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#541 starchild

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    Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:24 PM

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    She told me she has a wedding Tues and Weds and mine is on Thurs. So I thought she would be busy with those and unable to meet me. I don't have THAT much stuff to take over there- plus I think my FI and his best man are going over early so I will put them to work carrying stuff. We are taking the whole wedding party over for some nice relaxation time. We aren't traditional so we don't care about seeing each other the whole day prior to the ceremony. We just want to enjoy LC!
    I went with an entourage of BMs so they helped carry things and the boat crew took them from us as soon as we got on, and they carried our stuff off the boat too. So it's no biggie.

    I enjoyed the girls day at LC I but kind of wish DH had gone over early with us. He wanted to be on the boat with the guests, but how fun would it have been to spend the day swimming and playing with him before parting ways to get ready? Not to mention I missed the hell out of him!! But it was still a great day without him.

    I say bring him if you want...it's great to be able to explore and enjoy LC together, you don't get to do that at your wedding. If it weren't for the site visit we wouldn't have been able to chill there together this time around.

    #542 tvt

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      Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:14 AM

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      I enjoyed the girls day at LC I but kind of wish DH had gone over early with us. He wanted to be on the boat with the guests, but how fun would it have been to spend the day swimming and playing with him before parting ways to get ready? Not to mention I missed the hell out of him!! But it was still a great day without him.

      I say bring him if you want...it's great to be able to explore and enjoy LC together, you don't get to do that at your wedding. If it weren't for the site visit we wouldn't have been able to chill there together this time around.
      hmm... insteresting thought. i might have to rethink only having the girls go over early

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        Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:38 AM

        It's something to consider. It works either way, but for me, the whole day of anticipation wasn't totally necessary. It's not like I wouldn't have been excited for our wedding if I was with him all day, you know?

        We're saps, so we miss each other pretty hard after just a few hours...I left him at 7:30 a.m. and didn't see him until the ceremony and it kind of sucked ass...LOL

        #544 kati

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          Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:22 AM

          I really want to have my wedding in LC. I am very excited. It was great to read about what all you girls have said. And all your experiences. It really helps put things in perspective for me, in a good way. Just wondering for those of you who have already had your wedding, how much did the LC part of the wedding costs? I guess it depends on how many people. We are thinking of 20 - 30 guests? Just ball park figures would be helpful because I have to convince the other half. And having that info will help a lot. Thanks

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            Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:24 AM

            Gosh I don't really remember, but I think the package was about $5k? Then 35 people at whatever they charge per person....drawing a blank....but I'm pretty sure it was less than $10k for the actual LC fees which include boat, ceremony, reception, open bar, bonfire, dance floor, etc. Oh and $70 or so per BM I took early with me the day of.

            If you look around you'll find that it is really a steal compared to how resorts nickel and dime you. Not to mention how laid back LC is. You can have a guest go back to the buffet and make as many plates as he/she wants. At most receptions the food is priced per plate so what you are served is all you get. Plus the open bar is included, not an upgrade option.

            #546 TA Lindsay

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              Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:23 AM

              I think ours worked out to be around $10,000 for everything, fire dancers, extra flowers, photography etc etc etc. for 35 people.

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                Posted 29 January 2008 - 12:46 PM

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                I really want to have my wedding in LC. I am very excited. It was great to read about what all you girls have said. And all your experiences. It really helps put things in perspective for me, in a good way. Just wondering for those of you who have already had your wedding, how much did the LC part of the wedding costs? I guess it depends on how many people. We are thinking of 20 - 30 guests? Just ball park figures would be helpful because I have to convince the other half. And having that info will help a lot. Thanks
                It's pretty easy to figure out the LC costs I think - they have it pretty well spelled out on their website. And if you tell Nicole and/or Kelley what you want, they give you a pretty good estimate. Also, they have this (or at least did have) wedding planner thing on their website. You punch in the package, # of guests, etc. - and it spits out an estimate. Doesn't it? Either way, I am pretty sure all of the additional costs are listed. It's basically the package price + the per person charge + any extras you choose (extra flowers, DJ, fire dancers, etc.). Have you spoken to Nicole or Kelley yet?

                If I had to guess, I think my Caletas total was around $10K - give or take a thousand or so.

                #548 jajajaja

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                  Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:29 PM

                  I just totalled mine up- for the wedding day at LC itself (site, food, alcohol, transporation, decor, flowers) we have spent $9000. We only have 22 guests. We have about 16K into the entire wedding week itself. We didn't include clothes that we will buy for the vacation week- just actual wedding related stuff.

                  But I'm not done buying stuff yet. Haha.
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                  #549 Yari

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                    Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:31 PM

                    We are expecting 85 guests and our total is right under $15K.

                    I have not added anything else to the budget...yikes I better get on that.

                    #550 cfrancesp

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                      Posted 01 February 2008 - 06:35 PM

                      Hello all you ladies,

                      I am finally back from our wedding and honeymoon. I thought I would post a quick review since so many of your posts have really helped me through this entire process. All of our 120 guests stayed at the Grand Mayan and the Mayan Pallace in Nuevo Vallarta. They are basically connected and although they are kind of a pain to initially work with (they are mainly timeshares instead of overnight rooms), they were absolutely amazing once we were there. We went through a travel agency called mayanrental.com that arranged for all of our guests to have one week timeshares. The one week was cheaper than 3 nights ($650 for the week was the best rate that I got, but that might go up) Although all the guests got the whole week, most only stayed for 3 or 4 nights, while other stayed the whole week. Mayan Rentals were in contact with all of the guests (which took all the stress off of me) and it gave the guests a reason to take a vacation. The resort was absolutely gorgeous and we had a Friday Night Welcome Cocktail Party on the pool deck with a bonfire and mariachis and a Sunday Brunch on the beach in front of the hotel with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. Having everyone at the same beautiful resort and these two parties really completed the weekend. Also in the resort they have wave pools, a lazy river, pool bars, great gyms, huge grounds and pools and all the suites have a full kitchen which is great for drinks, breakfasts, and lunches.

                      Las Caletas was breathtaking. All of us girls (my 6 bridesmaids and I) went over early in the morning and hung out all day. My fiance and the groomsmen took a taxi to a town nearby (Boca) around noon then got a 20 minute water taxi over. It worked out perfect that way. We took pictures around 3 and had plenty of time before the guests arrived. I didn't want to see my fiance before the wedding, but with the sunset right after the ceremony it made it great for pictures and I am now glad that I did see him. We set up a great meeting point on the beach and made it special with just us two the first time we saw each other. Leigh Miller, my photographer and her assistant captured the whole thing. Although I haven't seen any pictures yet, she and her assistant were AWESOME. I feel like they were all over the place really getting every memory.

                      The ceremony went perfectly, it was perfect length and very personal, we did the sand ceremony which I would highly recommend and had my fiance's aunt read a poem we picked out called "The Art of Marriage" The whole night couldn't have gone better. Dinner was delicious. My fiance and I actually went through with a first dance which started with our song (a slow one) and broke into a salsa dance we had practiced. It was a blast to do that dance and the guests loved it. All night everyone was dancing all over the place, the dance floor was packed, people were down by the water dancing, by the bonfire dancing and just in the soft sand. The only thing that I am only lukewarm about was the DJ. I am sure he is great for most people, but I wish I would have picked out a couple more songs and given him a bit more direction. One piece of advice, if you don't like what he is playing, let him know and request something instead of letting him keep going. He did change to our requests once we asked him.

                      As far as the how smoothly the evening went... it was PERFECT! I give all the credit to Nicole (who I worked with the whole time.) I got to meet Kelly the morning of the wedding and she is so sweet and does a great as well. I only saw Nicole when I needed to ask her something. Otherwise she was in the backdrop getting everything done. There wasn't one slip up and I didn't do a single thing the whole night! I didn't worry about the tables, the guests, the flowers, the dinner, the boat, the bar.... nothing! She had it all taken care of. It really makes it a great wedding experience to be so at ease that all the details are getting taken care of. I really think she is the best person out there for her job.

                      All the guests truly had a blast and if you want a place for people to remember your wedding, I can't think of a better one. The compliments on the setting and the whole day didn't cease all week. I highly recommend Las Caletas and I wouldn't have changed a thing about the day.

                      Little details: We got the tropical flowers and I loved them. Each of the bridesmaids got a bouquet which were also pretty. We got a videographer through Las Caletas and although his huge light got a little overbearing at some parts, it will be great to have it documented. We did do the white cake and I heard it was good although I don't remember what it tasted like. We added a couple bags of flowers for table decorations which look great. I walked down to Canon in D and the recessional was "Float On" by Modest Mouse. We got the DJ, but like I mentioned earlier, could have probably just done an iPod. We did an extra half hour which I am glad we got and did just seem to fly by. We named each table after a surf spot (i.e. Pipeline) and I actually brought down all the name cards and table names and gave them to Nicole a couple days before with which tables I wanted closest. She took care of the rest. People loved having the surf spots for the table names. Our photographer was Leigh Miller and she is great to work with, she really puts a lot into what she does and I am so excited to see the pictures

                      Alright I said it would be short, now its getting long. Unfortunately I don't check the forum enough so every time I do, I get so far behind. If any brides out there have any questions at all... please send me a private message with the questions or just a note saying you have something posted. I would really love to help. One piece of advice, don't sweat the small stuff, in the end if you didn't do a single thing to prepare, with the setting and the staff, it would still be an incredible day.

                      Needless to say, these last couple weeks have been the best of my life and I couldn't be happier with our wedding day.




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