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#171 muneera0302

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    Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:16 PM

    Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 


    We're doing a solo steel drummer during the ceremony and then a steel drum band for cocktail hour. That will be $350. And then we'll have a DJ for the reception. I think that's $750 ($250/hr). I was considering the iPod plan but just decided to go for it with the DJ. Hopefully he's good/sticks to our list of suggested songs!

     

    thats a great idea. we are doing the dj as well but im going to look into solo steel drummer for the ceremony! thanks.



    #172 muneera0302

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      Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

      FYI if any of you are looking for maxi bridesmaids dresses, Target has them for $69.99. they have more colors than what i posted as well.

       



      #173 jrebecky

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        Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:21 AM

        Originally Posted by muneera0302 

         

        i'm going to ship my decorations before i get down there. there is no way i can fit all that stuff in my suitcase, especially since we will stay in jamaica about 3 weeks. but maybe you can get one of your guests to bring a second suitcase with them, that way you can just pay $25 for second suitcase (i think thats how much most airlines charge for second suitcase)

        I've been wondering about shipping.  Have looked looked into how much it would cost?  I've forewarned everyone that they are going to be taking some stuff down with them!



        #174 jrebecky

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          Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:23 AM

          Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 


          We're doing a solo steel drummer during the ceremony and then a steel drum band for cocktail hour. That will be $350. And then we'll have a DJ for the reception. I think that's $750 ($250/hr). I was considering the iPod plan but just decided to go for it with the DJ. Hopefully he's good/sticks to our list of suggested songs!

          I'm leaning more towards the DJ as well.  It would be nice to have someone directing when things happen, feel out the crowd, etc.  I'll be curious to hear how the DJ is.  So, is it $350 for both the solo steel drummer and the band? 



          #175 lkdrewry

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            Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:54 AM

            I am having everyone coming down bring decorations in there suitcase, shipping is expensive. We are going to do the DJ for the reception, the WC said you can email her a playlist for him of everything that that you wanted.



            #176 alexisinjamaica

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            Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:37 AM

            Originally Posted by jrebecky 

            I've been wondering about shipping.  Have looked looked into how much it would cost?  I've forewarned everyone that they are going to be taking some stuff down with them!

             

            This is what I'm afraid of. I sent one Fed-Ex envelope to the WC with our notarized docs for the legal marriage and it cost $55 to ship from California. I'm scared what a big box of decorations will cost, but I also don't want to deal with schlepping extra luggage through the airport and customs. I asked the Secrets wedding team about shipping things ahead and they said it's fine but they advise checking with DHL or Fed-Ex first. I guess some brides have had their items help up at customs and had to pay a duty for them.

             

            Originally Posted by jrebecky 

            I'm leaning more towards the DJ as well.  It would be nice to have someone directing when things happen, feel out the crowd, etc.  I'll be curious to hear how the DJ is.  So, is it $350 for both the solo steel drummer and the band? 

             

            Yes, $350 covers both the single steel drummer at the ceremony and the band for cocktail hour.



            #177 jrebecky

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              Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

              Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 

               

              This is what I'm afraid of. I sent one Fed-Ex envelope to the WC with our notarized docs for the legal marriage and it cost $55 to ship from California. I'm scared what a big box of decorations will cost, but I also don't want to deal with schlepping extra luggage through the airport and customs. I asked the Secrets wedding team about shipping things ahead and they said it's fine but they advise checking with DHL or Fed-Ex first. I guess some brides have had their items help up at customs and had to pay a duty for them.

               

               

              Yes, $350 covers both the single steel drummer at the ceremony and the band for cocktail hour.

              Wow - $55 for paper!  That's crazy!!!  Can you remind me - exactly what papers do you need to send them in advance?  How do you get your passport notarized? 



              #178 alexisinjamaica

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              Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

              Originally Posted by jrebecky 

              Wow - $55 for paper!  That's crazy!!!  Can you remind me - exactly what papers do you need to send them in advance?  How do you get your passport notarized? 


              - Notarized copies of the Bride & Groom birth certificate

              - Notarized copies of Bride & Groom official ID ( Passports)

              - Notarized copies of Divorce decrees or death certificates (if applicable

              - Notarized copies of any name change documents, e.g. as Adoption papers (if applicable)

               

              The passport notarization wasn't an issue-- they did it along with all the other docs. No questions asked!



              #179 jrebecky

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                Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:57 AM

                Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 


                - Notarized copies of the Bride & Groom birth certificate

                - Notarized copies of Bride & Groom official ID ( Passports)

                - Notarized copies of Divorce decrees or death certificates (if applicable

                - Notarized copies of any name change documents, e.g. as Adoption papers (if applicable)

                 

                The passport notarization wasn't an issue-- they did it along with all the other docs. No questions asked!

                So did you just send a copie of your passport and they notarized it?  Or do you have to do that before you send them?  I'm just curious - i know i have plenty of time :)  I just want to make sure I understand.  Thanks.



                #180 alexisinjamaica

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                Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

                So did you just send a copie of your passport and they notarized it?  Or do you have to do that before you send them?  I'm just curious - i know i have plenty of time :)  I just want to make sure I understand.  Thanks.

                We had to get everything notarized here first and then send (you have to send it 2 months in advance) and then they send it to the minister. I'd send all the docs at the same time they reach out to you for your final choices.




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