Originally Posted by NettyD
Thank you all for your help! I agree that there are Pros and Cons for using a TA... the organizing and not having to deal with travel arrangements for everyone ourselves is a very nice perk. But... being cost effective is most important.
I'm glad so many of you had good results with Apple! I am looking forward to speaking with them and finding out what kind of awesome rates they can come up with!!!
For you 2014 brides- have you received the higher rate packages? Where Strawberry is around $2900 and Tangerine around $4200? It went up a bit from the 2013 prices...
I had some questions for you based on your awesome review! I copied it below from a few pages back.
I am finalizing the date for my wedding at BBPD for June of '14. We have a small budget and it seems like after reading through a lot of this thread that there are a lot of fees that I didn't consider- and I think we're going to be closer to $10k for either a Strawberry or Tangerine package: for 50 ppl: DJ, Gold Photo package (we might just fly in a friend- $2500 is crazy but the silver package doesn't have enough coverage included), rooftop cocktail hour ($500?) and our package ($2k with flights and hotel stay) Would you say that is about right? We have to cover an additional $4k in travel expenses for other people which puts us at around $14k total so anything we can cut or maybe discover is actually included would be helpful! rooftop cocktail is 500 only to get the space for yourself, in order to get waitresses bringing drinks and food it is 12 per person attending the cocktail. I dont know where you will be flying out from, my tix alone were 700 :S from Newark!
Did you have Tropical Pictures do your Videography- and if so would you mind sharing the cost? I think we might skip this as I read that the Gold package was $2500 which eats a lot of our budget! yes! tropical pics did my video... I forgot the name of the one I pick, but it was 850. They have different options.
The reception area: how much of the decor does BBPD include? Were linens and place settings included in the main wedding package? I read that centerpieces were extra; but is that the only additional fee for the decor? mmmm with tangerine it includes the tablecloths and the chair satches (I didnt pick one). Place settings if you pick white are included, if you want gold, silver, clear those are extra. I brought everything else with me.... and Lianny included the mirrors for the centerpieces.... she didnt charge me for those. The drapes on the ceiling were included too.
How many dinner options are included in the reception? I believe I read one but wanted to confirm. One appetizer, one entree and one dessert... you have different options to pick from though. I dont remember the appetizer options but the entrees are: fish, chicken or steak.
The ceremony area: does BBPD include the runner and basic chairs as well as basic decor? Do they have a limit on chairs? You had your ceremony in the chapel so you might not know the answer to that one. I think it does include the basics... not sure though
How did you like the guitar trio if you had one? I wasnt there when they played because I was taking pics but people liked them... I didnt pay for sounds system so it was more of a background music than like a live concert LOL but people liked it
I'm sure I'll think of more questions! Thank you for any help you can offer! np!