Just got an email back from Pilar-only took about a week this time...lol. Hopefully the correspondence will get faster since my wedding is in less than a month. I think we have finally got the quote totally worked out...except that she still shows my reception on the Festival Terrace instead of Las Olas (even though I've corrected it for her on about 10 emails)-but the money and all the swaps were correct. Speaking of swaps-I'm really disappointed that they are not allowing this anymore. The a la cart prices are high in my opinion-so it just makes sense to change out a few items to customize a package. Her flexibility with that kind of thing was one of the main reasons I chose this resort. I'm really sorry about the girls that are having so many issues with this stuff! I know it's a pain-especially when you don't get answers for 2 weeks and you're in the middle of trying to plan other things based on her answers.
Ok-so here's the new info I have.
The DJ can make special announcements-he just wants to a schedule and an idea of what you want him to say.
You can also bring your own CD or IPOD if you have certain songs you want him to play intermixed with his regular music. He would prefer them to be in ".wav" or ".mp3" format.
Buffet Options for Dinner:
I I had a hard time picking the buffet to use for the reception (I have more than 50 people-so I went with this option).
There were different things I liked from each menu. I ended up going with "The Mexican" which is a random assortment of traditional mexican dishes. Anyway-there were a few things on the buffet that I did not really care for and asked if I could swap them for dishes from some of the other buffet menus. I was hesitant to post this because of all the swapping controversy-but she just sent me the emailing saying it was ok 2 days ago-so I'm hoping it's still an option for the other brides that may have been thinking the same thing.
I got the impression that she would not let you create your own customized menu with all kinds of different things from all the menus-but she appears to be ok with changing out a few items.
Hope this helps!