I marry at MDC next month, April 26th.
Resort - We did not do a site visit but this resort was picked by the amazing pictures and reviews on Trip Advisor.
DJ - Sound Illusion who comes highly recommended. I will use the lighting package with him as well.
Cakes - I am going with Noida for my cakes. We have a 3 tier cake and a sheet cake that they can cut in the back for the guests which will be the same flavor as the cake.
Photographer - I went with Sungold. Originally I booked Paula and Damien and then decided to cut cost here because I was hell bent on having a draped tent. So I am going with one of their assistant photographers which will save me over $1K.
Videographer - Brian Needly (sp?) who I realized was also a photographer after the fact.
Tent - Cover me up tent rentals in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Also has a FB page. I am also getting a really nice white dance floor from him and my Chivari chairs since his chairs were less than both Moon Dance and the florist. He is charging $5/chair.
Florist - Tai Flora, very accommodating, very understanding and has been a pleasure to work with thus far. I have called down to Jamaica quite a few times to speak to the florist (Flavea) and she remembered me and my email request as if she just had my folder memorized. It was very calming.
OTT bags - I got one of the bag sets from favorsyoukeep and will fill them with little items I have racked up on throughout the months (mouthwash,bodywash,toothbrush and toothpaste, candy, chips, emergency kit, aloe vera, deodorant, tic tacs, wedding magazine I had created, crayons and coloring books for the guest with children, welcome note, some other things i'm probably forgetting).
I am extremely anal and it is very hard for me to relinquish control so instead of relying on someone else to bring things for us we are flying 1st class on Delta which will allow us 2 bags each. Yes its more money to travel first class but the money we would have spent in extra luggage went to a better seat on the plane and gave us the luggage capacity we needed. BAM, we win! Not to mention we don't fly 1st class regularly......heck at ALL so this is also a nice treat that is well deserved. I am so anal that I have already packed two pieces of luggage and made a list of exactly what is in each bag. Yeah....so........
Transportation - We are paying for our wedding guests roundtrip airport transportation as I see some of the other ladies on here are as well. I spoke to Miriam in the Chicago office because I was concerned if Moon Dance had the manpower to deal with going back and forth to the airport in a timely fashion when each trip is 1.5 - 2 hrs to the resort. She assured me that it was something they did often and they actually outsource as well. I looked up a place online as well and called a car service in Jamaica and they were charging the same price that Moon Dance quoted. It was $80 for a 1 way trip to the resort from the airport with a max of 4 ppl in the van. So the key here is to try to get the max of 4 on each van if possible. For the most part it will work since majority of my guest are coming in from the same state. I do have other ppl coming in from other states and in those cases, we may end up paying $80 for 2 ppl instead of 4.
So we are just about set and I am so excited to be on vacation! Oh yeah, and get married too....lol