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Cartagena Wedding budget- $15,000

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190253 Alejandra Rocha Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi ladies, my fiancee and I are in the beginning stages of planning our wedding in Cartagena. We met with La Chica last week and I'm getting very excited to visit in October to pick out our venues.
My only concern is the budget- we are paying for the wedding ourselves and are looking to spend $15,000-20,000- do you think this is realistic and will we still be able to have a beautiful wedding?
I'm getting a little nervous because of all of La Chiche's weddings look like they had big budgets! Help!!

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Emptyprofileicon Yezid Meneses Rumie

Hi Alex

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Emptyprofileicon Yezid Meneses Rumie

Hi Alex

In Cartagena i can help you planning your wedding
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Emptyprofileicon Yezid Meneses Rumie

Hi Alex

In Cartagena i can help you planning your wedding
[email protected] or [email protected]
regards
Yezid

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi, La Chiche will work aroud you budget. She is great.
All depends on what you want and how many people you are inviting.
Good luck!!

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161022 Nayibe Cortes Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi, I am getting married on the 10th of October and your budget sounds realistic. My guest list is about 55 people and La Chiche its my wedding planner; we met with her a year ago and loved everything she showed us. From my experience, I think the most money goes to the church and reception music, the photographer and video, and the food; the rest you can work around.
Good Luck!!

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Emptyprofileicon carolina cruz

Hi Ale,

If you have no more than 50 people your budget seems very reasonable. I am an author of a destination wedding book and traveled to different places. I also got marry in Cartagena one year ago in the best hotel in town. I did not hired anyone so things can work out. Here check my last post..

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190302 Georgette Cardenas Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I agree with ladies above. La Chiche is also my wedding planner and she will work around your budget. Onece you get all your quotes you can start trimming where you see fit.

@Nayibe- My wedding is on October 9th. Guess Chiche will be very busy that weekend :)

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152243 Jannine Pizarro Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi, La Chiche will respect your budget. Ours was very low, and yet our wedding looked like a million dollars. My advise is go for a budget of $15 because you will end up spending a little bit more. If you say a budget of $22 you might pass your limits.In my opinion $18 is enough. But also you have to consider the number of your guests.
Good Luck!

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190253 Alejandra Rocha Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Thank you so much, will keep you posted!

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190253 Alejandra Rocha Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Thank you so much, will keep you posted!

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Emptyprofileicon Angela Corredor London, England, UK

Hello alejrocha

I am getting married in cartagena too. and my budget is very similar to yours. are you still going to work with la chiche? how many guest do you have?. I would like to work with her but the prices sound crazy.

Thanks

Angela

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221668 Mimi Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hello,
We are also getting married in Cartagena next year. We probably will have 100guests. We are trying to figure out how much $ is OK (and how much we can afford). Do you think a wedding planner can work with $18-20K? How much a wedding planner charges?? Thank you!

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225979 Diana Rodriguez Medellin, Colombia

Hi :)

Im also geeting married in Cartagena. In 2012. Does someone have a webside to La Chiche or an email adresse. How much does a weeding planner cost in Colombia? Whats the normal cost of a weeding in Colombia? We are not sure how much we are going to use.

Thanks.

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

This is la Chiche webpage (Carmen Cecilia Cayon) http://carmenceciliacayon.com/
She is great. You choose your WP base in your budget.

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225979 Diana Rodriguez Medellin, Colombia

thanks!! do you know how much she takes? I have seen that they take a percentage of the entire budget. Is it worth it?

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218136 Norys Barcasnegras Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

We had a great experience with Caribe Cordial and will totally recommend them! we had a fantastic wedding and they did an amazing job.

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206820 Patricia Gallego Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Angela, Mimi and Diana!
I'm working with La Chiche, too. WP usually charge 15% of the total wedding cost, but from what I've seen they can go as low as 7%. And the total wedding cost for the calculation includes what you have the WP do, so for example, your dress would not be included in that amount. We are having about 65 guests and hope not to go too far past our budget, but it's nice having someone there to help out with all of our questions!

Good luck!

Patty

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227611 Ingrid Cuartas

Hi Patti-

My fiance and I are planning on getting married in Cartagena around March of 2012. We met la Chiche and looked at some of the venues, the one we liked the most and was told it was the most "economico" was the Sofitel. I noticed you are getting marrried there but wanted to know how are you doing with your budget? We started to add up everything and it seems we are really going over our budget. We still have not received a quote from Sofitel but I am interested to here from you what it includes and what type of food they are including. Please HELP...I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!

Ingrid Cuartas
786-329-3407

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206820 Patricia Gallego Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Ingrid,
Congratulations! Wow, you're starting the planning process early, so you have plenty of time. The Sofitel is not the least expensive, but neither is it the most (in my opinion). It seems like the Sofitel has a lot of items embedded in the basic rental that you would have to pay for elsewhere. For example, the simple white linens and silverware are included in the rental fee at the Sofitel, but if you had it at one of the "casas," you would have to pay extra for that. The food is SPECTACULAR, we had a tasting there and fell in love. Juan Pablo is a character and cool to work with. They will negotiate with you, you just have to be willing to ask ;)
I thought it would be cheap, but it's not that cheap. In reality, you get more bang for your buck, in Cartagena in general. Prices are going up every year, I've noticed, and things aren't as inexpensive as they used to be. If you do go with the Sofitel, make sure you lock them in before the prices go up for 2012. We signed the contract and put the deposit down in December 2010 and they went up 10% in January, but we are paying 2010 prices.
There are simple 3 course (inexpensive) menus that you can choose and they will still be amazing! And the presentation and service is impeccable!
Give me your email and I can send you more info.

Patty
[email protected]

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147805 Maria Sanabria Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi
My wedding planner was Maria Angelica Cueter, I first went to la Chiche but she qutoed 10% of the total spend, then I found Maria Angelica who was able to reduce this fee, and she organised not only my wedding day but also events during the week before and she also got great deals with the suppliers. They were charging me more when I went directly. Her email is: [email protected]
About money it depends on the number of guests, lcoation, etc. But just roughly to give you an idea, I had 180 and spend 25k (including the wedding planner fee)

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234699 Andrea Sparano Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Pattie and Ingrid!
My fiance and I are also planning on getting married in Cartagena in 2012, but haven't decided on an exact date yet. I'm going to email La Chiche because she seems wonderful according to all of these reviews and I'm also completely new to this entire planning process. I don't want my wedding to be huge...just close family and friends so maybe around 50 or so guests. Any information on prices would be wonderful! I know that it depends on where you have the ceremony/reception but I just want to have a rough estimate.

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Andrea, La Chiche is just great. I had my wedding in Cartagena this past weekend and I do not have enough words to tell you how good she and her team are. She Planed for me 7 days of events. We loved everything. She has great test and she always recommend the best. Also, she always has a solution for everything.
If you want more details you can email me at [email protected]

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227611 Ingrid Cuartas

Hi Andrea!
Congrats! My fiancé and I went to Colombia to look at venues, cake, music etc.,however we were not very happy with the prices that were quoted nor the wedding planner la chiche. I have left 2 emails since my visit and never recieved a response. We were not very happy with the percentage either, we are currently looking for another wedding planner. You may have a good experience with her, unfortunately we didn't.

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227611 Ingrid Cuartas

Hi Paty!
Thank you again for the info., let me know when you get a chance to send me some more information. Best of luck! Thank you sooo much.

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212642 Claudia Arango Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Ingrid!

Welcome to weddingmapper! :) I just came across your post and I too had the same experience with La Chiche. Her fee was 15% which was way over our budget and I remember sending her 2-3 emails and never got a response. My fiance and I are going with Caribe Cordial (getting married in Feb. 2012) and so far, they have been great. We went to Cartagena last month to meet with Sandra Pinto of Caribe Cordial (she's the main person) and she took the time to explain everything to us and answer all our questions (And this is before we decided to sign the contract). I think that says a lot about them. We also had a chance to see them (She has a team of people who work a wedding) in action as they had a wedding that day we were there, and we were impressed with how smoothly everything seemed. We communicate through Skype all the time which is super convenient, especially being out of state. Best of luck to you!

Here is Sandra's email: [email protected]

Claudia

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234699 Andrea Sparano Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Ingrid,
I emailed La Chiche as well a few days ago and still haven't received a response from her. I'm assuming she's extra busy but I can't be sure! I've heard about Caribe Cordial, another wedding coordinating company. Does anyone know how much percentage they charge? I feel like 15%-20% is too steep if that's what La Chiche charges (and what I've heard she now does).

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Emptyprofileicon Angela Corredor London, England, UK

Hi
Caribe cordial charges 10 %.
xx

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227611 Ingrid Cuartas

Hi!
Thanks for the info!

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I think some of you should be careful what you write on this webpage. This is to help brides get information, not to damage vendor’s reputation. I think Cartagena has Wedding planners for all budgets. You can’t say La Chiche is bad because her rates are higher and you can’t afford her. La Chiche goes above and beyond good service. La Chiche and her staff focus on not only large details but the small details that brides sometime forget. Also, it is out of the WP control how much vendors charge.

My WP was la Chiche and for this reason I can’t say anything bad or good about the other wedding planners. I do not understand how you can write all these wrong comments about her if she is not your WP. For the new brides on this site, you should read the brides review to make your decision. I used to email La Chiche 30 times a day and she used to answer every single one of my emails. After the wedding, I still email her and she answers right away. In addition, all the wrong comments about La Chiche are about how expensive she is. That is irrelevant...if you can’t afford her do not hire her and move on. It bothers me read the comments about her in this webpage after I have worked with La Chiche for a full year and had a SUPER great experience. My husband, family, and guests loved La Chiche and her staff. My mother was so please we found her. Without La Chiche we would have never had such a perfect and unforgettable week!

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152243 Jannine Pizarro Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I totally agree with Clara. My WP was La Chiche and I am extremely lucky to have had her to coordinate my wedding last June 2010. It was an amazing wedding thanks to her. More than price, it is important to have somebody to trust, responsible and that can devote to your wedding as it it were a wedding to their own daughter.That is how I felt about La Chiche. Moreover, I was amazed to see how vendors would speak highly positive about doing business with her. Some of my husband relatives still speak about "That amazing wedding lady" when they describe our wedding to other people.

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234699 Andrea Sparano Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi everyone,
Thank you so much for the info! It's so helpful to have the opinion of others who have gone or are going through the same experiences. I also wanted to ask, did you ladies have bridesmaids or are you planning on having them? I know that in the U.S. its very traditional but I'm not sure how it is in Colombia.

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234699 Andrea Sparano Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Janine,
Were the prices higher because you got married in June? I'm also planning on getting married in June but in 2012.

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