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Everytime u switch coordinators ask to see your wedding worksheet.  My details never transferred over to the next person


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According to my paperwork all my decisions were supposed to be finalized by Feb 25th...Its now march 18th.  I still haven't heard back from her regarding the corrections on my worksheet. 

 

Also, I don't have an online profile.  Everything I chose- flowers, cake, entertainment is supposed to be listed on the wedding worksheet and My understanding is that you pay everything together.  I guess Karisma pays Lomas their dues? Again...at this point I should know the answer but yeah.......

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@@KaraEbeth Yeah, my new WC told me yesterday that the bonfire is $50 per hour and to have s'mores it's $15 per person, so you could have one independent of the other. And their version of s'mores is really just marshmallows, fruit, chocolate fondue, and crackers by the way. Those prices are independent of the price for the BBQ I believe.

 

@@talicea7812 thank you for that, I didn't even know that I had a wedding worksheet.

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@@talicea7812 and @@ng2015 Thanks for the info ladies. I'm going to make a note to look into those two vendors. I don't think it would be too hard for someone to meet the vendor somewhere to pick up the flowers. I also saw someone mention on one of the Azul Forums www.fresaweddings.com. They offer all kinds of stuff, decor, fire lanterns, hair and makeup, cakes and cupcakes, music and entertainment. I wonder if you would only pay ONE outside vendor fee for using them for everything hahaha. Also saw http://www.floresrivieramaya.com/eng/weddings.php @@ng2015 not sure if this is the same company as you mentioned or not.

 

@@talicea7812 how many days did you have to book for the videographer? I thought i read somewhere a minimum of 3 days stay but I could be imagining that...it's hard to keep all the info. straight. Carol is my WC btw not sure if I told you that :( hoping I have better luck with her....worries me a little.

 

Not sure if this is relevant to anyone else either, depends on if you're using beach gazebo but I inquired with her last week regarding the gazebo dimensions so I could figure out what I wanted to do regarding sheers and she said she doesn't have exact dimensions of the gazebo but the measurements of the sheers they use on the gazebo are 12 meters long and 1 1/2 meters wide.

 

@@jd0922 congratulations your wedding is fast  approaching. I'm jealous, I am so impatient I just want mine to be here already! What colors are you doing and are you having yours on the beach? I'm really trying to budget as well but the costs are adding up and it is definitely stressful. :o

Thank you! It went by so fast I can't even believe it - yours will be here before you know it! I'm not really picking colors. I don't love the look of the monochromatic, matchy-matchy wedding especially not in the tropics where everything is so colorful and beautiful! That said, I've taken most of my inspiration for the flowers from this stunning wedding I found on Jet Fete blog. I highly encourage you to look through it - it is so stunning I almost wanted to cancel my wedding at Azul Beach and head to Isla Mujeres! http://www.jetfeteblog.com/destination-weddings/beautiful-beach-wedding-isla-mujeres 

 

I'm pretty much copying the gazebo decorations directly from that wedding - the florist said it would be $55 each, which is cheaper than the large gazebo decor they sell on Lomas. For centerpieces, I asked them to split up BB26 which is a set of 3 vases and just put one at each table. I only had to buy 2 centerpieces then for 6 tables! My WC put in a request with the florist to mimic the style and colors of the gazebo decor in the centerpieces, so they actually will end up looking totally different from the sample on the Lomas website. Basically I'm hoping they look something like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983700306/ but in these vases: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786984176662/

 

I also will be getting married at the gazebo and bringing my own sheers. I used this post from BDW to help me figure out what to bring: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983734529/. I figure if it doesn't work, I will suck it up and pay to rent their sheers. 

 

These are my bridesmaid dresses: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983739366/ Everyone is wearing a different cut and color, but all are shades of blue and silk J Crew. 

 

For my invitations, I used Vistaprint's soft floral template but without the weird grey bar. http://www.vistaprint.com/search/soft-floral.aspx?rt=5 

 

So I suppose there is sort of a pattern of blues and yellows, but as I said, I didn't want to pick like tiffany blue, and painstakingly assemble every detail to match. I think this will end up making the wedding look nicer and more elegant, but we shall see! Fingers crossed! 

@@talicea7812

I contacted http://www.floreriariviera.com/ 

I haven't signed anything yet...I'm still in the research phase for DJ, Flowers, etc

 

I'm currently really frustrated with Miami Karisma! I found out by calling that my wedding coordinator doesn't work there anymore and the WC manager has yet to call me back and I've called him twice already.

 

To be continued..... :(

@@jd0922

 

Congratulations!! That's so exciting that your day is almost near!! :)

 

May I ask you which florist you are going with? Those prices sound amazing!

Thank you! I know I can hardly believe it - less than 5 months! We are using the regular florist from the hotel. I think the prices are so good because I didn't select the regular options from the Lomas website. You gotta know they want to trick you into planning this crazy elaborate function, complete with nutso huge centerpieces and all that. I noticed that at the Brides' dress rehearsal - they played us this video of what they called the "best" wedding anyone ever hosted at a Karisma property, and it was INSANE! Literally every single over the top option you could have, this bride had. I hated it lol. Not my style - I'm more for simple and elegant than showy and over the top. 

 

That said, here are the details -- I am using the BB26 centerpiece, which is actually three small vases that they group at each table. However, I asked them to break it up and just put one vase per table. Voila - pay for one centerpiece, get three tables! They are going to make each flower arrangment a little different, but all using the same types of flowers and color family. I love that idea and hope they pull it off. I'm going to supplement with some votive candles that I'm going to bring down with me. I got some at KMart the other day for super cheap. I am also considering buying Mexican tiles in Playa del Carmen to act as table numbers. Sort of like this - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983384301/ 

 

My gazebo decor is also simple - I asked them to match this picture http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786984006556/. Cheaper than their standard decor, and in my opinion more elegant. We will see how it looks down there though - fingers crossed my image comes to life! I'm also bringing my own sheers down, since their price to rent is highway robbery.

 

Bridesmaids are just going to hold two white lilies that we will tie a pretty ribbon around. They are charging $10 per lily. I specifically asked what would be the cheapest bouquet option, and that's what my WC came up with. This photo inspired me, or else I may have been scared to try it. we will see how this actually ends up looking! 

 

My own bouquet is the bane of my existence right now. Every time I send them a picture, my WC tells me it will be $225 or up because it has imported flowers. Insanity. I can't believe they are claiming dahlias are imported, since they are Mexico's national flower, but whatever. Anyway, I refuse to pay a premium for flowers when I am in the tropics, so I'm going to keep trying until I come up with something that is inexpensive and pretty. I'm not really in love with any of the Lomas designs.

 

I didn't realize I had so much planned until I wrote all this! Wow! Hope I didn't bore you all. Let me know if you have any questions :) Enjoy planning! Any please don't let them trick you into paying lots of money for silly things no one will notice anyway. We are already paying to go down there and enjoy the gorgeous tropical scenery - we really don't need much more to make it beautiful! That's the advantage of a destination wedding! 

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Thank you! It went by so fast I can't even believe it - yours will be here before you know it! I'm not really picking colors. I don't love the look of the monochromatic, matchy-matchy wedding especially not in the tropics where everything is so colorful and beautiful! That said, I've taken most of my inspiration for the flowers from this stunning wedding I found on Jet Fete blog. I highly encourage you to look through it - it is so stunning I almost wanted to cancel my wedding at Azul Beach and head to Isla Mujeres! http://www.jetfeteblog.com/destination-weddings/beautiful-beach-wedding-isla-mujeres 

 

I'm pretty much copying the gazebo decorations directly from that wedding - the florist said it would be $55 each, which is cheaper than the large gazebo decor they sell on Lomas. For centerpieces, I asked them to split up BB26 which is a set of 3 vases and just put one at each table. I only had to buy 2 centerpieces then for 6 tables! My WC put in a request with the florist to mimic the style and colors of the gazebo decor in the centerpieces, so they actually will end up looking totally different from the sample on the Lomas website. Basically I'm hoping they look something like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983700306/ but in these vases: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786984176662/

 

I also will be getting married at the gazebo and bringing my own sheers. I used this post from BDW to help me figure out what to bring: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983734529/. I figure if it doesn't work, I will suck it up and pay to rent their sheers. 

 

These are my bridesmaid dresses: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983739366/ Everyone is wearing a different cut and color, but all are shades of blue and silk J Crew. 

 

For my invitations, I used Vistaprint's soft floral template but without the weird grey bar. http://www.vistaprint.com/search/soft-floral.aspx?rt=5 

 

So I suppose there is sort of a pattern of blues and yellows, but as I said, I didn't want to pick like tiffany blue, and painstakingly assemble every detail to match. I think this will end up making the wedding look nicer and more elegant, but we shall see! Fingers crossed! 

Thank you! I know I can hardly believe it - less than 5 months! We are using the regular florist from the hotel. I think the prices are so good because I didn't select the regular options from the Lomas website. You gotta know they want to trick you into planning this crazy elaborate function, complete with nutso huge centerpieces and all that. I noticed that at the Brides' dress rehearsal - they played us this video of what they called the "best" wedding anyone ever hosted at a Karisma property, and it was INSANE! Literally every single over the top option you could have, this bride had. I hated it lol. Not my style - I'm more for simple and elegant than showy and over the top. 

 

That said, here are the details -- I am using the BB26 centerpiece, which is actually three small vases that they group at each table. However, I asked them to break it up and just put one vase per table. Voila - pay for one centerpiece, get three tables! They are going to make each flower arrangment a little different, but all using the same types of flowers and color family. I love that idea and hope they pull it off. I'm going to supplement with some votive candles that I'm going to bring down with me. I got some at KMart the other day for super cheap. I am also considering buying Mexican tiles in Playa del Carmen to act as table numbers. Sort of like this - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786983384301/ 

 

My gazebo decor is also simple - I asked them to match this picture http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534661786984006556/. Cheaper than their standard decor, and in my opinion more elegant. We will see how it looks down there though - fingers crossed my image comes to life! I'm also bringing my own sheers down, since their price to rent is highway robbery.

 

Bridesmaids are just going to hold two white lilies that we will tie a pretty ribbon around. They are charging $10 per lily. I specifically asked what would be the cheapest bouquet option, and that's what my WC came up with. This photo inspired me, or else I may have been scared to try it. we will see how this actually ends up looking! 

 

My own bouquet is the bane of my existence right now. Every time I send them a picture, my WC tells me it will be $225 or up because it has imported flowers. Insanity. I can't believe they are claiming dahlias are imported, since they are Mexico's national flower, but whatever. Anyway, I refuse to pay a premium for flowers when I am in the tropics, so I'm going to keep trying until I come up with something that is inexpensive and pretty. I'm not really in love with any of the Lomas designs.

 

I didn't realize I had so much planned until I wrote all this! Wow! Hope I didn't bore you all. Let me know if you have any questions :) Enjoy planning! Any please don't let them trick you into paying lots of money for silly things no one will notice anyway. We are already paying to go down there and enjoy the gorgeous tropical scenery - we really don't need much more to make it beautiful! That's the advantage of a destination wedding! 

 

@@jd0922 love you're ideas they're so unique and I love your bridesmaid dresses! I had no idea you could send the WC pictures and ask for quotes for their flowers I thought you had to choose the designs from the site. (You can tell I am not far into the planning process right?) Those are good ideas though about splitting up the centerpieces. Also, look at one of my comments from yesterday, I listed the size of the sheers they use per my WC Carol. That may help you regarding the size of your sheers but based on your picture, since it wraps around the pilars you may want to go a little longer to be safe. The bouquets aren't that bad on Lomas' site it's the price that scares me. What are you doing as far as photography and all that?

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Thank you!! Those measurements are so helpful.  I think we get a $60 credit towards our bouquets if we don't use the included bouquet - check with your WC. 

 

I didn't love their photographers and I thought their prices were nutso, so I went with Blue Lens Caribe. They took the $800 vendor fee out of their fee for my photography/videography package, so it ended up not even mattering. I would suggest you look into it. I love the look of Elizabeth Medina's work, but she was booked for the date I am getting married. 

 

And yes, you can send pics in for quotes for EVERYTHING! Not even just flowers - cake, decorations, anything! I sent in a pic of a cake I love and it turns out to be the same price as their normal cakes. Yay! 

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Okay @talice7812 & @@ng2015 I swear I replied back to you guys and it had apparently logged me out and didn't post my comment? Anyways...

 

@@ng2015 thank you for the info about the s'more party, I didn't know it wasn't traditional s'mores that is kind of disappointing...

 

@@talicea7812..That is absolute insanity, I really hope they get it together for you. I would be freaking out. I found this from the initial email from Carol so you'd think they would be belowing up your phone for their money:

All selections must be emailed in writing and sent at least 90 days prior to your ceremony date to so that selections can be confirmed and added to your wedding detail sheet prior to the deadline date. Your detail sheet must be finalized and paid for in full no later than 45 days before your ceremony date.

 

 

The online profile I was talking about is from the Karisma Wedding Portal. Did anyone else use this initally to reserve there date? I had to create a username in order to pay the $200 to reserve the date and then I got an email from them listing my username and a generated password. Every time I've tried to log in since then I get a notice that the username and password doesn't exist. I just thought it was strange because I took that as I could sign in and continue paying the remaining $750 for the package? So confusing.....either way I will email Carol (and hope for a reply) to see how I pay.

 

@@jd0922 I didn't know a bouquet was included I just thought it was this listed below (also from my initial email from Carol).

 

  All of our wedding packages include white uncovered beach chairs, small table with white linen, wooden plank aisle runner, and ceremony music equipment 

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I bought the Pearl Wedding package, which includes a basic bouquet. Do you have the pearl package too? Here's what my initial email from Lynda said:

 

  • Flowers: Your bridal bouquet and groom’s matching boutonniere is included in your Pearl package. I have attached a photo of the bridal bouquet if you would like a different one you will get a credit for $60 USD. In the photo, the larger bouquet is for brides and is included, the smaller one is for bridesmaids and it’s an additional $55 USD. Here is a link of all the flowers from our vendor: Bouquets & Floral Decoration

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@@jd0922 Thank you so much for all of your information!!! I LOVE that you pinterest everything, I do too!!! I couldn't find the jet fete pic though, the link didn't show anything :(  As for everything else, I adore it!! Love the simplicity of your bouquets and centerpieces. I thought about doing the same thing with regards to splitting that 3 smaller centerpiece one before I started looking at outside vendors. I know I keep saying this, but it's all still part of my mix because I haven't signed anything yet as far as that's concerned. I love your girls' dresses. I think my "color" is shades of blush (as cliche as that is lol) and gold. I go back and forth between blush and gold or just white. My fiance has no choice lol

 

@@KaraEbeth yeah, that's the same site I used that my old WC said they don't even check. Ask Carol, she might be able to reset it for you or something. 

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@@ng2015 thanks, I'll check with Carol. I asked to move my ceremony time to 4pm and she said she would put in the request and I still haven't heard back, that was over a week ago. I'm going to sens a follow up email I think for the Jet Fete blog when you're on the site just search "isla mujeres" it wouldn't work for me either.

@@jd0922, I have the complimentary "always and forever" package, which I guess used to be the pearl but they changed it (and also apparently took away the bouquets) bummer.

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