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#501 kmk2016

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

Hey All,

I just got married at Azul Beach on August 15th for 36 guests and overall, it was fantastic. I mean, if you're getting married here, you'll absolutely LOVE it. The attention and care of the wedding coordinators are unsurpassed. I'm far from a bridezilla but I'm a producer, so I know how to produce and event and they thought of everything I didn't even think of. They even suggest ways to save you money. The team is incredible. However, nothing is perfect. There are a few bumps you'll have to deal with and I'll get to that in a moment.

I booked via Destination Weddings, which was great because you get a lot of perks you normally wouldn't get if you book directly with Karisma. HOWEVER, Karisma also offers deals you may not get unless you book directly with them. Check with both and compare. However, be sure you have a great person to work with. Mine dropped the ball a few times and frustrated myself and my guests.

We got married on the Sky Deck which we loved. The beach isn't huge and we really felt like it was a separate event as opposed to it being in the same place we just sunbathed in earlier that day.

It's overpriced for what you get, (and PLEASE do not order a mojito as your signature drink. It was gross…) but still a lovely location.

As for decor, I got four sheers, two hanging corsages, rose petals on the aisle and 10 chair bows. I have no idea what it all looked like. When you're walking down the aisle, really, none of it matters.

We even got to choose out exit song, which was awesome.

Because of the rooms booked we qualified for unlimited events. I had a welcome cocktail party, a welcome dinner. Cocktail after the wedding, then dinner and the final night we had a bonfire smore's celebration on the beach that people are still talking about. We were having so much fun, other guests asked to join us.

Now the bad. The "concierge" they assign you gives you the overall run of the place, however they try to sell you REALLY HARD on joining the Prestige Travelers club. They will tell you it's better than a time share. They will really try to sell you on this. Tell them NO THANK YOU and please do not solicit my guests.

Also, they will refer you to your Lomas Travel advisor who will arrange your return trip to the airport. He will try to sell you on all the group tours which are run through the same company, Maroma Adventures. I've been to Mexico quite a few times and they were the worst experience. It felt very "Disney" to us and during our jet ski excursion, two of them broke down. Do NOT do this.

OK, so the food. The Italian & Asian restaurants are excellent. Go early. There are no reservations but because of the popularity, there is a bit of a wait.

The beach butlers are amazing. Attentive, funny and super accommodating. If you tip them well in the beginning, you'll be your best friends.

The entire hotel has been renovated so it's pretty amazing. You get to pick out your own pillow for your room and your own Aromatherapy scent. Nice touch. Room service is 24hrs and included. You can order breakfast in bed the night before, so forgo paying for it.

We didn't get a wedding cake. We heard that it wasn't that great and the Asian restaurant made one for us while we dined there, so there really was no need. Nobody missed it.

My guests raved about the intimacy of the resort. It is a family resort but it didn't feel as if you were overrun with children. We think it has something to do with the size.

If you go through Destination Weddings you'll go through Lomas Travel and their team in Miami. Be patient. They take about a day to get back to you but they are very helpful. I had a great experience with Lynda Gomez.

As for the photography, we went with Lucidum Photography and the lead photographer Vincent. Yes we paid the outrageous $800 fee…but we both felt it was worth it. We checked the International Society of Wedding Photographers first. In order to join you must submit your work and be approved. As per their website…. "We screen and review every member before their application is accepted. When you hire an ISPWP photographer, you can be confident that they have years of experience, they have shot a LOT weddings in a wide variety of situations, and they subscribe to a professional code of conduct. They truly are the best in the world and each one of them has dedicated their professional lives to their craft. In short, we’ve done the searching and screening for you."

http://www.ispwp.com

Vincent and his team were incredible. Visible when you needed them. Invisible when you didn't but always working.
I skyped with him ahead of time. I can't wait to see the photos!

Long story short, the wedding was perfect. You'll love Azul Beach. They do weddings right.

-Nyree



Congrats!!!!! Sounds awesome! I had a quick question about your free unlimited private events. Did they allow your s'mores bonfire to be one of these events? Were you able to book your locations for these free events prior to arrival or was it just on your detail sheet that you qualified and then you dealt with making all the plans once arrived?



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#502 Nyree6

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:12 AM

We set that one up while we were there and it was not a part of the unlimited events because we requested it too late. BUT you can request it. All requests must be done 60 days before your wedding.

You can book your event (cocktail, dinner, lunch, etcetera...) but the hotel will tell you where the event will be held. Not to worry. All locations are pretty awesome.

#503 kmk2016

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:27 AM

We set that one up while we were there and it was not a part of the unlimited events because we requested it too late. BUT you can request it. All requests must be done 60 days before your wedding.

You can book your event (cocktail, dinner, lunch, etcetera...) but the hotel will tell you where the event will be held. Not to worry. All locations are pretty awesome.


Thank you! Were all the locations they choose private? Or for a dinner for example, do they just make a table for you in one of the restaurants? Are you able to talk/make a speech or have an iPod dock at these? Sorry, the unlimited private events piece has so many of us confused! Since we won't know location... If you wanted to add decor once that's determined onsite can you do that? Or does that have to be arranged prior to closing you detail sheet?


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#504 Nyree6

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:14 AM

Yes, they were all private. For the beach locations, they section it off and post a sign informing other guests it's a private event. I didn't bring decor, but for the cocktail hours, all the tables were tall cocktail tables covered with white cloth and ribbon.

For the entire stay, we brought our own speaker and hooked up our iPod to it. They also have equipment you can rent but for 38 of us, our music did fine.

If you want to use your own decor, they will charge you a set up fee. I'll post a few pics so you can see what we had. Give me a moment to get to a desktop.

-Nyree

#505 Nyree6

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 07:21 AM

http://www.bestdesti...l-beach-set-up/

 

 

When I get the pro pics I'll post more, but this gives you an idea of the decor. 

 

-Nyree



#506 kfracassi

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 03:51 PM

So, after M-A-N-Y talks with my guests, only one couple is insistent on bringing their kids along. I always had my heart set on AZUL Beach if kids were coming, and then switched to El Dorado when I thought kids weren't coming. I was just wondering if anyone had a "kidless" wedding at Azul Beach and loved it? I'm in-between using Generation Riviera Maya/El Dorado for the wedding and Azul Beach. I just need to actually choose a location so I can move forward with planning. 

 

Any input would be greatly appreciated. 



#507 kmk2016

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 04:25 PM

Azul beach has a much more intimate boutique hotel feel where as el dorado/generations is very spread out and not as unique feeling. A great feature of Beach would be that your guests would not be as spread apart and would feel a lot more like a trip with friends and family. I don't think it's an issue at all not having kids attend and staying there!


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#508 KatieandJon

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 07:28 PM

Hi Ladies!
I'm getting married at Azul Beach on May 24th, 2015. Beach ceremony, cocktail hour after and reception at Chil Terrace. That's about all I have worked out at this point. I must say, I feel a bit behind after reading all of these posts, but happy I've found all of you brides with good taste like me! :)

#509 dustinmeghan

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    Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:42 AM

    Hello,

     

    So we are getting married on May 3, 2015.  I'm very curious about how the planning has been going for people with the in house planners?  We have considered getting a third party planner based on how unresponsive the in house planners are.

     

    Also, does anyone have any dj/band recommendations?  Music is important and we are not afraid to step outside the vendors.

     

    We are really looking forward to this!!

     

    Thank you!



    #510 AllieH

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    Posted 02 November 2014 - 08:23 AM

    Hi there - your wedding is still quite a ways off, and your experience thus far with the Lomas planners is typical. If you have your venues selected, you are in good shape. The rest of the details will come together as you get closer to your wedding date. The onsite WC team will help tremendously. Unless you're having an off-site wedding, there isn't a huge need for a third party wedding planner. Meanwhile, the slow response time of the Lomas team is just one of those things that goes with a DW. Have you tried the chat feature on the website? Brides have also been able to get some of their questions answered that way. 

     

    I'd also suggest reading through the Official Azul Sensatori & EDR threads for info on Lomas weddings. While you are at a different Azul resort, the Lomas planning is the same among the resorts. Only some of the allowed vendors differ between the Azul and El Dorado resorts. This may help answer your questions. 

     

    Lastly, ask the other AB brides here. This is a fantastic community, and everyone is willing to help. A DW is typically a frustrating experience while in the planning stages. It's hard to wait, when all we want to do is plan and get the decisions made. Everything will work out beautifully though. 

     

    We used a Lomas-approved DJ, DJ All Music and were very happy with them. They played the music we requested and kept everything moving along for our reception. Our guests (and us) had a fantastic time. There are other reviews of DJs among the RM pages - do a search on DJs and you'll see some of the other choices. 

     

    Hello,

     

    So we are getting married on May 3, 2015.  I'm very curious about how the planning has been going for people with the in house planners?  We have considered getting a third party planner based on how unresponsive the in house planners are.

     

    Also, does anyone have any dj/band recommendations?  Music is important and we are not afraid to step outside the vendors.

     

    We are really looking forward to this!!

     

    Thank you!


     

    Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

    Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

    El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

    AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome





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