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#15061 jsal4

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    Posted 29 June 2012 - 04:49 AM

    I was told around $250 in cash. They are setting up the ceremony for me as I am bringing my own sheers and chair decorations. They are setting up the reception, which includes custom drink table seating cards, lights and other decor around the gazebo, a memory table, and table decorations: centerpiece and each person will have a flower and tealight as part of their setting.

     

    Azul does seem to charge a lot for everything. I was going to do everything through them and tried to negotiate prices but that did not work. I was willing to pay a little more for their services as there is a convenience factor, but I am not about to get ripped off. It really is there lost because I am only doing the bare minimum with them now.

     

    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!]

     

    Thanks!!


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    #15062 JennyBenz

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      Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:01 AM

      Thank you so much for the help on this! We have been given so  many different answers and it's frustrating b/c we are trying to figure out a budget! My WC told me it's $7 a bag to deliver OOT to guests' rooms! I have asked for the WC to confirm there is only one fee, and thanks for letting me know that the WC can't tell me final price. At least if we know it's only one fee for everything to be set up, we can somewhat figure out how much money to bring for this. We're expecting 100 guests perhaps a few more/less, so we just don't want to get down there and they throw an absurd fee at us! I'm hoping to get all the facts straight so we don't get shocked upon arrival LOL

      Thanks again!!! 

       

      Originally Posted by murmel 

      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.



      #15063 JennyBenz

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        Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:04 AM

        Hi there! Thanks so much for helping me out on this! It seems you have similar items to set up as we do .BTW are you working w/ Amanda? I sent her a picture of the drink table seating cards and she said another bride just sent the same thing- that would be so ironic! LOL

        I completely agree with you about Azul's charges- we just couldn't justify wasting so much money. One example was the floating candles for the pool area- Lomas wanted to charge $75 for 4 of them! I found even nicer ones online, a pack of 48 [including candles/holders] for $49.99! Ugh, no way was I throwing away hundreds of dollars!!

         

        Thanks for the help =)

         

        Originally Posted by jsal4 

        I was told around $250 in cash. They are setting up the ceremony for me as I am bringing my own sheers and chair decorations. They are setting up the reception, which includes custom drink table seating cards, lights and other decor around the gazebo, a memory table, and table decorations: centerpiece and each person will have a flower and tealight as part of their setting.

         

        Azul does seem to charge a lot for everything. I was going to do everything through them and tried to negotiate prices but that did not work. I was willing to pay a little more for their services as there is a convenience factor, but I am not about to get ripped off. It really is there lost because I am only doing the bare minimum with them now.

         



        #15064 Jessie

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          Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:48 PM

          Jenny - I don't know exactly how they calculate the fee, but it is a MAXIMUM of $250.  It depends on the number of guests and the amount of stuff you have to set up, but it will not exceed $250.  I'd go ahead and plan for the $250, because I doubt it will be less than that.  They told me that it was cash that they pay the workers who set everything up......makes them want to keep coming back and work for them.  We had 65 guests, with a fair amout of stuff to set up (lanterns, centerpieces, guest book tree, paper flower napkin rings and menus at each place setting, table numbers, escort cards tied to starfish, guest book tree and ink, a picture of my husband's father, chair sashes, fan programs, cake topper, cupcake wrappers), and they charged us the $250.  So definitely expect that and bring the cash for it.  I didn't mind that fee (one of the few that did not make me mad), because I was happy for them to put everything up and take it down (putting it all nicely back in our suitcase), and they did it exactly as I asked. 

           

          I know it is stressful......but trust me, your WILL get the wedding of your dreams!

           

          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!]

           

          Thanks!!



          #15065 Jessie

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            Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

            I just saw your next post.....althought the set up fee is (currently) capped at $250, that DOES NOT include the OOT bag delivery.  That would be a separate charge.  I think when I was there (November), it was $4 per bag, and I didn't want to pay that much, so we, at the suggestion of one of the past brides (I think Murmel), decided to meet our guests in the lobby when they arrived and hand them their bag.  I think it is a nice gesture, and your guests are so happy to be in Mexico and see you.  And it is a good way to keep track of everybody.   That being said, we spent almost 2 entire days in the lobby waiting for folks, when we were dying to be hanging out by the pools with the folks who were already there.  But, given the time and expense that our guests incurred to come to our wedding, it was a nice way to make sure they knew that we were waiting for them and were excited for them to join us. 

             

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            Originally Posted by JennyBenz 

            Thank you so much for the help on this! We have been given so  many different answers and it's frustrating b/c we are trying to figure out a budget! My WC told me it's $7 a bag to deliver OOT to guests' rooms! I have asked for the WC to confirm there is only one fee, and thanks for letting me know that the WC can't tell me final price. At least if we know it's only one fee for everything to be set up, we can somewhat figure out how much money to bring for this. We're expecting 100 guests perhaps a few more/less, so we just don't want to get down there and they throw an absurd fee at us! I'm hoping to get all the facts straight so we don't get shocked upon arrival LOL

            Thanks again!!! 

             



            #15066 tkuzma

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            Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:34 PM

            Hello ladies!

             

            So after last week's bag decorating mishap, I tried to put together a design for both the girls and guys, which I will attempt to put on the bags via iron-on transfer paper.  What do you think?

             

            For the guys:

            hola mexico.png

             

            For the girls:

            A La Playa.jpg


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            #15067 ELAINENYC

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            Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:37 AM

            Awww...these are gonna look great against the black tote bags!! Have you tried it out? Did it work? Hope so....



            #15068 ELAINENYC

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            Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:56 AM

            Hi Ladies - Looking for some advice...

             

            1) Has anyone purchased sheers for the gazebo on the beach? If so, what size did you order and which website did you purchase it from?

            2) I am hoping to hang paper lanterns during my reception at Plaza Zava. What size should i order? 12" lanterns? or 15" lanterns? Also did you place something in it to so it would light up?

             

            Thank you in advance!!!! 



            #15069 JennyBenz

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              Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:07 AM

              Hi Jessie,

              Thanks for the advice! Yes, the rate to deliver per room is still at $4/bag which is unreal! So we'll be doing as you said- meeting guests as they arrive in the lobby to hand out and welcome =) And I agree it is a nice gesture to do that instead of spending those few hours on the beach =)

               

              thanks!!

               

              Originally Posted by Jessie 

              I just saw your next post.....althought the set up fee is (currently) capped at $250, that DOES NOT include the OOT bag delivery.  That would be a separate charge.  I think when I was there (November), it was $4 per bag, and I didn't want to pay that much, so we, at the suggestion of one of the past brides (I think Murmel), decided to meet our guests in the lobby when they arrived and hand them their bag.  I think it is a nice gesture, and your guests are so happy to be in Mexico and see you.  And it is a good way to keep track of everybody.   That being said, we spent almost 2 entire days in the lobby waiting for folks, when we were dying to be hanging out by the pools with the folks who were already there.  But, given the time and expense that our guests incurred to come to our wedding, it was a nice way to make sure they knew that we were waiting for them and were excited for them to join us. 

               

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              #15070 JennyBenz

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                Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:09 AM

                These are amazing! LOVE this idea go for it =)

                 

                Originally Posted by tkuzma 

                Hello ladies!

                 

                So after last week's bag decorating mishap, I tried to put together a design for both the girls and guys, which I will attempt to put on the bags via iron-on transfer paper.  What do you think?

                 

                For the guys:

                hola mexico.png

                 

                For the girls:

                A La Playa.jpg






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