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2010 WC quotes for villa weddings?

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#1 dkw

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    Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:33 PM

    Hi everyone!

    Yup, still a definite newbie trying to get my bearings, but I want to make sure I'm not being too naive in this whole wedding planning thing... So, I just received a quote from a reputable WC for a March 2010 wedding at a private villa. Needless to say, it feels a bit high (and I was even expecting something high) since no transport, alcohol, hair/makeup, photo/video, site fee, etc. are included. The quote for an 80 person ceremony and reception was $21K.... I'm sure all of this sounds very familiar...

    BUT even so, I do realize that there are new pricing policies for everything for 2010 and that the quote does include flowers, all the labor, decor, rentals, food, coordination fees, officiant, blah... so I guess it includes a lot. Regardless, I wanted to run this by the BDW ladies to get some input!!

    Thanks SO MUCH in advance!!


    #2 NotYourAverageDW

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      Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:46 PM

      Honestly...for what it includes...I think its bang on. It sounds more of a tailored exclusive villa, so if it is, you're also paying for the name. Maybe I'm not realistic, but for the flowers, decor, food, linens, officiant, labour, coordination etc, I think its fair.

      It also depends on the time of year - high season vs low season. As well as the quality, amount and variety of the included items. Quality - How many flowers; how much food;linens;rentals etc. variety - How much food choices? etc

      Maybe I'm off my rocker. It also depends on your budget and the kind of wedding that you're having.

      Maybe someone else can shed more light, but I think thats a fair estimate. Good luck!

      #3 dkw

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        Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:01 AM

        Thanks for your input!! Much appreciated!

        #4 Kathie

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          Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:06 AM

          I was quoted around $13,000 for 40 people That includes most everything except the villa site, travel, alcohol and hair/makeup. Who is your WC?

          #5 dkw

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            Posted 25 September 2008 - 03:15 PM

            Great! Thanks ladies, that definitely makes me feel a lot better!

            (and Kathie - it was with DD, and after these reponses, I'm pretty sure I'll be going with her!! thanks!)

            #6 K&Rwedding

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              Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:00 PM

              Danielle- I am not only saying this because I am using DD, but again and again I am hearing people personally rave about Kristin's work. You aren't just paying for the table linens, plates and music. She gives you the Fairy Tale...... Good luck with your decision. Let any of us know if we can help in any way....

              #7 dkw

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                Posted 29 September 2008 - 01:29 PM

                Hi all! Well, after being home for the weekend and talking everything over, we're definitely going with Kristin and DD! I'm super excited and will keep everyone posted on how it moves along!

                Thanks for all your advice!!!

                #8 K&Rwedding

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                  Posted 29 September 2008 - 01:59 PM



                  #9 ssbrocch

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                    Posted 15 March 2009 - 01:00 PM

                    Hi DKW! I too am a Puerto Vallarta bride scheduled to get married in January 2010 and am using DD as my WC. I am in the process of trying to find a villa for my wedding. I really wanted to get married at Casa Salamandra but they won't book anything for next winter now due to some negotiations they are having with Canadian investors. I saw that you visited some villas. I am looking into villas mainly in conchas chinas and mismaloya..(my guests are staying at dreams) did you find one in particular that you loved? I am considering Guillermo, Serena, Medeterreano, Quinta del Mar and a few others. If Casa DeMae accepts weddings, i would have it there. Casa San Sebastian is gorgeous too but apparently they don't do weddings. I would love to know your thoughts on villas. Thanks! Sandy.

                    #10 dkw

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                      Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:42 PM

                      Hi Sandy! Yea, I tried to see Salamandra too but no one ever got back to me. From what I've heard, it's quite expensive and you are not allowed to go into the villa, i.e. it's event only and really you only get the kitchen, bathroom and grounds. I could be wrong, but that's what I heard. As for the others, all are great options! I'm trying to go for a more Mexican feel to my wedding, so I wasn't drawn to modern-type villas, like Guillermo, but it is beautiful and luxurious - agreat choice! Also, I don't know how big your wedding is, but I was told Serena might be too tight for a 50-60 person wedding, although that too looks amazing! I didn't see QDM, San Sebastian or DeMae. I've also considered booking both Quetzal and Serafines - have you considered that? Ceremony/cocktails in one, reception in another? I've heard that's beautiful and in the Conchas Chinas hills... I think the biggest question is always what "feel" you want, which is what dictated my process. Also, I wanted space so that guests could move around throughout the night, which is difficult to find. Have you considered Crescencia? Let me know if you have questions about particular villas and I'd be more than happy to give specific feedback!! Best of luck!!

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