- Band vs DJ

        11. Rehearsal dinner costs and site?

        12. Floral arrangements and bouqets

        13. Chairs on beach during reception?

        14. Hair and Make-up at resort

        15. Dance floor on beach?

        16. Plated, seated dinner for reception? Open bar?

        17. Week/weekend itineraries/schedules for guests- provided by hotel or self?

        18. Best hair, make-up, wedding coordinator, florist?, band, dj, bongo player/ceremony music

         

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, IN ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



        #3524 KRama

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          Posted 10 December 2010 - 07:55 AM

          I used the resort DJ as well for the same cost ($210 x 3 hrs) plus the lowest level bar so it worked out to be around the same price that Jazmin quoted you amiesmiles.

           

          The DJ was fantastic and very accommodating of my guests numerous requests!
           

          Originally Posted by nhedderson 

          HI !

          We just returned from our trip - it was amazing!! we used the resort DJ for 3 hours, it cost us 680 (or something like that) but well worth it. Lights, microphone, great music. No problem!!! I don't think you'll go wrong anywhere, it sounds like they all cost about the same!



          #3525 CanadianKim

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            Posted 10 December 2010 - 10:51 PM


            Hey!

            Here's my input on just a few of the things:

             

            1. I would say the Akumal is better than the Coba. I stayed at the Akumal and from what I understand the Coba is not located on the beach...which is a major disadvantage.

            5. For the ruins, I went to Tulum only but instead of paying the excursion price of $100 or so dollars a bunch of us(about 12 people) just took a cab van and it cost $5 each way per person and then entrance is about $5 so a total of $15 per person. If you don't care about the tour and all the historic info I'd say this is the way to go.

            6. We had our wedding on the beach and I would definetly reccommend this. Being in Mexico I think that the beach is the best way to go. Everyone thought it was really nice as well. I recommend the mariachis!

            13. For the beach ceremony, chairs are included and they do all the setup quite nicely.
             

            Originally Posted by dfranklin 

            Hi,

             

            I am just beginning stages of wedding planning! I visited 2 years ago and stayed at Coba...

            I would love to know so many things (I don't even know where to start - ah!)!!!

            If you have any information regarding the following; please let me know- I'd really appreciate it!!!!!

             

            1. Stay at Coba vs. Akumal

            2. Junior suite vs. Club room

            3. Group discounts

            4. Transportation to/from airport

            5. Day excursion to Mayan Ruins

            6. Beach wedding near hammocks vs. Gazebo

            7. Dinner and reception- on the beach vs. restaurant vs. pool

            8. Officiant for a symbolic ceremony- if will already obtain a marriage license in the U.S.

            9. Music for ceremony

            10. Music for reception and dinner- Band vs DJ

            11. Rehearsal dinner costs and site?

            12. Floral arrangements and bouqets

            13. Chairs on beach during reception?

            14. Hair and Make-up at resort

            15. Dance floor on beach?

            16. Plated, seated dinner for reception? Open bar?

            17. Week/weekend itineraries/schedules for guests- provided by hotel or self?

            18. Best hair, make-up, wedding coordinator, florist?, band, dj, bongo player/ceremony music

             

            THANK YOU SO MUCH, IN ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





            #3526 dfranklin

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              Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:04 PM

              thank you!!



              #3527 aimesmiles

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                Posted 12 December 2010 - 03:18 PM


                Quote:

                Originally Posted by cdlillad 

                Hi Amie,

                Hair/Makeup - Sara Tamargo replied to me yesterday.  She said that it's $150 for the bride's hair and makeup and $130 for bridesmaids or others for hair/makeup.  She didn't mention anything about a trial, so I guess that's no longer included.  It's still a pretty good price compared to Fernando ($350).

                 

                DJ - I'm planning on having dinner at Gran Tortuga and then a poolside cocktail reception.

                 

                I think I misunderstood Jazmin about the DJ cost.  I thought based on what other girls wrote in this forum that its

                (35 people * $5 for first hour) + (35 people * $3 for second hour) = $280 for drinks/bartender setup

                 

                When Jazmin quoted me $955 for 35 people for 2 hours, including setup, service, tall cocktail tables, chairs, bar with margaritas, pina coladas, sparkling wine, and beer, sound equipment, microphone, speakers, DJ services, lighting.  I *thought* the resort DJ price was $655 (because the extra costs list says $210 for DJ 45 minute set).  So I thought I could just subtract the $655 and get an outside DJ. 

                 

                I definitely need to followup with Jazmin on this, because I am confused.

                 

                Christi


                Hi Christi 

                Did you get around to speaking to Jazmin? i emailed her after your post and your right you can just subtract the amount for dj and get an outside one but there are no lights and things included! so i think  we're gonna go with resort Dj we had our hearts set on DJ Bob so i've asked Jazmin if we can hire lights etc but still awaiting reply! x



                #3528 cdlillad

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                  Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:10 PM

                  Amie: Well my fiance called Jazmin, but I wasn't with him.  She said to send her an email of which things we want and she will tell us the package price.  It all sounded confusing to me.  We didn't write Jazmin the email yet because my fiance just left on a short business trip.  I plan to send her an email later this week.  We are sending all emails in Spanish, which is why I don't just write the email myself (sigh! if only my Spanish was better!). But that would be great if like you say, we can deduct the price of the DJ. 

                   

                  When Jazmin said there are no "lights and things included", was she referring to DJ type lights (LED lights)?  Or she was saying the place wouldnt be decorated with lights wrapped around the poles? 

                   

                  Here is a picture of LED lights that DJs sometimes have. This picture is from DJ Discomovil (he said he has 2 LED lights), shown in this picture:

                   IMG_0011.jpg

                   

                  Just FYI the reason why there are differences in prices for some of the DJs is based on the sound and light equipment that they bring.  When my fiance talked to Jazmin on the phone, she expressed concern because some of the DJs don't bring professional equipment (for example a stereo with 2 little speakers....like for a home sound system).  I was talking to DJ Julian from Mood Event services and his company buys new equipment from the U.S. every 6 months and they have 60,000 songs in their collection (this includes both English and Spanish).  Anyway, I'm leaning toward using Mood Event services, but I'm still asking different DJs all my questions.

                   

                  Christi



                  #3529 cdlillad

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                    Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:13 PM

                    Yay....I managed to include a picture!  I am starting to learn how to use this forum.  lol.  Can everyone see the picture, or just me?

                     

                    Christi



                    #3530 Julie2011

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                      Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:35 AM

                      Yikes, I already hired DJ Bijan. I sure hope he comes with lights...Did Jasmin say they dont allow the outside dj's to bring lights?

                      Im still unable to get a response from Eugenia, anybody else having this problem? I have emailed her 5 times over the last 3 months with no reply..=(






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