I am so frustrated! Basically my family owns a time share at the Mayan Palace resort so it seemed like a no brainer to have my wedding there. We get a great deal on rooms and have basically the nicest package so the rooms are just to die for and i love the resort. Always had an amazing time when I stayed. I did not even research anything else because I figured everything was comparable and I set the date so fast in order to get the time off work by my deadline. Now, things are just getting ridiculous. I already thought the prices were steep for dinner, the ceremony etc, for what little you get but they weren't outrageous. Then I started getting into more detail about the extra prices for everything. What really set me off is- for example- i wanted to do a simple centerpiece of some fake flowers, a lantern, maybe a candle and a picture---would cost me like max 40$ per table to buy these and bring with. The charge per table for JUST the centerpiece- and mind you they are "legally unable" to set these up themselves so my friends would have to do it--is roughly 250 US dollars PER TABLE! like almost 10 x the cost of the thing! plus they said like 150$ per chair to hang something on it!!!! THAT IS INSANE!
I am just freaking out because part of the point was to save money. I also want a decent looking wedding that was in my head. I see so many brides here with nice packages that are so reasonable. My mom is going to start emailing/calling the people she knows at the resort tomorrow through this week. But I am really looking into other venues. I dont know what will be available 7 mo in advance (i really do want to stay at our resort, and some guests are already booked so I cant change the date by more than a day or two). I am willing to lose the 500$ deposit if we cant figure this out (that is only 2 tables setup btw!) . I am just so stressed! anyone else been in any kind of similar situation or have any advice?