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#19281 TandAGetHitched

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:16 AM

@DestinationDelgado - it'll be here before you know it!

 

Yes, we are using a Travel Agent - Kate's Travel out of Mankato. She came highly recommended by another bride and is on the approved TA list from Kaisma. She's in the midst of negotiating our contract now - as we only just picked our date a few days ago. 

 

I'm torn between Palapa Yoga and Plaza Zavas - both look amazing. My biggest fear - rain. if it rains and we got moved into a ballroom, I might break down. the whole reason for a DW is to be outside :) 

 

yes - keep me posted on the decor - can't wait to see pictures of your wedding! 


Cheers to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After


#19282 TandAGetHitched

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:54 AM

ok - I have a really dumb question....

 

  • the semi-private dinner, included in package - that's a set menu, but there's no additional fee for the food - right? We pick a 3-course meal, it's in Spoon = no cost (unless we go over the max people)
  • private dinner/cocktail hours -  we pick the meal, and the cost is based on the PP prices listed in the banquet kit. There's no additional 'space reservation' fee for private events? right? 

 

we're trying to set the budget before we book anything with the hotel. and since our date is nearly 18 months away, the offsite WC has stated responses will be very slow, as they are focused on the upcoming events.

 

thanks friends!


Cheers to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After


#19283 Berg999

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    Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:33 AM

    ok - I have a really dumb question....

     

    • the semi-private dinner, included in package - that's a set menu, but there's no additional fee for the food - right? We pick a 3-course meal, it's in Spoon = no cost (unless we go over the max people)
    • private dinner/cocktail hours -  we pick the meal, and the cost is based on the PP prices listed in the banquet kit. There's no additional 'space reservation' fee for private events? right? 

     

    we're trying to set the budget before we book anything with the hotel. and since our date is nearly 18 months away, the offsite WC has stated responses will be very slow, as they are focused on the upcoming events.

     

    thanks friends!

    The semi-private dinner is a set menu that you have choices to pick from and there is no additional fee for food. The only fee is if you have more people than the max number.

     

    If you choose a private dinner and cocktail hour, you pay per person and choose whether you want plated or buffet style and what kind of food. I did BBQ Beach Buffet as we did our reception on the beach (not at Sensatori but at El Dorado Maroma the sister hotel but it is same everywhere for Karisma resorts) and the beach BBQ turned out awesome and perfect for a destination wedding. Food was good, everyone loved it and could keep eating. Included open bar of course. Cocktail hour not included BUT through my travel agent I had a free cocktail hour with apps that I used for the wedding. 

     

    As far as space fees, not typically unless it's on the sky deck or somewhere premium. Most locations dont have extra fees.



    #19284 TandAGetHitched

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    Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:43 AM

    @Berg999 - thank you!!! that is what I thought, but just wanted to confirm. We were initially looking at another resort, and they charged additional space fees for private events. trying to avoid big surprises in the budget department :)

     

    thanks for the tip on the BBQ - seems like a lot have selected that option! 


    Cheers to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After


    #19285 amyzig2

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      Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:45 AM

      @TandAGetHitched It is coming so fast.. so exciting and overwhelming!!

      Our reception is at the Palapa Yoga. Our first choice was Plaza Zavas, but it was already booked :(

      We are using Studio Twelve:52. Love them.

      I should add that our current package includes apps and drinks for the cocktail hour. If we get two more rooms booked, our reception dinner would be covered. There's a lot of fine print in the contracts, so make sure you get as many perks as you can!! Are you using a travel agent?

      I have a giant suitcase I got from a fellow destination bride for free. I can pass it on to you after our wedding if you'd like! :)


      I got married in June 2016. My ceremony was planned for the beach and then Plaza Zara's. Unfortunately it rained as soon as the ceremony completed so we had to rush and change everything to move into the ballroom. But as part of my package I had a free cocktail party at the Palapa Yoga and it was nice. Depending on the size of your group and time of day I would even consider making it a first choice. There is shade and in June that was a huge consideration and a great breeze from the ocean.

      Also as a side note to other brides, take advantage of the cocktail parties they have in the pkgs. surprisingly some of the best food I had all week. You won't be disappointed.



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      #19286 TandAGetHitched

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      Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:18 PM

      Save the Dates officially mailed! And just like clockwork, I hear from our OC, Javier, every Friday morning via email. He's been pretty great, but I also tailored my expectations to weekly interactions, based on this forum and other bride's experiences (thanks friends!)

       

      We are confirmed for Plaza Zavas for our reception. but I just can't get the fear of rain out of my head. So I think I'm going to move our reception to Zocalo Al Fresco. Then we're indoors, with what look like a gorgeous view, and the rain isn't an issue. 

       

      Has anyone else booked Zocalo? Thoughts (good or not-so-good)?


      Cheers to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After


      #19287 LeanneP

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      Posted 09 February 2017 - 12:13 PM

      I can't believe there's only three and a half weeks until our wedding day!!!

       

      Most of my to-do list is done with the exception of last minute items or things I am still on the hunt to buy, but that if I can't find, is no biggie. No stress!!!

       

      I started to haul out my decor, favours and OOT bag items and was a little overwhelmed by the volume of stuff. Not that I bought a lot but it sure does add up quickly! I thought I might have one suitcase of wedding stuff but I think it will more likely be two. That's a little stressful but many of you have done this before, so obviously it can be done!

       

      My biggest priority right now is slowly getting organized but also trying to plan a little R&R and non-wedding related couples activities before we leave. The wedding has consumed so much of my life the last year and a half, that I think it's important to reward ourselves with some non-wedding downtime.

       

      I've also been trying to access the Sky Deck webcam so that I can share the instructions with guests of ours that were not able to travel with us. I was successful.....once. I sure hope it works on the big day. Are there any previous brides that have experience with this?

       

      Is there anyone else getting married at the Azul Sensatori in early to mid March?

       
      Any last minutes advice or tips from previous brides?

      Save the Dates officially mailed! And just like clockwork, I hear from our OC, Javier, every Friday morning via email. He's been pretty great, but I also tailored my expectations to weekly interactions, based on this forum and other bride's experiences (thanks friends!)

       

      We are confirmed for Plaza Zavas for our reception. but I just can't get the fear of rain out of my head. So I think I'm going to move our reception to Zocalo Al Fresco. Then we're indoors, with what look like a gorgeous view, and the rain isn't an issue. 

       

      Has anyone else booked Zocalo? Thoughts (good or not-so-good)?

       

      Javier has been my wedding coordinator too. I don't have any major complaints. He's been very pleasant to deal with. I think sometimes he gets me confused with other brides he's dealing with a suggests things we've already discussed but that's hardly a big complaint. I think they've done away with the Miami office so the wait times for responses are very reasonable. Good luck with your planning!



      #19288 Mikecantarell

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        Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:30 AM

        Hi girls,

         

        Azul Sensatori is the perfect place for a destination Wedding.

         



        #19289 Sweetness14

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          Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:42 PM

          Hi everyone. My wedding is 2 months away.. Yikes. Did any past brides have a civil/legal ceremony at Azul?


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          #19290 lmhendrickson

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          Posted 07 March 2017 - 05:08 PM

          Hi Ladies!

           

          Just found this website and thread this evening, and wow, so much info! Sorry upfront if this is a long message!

           

          I'm planning our Azul Sensatori wedding for September 2017 and have most of the big decisions made:

          • Always and Forver package 
          • cocktail reception at Palapa Yoga the night before the wedding as a welcome reception for everyone
          • ceremony at Zocalo Gazebo at 6:30 pm
          • private dinner reception at Plaza Zavas at 7 pm (we were bummed there was no time for a cocktail reception in between the two events, so moved it to the evening before)

          I had originally been picking out decor on the lomas travel website as well as planning on bringing down additional items, but now I'm re-thinking things and wondering if I should be bringing more in myself. Honestly, I didn't know/realize that their prices were really high, I just figured, it's a wedding, everything is expensive..so I had a few questions for past brides...

           

          1. what was the set up fee they charged for bringing in your own decor?
          2. a lot of you mentioned that you brought in your own organza to use for the sheers for the gazebo, chair bows, table overlays, etc...did you have these all pre-cut to the correct dimensions or did you just hand them the bolt of fabric and let them do it all?
          3. do they pack up all of the items and return it to you?
          4. what sort of lighting is there at the Plaza Zavas at night?

          So far, we were planning on bringing decor for the tables including: little glass votive candles with LEDs, string lights, luminary bags with LEDs for around the pool, artificial succulents to place around the tables.

           

          Also, Flowers...I've been going back and forth with my WC about bouquets...I send a picture showing the colors I want, saying that it doesn't have to be those exact flowers, but just whatever they usually use, but in those colors...and she send back an insane quote for the exact bouquet that was in the picture. How did you all get the bouquets you wanted? Asked for the exact flowers and in what colors, or let them design something? I'm so lost with this part. 

           

          Thanks in advance for any/all help and advice!!






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