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Hi everyone! am I next?!! Yikes!!
according to my list, YES! woohoo!

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I have a couple questions about the different packages that are available. I've emailed Kelly but I hear it takes a while to get a response back so I figured I would quiz you.

 

We are going to have 25-30 people at our wedding so we can get either the platinum/premier or the gold/paradise packages.

 

From what I interpret, If you upgrade to the platinum/premier package for an additional $2345 you get these things above the gold/paradise package;

-catamaran yacht instead of a sail boat or speed boat (this has the advantage of a dance floor and more space. I imagine this is the reason for the 25-30 person limit)

-a planning day trip to LC that you can take months or days before the actual wedding.

-access to the spa (I don't understand this. with the gold package you have access to the bridal suit. With the platinum package you have access to the bridal suit and spa. What are you actually getting extra?)

-your ceremony has torches lighting the way and a tropical center piece

-Appetizers before your meal

-tropical beach dance floor, sound system and bonfire on the beach.

 

Is there any other differences I'm missing?

 

If you get the gold package, do you dance at the same place you had the reception opposed to on the beach? or is there just no place for dancing?

 

If you were to get the gold package and then book the fire dancers, how does that work?

 

Thanks for your replies in advance! I really hope my fianceé and I can get married at LC It would be a dream come true for her (and me).

 

Billy

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Hi Billy!!

 

ok, I have booked the platinum package.. when I was considering what package to get I emailed Kelley to ask the differences as well and here is what she said

 

Hey Kathy,

 

 

 

Here is the information for the Gold package. If you would like me to make a cost proposal for this package, just let me know and I will be more than happy to do that for you……

 

Your afternoon begins when you board when of our inflatable Zodiaks (group of 20) or one of our luxury sailboats at 3pm in the afternoon, (pictures attached). This would take you privately out to Las Caletas where you arrive at approximately 5:00pm. You would then have plenty of time to prepare for the ceremony at our very own hill top spa and bridal casita.

 

At approximately 6:00pm / 6:15pm we would commence the ceremony directly on the beach.

 

This would be a completely private ceremony as our regular Rhythms of the Night guests will not arrive until approximate hour and half. Following the ceremony you would have plenty of time for photographs, music and cocktails before retreating to a private terrace for dinner.

 

Dinner is a first class buffet that features a number of different entrees to suit the tastes of everyone. It includes grilled steak, grilled chicken, fish, a mushroom alfredo pasta, rice, freshly cooked and grilled vegetables, panela cheese, and several salad options. A dessert buffet is also included which features brownies, pie, a traditional rice pudding dish, and plenty of fresh cut tropical fruit.

 

When it is time to go home, you would then have the option or either returning by Zodiac or by catamaran with the other guests. Returning by catamaran can actually be quite fun as they do a bit of a show on board with music and dancing, etc, but of course you also have the option to return privately with your guests on the lancha. :)

 

I also wanted to give you some information about booking a wedding date at Las Caletas. To ensure the quality of your wedding, I will only do one wedding a day at Las Caletas, so to reserve and confirm your wedding date, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 USD. In the event that the wedding location needs to be changed, I am happy to offer you a company credit for this deposit (so you could use it towards tours, scuba diving or dolphin programs).

 

 

Ok, so that being said.. I think the biggest difference between the 2 packages is that with the Gold Package you dont really get a "reception". You get to the wedding location, get ready, have your ceremony, have dinner and then watch the Rythm of the Nights show with the rest of the guests that come over for the show...

 

This is what she had to say about the Platinum Package (she sent them in 2 different emails)

 

Hola Kathy,

 

Thank you for your email and interest in getting married at Las Caletas, and CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!! I have prepared a quote for you please find it attached to this email. I will send you a separate email with information pertaining to the Gold package, and hopefully that will help you tell the difference between the two. Basically, the Platinum package is completely private and the Gold package is more semi-private and does not give you the option of having a full on reception.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to give you more information about what your wedding in Las Caletas would be like.

 

Las Caletas is a truly magical place to exchange your vows and celebrate this special occasion. It is our private beach cove in the south bay and is only accessible by sea - giving it the seclusion and ambiance of an island hideaway. Las Caletas covers an enormous area and features several beaches, a pyramid amphitheater built into the tropical forest and mountain side, various facilities/buildings (spa, kitchens, eating areas/restaurants, bars, restrooms, etc), and several hundred acres of tropical forest. For all Deluxe Weddings at Las Caletas a private catamaran, beach, dinner and reception area are included - making half of Las Caletas completely private for you and your group all night!

 

During the wedding, the rest of Caletas will host our regular evening tour there, called Rhythms of the Night. This is a quiet evening that includes dinner and a show at the pyramid amphitheater. The area where your wedding will be is completely separate and private from where the other guests will be and it is unlikely that you will even know that they are there, especially as you will arrive well before them and depart after them as well.

 

Your evening would begin when you and your guests board one of our top of the line catamarans from either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta (whichever is most convenient to where you and your guests are staying). You will then cruise south along the Puerto Vallarta coastline, past Los Arcos and Mismaloya to Las Caletas. Upon arrival, your guests will be led to the beach where they will enjoy cocktails and appetizers while you and your bridesmaids prepare for the ceremony at our very own hill top spa. Your fiancee will also have a separate area where he can change if need be, that also features a lounge with full drink and appetizer service for him and his buddies. The ceremony would follow, taking place directly on the beach.

 

After the ceremony you would have time for photographs with your photographer, before you and your guest would sit down to an absolutely lovely dinner on the terraces surrounding and overlooking the beach where you've just had your ceremony. While you and your new husband have your wedding photographs taken, your guests would again be able to enjoy additional appetizers and cocktails.

 

Dinner is a first class buffet that features a number of different entrees to suit the tastes of everyone. It includes grilled steak, grilled chicken, fish, a mushroom alfredo pasta, rice, freshly cooked and grilled vegetables, panela cheese, and several salad options. A dessert buffet is also included which features brownies, pie, a traditional rice pudding dish, and plenty of fresh cut tropical fruit. Sparkling wine is served towards the end of dinner for toasting, and before you head down for your first dance you will be able to cut your wedding cake (it will be available to eat throughout the reception).

 

While you and your guests enjoy your dinner, the ceremony set up on the beach is broken down, and a dance floor laid out in the sand (so you would have something sturdy to dance on), tables and chairs are set up around the dance floor for your guests to relax in, and the torches, candles and bonfire are set out/up and lit.

 

After dinner you would have approximately two to two and half hours of reception time before reboarding the catamaran at 10:45 to head back to Vallarta. The boat ride back is a continuation of the reception and you and your guests will be able to enjoy music, dancing and an open bar all the way home. If you would like to extend the time you have at Caletas and make the reception time you have there longer, extra hours are available at $10 per person per hour (charge for extra hours begin at 10:30 pm). Most of the time, I have a hard time getting the wedding parties to leave, because Las Caletas, and the beach there are an absolutely incredible location for not only the wedding ceremony itself, but also the reception, and people just never want to seem to go - but it is important to keep in mind that it is an hour ride back to Vallarta!

 

I also wanted to give you some information about booking a wedding date at Las Caletas. To ensure the quality of your wedding, I will only do one wedding a day at Las Caletas, so to reserve and confirm your wedding date, we require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 USD. In the event that the wedding location needs to be changed, I am happy to offer you a company credit for this deposit (so you could use it towards tours, scuba diving or dolphin programs). I wanted to let you know that your requested date of May 12 and 11th are both currently available in 2010. If I can interject something though…. Wednesdays is our busiest day in the company because there are normally three cruise ships in port, so if you can, I would recommend the 11th over the 12th…….

 

Here are some links to past weddings…..

I hope that this helps!

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Im doing the barefoot package and staying all day and I am still having a reception..were not going to the show though..the only thing is we dont get the dance floor set up, we will just dance in the sand :)

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I need some advice. I am not sure what to do about seating assignments...escort cards or just a simple list of table assignments? Does anyone have any recommendations? Or simple DIY ideas? Is there room at Las Caletas to lay out a bunch of escort cards?

 

Thanks,

 

Megan

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I need some advice. I am not sure what to do about seating assignments...escort cards or just a simple list of table assignments? Does anyone have any recommendations? Or simple DIY ideas? Is there room at Las Caletas to lay out a bunch of escort cards?

Thanks,

Megan
I kept it super simple. I actually didn't even want to mess with table assignments but Nicole suggested that I come up with something so it would be easier for the guests. here is a picture of where the seating cards were layed out. this is right on top of the stairs down to the ceremony site and by the tables. so when guests come up from the ceremony they could pick up their name and find their table. I just quick printed these cards, one side had their name and the other "table 1" (or whatever table they were at) and then each table had a number. I used the colored palm trees as another way to distguish the tables but that wasn't really necessary

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I kept it super simple. I actually didn't even want to mess with table assignments but Nicole suggested that I come up with something so it would be easier for the guests. here is a picture of where the seating cards were layed out. this is right on top of the stairs down to the ceremony site and by the tables. so when guests come up from the ceremony they could pick up their name and find their table. I just quick printed these cards, one side had their name and the other "table 1" (or whatever table they were at) and then each table had a number. I used the colored palm trees as another way to distguish the tables but that wasn't really necessary

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Andi- those are super cute! I was thinking of doing those little drink umbrellas with names in the box of sand but I love what you did more!

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Thank you so much butterfly4kathy2 for the quick reply!

 

Wow, I didn't realize you didn't get a reception/dance after the dinner with the gold package. I don't think our guests will do a whole lot of dancing but we must have our first dances.

 

Billy

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Andi- those are super cute! I was thinking of doing those little drink umbrellas with names in the box of sand but I love what you did more!
oh little drink umbrellas...that is a good idea too!

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I need some advice. I am not sure what to do about seating assignments...escort cards or just a simple list of table assignments? Does anyone have any recommendations? Or simple DIY ideas? Is there room at Las Caletas to lay out a bunch of escort cards?

Thanks,

Megan
i did starfish with name cards attached and asked Kelley to prop them up in some sand. they pulled out some cool bowls, filled them with sand and put my starfish place cards in there... let me see if i can find a picture

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