I did wind up using the Mandera Spa and I have to say, I really did like the hair and make-up service that I received. They have moved and updated their spa and all I can say is that it is FABULOUS!!! I did not take the Bridal package, but I paid seperately for hair and make-up. They did try to pull a fast one in that I also had my flower girl's hair done and off-handedly they asked me if they could have permission to flat iron her hair..I thought it was odd that they asked if they could have permission...I did not care so I said yes. Well..when I got the bill, they tried to charge me an extra I think $50 just to use the flat iron...I said...I DON'T THINK so!!! Had I known that there was a charge...I would have said...no!!! Anyway...they took the charge off immediately with no problem. I thought that this was a little nervy on their part...it only made the technician's job easier...not mine!! LOL
As for the DJ..I used one that was recommended by Rev. Sweeting. There was another one recommended by Rev. Sweeting..I think his name was Agabe that Mike...screen-name MD2002 on here said was great. I contacted him but he was busy the day of my wedding. I then contacted the next DJ on the Rev.'s list and he was very good...we gave him a play list so he did not have that much room to experiment...and the price was right...$150 an hour as opposed to the $450 an hour the Atlantis charges for a DJ. I would say if you give him a ply list..you will be fine. He was very nice and also did the audio for our wedding since we had a larger group (cheaper than the Rev's prices for audio) PM for the info if you want it. Just keep in mind that if you get your own music vendors, you have to pay ampage fees to the Atlantis...I think I paid just over $200 for 3 hours for the DJ.
You will love Rev. Sweeting...I can't imagine a better pastor...I can't tell you how many people told us that ours was by far the best wedding ceremony that they had ever witnessed. He is just a professional. He has scripts for vows, ring exchanges, sand ceremony...and even when we told him that we were going to "jump the broom"...he had a script for that too and actually told us how it is done!!
I am going to post a few pics now on this board from the wedding so that you can get a flavor of what it may look like...
BTW..the cake was good...very moist...I had one tier of raspberry filled yellow cake and two of devils food/raspberry...the yellow/raspberry was AMAZING!!!
Also...as an aside...I don't think I've ever mentioned this...I had my Welcome dinner across the Atlantis Marina at the Club Land Or' timeshare. I may have been the first that they have done. The timeshare itself is not great...but they are right on the water..overlooking the Atlantis property. They refused to sell to the Atlantis and so the Atlantis built around them...they arre sitting on prime real estate!! In fact...you have to walk past their property to get to the Atlantis timeshare!! I was supposed to have it outside on the lawn overlooking the water but they moved it inside....which turned out to be very nice too. I had a DJ and a full open 3-hour bar as well as decoration included for a little over $50 per adult and much less per kid. When I added up the costs of an welcome dinner at the Atlantis with drinks or off of the premises which would have required me to pay for transportation...this was a great bargain and it set the weekend off really, really nicely.