Hey girls, I just wanted to add a little bit regarding the cost of the wedding. I'm starting to get a little bit annoyed with the way things are adding up. I asked for the Paradise package which basically is supposed to include just about everything, from hair and makeup, to the ceremony, to the reception dinner for 40 people.
For starters, the wedding coordinators send me all the information piecemill, several days apart. Their brochures are so disorganized, it's so frustrating. Some are in spanish, some in English. The Spanish brochures have slightly different information than the English brochures.
Also, if you want anything personalized for the wedding, such as votive candles on the reception tables, they will charge you. $3/votive. It doesn't sound like much but they seriously charge you for every stinking thing! I wanted to have my bouquet out of ranunculus and they said it would cost me $250!
Anything else you want to personalize, they referred me to Event 1 Planners.
Also, I asked for the wedding to be held at sunset (before I realized the sun sets behind the resort.) Initially, that's what I thought I was getting but instead they are now telling me that the wedding is at 4pm-4:30pm. 4:30-5pm pictures, 5-6 champagne toast, 6-9 reception. Not horrible, but not what I really wanted.
I'm just bringing up these points because you should ask lots and lots of questions and get lots and lots of cost information before you agree to put down your deposit. You should also expect that becuase there is a language barrier, they often do not answer the question you asked. I have had to get my spanish speaking co-worker to call them for me so I can get the answer I really want!