Hi there Ladies!!
So I have been sitting back in the shadows and reading the posts however decided to perk up as the big day is creeping closer and there are so many things to consider for us Canadian brides (especially with the Canadian dollar being so low).
We have our wedding date booked at the Azul fives for September 17th 2015!
We have about 80 guests staying at the Azul fives and attending the wedding, Our guests are flying from Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton. We booked with Air Transat and were given prices including taxes of 1658.00 from Calgary, 1690.00 from Vancouver, 1420.00 from Toronto and 1630.00 from Edmonton. We also get every 11th person free. I think the prices given to us were amazing considering the resort wants triple those costs.
We booked the sky rooftop for our ceremony at which we have to pay for the always and forever package (because it is not included as we are not in the American market) and the 1700.00 for the sky rooftop. We also have penciled in the Sky rooftop for our private dinner reception. I have a few concerns about the reception being on the rooftop that I think other brides should be made aware of.
1. There is no plated dinner, therefore your options are buffet or family style, at which all your sides are served on the table and the main course (your meat items) are passed around. This I feel takes away from the formal side of things and the cost is astronomical as you have to pay for the dinner option plus an additional 8.00 per person US for just having dinner on the rooftop.
2. We were recently informed due to set up and take down times, we needed to host a private cocktail function for our guests before dinner. This is something I fought about due to the fact we were not going to spend an additional 1200.00 for this, and informed the wedding coordinator that we would push the reception back 30 minutes and have our guests go to their rooms or to one of the restaurants for drinks before the reception at which I was told this would be okay however now we need to consider increasing the time for our photographer that we are bringing in from Moments that matter photography (which I would highly suggest!!) . So either way as we have to pay the out of vendor fee to begin with for our photography plus an additional hour of booking time just due to the take down and set up times needed by the resort.
3. Wind, I was hoping to reach out to brides that have had their reception on the rooftop as I am so concerned that wind might be a factor. I was recently at a wedding at the Azul Sensatori, and the breeze off the ocean during the reception was almost unbearable on the rooftop.
The garden is still available and I am thinking we might just book the garden for the reception however, then we need to consider bringing down all of our own décor (as the memorable moments package is ridiculously over priced). My thoughts initially were, if we had it on the rooftop we could use the backdrop of the ocean and sunset as part of our décor and leave the table settings and center pieces at a minimum however the pictures of the garden look very bare therefore it would need to be decorated completely.
Has anyone had their reception in the garden, if so could you please give me some details and send some pictures?
Also has anyone had their reception on the rooftop and if so, was wind or the ocean breeze an issue?
Hope the information helps Ladies!