Originally Posted by KCDawn
I've been coming here for answers first too! It's so much quicker. I can help you with a few of these. I'm sure other ladies can help you with the rest or add to what I have....
1. I haven't dealt with the Styling Trio at all so I can't help you here. Sorry! There may already me a thread on them though.
2. I don't have the credit amounts for these, but I have the makeup and hair on my list to ask Valeria. I do know that the credits are much less than the listed "a la carte" prices you'll find in the wedding guide and other SMB price lists. This is because they consider these to be discounted when bundled in the package.
3. This one I can help you with! Yes, you just pay the difference to upgrade the photo package. This is what Valeria told me. I am using Juan Navarro. I emailed him at the beginning of the planning to secure him for our day. Keep in mind that it is Juan or one of his associates so you'll need to get in touch with him to see if he is available if you want him specifically. When I emailed him I gave him the types of pictures I wanted to do and he came back with a timeline and seemed very open to what I wanted and was very responsive. I'm sure if you gave him samples of things you wanted he would work with you. You could also look at his Blog (blog.juanphotos.com) or his Facebook page and find pics he's already done that you'd like to recreate.
4. I'm guessing this depends on how you do your booking. We used a travel agent, but did not do a room block. You may get a different answer somewhere else, but our TA told us they don't really do discounts with the room blocks, it's more that they'll reward you with freebies, like a free cocktail hour or something like that. I have yet to really look into this though. I was waiting until most of our guests are booked.
5. We are doing the welcome bonfire. There are price details in the wedding guide. We're doing the bonfire and the bar (no dinner). We figure can do dinner on their own since they're already paying for it. The bonfire is a $250 set up fee and the bar is $12.60 per person after the tax and service fee. If you have a small group, just setting a time in a restaurant might be a good idea, however to reserve a space they may charge you anyway. You'll have to check with Cecilia on that one.
Hope that helps!! Good luck!
Thank for answering - it did help a lot! We are still in limbo about whether or not to use Juan... The other alternative is to bring a photographer from home... we shall see what kind of deal we could get to even see if that's a possibility. Do you happen to know the credit amount for photography or video of any kind?
I'm really excited about having the bonfire though!! I think everyone will enjoy it a lot.
Question: What does the $250 include exactly? I know it does not include any special seating (+$500), the bar (+12.60 pp), or music (+$180 sound system), so... I'm a little confused about what I'd be paying for, since we're staying at an all-inclusive... hope I don't sound sarcastic, just really wondering if all this is sort of a "marketing ploy," if you will. Not to sound dumb, but do they start an actual bonfire on the beach?? LOL
**Wow, just realized that I totally make fun of people who ask seemingly stupid questions... like me. HA!