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#31 Sherry

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    Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:34 PM

    Originally Posted by thanda
    Thanks Sherry for your quick response. They've helped ease my mind. How far is Seawatch from the Marriott? Do I need to shuttle guests or is it a walking distance?

    I'm also thinking of booking a few rooms at Maui Banyan for my side of the family. Is it easy to commute to the Marriott if we decide to hold the reception there?

    Thanks again Sherry.
    The Seawatch isn't too far from the Marriott. It's about a 5-minute drive (if that), but I don't think it's really walking distance, because it's pretty hilly and probably too far when people are in dress shoes, etc. We had initially booked a shuttle with the Marriott, which was complementary pretty much as long as the majority of the guests are staying there. However, we ended up just cancelling the shuttle because our guests all preferred to drive their own rental cars over so that they could leave whenever they pleased. I don't think it would be a very expensive cab ride at all, so that would be an option too, and I'm sure you could have the Marriott coordinate cabs for you if you wanted to go that way.

    Several of our guests were staying at the Maui Banyan for the wedding, and it's only about a 10-minute drive (if that) to the Marriott, so it's a really easy commute.

    #32 Sherry

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      Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:41 PM

      Originally Posted by Chem
      Sherrry thanks so much for your reply! I appreciate your input! I have booked the same make up and hair stylist as you as well as photographer.

      We are having both our ceremony and reception at the Marriott. Maui is pricey for sure but because we only will have about 30 people we decided to go all out. We think of it this way, if we had the Wedding at home we would have about 150 people so having it away is a lot cheaper at the end of the day. We figured the people that are going all the way to Maui with us deserve a nice dinner and party. (Which we are trying to do without breaking the bank)

      We paid $416 USD for the Pacific Terrace because we asked them for a discount. Norma price is $500. We also negotiated for two Ocean front suites. They didn't want to budge on this one but my fiance finally got them to give i... (One room for us and one for my parents.) The per head count for dinner without booze is about $80.00. We think we will pay about 2k for booze overall. We also have to pay for a DJ, as well as seat covers and table center pieces.

      We really like the Seawatch but our good friends got married there and we attended their wedding just a couple years ago...plus we think it will be nice to stay all in one place so we don't have to move.

      Hope that helps. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

      * We are also negotiating with the Wedding coordinator re: her fees and charges! (We are trying not to pay full price)
      Chiemi, I'm so excited that you're using Dan and Jess for hair and makeup! I loved them so much. They really made the whole experience so wonderful. You'll have to tell them that I said hello! Poor Dan, I thought he was going to cry when he realized how heavy my veil was with all the detail on it. He did an amazing job of securing it though. That thing wasn't going anywhere!!!

      Good for you that you're negotiating the fees with the WC. We thought the fees were a little pricey, but at least the Canadian dollar was still really high until just after our wedding. We really lucked out on that timing, although we may not have been as savvy about negotiating the fees because of it. Looking back, we really wish that we had thought to do that.

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