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#1 michelle08

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    Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:58 PM

    I am just wondering what you are choosing for your dinner options.

    I am picky and I'm on a budget. I think I want to do a buffet because I feel like it's more food. However I don't like their set buffets so I just compiled my own buffet menu from all of their options and cut things out and reduced the price and emailed Sonia to see if that would work or what would work that is similar. Previously she told me that I can tell her exactly what I want and she will price it for me.

    Well apparently her out of office reply says she is out until Mid October (pregnancy maybe??) So it gave me an email to Daniela. I emailed her now and I have to wait until she gets back to me....

    So I thought I would ask you girls and see what you are doing...



    #2 jak27

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      Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:43 PM

      OMG Michelle, I almost had a heart attack! "Attention Fiesta Americana Brides"...I thought the resort had burned down or something. WHEW!

      I am not too thrilled with the buffet options either, and I do not want a sit down dinner. So we are in the beginning of the process. I have looked over the Gala Dinner Buffet (think it's on the Dinners handout), taken out what we don't want (like the mussles and duck pate!), and we'll add the cheese boutique for the cocktail hour and the Italian boutique for dinner as well. I'm hoping that with all of those changes & additions, we'll end up in the $65-70/person range...I refuse to pay the full price for a bunch of raw vegetables and seafood my guests won't enjoy.

      The other buffets don't impress me too much...our guests will be tired of mexican food by then, and the latin buffet doesn't thrill me either. So that leaves the gala, but severely altered.

      I'll let you know how the negotiations go though...since your contact has left, who is your new person? Eloisa was my initial contact, but she had a baby too, so that's how I am now with Daniela. BTW, Daniela is usually pretty quick to respond, no more than a day I would say.

      Let me know how it all goes. I think if we compare notes & prices we should negotiate pretty well!

      #3 ajncooter

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        Posted 02 July 2007 - 03:13 PM

        I thought the same thing... scary

        #4 KAMEYER70

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          Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:33 PM

          My WC worked with Daniella and she has been very responsive. We wanted a sit down dinner and opted for choices from the "weddings" menu because it offered butler passed hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour (nice touch) and included the wedding cake for desert.

          Since we started talking to the hotel in 2006, we were able to order off of the "weddings 2006" menu. We are offering our guests three choices: duck breast, sea bass or chicken breast. The average price per guest WITH tip and tax is $85.

          The bar is another issue... their prices are so high! We have pretty much decided to pay by comsumption, but that makes me nervous. I'm going to have my WC keep an eye on the bar bill during the reception and let us know when we get close to our budget. We are planning on $6k for 70 guests. Hopefully, we won't come near that amount, but it's better to plan conservatively and have some $$ left over, right?
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          #5 michelle08

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            Posted 02 July 2007 - 09:37 PM

            Sorry Jill, I didn't mean to scare you!! I did get your attention though! :0

            Daniela acutally responded very quickly! I couldn't get Sonia to respond so quick....

            I emailed her this menu and asked if I could get it for $50 a person...she said okay minus the jumbo shrimp....I told her it was rough but at least I knew she would work with me...I was afraid I only got to pick off of their pre-selected options....

            FOR STARTERS


            Salad Greens w/ Roquefort cheese & pecan & fruit oil vinaigrette

            German-style Potato Salad with Apple Vinegar
            Clam Chowder served with Herb Crackers




            SIDE DISHES
            Cajun-style Roasted Potatoes
            Chili Beans
            Wild Rice w/ Cilantro
            Seasonal Vegetables




            CARVING STATION
            Baked Ham with Pineapple and Ceylon Cinnamon
            Mesquite-grilled Prime Rib with Tequila and Herb Sauce


            MAIN DISHES
            Chicken in Chipotle Chili and Apricot Sauce
            Mesquite-roasted Beef Arrachera

            BBQ Ribs in Smoky Sauce




            DESSERTS SECTION


            No Dessert (wedding cake-brought in from sweet dreams)
            $50.00


            #6 michelle08

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              Posted 02 July 2007 - 09:38 PM

              Oh and I reallly wanted some italian too...I will have to look into that...

              I definately think we need to compare notes and prices to make sure they are consistant.... :)

              #7 michelle08

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                Posted 02 July 2007 - 09:42 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by KAMEYER70
                My WC worked with Daniella and she has been very responsive. We wanted a sit down dinner and opted for choices from the "weddings" menu because it offered butler passed hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour (nice touch) and included the wedding cake for desert.

                Since we started talking to the hotel in 2006, we were able to order off of the "weddings 2006" menu. We are offering our guests three choices: duck breast, sea bass or chicken breast. The average price per guest WITH tip and tax is $85.

                The bar is another issue... their prices are so high! We have pretty much decided to pay by comsumption, but that makes me nervous. I'm going to have my WC keep an eye on the bar bill during the reception and let us know when we get close to our budget. We are planning on $6k for 70 guests. Hopefully, we won't come near that amount, but it's better to plan conservatively and have some $$ left over, right?
                Kay~

                Yeah the bar prices are really high...My FI thinks we should do consumption too...but it also scares me...we only will have about 35 guests...but I will do the same thing put someone in charge to check the tab throughout the night...Plus since we will be in the suite...I am thinking since they want music off at 10pm we can cut off the bar and send them on their way and since they said we could have music but low past 10pm we can have more alcohol in the suite and bust that out afterward until everyone wants to go back....

                #8 KAMEYER70

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                  Posted 03 July 2007 - 12:42 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by michelle08
                  Kay~

                  Yeah the bar prices are really high...My FI thinks we should do consumption too...but it also scares me...we only will have about 35 guests...but I will do the same thing put someone in charge to check the tab throughout the night...Plus since we will be in the suite...I am thinking since they want music off at 10pm we can cut off the bar and send them on their way and since they said we could have music but low past 10pm we can have more alcohol in the suite and bust that out afterward until everyone wants to go back....
                  That is exactly what we are planning to do... have an "after party" and stock the suite with beer, tequila, etc. There is no way our group is going to shut it down at 10pm. :)
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                  #9 danalovesdave

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                    Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:51 AM

                    Hey ladies--this is off the subject of food, but are most of you using a seperate WC or are you doing it through the resort? We for sure would like to get married at Fiesta Americana (We just got back from a little vacation there last week!!) just wondering where to start....thanks!

                    #10 danalovesdave

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                      Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:56 AM

                      Hey ladies--this is off the subject of food, but are most of you using a seperate WC or are you doing it through the resort? We for sure would like to get married at Fiesta Americana (We just got back from a little vacation there last week!!) just wondering where to start....thanks!




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