Thank you, this is super helpful. If I'm not able to trade, I'll use this option. Thanks for sharing your research!!
Originally Posted by Ongerina
This is what Cecilia gave me for pricing through dreams: $280/hr for the DJ, 9ft*9ft light floor $700, 9ft*15ft light floor $800. When you go through the resort, everything (individually) has 11% tax and 15% service fee- which is not included. So if you go with the resort DJ package for 3 hours, and the smallest dance floor, that's an extra $400 in fees.
You can talk down the outside vendors (pretty easily). For example- DJ mannia quoted me $300 for a sounds system for the ceremony (which is ridiculous!)- so I told them it was only $180 to get in through the resort. So they offered it at $180 (and that is the final price, no extra fees or taxes, while the resort would charge a service fee + tax if you went through them).
DJ Mannia gave me three hours with the DJ (includeds DJ/MC, DJ booth, sounds system, wireless MIC, robotic lights, white balloons, 4 cold fireworks explosions) for $800 (no extra fees). They also gave me a free bubble machine for the receoption just for booking them for the sound system for the cermony. Their light up dance floor prices are: 12ft*12ft= $600, 12ft*16ft=$800. They don't require the dance floors to be booked until a month before. Also, I am planning to get under the table lights through them because they are only $19/each, whereas they are $25/each +tax/service fee from dreams. The prices at first seem good at dreams, until you add in that extra 26%.
So if I went through Dreams, a DJ+dance floor would be $1940 total. DJ Mannia would be $1400 (and this dance floor is bigger than the Dreams one). Does that all make sense?
Hope that's helpful!