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.
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.
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.