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#61 Afreeman21

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    Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:27 PM

    Has anyone heard back from Jackie lately? I've sent at least 4 e-mails in the last 2 weeks and haven't heard anything. I don't think she likes me anymore

    #62 mrsscottyb

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      Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:29 PM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Afreeman21
      Has anyone heard back from Jackie lately? I've sent at least 4 e-mails in the last 2 weeks and haven't heard anything. I don't think she likes me anymore
      Hi ~ I just received an e-mail from Jackie today. She mentioned that she doesn't have that many weddings scheduled for February so she should be able to answer e-mails much quicker.
      ~Amber~

      #63 smeier

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        Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:56 PM

        Hi!

        I'm renting shells and hurricanes from Susan at Zamas.
        It seems to be a hassle to send them from NY.
        She is only charging $15 per hurricane and $10 for shells
        Sorry! I'm going this route

        Sandy

        #64 Afreeman21

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          Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:13 PM

          I finally heard from Jackie, as well.

          #65 San Fran Sarah

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            Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:41 PM

            Jackie emailed me back and said that there was a $200 flat fee per outside vendor. I'm pretty upset by this as it was so vague in the contract. Also, she seems to be changing this policy frequently and quoting different people different numbers. That adds an extra thousand or so to my total bill if I use the vendors i was planning on using but she never made it clear to me which vendors were her "approved" vendors. This feels unreasonable to me as we are spending so much on food, beverage, etc through Ana y Jose. I would gladly use her vendors if they weren't twice as expensive as all the rest. I hope she will reconsider this given our collective concern.

            #66 San Fran Sarah

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              Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:41 PM

              Jackie emailed me back and said that there was a $200 flat fee per outside vendor. I'm pretty upset by this as it was so vague in the contract. Also, she seems to be changing this policy frequently and quoting different people different numbers. That adds an extra thousand or so to my total bill if I use the vendors i was planning on using but she never made it clear to me which vendors were her "approved" vendors. This feels unreasonable to me as we are spending so much on food, beverage, etc through Ana y Jose. I would gladly use her vendors if they weren't twice as expensive as all the rest. I hope she will reconsider this given our collective concern.

              #67 itarkov

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                Posted 24 January 2009 - 08:05 PM

                Hi San Fran Sarah and the rest of AYJ brides...
                I am getting married at the Beach club on May 30, 2009 and plan to complain abou the $200 outside vendor fee - i think they are making PLENTY of $$ on us and could move a little...
                Cheers,
                Irene

                #68 Afreeman21

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                  Posted 25 January 2009 - 01:19 PM

                  I sent Jackie an e-mail complaining about the vendors fees and asking why she charged them becasue I thought she should be able to find vendors as cheap as I did. I thought that was why we are paying her $1500. She never responded to that e-mail. So I decided she can get her $400-$600 extra out of me, but I chose Ana y Jose based on reviews and I'll be sure to let everyone know about it in my review. Maybe she can redeem herself by then, but right now I feel like she is being very shady.

                  #69 San Fran Sarah

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                    Posted 25 January 2009 - 04:55 PM

                    Regarding her vendors this is what she said to me, "we have worked in 5 years with a lot of vendors and have had various experiences that did not match the quality we deliver in each of our weddings (musicians, officiants, furniture rentals, DJ's etc). Some vendors were recommended to us and other's were brought by brides contacting them through the internet. Of course there are less expensive vendors than the ones we have, which have proven to deliver an excellent service which is key for the perfect outcome of an event, especially for a Wedding. We don't offer many options for vendors because the best are just a few." I understand that you get what you pay for but that isn't a good rationale for charging us an external vendor's fee. Maybe she gets a cut from those vendors as well. I'm not going to haggle too much over a few hundred mostly because I don't want Jackie to get upset with me but I just think this should just have been more clearly defined in our contracts. I agree she should offer some cheaper options as well.

                    #70 hsustark

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                      Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:32 PM

                      Hello All AyJ Brides to be,

                      In regards to the outside vendor fee, can anyone else confirm the following:

                      for musicians, you pay a $200 outside vendor fee PLUS $150/hour for every hour they play?!?!

                      I understand why we pay an outside vendor fee that is not on their vendor list - its just part of the business. Fine, i get that. What I don't understand is that by finding these outside vendors ourselves we take the risk of them not performing up the standards of the people on her vendor list...but that is OUR RISK...so why do we have to PAY THEM these extra fees for something that can't be blamed on them but only us? AM I making any sense?

                      So based on all the fees, if you were to hire an outside DJ to play for 4 hours lets say, in just AyJ fees alone you will be paying $200 (outside vendor fee) + $600 (@$150/hour) = $800 - and this doesn't even include the fees the DJ is charging. I think this is highly unreasonable and a total scam.

                      If I am incorrect a/b all this, please somebody let me know. I have emailed Jackie and asked, but am still waiting a return reply.




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