@lauralane - Apologies but I also meant to extend sincere thanks to you as well for all your help in my meltdown moment. Between you, @AllieH & chatting with a couple other Karisma brides I've become friends with (one just got married and another got married back in October), I think I can see the "light" and start to breathe a little. THANK YOU!
So you are definitely right re the vendor fee for picking up flowers in the lobby. We had a conference call with our agent the other night and she too was basically on team "Hell No" but did say we would NOT be charged if we went in town to get them. Since we don't have a ton of flowers AND Vanessa Jaimes is located only 20 min away, my fiance, his best man (doesn't know it yet hehe) and possibly one other guy will be going to get everything from her studio the morning of the wedding. I REFUSE to give them the kind of money they are charging. It's nuckin futs. It's bad enough I'm paying $200 for what's probably $40 sheers but Mr. Numbers (my fiance) says for what it will cost in extra luggage fees etc, it's worth it to only buy and bring down what we can't manage to work with of their offerings.
I also enlisted my agent's help on fighting about this but she basically said they have gotten "hip" and are really cracking down.
As for the onsite team, unless some changes have been made, I am told the "dynamic duo" that cover Generations & EDR are NOT the easy breezy let things slide type. My friend that got married back in October said they were awful to deal with and had to get our TA involved to help resolve some issues she encountered. I truly hope this does NOT freak you or anyone out but I just thought I'd share because I too have read many posts on this site re the onsite folks being a lot easier to deal with and was thinking like everyone else "eh, I'll just battle with the onsite team and not stress about x". She did have rave reviews about Generations, EDR, the food and what a wonderful time her guests had in spite of.
I too booked Generations for ONE kid (my niece who is in the wedding) but now have a few more coming. My college bestie locked in so her 2 little girls are definitely in and will be flower girls and another friend is bringing her twins since the resort is family friendly. As your guests book you may be surprised by how many bring their families, I was - but we are still "lopsided" room count wise. The bulk of our guests are at EDR with 10 rooms booked at Generations.
I too also booked Generations for the skydeck which at the time was under construction and no where near complete. The resort itself hadn't opened yet but was in the final stages of constructions. I received confirmation it is 100% complete and I know you will have a beautiful reception there. We have decided to just trust the gut and going in reverse of you - Wedding & Cocktail hour are on the skydeck & our reception will be on the Pier.
@AllieH - THANK YOU (as always) for the cocktail hour/pics and pool deck feedback. Since you mentioned the pools closing on the early side and I read over on tripadvisor complaints the pool is freezing, I'm hoping that a pool deck reception from maybe 4-5 (or 5:30 if I can get it extended for a half hour to an hour) will be ok. I basically want to use this time to hand out my OOT bags and say hello to everyone.
While I have yet to find a pool deck picture, I did find pics that laid out the sections of the sky deck so I feel a lot better re the Cocktail hour and Ceremony both being there. Pics are MAJORLY important (we had our photog booked before we secured the resort & scheduled a meeting with him when we went to the BDR) so I'm hoping what my friend says is true re people being distracted with taking pics post-ceremony since we'll be doing so, delaying the start of the cocktail hour so it won't feel like such a long time. We will also come back up should we get finished with pics early. I really want to take posed ones with the families and maybe some friends post-ceremony, then pics on the beach and other places around the resort before taking pics at the reception. He prefers it be dark for the reception.
I was successful in getting them to change the times for everything so I'm ultimately hoping to do the cocktail from 4-5:30pm then have the reception go from 5:30-10:00pm.
Now to actually order my OOT bags and other items and start putting that together!
Thanks again ladies for your support and patience! I FINALLY feel things are coming together - now for last min guests to STOP booking (though I shouldn't complain because it's better than the alternative - last min cancellations).
@EriLu11 - CONGRATS! We are going with a Memorable Moments package for the reception. One tip we learned during the BDR is that it's cheaper to pick the MM package you like best and then you can tweak it without incurring much (if anything) charge wise, depending on what changes you want to make - unless you plan to bring a lot down. So for instance, I chose the Coast Bliss but don't want the seat covers & want plain silver charges. These are being swapped for no additional charge.
I also think it's important to make "peace" with their fees/charges and budget them in or figure ways to get around it. When I was trying to decide and lurking on this site, the Karisma/Lomas fees seemed to be the biggest point of frustration (understandably).
My other piece of advice is figure out as much as you can without headcount so you are a crazy chicken with your head cut off like me! I didn't decide cocktail menu or food menu citing "I need my head count" and now feel a bit overwhelmed with having to do so 3 - 4 weeks out. This goes for securing your location and decor. You can ALWAYS make changes so don't be afraid to lock in.
Edited by girlinthecity97, 22 January 2015 - 03:54 AM.