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We didn't pursue this issue...  I don't think it was an actual billing error, more an unfortunate side effect resulting from how they do the billing.  We didn't realize this in advance, but basically the wedding coordinators give you your final total in US dollars and then you have to go to the front desk to pay your bill.  However, the front desk will only bill in pesos.  So they convert your bill from USD to pesos, according to their exchange rate.  They charge your card in pesos, and then the credit card converts this BACK to your local currency, and usually charges a fee to do so (usually around 2.5%).  So it's quite likely that the currency conversion rates at the hotel and at VISA aren't equal (especially since there are usually different rates to convert from USD to pesos, vs. pesos to USD).  Plus a fee gets added on to the conversion.  I don't think there's much you can do about it, other than paying in cash.  And I've heard that some credit cards have no foreign currency fees, so that might be something to look into.   
oh I see ! Weird how the 500.00 deposit was in usd and didn't see any extra conversion charges but might see that on the final bill... Weird!

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oh I see ! Weird how the 500.00 deposit was in usd and didn't see any extra conversion charges but might see that on the final bill... Weird!

do your research beforehand, most likely the credit card you used for the deposit doesn't charge foreign transaction fees.  :)

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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
Hi, I am having a legal Ceremony and my planer has told me I have have a sand ceremony too x

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We didn't even realize that our credit card had a foreign transaction fee before using it at the resort to pay for the wedding.  Whenever we used it for smaller charges (billed in other currencies) in the past, we just assumed that what showed up on our bill was the current exchange rate.  It's certainly less noticeable on lower amounts.  Anyway, it's just something everyone should consider ahead of time and keep in mind, as the resort will definitely charge you in pesos and not USD.  

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I have a couple questions about the gold plated dinner menu:

 

- do the planners require your guest's meal choices way ahead of time, or are guests just given the options at the reception and pick at that point?

 

- did anyone make/bring their own menus?

 

- were your guests allowed to choose between the gold menu two options, as well as the vegetarian menu? I'd like to choose the lamb and seabass options, but I think picky eaters might take advantage of the vegetarian option, if I can have all three options.

 

- did anyone order these meal options and have comments on quality?

 

Thanks ladies!

 

We gave our guests 3 meal choices - fish, beef and chicken. Our WC Lorena instructed us to send her each guests meal choice 30 days in advance. Since we included that on the RSVPs, it was pretty simple to do.

 

I had our menus printed by RebeccaAllurenment, she did our invitations. Each table had 1 tented 5x7 menu card.

 

Since we had the Ultimate Package, we basically go to mix and match the different entree choices (no more than 3 entrees). Again, I don't think there would be any issue with that as long as you provide your WC with each guests meal choice. 

 

I had the chicken and my husband had the sea bass. I thought they were both excellent. However, I heard from my guests that the beef tenderloin was way too under-cooked.

 

Here's a photo of my menu:

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That's good to know thanks Emma. I have just sent my wedding planner in so am waiting for an update from Ayahamint my co-ord. I will order my sand vase now. 😀
I have the same wedding coordinator!

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Hi how are you finding Ayahamint? I have had to chase quite a bit . I sent my wedding planner in a week ago and she responded to say thank you and she will be back to me soon. It's our wedding 11 weeks on Monday 😄x.

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Hi how are you finding Ayahamint? I have had to chase quite a bit . I sent my wedding planner in a week ago and she responded to say thank you and she will be back to me soon. It's our wedding 11 weeks on Monday 😄x.
ehhh shed ok I mean our wedding isn't until 13 months! But I sent her a photo of a centerpiece I liked with a glass hurricane pillar candle and sand and shells and first email she said she would send it to the people to get a price quote than I emailed her a few weeks later and she said to send it to her again LOL so don't know if she ever got a price quote.. A little frustrating but I know I have time!!

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