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Hi girls! My wedding isn't until April 2016 but I was wondering everyone's opinion on a DJ? Did anyone use the resort DJ? If not who did you use, and how did you like them? We are trying to be cost conscious so if you could tell me general pricing to that would be wonderful!!

Thanks!

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I just sent in my planning form!!! It's slowly starting to feel real!! Still need to decide on a signature drink...I want something PINK!  :wub:  (Can you tell I'm a little giddy over here?)

 

@@kaylardh13 Everyone simply RAVES over Disco Movil.  Most people said that he is what really MADE their reception.  I booked him for my wedding after reading dozens and dozens of glowing reviews.  It ends up being more or less the same price as the resort DJ too (I think it might even be a tiny bit less, even with the vendor fee). It sounds like you can go wrong with them!

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I just sent in my planning form!!! It's slowly starting to feel real!! Still need to decide on a signature drink...I want something PINK!  :wub:  (Can you tell I'm a little giddy over here?)

 

@@kaylardh13 Everyone simply RAVES over Disco Movil.  Most people said that he is what really MADE their reception.  I booked him for my wedding after reading dozens and dozens of glowing reviews.  It ends up being more or less the same price as the resort DJ too (I think it might even be a tiny bit less, even with the vendor fee). It sounds like you can go wrong with them!

We did a flirtini - but  called it a "Love-tini".  So good!  We actually were drinking them the entire trip.

 

2 piecesfresh pineapples

1/2 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur

1/2 oz vodka

1 oz pineapple juice

3 oz Champagne

1 oz cranberry juice
 

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We did a flirtini - but  called it a "Love-tini".  So good!  We actually were drinking them the entire trip.

 

2 piecesfresh pineapples

1/2 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur

1/2 oz vodka

1 oz pineapple juice

3 oz Champagne

1 oz cranberry juice
 
 

 

 

 

This. Sounds. AMAZING!!! I think I may have to steal this idea - it's the perfect color and sounds right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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@@DinaQtobe That sounds delicious! You can just order that at the regular bars as well? I need to remember that!

I think we gave the server the ingredients, but they made it for us no problem!  Great drink, not too sweet but man is it strong!

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I just received my contract (AKA cost breakdown) from Pilar, and luckily it's in the ballpark of what I was expecting (since a lovely bride on here sent me the spreadsheet they use to add up all your extras!)

 

A few things I noticed, in case other brides want some tips on things to look out for when they get their contract:

 

  • The extra appetizers for cocktail hour add up fast, because they automatically charge you $15 per person above 25. The total for mine was over $600!  I know there's no way we'll need that many appetizers, with everyone taking pictures and having drinks and chatting, so I asked her if I could only add 10 more servings instead of the 31 she initially had. I'm fairly certain 35 servings for 56 people will be more than enough, especially when you consider that between me and the groom, parents, and the bridal party, that's 18 people, leaving the number of people who will have time to  enjoy the cocktail hour around 38.  That's definitely a quick way to cut a few hundred dollars! Hopefully she'll say it's okay and not be a stickler about needing to pay per person.
  • I got this pretty seashell garland off Etsy that I mentioned wanting to have set up on the canopy. There was a $46 charge on my contract that said "SET UP FEE (DECORATION AT CEREMONY : SEAHELL AT THE CANOPY)." Uh, heck NO I'm not paying almost $50 bucks for you to set up one tiny decoration! Unless I'm misunderstanding and that's to set up the canopy as a whole, but I think that's included in the package...I told her that if that was the cost for the one decoration to take it off the contract and I'll set it up myself somewhere else!
  • Much to my chagrin, the cost to bring in my two outside photographers is $300 dollars, not the $65 per person for the guests pass like it said in all the original information I recieved back in 2013. Not super happy about that, and I tried to fight it a while ago, but didn't want to get on her bad side so I dropped it after asking twice.

Other than that, it all seems more or less straight forward from the cost information in the information packet. If anyone wants me to forward them the spreadsheet I used to get my ballpark number just let me know and I'll email it to you!

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I just received my contract (AKA cost breakdown) from Pilar, and luckily it's in the ballpark of what I was expecting (since a lovely bride on here sent me the spreadsheet they use to add up all your extras!)

 

A few things I noticed, in case other brides want some tips on things to look out for when they get their contract:

 

 

  • The extra appetizers for cocktail hour add up fast, because they automatically charge you $15 per person above 25. The total for mine was over $600!  I know there's no way we'll need that many appetizers, with everyone taking pictures and having drinks and chatting, so I asked her if I could only add 10 more servings instead of the 31 she initially had. I'm fairly certain 35 servings for 56 people will be more than enough, especially when you consider that between me and the groom, parents, and the bridal party, that's 18 people, leaving the number of people who will have time to  enjoy the cocktail hour around 38.  That's definitely a quick way to cut a few hundred dollars! Hopefully she'll say it's okay and not be a stickler about needing to pay per person.
  • I got this pretty seashell garland off Etsy that I mentioned wanting to have set up on the canopy. There was a $46 charge on my contract that said "SET UP FEE (DECORATION AT CEREMONY : SEAHELL AT THE CANOPY)." Uh, heck NO I'm not paying almost $50 bucks for you to set up one tiny decoration! Unless I'm misunderstanding and that's to set up the canopy as a whole, but I think that's included in the package...I told her that if that was the cost for the one decoration to take it off the contract and I'll set it up myself somewhere else!
  • Much to my chagrin, the cost to bring in my two outside photographers is $300 dollars, not the $65 per person for the guests pass like it said in all the original information I recieved back in 2013. Not super happy about that, and I tried to fight it a while ago, but didn't want to get on her bad side so I dropped it after asking twice.
Other than that, it all seems more or less straight forward from the cost information in the information packet. If anyone wants me to forward them the spreadsheet I used to get my ballpark number just let me know and I'll email it to you!

Yay! Your big day is coming up so quickly!! I agree with you that you don't need the extra appies, we had 80 people and I think I got enough for 50. I will say that by the time we got to the cocktail hour it was pretty slim pickings for what was left! But all if my guests said they were delicious! I would say to get your photographer to swing by the cocktail hour to take a few photos of the appies and drinks though as the presentation was pretty nice. And that's basically the only way I saw what there was!

 

I am certain I was charged a set up fee of about the same amount but that included putting the chair bows on both at the ceremony and then moving them to the reception, and setting up everything in the reception including hanging paper balls from the ceiling. I had Ariadna as my coordinator though and she seems to be a lot easier to deal with than pilar!

 

I know we were stressing about costs adding up, but in the end, paying someone to have it done right was totally worth it!!

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