My fiancé and I stayed at the Renaissance several years ago and fell in love with the location. Now we are planning our wedding at the Renaissance Island and it has been a bit of a challenge. After the initial proposal was sent any answers to some of our questions took on average two weeks to come in, and even then not all questions were answered. We are planning for fall of 2015 with a party of just fewer than 100. We have not even been able to set the date or finalize any selection. We are looking for any advice on the overall wedding planning experience and some of these topics:
-Can we use another bakery for the cake? Any suggestions on a good bakery.
- I don't know what is included in the “packages” listed for the photographer or who they use but we have heard great reviews about Bella photography. I sent an email but only received a generic response and no follow up.
-We have decided to do the top tier buffet style for food but unsure whether to do open bar or per drink for the premium drinks.
-DJ Tino comes highly recommended but does the Renaissance use him? How do we get in touch with him, or does the planner do it?
-Did anyone plan any activities for their group to do? We are considering the Kukoo Kunuku pub krawl and maybe an island adventure.
Thank you in advance!
Just a few things...
tino is superb use him
remember to get a low cake, it's transported to the island on a boat. Watched a cake totally slide apart on the boat over to the private island
set up and your privacy is fabulous
dance floor is hidden in the sand
bug spray might be needed at dusk
bride should wear flats, heels get stuck in dock
pictures are great at sunset
if I think of anything else I will post. Know the island well been to Renn 18 times
So this sounds like my exact issue. I myself am planning a wedding at the Renaissance and am finding it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to do this with the "help" of the wedding planner they provided us with. We too are very frustrated with how this has all been handled. And quite frankly, I have started to take things into my own hands. We have been engaged since Christmas and set our date for Wednesday, April 8th 2015. Being from NY, we are aware of the planning process and usually over here, prices are given from the florist, DJ, Photographer, etc. However, I still have not a clue how much this wedding is going to cost me because all I'm getting is "range" or "about" prices. It's soooooo frustrating. I recently reached out to Letzaruba and the florist they use, Shars Flowers to try and find my own prices. Due to the mere fact that I was quoted "a rage of $200 per bouquet" which is absolutly unheard of, especially that in my proposal it states bridesmaids bouquets are about $85. I am currently in the process this week of wiring a transfer deposit to Momento photography and Ingmar Maduro for videographer. I too heard that DJ Tino was the best and I noted with my wedding planner that I would like to book him but who knows if he actually reached out to him. Therefore, I am going to email DJ Tino myself. If you have any tips please let me know as well. I feel your pain Kokomo!!!! We are in this together lol
Kokomo...another thing...we too originally wanted the super premium alcohol package but it was a crazy price ...$141.00 PER PERSON!!!!! Another bride I spoke to said she got the basic package of alcohol and her groomsmen bought bottles from the duty free shop and they were just charged a corking fee. Sounds like a reasonable plan to me!
Ironically we're also from NYC, but only engaged about a month, so luckily we have more time and patience (since we obviously need it). From the fact that the price list on the website is 2009, and that initial shock when we were emailed the 2014 pricelist (false advertising a bit?). The premium brands from 6:30-1am we're being quoted as 116.82 per person. We're currently being told we need to send a deposit to set a date, of course the entire time we've been asking for what dates are available.
Do you have any idea what the Renaissance's policy is regarding outside vendors? We asked that question about a week ago, still waiting for a response to that email. Other than cost they don't seem to have very much to offer in their responses.
We're almost at the point of taking a long weekend trip just to go down there and sort things out in person because this is becoming quite aggrivating, of course having browsed the forum here it doesn't seem like we're alone.
We're at the point we're debating just getting an outside planner down on the island as compared to dealing directly with the hotel.
I'm going to PM you my email Lisa, we can exchange notes.
My best advice to you is to purchase a phone card and give them a call. You will definitely get in touch with the wedding office (Milayne or Randolph) between the hours of 9-11:30 am. I actually just spent an hr on the phone with them going over each detail on my proposal. Trust me, you would feel much more reassured when speaking with them.
I have not viewed the wedding and honeymoon forum recently and missed both of your postings. I am from the NY area myself and understand how difficult it is getting information from so far away. I communicate with Aruba often and have a special phone plan with verizon where I am only charged a small amount for 500 minutes a month. I have TMobil as my cell phone carrier with a special international phone plan where I am charged only 20 cents a minute when I call Aruba. If either of you have verizon or TMobil, contact them as it will help you with communicating with Aruba. I do hope this information was helpful
I have delt with Renaissance and understand that that their policy is not dealing with outside vendors. I was fortunate because the couple I was working with requested my services. However, the wedding planner I delt with does not work there anymore.