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#2801 chiquita8302

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    Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:28 AM

    Right now, for "DJ all Music" which I can barely find online or on Facebook or reviews of (ugh) it's $1000 for 4 hrs, or $1250 for 5. The other DJ on there is $1500 for 4 hours.

     

    Ivan quoted me $800 for 5 hours if I book before the end of the month, but that starting after the 30th the price is going up to $950. So this added to our 3 night rate for single occupancy of $771 (or $639 for double if I have him "room" with my grandmother on paper but not in reality). So $1439 for Ivan, or 1250-1500 for the resorts DJ. Ivan had tons of Great reviews (I know your experience was less than stellar, Nikki, but hopefully that was a unique situation? ugh) whereas the resort ones have no reviews.

     

    I really have been leaning towards no DJ, but then I read Ivan's reviews and everyoen says how much of a difference he made so now I feel like I should do it. I dont know!!!

    We chose Doremixx because all of the approved vendors on EDRs list were at least $2k each. They must have decreased prices since people were using outside vendors.



    #2802 chiquita8302

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      Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:32 AM

      Gotcha... yes, everything is such a rediculous add on fee. Especially since they won't let us do our own set up anymore!

       

      So while guests were at the informal cocktail hour...  I could have the coordinator take the girls flowers after a few pictures after the ceremony, and go put them in pre-set-up vases. That might just solve my problems! :) Did she pull them apart or just casually kind of put them in the vases? Sorry for so many questions!! :)

      Originally Posted by mrendic 

       

      Well I had my mom take the bouquets and set everything up before the rest of the group arrived, no one really paid attention. I had my parents and parents in law bring some things so we didn't have to worry about everything, so it wasn't a huge deal. I'm pretty sure the resort rents vases and I think they would place the flowers for you, but I'm sure it's a ridiculous cost! 
       


      #2803 chiquita8302

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        Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:38 AM



        Did anyone include a card with cost/payment info on the resort?  How did you word it/what did it look like?



        #2804 chiquita8302

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          Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

          Don't worry too much... I feel like everyone one of us has gone through the same thing. People support you on the idea, eveyrone says they're coming, life and $$ get in the way, and you end up with a much smaller party. I originally pictured just a small group, casual thing, but now here I am trying to coordinate what has turned into a normal (but small) wedding... I also don't have a lot of invites back yet (RSVP date is Nov 15th) so it's so hard to plan what services we'll need, but at the same time you have to do it early! Ugh!!

           

           

          GREAT news, though........ (kind of)..... our photographer has been trying to have a baby (yay!) and thought she'd be due too close to our wedding (boo) but they aren't pregnant yet (boo) but are still going to keep trying, and even if they do get pregnant now, they can still come (YAY). This is such a HUGE relief!!! All of my friends have had them do their weddings and I think they are the best in the world... I would have been stressed out worrying about picking a photographer having her already set the bar so high. PHEW!!


          The outside vendor fee is $800 and DJ Doremixx is charging $900 for just the basic 3-4 hours of DJ-no extras like the dance floor.

          Where as the EDR DJ rate was $1500.00 for the same thing... personally I think its ridiculous that they charge so much, when obviously the rate doesn't need to be so high.

           

          ... although I might not need a DJ after all... people are dropping like flies... Instead of the 30-40ppl I was thinking it might be closer to 15.. sigh... stupid life happening to people. Even though, I really want fun and dancing I feel like it might be forcing things if it's just US, our parents, and a handful of friends.  I might just change it to dinner on the beach or something. 

           

          ...but I could just be counting my eggs before they're hatched too.  We haven't even sent out the formal invitations yet.  Some of my "maybe" people may still surprise me.  I'm trying to stay positive.  It's funny because, before I started planning all of this I didn't even want a big party.. and now I'm sad I might not get one.



          #2805 AllieH

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          Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:58 AM

          Chiquita, if you find that money tree, will you print off a few bills for me?!

          Originally Posted by chiquita8302 

          Thanks, Allie. I would feel better about that than paying a stupid vendor fee. Ugh... where is my money tree when I need it!

          Did anyone include a card with cost/payment info on the resort?  How did you word it/what did it look like?


           

          Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

          Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

          El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

          AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome


          #2806 TheWolferts

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            Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:27 PM

            We did not include a card with payment info because by the time we sent out formal invitations, the people that were realistically coming had already seen the pricing and many had already paid in full.

            Originally Posted by jnitschke 

            Did anyone include a card with cost/payment info on the resort?  How did you word it/what did it look like?



            #2807 chiquita8302

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              Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:30 AM

              I e-mailed my WC about this today... I'll let you know what I find out! :-)

               

              Originally Posted by jnitschke 


              Has anybody asked about this yet?  Just wondering.  Originally I wanted DJ Doremixx, but he raised his prices and EDR raised their outside vendor fee making them more expensive.  But, one of my best friends and her husband would never be able to afford coming- they already work 2 jobs each and can barely pay their bills... but if I give them that room then maybe they could swing it.  



              #2808 chiquita8302

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                Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:31 AM

                Oooh what did you get for gifts? Those of us on this forum have longer attention spans than he does. LOL

                Originally Posted by Feb2013 

                Totally agree with you... the other day I was showing my FI the gifts I got for our mothers and my MOH, he showed like maybe a total of 5 secs of interest and then it was gone! LOL!



                #2809 AllieH

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                Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:47 AM

                EEP! 45 days...

                 

                in the family drama category, it looks like I'll be going fishing with my dad the day before the wedding. we wanted my brother to go with him, but his fiance decided to be a selfish brat and won't let him go (and she didn't want to go with them). While I hate not being at the resort with our guests, it'll mean an awful lot to my dad to spend some time with him one on one. at least we won't be gone all day..just the morning. ah...family....

                 

                Feb2013 - my fiance shared some more about the iTunes DJ app. he said really all you have to do is build the playlist, and it'll sort the songs and create the transitions for you. he was really excited that you can do it fairly automated, without a ton of work. I will let you know if he shares anything else, and how it works for us.

                 

                Happy Friday ladies!!


                 

                Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

                Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

                El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

                AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome


                #2810 Feb2013

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                  Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:31 AM

                  Originally Posted by chiquita8302 

                  Oooh what did you get for gifts? Those of us on this forum have longer attention spans than he does. LOL

                  I found these really cute necklaces on Etsy by designer LRoseDesigns (link to her page). She was super nice and easy to work with. Below is the Necklace I order except I got a purple stone since my colors are Purple and Orange. 

                  Set of THREE Personalized Beach Wedding Necklaces, Sand Dollar, Starfish, Sea Shell, Monogram Initial Charm, Silver Bridesmaid Necklaces






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