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