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#1 swang005

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    Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:13 PM

    I just heard back from FA and was told that I had to book two nights minimum at the Imperial Suite for our July 08 wedding. $2k/nt! Based on what I've seen from this forum, this seems to be a new requirement. This would put it out of our price range. I was wondering if anyone was able to negotiate this down?

    We might have to do it at Dreams instead. Does anyone of their email address? I've called and left messages for Yesica (?) the wedding coordinator but haven't heard back.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    #2 robindepaula

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      Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:35 PM

      $2,000 per night - WOW!!!! That's a lot for a night at a hotel, at least for me it is.......let us know what you hear back.

      #3 michelle08

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        Posted 13 August 2007 - 11:16 PM

        Roxy...Did Magnolia tell you this?? They better not change this on me!! What did she say exactly? She said $2k a night?? Is that after taxes?

        #4 jak27

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          Posted 14 August 2007 - 10:27 AM

          We rented the Imperial Suite for one night, for our Welcome Cocktail reception (you better believe we're going to be in at 3pm and not out until noon the next day!) But the $2k is consistent with what they charge for it.

          I would fight that if you can, although I suppose if you are having the wedding there, they are requiring the 2 nights so that the weekened is booked, b/c the chances of them renting it for one night is slim...

          But that's exactly what they try to do in Cabo...keep everything in writing and don't be afraid to negotiate. For example, we just negotiated our F&B costs to exactly where they needed to be, and I managed to negotiate another site visit, and got a Master Suite for two nights for $145/night. Not too bad!

          Good luck & keep us updated!

          #5 swang005

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            Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:09 PM

            Thanks. I confirmed that the two night minimum went into effect for weddings a few months ago. That puts FA out of price range.

            I am so bummed...I finally had my date settled and was ready to move forward. I feel like I have to start all over again.

            Anyone else have any other suggestions as to location? The only other one that I was looking into, before I settled on FA, was Dreams.

            #6 michelle08

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              Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:17 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by jak27
              We rented the Imperial Suite for one night, for our Welcome Cocktail reception (you better believe we're going to be in at 3pm and not out until noon the next day!) But the $2k is consistent with what they charge for it.

              I would fight that if you can, although I suppose if you are having the wedding there, they are requiring the 2 nights so that the weekened is booked, b/c the chances of them renting it for one night is slim...

              But that's exactly what they try to do in Cabo...keep everything in writing and don't be afraid to negotiate. For example, we just negotiated our F&B costs to exactly where they needed to be, and I managed to negotiate another site visit, and got a Master Suite for two nights for $145/night. Not too bad!

              Good luck & keep us updated!
              Jill, did they give you a free site visit or you mean your were able to upgrade to the master suite for only $145 a night?

              I figured out that they would work with me on the food prices...but did you get them to work down the beverage costs?

              #7 michelle08

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                Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:18 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by michelle08
                Jill, did they give you a free site visit or you mean your were able to upgrade to the master suite for only $145 a night?

                I figured out that they would work with me on the food prices...but did you get them to work down the beverage costs?
                Roxy..

                I emailed Franco to see if he will get back to me. Just to see what he says and if it's consistent...I will let you know if I find out anything...

                #8 JessicaM

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                  Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:19 PM

                  Here is Yesica's Email address at Dreams. She usually take 2-3 days to get back to you but she will.

                  weddings@dreamsloscabos.com.mx
                   

                   


                  #9 jak27

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                    Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:01 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by michelle08
                    Jill, did they give you a free site visit or you mean your were able to upgrade to the master suite for only $145 a night?

                    I figured out that they would work with me on the food prices...but did you get them to work down the beverage costs?
                    Michelle, we already did our "free" site visit, where we got 2 rooms 2 nights free in April. Which was really nice b/c they comped our Master Suite & Grand Club room.

                    This trip is additional in September, and they are offering the Master Suite at $145/night for our stay. And we are doing a free food tasting.

                    Just for reference, we got the Gala Dinner Buffett down to $75/person, with some modifications. We also are doing the cheese boutique at our cocktail hour, and we added the Pasta Boutique to the dinner, as well. But we will only order for like 60 people for the boutiques, since not everyone is only going to eat pasta. This is what we'll be serving:

                    CHEESE BOUTIQUE:

                    CHEESE SELECTION:
                    Brie, camembert, goat's cheese, manchego, gouda, gruy¨re, roquefort, cilantro-flavored cream cheese, chipotle-flavored cream cheese and sesame cream cheese.

                    FRUITS:
                    Strawberries, dried apricots, whole apples, dried apples, prunes, glazed pecans, raspberries and blackberries

                    ASSORTED BREADS:
                    PLAIN, BASIL AND OLIVE FOCACCIA, GRISSINI, CRUSTY ROLLS AND SALT BREAD.

                    $14.00 USD ++ PER PERSON (WITHOUT PORT WINE)

                    PASTA BOUTIQUE:

                    PAN-TOSSED PASTAS:
                    RAVIOLI, PENNE, FUSILLI, RIGATONI, GNOCCHI
                    sauces:
                    TOMATO CONFIT AND BASIL, CREAMY GORGONZOLA SAUCE, PESTO WITH DOUBLE PINE NUTS. PARMESAN CHEESE GRATER TO ORDER.

                    EXTRAS:
                    SEA FOOD AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO RISOTTO
                    Assorted focaccia with olives, rosemary and oregano
                    Pepperoni mini pizzas
                    Pear and roquefort mini pizzas

                    $16.00 USD ++ PER PERSON.

                    MODIFIED BUFFET:

                    Cold Seafood Table:
                    CALAMARI RINGS WITH FENNEL AND ROSEMARY Vinaigrette
                    Mint-scented Jumbo Shrimp with Ginger Tartare
                    Scallop Brochettes with Caper Vinaigrette

                    From the Grill:
                    Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Crust in Fresh Mint Sauce
                    Filet of Beef in Port Wine and Date Sauce
                    Loins of Pork in Bordelaise Sauce with Soy

                    Carving Station:
                    Seafood Skewers in California Cabernet and Basil Sauce
                    Chicken Roulade in Lobster Sauce
                    Veal Roulade in Calvados Sauce

                    Side Dishes:
                    Wild Rice with Cilantro
                    Seasonal Fresh Garden Vegetables Proven§al
                    Potatoes and Yams Au Gratin
                    includes:
                    bread, butter regular and decaf coffee.

                    $75.00 USD ++ PER PERSON.

                    We have had no luck at negotiating beverage prices, so we're doing a consumption-based evening, and hoping for the best!

                    #10 michelle08

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                      Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:28 PM

                      Jill, thanks for the info...That menu looks great! So the cheese boutique and the pasta you are adding with the rest for dinner? Are you doing appetizers during cocktail?

                      I am so mad because I asked about what they could offer me for a site visit and they just gave me a room price of $145 a night!! They didn't offer anything for free. I am however not having guests stay there either...but still, I am paying for their expensive suite, food and liquor!!!!




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