Originally Posted by loripanori
We didn't get an invoice or tentative invoice ahead of time at all, but I had our final price figured out almost exactly from the various prices that had been given to me. The only thing I was off on was the amount of credit given for not having the cocktail hour. We also added on an extra hour of reception on impulse at the list minute, but I'm glad we did. I stressed to Lorena that I wanted dinner to move very quickly, and she told me they would have it move as fast as our guests were eating, but it was sooooooooo slooooooooow. Took pretty much 2 hours from start to finish (I was aiming for 1 hour!), and we only had 24 adults. I'm sure it would be a lot faster with a buffet. But anyway, because dinner was so slow I was happy to have the extra hour of dancing.
Our final cost was around $7650 (including photography). It broke down roughly like this:
$3000 wedding package
$620 flowers (3 bridesmaids bouquets, 2 extra centerpieces, 4 flower girl baskets, extra boutonnieres & coursages, flowers for the cake)
$290 extra food & cake
$450 extra hour of reception
$400 sound system (2 hours - 1 hour for the ceremony, and 1 hour to play music during the first hour of the reception)
$1000 DJ (3 hours)
$640 light-up dance floor
$550 extra costs for legal wedding
-$400 cocktail hour credit
So this doesn't include our trip itself, or any of the stuff we brought with us, just the actual wedding items we were charged for by the resort. I think we may have been given a few small breaks in some of the prices when we decided to add on the extra hour, like I don't think we paid for the child's meal, or an extra bottle of champagne (for having 4 extra adults), small stuff like that. But we also realized later that we didn't get one of the boutonnieres we paid for, and we didn't get any cake or flowers returned to our room. I was mostly sad about this because they told us to just leave all the flowers and they would bring them up, and so I left my bouquet behind, and ended up losing my bouquet photo charm which was a real sentimental item for me.
Thank you so much for this! This totally helps! Sadly I was off by a few thousand I'm assuming you didn't add any extra lighting then? Was it bright enough?