my fiance and i are getting married at la amada on may 20th, 2011. i am SO excited to meet other people on this forum who are getting married at this hotel! with it being so new, it seems there are not many la amada brides-to-be out there. and...i live in nyc, too! my fiance and i bought a condo in astoria two years ago, and before this, we lived on the UES.
we went for our site visit in august and fell in love with the hotel. ileana was not there, so we met with nayeli (the other wedding coordinator). we had a tasting and everything was just amazing. i do agree, the lack of attention from ileana is challenging - she is so difficult to get in touch with! she also said that we do not need to worry about the details at this point, but we are less than 7 months out at this point, so i am making her start these conversations now. i get too nervous not having these things planned! at this point, we have established group rates with our travel agent, and people are starting to book
we are having a welcome dinner the wednesday night beforehand (i am thinking a beach bbq, if they will do it) and then we want to have our rehearsal dinner on thursdsay. our wedding will be on friday night and we are going to do brunch after on saturday. we anticipate about 70 people will be in attendance at our wedding.
it sounds like you guys have gone with vendors outside of the hotel - they told us that we could not do this. how did you get away with it? would love to know! it was a bit of a fight to get an "outside" photographer. so, i'm curious to know who all of you are working with, and want to confirm that la amada agreed to that.
also, have any of you met with the makeup/hair artists? i met them in august during the site visit, but didn't have anything done. i would love to know if they are good. we did use the spa, and it's AMAZING.
again, glad to know there are more la amada brides to be here!