So I sent my WC a list of a few questions I had in mind. One being that I know the sound system is included in the wedding package for the ceremony but what about the reception... I figured they'd charge additional for this but holey moley I was not expecting the pricing she sent over! Below is her response.
- Does our package include a sound system for the reception or only the ceremony? If not, how much is it for the reception? It includes the sound system for the ceremony! The sound system for the reception is $441 USD for 2 hours and $315 USD for additional hours(tax included)
Now is it me or is that pricing RIDICULOUS!? For a speaker and microphone?? Future hubs wants a DJ but for the fairly small number of people we are expecting (about 20 max) I don't think it's worth it. I figured we would just have the Wedding DJ app and a sound system and call it a night. Now I'm honestly considering bringing my own little speaker and having everyone speak up during speeches LOL. Anyone else do that?
I also tried to get a little idea of pricing for decor but she said that the prices could change so we'll have to just wait for 2017 and the 'planning phase' to get all those quotes. This stresses me out because I want to budget accordingly. I've heard the decor vendor charge like $150 per string light. I might just wait for the end of summer and buy a bunch of boxes on clearance at Target and haul them down.
Also the photography outside vendor fee..... UGH still working on that $850 charge. I've booked Kape Photography. If any of you ladies love photojournalism photography you will adore her work and she has been a DREAM to work with. She said that usually it can be negotiated down and here were the options Karla sent over....
The past weddings, we've avoided the vendor fee by paying a 2 night stay for me at the resort. They usually ask for 3 nights for me in order to avoid this fee, but we normally negotiate for it to be only 1 or 2 nights and that always works good. The other option is not tell them anything and for me to book a 1 night stay separately and just show up for the wedding with my camera as a guest who takes pictures, this shouldn't be a problem. Remember they will always want to "punish" you for getting someone from outside, but there are ways to go around it. The other option is paying a daypass or adding us in the list of your guests and just paying for us to be at the wedding (and we can stay outside the resort). I can help you arrange all of this!
But I'm just too chicken to not tell Royalton and have her as a guest! I don't want to get down there and then have them hit me with an $850 charge because they saw her taking pics during the ceremony and reception. What do you guys think??