So DJ update- I have been going back and forth over who is responsible and from what I can determine- the resort admits I followed protocol but that the DJ should have never accepted my deposit- which means the DJ is also at fault- but they are insisting we pay. We basically got caught in some bitter battle between DJ Mannia and Paradisus and now we are forced to cough up the outside vendor fee. After fighting tooth and nail back and forth for over a week the "deal" they presented us with is that Paradisus would be responsible for 50% of the outside vendor fee and the day passes- $120 each, $240 total, and we would pay the remaining $500- because you know, it such a wonderful deal. I shot back an email saying that was not a consolation because this whole thing was not our fault and was told "I am trying to be nice, some brides get nothing." I think they are just not used to push back from a bride who knows her rights and does not like being taken advantage of- so time to work a new angle. I wrote to Mannia asking if they could sweeten the pot by offering us a discount on one of their additional services we intended to add- like the LED dance floor, since we would have used the $500 we will now be stuck paying on the LED dance floor and other amenities. It was worth a shot. I'm torn because I know I shouldn't pay the $500 at all- but I really want DJ Mannia. We compared Abentos their new DJ's to Mannia and we favored Mannia. I don't want anyone who has Abentos booked to be concerned- but they seem like a newer company where DJ Mannia has DJ-ed many weddings in the past. If I were just looking for simple music and MC- no problem, I'd go with Abentos- but we wanted the sea lighting and a couple of other things that Mannia offered that we did not see on Abentos' website- but I'm not sure the $500 is worth it. Many people originally going to our wedding now backed out (my dad and one of my sisters...oh and my MOH aren't I a lucky girl...) so we have less people to pay for, which frees up some money but with less people do we really need the whole kit and caboodle? What to do? What to do?