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#1 marteeca

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    Posted 31 October 2009 - 12:18 AM

    Hello!

    I am looking for recommendations for a flexible, reasonably-priced WC in Puerto Vallarta. I have received some quotes, but a lot of the caterers/coordinators I wrote to never responded so I do not have a good way to compare or have an idea what is a good price. Our reception is at Casa Carol Ann so a coordinator would be very helpful, particularly a Day-of-Wedding coordinator.

    I also LOVE decorating and organizing...so I want to do a lot of the planning and decorating myself, which is another reason that I am looking for someone reasonably-priced and flexible...basically I need a Day-of-Wedding coordinator, and someone to help me with suggestions or negotiate prices with vendors. I am not looking for someone who will do everything for us.

    I originally found someone I thought I could work with...I thought I explained what I was looking for...now they say my budget is too low for them and will not work with me. They also told me it will be hard for me to find someone in PV who will be flexible, reasonbly-priced, and meet my needs at the same time.

    I can't believe this to be true...so, does anyone have any recommendations?

    THANKS!

    #2 Mishka Designs

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      Posted 31 October 2009 - 03:49 AM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by marteeca
      Hello!

      I am looking for recommendations for a flexible, reasonably-priced WC in Puerto Vallarta. I have received some quotes, but a lot of the caterers/coordinators I wrote to never responded so I do not have a good way to compare or have an idea what is a good price. Our reception is at Casa Carol Ann so a coordinator would be very helpful, particularly a Day-of-Wedding coordinator.

      I also LOVE decorating and organizing...so I want to do a lot of the planning and decorating myself, which is another reason that I am looking for someone reasonably-priced and flexible...basically I need a Day-of-Wedding coordinator, and someone to help me with suggestions or negotiate prices with vendors. I am not looking for someone who will do everything for us.

      I originally found someone I thought I could work with...I thought I explained what I was looking for...now they say my budget is too low for them and will not work with me. They also told me it will be hard for me to find someone in PV who will be flexible, reasonbly-priced, and meet my needs at the same time.

      I can't believe this to be true...so, does anyone have any recommendations?

      THANKS!
      Unfortunately, the coordinator you spoke with was probably telling you the truth. I only know of one coordinator who is willing to do day of coordination, but she only does it rarely. The problem you run into in Vallarta is twofold 1) that there are only a handful of vendors who are reliable and on time and 2) vendors here only respect the person hiring them - so, if you hire a WC but the vendors have been dealing with you, the WC, to them, has very little pull and say - which makes for a very difficult working relationship. Working here is not like working up north - so there is a lot of baby sitting and visiting and what some may see as "dawdling" - but it's all necessary to pull the right strings, open the right doors, lower the right prices, push a little here, pull a little there in order to get what you want.

      OF COURSE, you can do that yourself. But I would find it highly unlikely (unless you speak Spanish - which, if you do - awesome!) that you'll be able to get lower prices than a Spanish speaker would. It's just part of the event business down here.

      so, anyway, I'm not saying "stop looking" - just trying to explain why it may be hard to find :):).

      #3 marteeca

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        Posted 31 October 2009 - 03:58 PM

        Thanks for replying! I understand everything that you've mentioned, and it makes perfect sense. :)

        I think the most important thing for us is to find someone who is flexible and will let us do some of the details ourselves (rather than have just a day-of coordinator). For example, some things we already have resources for include photographer (a friend of mine who will fly down) and florists (my fiancee is from Mexico, and his family used to have a florist shop in Mexico and now they have one in LA so they want to do the arrangements, as long as we can order or buy flowers).

        I definitely would like to have a coordinator... the one I thought would work with me in the end told me to do it myself, but that I would probably never find anyone to do the day-of coordinating. She said her vendors were reliable and to contact them directly if I wanted. I just want someone flexible enough to let us do some of it ourselves, and work with us on the rest. I do speak Spanish fluently (and of course my fiancee does as he is Mexican), and I know Puerto Vallarta very well so I feel very comfortable doing some things myself.

        Overall, we are both feeling a bit disappointed and regretting that we chose to get married in Puerto Vallarta! We feel like our wedding day should be the way we envision it, with participation from family and friends if that is what we want...not what others tell us we have to do.

        That said, I did find a few coordinators that seemed flexible, but I am looking for other recommendations for WCs that are not the kind that do everything for you.

        All recommendations welcome! Please post or PM me :)

        #4 Mishka Designs

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          Posted 03 November 2009 - 04:07 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by marteeca
          Thanks for replying! I understand everything that you've mentioned, and it makes perfect sense. :)

          I think the most important thing for us is to find someone who is flexible and will let us do some of the details ourselves (rather than have just a day-of coordinator). For example, some things we already have resources for include photographer (a friend of mine who will fly down) and florists (my fiancee is from Mexico, and his family used to have a florist shop in Mexico and now they have one in LA so they want to do the arrangements, as long as we can order or buy flowers).

          I definitely would like to have a coordinator... the one I thought would work with me in the end told me to do it myself, but that I would probably never find anyone to do the day-of coordinating. She said her vendors were reliable and to contact them directly if I wanted. I just want someone flexible enough to let us do some of it ourselves, and work with us on the rest. I do speak Spanish fluently (and of course my fiancee does as he is Mexican), and I know Puerto Vallarta very well so I feel very comfortable doing some things myself.

          Overall, we are both feeling a bit disappointed and regretting that we chose to get married in Puerto Vallarta! We feel like our wedding day should be the way we envision it, with participation from family and friends if that is what we want...not what others tell us we have to do.

          That said, I did find a few coordinators that seemed flexible, but I am looking for other recommendations for WCs that are not the kind that do everything for you.

          All recommendations welcome! Please post or PM me :)
          Hello! :) That's awesome that you speak Spanish and that you have spanish speakers to help you - since so much of it you want to do yourself and doesn't seem that you need the expertise of someone from Vallarta, have you considered asking someone in your family to be the wedding coordinator? When you are doing so much on your own, it sounds like what you really need is just someone to manage things the day of so you can sit back and get ready - so, it might be best to ask someone in your family to be the wedding coordinator the day of - or, perhaps, someone in your family knows someone who is very organized and you just pay their plane fare and a hotel room stay? Just a thought :):).




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