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#2061 kshannon

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    Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:10 AM

    Hi everyone!!! Can you ladies give me some advice on photographers? Just really confused on what to do.. I would like to use an outside vendor from Rivera Maya, but not sure who XPM allows on property.. And its too expensive to bring a photographer from home.. BTW, I love this thread!!! Its all so exciting :) All the pictures above are beautiful! 



    #2062 Sharon99

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      Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:08 AM

      Originally Posted by kshannon 

      Hi everyone!!! Can you ladies give me some advice on photographers? Just really confused on what to do.. I would like to use an outside vendor from Rivera Maya, but not sure who XPM allows on property.. And its too expensive to bring a photographer from home.. BTW, I love this thread!!! Its all so exciting :) All the pictures above are beautiful! 

       

      Welcome! The only people who are not allowed at EPM that I know of are Del Sol and La Luna. 

      We used an outside photographer (Moments that Matter) and loved them! Can't say enough about them! Our vendor fee was $300 for them to spend the entire night with us. I booked them for 7 hours.



      #2063 Jass7

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        Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:12 PM

        Someone please help, I just ordered my invites and rsvp cards and I gave my guests 3 options for dinner entrees. Now I'm freaking out because I think I should have only given them 2. Our group will be small, maybe 12 people total, but still has anyone done 3 options? I don't know how much extra it would be, and I don't think I have time to ask the coordinator since she takes forever to respond. I'm still waiting to hear back from her on some food choices I had questions on for almost over a week.

         

        I think I can change my rsvp card before it goes to print but I have to act fast. 

         

        So confused! =(



        #2064 Jass7

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          Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:22 PM

          Oh wow, I can see what you are saying. And I'm glad you were able to fix it for pictures, and found humor in it. I'm still waiting to hear back from N about the extra cost for tiers, so I don't know if we are doing tiers or not. But if I have to pay for it, it better not look sad.

           

          I do like your cake toppers! :)

          Originally Posted by MsBlissMpls 

          Thought this would be kind of funny to show you ladies. This was the "front" of our cake when they brought it out. As you can see the frosting on the 2nd tier was melting down and kind of sad looking. I was kind of in shock at how sad it looked and could have easily gotten upset (seriously how could they bring the melty cake out and think we were going to be happy with it?)

           

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          I quickly turned the topper around and added a few roses from our centerpieces to hide some of the additional melting frosting on the "new" front side. And ended up with this:

           

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          I'm sure I could have done a better job and added a ton more flowers or something, but we were kind of in a hurry because our 8 hours for the photographer was already expired and I really wanted to get a professional shot of our cake topper. (FYI - it took forever to get the cake, they say that they are going to bring it as you are eating dinner - and it is always 5 minutes away, but it came much much later than that. I'd ask for it almost right away when your reception starts).

           

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          It was not exactly what we had in mind and looked only 20% like the photo that we gave as inspiration, but I'm guessing that Nayeli never probably gave the baker the inspiration photo to reference. Also, I gave N. a thicker green ribbon for the cake (like in the inspiration photo), but she chose to give them the thin ribbon that was supposed to be used for something else - and we never got that new spool of thick green ribbon back! 

           

          On the plus side it was VERY tasty! and apparently it was one of the last cakes made where they did not charge an extra fee for the extra tiers - that being said, maybe when they charge you extra for the tiers more care will be taken to make sure it looks like what you want. If you do end up paying for extra tiers I would make sure it does not come out like how our cake came out because it would not be work the extra $90-$100 if it came out looking like that.

           

           

          Here was the cake photo that we gave N. as inspiration. You make the call on how close it looked .

           

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          #2065 Jass7

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            Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:25 PM

            Originally Posted by Sharon99 

             

            Welcome! The only people who are not allowed at EPM that I know of are Del Sol and La Luna. 

            We used an outside photographer (Moments that Matter) and loved them! Can't say enough about them! Our vendor fee was $300 for them to spend the entire night with us. I booked them for 7 hours.

            I'm pretty sure the fee to bring outside photography is $500 now, or at least that's what I got quoted earlier this year.



            #2066 Jass7

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              Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

              Omg I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm confused, I thought it clearly states on their website and in their wedding package information that as long as you book club for 7 days, the love package is complimentary, and you pay the difference for the other two packages. I will double check this with N so I have it in writing. Just wow.

               

              I hope it gets resolved for you, and soon.

              Originally Posted by Ally Marquis 

              hello all!

               

              well we just got back from our wedding/ honeymoon.  the week was fantastic.  they treat you like absolute royalty and are all so nice.   the wedding was fantastic,  future brides make sure you go over your menus with your coordinator, not just that you have silver/gold menu number whichever. they tried to bring us salmon instead of beef, but Alex fixed it quickly.  they did not bring us all our appetizers either, which was a bummer.   we ended up not being able to have a reception, except for the dinner because  of the rain. 

               

              now onto the negative side, of course on the day we leave.   if the week hadnt been so amazing i  would not go back there ever.   we went to check out at the excellence club lounge, and they said we had a charge of $1500!! and we said what for?  well, it was for  the excellence of love package, that  N knew all along that we had and said that as long we were in the excellence club it would complimentary. NOT SO MUCH! so we ended having to go to the front desk and fight with them for 2 hours, and of course no wedding coordinngator was there.  so my parents had to intervine because i was at the point of ripping somebodys head off and so was my husband.  we showed them the email and they kept saying we have no proof and they have no proof, and finally i said IM LEAVING! and they wouldnt not let us leave without the security pass.   in the end my mom had to put her credit card down until they got a hold of nayeli which with the rate of her replys back could take weeks. 

               

              i hope no other bride has to deal with this. 



              #2067 Jass7

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                Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:32 PM

                Love your pictures. You looked gorgeous!

                Originally Posted by Ally Marquis 

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                all these pictures are taken by bluelens!!!



                #2068 danak71

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                  Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:34 PM

                  Originally Posted by Jass7 

                  Someone please help, I just ordered my invites and rsvp cards and I gave my guests 3 options for dinner entrees. Now I'm freaking out because I think I should have only given them 2. Our group will be small, maybe 12 people total, but still has anyone done 3 options? I don't know how much extra it would be, and I don't think I have time to ask the coordinator since she takes forever to respond. I'm still waiting to hear back from her on some food choices I had questions on for almost over a week.

                   

                  I think I can change my rsvp card before it goes to print but I have to act fast. 

                   

                  So confused! =(

                  Sorry we're still a year out so I don't have answers about how many options are available. However, I would suggest putting a couple bucks on a calling card or Skype account and calling her. I send her emails when I don't need an answer from her right away; but I've called her several times when I needed to get an answer to a question (like what dates in May were available; and then again to book the date we wanted) and I've always gotten her on the phone when I've called and been able to get my question answered. The cost on my Skype account was like ten cents per minute and I talked to her for no more than 5-10 minutes each time so literally it only cost me a buck or two to call her and saved me a TON of peace of mind.

                   

                  Lynn



                  #2069 danak71

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                    Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:47 PM

                    Ladies do any of you know if balloons are allowed at the cocktail hour or reception venues? I saw these light up balloons http://halfoffdepot....0-balloons.html and thought they might be nice decoration to have. We're expecting about 60 guests so we're planning to do the Ceco Terrace (Event Terrace). 



                    #2070 MsBlissMpls

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                      Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:16 PM

                      Originally Posted by Jass7 

                      Someone please help, I just ordered my invites and rsvp cards and I gave my guests 3 options for dinner entrees. Now I'm freaking out because I think I should have only given them 2. Our group will be small, maybe 12 people total, but still has anyone done 3 options? I don't know how much extra it would be, and I don't think I have time to ask the coordinator since she takes forever to respond. I'm still waiting to hear back from her on some food choices I had questions on for almost over a week.

                       

                      I think I can change my rsvp card before it goes to print but I have to act fast. 

                       

                      So confused! =(

                      Hey Jass7 - We did two options with no problem, but I think you should be fine with 3 options (I've heard of some people having veggie, chx & fish options). If you want to play it safe I'd switch it to two choices, but I really don't feel that you will have a problem as long as you tell them in a spreadsheet "These are my guest names" and "This is the meal they will be eating" If you make it clear and it your group is not that large it should not be a problem. (That said, don't quote me on it if it does not go smoothly

                       

                      Also, I made a name table cards and put a different colored rhinestone on each persons card based on their food choice, On my spreadsheet I gave to Nayeli it said "pink rhinestone= fish, green rhinestone = chicken," this worked perfectly because it didn't matter where people sat as long as they have their name tag the servers knew which meal that person ordered.






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