Jamie... sorry it took me a while to find her communication to me... just couldn't remember where I found her, but then remembered it was facebook!!! I met her on the Sensatori page. Here was her email to me on a few things.... hope she doesn't mind me posting.... I removed her name.SUBMIT
Don't use Caribe photo is my biggest piece of advice...but I'll get into that later... The hotel was great- they made a effort to put the wedding group in the same building as we requested, the food was good and we didn't have any complaints from our guests. We loved the room they put us in- it was a corner swim-up suite in the family section (we have a daughter) right in front of the beach. We loved it. We did have a small problem with the toilet the first night but we called the front desk in the morning and someone was there within 10 minutes and it was fixed with 45 mins or so....
They had had a week of rain before we got there so the pools were really cold which was disappointing for us as we chose that hotel on reviews saying the pools were great (review in July & August, I guess) but after having 4 days od hot weather, the pools warmed up and were really nice for the last few days there.
I felt the wedding planning left a bit to be desired...If you are experienced in planning a wedding then it shouldn't be a problem as they were pretty good as following my directions but not very good at offering advice. They did make make a mistake on the groom corsage (wrong flower) but I wasn't very worried about that....We had a Sky wedding and it was beautiful but we had not met with the minister before hand and she mis-prounounced my name all through the ceremony. Also, we had legally got married in Canada before we left but none of our wedding guests knew that so I had made it very clear to our on-site wedding planner that we needed to sign documents and it need to look official etc. he assured me that we would and there would be a certificate etc. Well the minister did the whole ceremony without having us sign anything, pronounced us husband & wife and had us walk down the aisle. Afterwards, I went over to the wedding planner & reminded him that we were supposed to sign...so we went back to the table under the gazebo but the certificate was hokey and had no place for the witnesses to sign so they had the MOH & bestman just sign on the side which looks ridiculous. So that was disappointing for me. The decorations did look great and they followed my instructions perfectly for the centerpieces. The reception was pretty successful-The food was good and on time. But I had given my seating chart to the wedding coordinator and he didn't bring it to the reception. My friend who was sitting at the guestbook table asked him for it but he told her she was supposed to have it so my guests had to stand around until I got there and told the wedding coordinator that he had it then he went and got it. At the end of the night, we did have to take our centerpieces down ourselves which they didn't tell us until it was time to do it.
The last part that was disappointing for me is we used Caribephoto (one of the approved vendors for the resort) and were really disappointed in his pictures (his name was Santos)....so bring your own photographer or be really careful about that....
I couldn't believe how many photo's I had to touch up myself....removing blemishes, straightening out, cropping etc. Don't expect any sort of photoshopping or effects.
He didn't get a picture of the bride & groom with the bride's family or of both families together with us...I had given him photos that I liked and he didnt do any of them except one tI reminded him about for but then it looked dumb because he didn't help us pose well. The most disappointing part was that in some of the pictures, the people looked really great but because Santos was not paying attention to the background, the photo didn't turn out well (ie, swing rope looks like it's sticking out of my head, curtain used as backdrop not closed all the way etc.) Anyway, over all the wedding was ok but wasn't the perfect day you hope for....and I didn't really hope for perfection as you know there will be gliches...they just messed up the 2 things that really mattered to me- the signing of the documents and the photos....
Anyway, if you do get married there, I just thought you should know to watch out for these things.....especially your photos!!
Good Luck & if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Hope that helps!
Let us know how your weekend was!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR
I'd be curious to see this girls full complaint? I'm almost positive Azul uses the exact same certificate, its just for a symbolic its not a legal document.
Also, I'd say over half of the ceremonies they perform are symbolic, so its really not "pretending" for them. A ceremony is a ceremony. Maybe this girl made a bunch of changes to Azul's typical program which could have made the minister uneasy. Especially with the language barrier.
Regardless, I really wouldnt worry about one girls complaint. I trust all of the girls opinions/reviews on this forum far before anywhere else.
Back to a positive note... My Bachelorette Weekend starts in 1 hour! Yay!!!