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#751 shannon

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    Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:11 AM

    Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Hi ladies,

    I think I could use some of your expert advice....here it goes...
    I booked my wedding a few months ago for next May at EDR. I visited the resort with my mom and sister. We loved it, BUT, our only reservation was the beach...its not swimmable. I decided to let it go because everything else about the resort is BEAUTIFUL (even though my fiance is also very much a beach/ocean person)
    So, fast forward to about 2 weeks ago....my parents were in Riviera Maya for another wedding and visited EDR while they were there. When they came back, they told me that they were disappointed with the beach. (My mom has seen this resort before and knew this was an issue). So, then, I started rethinking everything. I started researching resorts AGAIN!! The last thing I want is for people to come all the way to Mexico for my wedding and feel disappointed that they can't go in the water.
    Anyway, now, I found out that Karisma has a new resort opening in October...the Azul Sensatori, which appears to have a more swimmable beach and looks just as beautiful as EDR. The question is...do I switch resorts?? Am I being totally crazy A few things that the Azul has which EDR does not is that it is family-friendly, which means we don't have to worry about my fiance's 15-year old niece. Also, the price that the TA quoted me is about $70 cheaper per person. BUT, it is a new resort...so, who knows what can happen? It's run by Karisma and has the exact same policies and wedding packages as EDR, so I'm familiar with all of that.
    I might even be able to keep my same WC. But, EDR is also very nice...I'm SO torn.....

    Feels good to vent....any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! :)
    A new resort could be a really good thing and if your wedding isn't until May- they would have been open 7 months and hopefully had some of the "new" kinks worked out. I am a beach beach person, and we swam and snorkeled at the beach at EDR. -well, when I say "swam" I mean floated- hehe. The jetskis there were also alot of fun. The beach was a bonus, not a negative with us and our guests- we loved it! I guess it is just an opinion-thing. The one thing that really really stood out with our guests were the beach/pool beds, the amount of pools and swimup bars, the food/quickness/accuracy of room service and the aoveral service of the resort. If you can get all of that at the new resort and will feel more comfortable with the beach-- then I say go with what you feel comfortable with!
    Good luck!

    #752 Dreamgirl08

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      Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:39 AM

      I need to make my Ceremony Program, but I'm totally at loss as to how to organize it, and what exactly goes on it. Can someone please share theirs, I'd love to get a better idea on this.


      #753 Dreamgirl08

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        Posted 07 September 2008 - 12:11 PM

        Anyone willing to share their choices made with either "Fuentes" or "El Cocotal". We need to choose a location and food choices for my Rehearsel Dinner which we're having the day before the wedding. Also, what time does it have to be scheduled for? Because we would like to do a group activity or excursion with guests during the daytime. Should guests know that this is a free dinner or is it best to have them think your hosting?

        #754 pryzeless

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          Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:20 PM

          I think the ceremony script is posted on this thread. I will try to find it. We picked Fuentes for our welcome dinner. I just said we were hosting it. I know it is included in a free package but you need to meet certain requirements to get it so it is not really "free". Plus we are planning it so I say we are hosting it. As for choices we picked the endive salad with goat cheese then salmon ceviche, dinner choices are Mahi Mahi or pork chops. For dessert we picked the Mexican Chocolate option. Ours is set for 7pm. We thought that would give people enought time during the day.

          #755 27 desses

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            Posted 07 September 2008 - 10:45 PM

            Has anyone used Elizabeth Medina as there photographer? If so could you tell me a little about your experience? We are looking to get married in 2010 and thought the Azul Sensatori looked very nice.
            After reading the post from a lot of the ladies here we might rethink our destination if the photographer that they have isn't good or we cant bring in someone from the area that is a resonable price.

            Thanks for the help

            #756 BandE2008

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              Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:33 PM

              27 Dresses

              While you will have to pay for an "outside" phtoographer such as Elizabeth M. at ANY Karishma resort, the Karishma resorts have "upped their options".

              First the regular photogrpaher has updated their website, and they work looks really good. ltos of people have used their prefered photographer and been happy lately, so thats good. They have also added an amazing photogrpaher, Claudia Rodregiez to their "staff list of photogs", so you can use her without paying the $500 fee. I love her work and have chose that route.

              #757 ikupoo

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                Posted 09 September 2008 - 02:26 AM

                I've read the terms regarding using outside vendors and musicians, and EDR seems pretty strict on those rules...
                I have a guest who is a movie composer, and I'm thinking that I may want him to play a set on his saxophone. I also want to provide my own minister for the ceremony.
                Do you think EDR will charge phenomenal fee for bringing those people in? These outside vendor fee is such pain in the arse!

                On another note, do EDR and ED Maroma allow bonfires on the beach?

                #758 BandE2008

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                  Posted 09 September 2008 - 07:24 PM

                  I think if those people are your guests and staying at the resort it is no problem -
                  But I would contact one of the wedding coordinators there to ask.

                  I dont think they allow for bonfires on the beach ... I cant imagine many AI's do to be honest.

                  #759 beth

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                    Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:01 AM

                    Originally Posted by Dreamgirl08
                    I need to make my Ceremony Program, but I'm totally at loss as to how to organize it, and what exactly goes on it. Can someone please share theirs, I'd love to get a better idea on this.

                    I am looking for the same thing. Does anyone have their ceremony program template they are willing to share? I have the ceremony script, but am not sure how to word everything that will be said, etc.


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                    #760 pryzeless

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                      Posted 10 September 2008 - 12:27 PM

                      Sorry. I am not doing a program. My FI feels like so there is no need. We have a small party and he things everyone can figure it out. I was not going to fight with him because that meant I would actually have to make them so I just crossed it off my list.

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