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Hi Polly....Prince:

 

I can understand your frustrations, esp in planning a wedding faraway and the hotel not being opened yet. Below are my understandings in terms of your questions:

 

1. An outside photographer needs to be approved by the resort and they will charge you $500 dollars per day OR the photographer need to be a guest at the resort for 3 nights, then there will be no fee.

 

2. In terms of the beach reception, i think it's because nancy and fabio are the OFFSITE coodinator (they are not the onsite coordinator that will be helping you on your wedding day, they're in the middle to picking a person in their group to be the ONSITE coodinator at Azul Sensatori) and because the hotel is not open yet, they cannot guarantee specific sites for ceremony and/ reception, and that's prob why she said "approved by the resort"

 

I think once the hotel is open and everything's running, you'll be to get more definitive answers, they answer all our questions based on their experience in other resorts, for ex, azul beach

 

Hang in there, and enjoy the planning process, I'll provide as much informations as possible after my visit early oct. smile159.gif

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Polly-Are you feeling like you have an answer on your photographer issue? You are bringing someone in right?

Weddingchick brought up a good point. Since the resort isn't open yet, they don't have any specifics on locations etc. They are based in Miami. I am just trying to hold tight on any actual planning until the resort is open, some site visits have been done and maybe even a wedding or so has been done. We have some time to work out the details, menus, dj, flowers etc.

Hope that helps!

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I agree with you all, Nancy's responses are less-than-helpful - but I think until they are officially open and running we won't have any real answers. Sounds like for an outside photog you not only have the pay the fee ($500 or 3 nights) but if they're from outside of Mexico you need to provide info so they can work outside the country. Its probably has to do with insurance, etc. Hopefully your photog will know what info to provide, and that should help secure them for you.

 

Looking forward to the opening, we're going to try and book a site visit for sometime in the fall/winter too. So the more info we can bring back the better for us all!

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Ok so I have an positive update about the photographer. I just want to clarify why this has been so frustrating for me. While I did have her saying my photographer was approved, I attempted several times to have her specify in writing that I would NOT be paying the fee in addition to having our photographer stay at the resort. I started the entire process just to request my approval in writing . To which she would only reply....Shes approved but be aware You will be charged a $500/daily fee every single time I would state my request, regardless of how I requested it. Then my TA attempted on at least 3 occasions to get a different response from her, again she would only reply....Shes approved but be aware You will be charged a $500/daily fee To my TA as well as myself this was not accomplishing what we were requesting. So after my last coorespondence with her yesterday my TA took it upon herself to call the Director of wedding services for the Karisma hotels. Below is her response

 

I just spoke with the Director of Weddings and she just confirmed that it is a $500 fee OR a 3 night stay at the resort....NOT BOTH!! So I think Nancy obviously just did not fully read my questions and just was saying that it was a $500 fee per day...not taking into account that they would be guests at the resort.

 

She also went on to say that she is going to have it in writing for me next week and that she is going to make sure all of the WC's are up to date and on the same page because we are not the only ones having issues.

 

I agree things will be better once the resort is up and running but I wanted to be sure to confirm everything before I booked the trip for my photographer and her assistant. Not to mention the sooner I book the better the airfare. That also makes total sense about the beach reception. I havent really even looked at anything else other than this photographer issue. So I hope this helps someone else and once this is all booked I personally am not going to plan anything else until after Octobersmile36.gif

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Hey Ladies,

 

I just got back from Toronto tonight so I am catching up on the convo!

 

 

I asked Fabio specifically about the photographer and the fees. Here is his reply:

 

"1) Can we choose to do a 3 night stay for an approved photographer instead

of the $500 fee? Correct."

 

(sorry, didn't know how to highlight, etc.)

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Hi

 

Just wondering what everyone is doing for the dinner? We thought that everyone could eat at the Los Arrecifes restaurant according to Signature Vacations wedding 2008/2009 magazine. However when i asked Fabio, he said only at Spoons and only for 40 people. I think we will have close to 80.

 

Just curious what everyone else is doing? Cause hosting a private dinner sounds like alot of money.

 

Any Help,

 

Thanks

Heather in Calgary AB

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Originally Posted by JHarwood2Be View Post
Polly-Are you feeling like you have an answer on your photographer issue? You are bringing someone in right?
Weddingchick brought up a good point. Since the resort isn't open yet, they don't have any specifics on locations etc. They are based in Miami. I am just trying to hold tight on any actual planning until the resort is open, some site visits have been done and maybe even a wedding or so has been done. We have some time to work out the details, menus, dj, flowers etc.
Hope that helps!
i feel like i've been totally MIA on this thread. sorry... but i think you are absolutely right.... until the resort is open, we're just going to drive ourselves crazy trying to plan anything... It's almost august!!! two more months and they'll have more of an idea of what they're dealing with.

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Hi

Just wondering what everyone is doing for the dinner? We thought that everyone could eat at the Los Arrecifes restaurant according to Signature Vacations wedding 2008/2009 magazine. However when i asked Fabio, he said only at Spoons and only for 40 people. I think we will have close to 80.

Just curious what everyone else is doing? Cause hosting a private dinner sounds like alot of money.

Any Help,

Thanks
Heather in Calgary AB
Go back to post #76 on this thread. Lenka posted the 2009 banquet kit. Click on it and save it to your computer so you can look at it again without using points. They have some preset 3 course dinners that are pretty reasonable. Good thing is that open bar is already included in the price. It'll give you a good idea on what you'll be spending.

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I have some pictures from July 4, 2007 when my TA went to see the Sensatori... but I dont know how to post pictures on here... Sawy!

 

If anyone wants me to email them just let me know.

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