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Originally Posted by andrea110808 View Post
Hi Amy,
We are getting married on the 8th of November 2008 just a week before you and I just wanted to let you know that people at Karisma are talking right now about moving our wedding to another resort...because it is NOT going to be open on time. Thought you might want to check with your TA if you haven't already! I am the most dissapointed bride right now!!!
Hi Andrea, I am so sorry about this situation. I am definitely sending good thoughts your way. What a stressful thing to deal with. Where are thinking of moving you?

If you look at the brides that had to move their wedding from Dreams Tulum, everyone turns out to be happy and more than satisfied with their wedding. So even if it does get changed, the Karisma hotels are all very nice.

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I'm sure they'll go out of their way to make it up to you! They just have to now! Ask if it's possible if you can get something out of it and let them know that you're disappointed... Perhaps you can ask if you can get a free wedding and a spa package ... for the whole group wink.gif

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, but I'm certain that regardless it's going to turn out really beautiful!

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I just received this photo from Fabio - it is one of the reception areas available at the resort and I think will look stunning for an evening reception with proper lighting.


It is a much larger space than it seems in other photos (ones that don't have tables) as even in this photo it looks a little underwhelming with just 7 tables. I'm having about 120 guests and I think this space can still accommodate the 15 tables plus dance floor/DJ set up, cake table, etc.




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I've read your thorough discussion about photography and a little about dj's and employing them and bringing them to the resort. However, does anyone know if guests with professional cameras will be considered "professional photographers"? What I'm trying to ask, is that my fiance and my brother both have really good cameras and they both enjoy photography but it's only part of their hobbies. In fact now digital cameras are so popular that the specs on my camera (which is tiny in size) are better than a full out slr of my fiance.

Where this is leading is another question, one of our guests is a dj (also by hobby) and another plays cello. Would anyone know if their gifts to us (ie. spinning music and playing for a little during reception) are most likely going to cause problems w/ the resort?


Also, since I haven't yet booked the holidays nor the wedding, which do I do first? Should I confirm the date with Fabio (and his gang) or do I confirm the week with my TA?


The more I read, the more sceptical I'm becoming. In the packages, it describes: "Decoration of wedding location including wooden plank aisle runner, chairs for 12 people and table with white linen". Does it include a gazebo decorated with flowers? (I've realized I've been associating the hotel's (Azul Beach) beautiful pics of gazebo with shears and thinking that it is included as part of the package. But now I wonder... ?


In sky wedding package, the coctails are similar to what the banquet kit 2009 describes on page 16 (online on azul website) or do they mean mixed drinks? Because, (I know there was a bit of discussion as to what is exactly included in the sky package), then that would really be worth the package... I mean, we'll have around 70 guests, only 12 guests can sit (per silver package) so 58 guests x $12 (per chair as per banquet kit) = 696. Now, if the coctails are as they describe, 25$ x 70 people = 1750. ... Something tells me this is only a drink :S


Thanks so much, in the next response I'll post all of the info so far I got from my TA's...

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Originally Posted by mitchell.johanna View Post
I just received this photo from Fabio - it is one of the reception areas available at the resort and I think will look stunning for an evening reception with proper lighting.

It is a much larger space than it seems in other photos (ones that don't have tables) as even in this photo it looks a little underwhelming with just 7 tables. I'm having about 120 guests and I think this space can still accommodate the 15 tables plus dance floor/DJ set up, cake table, etc.
Wow! It does look lovely!

ok, as for answers I've been getting from my TA's (answers are from 2 people): (some probably you already know)

RECEPTION DINNER : "it is all inclusive however when you are having a reception at a resort, they are not charging you additional for the meal, they are in essence charging additional so they can have more manpower to cater your guests. I know that if I was a bride, I would want x amount of staff to be looking after my group and not the other hotels guests in between.It is basically their way of being able to pay the additional salaries to the staff required to look after your group. They will charge a flat per person rate regardless of whether they are booked as a double or single. "

"The dinner issue is pretty standard across most companies if you all want to sit as a group, together and eat at the sam time. The rest of the time would be smaller groups so therefore not needing extra staff etc. It is still reasonable though as it means it is private just for you and you can dance after with plenty of space and it is all yours. It does include chairs and covers, linens, set up, private bar tender and waiters just for your group. "
Also there would be a private bartender and servers just for your group. The price will be about $50. per person, depending on the menu you choose.

HONEYMOON PACKAGE: The honeymoon package can be taken at anytime during the week.

AIRLINE - BEING ABLE TO BRING A DRESS ONBOARD: The airline is Sky Service. Yes, you can carry your dress with you. (This is info for all of the brides booking through the wedding holiday)

WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE: Typical wedding day will vary depending on the time of day you get married. We always recommend doing is as late in the day as possible to avoid the extreme heat. A sunset wedding is always quite nice. Perhaps half an hour to an hour for the ceremony, the same for photos, a toast and then of to your reception. There really isnâ€t a set timeline as all weddings are different.

HOWEVER (from moi:) knowing a little about photography, the time just around sunset is not the best in terms of lighting, unless you are using flash.

SKY PACKAGE: The sky wedding is basically an open air ceremony. It is at the top of the hotel and is encased in glass but is open air. This area is only for the ceremony and for photos. They do not serve food or do any dancing up there as it would be a bit windy.

Shorter durations and 10 night durations are not very cost effective as you have to use scheduled flights

Do any of you know how long the reception can go on for? Is there a time limit (noise limit)? I happen to have a family that is party crazy and I'm fully expecting my mom-in-law-to-be to be dancing salsa past my energy levels!

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Mitchell.johanna -


When did Fabio send this to you? I agree that this space is MUCH larger then I thought from the other photos. Almost too big for my reception. I really want to make sure that I get the private reception that I dreamed of and I have been asking Fabio for info on the locations for months.


I have a question for everyone. Does anyone know if you can use your reception dinner for the Welcome Dinner the night before the wedding, if you are paying for a private reception? 1/2 my guests are arriving the night before the wedding and I wanted to have a group dinner but I will not pay another 75$ per person for it so I am hoping that they let me use my free dinner.

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