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Just curious on what kind of group rates everyone is getting? My TA quoted me $1539 but put $1617 on STD today!  Thats from vancouver BC air/hotel and airport transfers. 

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I'm a Vancouverite also!!! I had a TA who originally quoted to me $1900!!!!!!! And then I told her to look into Westjet, which forced her to book flights and hotel seperately and when adding flights + hotel it ended up being around $1350, but she didn't block the flights in time and the price went up to $1450. I was REALLY disappointed with her and actually just decided to change TAs the other day.

 

Question to all the brides out there, how long did you have your DJ for? The package comes with 2 hours and then I was thinking of getting another 2 hours. But I am wondering if its really necessary to have the DJ for the 1st hour of the reception when people are coming in, speeches are being done, food being served etc. But then..you don't want the room to have NO music in the background while ppl are coming in...or do you??

 

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Originally Posted by irishdonna View Post

Just curious on what kind of group rates everyone is getting? My TA quoted me $1539 but put $1617 on STD today!  Thats from vancouver BC air/hotel and airport transfers. 



 

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I originally only had the DJ for the 2 hrs that comes in the package.  I had my sister come up with a dinner play list on her Ipod to play during dinner but the DJ was all set up when we got to the reception site.  The MC announced the wedding party and we had the first dances to the music we chose.  They played a set track of music during dinner on auto and then came back for the cake cutting.  Then the 2 hrs of DJ started and Pilar gave us an extra DJ hour for free.  I thought that the 3 full hours of music and dancing was the perfect amount of time.  A lot of wedding parties travel to the Beach Bar or Sports Bar after the reception so that you can keep the party going.

 

Also, if you have your cocktail hour at the Beach Bar, you can bring your Ipod and the bartender will hook it up so that you have music playing there also.  The speakers at the bar go soft sometimes and the bartender said that it was because of the wind coming off the beach so its not the best sound system but better than renting the equipment or not having any music during cocktail hour.

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Did you have one of your family members/friends managing the Ipod during the reception when the MC was welcoming the bridal party and doing the first dance? I assume this was before the DJ started working?
 

Originally Posted by hammy0426 View Post

I originally only had the DJ for the 2 hrs that comes in the package.  I had my sister come up with a dinner play list on her Ipod to play during dinner but the DJ was all set up when we got to the reception site.  The MC announced the wedding party and we had the first dances to the music we chose.  They played a set track of music during dinner on auto and then came back for the cake cutting.  Then the 2 hrs of DJ started and Pilar gave us an extra DJ hour for free.  I thought that the 3 full hours of music and dancing was the perfect amount of time.  A lot of wedding parties travel to the Beach Bar or Sports Bar after the reception so that you can keep the party going.

 

Also, if you have your cocktail hour at the Beach Bar, you can bring your Ipod and the bartender will hook it up so that you have music playing there also.  The speakers at the bar go soft sometimes and the bartender said that it was because of the wind coming off the beach so its not the best sound system but better than renting the equipment or not having any music during cocktail hour.



 

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I originally went through a TA but she had a difficult time matching the pricing we found on bookit.com.  I ended up leaving her and booking on-line (we already had our flights booked long before separately).  Our hotel only pricing ranged from $99 per night for non-preferred tropical view to $147 per night for preferred ocean front view. 

 

Booking flights can be tricky but we found ours cheapest during Aug and Sep for travel for Feb.  Specifically, I checked flights for weeks on a daily basis and found that the pricing dropped a bit each day right after lunch and would go back up by the time I left for work.  My party was arriving on different days and some from different locations so it worked for us because we could not travel together anyways.

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I feel so ripped off! I hired a wedding planner who pretty much is just a middle man who also is a TA, i payed $$$$ for their services and there's no way of getting it back=( I wish i found this website along time ago! I'm finding prices on bookit for super cheap! Are all your guest booking on their own then? Or how does that work?

Originally Posted by hammy0426 View Post

I originally went through a TA but she had a difficult time matching the pricing we found on bookit.com.  I ended up leaving her and booking on-line (we already had our flights booked long before separately).  Our hotel only pricing ranged from $99 per night for non-preferred tropical view to $147 per night for preferred ocean front view. 

 

Booking flights can be tricky but we found ours cheapest during Aug and Sep for travel for Feb.  Specifically, I checked flights for weeks on a daily basis and found that the pricing dropped a bit each day right after lunch and would go back up by the time I left for work.  My party was arriving on different days and some from different locations so it worked for us because we could not travel together anyways.



 

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Originally Posted by mkennedy View Post

 

:) ours is 6/13/11! We get there on the 8th so maybe I'll get to sneak a peek at yours! Where is your ceremony location? And how long will you be there?

 

We are having our ceremony at 6:30 on the beach and our reception at 8pm in Las Olas...can't wait to see you in Mexico in a few months!

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