Hello brides and grooms....I am Staci Nichols from Puerto Vallarta Wed. Just wanted to take a second to respond to these posts.
Regarding the post by STBMARCHAND:
I don't drink alcohol ever--pregnant or not. I have never so much as had a beer in my life. I'm a long time member of Al-Anon.
The bride was instructed that I would need a meal provided for me--it would logically follow that beverages would also be provided (especially while 6 months pregnant).
I was unable to get a hold of the bride for about the final 2 weeks leading up the wedding--I sent her numerous emails she never responded to. Because of this several aspects of her wedding did not flow smoothly.
The bride was also informed that I would have an Asst with me. The second man she refers to is my husband who I had to call to bring me food because what the venue served was not edible (I could see the chef stirring the salad with his bare arms, which were quite hairy).
The bride hired me for an extra hour of overtime which I think pretty much speaks to the level of quality they received from me and their level of enjoyment. You can read more about this wedding here:
Regarding the post by BRIDE2BE2014YAY:
This post is not from one of my clients. I know who the post is from because 2 minutes before she posted it, she emailed this thread to me. She is a potential client who spoke to me on the phone once.
This bride became disgruntled when she asked for a picture of what my wedding officiant looks like. She said her villa needed to see it to prove that she really is a minister. As that clearly sounded "off" to me, I told her I could send her a copy of the minister's ordination card or speak directly to the venue. Finally she broke down telling me the truth was that she wanted to know what the minister looked like because she didn't want anyone unattractive in her wedding pictures. She admitted this was superficial.
As someone who grew up with numerous large birthmarks on my face, I do not condone this type of discrimination. I am one of the few wedding vendors who actually posts pictures of non-model-looking people on my site. In fact, on my opening slider on my homepage I have a plus-size bride featured. I politely told this bride that I would not feel good about myself if I sent her a picture of the minister for this sole purpose. I told her my principles were more important than my bottom line. I never heard from her again...until she emailed this post to me several weeks later.
As for her other claims, they are either completely fabricated or proven false by reading my website. I offer some of the lowest prices in town. For example, my officiant is $299. Most others start at $400+. As far as the price gouging she claims, all of my prices are openly published on my site. The DIY prices are $50 higher than the Full Service prices because that is what I take for myself for booking the vendor on the client's behalf (a finder's fee, so to speak).
I own a separate domain name for each service I offer. They all forward to my one and only PV website--this is a common tactic for improving search engine ranking. Nothing fishy.
People use destination wedding planners who do not live in the destination city all the time--this is not a scam. I lived in Vallarta for years but have recently moved away.
Finally, some of my clients really like the idea of me personally DJing their weddings. I offer a DJ package that involves me flying out from California. It is only a few hundred dollars more than the PV DJ.....not bad for round trip air fare and lodging. Again, no secrecy or trickery--this info is openly published on my site.
What I think is really a low blow is listing my California business name on her post so that this unrelated thread shows up on Google whenever someone types in my CA biz name. I could just as easily type her full name in here but won't.
To see testimonials from brides who actually have hired my company (we have the largest collection of testimonials I've seen online in PV):
Thank you for your time brides and grooms. Sorry for the distraction. I wish you all dream-come-true weddings in Puerto Vallarta.