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I wanted to introduce myself as I'm making my way through reading this thread (only 800 more pages, yes!). We are getting married at the Azul Sensatori on January 15, 2011 at 5 PM. We're working from Karilyn at destinationweddings.com, who is excellent. We've sent out our save-the-dates and I have my dress and that's about all we've done so far. We're planning on a beach wedding at 5, dinner/reception at 6 with DJ or iPod and having Caribe as photographers. I'm excited that there's so much information in this thread-- I feel like I have real support here and it's great not to feel alone (or crazy!).

 

This may be covered a few hundred pages down the line, but I am having trouble getting in touch with Kiara from Karisma. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I've e-mailed her June 8th and 22nd and still no response. We just have two questions at this point:

 

1) the size/shape of the dance floor for an outdoor reception and where guests will be seated in relation to it (we're working with our dance instructor for our first dance) and

2) if we want our guests to choose their dinner meal, should we include the options on our invitation response card?

 

If anyone knows the answers to these already, please do tell! Otherwise, I'll be giving her a call this Friday (and may just call anyway to see if she really exists!).

 

Thanks again for allowing me and everyone hear to share in the fun and not-so-fun of planning your celebrations. I look forward to learning more about you and your big day!

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Hi-I was wondering if anyone had any advice. I'm a newbie getting married at the Azul Beach on Saturday, Dec 4th 2010. We are having our rehearsal dinner Thursday Dec 2nd because a few people want to do excursions Friday, and this will give them the whole day without having to worry about coming back by a certain time Friday evening. I still want to have some sort of event Friday day or evening but I am unsure what I should plan. I want the day to be chill. I know about 60% will likely be with me relaxing on the beach all day. I was thinking about doing a catamaran sunset cruise, but I'm not sure if it is worth it. We're going to have to drive 20minutes to get on a boat and drink for 90 minutes and then drive back. It seems like too much of a hassle. Any opinions? I was also going to see if we could do a tequila class during the day. Any other good ideas? Is the sunset cruise worth the hassle of leaving the resort?

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I wanted to introduce myself as I'm making my way through reading this thread (only 800 more pages, yes!). We are getting married at the Azul Sensatori on January 15, 2011 at 5 PM. We're working from Karilyn at destinationweddings.com, who is excellent. We've sent out our save-the-dates and I have my dress and that's about all we've done so far. We're planning on a beach wedding at 5, dinner/reception at 6 with DJ or iPod and having Caribe as photographers. I'm excited that there's so much information in this thread-- I feel like I have real support here and it's great not to feel alone (or crazy!).
Congratulations! You sound like things are well under way. I had Karilyn as well and she did a fab job!

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Hi-I was wondering if anyone had any advice. I'm a newbie getting married at the Azul Beach on Saturday, Dec 4th 2010. We are having our rehearsal dinner Thursday Dec 2nd because a few people want to do excursions Friday, and this will give them the whole day without having to worry about coming back by a certain time Friday evening. I still want to have some sort of event Friday day or evening but I am unsure what I should plan. I want the day to be chill. I know about 60% will likely be with me relaxing on the beach all day. I was thinking about doing a catamaran sunset cruise, but I'm not sure if it is worth it. We're going to have to drive 20minutes to get on a boat and drink for 90 minutes and then drive back. It seems like too much of a hassle. Any opinions? I was also going to see if we could do a tequila class during the day. Any other good ideas? Is the sunset cruise worth the hassle of leaving the resort?
My sunset cruise got canceled b/c of rain, but that's what we were supposed to do Friday night before the wedding. I'm not sure who you're looking at, but I was going to use Paradise Catamarans. It would have been 40 minutes each way on buses but with 2 hours of sailing time. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to and am sad we didn't get to do it. I've heard nothing but rave reviews.

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I've created a quick slideshow highlighting our AHR this past weekend.

 

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As most of you know, we rented a party barge on Lake Travis and took everyone out for a few hours. I had planned and planned for this, having almost as many details as our wedding. Some materialized and others never happened once we got on the boat. For example, I had planned to decorate the cupcakes with pink and orange cocktail umbrellas but well, that just didn't seem to matter when the time came! We were having too much fun and the most important thing was getting the cake cut before a big wave hit and toppled everything over, LOL. Such is life when you choose a party barge to host your event! Details or no, everyone had such a blast.

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AmyKH, LOVE the wedding video!! It looks like you all had such a good time. And I also checked out Chris's pics on FB. Fab!!! So jealous you got pro shots for this event.

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I've created a quick slideshow highlighting our AHR this past weekend.

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As most of you know, we rented a party barge on Lake Travis and took everyone out for a few hours. I had planned and planned for this, having almost as many details as our wedding. Some materialized and others never happened once we got on the boat. For example, I had planned to decorate the cupcakes with pink and orange cocktail umbrellas but well, that just didn't seem to matter when the time came! We were having too much fun and the most important thing was getting the cake cut before a big wave hit and toppled everything over, LOL. Such is life when you choose a party barge to host your event! Details or no, everyone had such a blast.
LOVE it! You're right it looked like soooo much fun! It's amazing how things can go totally wrong or just wrong and you don't even care because you're having such a great time. You two look so happy and so adorable, gorgeous cake and flowers!

I love that we both had cupcakes! Mine did get decorated but the thing that went horribly wrong for me was that the 30 person amazing limo NEVER showed up. I called to find out where it was and got put on hold for 10 minutes. Called back and busy... my MOH's husband call and he tells me they will be here in 7 minutes. Meanwhile, they are an hour late and I had to call the Chapel and tell them I had no clue when I'd arrive. Luckily for me it's Vegas and they do weddings every 15 minutes and said they'd squeeze me in :)

So, here comes rickity party bus (NOT what I ordered) to pick us up, flickering lights, no music, no AC. 5 minutes in, breaks down on the freeway... hence my real hitch hiking photos :) We all had the best time on the side of the freeway it was hysterical! Replacement party bus picks us up, music, AC, lights, 2 stripper poles, ok good... guy tries to leave us at the chapel, MOH's husband works a deal. All in all great night, limo company, so going down.

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AmyKH, LOVE the wedding video!! It looks like you all had such a good time. And I also checked out Chris's pics on FB. Fab!!! So jealous you got pro shots for this event.
Thanks girl, I totally went overboard by bringing Chris but it was worth it, I can't wait to see the rest of the pix!

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Oh wow I am in the throngs of my AHR planning now and you girls are giving me hope that it'll be a blast (although Amy this was not your AHR now that I think about it :)

 

Wendy you look adorable in the photos and damn I forgot how hot your wedding dress was!

 

Amy, I was wondering how you got such a fun location for the photos - glad you guys laughed about it. Coolest bride ever! And yes, take that company down!!!!

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I wanted to introduce myself as I'm making my way through reading this thread (only 800 more pages, yes!). We are getting married at the Azul Sensatori on January 15, 2011 at 5 PM.
This may be covered a few hundred pages down the line, but I am having trouble getting in touch with Kiara from Karisma. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I've e-mailed her June 8th and 22nd and still no response. We just have two questions at this point:
1) the size/shape of the dance floor for an outdoor reception and where guests will be seated in relation to it (we're working with our dance instructor for our first dance) and
2) if we want our guests to choose their dinner meal, should we include the options on our invitation response card?
Yay!!! Welcome! Thats awesome that you chose AS and found this forum!!cheer2.gif

I would call her. When you call you get the wedding department - and then you can ask for Kiara or just start talking to the person who answers.

In regards to dinner, you don't get to have 2 choices. Everyone has to eat the same thing. I chose the surf & turf option b/c of this.

You can also try the lomas website, they might have the dance floor dimensions. See, you question to Kiara would have to go to Lomas in Mexico, and they are not the fastest in getting back to the Miami coordinators.

Good luck!

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Hi-I was wondering if anyone had any advice. I'm a newbie getting married at the Azul Beach on Saturday, Dec 4th 2010. We are having our rehearsal dinner Thursday Dec 2nd because a few people want to do excursions Friday, and this will give them the whole day without having to worry about coming back by a certain time Friday evening. I still want to have some sort of event Friday day or evening but I am unsure what I should plan. I want the day to be chill. I know about 60% will likely be with me relaxing on the beach all day. I was thinking about doing a catamaran sunset cruise, but I'm not sure if it is worth it. We're going to have to drive 20minutes to get on a boat and drink for 90 minutes and then drive back. It seems like too much of a hassle. Any opinions? I was also going to see if we could do a tequila class during the day. Any other good ideas? Is the sunset cruise worth the hassle of leaving the resort?
Paradise Catamarans was AWESOME but it was 45 minute drive each way -- so it did eat up a lot of time. I am trying to remember what Fridays were at AB... I ate dinner and then went to bed b/c I was getting married the next day. Hmmmm you could organize a tequila tasting w/ the bar tender at the tequila bar? As long as you tip him, you could organize that for free. Or you could all go snorkeling with the boats that are right off of the AB beach. Thats 1 hour and $38/pp. Or, you could organize a happy hour private event. The cheapest was $10/pp so if you have 40 guests - $400 - not too bad.

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All of you may brides out there that are already married, I have a question!!! I am wanting a ceremony as late as possible with good lighting for photog. on my wedding date may 13, it states sunset is at 7:17pm. We are planning on a 6pm wedding right now, but will the lighting be OK??
I suppose i can also ask my photog (when i finally hire one)!! BTW, picking a photog is the hardest decision!! smile41.gif
Are you going to do pictures prior to getting married or only afterwards? I did photos for almost 2 hours after my wedding b/c we did not do them before. Other thing to be concerned about is timeline for reception. I got married at 4:30pm b/c I wanted the 2 hr cocktails then the 4 hr reception. I had to be done at 11pm, so start time had to be 4:30!

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I wanted to introduce myself as I'm making my way through reading this thread (only 800 more pages, yes!). We are getting married at the Azul Sensatori on January 15, 2011 at 5 PM. We're working from Karilyn at destinationweddings.com, who is excellent. We've sent out our save-the-dates and I have my dress and that's about all we've done so far. We're planning on a beach wedding at 5, dinner/reception at 6 with DJ or iPod and having Caribe as photographers. I'm excited that there's so much information in this thread-- I feel like I have real support here and it's great not to feel alone (or crazy!).

Thanks again for allowing me and everyone hear to share in the fun and not-so-fun of planning your celebrations. I look forward to learning more about you and your big day!
Welcome! I know it seems like it will take forever to catch up but i learned so much from reading from the beginning! It was super helpful! WELCOME!!!

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I've created a quick slideshow highlighting our AHR this past weekend.

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FABULOUS!!! Love the photos! Looks like you guys had a blast!!!!

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Hi Everyone....
This is my 1st real post....so I don't know all the abbreviations and everything yet...but today my fiance (is that FI?) came to our decision to choose Sensatori for our Destination Wedding (DW?). We've got lots of time and are nowhere close to booking or anything...but I have already been OBSESSING over these message boards and have found so many helpful tips and advice that I can't wait to use.
We are planning on February 11, 2012...and I can not wait.

Nice to meet everyone and hope to talk and learn from you all soon :)

Thanx,
Marla
welcome1.gif You have lots of time to plan. I don't think there are any other 2012 brides yet but you're gonna have a wealth of info by the time it's your turn. So I imagine your wedding has not choice but to be flawless!!

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Are you talking about plaza zavaz? If so, my WC told me that there's plenty of ggod light and you will not need to supplement with anything else. DH and I are actually bringing white xmas lights though and having them strung around the palm trees that enclose the plaza. I originally also wanted them strung from the ceiling under the plaza's thatched roof but was told that they couldnt do that. Does anyone know otherwise?
Thanks for that. I had no clue.

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So I am having a little trouble visualizing al the decorations I am considering for the ceremony and thought creating a 2-d diorama (who would have thought it was spelled that way? I didn't until i googled it. Ha.) and plugging in little pictures of the flowers that I am thinking, etc. This way I can try several options and see what they look like. Thing is, I am cannot find a "clean" picture of the sky deck...that is one without a ton of people or one with just simple chivalri chairs. I would use photo shop to take things off the pics but I am so not a tech person. And that's where you all come in. Does nayone of a picture of the sky deck sans people, preferrably without a ton of decoration or one that has chivalri chairs as opposed to covered chairs? Here's to hoping. Thanks so much!!!!
This sounds really involved. You make me feel so inadequate. Lol. I'll look to see if I have good pics for you.

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I'm not sure what everyone else is doing as far as packages, I'm having a hard time deciding. I feel that it may be best to start with the Pearl package and pick and choose add ons. Maybe more bang for your buck?

Has anyone used the photographers the resort suggests? I hate to pay the 500 extra just to use one from outside. Also, my girls are wearing blue sapphire short dresses and I'm having a hard time deciding on the guys. My DH wants them to wear linen pants. Any thoughts?
I think Nicole used one of the photogs offered at the resort. I decided to use Andrew Jordan (Wendy's photog) and got a better deal considering quality etc. so having him stay at the resort was worth it. So, I'm doing the Pearl Pkg and adding everything else on.

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Is everyone getting married next year? Are there any 2012 brides around? I just emailed my TA and gave her al the info I needed to get me booked and started...I can't wait till that stuff is out of the way and I can start real planning. I'm reading a lot about people bringing their own photographers...are the resort people bad or is it just so people can have more pics?
I really liked the pics from the photog I chose better than the ones they offered. I personally felt that for the money I would have spent on someone I wasn't excited about I could spend a little more and get what I wanted. It's all about preference though. If pics aren't that important as other things are to you and you're on a budget then maybe the resort photogs will suffice. HTH!
Photogs offered by the resort (unless it changed since April)
http://www.matiascano.com/
Caribephoto

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