Originally Posted by Linds1204
Hey sensatori brides!
So, I am basically freaking out....my wedding is in March of 2014. We originally blocked 25 rooms. We already have 31 rooms booked.
I just got a call from my wedding planner letting us know that the resort is totally sold out during our wedding! We haven't even sent our invitations yet (they are currently being printed). We also don't even have all of our bridal party or family booked. Our wedding is over 6 months away....I can't believe the resort is already full! Has this happened to anyone else?
I know we could probably get another room block at a near by resort, but the day pass fee is $79 on the day of the wedding and $99 for any other days. It doesn't appear that Karisma will waive this since it specifically notes that you have to pay the fee even if the guest is staying at another Karisma resort.
I don't even know what to do, and like I said, I am totally freaking out!
Anyone have any advice or has anyone else dealt with this?
That is always a stressful thing to deal with. First of all, don't panic. Often there are more rooms available, but may not be visable to your wedding planner/travel agent. What are the exact dates? (I can check a few places I know and see if there is availability) We have had other brides have the same issue, only to discover that there were rooms available through other operators. If you are in the US, try some of the Canadian operators, or vice versa. Often the hotel sells blocks of rooms to a charter company...so it looks like they are sold out, but you can still purchase them through the other operator. (the prices may vary from what you have currently though)
And aside from that, there are other options. You guests could possible stay at Azul Beach, about 10 minute walk north on the beach (family resort), or Secret Silversands (adults only) which is right next door. Like Allie said, if you are hosting a private event, (ie. anything off their banquet menu), your guests recieve free entrance on the day of that event. So if you host a cocktail welcome night, they should be admitted free for that event, and then again for your wedding/dinner on a different night for free. (I think the only limitation is they are only suppose to be admitted 1-2 before the event begins and then up til 2 hours past the event. (but I am not sure of the exact details there)
Originally Posted by KayaWasTaken
My question is about the DJ situation. Our wedding is November 15th, 2013, and I'm just not happy with the fact that they're pretty much forcing us to use their DJ. They are requiring song choices 60 days in advance, limiting us to 90 songs to choose, just ridiculous stuff.
We are being told that we are not allowed to use any outside vendors except photographers and videographers. I really want to use DJ Doremixx since I have been reading good reviews, and we even have no problem paying the $800 fee or booking him in a room for 3 nights.
He apparently has other weddings booked at Azul Sensatori this year, and even 2014, so I feel there must be a way to make this happen.
Our Miami-based planner, Lynda, is saying we cannot do this and I'm getting very frustrated with having my hand forced. We are paying them over $10K for the wedding day alone, not to mention the fact that we are booking another private event for the rehearsal dinner. I'm actually getting frustrated beyond words at this point! ... Does anyone have any advice?
Unfortunately, unless you booked the DJ before they changed their policy, I am not sure you will be able to fight it. Sorry! That is one of the major downfalls of the Karisma resorts, they are not very flexible and seem to change their policies often. You may want to find out who the supervisor is and speak with them directly. If you tell them you had started the planning/booked your wedding date before the new policy came into effect, you maybe able to get them to make a special allowance for you. (but no promises on that-sorry) (those other brides who did manage to book DJ Doremixx, did so before the policy changed, and hence why they have been allowed to keep him as an outside vendor.)
And if you truly are unhappy with the options they provide, you could always just use your own Ipod to make your own playlist and have a close friend just check up on it when required. Not the perfect solution, but always an option.