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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:27 PM
PRICE GOUGING CONTINUES...
So I have sent the same 3 pictures to the Karisma coordinator & to several Cancun vendors. Now I know that Lomas is a rip off...but here's just how bad it is
Bridesmaid Bouquet- Green orchids & Blue Orchids $225
Brides Bouquet- Blue Orchids, Hydrangea & Roses $350
Centerpieces- Blue Orchids & Hydrangea $350
Total Cost for Lomas flowers= $2200
Marvin with Maya Floral Quoted:
Brides Bouquet- $185
Total for outside vendor (delivery not included)= $635
Karla from Hacienda Sisal quoted $470 for all flowers if the reception was held at the restaurant.
Can you seriously believe the difference in price?!?! That's insane!
Posted 26 February 2014 - 06:15 AM
Since planning on the resort end of things is at a total standstill, I've turned my attention to OOT bags. I'm not planning on doing anything crazy but I do want to show some sort of appreciation for ppl making the trip.
I ordered luggage tags (specialist ID) and designed pre-travel brochures (vistaprint). The plan is to distribute these to wedding guests ahead of travel & we are making that our "favor." I designed an insert for the luggage tag.
Now for the welcome bags.
I wanted to include useful items that people will actually use & appreciate. I thought about buying cheap beach bags but the items I want to put in the bags are all small... So I'm just going to use something simple. I came across bags on oriental trading that have a picture insert slot. Im going to use those and print out our peacock wedding monogram to put in the picture slot.
I've also ordered some cute personalized items from etsy:
Peacock Chapstick- In tropical flavors- $34
Peacock Packs of Gum- $40
DollarTree.com (sunblock is currently out of stock but im hoping to get it when it becomes available)
Travel size aloe- $24
Not purchased yet: but will buy within the week
Bath & Body Works- Hand sanitizer in the tropical scents
- Also...in the past ive purchased travel size lotions for $1. I usually find them by the registers at checkout...so if they are available I will purchase them for the ladies.
Also found cute maraca pens on oriental trading. $10
I will of course add the other usual items.
Not sure if im going to do any more than that. The items are small but the cost for the bags is going to be btwn $150-$200. Wasn't really planning on spending that much but i loved the personalized items
Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:52 AM
Well...I finally heard back from the florida wedding coordinator supervisor and persistence has paid off...
Hair & Makeup- the fee has been waived. Reasons...I am using a team that does airbrush makeup and the resort doesn't provide that service. As for the day pass fee... I put up a fight that I shouldn't be penalized for wanting a service that the hotel can't provide. Also, day passes are for people who will be staying the day at the resort and partaking in the amenities. the stylists will come and go without even stepping foot in those areas. I have submitted their names to the hotel so on the day of the wedding there will be no issues.
Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:30 AM
Lomas Travel- not much they can do about that. According to Fabio the prices Lomas quotes are within the range of other Mexico vendors. I have done my own research and find that statement not true. However, I am able to bring in my own flowers. Only problem is we have to get them and bring them to the resort. My FI said no problem. He is going to meet our florist at the gates of Azul to pick up the flowers. The cost of a cab the couple miles vs. the cost of the Lomas flowers...cab ride is def worth it.
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:54 AM
Decorating Charges- I have emailed Fabio back with further questions on this one. We are supposed to have the Pearl package for the wedding which includes the setup of white linens, chair sashes, etc. I told Fabio I couldn't understand how the resort could justify charging us a set up fee if we were bringing the same items they would already be setting up only they would be in our wedding colors. I told him I could understand if they were doing extras such as hanging lanterns or draping the walls. He responded saying I was correct...the décor charge is for things like the aforementioned. Soooo does that mean I don't have to pay for you to set up my chair sashes? table cloths? napkins? because if that's the case, my Florida coordinator has been giving me the wrong information.
NOW THE BEST PART....
Due to all the issues I've had with the resort...and that I was looking into doing the reception elsewhere, Azul has offered me the following comps-
Always & Forever Complimentary Wedding Package- We did not qualify for the complimentary wedding bc we are only staying 6 nights. Fabio has offered this package to us which now saves us the $950 that the Pearl package costs. Honestly the few extras that the Pearl Package has over the free wedding just isn't worth it. This suits us much better and we can direct the savings into contouring the wedding our way with our florist.
The Cake- As I've mentioned...Azul quoted me $300 for a basic cake for 25 people. I sent out several emails to canucn vendors and the cake prices ranged from $100-$150 for the same cake (+delivery) Fabio has offered to include the cake at no cost.
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT...
Persistence pays off. Ladies, if you feel like something isn't right- question it. And stick to your guns if you feel like they are trying to rip you off. If Fabio didn't comp the cake I was going to order from an outside vendor and have it delivered at the same time as the flowers.
I'm still waiting to hear back about the Videographer. Caribe and Matias Cano do not offer the Cinematic style video & that's what im interested in. I've looked at the work of Mike Cantrelli and would love to hire him. I'm hoping to avoid the outside vendor fee since the approved ones can not deliver this type of video.
Same with the decorations. It wouldn't be the end of the world to pay the $5 per person...but if I can get away with not paying it...that's $125 that I can put towards something else. So we'll see what happens from here on out.
And yes, I finally feel like things are coming together. I am totally decided on my bouquet & bridesmaids. Now I just have to make the final call on centerpieces so the florist can draw up the contract & send me some mock ups! I can't wait! Im totally obsessed with the blue orchids now
Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:01 AM
I am so happy for you! Your hard work, research, and persistence has paid off! That's awesome! I think they really do want you to have the wedding of yours dreams and don't want to be unhappy because that will reflect badly upon them and others who might have thought to go to that hotel for their wedding!
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