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Hiya ladies!!!!!!!!!!

I'm back and we had the MOST AMAZING time!!!! AB could not have been more perfect for our wedding. I can't wait til I get my pictures and can share with you. Oddly enough, being a bride I didn't carry around my camera that day so I'm at the mercy of our families and my photog, LOL.

Unfortunately, it rained and rained and rained our first 3 days there. Not just sprinkles or mist but full on side-blowing rain. We had to cancel the sailing trip (no worries for all you gals that have booked with Paradise Catamarans...full refund with no problems) and ended up renting vans to take our guests into town for dinner instead. They were getting a bit stir-crazy with the rain.

BUT, somebody was looking out for us because we went to bed the night before the wedding to pouring rain and woke up to blue skies on wedding day!!!!!! The clouds rolled in around ceremony time but the first drop didn't fall until the final blessing. Perfect timing if you're going to have rain on your wedding day!

I'll write a full review later with all the details but I just wanted to pop in and say that the whole experience at AB could not have been any better. Superb everything: food, staff, beaches, onsite team. Absolutely perfect!

Now I've got a lot of catching up to do!!!

Sucks that it rained! I prayed that it wouldn't for you, then I spoke to Andrew Monday and he told me what happened. I just hope it didn't ruin things for you. From your mini review it sounds like things worked out though. Congrats on being a MRS!!!smile123.gif

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Hey, I think we're doing our wedding and reception at the same locations. Aren't you doing the Sky Wedding? I just added it to my detail sheet last week. It took a long time to decide if that's what we wanted to do (considering the extra $ involved) but I just really love it. Do you have pics of the Terrace that you can send me? Cecile, my coordinator sent me some but I just can't really get a good idea of the setting.
Oh fun! Yeah, I too have the SkyDeck which I really only have one picture of! I wish I had more but I'm just kinda going with my gut at this point :)

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confused.gifOK, so I am a little unsure of myself now...I had a conversation with a co-worker about why would I register for gifts if I am not inviting everyone to the wedding. We are having about 25-30 people hopefully and I am inviting few work friends and not much of the our extended families. I am curious if everyone else registered. I of course don't expect that everyone will get us gifts especially those who are coming but I also know that people who aren't coming or understand the logistics of a destination wedding may want to buy us a gift. What has everyone else done? I don't see the big deal if you don't want to buy a gift than don't. The conversation just made me start second guessing our decision...I am pretty sure I read some postings about this before, but of course I can't find them.
Well ultimately it doesn't matter what anyone thinks or wants except you and FI! If you don't want to register, just let people know you're not registered.

I personally was indifferent and so I registered and put the info up on my website and didn't mention it in my save the dates or invites at all. I recently started getting a bunch of people asking where I'm registered and I let them know. If people want to buy me a gift that's fine but I don't expect anything since I'm doing a DW. It was also nice to register because I had a lingerie party and wanted people who were uncomfortable getting me lingerie have the option to buy me something off my registry. Luckily for me I ended up getting stuff of my registry with lingerie INSIDE of it... like pyrex tupperware with thongs put in them, cracked me up!

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Hi. My name is Chong. My fiance Darryl and I are getting marry at Azul Sensatori on October 10, 2010!!! I need some help planning the wedding. I have no idea where to start :) setup, music, photographer, reception, welcoming bags... there is just too much. anyone would like to share some pointers? greatly appreciate it/ thewave.gif
Welcome & congrats Chong!

We all tend to give the same advice and as daunting and time consuming as it may seem it's the best advice and what most of the rest of us did when we first joined the thread. Start from the beginning and just read through the thread, that will really help. Also, searching planning threads and reviews for AS, those are the best.

Good luck!

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Hi - I looked through this thread and didn't see any reviews of the Azuls. If some exist, could someone direct me to them? If not, could someone post something? The smaller of the two Azuls appeals to me more I think.
Thanks y'all!
Happy planning

ps. I had a nightmare last night I couldnt' go to my own wedding as I didn't have a dress and I hadn't written my vows or speeches! I literally woke up in a cold sweat.
Hi welcome! The reviews of Azul Sensatori & Azul Beach are in their own threads and they do exist, just use the search function at the top of the page :)

Yeah, I had dreams like that A LOT for awhile, totally normal!

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Hey ladies! I've been MIA so I have no clue what's going on in the thread, but I hope everyone's planning is going great!

And there's probably some noobs that need to be added to the list, so if you have your wedding date just PM and I'll add it!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Hey girl! Miss you here, hope you're well!

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Hiya ladies!!!!!!!!!!

I'm back and we had the MOST AMAZING time!!!! AB could not have been more perfect for our wedding. I can't wait til I get my pictures and can share with you. Oddly enough, being a bride I didn't carry around my camera that day so I'm at the mercy of our families and my photog, LOL.

Unfortunately, it rained and rained and rained our first 3 days there. Not just sprinkles or mist but full on side-blowing rain. We had to cancel the sailing trip (no worries for all you gals that have booked with Paradise Catamarans...full refund with no problems) and ended up renting vans to take our guests into town for dinner instead. They were getting a bit stir-crazy with the rain.

BUT, somebody was looking out for us because we went to bed the night before the wedding to pouring rain and woke up to blue skies on wedding day!!!!!! The clouds rolled in around ceremony time but the first drop didn't fall until the final blessing. Perfect timing if you're going to have rain on your wedding day!

I'll write a full review later with all the details but I just wanted to pop in and say that the whole experience at AB could not have been any better. Superb everything: food, staff, beaches, onsite team. Absolutely perfect!

Now I've got a lot of catching up to do!!!
Welcome back Wendy!!! Wow I can't believe it rained the whole time and cleared up on your wedding day!!! How perfect is that?!

I wonder why it's raining so much down there, is there a storm going on? Being 2 weeks away this makes my stomach turn...

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Katie- I absolutely LOVE your pictures, both hair and back of your dress. You're going to be so beautiful!!!

The volcano affected our families in Mexico, actually. DH's sister lives in England. She left Mexico on Monday and was supposed to fly to Heathrow on Tuesday. The bummer for her is that she's in the military and had to report for duty Wednesday morning. I think they all finally got out Thursday but she had to use some personal days.

Crista- CONGRATULATIONS on the baby date!!!! YAY!

AmyKH- Your hair looks stunning!!! It's so you, LOL and I've never even met you...but I just know wink.gif

Ooooh, a new car for your FI! That's exciting! I remember when DH and I made our first real purchase together. It was very surreal.

AmyB- Holy cow you're paying more than $400 a night for AB? I remember you saying that you were getting rack rates, and the day we checked out of the resort the rack rate was $520/night for the deluxe rooms, but I just hoped all along for you that since you booked so long ago the rack rates were lower.

To answer some AB questions:
For setup fees, we were charged $40 by the onsite team. Absolutely ridiculous given the minimal setup required (We only had 4 tables and each table had a picture frame, a few sets of maracas, and sprinkles of confetti and rose petals). They also had to set out our sand ceremony setup and transfer the hanging corsages from the ceremony site to the Terrace. Seriously, $40 for thathuh.gif? We happily paid it b/c the onsite team was so awesome, but it was a ripoff for sure.

Dress pressing: For those of you who remember this discussion a few weeks ago, Tiffany was just plain wrong. I confirmed with her 3 times that the price for pressing was $13.83 when in fact it was $50 for my dress (and $40 for DH's suit, if that helps anyone).
Thank you for the hair compliments!! It's funny how you get to know someone without having ever meeting them so I know exactly what you mean :)

Yes, the first big purchase! Made our upcoming marriage feel really, real! Hahaha, does that even make sense?

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I did not do a cocktail hour either. We send out pre-travel brochures to all our guest a month before departure letting them know our wedding day time line, and we just sent them to mojoito bar for an hour while we did pictures. We called it cocktail hour and they were the only ones in the bar at that time so it was basically the same thing and it was FREE.

Kinda looked like this:

WEDDING DAY
Amy & Kenny
02.13.10

5pm sunset ceremony / Right side of beach
6pm cocktail hour mojoito bar/connected to building A
7pm Private reception / Zocalo Gazebo

I did see 2 cocktail hours during my stay, and in my opinion it was cold near the beach and guest were anxious to get off the sand. They looked nice though, the staff does a great job of making these nice.Im sure there are other locations for this as well. They put high top tables up and white linen and have a tiki bar set up right there for you. Bathrooms are not far, but they are not on the beach. In my case, we didnt have the money to pay for it and wanted to take full advantage of all inclusive so we just sent them to a meeting place and it worked out wonderfully. Also, the breeze bar was open during those hours as well to send guest.
Uh oh, I have a cocktail hour on the beach, I don't want people to be cold sad.gif

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WElcome back Mrs and congratulations! I saw the weather looked OK for your wedding day. Sucky about the rain at first. Where did you all hang out while it was raining? In people's rooms?

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Super sweet! We are doing vanilla with buttercream. I am so excited about the cake now :) I still need to designate a friend to be the one to save the top tier for us by slipping the staff a $20 or sneak it out some how :-)
About the rain, honestly FI and I were so busy the first couple days we were there with WC appointments, catching people as they checked in (this happens randomly as the resort is so small you can't help but see people), my hair/makeup trials, etc, that I can't say for sure what our guests did! I know a lot of them were having a grand ol time in Aquanox. They couldn't have been hibernating too much b/c we ran into our guests constantly. I think everyone was just so excited!

For the cake, you don't have to sneak it. There's a waiver you can sign to bring the cake back to your room. Ask your WC about it. Basically says the resort isn't responsible, blah blah blah. But some good info: the real reason they don't want you to take the cake is that the fridges are so small that it would be difficult to fit even a piece in there, and if you leave it out in your room you'll get ants. Just fyi.

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Sucks that it rained! I prayed that it wouldn't for you, then I spoke to Andrew Monday and he told me what happened. I just hope it didn't ruin things for you. From your mini review it sounds like things worked out though. Congrats on being a MRS!!!smile123.gif
Are you considering Andrew?! He is AWESOME!!!!! I cannot speak highly enough about our experience with him. From the early stages of planning to actually getting to meet him and work with him, we cannot think of anyone we would rather have had as our photog. I haven't seen the pro pics yet, but he showed us some as he was taking them and they were just amazing. I'm jumping out of my skin wanting to see them!!

LOL, I think I'm more excited to write my review of Andrew than I am about the resort! He's just that good of a guy.

http://www.andrewjordanphotography.com/

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I wonder why it's raining so much down there, is there a storm going on? Being 2 weeks away this makes my stomach turn...
The locals are baffled by all the rain they've had this entire spring but especially this April. They got more in the first 3 days I was there than is the average for the whole month of April!

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Hahaha, does that even make sense?
Perfect sense!

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Uh oh, I have a cocktail hour on the beach, I don't want people to be cold sad.gif
I don't want to scare anyone b/c the weather changes on a dime and who knows what it will be in two weeks? But you should also be prepared to discuss a backup plan with your onsite teams. Every day we were there, even on the sunny days, clouds and high winds rolled in around 4pm, sometimes with rain and sometimes not. We had to reschedule our romantic candlelit beach dinner twice b/c of it. It wasn't cold, just extremely windy. The skies usually cleared by 8pm to reveal starry nights.

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I don't want to scare anyone b/c the weather changes on a dime and who knows what it will be in two weeks? But you should also be prepared to discuss a backup plan with your onsite teams. Every day we were there, even on the sunny days, clouds and high winds rolled in around 4pm, sometimes with rain and sometimes not. We had to reschedule our romantic candlelit beach dinner twice b/c of it. It wasn't cold, just extremely windy. The skies usually cleared by 8pm to reveal starry nights.

 

I agree. It was VERY windy. And for us it was Very cold at night. BUT that was early February... so may be warmer now and in the next few weeks... I was very happy with my pashminas on the chairs that I provided .Everyone used them since it got cold. And the funny thing was that I thought the whole time that it was the worst purchase I made because "after" I figured everyone would be HOT and noone would need a pashmina. Turns out we actually "needed" them. :)

I good place for a cocktail party at as would be where I had my reception, at the gazebo, the buildings block the wind. BUT actually now that I think about it, there is super cool furniture, beds etc right outside the mojoito bar its super cool out there, they usually use it for entertainment and told us we couldn't have a reception/party there BUT there was a bride that got her way while we were there and it was moved because of rain. The location was VERY cool i think..

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