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I just saw your personal website and your wedding details. Wow! Thanks for all the shared tips/pictures/help :) I love it and can't wait. Hoping to send our save the dates out this weekend and our friend is setting up the website for us. Can't wait, 10 months will come super fast!

thank you!!! :) 

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jillann13-

 

I saw some pictures of the Pool Terrace and it looks just a great as the Pool Deck (at least to me)!

 

I also am looking to substitute the Cocktail Hour and I read somewhere on these forums that they were able to get a credit of ~$800, but I'm sure it's something you'll have to negotiate with your wedding coordinator. You can apply this credit towards dinner or costs of the wedding. I believe some brides just told their guests to go to a nearby bar because everywhere is all inclusive.

 

Hope this helps :)

They will give you the credit of whatever the cocktail hour price is in the wedding guide x 20. 

 

We had our guests meet at the beach bar while we took pictures.

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For those of you that rented the sound system.... Pre-ceremony did you play music for when your guests were congregating/taking their seats? And how did you arrange that (iPod, cd?) so that whomever is running the system can change the music to the music you have prepared for the actual ceremony/walking down the aisle? Trying to sort out how many pre ceremony songs will be needed/ how many songs (or parts of songs) I should include for walking down the aisle. Thanks in advance for any help :)

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Hello, We had 4 songs for guest seating (should be 10 - 15 minutes of music), a song for bridesmaids & flower girls walking in, and a song for me walking in. Then a song for the sand ceremony, and one for us walking out. If you are doing the legal ceremony you can also have a song for signing the papers - we didn't know this, and the technician just replayed the sand ceremony song. We had all the songs in order in an iPod playlist, and gave Lorena a list with each important event and the name of the song.

For those of you that rented the sound system.... Pre-ceremony did you play music for when your guests were congregating/taking their seats? And how did you arrange that (iPod, cd?) so that whomever is running the system can change the music to the music you have prepared for the actual ceremony/walking down the aisle? Trying to sort out how many pre ceremony songs will be needed/ how many songs (or parts of songs) I should include for walking down the aisle. Thanks in advance for any help :)

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I ended up putting together a word file with all of the important details for our wedding - approximate timeline, music choices, bouquet choices, menu, centrepieces etc., and sent that to Lorena in advance. She said it was a huge help - it basically just compiled all of the important details (and expected prices) in one place. The wedding planning form is so long, and a lot of things end up not applying to your wedding, so I thought this approach was a lot more useful. If anyone wants a copy of mine to use as a template, just send me an email at lori_mceachern@hotmail.com as I haven't been checking here as often lately. I also have all of the legal ceremony info for the person who was looking for it, but don't have it here with me, so I will try to report back when I get home tomorrow. Happy planning!

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I also just found a post I made shortly after getting home containing a lot of the price breakdown... We were only given $400 credit for not having the cocktail hour, which was less than the actual cost for 20 people (I think they charge $26 per person. Anyway, thought I'd repost it in case it helps anyone.

We just had our wedding recently, so I have a lot of the prices handy.  It was one thing I struggled with in the planning, so I'll put all the info here in case it helps anyone.  We had 24 adults, 1 child over 6, and 5 children under 6 (infants). Ultimate wedding package was $2,999 (no extra tax or fees) (Anything I list as included below was included in the ultimate package but may not be included in the other packages) Photographer - We had package #3, this included 6 hours of coverage and 100 pictures (+50 from the ultimate package, so 150 pictures total) = $999 + 11% tax = $1,108.89.   Flowers:
  • Brides bouquet - included
  • Groom's boutonniere - included
  • Additional boutonnieres for groomsmen, parents, etc. - 2 are included, extras were $20 each
  • Coursages - 2 are included, extras were $35 each
  • Bridesmaids bouquets - $80 each
  • Flower girl baskets with petals - $25 each
  • Centerpieces - 2 are included, additional were $80 each
  • Decoration of cake with flowers - $40 

*  Prices of the bridesmaids bouquets and centerpieces will vary depending on which you choose. *  All flowers have 11% tax on top of these prices. Food & Beverage: 

  • Dinner - Included for 20 people, additional adults are $48 each.  Children over 6 are $24 each, children under 6 are no charge.
  • Champagne - included for 20 people, each additional bottle is $40 (I'm not sure how they determine how many people per bottle, but we had 4 extra adults and paid for one extra bottle).
  • Cake - Included for 20 people, extra is $4 per person.  We were charged for 30 people, so they included the children/infants here.
  • Extra hour of reception - $15 per person, adults only.
  • Credit received for not having an official cocktail hour - $400

*  All charges in this category have a 11% tax and a 15% service fee (e.g. For the $48 per person dinner charge you will pay $60.48). Music:

  • Mexican Trio - included
  • Sound system to play Ipod, CDs, etc. - $180 per hour (You will be charged for 1 hour to have the sound system for your ceremony, even if it is used for less than an hour).  
  • DJ - $300 per hour (minimum is 2 hours, you can use the sound system for the first hour of your reception during the dinner, and then hire the DJ for 2 hours if you like) 

* All prices in this category will have 11% tax added. Additional Decor: 

  • Paper lanterns - $10 each
  • Tiki torches - $15 each
  • Bamboo poles with 12 lanterns hanging - $150
  • Lights under tables - $30 each
  • Light-up dance floor - $580

* All will have 11% tax added Legal ceremony There was a charge of $500 + 11% tax (so $555) for the extra items required for the legal ceremony (blood test, translation of the marriage certificate, etc). ** One thing to note is that the resort gives you your final prices/bill for the wedding in US Dollars, but then actually bills your credit card in pesos.  Either the conversion rate of the hotel and our bank was different, or there was a foreign transaction fee or something of the sort worked in, but the amount billed to our card was about $300 higher than what we signed and agreed to at the hotel.

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I ended up putting together a word file with all of the important details for our wedding - approximate timeline, music choices, bouquet choices, menu, centrepieces etc., and sent that to Lorena in advance. She said it was a huge help - it basically just compiled all of the important details (and expected prices) in one place. The wedding planning form is so long, and a lot of things end up not applying to your wedding, so I thought this approach was a lot more useful. If anyone wants a copy of mine to use as a template, just send me an email at lori_mceachern@hotmail.com as I haven't been checking here as often lately. I also have all of the legal ceremony info for the person who was looking for it, but don't have it here with me, so I will try to report back when I get home tomorrow. Happy planning!

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Hi Lori We are having a legal wedding on Jan 6. Mu wedding planner says only symbolic ceremony has sand ceremony but it is something that we really want to do and include our childen ( we have both been married before and so it's a blended family sand ceremony), where you able to personalise your legal ceremony ? And how long did your wedding certificate take to arrive ? Thank you x

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