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Hi @@LaurenR ; my name is Alison Vargas. It's nice to meet you. I have Brigitte Castro as my wedding coordinator so I can provide feedback to you if you wish. No detail sheet yet. When are you getting married?

 

 

Alison

 

Hi @mention - We are getting married June 25th, 2015. What details have you gone over with her? We have are reception and ceremony locations locked in, but that's about it. 

Hi @@LaurenR ; my name is Alison Vargas. It's nice to meet you. I have Brigitte Castro as my wedding coordinator so I can provide feedback to you if you wish. No detail sheet yet. When are you getting married?

 

 

Alison

 

@@Aliyedwinramirez Sorry I think I just posted but had the wrong handle name. See above :) 

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Hi @@LaurenR ; I've only locked in the wedding date with her. We have chatted about locations too and other questions I had like the DJ, pick & choose menus for the reception, and customizing the memorable moments packages.

 

 

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Just an FYI girls.,.. Over on the "fives" thread there is a big panic/discussion over a new banquet kit that a BDW bride found that claims to be new 2014 pricing. In it, prices have more than doubled for some things like family style dinners and the petit gourmet. I believe she pulled it from the lomas travel website/ but not entirely sure. ANYWAY, it's important to note that no one has been quoted these prices direct from their WC yet, so hopefully it is a giant error and the prices are not correct- however for anyone that has received a banquet kit from the WC but hasn't chosen their private meal type yet on their detail sheet, I would strongly recommend asking for it to be added and quote the price/pp you see on the banquet kit info your WC supplied. You can always change your plans or your meal preference up until your final deposit, but if this IS happening, it's best to have your detail sheet reflect the pricing you were quoted before they send out an amended price book.

 

Again- the prices are SO wonky that I'm hoping it's an error- but id hate to have someone want the family style (for example) and be budgeting $39 and then go to add it to their sheet and be told it's now $89 (the new price according to the link)

 

 

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@@kmk2016 I saw that and freaked out!!!! the one my WC sent me though was from 2010/2011 I read on the bottom of the sheet. I saw it though and was like of sweet the BBQ deluxe is only $26 pp and thats the one we want and I just saw that today and saw it was $38 pp and was like WOAH WHAT?!

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@@kmk2016 I saw that and freaked out!!!! the one my WC sent me though was from 2010/2011 I read on the bottom of the sheet. I saw it though and was like of sweet the BBQ deluxe is only $26 pp and thats the one we want and I just saw that today and saw it was $38 pp and was like WOAH WHAT?!

Mine my WC sent me was also from 2010/11 so I was a bit worried when I sent her the email yesterday requesting my reception to be the family style at $39/adult, but low and behold she replied and added it to my detail sheet at this price. So long as it lands on the detail sheet- I think we can argue that the price should be honored/ especially if working off information THEY supply. I was just worried she would send me an email notifying me of the new pricing before I got my confirmation of meal in- so I did it super early. They may still come back and argue it- but at least I have something in writing confirming the price pertinent to my actual event. I may add a BBQ deluxe somewhere in my detail sheet just to hold pricing too! (As a welcome dinner or something lol)

 

 

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@@kmk2016 I literally just sent Lynda an email right now asking for her to add it to my detail sheet because Im so nervous haha 

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@@kmk2016 I literally just sent Lynda an email right now asking for her to add it to my detail sheet because Im so nervous haha

Yup- I hear ya- I did the same thing yesterday! She probably thought I was insane booking my dinner 18 months ahead Hahahaha... But I'm not willing to spend an extra $3000+ for no reason! She will just think she's dealing with an organized bunch of brides! I just hope it's all for not- and lomas has incorrect pricing posted!

 

 

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Does anyone have recommendations on DJs? Not sure what my options are under the approved Lomas list. Did you have options? I definitely want someone who will help get the party started, I also would like to give a list of certain songs we would definitely like played. 

 

Any pointers?

 

We used Mega DJ and they were great. They are $500 less than DJ AllMusic, the other approved DJ. They provided a list of hundreds of sings and we selected about 40-50. I don't know if they played all of them but my guests danced all night and were very happy. One of my friends acted as MC and I would highly recommend having someone you know be the MC.

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Sounds like Lolita (admittedly) got more free than even she had expected (bonus!!) but every piece of literature I have read in leading up to the event states free events are for 40 people included and you pay over that. Remember the tip to use your 40 for all adults in your party and THEN add your kids as they are cheaper! I must say though, on my detail sheet I have a cocktail reception booked immediately following my ceremony on the sky deck and the price for 60 guests is showing as $0.00 as a default, though it's likely because I haven't chosen a package for that yet (I won't - and will leave it as a free event as soon as my room block loads. My invites only went out a week ago, so my block will look sad right now! Hahah.... Though I'm happy to note that 27 people have already RSVP'd and booked!

 

As for who gets the free events- that's something your GI certified TA may have a hand in- and may not be the same for everyone).... So don't quote me on that as I'm working with a GI TA and I don't know if yours is as well. You will meet the head cheese at the BDR... When do you go again (sorry I had forgotten you haven't been!).... A good idea is to write all these questions down and ask your WC directly when there,,,. And then simply email Miami and say "as per BDR I am...."

 

Your WC should be sending you a revised Detail Sheet attached to every conversation/ change she makes (at least mine does which is awesome!).... Whenever we add anything or I spot a mistake (they are human), I send a quick note- asking for the changes, and I get a new clean version of my detail sheet back. But don't worry... A Miami wedding coordinator is not going to "mess up" your wedding... They are really just a helper until you get to the resort. It's once you are there working with the actual onsite WC that the magic happens. Be kind, know what you want and how you envision it, bring lots of notes and questions and they WILL make it happen! I haven't read a post in this thread (and yes as part of my research I read it all), that hasn't confirmed that Miami makes it stressful but onsite gets it all to come together.

 

FAVOR: can you, when at the BDR measure the white gazebo on the sky deck for us brides? @@murmel doesn't have the true dimensions since the change on the official thread and it would be amazing if you can get the basic measurements (height, width, depth and any other useful ones) of the gazebo so that we can have the proper size from which to order fabric! I don't know why I didn't do this when I was down there last month! I thought it was already posted but it wasn't!!

 

 

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Yes, I did get way more.  I qualified for the free events and there is a pre-set menu of canapes.  I was informed by the first WC that I would have to pay for each guest over 40 (can't remember the amount).  At that time my count was less than 40. When the new WC came in she updated my guest count (55 adults, 4 children) but never changed the price.

You need to make it clear to the WC that you will not pay $1 more until your detail sheet is accurate. Ask her for a link so you can check it when you want ( I was given one). Emails, phone conversations, etc. mean nothing if not reflected on that sheet.

Lastly, trust me, I hate the planning process.  Karisma makes it so unbelievably difficult that you stress that you made the wrong decision to get married there, but it's too late because STDs, invites and websites have gone out.

But believe when i say I COULD NOT HAVE HAD A MORE PERFECT WEDDING!!!!

My wedding day was exactly what I wanted it to be.  I have had multiple conversations with people who want to plan a trip back.  My friends and I are well traveled and we all agree we would go back to AS in a heartbeat.

Best wishes.

Has anyone worked with Brigitte? I believe shes a new coordinator out of Miami. Just beginning my discussions with her, my TA has done most the initial work for us. 

 

At what point were you sent the detail sheet? 

A detail sheet should be sent as soon as you place your deposit.  After every update and payment you should receive a new one. 

Does anyone have recommendations on DJs? Not sure what my options are under the approved Lomas list. Did you have options? I definitely want someone who will help get the party started, I also would like to give a list of certain songs we would definitely like played. 

 

Any pointers? 

We used Mega DJ and the DJ was awesome.  I sent in a form that you fill out that asks for all requests.  I gave specifics for 1st dance, cake cutting, ect.  I gave a few specific songs to be played and genres.  We danced until the lights came on!  Everyone said the DJ was great he made the party.

Mega DJ does not MC. My husband's friend acted as MC.  I gave him a script and he did great.

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