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We have an outside vendor for photography, but she covers the vendor fee. We are using the preferred DJ, which I'm comfortable with because past brides have ALL said he does an awesome job, but he also isn't very responsive. He averages about a 12 day lag on responding to emails. My fiance would rather go with someone else because of this, but he doesn't really understand the vendor fee situation (attention to detail is not his strong suit, so I've been handling most things!). I am choosing not to worry about that because everyone said he is great, but we also aren't doing lighting or any other upgrades.

 

I'll use the preferred florist for my bouquet because it is included in my package, but I am undecided on an outside florist for centerpieces. Past brides say the preferred florist is horribly unresponsive and more expensive, but if another florist just drops off the flowers at the front desk then you don't have to pay a vendor fee. If they come on-site to set things up, then you do have to pay it. I just don't want to spend a bunch of money on flowers/centerpieces either...

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If I had to wait 12 days for an email response, I'd pay the $500 fee to use an outside vendor just on principle.

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Haha - you sound EXACTLY like my fiance!! ;)

 

If I had to wait 12 days for an email response, I'd pay the $500 fee to use an outside vendor just on principle.

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At least in your case, you have good reviews to cancel out the negativity of the slow responses.  I've got nothing.  I have no clue whether this guy is any good.

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We have an outside vendor for photography, but she covers the vendor fee. We are using the preferred DJ, which I'm comfortable with because past brides have ALL said he does an awesome job, but he also isn't very responsive. He averages about a 12 day lag on responding to emails. My fiance would rather go with someone else because of this, but he doesn't really understand the vendor fee situation (attention to detail is not his strong suit, so I've been handling most things!). I am choosing not to worry about that because everyone said he is great, but we also aren't doing lighting or any other upgrades.

 

I'll use the preferred florist for my bouquet because it is included in my package, but I am undecided on an outside florist for centerpieces. Past brides say the preferred florist is horribly unresponsive and more expensive, but if another florist just drops off the flowers at the front desk then you don't have to pay a vendor fee. If they come on-site to set things up, then you do have to pay it. I just don't want to spend a bunch of money on flowers/centerpieces either...

 

The wedding planners response time is about 12 days as well. I have just gotten used to it since we were so far out. Hoping the actual wedding planner is better. I don't blame you I would not pay an extra $500. 

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Thanks, edowd!

 

I have faith that they don't need to know what my choices are before a few months out. I'm just worried about two things on MY end: budgeting and getting the invitations (with the correct details and times) out in time.

 

Did you go with the private reception? Do you know whether people have to pre-select their entree?

Just jumping in... I'd probably just send out the invites without a time. Or use the one you hope it will be. Lots of times things change anyways or you change your mind so it's possible the invite may end up 'out dated' anyways. I changed my ceremony time myself!! Haha. People will be there that day regardless of the time it starts so in the grand scheme of things it's probably a minor detail. Keep your wedding website up to date and just remind people - ie pre travel letter, welcome letter, website, etc. Good luck.

 

 

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Great example of the wonderful resources found in these boards, Becky + purplekitten - well done! 

 

Here's a link to a wedding Linc captured there to show you what a beautiful venue you've selected: Iberostar Pariso Wedding Album...with some examples shown here:

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Enjoy your amazing journey ahead, and happy research! cheers, team MTM :)

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Would any of you ladies be willing to share a price list for the extras including on site photography?

We're considering the Iberostar Del Mar for our wedding but the lag in response time is making decisions difficult lol

 

Thanks!!!

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