I think we have a similar wedding day planned in that we are both having the wedding ceremony at the Aqueduct and the reception back at Iberostar rose hall suites! My wedding date is in June of this year. Things are just being finalized now but we're trying to get a better idea of what our costs are looking like having our wedding in this way. It must be getting busy for you as your big day is coming up!
Can I ask you what was included in your Aqueduct wedding package because I feel like we are paying a lot to rent the place for the wedding but not getting much out of it (actually, its really just the location and the minister fee thats currently in the price; decor isn't even included; not even a bottle of water per guest!). Because our estimated wedding party is approximately 60 people, we will have to have a speaker/microphone system in place so everyone can hear but if we do this, we will need a generator and the one at the Hilton will cost us $650! I'm trying to see if there's a cheaper alternative...
I'm also currently on my own trying to coordinate the wedding reception back at the Iberostar as I have no been able to get a hold of the wedding coordinator. Because of the way the packages are set up for us, I'm left finding my own way to get cake, florals, decor, A/V equipment rentals, hair/makeup and music entertainment for both the ceremony and reception sites. Its definitely looking more like I'm looking into wedding details that I would at home but in another country (kind of defeating the purpose of a supposedly easier to plan destination wedding in my opinion!).
Anyways, I would love to hear about how your planning has come together in hopes that it'll help me navigate this unfamiliar territory on my own. And maybe you'll have better ways to save a few dollars here and there. Any advice or suggestions are welcome!
Otherwise, congrats on your upcoming day!