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#11191 Mwise17

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    Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:06 AM



    Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

    OMG OMG OMG! 

    WE ARE OFFICIAL!

    I just sent back our signed rooms contract with DW.com and the hotel has officially confirmed our date, time, ceremony and reception location! 

    We are getting married at Azul Sensatori on October 22, 2011! 

    You guys are the first to OFFICIALLY know (that "official" word is so fun!)


    That means we will be there at the same time!!  I am reading over the contract right now, but have our rooms booked etc.  as of Monday, we will be getting married on October 24th, 2011 at Azul Sensatori!  I am just figuring out what time I want to get married (I put 4pm on the contract)....what time did you choose?  And, if you don't mind me asking, where did you choose your reception location?  did you work with your TA on that?

    :)

    Congrats, this is so exciting! 
     



    #11192 nv+gms

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      Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:10 AM


      hmmm...good point I hadn't thought of.  Did you order the tall glass vase arrangements from Lomas?  If so - were you responsible for the cost of the breakage?  I guess I could ask the onsite coordinators to take out the flowers and fill them with sand first...
       

      Originally Posted by mzgillis316 


      not sure if you're getting married on the sky deck or not but beware lol I used tall glasses and 4 broke in transit to the wedding 1 broke while they were setting them up and another one toppled over during the ceremony while my mom was walking down the aisle LOLOL so if you use them make sure there is something heavy weighing them down so that the wind doesnt knock them over =)

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      I am ordering tall glass vases to double as my isle runners during the ceremony and then table toppers at the reception.  Gazebo flowers will also be transferred too!   
       

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      Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

      I've also been trying to think of how to re-use the bridesmaids' bouquets as centerpieces. Do you think they'd just supply us with thin vases to put the in? Is it tacky to re-use? Or if not the bouquets, then other florals, like these hanging bouquets (or balls) that can double as ceremony/reception decor. I hate waste (money or stuff!) haha...

       



      We were only given 30 days to put a $100 deposit down per person. Then all rooms have to be paid in full 63 days out (which seemed a little strict!). According to our TA, that was "better than most deals out there" - is she wrong?





      #11193 Mwise17

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        Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:11 AM



        Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

        We were only given 30 days to put a $100 deposit down per person. Then all rooms have to be paid in full 63 days out (which seemed a little strict!). According to our TA, that was "better than most deals out there" - is she wrong?


        Yeah, that sounds a little strict.  I thought ours was bad....we had to put a deposit to hold 40 spots in order for them to "block book"...so we paid for 40 and regardless, we don't get our money back on the 40 ($150 per person), and they are holding 10 more until 90 days before our date.  But we have to have everyone booked 90 days from our booking date (by March 1st)....

        Does that make any sense?  LOL
         



        #11194 1106wedding

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          Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:49 AM


          Awesome!

          I have our ceremony at 4:30pm on the sky deck. 

          Reception at Zavas Plaza. Our TA coordinated with the Miami Coordinators to get the spots on hold. As of yesterday, I'm corresponding with Angie, my coordinator in MIA. 

          So exciting!

           

          Originally Posted by Mwise17 



          Quote:
          Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

          OMG OMG OMG! 

          WE ARE OFFICIAL!

          I just sent back our signed rooms contract with DW.com and the hotel has officially confirmed our date, time, ceremony and reception location! 

          We are getting married at Azul Sensatori on October 22, 2011! 

          You guys are the first to OFFICIALLY know (that "official" word is so fun!)


          That means we will be there at the same time!!  I am reading over the contract right now, but have our rooms booked etc.  as of Monday, we will be getting married on October 24th, 2011 at Azul Sensatori!  I am just figuring out what time I want to get married (I put 4pm on the contract)....what time did you choose?  And, if you don't mind me asking, where did you choose your reception location?  did you work with your TA on that?

          :)

          Congrats, this is so exciting! 
           



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          #11195 1106wedding

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            Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:50 AM


            Everyone has to be booked by March 1 for an October 24 wedding? That sounds near impossible?!?!

            Am I reading it wrong? Maybe your family/friends are more on it than ours would be!

            Originally Posted by Mwise17 



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            Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

            We were only given 30 days to put a $100 deposit down per person. Then all rooms have to be paid in full 63 days out (which seemed a little strict!). According to our TA, that was "better than most deals out there" - is she wrong?


            Yeah, that sounds a little strict.  I thought ours was bad....we had to put a deposit to hold 40 spots in order for them to "block book"...so we paid for 40 and regardless, we don't get our money back on the 40 ($150 per person), and they are holding 10 more until 90 days before our date.  But we have to have everyone booked 90 days from our booking date (by March 1st)....

            Does that make any sense?  LOL
             




            Jessie & Chris 10/22/2011 *51 booked and final*


            #11196 daisymable

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              Posted 18 December 2010 - 11:39 AM

              I am having the same issues.  We are trying to book Azul Fives and we only get 10 days from the time we get the quote to put down the initial $150 deposit.  Then anyone who books after that may not get the same rate if it goes up.  This doesn't give people a lot of time to make a decision. 



              #11197 Less is more

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                Posted 18 December 2010 - 02:07 PM


                It sounds as if your TA didn't block off rooms and leaving it up to everyone to get a room at whatever the listed price is at that time.  My TA blocked 15 rooms. We told all of our family and friends that knew for sure they were coming to book within that 30 day window.  Any rooms left in block we paid the deposits for but as the rooms booked the money went towards our rooms ( swim-up suite fam side and then honeymoon suit after wedding for rest of our stay).  Our guest that booked had 90 days before travel to pay.  Anyone wanting to book after 90 days the rate and availability was not guaranteed.  We came out with all our rooms booked and an extra one.  Just need one more.  But like the others said the ones who want to be there will book early.  Just check if your TA has a block set aside with a set price for all your guests.  PS used www.destinatonweddings.com Great Investment!

                Originally Posted by daisymable 

                I am having the same issues.  We are trying to book Azul Fives and we only get 10 days from the time we get the quote to put down the initial $150 deposit.  Then anyone who books after that may not get the same rate if it goes up.  This doesn't give people a lot of time to make a decision. 



                #11198 mzgillis316

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                  Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:47 PM

                  No i don't think so...I have to verify this with my husband and his mother b/c they did all the work LOLOl but i think what we did was pay for the deposit for the first 20 rooms which was like $2-3000k (after the 60 days), which was a bit of a risk but at least 15 of those rooms were a guarantee . So we paid that initial deposit and set up a  later date for our guest to give them a few more weeks to gather their first deposit...So our guest had 4 months to pay their initial deposit which was June 1st, their next deposit was in September, and their final was in October. But the people at Karisma was so slow, they were supposed to take our money June 1st but they didnt take it until July lol so ppl had even more time. And even with that I still had ppl trying to pay last minute. smh you just can't win lol
                   

                  Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

                  We were only given 30 days to put a $100 deposit down per person. Then all rooms have to be paid in full 63 days out (which seemed a little strict!). According to our TA, that was "better than most deals out there" - is she wrong?





                  #11199 mzgillis316

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                    Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:49 PM

                    Oh and even after that we still needed 10-12 more rooms and they gave them to us with no problem....



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                      Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:56 PM

                      No you're right it was 30 days initially we just paid for our first 20 rooms but that was risky and now to think about it I dont know why we did that LOLOL...and our's was $300 deposit for rooms!!!!....LOLOL i was lucky to have a husband who really took over this whole wedding thing so he really kept me out of the loop b/c he knows how stressed I can get and I stress him out LOLOL he was actually the one who found this site LOLOLOL .....
                       

                      Originally Posted by bryteyedbride 



                       

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                      Have you tried following up with the hotel directly? They tried to feed us that crap....they also tried to make us pay a higher room rate than what they were offering on THEIR WEBSITE!!! We just pushed back they were adding and taking away rooms for us the whole time. btw I had a bunch of ppl pay for "ocean view" rooms and everyone got the same room ....non ocean view. smh

                       

                      Also, Remember that you gave everyone enough time to handle their business and book their rooms and if they did not you can not stress yourself about it....the ppl that really want and need to be there will be there. Also there are plenty of very very close hotels all in that same area. We didnt realize but zoetry was literally 10 minutes from sensatori and you didnt have to go on to the main road to get there. Also cancun is about a 20-25 minute ride away not very far at all they can come to the wedding and stay at a different resort.

                      question did the resort only give you 2 months to put down a deposit? we were given 4 but we also put down some of the money to do that but we had to fight for it.

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                      My guests are calling me because my weekend is sold out.  I only have 16 people booked, plus us.  I TOLD them 2 months ago to book their rooms, get on a payment plan if you need too, etc.  Now I'm stressed because so many people will not be there.  If anyone getting married that weekend has any left over blocked rooms please let me know. 

                       

                       



                      No, I didn't call the hotel.  Truthfully, I kind of freaked out and didn't think about that, but I will.  I guess that was officially my first "moment" and hopefully my last! 

                       

                      My DW.com specialist had higher rates than the website too, so for those who booked, I had to get a price match.  She was able to do that much for me.  I would have thought she would have notified me that the resort was sold out, but not the case.  But then again, I would have thought she would always be getting them the best price too.  I sent out a blog to people last night and gave them 3 alternate resorts last night.  It was Friday night, and so far 2 have booked at the alternate hotels and apologized for dragging their feet. 

                       

                      I'm feeling better about things this morning, because you are right, if they really want to be there, they will make it happen.  We are still going to have a great day!  My deposit was $200 per room and the rooms had to be purchased in 30 days and then they would be charged to me.  Because of the short purchase time I only booked 5 rooms because I did not want to be stuck paying for the remaining rooms after the 30 days because I know how some of my folks like to drag their feet on things.  I wonder why I was only given 30 days?

                       

                      BTW, I booked Cancun Video!!!!  Thanks so much!  I was not impressed with the photographers at Karisma, and since your photographer was not available, we are just going to take the 36 photos from our package, and splurge on the video for memories.  THX so much for the recommendation.  I'm surprising my FI with the video, as it was very important for him that we try to get video.  He has no idea the video in store for him!  Hopefully he will not find out until we get there.  I've been going through my ipod trying to decide what music to give them! 

                      We were only given 30 days to put a $100 deposit down per person. Then all rooms have to be paid in full 63 days out (which seemed a little strict!). According to our TA, that was "better than most deals out there" - is she wrong?



                      My contract was $200 per room, they had 30 days to book their rooms, and anything not booked in that time-frame would have to be paid by me until it was booked.  I was not aware of any deadline date of 63 days .  With money going all over the place for other wedding-related issues, I was not willing to have $2000 just out there hanging for 10 rooms, so I did 5 rooms for $1000.  Hindsight is I should have booked a larger block of rooms, but my wedding was almost 9 months out, and I'm not sure that would have mattered if there was a deadline date for the guests to book.  My guests were able to get on a monthly payment plan for up to 6 months. 

                       

                      You have enough time before your wedding to really stress to your people that this could happen so that you don't end up in the same situation.  Be sure to let them know it is a very real situation!  I don't want it to happen to anyone else.






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