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Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby simperu2012 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:32 pm

For those of you that have gotten married in Peru, how much was the wedding? We aren't looking for anything luxurious, we just want to make it memorable. We're thinking about renting a hall and finding an event planner that gives us everything included. What do you recommend?

Thanks


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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby panman » Wed Dec 24, 2014 6:26 pm

simperu2012 wrote:For those of you that have gotten married in Peru, how much was the wedding? We aren't looking for anything luxurious, we just want to make it memorable. We're thinking about renting a hall and finding an event planner that gives us everything included. What do you recommend?

Thanks

If you have money to burn and no initiative to get things done by yourself, then use a wedding planner.
I consulted one prior to our wedding and nearly spat my teeth out laughing when I got the quote. No wonder she lived in a nice big house in San Isidro.
Once I'd stopped laughing, which took about three days, we set about organizing the event ourselves. I couldn't begin to remember how much it cost, and the price would be irrelevant now, as we got married nearly 7 years ago, but what I can tell you is that we did it for half the price that the planner quoted, and that was including me overindulging and hiring a car from the Nicolini museum.
We found that once we contacted the first person, which I seem to remember was an entertainer, then the ball started to roll. He knew a photographer, who in turn knew a caterer. The caterer had a contact who made wedding cakes and so on, it was a bit like the domino effect.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby adrian Thorne » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:05 pm

Panman is spot on. My wife wanted the wedding to end all weddings. The wedding planner was out of this world, Fantastic ideas, wonderful venues (Jokey Plaza Military Club), Todo in the grounds, top bands, multicourse sit down meal for 150 people, Drinks on the house etc. etc. We had the most amazing day in our life and I will never forget it. 50 people did not turn up, but what the hell. Cost the same what ever way we went. Quoted $10,000 Cost $20,000 No savings for no attendees. Think Hard.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby chi chi » Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:50 am

panman wrote:If you have money to burn and no initiative to get things done by yourself, then use a wedding planner.
I consulted one prior to our wedding and nearly spat my teeth out laughing when I got the quote. No wonder she lived in a nice big house in San Isidro.
Once I'd stopped laughing, which took about three days, we set about organizing the event ourselves. I couldn't begin to remember how much it cost, and the price would be irrelevant now, as we got married nearly 7 years ago, but what I can tell you is that we did it for half the price that the planner quoted, and that was including me overindulging and hiring a car from the Nicolini museum.


Like with anything else. Cut out the middleman and you save a lot of $$$.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby SilverbackPeru » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:28 am

You do have to remember the market who the wedding planners are aimed at, those rich Limenos who wouldn't be seen dead organising anything themselves and more money than sense.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby timothy » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:03 am

chi chi wrote:
SilverbackPeru wrote:You do have to remember the market who the wedding planners are aimed at, those rich Limenos who wouldn't be seen dead organising anything themselves and more money than sense.




Wedding planner sounds like an interesting business opportunity.

Little investment needed. No diploma or experience required.

You just make to make contacts with a few entertainers, caterers, photographers and people that rent out a place where the wedding reception can be held. And of course you charge each of a commision of their fees.



CC, You should be called "Fried Egg" because you keep on flipping over to the other side, especially when it comes to making money for doing nothing. But would you charge " democratic prices " ?

BTTT (back to the thread): Talk your lady into eloping. You could have a great honeymoon on the money you save for a wedding planner.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby chi chi » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:14 am

timothy wrote:CC, You should be called "Fried Egg" because you keep on flipping over to the other side, especially when it comes to making money for doing nothing. But would you charge " democratic prices " ?


A wedding planner doesn't make money for doing nothing.
You have to arrange a lot of things and make sure that you have a back up plan if things go wrong. For example when the photographer or entertainers calls in sick at the very last minute. You have to come up with plan B.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby ironchefchris » Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:22 pm

My wife and I agreed that we both didn't want a big ceremony or anything fancy. I told her I was fine with eloping to a beautiful location for the wedding. She didn't think that would work for her family. The small ceremony with just a few people quickly turned into a reception with just over 100 guests. Whatever. She was happy so I was happy.

I'm surprised chi chi takes interest in being a wedding planner. What would Marx say? Does chi chi even know who Marx is? A true Socialist would find it bourgeois being a middle-man, planning weddings for the rich with the incentive of making a profit. How does that contribute to the good of the state and one's fellow workers. How does that contribute to a Socialist revolution? What does being a middle-man working for the rich do to produce anything for the good of the state or fellow workers? Is anything being produced at all? A real Socialist believes in contributing to the state through their labor. How does collecting assistance from the state and stating that the state has an obligation to take care of him and provide him the means to live the Capitalist, materialistic lifestyle his wishes while professing that he has no obligation to make any contribution at all to the state constitute a Socialist? A real Socialist believes in equal division of labor, not kicking back and buying designer label clothes while his fellow Socialists do all the work. A real Socialist certainly doesn't believe in the concept of private property, or actually own not one, but two private properties. A real Socialist wouldn't preach about the benefits of Socialism while living his life as a materialistic consumer in Capitalist countries, but would be living in a Socialist country working side by side with his fellow Socialists for the good of the state, not for his own benefit as an individual hoping to make a profit by planning lavish events for the rich. Quelle bourgeois! chi chi has more in common with a Capitalist property owning, profit seeking, Richard Branson than he does to an actual Socialist. Or perhaps to the party elite who live large while the workers do the actual work. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it seems there's a difference between the words and actions. It's easy to talk the talk, but I don't see him walking the walk. Unless of course the words used to describe living a life of owning multiple properties, buying designer clothes, desire to make a profit, traveling the world, etc., are just as empty as the words on Socialism. :?:

Marx (Karl, not Groucho) would be turning in his grave if he knew this is what his movement has become.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby teamoperu » Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:13 am

First he says:
“Wedding planner sounds like an interesting business opportunity.
Little investment needed. No diploma or experience required.
You just make to make contacts with a few entertainers, caterers, photographers and people that rent out a place where the wedding reception can be held. And of course you charge each of a commision of their fees.”

Then he says:
“A wedding planner doesn't make money for doing nothing.
You have to arrange a lot of things and make sure that you have a back up plan if things go wrong. For example when the photographer or entertainers calls in sick at the very last minute. You have to come up with plan B.”

Definitely fried egg syndrome timothy, or maybe scrambled egg, they cracked his noggin then scrambled it.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby chi chi » Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:25 pm

panman wrote:
simperu2012 wrote:For those of you that have gotten married in Peru, how much was the wedding? We aren't looking for anything luxurious, we just want to make it memorable. We're thinking about renting a hall and finding an event planner that gives us everything included. What do you recommend?

Thanks

If you have money to burn and no initiative to get things done by yourself, then use a wedding planner.
I consulted one prior to our wedding and nearly spat my teeth out laughing when I got the quote. No wonder she lived in a nice big house in San Isidro.


Someone who's based in San Isidro for sure isn't going to offer a democratic rate.

As the OP is intending to rent a hall, the people that rent out halls for sure know caterers and entertainers as they will regularly have weddings in their halls.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby e-peruvian » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:15 pm

I was recently checking on the prices to host an event. The top hotels will charge about $120 a plate for a dinner and some drinks. The Maria Angola (4 star hotel) in Miraflores had dinners for as little as $34 per plate . Other than that you are talking about music , a DJ or a band , and you can spend whatever you want. In addition there are decorations,which can be whatever you have in your budget. I think one of the bigger expenses is the liquor. Normally they put a bottle or two of whiskey on every table, You probably have to buy this form the host hotel.
I think that it is common to give all of the guests a little gift. In sum you are probably talking from $75 to $250 per person.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby chi chi » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:23 pm

e-peruvian wrote:I was recently checking on the prices to host an event. The top hotels will charge about $120 a plate for a dinner and some drinks. The Maria Angola (4 star hotel) in Miraflores had dinners for as little as $34 per plate . Other than that you are talking about music , a DJ or a band , and you can spend whatever you want. In addition there are decorations,which can be whatever you have in your budget. I think one of the bigger expenses is the liquor. Normally they put a bottle or two of whiskey on every table, You probably have to buy this form the host hotel.
I think that it is common to give all of the guests a little gift. In sum you are probably talking from $75 to $250 per person.


$120 a plate??? I was used to work (illegally :D :D :D , with a 'borrowed' SNN card) at well know luxury hotel in Beverly Hills in LA and they didn't even charged $120 a plate. (Some time ago, Whitney Houston died at that joint)
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby Sergio Bernales » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:36 pm

I pretty much agree with the domino effect. My impression is that the trick is to find the locale first and then if you're lucky, most of the rest of it will all fall into place. I'd suggest avoiding the hotels. They're pretty characterless and not good value.

There are a lot of outdoor locales with catering facilities, etc, in Barranco, Chorillos, Surco and Pachacamac which specialise in weddings at weekends, and birthdays, corporate events, etc, on other days of the week. Most have permission to hold wedding ceremonies as well. They usually offer the choice of either just renting the locale, for those who want to plan everything themselves, or doing pretty much everything and they're generally cheaper than professional wedding planners.

There are lots of ways to keep costs down without making compromises or doing lots of work yourself. For example, once you find good caterers, you need to check their quotes for an open bar against what it would cost you to buy the booze. They'll usually also offer all the waiting staff, set up a bar, provide an MC and know someone for the hora loca. Strangely, I found that buffets were usually more expensive than sit-down meals, but the quality tends to be much better. Things like sushi bars are nice, but often not worth it if you're on a strict budget.

http://www.somosnovios.com.pe/foros/ind ... 221.5;wap2

http://www.matrimonio.com.pe/locales-eventos

http://www.matrimonio.com.pe/organizador-matrimonio
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby chi chi » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:44 pm

Sergio Bernales wrote:I pretty much agree with the domino effect. My impression is that the trick is to find the locale first and then if you're lucky, most of the rest of it will all fall into place. I'd suggest avoiding the hotels. They're pretty characterless and not good value.


Indeed, avoid the ripp off characterless hotels.

Anyone who has a local for rent will have hosted a wedding before and can guide you int the right direction.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby gringuano » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:28 am

My wedding was around $4,000 if I remember correctly. Included the rental of, what is considered by Peruvian standards, a mansion, food, music, large tent, waiters and dance floor.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby chi chi » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:43 am

gringuano wrote:My wedding was around $4,000 if I remember correctly. Included the rental of, what is considered by Peruvian standards, a mansion, food, music, large tent, waiters and dance floor.


For how many people?
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby gringuano » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:01 am

I think it was around 80 people. $4,000 is what I paid out of pocket, but I believe my in-laws contributed a certain amount as well.
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Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

Postby timothy » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:03 am

chi chi wrote:
e-peruvian wrote:I was recently checking on the prices to host an event. The top hotels will charge about $120 a plate for a dinner and some drinks. The Maria Angola (4 star hotel) in Miraflores had dinners for as little as $34 per plate . Other than that you are talking about music , a DJ or a band , and you can spend whatever you want. In addition there are decorations,which can be whatever you have in your budget. I think one of the bigger expenses is the liquor. Normally they put a bottle or two of whiskey on every table, You probably have to buy this form the host hotel.
I think that it is common to give all of the guests a little gift. In sum you are probably talking from $75 to $250 per person.


$120 a plate??? I was used to work (illegally :D :D :D , with a 'borrowed' SNN card) at well know luxury hotel in Beverly Hills in LA and they didn't even charged $120 a plate. (Some time ago, Whitney Houston died at that joint)



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