Originally Posted by JennyBenz
Hi ladies! Hope you're all having a fabulous day!
So, I'm hoping some of our newlyweds and soon to be brides can help me with a question I can't seem to get an answer to!
I've asked my WC a few times about their "set up fee" and she said it can range from $20 to $250. Now, we plan on doing mostly everything [decorations, centerpieces, all the stationery, & OOT bags] and bringing it down with us. I CANNOT justify wasting so much money that Lomas wants to charge on some things, let alone you wouldn't believe how much we're already planning on spending for this wedding.
Anyways, she won't give me a straight answer- is this "set up fee" a fee for everything to be set up on the wedding day, or are they going to hit us with 50 fees all at $200 each set u?!?! That would be a major unexpected headache and I am very displeased already with the lack of response I'm getting from WC.
Hope someone can steer me in the right direction, before I have a nervous breakdown LOL
[as much fun as this planning is, who knew it would be such hard work with so many twists & turns!]
Unfortunately, there is no straight forward answer. One depends on your onsite WC; Two- depends on the number of decorations/difficulty to set up; Three number of guests. I think I was told plan for $5-7 per guest. There is just the ONE fee though. And your WC in Miami is not allowed to set a price, only the onsite one can.
If I remember correctly we paid $150 US cash to set up for 63 guests. ( so we averaged about $3/person) This included hanging lanterns for ceremony, lanterns at reception, menu and name cards, centrepieces, seating assignment table, kids activity book/crayons and guest signing table. But I also know girls who had less stuff, about the same number of guests and paid $225. And just remember to take CASH to pay for this.
Also don't know when you plan on handing out the OOT bags, but the hotel charges you $6/bag should you want them to give them to the guests or deliver to their rooms. We just made sure to meet all our guests as they arrived and gave them their OOT bags ourselves.
Hope that helps.