Wedding Questions

Wedding Planner???

Posted in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Emptyprofileicon Linda Dorado

Hiya,

Just got engaged and we've decided Cartagena would be a magical place to to have our wedding in Feb 2011. Sooooo, I've begun my search of wedding planners and to be honest i'm a little overwhelmed.

"Chiche" seems to get rave reviews from everyone but her quoted cost of 20% of total venue seems a little steep...

"Mibodaencartagena" quoted 15% and "CaribeCordial" quoted 7%.

Are these the costs others have been quoted? There's a big difference between them and I wonder if that affects the quality of their service. Does anybody know of any other reputable wedding planners? I'm on a tight budget so unfortunately it makes a big difference.

Cheers, Linda

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183667 Paula Nino Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I don't know about the others but I would highly recommend mi boss en Cartagena. I used her and it was a great experience.

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Emptyprofileicon Diana and Aaron

Hi Linda,

We used Caribe Cordial and they had great service. Juan Camilo and Lilana were very attentive to us and did a great job with all the details.

Good Luck.

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152243 Jannine Pizarro Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Linda, congrats on your engagement! We just got married in Cartagena on June 19th. It was a dream wedding, and it was all thanks to La Chiche!

We definitely feel she was worth every penny she charged, and we cannot imagine how we could have done everything we did and had everything we had at our wedding without her help (and the help of her amazing team).

We strongly strongly strongly recommend her. Also, prices in Cartagena by February are a little less compared to the "peak time" prices of end of June to August, so that might help.

If you aren't sure I definitely recommend talking to her on the phone and asking her about your specific needs. Feel free to ask us if you have more questions about her or our experience.

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Linda, congrats on your engagement!! Let me tell you something, you will get what you pay for. I am getting marrie in March 2011 and I hired Chiche. On May I went to Cartagena and I met with her. She is awesome. Great taste, ideas, etc. She is doing a great job. My life here in the USA is super busy and right now I have 0 stress. I know she will take care of everything. Also she helped a friend of mine a year ago and my friends wedding was amazing. So, make your decision base on yur badget. She works close with Andres Cortes, that is also amazing. His ideas are out of this world. I hired EKOBIOS para la hora loca, welcome mulatas, y camino de mulatas y tambores. Elsie de Figueroa is making our cake. IKONOS is my photographer, their video clips and pictuares are so beatiful.
Let me know if you need more info. My wedding is all plan.

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Emptyprofileicon shera gruen Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Linda,

Congrats on your engagement! My wedding planner was Caribe Cordial. I highly recommend them! they were fantastic. We had a great time, my friends had a woderful time and I think that everything was perfect. I had Ekobios for the hora loca and I highly recommend them. Our decorator was William and Monica did the food that was EXCELLENT!, certainly recommend Elsy de Figueroa for the cake and for little desserts. AWESOME! Caribe Cordial has many clients in Colombia that frankly can't pay the fees that Chiche charges. Even for me to pay 15-20% fee of the total cost was too high. Lily and Isabel helped me with everything during the planning process and they stayed with me almost every day prior to the wedding finalizing everything. They did a fantastic job at the event. I was very happy I went with them, I had great vendors, wonderful organizers and the best memories. Best of luck! Shera

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Emptyprofileicon Michelle and Luis Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Linda, my wedding was on May 30,2009..and although it was 14 months ago Chiche's fee then was 10%.. I would try to negotiate and be realistic with your budget to her. I am sure she can bring it down a bit. She was fantastic and worked around our budget always. I had my wedding in a small-villa called "Casa Blanca". Some of my vendors were Manteles y Linos, Capilla del Mar, Elsy Salgado de Figueroa. I also used Pedraza Photography but I wouldn't recommend their services.

Congratulations and Good Luck!

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138182 Catalina Angulo Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Linda,

Congratulations on your engagement!
It would be a pleasure to help you organize the wedding of your dream.
You could contact me at [email protected] or my business partner Catalina Angulo at [email protected] and tell us all about it.

We are a company that specializes in planning and organizing wonderful weddings. With our broad portfolio of services and solutions we became original, modern, creative, and dynamic.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Simona Thorogood

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Emptyprofileicon Carmen Cecilia Cayon (La Chiche)

Dear Linda,

Let me just start by saying that the standard wedding planner rates in most countries is 20%. As I began planning my small beach wedding last year -on a $13K budget- I was tempted like you to go with other planners that offered "lower" fees. However, when I looked into the overall cost of the wedding and compared offers side by side, I realized it was actually cheaper to do it with Chiche. The reason is simple: she's 100% honest and will NEVER inflate the cost of suppliers. She works exclusively with the best vendors, many of whom only work exclusively with her too, and because she's been in the business for many years, she can get the best deals for her clients. In my own experience, our total wedding cost was exactly what we budgeted, she was worth every penny and I am glad I paid her the extra 5% vs others (in our small wedding this was just $650) as we had by far the most organized, dependable and trusting person who exceeded every expectation and made our wedding day an absolute dream come true.

I close with a simple analogy; you can choose to have dinner at a restaurant with an average service and pay a 10-15% tip...soon after you won't even remember it...or you can choose to eat at the BEST restaurant with the same prices, the most amazing service and pay a 20% tip...it'll be the memory of a lifetime for you and your guests!

Hope this helps and congratulations for the engagement,

Liene

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Emptyprofileicon Julio Diaz

I looked through sites like fotopintoydiaz.com

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Emptyprofileicon Vanessa Pestana Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

hello girls!! I've been planning my destination wedding in cartagena for the past 2 months. I live in Panama and a friend of mine recomended to have a wedding planner. She heard of this new company called ELEGANZA, and I contact them. (I can see in the previous message that they mentioned themselves).
They have been incredible. They give more than what i expected, they are superr efficient and give me as much time and dedication as I want! always with the best attitude.. it's been only 2 months and I have everything prepared. I can get married tomorrow if I wanted so! =) They gave me an initial budget, after analizing it with Miguel my fiance, we gave them the exact sum that we were willing to spend, and they rearranged everything in order to stick to our budget. They are young ladies, with new and fresh ideas. My experience have been wonderful... now that i'm in this process, i've heard of la chiche as well... and she seems really good too... however i can only talk for my experience! best of luck!!

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Emptyprofileicon Fabiola Torres

Hi Linda,

My name is Faby I am from Chicago but in January of this year I moved to Cartagena, Colombia to start a tourism company. On July 4th we welcomed a group from Chicago & Puerto Rico for a wedding (group of 30) they were married in Bogota but came to Cartagena for honeymoon/wedding party. They had a great time & the wedding was breathe taking (testimonials available upon request). You couldn't be more right on the subject of Cartagena being the perfect location for a wedding. Yes, we are a tourism company but with that said we need to be connected with all aspects of the city, We work with a wedding planner and she is amazing and has many years of experience. Our company is FAKIKE TOURS (website: www.fakiketours.com) or please feel free to contact us directly via a U.S. phone line @ 773-474-7050.

Looking forward to helping in your future plan,

FAKIKE TOURS & HOTEL
Cartagena, Colombia

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Emptyprofileicon Fabiola Torres

Hi Grace,

I understand you have the wedding planning under way but should you need another contact here in Cartagena please feel free to contact me directly. I was born in Chicago and am fluent in Spanish, We are a tourism company but have recently partnered with a wedding planner and had a wedding party here last week, we provided them all of our services.

If you have any questions in regards to your wedding or need help planning tours for your wedding party please let me know and I can send you over a few ideas for tour packages.

www.fakiketours.com
U.S. phone line 773-474-7050
email: [email protected]

Good Luck & we look forward to hearing from you,

FAKIKE TOURS & HOTEL
Cartagena, Colombia

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Emptyprofileicon Nicolette

Hi Linda...CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! Your dream wedding awaits you!! I can relate to your situation. Our Company is based on the belief that you are the utmost importance. We are committed to those needs. As a result a high percentage of our business is from referrals.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Our wishes are sent your way.

Warm regards,

Nicol Lovering

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Emptyprofileicon Linda Dorado

Hello lovely ladies,

Thank you so much for all the replies....so many wonderful suggestions....I still haven't made a decision...but it shouldn't be long....I wish you all the best of luck...and if anyone else has any other ideas I'd love to hear about them.

Muchas gracias!!! Linda

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Emptyprofileicon Linda Dorado

Hi Michelle Zapata,

I was wondering if i could contact you to ask you a few questions about your wedding. I've already thought that "casa blanca" would be a lovely place to get married in and so you would be the perfect person to speak to.

Hope to hear from you soon, Linda

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Emptyprofileicon Simone Lejour

Hi, my name is Simone Lejour, I just link to wedding mapper. If you wish to contact me I am also a wedding planner in Cartagena. My email is [email protected]
Regards!

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Emptyprofileicon Michelle and Luis Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

linda, send me your number privately and ill call you today : )

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Emptyprofileicon Linda Dorado

Michelle,

That's really sweet but I'm not sure how to send you my number privately and I'm living in Thailand at the moment so I think that would be a very expensive call :). This is my email address: [email protected]

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203327 Jessica Bedoya Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi everyone,

This website is amazing! I have read every bodies input and have a few question. I too am looking to get married in Cartagena May 2011. I have been playing phone tag with La Chiche. She seems pretty busy! I kind of feel like I am on a deadline with only having 7 months to plan. I have a recommendation from a family friend on another planner. She charges a flat rate verses the %20 La Chiche charges. When I have spoken to all my friends who have recently wed they semmed to think %20 was a lot more than they paid. It's such a hard decision and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed!

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152243 Jannine Pizarro Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi, Linda, I know how you feel, I was sooo overwhelmed before my wedding (last June 2010) I had the same problem with wedding planner decision. Also I couldn't get La Chiche for a long time. But finally she answered and I tell you she is worth the price. La Chiche makes everything perfect. My suggestion is, keep calling La Chiche and don't make a decision until you have already talked to her. Good Luck!

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Linda go and look Martica wedding and see the review from Caribe cordial. I won't use them.
I agree with Janine, keep calling Chiche. She is awesome.

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Emptyprofileicon shera gruen Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I had great experience with caribe and I feel they did a wonderful job for us. I think you need to talk to all the planners and see what fits your needs and makes you feel comfortable. In our case, we had a great connection and it worked great for us.

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138182 Catalina Angulo Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

www.bodaseleganza.com

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138182 Catalina Angulo Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Linda,
ELEGANZA is a company that specializes in planning and organizing fashionable events and magnificent weddings. With our broad portfolio of services and solutions we have become unique, fresh, innovative, and vibrant.
We will be delighted to send you information about our services and send you a quote. my email is: [email protected]
You can also visit our website to see some pictures.
www.bodaseleganza.com

Best Regards,
Catalina Angulo

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Emptyprofileicon GG Chavez

Hi everyone,
My wedding planner was Caribe Cordial, they have offer me the best service and provide the best venues.
They help to have my dream wedding.
The church decoration was beautiful very romantic and elegant, we rent 14 carriages for our guest that were waiting outside the church. All my family and friend were in shock when they saw the carriages waiting for them to take them to the reception.
The photos from Antonio Flores and video from Horacio are the best quality and creative service.
You should contact Camilo and Liliana from Caribe Cordial at [email protected]
Good luck.

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Emptyprofileicon Angela Corredor London, England, UK

Hi Michelle.Zapata

I would like to know how was manteles and linos for your wedding? Are they reliable?

Many thanks

Gela

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