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Originally Posted by CassidyKristen View Post

 

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We also haven't received a response from Pilar in almost a week.  We sent her our original planning form and got her invoice, which we almost threw up on haaha, so we adjusted some things and sent back a revised planning form, now just waiting for a revise bill.

I know everything falls together, but it's so hard to let go of the control!  We're in Ontario, our travel agent is in BC, and then throw Pilar into the mix, aned everything just takes forever!  So stressful. 

 

As an aside- I just took a trip to Ikea yesterday and got a ton of stuff, white table lanterns, artificial orchids (which actually look pretty nice), and they have cylindrical vases on for $9.99 - a set of three, so we bought 3 sets- haven't figured out how we're transporting them yet...

 

I need to get out to Ikea soon! Although... I feel like I'm already bringing a lot of things. Need to get the carry-on suitcase out soon to see how it all fits. I'm dreading the airport! I will also have my 6 month old with me.. so add in a stroller, diaper bag, his luggage as well as the wedding dress and glass vases! Ugh, SCARY!!!

 

I'm wonder if there will be any brides at the resort while I'm there who are interested in renting or buying some of my decorations (vases, aisle runner, tissue pompoms...). HMmm

 

Oh, us too.  I've finally gotten Anthony to wrap his head around the fact that our wedding decor needs its own suitcases!  I also have a 7yr old girl, so trying to keep tabs on her in the airport will be a challenge, though we have traveled lots before.  But it's just so much to pay attention to.  Are you planning on bringing your vases in carry-on?  I better check Air Canada's regulations...we have 9 vases, plus 14 lanterns, plus, plus, plus.....haha!  What are your colours?  I might be interested in the tissue pompoms :)

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Unfortunately, the receptions are only 3 hours. It is $15 per person to extend it an hour.

 

The $15 per person per hour fee really bothers me since most people are only extending their reception by an hour or two anyway and what possible use could the space serve from say 9:00 PM until 11:00 PM? I have 38 people attending our reception, so 38 people x $15 a person is $570 for one hour and I would need two hours, so $570 + $570 = $1140. I know some people have said that Pilar has waived the extension fee or "forgot" about adding it on to the final invoice, but if we were required to pay I would say to heck with it and head to the sports bar for the last 2 hours of the night.

 

Sorry, mini vent there. Maybe I'm turning into one of those rumored creatures known as the groom-zilla. haha

 

Chris

 

Don't forget the additional cost for the headcount >25 as well!  That really stung; we're paying another $1000 for just the meals! We decided against extending for another hour, which really sucks, but we didn't budget for our package costing over $5000, so we had to cut some things :(   Too bad we couldn't count on her 'forgetting'  LOL ;-)

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Originally Posted by Mlite83 View Post

 

We are using the rectangular tables and putting them together to make 2 long tables (14 people at each) and then 1 long table for the wedding party...It will sort of be a U-shoe shape I'm thinking (but with space between tables for movement.)  We had an exact split of 14 family members and 14 friends coming (plus 8 at the head table) so that worked out best.  Plus it avoided any uneven tables for family since his side has way more members in attendance.

 

Thanks for posting a pic of that layout, I think we've decided to do the same. I have a question though, since you've now been and seen the room....would that work for a head table of 15 people? We have a large wedding party but don't want to have to split us up, so we wanted to do 15 across, and then 14 down each side, as you did (total of 43 people).  Is the room big enough for that length of a head table, if 15 of us want all sit in one long line?  i am stressing about this, big time!   We calc'd out the room measurements - Pilar gave us a diagram that shows the length of the room as 15 meters (49 feet) and figured that if we put 4 of those rectangular tables across as one big head table (total of 32 feet), that would still leave about 8.5ft on either end of the head table. is that too cramped?

 

And the 14 down each side, were they all side-by-side, or did you have 7 place settings facing each other? I would prefer to have everyone all face the dance floor in the middle, so nobody's back is to each other.....hope this makes sense- I can visualize in my mind, but it's so hard to explain! 

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Originally Posted by Mlite83 View Post

 

 

The fee is not just for the use of the space, it is for the dedicated staff to your event - we extended our reception and had had at least 6-7 staff members waiting on us to ensure everything was going well, drinks were flowing etc.  I know it is pricey but looking at it that way may help explain the cost. Also Pilar gave use a deal - we had 35 guests and extended for 2 hrs so we dropped the $15/hr by a few bucks.

 

We decided to go for the private bartending service, so after dinner if our guests want drinks they will have to go right up to the bar and I will be making a point of telling our guests to tip generously. I'm not sure what 6 - 7 staff members would have to do after dinner and cake, etc. are served, but I could be wrong. Also, we are not having a DJ, we have our entire line up of music on ipod. I feel that extending the reception is a cash grab, but if it is justified and explained to me better by Pilar then by all means I will either pay it, or just cut it from the budget.

 

I wish there was more consistency as to why some fees are waived and why some are not so I can budget better. From reading both Now Jade threads the "final price" for services is extremely inconsistent. If a Capricorn is marrying a Libra during a full moon cycle on a weekday, they get a discount. However, if an Aquarius marries a Taurus on a date with an odd number, they pay full price.

 

Chris

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Originally Posted by khunt29 View Post

 

 

Oh, us too.  I've finally gotten Anthony to wrap his head around the fact that our wedding decor needs its own suitcases!  I also have a 7yr old girl, so trying to keep tabs on her in the airport will be a challenge, though we have traveled lots before.  But it's just so much to pay attention to.  Are you planning on bringing your vases in carry-on?  I better check Air Canada's regulations...we have 9 vases, plus 14 lanterns, plus, plus, plus.....haha!  What are your colours?  I might be interested in the tissue pompoms :)

 

Hi Kristen,

I bought 4 vases for our bouquets but I may get the resort to provide the vases instead.. I'm still deciding. If I do bring them they will be put in our carry-ons. I was planning on using them as centrepieces. I'm having 4 long tables with 8 people at each table. I'm thinking of going to Ikea and getting a bunch of candles in a variety of styles and sizes to place on the table. I feel that candles would be much easier to travel with than vases. And since we're on the terrace I think a bunch of lit candles will look really nice once the sun goes down.

 

We're also on Air Canada. I'm not sure what their regulations are.. I think my travel agent said I'll have to pay for my wedding dress. I'd love to know what you find out from them.

 

Pompoms (https://www.etsy.com/transaction/118187174

Navy Blue - 5 Large, 5 Small

Ivory - 5 Large, 5 Medium

Light Yellow - 5 Medium, 5 Small

 

Sizes: Large=14.5", Medium=10", Small=8"

 

I may be bringing some white ones as well. I'm just waiting for the yellow pompoms to arrive in the mail to decide if I need them.

Its hard to know how many are needed for it to look nice and full. I'm hanging them from the pergola.

 

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Originally Posted by khunt29 View Post

 

 

Thanks for posting a pic of that layout, I think we've decided to do the same. I have a question though, since you've now been and seen the room....would that work for a head table of 15 people? We have a large wedding party but don't want to have to split us up, so we wanted to do 15 across, and then 14 down each side, as you did (total of 43 people).  Is the room big enough for that length of a head table, if 15 of us want all sit in one long line?  i am stressing about this, big time!   We calc'd out the room measurements - Pilar gave us a diagram that shows the length of the room as 15 meters (49 feet) and figured that if we put 4 of those rectangular tables across as one big head table (total of 32 feet), that would still leave about 8.5ft on either end of the head table. is that too cramped?

 

And the 14 down each side, were they all side-by-side, or did you have 7 place settings facing each other? I would prefer to have everyone all face the dance floor in the middle, so nobody's back is to each other.....hope this makes sense- I can visualize in my mind, but it's so hard to explain! 

 

Yes I think this would fit just fine. We had 8 across for the head table and the ends of the tables weren't inline with the friends and family tables (ie there would have been room to expand the head table).  Our guest tables were 14 people at each, all side by side looking towards the middle (dance floor) so no one had their back to the dance floor or head table or speeches.  We originally thought about having guests face to face at the long tables but Pilar said we had the room to go side by side down one side of the table so we did that to help fill the space and still had plenty of room.

 

Here is a photo of the room from our photog (SweetFire Photography - amazing!) - straight ahead is the head table and you can see the guest tables down either side.  The middle part is the dance floor.  There was lots of room behind the guest tables too so if necessary they can be bumped out a bit to make additional space.

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Originally Posted by CassidyKristen View Post

 

YAY! Pilar sent me the dimensions for the terrace today.

If you can't open the document let me know and I will email it to you.

 

I've also attached a document that shows how I want everything set up. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you send this to me?? My email is Laurrr586@gmail.com

 

This will be very helpful! Thank you!

Carnival Terrace Me.pdf

Terrace Set-Up.pdf

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