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#121 beachbride08

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    Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:58 PM

    Our initial budget was $8-10K, but now we are looking at trying to stay under $12K. I still have a lot of things to buy and I have a feeling we are going to go over that number, but I'm hoping we won't.
    Michelle

    #122 amyrak

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      Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:25 PM

      Ok I'm trying to get a better understanding of how this works. If I take the "free" wedding package that I"m posting below. What other outside costs should I expect?? I guess I thought all food was included..so for a dinner can't we just all go out to eat together There will probably be over 20 guests but who cares if they get a piece of cake they can get as much dessert as they want in the restaurant. We are having an at home reception so I guess I"m not too worried about spending a lot in Mexico. But I know I will need to get some things just curious as to the hidden costs I might want to consider...let me know what to expect.





      VALENTIN’S COMPLIMENTARY WEDDING PACKAGE

      Reservation at the Valentin Imperial Maya, for a minimum 7-night stay or a booking of more than 5 rooms for a minimum of 4 nights at any category is required to receive this complimentary package.

      This complimentary package includes:

      All document arrangements
      Judge or Minister
      Pre-arrival concierge service by your wedding coordinator
      Choice of wedding ceremony location: Magnificent Chapel, Romantic Gazebo or on the Beach
      Bridal Bouquet
      Groom's boutonniere
      Wedding arrangments by our wedding coordinator
      Press service of the wedding dress and groom's tuxedo/suit
      Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
      Wedding cake
      Natural floral arrangement
      Romantic Champagne breakfast in bed the first morning after the wedding
      Late check out until 3:00 p.m. for Bride & Groom (upon request and availability)
      Rose petals as d©cor in the room
      Welcome letter
      Bottle of domestic Champagne for the toast
      Romantic dinner in one of our Specialties Restaurants (Bride & Groom)
      Honeymoon turn-down service
      15% discount on all “The Spa” treatments

      #123 jean-marcus

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        Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:31 PM

        its amazing how much more you can get at a destination wedding and how much cooler it can be then here in the states....

        #124 MikkiStreak

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          Posted 22 February 2008 - 12:00 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by amyrak
          Ok I'm trying to get a better understanding of how this works. If I take the "free" wedding package that I"m posting below. What other outside costs should I expect?? I guess I thought all food was included..so for a dinner can't we just all go out to eat together There will probably be over 20 guests but who cares if they get a piece of cake they can get as much dessert as they want in the restaurant. We are having an at home reception so I guess I"m not too worried about spending a lot in Mexico. But I know I will need to get some things just curious as to the hidden costs I might want to consider...let me know what to expect.





          VALENTIN’S COMPLIMENTARY WEDDING PACKAGE

          Reservation at the Valentin Imperial Maya, for a minimum 7-night stay or a booking of more than 5 rooms for a minimum of 4 nights at any category is required to receive this complimentary package.

          This complimentary package includes:

          All document arrangements
          Judge or Minister
          Pre-arrival concierge service by your wedding coordinator
          Choice of wedding ceremony location: Magnificent Chapel, Romantic Gazebo or on the Beach
          Bridal Bouquet
          Groom's boutonniere
          Wedding arrangments by our wedding coordinator
          Press service of the wedding dress and groom's tuxedo/suit
          Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
          Wedding cake
          Natural floral arrangement
          Romantic Champagne breakfast in bed the first morning after the wedding
          Late check out until 3:00 p.m. for Bride & Groom (upon request and availability)
          Rose petals as d©cor in the room
          Welcome letter
          Bottle of domestic Champagne for the toast
          Romantic dinner in one of our Specialties Restaurants (Bride & Groom)
          Honeymoon turn-down service
          15% discount on all “The Spa” treatments

          Are chairs included for the wedding ceremony for guests to sit on? Some resorts only provide a handful and then charge more.

          Reception dinner: resorts vary on this. Some will only allow a certain amount of people to have a group reservation in their restaurants. I've seen this as low as 10 people, and a max of 50 people. Go over the amount of people, and they'll charge you for an event fee, plus dinner prices.

          Flowers for bridal party will add to the costs.

          Decoration at the ceremony will add to the costs (even an aisle runner, or rose petals).

          Music fees (DJ or speaker rental for iPod) for ceremony.

          Expenses for attire

          Any gift baskets for the guests (or welcome bags of info)

          Stationary (invites, thank you's, etc...)

          Photography

          #125 JODEY

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            Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:13 AM

            So..... Here goes, (I'll list my budget in pounds so I suppose you can double it for dollars)

            2 weeks AI Holiday/honeymoon/accomodation & flights etc for both of us £3060
            Dreams Ultimate wedding package (which includes 20 guests) £1395
            Blood tests per couple £170
            Translation of both birth cirtificates £56
            Validation & cirtification of marriage licence £93
            Sound system for ceremony £101
            Additional 20 people for cocktail hr £285
            Additional 20 people for reception dinner £545
            Sound system for reception for 3 hrs £304 (may be able to save money here if we take our own sound system)
            4 x bridesmaids bouquets £137
            Gazibo deco £143
            Chair bows for 40 guests £85
            Hair up for 4 bridesmaids £71 (we may decide to do this ourselves)
            7 bottles of champagne for toast £144

            TOTAL SO FAR £6690 = $13'045

            These items below I don't count in the budget -

            wedding dress - £1350 (parents paying for)
            Bridesmaids are paying for their own dresse (although I would like to contribute if I can)
            Hand held raffia fans £30 (not ordered yet)
            invitations £20 (which a friend of mine has kindly made)
            wedding bands £ 400 MAX (we don't personally feel the need to spend a huge amont on this)
            Bridal shoes £200
            Bridal under ware £150
            veil £100
            Then there is the bridesmaids gifts and spending money for holiday blah blah blah.....

            I would like to keep the budget under £7'000 / $13'650 if we can, this would be amaizing as we went to a family wedding last year that cost £25'000 / $48'750 just for the one day !! we'll see .....

            #126 amyrak

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              Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:53 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by MikkiStreak
              Are chairs included for the wedding ceremony for guests to sit on? Some resorts only provide a handful and then charge more.

              Reception dinner: resorts vary on this. Some will only allow a certain amount of people to have a group reservation in their restaurants. I've seen this as low as 10 people, and a max of 50 people. Go over the amount of people, and they'll charge you for an event fee, plus dinner prices.

              Flowers for bridal party will add to the costs.

              Decoration at the ceremony will add to the costs (even an aisle runner, or rose petals).

              Music fees (DJ or speaker rental for iPod) for ceremony.

              Expenses for attire

              Any gift baskets for the guests (or welcome bags of info)

              Stationary (invites, thank you's, etc...)

              Photography

              Thanks Mikkistreak,

              That helps me out a lot. I guess I'll have to contact my wedding coordinator to see how much all those individual things cost. I doubt I will have over 30 so hopefully the hotel can accomodate us for dinner. I mean I kinda think it's ridiculous to charge for dinner when everyone is already paying for their food in the all-inclusive price.

              #127 amyrak

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                Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:57 AM

                Yay..just noticed I am no longer a noob after the last post..junior member status..WHOO HOO!!

                #128 Alesha4

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                  Posted 23 February 2008 - 01:36 PM

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                  OMG, Heidi ... I know EXACTLY what you mean.
                  All I can say is "oh well". We were watching "How I Met Your Mother" night before last when Lily had to explain why they couldn't get approved for a lower interest rate on their apartment -- b/c of her bad credit. We laughed -- and I told Tom -- "at least you know already that mine sucks. There's still time for you to run." But he just laughed and said we're in it through thick and thin.

                  So, I guess we shall see....
                  LOL! My FH and I watched it too and he immediately looked at me and said "I better know all your credit card debt" LOL! He bailed me out of a few cards when we first started dating...which I am proud to say I paid him back on....BUT I ended up racking up a few more in recent years. He is helping me work on my shopping addiction and I am A LOT better. But man that show brought up some rousing from him! LOL

                  #129 Dijawana Diva

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                    Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:46 PM

                    Here are my final numbers:
                    At the request of my husband, he asked me to remove this post...
                    !!!!!

                    #130 PlayaNovia

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                      Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:24 PM

                      We've not booked vendors yet, but are fully expecting to shell out about $17,000 USD for the whole shebang (that incl. rings, travel, hotel, wedding, activities...the whole kit & kaboodle).

                      We tried to plan a wedding San Diego, CA AND then Sedona, AZ before we decided to go DW. We just could not get under $25K unless we went to Mexico.

                      I think a wedding + one week in an AI with all our friends/fam for less than what we'd pay for ONE DAY in the states is fantastic. I can't wait!!!! :)
                      Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
                      --Robert Frost




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