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#961 SparkleSun

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    Posted 21 April 2011 - 02:33 PM

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    The Mariachi band is definitely worth it in my opinion.  It really livens up the cocktail hour and my guests loved it.  Also the guitar player, Javier Rojas, is amazing and totally worth the money.  He also plays for more like 45 minutes and he arrives early and plays while everyone is settling in.

     



    #962 IliaPSU

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      Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:11 AM

      I actually love that movie!!  It is not that great, but for some reason whenever it is on TV, I can't help but watch. 

       

      Is Javier Rojas only a part of the Mariachi trio?  If I chose Caribbean, would it be a different band?

       

      I'm also struggling with whether or not to get a DJ.  I'm anticipating maybe 40-50 guests, many of whom probably will not dance - but I still think that I will need some kind of music.  I can't decide if an iPod playlist with speakers is enough...


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      #963 Sharon99

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        Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:22 AM

        Thanks! I was worried spending the money without having any feed back from someone. It sounds like it would be perfect!
         

         

        lliaPSU - Javier Rojas is the guitarist. He is an additional cost (I want him for the ceremony) Basically there are 2 to chose from that are included in the gold package. The Caribbean or Mariachi for an hour.

         

         

        Originally Posted by SparkleSun 

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        The Mariachi band is definitely worth it in my opinion.  It really livens up the cocktail hour and my guests loved it.  Also the guitar player, Javier Rojas, is amazing and totally worth the money.  He also plays for more like 45 minutes and he arrives early and plays while everyone is settling in.

         



         



        #964 SparkleSun

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          Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:04 PM

          Here is my thoughts on having a guitar player.  The alternative would be to hook up an ipod over the speakers and I think that really changes the mood.  Everyone commented to me how great they thought Javier was.  He gave us a CD after and my husband loves hearing it because it takes him right back there.  He is also super friendly and has a huge repetoire to choose from, and if he doesn't know it, he will learn it.  I really can't say anything bad about the guy.  I have no reason to push him, but I genuinely was impressed by everything about him. Yes, he isn't cheap, but nothing worth having is.  And even though he is only at the ceremony for 45 minutes or so, he has to travel to the hotel, etc...and just having a live musician for me, was the difference between being a little tacky and being very romantic.


           



          #965 aeluzu

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            Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:35 PM



            Originally Posted by SparkleSun 

            Here is my thoughts on having a guitar player.  The alternative would be to hook up an ipod over the speakers and I think that really changes the mood.  Everyone commented to me how great they thought Javier was.  He gave us a CD after and my husband loves hearing it because it takes him right back there.  He is also super friendly and has a huge repetoire to choose from, and if he doesn't know it, he will learn it.  I really can't say anything bad about the guy.  I have no reason to push him, but I genuinely was impressed by everything about him. Yes, he isn't cheap, but nothing worth having is.  And even though he is only at the ceremony for 45 minutes or so, he has to travel to the hotel, etc...and just having a live musician for me, was the difference between being a little tacky and being very romantic.


             



            Thank you so much for sticking around for a while after your wedding to help all of us out! It's really nice to have advice from a recent EPM bride who has already been through it all. Kinda soothes the nerves a bit.


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            #966 SparkleSun

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              Posted 23 April 2011 - 04:05 AM

              No worries, I know how neurotic I was before the wedding.  Glad I can help while it is all still fairly fresh in my mind.  Rest assured, Yamina is amazing and will make sure everything  goes smoothly.  When she met us she had color coded folders and printouts and my Swiss husband joked that she must also be Swiss because they are very orderly and organized.

               



              #967 Lauren573

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                Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:19 AM

                You guys are the best! I knew that having the live music/Mariachi would bring something extra special and really set the mood for our Mexican wedding and SparkleSun, you absolutely confirmed that! Also makes me realize that it is probably cost effective to just go for the Gold wedding package.

                 

                Yamina sent over the "My Wedding Planner" worksheet to fill out and I am trying to get this all nailed down before I send her the information. I would rather make my mind up and stick to it than keep making changes after I send her all the information.

                 

                I do know that I would like pictures and pictures and pictures for the wedding .... any updates of local professional photographers anyone has found/used? Did anyone upgrade to one of the packages on the EPM price list?



                #968 SparkleSun

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                  Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:46 AM


                  I am going to go into this in further detail when I write my full review next week.  But I used Matt and Juan from Del Sol as my photographers.  I really cant say enough about them, and everyone else I had contact with over there. Now that the dust has settled from our wedding, the only things I have left are my memories and my photos.  They are absolutely worth the added investment, as your photos are not the place you want to compromise.  From the initial contact until now they have been friendly, professional, and always quick to respond and the quality of the photos are second to none.  The day of my wedding was slightly overcast and gloomy, yet when we received our pictures everything looked beautiful and sunny.  In addition, the way they are able to capture the emotions is uncanny.  It's not just me, have a look at what the other brides who have used them have said...everyone cant be wrong :)  I'll post a link to my full review of them later, but for now, I would book them while you still have a chance!

                   

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                  Originally Posted by Lauren573 

                  I do know that I would like pictures and pictures and pictures for the wedding .... any updates of local professional photographers anyone has found/used?
                   


                   



                  #969 aeluzu

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                    Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:18 AM



                    Originally Posted by SparkleSun 


                    I am going to go into this in further detail when I write my full review next week.  But I used Matt and Juan from Del Sol as my photographers.  I really cant say enough about them, and everyone else I had contact with over there. Now that the dust has settled from our wedding, the only things I have left are my memories and my photos.  They are absolutely worth the added investment, as your photos are not the place you want to compromise.  From the initial contact until now they have been friendly, professional, and always quick to respond and the quality of the photos are second to none.  The day of my wedding was slightly overcast and gloomy, yet when we received our pictures everything looked beautiful and sunny.  In addition, the way they are able to capture the emotions is uncanny.  It's not just me, have a look at what the other brides who have used them have said...everyone cant be wrong :)  I'll post a link to my full review of them later, but for now, I would book them while you still have a chance!

                     

                    http://delsolphotogr...leries/?gal=411



                     

                    SparkleSun!!! SWOON!!!! Your photos are beautiful. You can literally feel all of the love that was surrounding you just by looking at those photos. Not to mention, they made me super excited for my day! Coming so soon :) You may have already gone over this but I need to ask, did you spring for a DJ during your reception? I saw your guitarist and mariachi... I think we're going to use the caribbean trio during our cocktail hour. Also, which spot did you use for the reception? Wow, it all looked so beautiful!

                     

                     


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                    #970 SparkleSun

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                      Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:35 AM

                      Thanks for the kind words, Del Sol has a way of capturing the feelings in such a way that it really comes across on film.  We felt super fortunate to have so much love and support during our wedding from our friends and family, and feel lucky to have it captured.  Yes, we took the DJ, which was totally worth it as well.  You can see his set up in the corner along with the cold fireworks he brought with him in photo 174 of my slideshow.  Besides the final song of the night, it was really just me and my 3 bridesmaids who were dancing, but we had great fun. Also he did a great job of setting the mood, playing more chill stuff while we were eating, then stepping it up for party time.  Much nicer than plugging in your ipod and constantly having to fuss with it in my opinion.  At EPM you are only allowed to have DJ Mannia, but I felt they did a fine job.  They emailed us beforehand to ask what we wanted to hear and our do not plays and he did a great job filling in the blanks based on our tastes.

                       

                      We had our reception on the event terrace.






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