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#13521 Meldrum05

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    Posted 22 June 2011 - 05:41 PM



    Great review, lots of valuable information for sure :)  You're wedding pictures are stunning, love your dress!  Congrats

    Originally Posted by bigboponthebeach 

    Okay, ladies.... my review is up but I warn you, it is LONG!!!  It might be in your best interest to just print it out and read it at your leisure.  :-)  I never imagined having that much to say, but once I got rolling, I kept saying to myself, "Might as well tell them this, might as well tell them that....."  ;-)  I apologize for the length and hope it helps.  I also included a quasi - spolier alert essentially stating that I am a brutally honest person, so for those who'd prefer the "head in the clouds" approach, you might want to skim or avoid my review.  There is nothing overtly negative that would deter one from booking AS nor being excited about their wedding at AS, I just covered every base with details of the good and not so great.  I'd rather have a bride prepared and aware of possibilities than not.  Again, I hope it helps!  Here it is or click below my signature:

     

    http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/azul-sensatori-hotel-by-karisma-all-inclusive/reviews/4728


     


     

    Thank you!  It's up and ready for your reading pleasure! :-) 



    Thanks Murmel!!!  It is Brides such as yourself that made our experince great!  Thank you again for all of your help and advice and I am sorry to hear about your loss as well.  :-(

     

    Hopefully I can gather up more pictures this week.  Life kind of took over and they are in my email, on our shared site, on CD's and just EVERYWHERE!  :-)  I need to get organized now that we are home. 

     

    And I too loved my dress!  Funny storey, I never saw myself in lace and tried on all these beachy/flowy type of dresses.  I reluctantly tried my dress on after not feeling the flowy type.  By BF urged and begged me too and as soon as the Consultant zipped it up, I felt like a queen!  The faces of my cousins and best friend when I came out the dressing room said it all!  :-) I felt like a million bucks in it and it is so true what they say, when you know... you just know.  Thanks again!  
     


    Thanks so much!  Everyone says that and he eats it up!  He is actually eligible for retirement, believe it or not.  He takes REALLY good care of himself, works out daily, and doesn't eat pork or fried foods.  He believes in having a salad daily and walks each night after dinner.  I hope to be like him when I grow up.  :-)  Some who saw our photos, thought he was my Husband!  LOL  Sorry, all he needs is a wig and we are twins.  :-) 

     

    I wrote about my DJ thoughts in my review.  I really hate that something as trivial as a vendor takes on such a life, but Karisma has created that unecessary chaos.  :-/  I will keep my fingers crossed for you!  Who is your WC?  PM me if you want to talk more about this.......
     


    Thank you, my BF found it online after I showed her an inspiration photo.  We searched high and low in stores and online for it and could not find it anywhere.  She ended up finding it on a site similar to Ebay and we actually handpainted our nautilus shell box holders to match the frame.  It was tough making that want come true.  :-)
     

     



     


    April 14, 2012!! Azul Sensatori Bride-to-be :)


    #13522 KerryL613

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      Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:17 PM



      Congrats on you wedding and thank you for posting a review!  I can't wait to read it!

      Originally Posted by bigboponthebeach 

      Okay, ladies.... my review is up but I warn you, it is LONG!!!  It might be in your best interest to just print it out and read it at your leisure.  :-)  I never imagined having that much to say, but once I got rolling, I kept saying to myself, "Might as well tell them this, might as well tell them that....."  ;-)  I apologize for the length and hope it helps.  I also included a quasi - spolier alert essentially stating that I am a brutally honest person, so for those who'd prefer the "head in the clouds" approach, you might want to skim or avoid my review.  There is nothing overtly negative that would deter one from booking AS nor being excited about their wedding at AS, I just covered every base with details of the good and not so great.  I'd rather have a bride prepared and aware of possibilities than not.  Again, I hope it helps!  Here it is or click below my signature:

       

      http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/azul-sensatori-hotel-by-karisma-all-inclusive/reviews/4728


       


       

      Thank you!  It's up and ready for your reading pleasure! :-) 



      Thanks Murmel!!!  It is Brides such as yourself that made our experince great!  Thank you again for all of your help and advice and I am sorry to hear about your loss as well.  :-(

       

      Hopefully I can gather up more pictures this week.  Life kind of took over and they are in my email, on our shared site, on CD's and just EVERYWHERE!  :-)  I need to get organized now that we are home. 

       

      And I too loved my dress!  Funny storey, I never saw myself in lace and tried on all these beachy/flowy type of dresses.  I reluctantly tried my dress on after not feeling the flowy type.  By BF urged and begged me too and as soon as the Consultant zipped it up, I felt like a queen!  The faces of my cousins and best friend when I came out the dressing room said it all!  :-) I felt like a million bucks in it and it is so true what they say, when you know... you just know.  Thanks again!  
       


      Thanks so much!  Everyone says that and he eats it up!  He is actually eligible for retirement, believe it or not.  He takes REALLY good care of himself, works out daily, and doesn't eat pork or fried foods.  He believes in having a salad daily and walks each night after dinner.  I hope to be like him when I grow up.  :-)  Some who saw our photos, thought he was my Husband!  LOL  Sorry, all he needs is a wig and we are twins.  :-) 

       

      I wrote about my DJ thoughts in my review.  I really hate that something as trivial as a vendor takes on such a life, but Karisma has created that unecessary chaos.  :-/  I will keep my fingers crossed for you!  Who is your WC?  PM me if you want to talk more about this.......
       


      Thank you, my BF found it online after I showed her an inspiration photo.  We searched high and low in stores and online for it and could not find it anywhere.  She ended up finding it on a site similar to Ebay and we actually handpainted our nautilus shell box holders to match the frame.  It was tough making that want come true.  :-)
       

       



       



      #13523 kerry872

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        Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:06 PM

        Amylou 1983 and Brit canuck added x

         

        June 2011

        ginnigurl - June 4, 2011

        Lovethebeach10 - June 5th 2011

        gom4good - June 9th 2011

        jazz04 – June 12, 2011

        tundereha = June 12, 2011

        Mrs Goose - June 25th 2011

         

        July 2011

        Stephanie July 3rd, 2011

        karlaandmark July 19th 2011

        LMMDC – July 23, 2011

        Lynsey – July 25, 2011 (EDR)

        LauraMInn - July 30, 2011 (AB)

         

        August 2011

        Herbie76 – August 2, 2011

        Jwashing - August 6, 2011

         

        September 2011

        Justiner57 September 4 2011

         

        October 2011

        1106wedding - October 22, 2011

        mwise17 - October 24,2011

        jerseylili - October 29, 2011 AVC

        brit canuck - Oct 31, 2011 

         

        November 2011

        Jesse - Nov 12, 2011

        Nada - Nov 15, 2011

        MandM 2011 - Nov 24, 2011 - AB

         

        December 2011

        KerryL613 December 3, 2011 - AB

        mbowling - December 4th, 2011

         

         

        February 2012

        msmarmar123 – February 11, 2012

        papertaco - Feb 18, 2012

        pbrozek - Feb 29th, 2012

         

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        popo28 – March 10 , 2012

         

         

        April 2012

        Maritza919 April 7, 2012

        Kerry872 - April 11, 2012

        Meldrum05 - April 14, 2012

        Amylou 1983 - April 20th, 2012

         

        May 2012

        Jennabug May 5th 2012

        Mnd3A - May 19 2012  



        #13524 bigboponthebeach

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          Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:33 PM

           

          Originally Posted by jazz04 

          Review of Azul Sensatori Wedding 6.12.11

           

          I just wanted to start by saying our wedding was fabulous and we had so many people say it was the best wedding they had ever been to! We had 64 guests, most staying at azul but about 15 ppl stayed at other resorts.

           

          Paradise Catamaran Cruise: We did the sunset cruise for 42 people on Saturday night before the wedding for our rehearsal. This included snacks and open bar. If anyone is considering doing this I highly recommend it. It was very fun and the staff are awesome. They even had a cake for us which was not planned. Our dinner was at Spoons restaurant and we were supposed to have chicken and steak sit down dinner but were over an hour late and didn't arrive until about 9:30 so we had to eat buffet. I don't think anyone minded because everyone was hungry and the food was still good.

           

          Wedding Day: The wedding staff onsite were great and really keep you at ease and handle everything. I was really worried about them messing up the music but everything went very smooth. We had a legal ceremony and the judge spoke in spanish and it was translated by our wedding coordinator. I was hesistant about this but ended up loving it and it really gave our ceremony that mexican touch. I would not do it over again. My mom is a florist and ended up letting them do everything which says a lot about the staff. The wedding was on the beach and reception was next to building 4 by the pool. They did a great job setting up and we chose the bbq deluxe meal and it was amazing. It included so much food and we had many people go up for seconds. Of course at the end of the night we all jumped in the pool and I think my favorite pictures will be from this. Post reception we all went to the mojito lounge. The staff at the reception were great and kept asking if everything was okay and bringing my husband and I drinks so we didn't have to go to the bar.

           

          Restaurants: My favorite restaurant was the Caribbean one although Le Chique was a great experience. My husband didn't enjoy it as much as I did because most men love big meals. The Caribbean restaurant also has great gourmet burgers for lunch that were amazing so go there if you get a chance. Most people at the beach bbq for lunch and it was also good. I didn't get to eat at the Mexican restaurant for dinner but the lunch there was really good. The Italian place was also good but I think I enjoyed the other restaurants better. Spoons has an enormous buffet for breakfast where you can get anything you want. All of our guests loved the room service late night and I think everyone took advantage. Tapas was probably my least favorite and I had a stomach the day after. Just be careful not to drink the water but the water served in the restaurants is all filtered.

           

          The only thing was that I had them deliver our welcome bags and they charged $4 per bag and 3 rooms did not get theirs. I think it was because they had changed rooms. We had absolutely no complaints from any of the guests. They also had nightly shows in the garden lounge some were better than others. We really enjoyed the michael jackson night.

           

          Pools: We mostly hung out at the adult pool but all of the pools were so clean and big. The last day we went to the premium pool and had our own butler which was nice.

           

          Rooms: We stayed in the swim up suite and were next door to a lot of our friends the first few nights and this was nice because we had our own area. Then we moved to the honeymoon suite wedding day and they were able to get me moved by noon so all of my bridesmaids could also get ready with me there. The guys had their own room to get ready in and they really enjoyed that. I think the guest that had the regular rooms also liked those and really all the rooms are essentially the same except different location.

           

          The beach was okay but I don't think anyone even wanted to hang out there because the pools are so nice. They cleaned the beach right before our wedding which was nice because there tends to be a lot of seaweed.

           

          Overall, we had an amazing wedding and would love to do it over. They really do try their best to make your dreams come true and I'm so happy we chose Sensatori!


          Great review!  Just a suggestion.... if you copy, paste, and post it under the resort review tab, Brides to Be will get the most value from your review.  You'll also get to outline your pro's and con's and rate AS accoring to the forum's star system. :-)
           

           Quote:

          Originally Posted by MaggieandJay 

          This is My Thank you for coming Announcement

          This is my regular annoucements I sent to people who didn't come



          Our highlights video from Mike Cantarell of Cancun Wedding Video is up. 

           

          Great review, lots of valuable information for sure :)  You're wedding pictures are stunning, love your dress!  Congrats

          Thank you!  I too loved that dress more than I orginally thought I would.  :-)

           

           



          #13525 bigboponthebeach

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            Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:34 PM

            Quote:

            Originally Posted by KerryL613 

            Congrats on you wedding and thank you for posting a review!  I can't wait to read it!


            Thank you!  I hope you find it informative and helpful.... :-)
             

             



            #13526 MaggieandJay

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              Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:30 AM

              Bigboponthebeach

              WELCOME!!! Your wedding looked so awesome! I am so happy it went well! Still have to read the review but I am sure it's very simular expereinces to us other past brides. CONGRATS again!!!!!

              Originally Posted by murmel 

              Welcome back Mrs. bigboponthebeach! So glad you had a great time, and it is true. There are so many beautiful women on this site, and everyone is so happy and supportive of each other.

              Can't wait to see more pictures, but I totally understand the situation (been having a very similar spring/early summer)

              LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these Maggie!  So clean, modern, and classy!  And I love your color choice.  :-)  Which program or website did you use to create these, if you don't mind me asking???
               


               



               


              Maggie and Jay GOT married on May 15th 2011 at Azul Sensatori. Best International Wedding EVER!

              #13527 kerry872

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                Posted 24 June 2011 - 07:38 AM

                Hi,

                 

                Any past brides used Erick Rodriguez from Claudia Photo im thinking of him for my wedding. Any advice or experience good or bad would be great!!!



                #13528 1106wedding

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                  Posted 24 June 2011 - 12:17 PM

                  bigboponthebeach - THANK YOU for such a thorough review. I loved how you walked me through your experience. Being a type-a planner (I do corporate events for a living), I am aware that my wedding won't be absolutely perfect in every sense. Part of the reason we booked so far away is so that I couldn't micromanage every detail and I'd have to let some things go. It's healthy for me this way, yet it is difficult. The planning process has been very enjoyable overall for me in general, I'm just happy being engaged! I want to enjoy every minute of this 13-month period because it only happens once. Now that I am less than 4 months away from my wedding date, I'm starting to talk details with my WC (Erika Torres) and I know this is when it might get a little tougher. I'm going to try my best to keep everything in perspective. 

                   

                  Regarding your review, a couple comments/questions for you (if anyone else knows, chime in!):

                  *I too booked with a GI consultant who works for DW.com, she's been great. Did you know they were going to upgrade your room? I currently have an ocean view suite in the Azul section, but I'd love to get the honeymoon suite with the big balcony. SInce I'm getting married on the skydeck, I need to be in building 3, otherwise I would've looked into getting a room in the premium section. 

                  *do you know if none of my guests are booked in premium (they aren't any yet), do we not get to use that pool? Are they strict?

                  *YOU ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE HAD ELIZABETH! She wasn't available for my date. You can 100% be assured you have gorgeous pics!

                  *Speaking of vendors, did you have to pay for a day pass for them (I hope not, they're working!) - did you just buy them dinner? 

                  *Spekaing of dinner, what menu did you have? I'm leaning towards the pick and choose dinner (choice of 2 entrees, selected ahead of time). The timing of service concerned me. How many guests did you have? We're looking to be around 50-55.

                  *Tell me about the alcohol selection. When I had my tour with Claudia, she told me grey goose was available. I since told all my guests in a bragging-manner. I have since found out that they may not in fact have it..and you said they don't have patron? What DO they have? We may need to pay our lomas driver a tip to stop at the local liquor store first! I was thinking of putting little bottles of booze in guests welcome bag too :)

                  *I am VERY particular about our ceremony script and I want to pre-request an officiant. Hearing that you did and then it didn't happen makes me want to ask a friend to marry us instead. Does anyone know if they're okay with that?

                  *Grooms suite - did you pay for one night for him (it wasn't part of your package, right?)

                  *EDM - do  you have a picture of the room you booked? We're still in the market. We thought we had our picture perfect room booked (at La Reve, a bungalow) and then they became booked with a wedding. BOOOOO (well for us, not for the wedding party), so bummed...

                  *I can't wait to see your pictures and video!!!! I know they will be amazing. 

                   

                  Congrats again on a great experience (overall) and thank you so much for your words of wisdom and advice!

                  Jessie


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


                  #13529 Mnd3A

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                    Posted 24 June 2011 - 12:31 PM

                    Kerry,

                    Claudia isn't available on my wedding date, so my WC recommended either Citlalli or Erick.  I read so many terrific reviews for Citlalli so I'm going to go with her.  Did you check out their pictures on their web site and blogs?

                    Amanda


                    I married my soulmate on May 19, 2012 at Azul Sensatori surrounded by 97 of our closest family and friends


                    #13530 murmel

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                    Posted 24 June 2011 - 12:51 PM



                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by 1106wedding 

                     

                     

                    Regarding your review, a couple comments/questions for you (if anyone else knows, chime in!):

                    *I too booked with a GI consultant who works for DW.com, she's been great. Did you know they were going to upgrade your room? I currently have an ocean view suite in the Azul section, but I'd love to get the honeymoon suite with the big balcony. SInce I'm getting married on the skydeck, I need to be in building 3, otherwise I would've looked into getting a room in the premium section. 

                    *do you know if none of my guests are booked in premium (they aren't any yet), do we not get to use that pool? Are they strict?

                    **Spekaing of dinner, what menu did you have? I'm leaning towards the pick and choose dinner (choice of 2 entrees, selected ahead of time). The timing of service concerned me. How many guests did you have? We're looking to be around 50-55.

                    *Tell me about the alcohol selection. When I had my tour with Claudia, she told me grey goose was available. I since told all my guests in a bragging-manner. I have since found out that they may not in fact have it..and you said they don't have patron? What DO they have? We may need to pay our lomas driver a tip to stop at the local liquor store first! I was thinking of putting little bottles of booze in guests welcome bag too :)

                    *Grooms suite - did you pay for one night for him (it wasn't part of your package, right?)

                    I will fill in what I can:

                    1) we booked with a GI agent (not DW.com), and were also told we could be upgraded. In the end they offered us the honeymoon suite, but we would then have lost our swimup premium room, so we passed. From my understanding, it really depends of hotel capacity at the time if they can accomadate you. I don't understand why you have to be in building 3 though??? You could simply walk over for the wedding ceremony. We stayed in the premium section, and I walked clear across the resort to our wedding spot by the pier.

                     

                    2) we did one of the set menu options. We gave our guests the choice between the mahi-mahi and pork. I also made it very clear that if they did not respond by a certain date, they would automatically be served the pork. This saved me from having to chase people down. We had absolutely no problems with speed of service. It actually went quite well for us. The only thing I would maybe have complained a little, was that the food was not hot. We had 63 guests, at the Zavas Plaza.

                     

                    3) They do have premium liquor, most of the time it is hidden below the bar or in the back room. However we were not successful in ever seeing Grey Goose or Patron. If you plan on putting booze into the gift bags, you will have to give them to your guests yourself. They will not deliver items with booze in them....since technically you are not suppose to bring alcohol onto the resort. As long as you are aware, it should not be an issue. We brought a few good bottles of scotch and had them in our room. There was no problems there.

                     

                    4) The grooms' room is part of any of the wedding packages. (including the free wedding) But again, it is only available if there are rooms free. Also make sure to request it! We didn't want it, since my husband got ready in one of the other guys room (they had the massive balcony). But they did bring up a selection of bottles of booze and mix to our friends room (part of the groom's room bonuses).....strange though the bride doesn't get booze. Sigh....that's why I had other girls running to get me drinks all day! LOL

                     

                    Hope that helps.


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