Awesome. Yeah, we don't really have a budget and are definitely doing the private reception (we have to anyways, over 40 guests), know that the package is $20 extra pp after 8, etc. we're bringing our photographer, and because we know her personally she's only charging us the cost of the trip. I've heard a few horror stories about other people who've done DW's about hidden expenses that they didn't budget for, so it's relieving to hear that you didn't experience that!
I sent Rocio an email yesterday regarding the ceremony date, has anyone gotten answers about when we can start making our request, and how?
So yesterday was the deadline for our deposits. I asked our TA to confirm the dates of the trip, as I was under the impression that the entire trip had been moved ahead. I found out that apparently I agreed to having the guests from Toronto there from the 20th-27th, and from Vancouver 22nd-29th. when I received the email asking me, I didn't realize that the airport code was only for Vancouver and I agreed. I'm having a bit of a panic attack because it would be devastating for me if I had to tell my Mom and sister that they would only see us for 5 days and would miss anything pre-wedding... I only see them once a year as it is and it's my wedding! TA was contacting Transat to see if we could move the dates for our Toronto guests to the 22nd, as they only fly out of Vancouver twice a week at that time.
Fingers crossed, I'm so worried! I really am kicking myself in the a$$ for not being more thorough in my reading =(
Originally Posted by StephyD
I guess the budget depends on what you really want.
We didn't have a strict budget. We just went and looked at what we wanted, compared the options, and choose whatever we saw fit. We did have an initial amount in mind for the overall budget but we went about 30% over... which is alot, but to us doesn't seem like a big deal considering we had the most amazing day of our lives. It was all worth it. If you can't afford it, I'd say don't go for it. We of course didn't go overboard on things, we stuck with what we wanted and could afford.
I don't think there were any surprises or hidden expenses... The only thing I was a bit confused with was the wedding package at the Grand Palladium. Since we had so many guests and wanted a private reception, we had to pay alot of extras (chairs for the ceremony, sparkling wine toast, dinner, etc.) It seemed like nothing was included in the package. Remember that it covers only 8 guests!
They have plenty of times for the ceremony but you do have to pick a time when you book your date. They can have up to 3 weddings a day but only one per time (does that make any sense?). They do this in order to allow you to choose the location you want for the ceremony without having to worry about someone else booking the same location (both gazebos, church, beach, etc). This you can pick when you get on site.
Our reception was at La Laguna (private) from 7PM to 11PM. We did dinner and some dancing. At 11PM, the DJ stopped playing but they will stop your music as well if you're using an ipod. They didn't push us out but guests started leaving soon after the music stopped anyways. I'm not quite sure how the dancing works at the a-la-carte restaurants, not sure whether you can have music and everything? Other past brides could probably answer this one...