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#1 chrisandkate2015

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:10 PM

Hi brides (and grooms!)

 

I'm a new BDW bride-to-be, but have been "creeping" the site for a while now!  My fiance and I are getting married in Las Caletas in April 2015.  I know there are other LC forums out there, but the packages and whatnot have changed over the years.  So, I was hoping this thread could be somewhere we could share our own Q&As, info from experience, tips, tricks, advice, and so on as it pertains to a DW/Las Caletas/Puerto Vallarta in particular.

 

I'll start us off!

 

We're looking at using Secrets Vallarta Bay as our resort - any feedback you could provide would be great!

 

We have people coming from all over Canada (and internationally, as well) for a total of about 50 guests.  What pointers do you have for group bookings.  I've had advice to book a group vacation package (flight & accommodations) through an airline like west jet/air canada.  I've also thought about booking the rooms as a group block and having everyone plan their own flights.  Again - feedback, please!

 

Thank you all!

 

 



#2 melpaegs

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 08:15 PM

I am also looking for info on Las Caletas. Hoping to get married between February-April 2015. Any info is welcome! Also looking for info on good all inclusive resorts. Group size between 50-80, coming from Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Family friendly is good but not overrun with kids. Nice variety, would like to stay in $1,200 per person price. Thank you in advance!!

Melissa

#3 REP

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    Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

    Thanks for post

    #4 melpaegs

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    Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:52 AM

    I just put in a quote for LC a few days ago and haven't heard anything back yet. I know they won't get back to us right away but how long did it take you girls to get responses back about reserving LC for your wedding?!? Is it still $1,000 (usd) for a deposit as well?

    #5 chrisandkate2015

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    Posted 06 January 2014 - 09:06 AM

    Hi melpaegs, 

     

    The first time I put in for a quote through their website they didn't get back to me.  I tried again a month later and noticed their webpage had undergone some changes, so I wondered if maybe that's what the delay was from... switching over their online stuff may have made my first message get lost in the shuffle.  Anyway, the second time I sent in for a quote I got a response in less than a week.  Since then, Dennise has been very punctual with responses.  We've booked our date, put down the deposit (yes, it's $1000 USD for the premiere package) and Dennise has sent me an initial quote as well as some decor options to go over.  She said we'd do the bulk of the planning & fine tuning in the 3 months leading up to the wedding date.  So I have lots of time to think about decor - just under year of time, actually!  I might go crazy in that time! haha

     

    Hope this helped :)

     

    Kate



    #6 melpaegs

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    Posted 06 January 2014 - 09:30 AM

    It has only been a few days since I put in a request but I guess I'm just anxious to get the site booked (even tho we aren't getting married till next March/April)! I have been to LC with my fiance a few years back for Rhythms of the Night and thought it was breathtaking back then :-) So excited picturing our wedding here now! I agree with you for sure, idk if I can wait till 3 months prior to plan most of the details!! Oh speaking of, does the WC take care of EVERYTHING for you if you want (flowers, centerpieces, favors, decorations, signs, favors, ect)? I just don't know how much stuff I feel like bringing with me on the way down!

    #7 chrisandkate2015

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    Posted 06 January 2014 - 11:44 AM

    They take care of pretty much all the decoration stuff.  As for favours and signs, I know they have some basic signage (table numbers, etc.), but she recommended that I create my own if I want anything more complex (which is fine, table numbers don't take up much packing space!)  As for favours, they can do personalized maracas as far as I know, but I'm not sure if they can provide much else.  I didn't ask because I already have my OOT bags and favour ideas in mind!  But you're right, it could turn into a lot of stuff to travel with, so I'm trying to be conservative as I'm planning out all these details!

     

    We're also getting married next April! You and I are going to be on a similar timeline it would seem!



    #8 melpaegs

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    Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:49 PM

    It definitely does seem like we have a similar timeline! I love the personalized macarenas for wedding favors and I plan on making small OOT welcome bags for our guests as well :-) Do you already have your resort booked or are you still researching? I'm just curious what kind of prices you have found since it is still over a year out. I'm getting anxious to give our wedding guests info asap!

    #9 Ashleymacco14

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      Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:37 PM

      Hi Ladies,

       

      I'm also getting married at the end of March 2015 at Los Caletas and coming from Canada (Winnipeg)! I would say to Kate that we booked with Sunwing a flight/hotel package with the Now Amber and had a good experience. We booked with 50 guests in October and got a decent early bird rate for Manitoba's spring break but won't be able to know our exact departure/return dates until the end of this month so you will hopefully be able to avoid that part of the experience. I just found that prices seemed higher with Westjet/Air Canada so I wanted to get the lowest and most consistent rate possible for our guests (how annoying would it be if they were paying various rates? Already i had a couple people saying,,, ohhhh why don't we book last minute it seems so much cheaper?! but Now has been booking quickly and it obviously wouldn't be a low-risk option to book 50 people last minute haha). I was wondering if you ladies have chosen your photographers yet? I've touched base with quite a few in PV and they are either kinda low-end for quality in my opinion or pricier than bringing a photographer from home. Have you seen anyone wiht a good portfolio around the $3500 mark?

       

      Thanks!



      #10 melpaegs

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      Posted 08 January 2014 - 09:27 PM

      We are still waiting to hear back from Adventure Weddings about a specific wedding date so once that is set we will be getting everything in line. I believe we are just going with the photography package with Adventure Weddings. Especially for the price :-) We are keeping in contact with a travel agent as well about vacation packages, she said they won't be out for Spring 2015 till March-May :-( Hopefully they will be out sooner than later!!

      I LOVE Dreams and Now Amber but not sure they will be in our price range. Maybe with a nice group rate they will be!!

      Excited to hear what kind of ideas you have about future LC weddings!!!!!





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