We had a dream wedding and reception thanks to La Chiche. She is extremely attentive, has great taste, and worked extremely hard for our wedding (though ours was small). She helped us to have all the details we wanted, and we have no regrets at all. If we were going to do anything like this again in Cartagena, the first thing I would do is contact La Chiche.
Adriana Santos' menu for our wedding was stellar. The food was so delicious! The presentation was excellent. Adriana worked to give us everything we wanted (including vegetarian options) She was incredibly patient and responded immediately to all of our questions. She also followed our request to set up a candy buffet! Her assistant Claudia was also amazing. She went beyond the call of duty on our wedding day to make everything come together beautifully. Adriana and Claudia are definitely two people you want to have in charge of your wedding menu!
Antonio Florez was a pleasure at our wedding. He made sure to take pictures the way we wanted (we gave him examples of what we liked from magazines). We initially didn't want to go with him because we wanted a more journalistic style, and Florez seemed more traditional ... but we were very happy that he gave us exactly the type of pictures we wanted and that they came out wonderfully. Antonio is flexible and he will accomodate to your wishes. His wife Vilma was also great to work with, and we felt extremely fortunate to have hired them.
Felipe Madariaga was extremely professional. He gave us options for music for our weddding mass very well ahead of time, explained the choices to us, and even found further options for us upon our request. We discussed back and forth until we had settled upon exactly what the music choices should be. The soprano that works with him was extremely good and she presented herself very well (beautifully dressed for our wedding). The supporting musicians were also excellent. We also hired a violinist to play during dinner and it was also extremely beautiful and professional. We definitely recommend having Felipe in charge of your wedding music.
Elsy made us a beatiful cake. She followed our wishes, putting the specific ribbon we wanted on the cake (that matched our wedding theme), and also put a beautiful monogram on the cake. She also complied with our desire to have guavas under the cake. The cake itself was delicious, the best cake I have ever had. When we arrived to the reception we saw that cake as even more beautiful than the picture we gave Elsy to follow. We are extremely glad Elsy made our cake and she should also make yours.
Very reasonable rates, beautiful hotel, and courteous and helpful staff. There is wifi available which is slow but it's free. It was not working the day we arrived but they fixed it quickly. The free breakfast is phenomoneal (eggs to choice, fruit, juices, homemade jellies, different types of bread, delicious coffee, etc). My mom wasn't staying at the hotel but was still welcome for breakfast with us. Our guests who stayed at the hotel also felt very comfortable and happy with the service. We extended our stay and had no problem doing so. All of the staff are very patient and polite. We definitely recommend this hotel and will use it again when we come to Cartagena in the future.
Santo Toribio is a beautiful Church, and we are very glad we could be married there. The priest who married us was wonderful, and so was the priest who interviewed us beforehand and who interviewed the witnessess. One thing to be aware of: somebody e-mailed the Church to change our wedding day and the church complied, without our consent. We have no idea who sent the e-mail, and thankfully we found out and were able to change our day back, but this was a scary thing to happen. We would recommend talking in person to the church to make sure they don't make any changes at all unless you call them yourself.
The owner of the house was extremely polite. We had the whole house for ourselves until the next morning. The patio was perfect for our reception. The employee of the house was extremely helpful and polite. This was definitely the venue for our reception. We only gave it four stars because of mirrors which are stained / very old. Some of our wedding pictures are so beautiful but are ruined by the ugly mirrors!
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