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#1511 Donna Hewitt

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    Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:35 PM

    Originally Posted by SusanMike2013 

    Right now I am looking at 16 adults.. maybe less/more but for budget I am using 20 Adults

     

    We are getting the complimentary wedding package as we have the Preferred Club Ocean view room booked.

    I do have confirmation that there is a sound system included for ceremony all packages ( I have this in a email ) as I want certain songs as the girls and I walk down the aisle.

    -This package includes a wedding ceremony for 10 people so I have to add on a cost for chairs, wine and cake for 10 extra ..

    -I am also adding on a private dinner (885 +tax Platinum ) and the sound system (350).

    total cost taxes included in $1760..

     

    That saves me $989 when comparing to the Now to Eternity package w/sound system...

    There so so many extras that I would not use ( Photos, Hair/makeup  in the higher packages that it seems better for me to do it this way and save the money.
    I am not getting married til the evening so cocktail hour would be a waste for a small group, we are doing most of our pictures before the wedding.. after the ceremony it will be group shots anyhow so why pay for drinks ( which we can free get anyhow) and food when we are going directly to a big dinner...
    It makes sense for us to do it this way.. it may not work for all brides though. It depends on what you want and how many guests you have

     

    :-) Now when I get there I may add little things.. but nothing to equal $1000 and that I would have in the higher packages.

    Awesome - Thank you very much for clearing that all up!  I think it has been your comments that have had me questioning the most... but with 20 people - That definitely makes the most sense! Especially if you aren't using the extras, like cocktail hour, hair/make up etc...

     

    I went through it all again, and I definitely think that it makes the most sense for us... We have about 40-45 ... When I started looking at the meals and the chairs - I was already looking at about $2000... And I definitely want the extras... Hair/makeup + me = Clueless!! 

     

    I'm going to play my own music for the ceremony too - But, I've confirmed that it is ok to use the guitarist for the cocktail hour... So, I'm happy with that.

     

    Thanks again Susan... Helpful as usual!



    #1512 Donna Hewitt

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      Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:38 PM

      Oh, and we are going to use the resort photos to give away as gifts... And we REALLY needed a video - as my FI's mother is not going to make it from New Zealand :(   

       

      So Divine it is - No more questioning for me!! haha



      #1513 RFFL

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        Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:36 AM

        Donna.....what do you mean you are going to play your own music for the ceremony??

        Are you bringing an ipod and stuff? what music will you play?

        I guess, they allowed you to move the guitarist instead the ceremony to the cocktail?



        #1514 jennifer8913

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        Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:00 AM

        Sportsgal, I can imagine how excited you are!!!! Can you please post all the info you have been getting from your WC, and also a list of some of your reception music. I so can't wait to see the pics from your wedding! Thanks!!!


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        #1515 thesportsgal

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          Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:57 AM

          We don't want to have a formal rehearsal dinner but rather a welcome reception on December 5.  Can we do this?  What are the location options?  Can we do it in Eclipse nightclub?  We would select the platinum cocktail hour package for that.

          Yes, I am already booked it for you. What time do you have in mind to do it?  I recommend you to do it at 6 or 6:30 because after that, your guest can have dinner . I am already add the extra cocktail hour to the wedding planner. It will be for an hour and its included 4 cold canap©s and 2 hot canap©s.

          Can we do a short rehearsal with the wedding party right before this?  I have a wedding on that day at 5:00 p.m so I won’t be able to do a rehearsal near the cocktail hour, we can do it on the morning after breakfast or any time during the day before 2:00 p.m.   I only want the little kids to see where the ceremony will  be and how to walk down the aisle.

          I have not heard back on quotes regarding the flowers I want.
          Please find the information on another email.

          I have not heard back on the price of having a bottle of wine for everyone in their rooms.  I am already sent to quote with our food and beverage department, as soon as I they let me know, I will send you the quote.

          When do we start picking out what we want?  We are only 65 days out and I am getting VERY nervous with this! Please find enclosed the wedding planner. It is an easy chart where you can add all the final information and details for your wedding. By now and based on the information that I have on your file, it is quote for 50 guest, including the couple.  Please fill out and send it back to me in order to start planning. The most important thing is to decide the locations, most of the time, the cocktail hour is right after the ceremony and on the same location, after that we always recommend half an hour of break between the dinner and cocktail .  

          The dinner / reception is included for 3 hours, during that time, you have included the bar. You have to think about the music because there is not DJ or sound system included.

           

          Also, what music do we pick for the ceremony? Most of the time, we use a couple of songs for the prelude,  and then 3 songs for the ceremony.

           

          One song will be for the bridal party, the second one for the bride and the 3 one for the recessional. You can choose yours songs, if you have any specials one , you can bring it on a cd, ipod, ipad, etc, and during the meeting, you have to let me know .

           

           Is it whatever we want or do you have a recommended list?  In case that you do not want to use any specific song, we have a few songs that we normally use, as cannon in D for the bridal party, Marry me from Train or Over the rainbow for the bride and for the recessional Lucky of Jason Mrarz.

          If we wanted to have a program for the ceremony can you send me what order everything will be in? Yes!!!

           

          Prelude

          Processional: Bridal Processional
          You can put the name of the bridal party if you will have it.
          Entrance of the Bride
          Declaration of Intention
          Exchange of Vows
          Exchange of Rings

          Unity sand ceremony ( if you will have it)
          Recessional

           
           

            Or do many people do that? It is up to you, it is not mandatory.   I'm not quite sure how to go about this. 

          Can we do a sand unity part during the ceremony? Sure!!!   Is this something I need to bring or do you provide it? You should bring your own unity sand kit ( the vases and the sand).

           

          If I get the wooden board set up that comes with the canopy decoration and the pomanders, can you use the pomanders then for centerpieces? Sure, I can place it on the table as a center piece.

          Do you have pics of centerpieces along with prices?  Or can I send you what I'm interested in and you can tell me how much it will cost? Yes, I have some pictures, please find enclosed. Also, you can send me the desire one and I will quote it for you ,too.  I think that if you will use the poom manders , it will be better to have a crystal vases and put to flower on the top.

           

          Regarding your question, yes, you can have a private dinner or party on the beach , you can choose one of our packages for cocktail hour or one package of the dinner, find the package on the wedding guide enclosed to this email.

           

          I do not what you have on mind, but I recommend you to do a cocktail hour as you are going to have a dinner / reception the next day. The cocktail hour included one private bar for the hour, you can have some canap©s etc, for an hour or 2 with your guests. Also, if you will have welcomes bag it will be a great opportunity to give them, we can set up a welcome table or a dinner on the beacj.


          How much is it to have a bottle of wine waiting for everyone in their rooms at their arrival? I will send an email to the food and beverage manager and I will let you know.



          #1516 thesportsgal

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            Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:58 AM

            Sorry the post was a little unorganized I just copied and pasted real quick :)

             

            As you can see, I try to get a couple questions together before I email her but then I can't seem to get organized enough to send everything in one. 
             



            #1517 Donna Hewitt

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              Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:37 PM

              Originally Posted by RFFL 

              Donna.....what do you mean you are going to play your own music for the ceremony??

              Are you bringing an ipod and stuff? what music will you play?

              I guess, they allowed you to move the guitarist instead the ceremony to the cocktail?

              Yeah, we are going to play our Ipod for the ceremony... For music beforehand, the bridemaids walk down the aisle, my walk down the aisle and then the walk back up the aisle...

              I heard another bride say you weren't allowed to move the guitarist - but I spoke to the WC - and she said it would be fine to have it during the cocktail...



              #1518 chrisdeluca

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                Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:53 AM

                Donna,

                 

                Who is your wedding co-ordinator? Mine is Luisa, and I asked her about using the guitarist at the cocktail hour instead of the ceremony and got this response: It can not be possible, because the items in the wedding package are not exchangeable or transferable.

                Its getting frustrating that everyones getting different responses from the same resort



                #1519 prettyfinebrown

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                  Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

                  Hi.. I had my ceremony music on a cd and they played it for me during the ceremony and my party music during the cocktail hour

                  #1520 Donna Hewitt

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                    Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:26 PM

                    Originally Posted by chrisdeluca 

                    Donna,

                     

                    Who is your wedding co-ordinator? Mine is Luisa, and I asked her about using the guitarist at the cocktail hour instead of the ceremony and got this response: It can not be possible, because the items in the wedding package are not exchangeable or transferable.

                    Its getting frustrating that everyones getting different responses from the same resort

                    I heard another bride say that they weren't allowed to change it either, I'm definitely going to take ALL my emails with me to the resort - Just in case...  - My WC is Silvia.  






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