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@@Soon2B2014 That would be great. I know I have a loooong time. But, I want to get the ball rolling to avoid stress. How is your planning going?

 

We actually just submitted our planner to the hotel. Super exciting :). Planning has been so smooth..no stress for the past year; kind of incredible if you ask me.... Now I am just stressed because we're one month away haha and im just freaking out cause its so SOON! Time seriously will fly by! Have you already reserved your date?

 

Message me your email so i can do a formal intro :)

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@@Soon2B2014 I want to do the love at first site visit first and then I will lock in the date. But, I'm pretty confident this is the place for me:) How excited are you??? September will fly by.

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@@Nycfashionista May I have your photographer info. I'm from NYC too and I'm looking to get engagement photos done. Thank you:)

@@Soon2B2014 How many guest are you having?

 

Hi!

 

My photographer is Marissa Joy Photography and she did an amazing job on our engagement photos. She is from Washington DC and her rates are better than a lot of the photogs here in NYC.

 

http://marissajoyphotography.com/

 

You can look at our wedding website here:

www.awildaandanthonywed.com

 

 

Congrats! I'm currently working on costing out the flowers with the Carribean Celebrations people who handle the decor. The costs are high and I did negotiate with them. The came down on the costs a little, which I felt better about because at least it would cover the 18% tax rate they add to everything.

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Hey Ladies,

 

Just thought I'd post some of the details I'm working on for our March 2015 wedding.

 

We confirmed the AQUA package. Base price is $5000.

We are getting Married on the Beach at 5PM (symbolic).

We're upgrading to the BLUSH in LOVE ceremony set up.  Cost is $300 plus 18% tax.

 

 

ADD ON: 2 HOUR WELCOME BBQ

We are choosing to add the Welcome BBQ at the beach the night before our wedding @ 6PM.

The cost is expensive.

$40 per person for 2 hours PLUS 28% Tax.

18% sales tax and 10% service.

White Linens and chairs are included in the BBQ.

Open bar is included.

The menu they offer for BBQ food does seem good and a lot of options.

 

Lighting is NOT included for the outdoor BBQ!

The lowest cost I've been quoted for lighting is $475 PLUS 18% tax!

*this to me is ridiculous and I'm going to see if they can work on this. But they seem to really make a lot of money on the add ons/upgrades.

 

 

1 HOUR COCKTAIL HOUR

Open bar and 3 chef hors d'eouvres included.

3 high tables are included in the package.

The tables don't include any decor  (just white linens) so anything added with be extra $. 

I had them quote a few options and they are quite expensive.

***They charge $3.00 per votive candle. I'm bringing a huge bag of them from home.

 

3 HOUR DINNER RECEPTION

We picked the pool terrace for our dinner reception.

We are upgrading our table set up to their new BLUSH IN LOVE decor.

Added cost is 100.00 + Tax per table.

HOWEVER, the flowers included in this set up are SILK flowers.

I am upgrading to a natural flower arrangement from one of their older weddings.

The cost for the flowers is also expensive. After I negotiated the cost, the arrangement is coming to $130 plus 18% tax.

 

A table for place-cards is not included. They charge $25.00 plus tax.

 

The outdoor reception DOES NOT INCLUDE LIGHTING.

This will be another $475 plus tax.

menu cards are not included.

table numbers are not included with the Aqua package.

*****the most disappointing part to me is that pool-side weddings are buffet style, not table service.

 

 

DJ/MUSIC

We haven't booked our DJ yet for the reception but it will be another $700 plus tax.

 

BRIDAL SUITE:

The bridal suite has to be reserved by the spa staff.

They charge 300 for the room and can only be used for the duration of the services you and your wedding party are getting done.

It is about 100 to 120 for hair per person.

 

 

As you can see, they charge for absolutely everything. I hope that this was somewhat helpful for some of you looking for more information or who are just starting the planning process. This post is in no way trying to speak poorly of the hotel, it really is just to give some transparency to the process/cost.

 

It is very comforting to know from other brides that the wedding team does a great job on all of the weddings and there isn't anything to really worry about.

 

Let me know if I can be of any help to anyone.

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Hi!

 

My photographer is Marissa Joy Photography and she did an amazing job on our engagement photos. She is from Washington DC and her rates are better than a lot of the photogs here in NYC.

 

http://marissajoyphotography.com/

 

You can look at our wedding website here:

www.awildaandanthonywed.com

 

 

Congrats! I'm currently working on costing out the flowers with the Carribean Celebrations people who handle the decor. The costs are high and I did negotiate with them. The came down on the costs a little, which I felt better about because at least it would cover the 18% tax rate they add to everything.

Any negotiating tips? My flowers are coming out close to $3,000 which is crazy! I would love to negotiate this down if I can so any advice is helpful! :)

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Any negotiating tips? My flowers are coming out close to $3,000 which is crazy! I would love to negotiate this down if I can so any advice is helpful! :)

Hi Ellies86,

 

You just have to tell them that you think XX price is too high. That you think YY is a fair price for whatever arrangement you are speaking of. You can really challenge all of their costs. That is what I did and they came back with discounts for almost all of them. Enough to at least cover the 18% tax rate. 

 

Also, ask them to send you options of floral arrangements they have done before that are more in your price range, of $100 for example. You can also ask them if there are certain flower types that are less expensive. She told me roses, carnations are the most price effective.

 

There are some fancy flowers that they charge you an arm and a leg for, Peonies, Hydrangeas and orchids. Be careful choosing these types of flowers.

 

Hope this helps.

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HI! Wanted to know if anyone has done the Hora Loca (Crazy Hour) at Paradisus Punta Cana and if they recommend it? I need to finalize soon, as my wedding is 3 weeks away and this is the only thing I'm hesitant about as someone said it was a waste of time but I'd like to get others opinion.  We have 84 guests now and I want to make sure everyone has fun.  Any feedback will be appreciated. 

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