Originally Posted by renese79
quick question, when you brought your own sheers, how much did it cost to have them set it up? Did it still work out less? Love this idea, but their telling me I'd still have to pay to have them put it up.
Originally Posted by renese79
THank you so much for sharing all this great information!! Hope Im not bugging you but was it extra charge for having them put up your sheers you brought and set up the maracas on your table? I was told this would all be extra for the coordinators to do (like $5 per guest, per event you want help setting up something, so it comes to a ridiculous extra fee even with just 25 guests!). I just have to ask b/c I know planners (in the States) say one thing then you get there and (so I hear) the on-site coordinators are much more relaxed and don't nickel and dime you on everything little thing. Trying to create a good budget, your input is invaluable!!)
First, you're not bugging me at all. :-) To answer both of your questions, yes, I had to pay a "service charge" for the things I brought, including the sheers for the gazebo. I think the $5 per guest is accurate, although, they told me (and I suppose it can always change) that they put at cap at $250 max, which I think is what I paid. I had almost 60 guests, so it would have been more had they actually charged $5 per guest. And, btw, that was the charge for ALL the extras I brought, so they didn't specify this much for the maracas, this much for the gazebo, this much for the place cards, etc. I gave them everything that I brought (it was a lot, see below!) and they gave me the flat $250 price which I thought was reasonable considering what I WOULD have paid had I gone through Lomas or an outside vendor for some of the stuff I brought. For example, the sheers were going to be upwards of $200 just to rent! What??? Then we'd still have to pay the "service charge" for all the other stuff anyway. So, for me, it was well worth the cost, and definitely saved money in the end.
The $250 got me:
-set up of the gazebo sheers
-made sure all guests had programs (DIY project)
-maracas at every place setting at reception
-set out "place cards" which were names tied to starfish in a box of sand (another DIY project)
-set out table cards at each table different tropical drinks (yet another DIY project)
-set out 24+ blue glass votive candles (again, thank you Amazon) as a supplement to the floral centerpieces (bc they were $4 each on Lomas!), they of course decorated these ahead with the florist
There is not an additional charge for two, very skilled, on-site wedding coordinators. I understand it's probably built into the cost of whatever package you purchase, but still, I didn't mind the exta "service charge" considering the amazing service they provided me and my guests. For example, everything was done exactly the way I wanted from my bridal luncheon (which required set-up that they didn't charge extra for) to the cocktail party, to the ceremony and reception. Everything ran so smoothly, and the resort threw in "extras" that were worth a lot to us, ie; upgrade to the honeymoon suite, names in the fountain in the lobby, every bartender catered to our guests and knew our names, to name a few...
Hope that helps!