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Interested in having my Destination Wedding in Cartagena

Posted in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
408046 Carolina Zapata Bolivar, Colombia

Hello!

I'm looking into getting married this November. I live in the U.S.
I have been interviewing Wedding Planners.so far they appear to operate in two ways...

#1 Charge a percentage of the total wedding cost (ranging from 10%-15% of the total cost) or
#2 flat fee (2k-5k). I would like to know which would be better?

I would also like to know how much I should expect to spend on a nice wedding for 100 people including: Church, Venue (colonial House), Reception, Liquor, flowers, tables, chairs, entertainment, cake, etc. Nothing extremely luxurious, but nice.

Thanks!

P.S. Please feel free to suggest a wedding planner you might of used I've been interviewing a bunch and they all promise the moon and the stars. Thanks. :)

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Emptyprofileicon Gladys Novias y Eventos

Good morning
Best regard

My name is Tatiana I have a company dedicated to the organization of events and offer the service of wedding planner with a fixed fee, to be masters of our own utensils not solicit commissions. also have our own chef, well we take care of the entire organization of the wedding.
Any concerns you can talk to our e-mail [email protected] I invite you to visit our website www.noviasyeventos.com

Yours Truly

Tatiana Sandoval
Wedding and Event Planner

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355617 Bodas Y Glamour Bodas Y Glammour Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hello we are Bodas y Glamour established company we have the expertise to make your wedding according to your quote please contact us to talk via skype my Skype is regina.brieva

www,bodasyglamour.com

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Emptyprofileicon Katherine Ceballos Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

HI,
I got married last August in Cartagena. Our wedding planner was Caribe Cordial, they were great. They not only put together the wedding, but also helped us with extra curricular events for the 5 days that our guest were there. they also set up a week of visits to all vendors for food tasting, picking flowers, hair and make up try out, etc 5 months before the wedding. They charged us a flat fee of around $3500. The flat fee is a better way to go, because at the end, all prices go up and you are going to end up paying a lot of money if you choose to go with a percentage.
As with anything, you have to stay on top of everything. Read all contracts very well, because as you get closer to your wedding date, "new surprises" come up. Plan to spend double of what your budget was at the beginning when you started planning. Stay on top of little details, do not think for one minute that the wedding planner will be on top of every single detail, no matter what they tell you; they are so busy that they forget. In my case, I didn't do the rehearsal of the wedding party entrance to the reception, trusting the planner when he said that it was simple and they will direct us. Well that didn't happen, and we ended up cramping the dinning section and no one new where to go, it was a little disorganized, and obviously not what I wanted.
I had 60 people and we paid $35,000 which included the renting of a colonial house where we stayed for 5 days and where we did the reception, it also included all vendors, hair stylist, car transfers, food, alcohol etc.
Once we arrived, we spent another $2000-3000 on miscellaneous like tuxedo rentals, tips, brunch for Sunday after wedding, renting a Chiva for our guest the night before the wedding, etc.
This is the link to Caribe Cordial http://caribecordial.com/en/
hope this info helps you.
Katherine

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Emptyprofileicon Katherine Ceballos Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

HI,
I got married last August in Cartagena. Our wedding planner was Caribe Cordial, they were great. They not only put together the wedding, but also helped us with extra curricular events for the 5 days that our guest were there. they also set up a week of visits to all vendors for food tasting, picking flowers, hair and make up try out, etc 5 months before the wedding. They charged us a flat fee of around $3500. The flat fee is a better way to go, because at the end, all prices go up and you are going to end up paying a lot of money if you choose to go with a percentage.
As with anything, you have to stay on top of everything. Read all contracts very well, because as you get closer to your wedding date, "new surprises" come up. Plan to spend double of what your budget was at the beginning when you started planning. Stay on top of little details, do not think for one minute that the wedding planner will be on top of every single detail, no matter what they tell you; they are so busy that they forget. In my case, I didn't do the rehearsal of the wedding party entrance to the reception, trusting the planner when he said that it was simple and they will direct us. Well that didn't happen, and we ended up cramping the dinning section and no one new where to go, it was a little disorganized, and obviously not what I wanted.
I had 60 people and we paid $35,000 which included the renting of a colonial house where we stayed for 5 days and where we did the reception, it also included all vendors, hair stylist, car transfers, food, alcohol etc.
Once we arrived, we spent another $2000-3000 on miscellaneous like tuxedo rentals, tips, brunch for Sunday after wedding, renting a Chiva for our guest the night before the wedding, etc.
This is the link to Caribe Cordial http://caribecordial.com/en/
hope this info helps you.
Katherine

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Emptyprofileicon Katherine Ceballos Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

HI,
I got married last August in Cartagena. Our wedding planner was Caribe Cordial, they were great. They not only put together the wedding, but also helped us with extra curricular events for the 5 days that our guest were there. they also set up a week of visits to all vendors for food tasting, picking flowers, hair and make up try out, etc 5 months before the wedding. They charged us a flat fee of around $3500. The flat fee is a better way to go, because at the end, all prices go up and you are going to end up paying a lot of money if you choose to go with a percentage.
As with anything, you have to stay on top of everything. Read all contracts very well, because as you get closer to your wedding date, "new surprises" come up. Plan to spend double of what your budget was at the beginning when you started planning. Stay on top of little details, do not think for one minute that the wedding planner will be on top of every single detail, no matter what they tell you; they are so busy that they forget. In my case, I didn't do the rehearsal of the wedding party entrance to the reception, trusting the planner when he said that it was simple and they will direct us. Well that didn't happen, and we ended up cramping the dinning section and no one new where to go, it was a little disorganized, and obviously not what I wanted.
I had 60 people and we paid $35,000 which included the renting of a colonial house where we stayed for 5 days and where we did the reception, it also included all vendors, hair stylist, car transfers, food, alcohol etc.
Once we arrived, we spent another $2000-3000 on miscellaneous like tuxedo rentals, tips, brunch for Sunday after wedding, renting a Chiva for our guest the night before the wedding, etc.
This is the link to Caribe Cordial http://caribecordial.com/en/
hope this info helps you.
Katherine

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Emptyprofileicon Sanjeev Lakhani Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

We also used Caribe Cordial and they were great!

We thought paying a % of your wedding costs made no sense. Your planner should be incentivised to minimise your costs within reason when planning the wedding and negotiating with a vendors.....a % of the total costs doesnt really do that. At the end of the day whether you budget is small or huge your planner will still spend roughly the same time so a fair but flat fee to them makes sense. And that way you will never have any concerns that your planner is not trying to get the best deal for you

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Emptyprofileicon Vanessa Dager Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi!
I am from Cartagena so I know most of the local vendors and wedding planners and with no doubt recommend you Sara Barrera.
She was my wedding planner. She is great and has really specialized in organizing weddings for people who live abroad and have a lot of guests traveling from around the world. She is great at helping you organize as well other events for your guests around the wedding day.

When I worked with her we agreed in a flat fee but that was a couple of years ago. I recommend the flat fee. The. If you decide to spend more on something for the wedding like catering or music you don't get extra penalized.
Around 3-4k of fee is in line with what I paid.
Total cost will vary a lot depending on the venue.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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On Jan 7, 2015, at 9:58 AM, Wedding Mapper wrote:

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408046 Carolina Zapata Bolivar, Colombia

Wow! Thank you everyone so much for responding!!!
It is truly refreshing reading your advice and posts as most of the posts were a bit outdated on the subject!!!!

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261898 Miguel Torres

We would recommend the following wedding planners:

- Due Eventos
- Eleganza
- Mi Boda en Cartagena
- Caribe Cordial
- Team Bride
- Huevos y escobas

Here are a few samples of their/our work in Colonial Houses:

http://blog.matfotografia.com/2014/08/16/carolina-charles/
http://blog.matfotografia.com/2014/05/24/mildred-mathias/
http://blog.matfotografia.com/2014/04/26/patricia-george/
http://blog.matfotografia.com/2014/08/15/ellen-juan/

Regards,

MAT Fotografia

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Emptyprofileicon Liliana Nino Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi, which was the colonial house that did you use?

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Emptyprofileicon Erika Gomez

Mari Angelica Cueter, also known as Mary Cueter Bodas y events. You can look up her page in Facebook and check the pictures for the weddings she plans. I got married in February 2013 in Cartagena and a year prior, I interviewed with many of the ones mentioned by others in this blog. Only Mary was able to deliver based on what I was looking for. And yes, she promised me the moon and the starts and I got them in my dream wedding.

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Emptyprofileicon Katherine Ceballos Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I used Casa Estrella. Beautiful house, fits about 20 people.

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408046 Carolina Zapata Bolivar, Colombia

I've tried to contact Ms. Cueter via phone and email (sent 3 email) have not been able to get through to her so that concerned me. Thank you all very much! will keep you posted on my decision.

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Emptyprofileicon Kelly Munoz Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I Recommend you Caribe Cordial as well they are great. I got married at the Santa Clara hotel on January 05, 2012.

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221668 Mimi Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi,
I got married May 2012 and we hired Catalina Angulo (Eleganza). We love our wedding! Catalina and her team helped us to plan an amazing wedding in Casa Pombo and the events prior to our wedding including paseo en chiva and a island tour. She charged us a flat fee and worked with our budget! Good luck and have fun :)

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Emptyprofileicon Andrea Becerra Bogota, Colombia

I am a certified wedding planner in colombia. If you need any help please contact me. [email protected] whatsapp 3213432860

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Emptyprofileicon Anonymous Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia

I know your comment is from so many years ago, but I'm trying to find contact information for Sara and am falling short. Do you have any you could provide? TYIA

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