Originally Posted by meghanmiller
Hi ladies! I'm new to the site -- but really starting to get into the planning of my April 12, 2014 wedding at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
Question for those of you who are further into the planning process: Does the resort have different kinds of chairs for the ceremony -- or do you only have the choice of the white covered chairs? I was hoping for the pretty bamboo ones or thick white folding chairs.
Also --- when do you start planning the decor of your reception/dinner? Are there options of colors, etc? A book or site to choose from?
Any help would be greatly appreciated -Meghan
So the resort does not have any color schemes, just the basics, if you want more and would prefer to use the resort vendor, they use a company called Tai Flora that you can get all your "Extras" from (extras being - chairs, chair sashes, chuppah flowers, chuppah fabric, centerpieces, candles, vases, table runners, extra flowers - bouts, bouquets, corsages, tents, linens, aisle d©cor ... etc.). Tai Flora provides the flowers included in your package and you're responsible for purchasing and/or renting the rest from outside sources. I would recommend if you want "Extras" to start working on them in the Fall, getting ahold of Tai Flora is like pulling teeth. I would have to wait months sometimes to get a response. The resort only has the white chair covers, if you want to rent the white garden chairs (folding) or the chiavari chairs (bamboo like ones) you can do that through Tai Flora. Folding chairs cost about $5-6 each and the chiavari chairs are around $8-9 each. All prices went up this year (including the resort) so that price may be off a little, but will at least give you a round about.
With that said I will tell you what I did I purchased satin chair sashes and table runners at efavormart.com for around $1.35 each for chair sashes and $2.50 per table runner (Tai Flora charges something like $5 a chair sash and $8-9 per table runner). I also purchased my chuppah fabric online at amazon.com (we used (2) 10yd x 60" bolts) for $26 with tax and shipping - Tai Flora wanted to charge me $200 for this. Keep in mind the resort does include white chuppah fabric. I got a quote for a 5" square vase with white roses for a centerpiece at Tai Flora - they wanted to charge me $105 per centerpiece. So I made my own centerpiece that consisted of a bubble vase I bought at walmart for $2, filled it with sand from the beach, put a votive in the center, a star fish and some colored glass beads - it turned out very pretty I also brought my own votives, they cost me $6.50 at walmart for 12, Tai Flora was charging $5 PER votive. I bought real touch flowers online through **************************, they were absolutely GORGEOUS. For my bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouqets, 4 bouts, and 2 corsages it cost me $340 with tax and shipping, Tai Flora would have cost me (for upgraded flowers in the bouquets - the ones included are pretty basic) $750 and you can't take them home. I did use the registry flowers and cake flowers that are included in the package, plus Tai Flora gave me a $48 credit since I was bringing fake flowers and wouldn't be using the included bouquet and bout. We used the credit to purchases a chuppah arrangement, glad we did, the flowers were beautiful and we used the arrangement on our head table after the ceremony
Now everyone is different, and prefers different things so another option if you really want real flowers and what not ... Floral Fantasies. Chantal is AWESOME and her prices are almost 1/2 of what Tai Flora is. Chantal responds with 24hrs by email. We would have used her, but we decided to go with fake flowers, and when Tai Flora gave us the credit we just stuck with them. Anyways, there is vendor fee for any company that is not preferred by the resort (Tai Flora is the preferred vendor) however, if you have Floral Fantasies just drop off the flowers and the resort set them up, there is NO vendor fee (this was confirmed by Nicole (Wedding Coordinator) and Chantal from Floral Fantasies). Floral Fantasies also has a cheaper delivery fee as well. Floral Fantasies has a website and if you like a certain set up, ask Chantal how much and she'll quote it, and it will be set up exactly as shown. Floral Fantasies provides everything that Tai Flora does as far as extras. Also, if you use another vendor like Floral Fantasies, Tai Flora will still provide everything included in the wedding package, so keep that in mind.