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#1 Claudia4Warren

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    Posted 07 September 2011 - 10:33 AM

    Hi,

    I'm in the process of finalizing my contract with Cabo Azul Resort for our April 26, 2012 wedding, and would love to get some advice from any other Cabo Azul brides.  Is anybody else planning a CAR wedding for later this year or early 2012?

     

    Claudia



    #2 BandP2011

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      Posted 07 September 2011 - 01:40 PM

      Hi Claudia,

       

      I got married at Cabo Azul on July 23 and it was amazing. Let me know if you have any questions!



      #3 Claudia4Warren

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        Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:29 PM

        Hi BandP2011, I do have some questions: 1. Did u use an outside coordinator? 2. Were u told that u CAR was the only one who could contract your vendors? In other words, no outside vendors? 3. Any recommendations on how to cut cost? I have 100+ guest. Thank You

        #4 BandP2011

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          Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:19 AM

          Hi!

           

          Yes, I hired an outside coordinator. The reason I did this was because Cabo Azul was having high turnover in their wedding department. If I were to do it again, I wouldn't have hired her. Georgina, Maria and Rosalinda are wonderful and handled everything perfectly.

           

          I was able to contact my own vendors through my outside coordinator. I believe I got a pretty good price on flowers, but as far as everything else, it was similar to what the resort charges.

           

          Minister: Carlos Navas (Terrible, do not use him)

          DJ Ricardo Patino

          Emporio Floral

          Solo Guitar- Alonso Aguirre- he was fantastic

          Hair and Makeup- Suzanne Morel

           

          I'm not one to tell you how to cut cost since I went WAY over my budget (we had 75 guests) but here are some things I found:

           

          Cabo Azul is so beautiful that you need limited decor- linens, fancy flowers. My flowers were gorgeous and very inexpensive- I only brought votives down with me. I have an allergy so we didn't  have a cake- that saved money and no one even noticed or cared. Depends on your group but we went over our bar- thankfully everyone slowed down but it goes quickly!

           

          Be cautious of what drinks you serve at the cocktail hour- they push them hard at guests and many (expensive) drinks are left untouched.

           

          Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions!

           

           

           

           



          #5 MikeandMew

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            Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:37 AM

            I am getting married at CAR June 27, 2012. We finalized our contract and it took quite a few tweaks to get what we wanted. They are sticklers when it comes to certain things. Right now we are in the process of finalizing Photographer and looking into Florists. We are going to our 2nd site visit April 2012 to finalize little details as far as what is included in our "set up fee for ceremony", decor (linens, napkins etc...exactly what is included and what choices we have), ceremony music, sound system for ceremony?, florist etc.....



            #6 Claudia4Warren

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              Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:16 PM

              Hi MikeandMew! Thanks for sharing. I'm excited to hear from another CAR bride. Are u looking for a florist and photographer from the options the resort provided? I was told that they do not allow any outside vendors, only the ones they work with. ?????

              #7 MikeandMew

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                Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:52 PM

                I did get a list from CAR but I am looking into others who are not on the list! I was never told we could not use other vendors~ Georgina specifically told me they preferred vendors that have worked at CAR before however she actually listed/referred a photographer who has NEVER worked at the resort and NEVER has photographed any weddings at CAR so I think this is a discrepancy! Im looking into my own vendors~ Georgina said we couldnt use outside vendors for food, drink or cake items~

                Did you hear about the pricing on H20? They charge the same amount for H20 as they do a cocktail so it can really raise your bar tab~ something to think about! Im actually having my waters custom so we got around that $5 charge per 9liter bottle!!! YIKES~ however they would charge me $1 per bottle instead since im bringing my own~

                 



                #8 Claudia4Warren

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                  Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:09 AM

                  MikeandMew, So you're bringing your own water and they're basically going to charge u a $1.00 per bottle fee for bringin your own? Was this noted on your event contract or did u negotiate this after? How many guest will attend your wedding?

                  #9 MikeandMew

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                    Posted 17 September 2011 - 08:02 PM

                    Claudia4Warren,

                    As for the water ....This was something I negotiated while doing my contract~we figured better to pay $1 per bottle than pay $5~ Believe me that contract was dissected my my fiancee' and we are happy with everything now~

                     

                    As for the total amount of guests we dont have a final head count but were thinking around 50 or so. I just sent out my STD's yesterday!

                     

                    Im nervous about conducting everything over the phone but I really dont think it would be necessary to hire an outside coordinator when I would just do everything myself anyways!!

                    The most complaints I have heard from other CAR brides seems to be problems with communication~ I hear about problems with waiters so I want to make things completely Clear when I go down for my second site visit~ I dont want any surprises when we receive final bills after the wedding~ Just be on top of numbers and you'll be ok~



                    #10 BandP2011

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                      Posted 19 September 2011 - 10:52 AM

                      Another option is to serve tap water- we did this and had no mention or complaints from guests. It's also FREE! :)






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