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Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Moving Company, Queens | 0 comments

Moving Company Cost: RVS Moving & Delivery Service

Many of the previous moving companies I’ve analyzed so far, such as Lightning Van Moving and Get There Moving, charge an hourly rate. That’s great for some people, my wife and I included, who don’t have a lot of stuff, because we moved right after getting married. For those that are moving after being married for a year or so, however, you’ll probably find that you have accumulated a lot of items in that first year or two. As a result, a flat rate moving company might be a better choice, and RVS Moving & Delivery Service only does flat rate moves.   Moving Company: RVS Moving & Delivery Service Date Price Quoted: August 2013 Moving Date Quoted For: August 2013 (Friday afternoon) Number of Movers: 2 Guys Rate Type: Flat Rate Flat Rate Fee: $700 Restrictions: N/A Truck Or Van: Truck Insurance: No Tax: 0% Gratuity: 15% (Not mandatory but basically required by social etiquette) Total Moving Company Cost: $805.00   The Main Point RVS Moving and Delivery Service receives great reviews all over the Internet, and...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Caterer, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood | 0 comments

Wedding Caterer Menu: Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 2

Last time, I listed the dishes on the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 1, which is the entry-level menu. In total, the Eastern Weddings come with four menu choices, and here is the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 2:     Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 2 Roasted Crispy Pig Suckling Platter Deep Fried Crab Claw Stuffed with Mashed Shrimp Wok-Fried Sliced Sea Whelk & Sea Scallop with XO Sauce Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Seafood Black Pepper Steak Braised Slice Abalone with Garden Greens Steamed Seasonal Fish Deluxe Lobsters with Ginger & Scallion Forever Crispy Chicken Soft Noodles with Chicken & Mushroom Fried Rice with Seafood, Conpoy Slices, and Vegetable Sweet Soup with Mango Fresh Fruit Platter Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee & Herbal Tea   The Main Point The Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 2 costs $988.00 for a table of 10 people or $98.80 a person, $10 more a person than the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 1. The difference as you upgrade the menu is...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Caterer, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood | 0 comments

Wedding Caterer Menu: Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 1

A few people have contacted me asking about the wedding caterer menu for some of the wedding venues I’ve analyzed thus far. Almost all vendors will have menu upgrades or banquet options you can add so the final menu will vary from couple to couple according to your preferences, but the venues generally have a core menu. Here is the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 1; I analyzed the venue cost here.     Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 1 Roasted Suckling Pig Platter Deep Fried Crab Claw Stuffed with Mashed Shrimp Sautéed Chicken & Squid Slices with Vegetables in XO Sauce Braised Shark’s Fin Soup Bamboo Pith, Seafood & Shredded Chicken Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus Pleasant Shanghai Sea Cucumber Steamed Seasonal Fish Deluxe Lobsters with Ginger & Scallion Forever Crispy Chicken Soft Noodles with Mushroom Tender Green Fried Rice with Shrimps Red Bean Soup with Lotus Seeds Fresh Fruit Platter Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee & Herbal Tea   The Main Point The Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Moving Company, Queens | 0 comments

Moving Company Cost: Shea Moving

Now that we’re married, my wife and I are in the process of moving apartments and in NYC, moving is an extreme hassle. The traffic and parking are horrible, which means you don’t have very much time to move your stuff into and out of a vehicle. Some buildings are walkups, which means no elevators. On top of that, you have to worry about issues, such as bedbugs, which is a big concern in NYC. Then there’s the moving company aspect . . . I’m not sure when the reputations of moving companies became worse than that of used-car salesmen but sadly, that can be a pretty accurate opinion these days. It may have something to do with all the shady movers who advertised on Craigslist then tacked on surprise hidden fees and damaged people’s furniture without any compensation. Nevertheless, many great moving companies exist, and I went sleuthing on Yelp to find them. While a lot of them have great reviews, they are still inflicted with the same...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel #3

As mentioned before, the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel’s intro western wedding package is the Elegant Wedding package. The other western wedding package is the Grand Wedding package, and here is the price breakdown.     Wedding Venue: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Date Price Quoted: June 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: Summer 2014 (Saturday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes dinner reception for 150 guests Room Name: Western Wedding Grand Wedding Capacity: 180+ Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $109 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 21% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $21,539   The Main Point At $109 a person instead of $99.95, the total cost is just $1,788 more than the Elegant Wedding package. For that price, you get five hours of open bar instead of four hours, and the bar offerings are better. In addition, you receive a carving station and pasta station for the one-hour cocktail hour as well as the hot hors d’oeuvres passed butler style. Last but not least, you receive better, more diverse menu choices for the appetizer, salad,...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel #2

The Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel is not just a popular choice for Asian couples to hold a low-cost Chinese wedding reception, but it’s also a popular choice to hold a western style reception! Like the eastern style receptions, you have a couple of package options to choose from, including the Elegant Wedding package.     Wedding Venue: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Date Price Quoted: June 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: Summer 2014 (Saturday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes dinner reception for 150 guests Room Name: Western Wedding Elegant Wedding Capacity: 180+ Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $99.95 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 21% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $19,751   The Main Point For the western wedding packages at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, you are charged per person rather than per table of 10 for the eastern wedding packages. For the entry-level Elegant Wedding package, it’s $99.95 a person. Other aspects, such as 8.875% tax and 21% gratuity stay the same. What is interesting is that the western wedding packages also include a cocktail hour,...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Credit Cards, Hotel, Queens, Starwood, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding Venue Cost: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

Situated just a few miles from New York LaGuardia Airport and right in the heart of Flushing in Queens, the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel is a popular choice for Asian couples to hold a wedding reception. It’s convenient for traveling guests, it’s nicer than a lot of the older banquet halls in Chinatown, and the cost is quite low.     Wedding Venue: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Date Price Quoted: June 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: Summer 2014 (Saturday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes dinner reception for 150 guests Room Name: Eastern Wedding Menu 1 Capacity: 180+ Venue Fee: $0 Catering Per Person: $88.80 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 21% Total Wedding Venue Cost: $17,548   The Main Point Chinese wedding venues usually charge by tables of 10 guests, and the Sheraton LaGuardia operates in a similar manner charging $880 for a table of 10. The old rule of thumb for weddings in Chinatown is $1,000 a table, so the price of the lowest cost menu at the Sheraton LaGuardia is actually better. Higher-price menu options do...

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Hair and Makeup, Queens | 0 comments

Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: Sachiko Hair and Makeup #2

Sachiko Yanase of Sachiko Hair and Makeup also offers a smaller package in addition to the standard package, which I talked about yesterday. It’s meant for a party of three, but it’s another fantastic deal, perfect for those with smaller bridal parties and looking to save a bit of money.   Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist: Sachiko Hair and Makeup Date Price Quoted: January 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: July 2013 (Saturday) Price Assumptions: Includes airbrush application for bride and 2 bridesmaids Assistant: Yes Airbrush Application: Yes Estimated Preparation Time: Not specified but up to 4 hours of service included Package Fee: $600 Trial Fee: $100 Engagement Shoot Fee: $100 (estimated) Travel Fee: ~$50 Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: $850   The Main Point While Sachiko Yanase’s smaller package only covers the bride and two bridesmaids, you can add hair OR makeup for an additional person for $90. Her rates don’t specify if that means you can pay $180 to do hair AND makeup...

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Hair and Makeup, Queens | 0 comments

Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: Sachiko Hair and Makeup

If I had to pick one hair and makeup artist that I think every Asian bride in NYC wants, it has to be Sachiko Yanase of Sachiko Hair and Makeup. I guess it’s not surprising given her incredibly low prices compared to her peers. At the same time, her work quality is amongst the best. Basically, the only negative comment to make about Sachiko Hair and Makeup is that she is always booked! If you are considering Sachiko for your wedding day and she is available, I would book her ASAP.   Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist: Sachiko Hair and Makeup Date Price Quoted: January 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: July 2013 (Saturday) Price Assumptions: Includes airbrush application for bride and 4 bridesmaids Assistant: Yes Airbrush Application: Yes Estimated Preparation Time: Not specified but up to 10 hours of service included Package Fee: $1,000 Trial Fee: $100 Engagement Shoot Fee: $100 (estimated) Travel Fee: ~$50 Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: $1,250   The Main...

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Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Hair and Makeup, Queens | 0 comments

Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: Reiko Utsugi

Many great wedding hair and makeup artists operate in New York City, but finding one that specializes in Asian features is not always an easy task. And while a lot of the hair and makeup artists I discuss do specialize in Asian features, they do a fantastic job on non-Asians as well! Reiko Utsugi is one such example, and here is what the cost breakdown looks like for her:   Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist: Reiko Utsugi Date Price Quoted: February 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: July 2013 (Saturday) Price Assumptions: Includes airbrush application for bride and 4 bridesmaids Assistant: Yes (2 artists total, one of them being Reiko Utsugi) Airbrush Application: Yes Estimated Preparation Time: ~4 hours for everyone Package Fee: $1,100 Trial Fee: $120 Engagement Shoot Fee: $120 Travel Fee: $0 Tax: 0% Gratuity: 20% Total Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: $1,608   The Main Point Reiko Utsugi receives great reviews on all the major wedding websites and was personally recommended by another super popular artist who was all booked up for the dates...

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