Loloâ€™s (Linda) Azul Sensatori wedding review
I want to start off by saying that nothing is ever perfect and we have to remember why we are getting marriedâ€¦.
Our time at Sensatori was overall wonderful and I am glad we chose this resort.
The resort itself is very beautiful and clean. Our guests kept saying how beautiful and clean it was. The rooms are also very nice, we had a few problems with our room (a/c was noisy and toilet kept clogging up) but we finally decided to complain and were upgraded to premium for our last 3 days. Wish I had complained sooner! All of the toilets in the resort were being replaced; guess they had a lot of issues. Hopefully by the time anyone else goes there it will be taken care of.
The food at the resort is also very good. Lots of variety, but I didnâ€™t like that you could not eat at a restaurant between 3:30 and 5:30 as they close to prepare for dinner.( Room service is available)
Le Chique restaurant is reservation ONLY. They were booked up for the first week of our stay so we went week 2. Some of our guests did not get to try this restaurant and that is a shame. If you like fine cuisine and are up for something DIFFERENT try Le Chique. We loved it!!!!(Some of my family did not; they were still hungry and had to eat at another place) Reserve your spot the day you arrive!!!! It is worth the wait. It is also beautiful inside.
The rest of the restaurants are great but nothing that was amazing. The Italian was a family favorite.
The service at the resort is complicatedâ€¦
The first week we were there we were not very thrilled with the service we received, by waiters and bartenders. (A lot of people complained) However the second week was awesome.
There were 30 people with us and we were kind of a rowdy bunch, so I guess they figured they didnâ€™t need to serve us well. Drink service by the pool was s.l.o.wâ€¦. At the wave bar the bartenders seemed annoyed to serve usâ€¦.At mojito lounge the bartenders wanted TIPS to make us shooters, and the servers were slow.
The restaurant servers were good but nothing exceptional.
However the second week was amazingâ€¦.we got to know some of the staff and then we were gold!! A few staff in particular was very good to us. So if you donâ€™t pay too much attention to them, they will do the same to you. (Not ideal, but the way it is) Once we got to know Merle (beach &pool server) our drinks came a lot faster! Victor at Wave bar didnâ€™t let us finish our drinks before bringing us new ones. So make fast friends with some staff and you will be treated like gold!
We were told that a new manager was hired and he was â€œcleaning "up the resort. (Some staff did get fired for bad service while we were there) So hopefully they can find excellent staff that will be there for years and give excellent service to guests.
Housekeeping was excellent. Esperanza is very gifted at towel art.
Juan, our concierge, was great. He helped us out in every way.
The entertainment at the resort is a bit cheesyâ€¦.itâ€™s the same group singing every night different â€œthemesâ€â€¦.it was something to do before we went dancing.
The live band in Mojito lounge is great, but they repeat the same songs every nightâ€¦..
AND there is no disco, just the live band at Mojito lounge. So there is no D.J playing at all anywhere. (I asked this question many times and did not get an answer)
Our wedding coordinators were very niceâ€¦..we were not very picky so it all went smoothly.
You may want to force the rehearsal for the ceremony though. We were pretty laid back and Elena told us we didnâ€™t need to rehearse, she would tell everyone what to do. But since everyone is pretty emotional and nervous the day of the wedding, it would have been nice to have practiced going down the steep ramp(we had a couple of near wipe-outs that do make the video kind of funny) They all told me they wished they had rehearsed to take some of the nerves away.
The Ceremony was at 4pm and was beautiful. The minister did a lovely job and we really liked the words in her ceremony (we didnâ€™t really remember it, we were so nervous and excited) since we had a secret legal ceremony at home that we customized, we let the Mexican minister do her own thing. The sand ceremony lacked a bit of personalizing. She did not speak at all as we poured the sand. The ceremony was beautiful regardless of the imperfections.
4 pm does not leave a lot of time for pics before sunset though so 3 pm would be ideal.
The reception had a bit of issuesâ€¦but we made the best of it.
We needed a screen for our slideshow (had our own projector) the place they rent projectors from does not rent out the screen separately. So they tied a sheet up so we could use it as a screen, it was nice they did what they could to make us happy.
We decided to cheap out and not get the amp with microphone (brought our own sound system) DO NOT DO THIS!!! Pay the $250 and get theirs!!!
We thought that with only 30 people we didnâ€™t need the micâ€¦.you do need the mic. Itâ€™s outside and it is hard to hear any speeches unless it is very quiet. The way they set up the tables at Zavas plaza is quite spread out, so please get the mic if you want your guests to hear any speeches being made. (And the one giving the speech wonâ€™t have to yell)
And we had issues with the powerâ€¦..we had a laptop, projector and sound system all plugged in to their extension cord. It was too muchâ€¦the power was not enough to keep it all going. The music kept cutting out and we could not turn it up too loud or it was horrible. Maybe a slideshow is not the way to goâ€¦..
The Mexican cocktail hour was wonderful, everyone said there was too much food and they hadnâ€™t had dinner yet!
Surf and turf dinner was amazing!!! We all loved it. The lobster was cooked very well. The desert was 3 kinds of chocolate and raspberry sauceâ€¦yummm. Bewareâ€¦we got the petit cake for 2 in our package and they served it to us as our desert. I was not happy with this; I wanted 3 kinds of chocolate! They got us our desert very quickly before I could make a scene I was very happy with it.
And then the weather decided not to cooperate. It was an unusually cold night in Mexico, so cold that our guests were disappearing to go to their rooms to warm up!! We spoke to the manager and after a heated discussion we were able to go to the ballroom and our 2 waiters served us there. My groom had to get angry before they would agree to this though. They should have had an alternate venue available in case of something like this, and we should not have had to get angry before finding a solution. It was not our dream reception but in the end we had fun and everyone was warm.
So just remember nothing is perfect and may not happen the way we have always dreamed it wouldâ€¦..but in the end I married the love of my life and our friends and family were there to share it with us!!
The memories we choose to remember are perfect!
A note about photography and video: The day goes by so fast and you donâ€™t remember all of the details so I highly recommend having a video capture the day. We had a friend do this for us; itâ€™s not professional but has most of the day captured. Speeches are great to video so you can hear them again.
And our photographer was AMAZING!!!! Our photos are very beautiful and not traditional. (Heâ€™s also a great guy) Jon Rennie out of Toronto. I highly recommend him!!
I will share all photos once I receive the final product.
Overall we had a wonderful wedding and stay at Sensatori. When can we do it again ??