Help!! Is it worth the money to hire an outside coordinator?
Posted 11 January 2010 - 04:40 PM
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We had our dinner at the Fenecia restaurant and I had changed up the appetizer menu, which she agreed could be done, but when we received the appetizers, it was the same as the original menu. Once again, no problem, as it was all delicious.
WC would have arranged everything on her own, however, I requested Marco for the minister and it just worked out the they use him anyway. He kept in contact with me to see what we wanted. ie did we want our own vows, he sent us some to choose from or to help us with our own, etc. I felt as if I had known him for years - and have to agree with the other brides on this forum, that you couldn't go wrong with him.
I had requested Alonso Aguirre for my solo guitarist, as I had heard him before. He plays during breakfast time at the Hilton, which makes a very pleasant breakfast. My FI had emailed him a play list but never got a response, but WC had asked us to copy her in the email so she could stay on top of things and follow-up, which she did - and he played everything we requested. I walked down to Canon in D and he did a beautiful job. Also, "the way you look tonight" was great. I highly recommend him.
WC suggested several different florists and I chose Mazarte Florals, based on reviews on this Forum, which was also on her list. I sent WC a picture of what I would like my bouquet to look like and it was identical. I couldn't have been more pleased, especially since I was never in contact with the florist.
WC suggested several different photographers and I chose Dino Gomez (from her list) and once again, I was very pleased. Before we left the property, a CD was left in our room. On the CD were our pictures and a slide show he had put together with "Unforgetable" playing in the background. WC dealt directly with Dino for me.
The only person I dealt with directly was Jennifer Hatton. She made the wedding cake. I would have used the Hilton's chef, but their price was too high for what I wanted. WC had no problem at all with me using an outside vendor. My cake was beautiful and was exactly what I wanted. I had sent her a picture, as well. And, on top of that, it was delicious.
We had our Welcome dinner at Edith's in Cabo. I had eaten there several times before and it is a personal favorite. It's quite costly, but we had a small group of 11 - and is well worth it. I highly recommend going there - even if it's just the 2 of you. I made my reservation via email and Jose Bahena was very responsive. I had to change the time and he got right back to me. In addition, I wanted a special birthday cake delivered to the restaurant and presented to my FI after dinner as a surprise. It went off perfectly. They did want $40 for a cutting fee, however, when the baker found that out, she reduced her delivery charge for me. I used Deena, with Sweet Dreams, to make that cake. She was a little less than Jennifer Hatton. However, both cakes were delicious, and both ladies were great to work with.
The morning after the wedding, we took our guests on a snorkeling excursion. I chose a boat/company that I had been on several times before and had a blast each time. It's called the SunRider Tours. I emailed them and got a response from "Mario" right away. He offered me a discounted rate from what they normally charge but later, I saw on their website, they were offering that rate anyway as a "December" special. I didn't confirm ahead of time, not knowing if it would be too cool for snorkeling, but when we arrived, we saw that it was fine to go. I emailed him once I got there and asked if he would except a rate that was a little less than what he offered me and he did. Once again, we all had a blast - and even got to see whales!!
We used a transportation company called Lifestyle. They were great - professional and friendly. I had not heard of them before, but somehow had gotten on their email list and I've received newsletters from them for several years. I have planned business mtgs. there before and had always used the same company, however, they were the most expensive and were not willing to negotiate. Lifestyle were willing, therefore, they got the job. We had no problem with them at all and would recommend them. Another thing I liked about them, versus the company I had used for business, is that they accepted payment by credit card and the other company was wire transfer only. That was ok when it was for my company, but I felt better using a credit card for a company I had not heard of before on a personal basis. They sent an authorization form before hand and we were able to set it all up. Even though we just used them for roundtrip airport transfers, they were willing to work with us on trips into town by using credit cards, as well, but we just ended up taking taxis.
We ate dinner at Mi Casa one of the nights we were there. In fact, we actually went back a second time. You know how us Texans like Mexican food. lol
I know this is pretty long for such a simple question that you asked - but I hope it helped you some. Don't hesitate to contact me if I can help any further.
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I am getting married at Cabo Azul in May. I had decided to just stick with the hotel's coordinator, Sergio, but over the past few months he hasn't been good about returning emails or calling. We haven't even begun to talk about details. So I decided to hire April from Baja Weddings. But when I told Sergio this, he immediately called to apologize and implored me to give him a week to prove his ability and commitment.
I had read some negative reviews of Sergio but I originally thought that I would be fine with him because I have an exact vision and plan for everything I want at the wedding. I just don't want his knack for not "following through" to reflect in the "day of" wedding coordinating. The most important thing for me in a coordinator is that once I arrive in Cabo I want the whole weekend to run smoothly without me having to deal with anything. I had even considered having Baja Weddings just do "day of" but they said they don't do that... that it's more complicated than just being involved from the beginning.
Any advice would be very very much appreciated!
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