Ah ok. What are you doing for decoration for the ceremony then? And just touching on what you said about the $1700 cost for the terrace; is this still applicable even if it's just the reception we're wanting up there. Sorry for all the questions btw! Just getting so bloody frustrated with not being able to know the ins and outs of everything!! Hopefully I'll push things along tomorrow when I call the TA! X
Ladies who are opting for the garden/pool reception; could you please post some info/pics of what you know? X
We're keeping it pretty simple for the ceremony. They give you the basic stuff such as white linen for the "altar" table, 24 white wood chairs, and the gazebo is included at the deck. We're adding two white sheer fabrics for $100 each, two small corsages for the gazebo at $75 each and I'll probably buy pomander balls online to hang on the chairs by the aisle. I will probably buy a floral arrangement for the table that we can then use for our head table at the reception. As for the chairs, they charge, I think, it's $15 per extra chair over the 24. I'm not sure if we will rent out chairs for everyone. We might add some more over the 24 but a friend of mine rented chairs for everyone and half the guests were standing anyway haha. It won't be as complete as the memorable moments package but we really couldn't afford the extra $3000. It's only half an hour anyways. I'd rather spend the money on the reception.
I was under the impression that the $1700 was only to have the ceremony on the deck. I mean, I don't have to pay it twice to have the ceremony and reception but I do need to add the $15 pp for the reception up there. Who knows, maybe they charge that price once, regardless of whether you want the ceremony, the reception or both up there. I would definitely clarify with your coordinator once you hear back from them.
First of all, thanks for all the info on this thread! It's been very helpful. I had originally picked Moon Palace but after looking through all the information posted on this amazing site I'm re-thinking my decision and considering Azul Fives or other Karisma resorts.
Does anyone know what the cost for a banquet reception is? And what about other private events (I would like to do a private rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding). How much does it cost to extend the reception for a few extra hours? I want my guests to enjoy themselves and dance until 2am! Is there an extra cost for the ceremony if there are more than 40 people?
Thanks so much guys! It's been such a frustrating process trying to figure out how much my wedding is going to cost! Every resort is different and it seems that every resort changes their rules and adds vendor fees, etc.. I already wasted 6 months of my engagement on just trying to pick a resort and I'm losing my mind!
I'm right there with you! I'm the type of person who needs to know how much it will cost before I take the plunge haha. It is so overwhelming. I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either of these hotels. I didn't visit the moon palace but I went to beach palace and we loved it. We chose Karisma because their prices were a little lower than the palace resorts, but you might get a good deal too with moon palace. We haven't visited Azul Fives yet but from the pictures and other research it seems like a comparable hotel, at least with the beach palace.
Here is the link to the banquet kit for Karisma hotels http://karismahotels...ip.com/i/183324 if you go to page 12 that's where the buffet style menus start and they have the price right there. There might be a surcharge depending on the venue that you choose, it's $15 per person.
The way it all works is very similar to the palace resorts. When you book and you get a certain amount of rooms booked under your group you get the always and forever package for free (if you live in north america). This is basically your ceremony with some basic decor as well as some other perks like discounts at the spa and a free semi-private dinner. We're using that dinner to have a welcome dinner the second day we're there (you can use it towards your rehearsal dinner). This includes 40 people and anyone over that number is $25. If you check a few posts before this one @kmk2016 posted some info on how much children are and how you can play around with the numbers if you have quite a few kids in your group. You can also organize other events for an extra price. They also have a promotion that depending on how many rooms are booked under your group you get free extra events like cocktail hours, semi-private dinners, unlimited events, etc.
Everything else you want extra on top of the always and forever package you have to pay for. For example, you can upgrade the decor for the ceremony, or just like with the Palace resorts, you can pay a fee per table to have it decorated according to one of their signature packages. They also have a vendor, like the Palace resorts, called Lomas. They rent out everything extra and sell you the flowers, etc.
For the reception, you pay on a per person basis for the food so you can have as many people as the maximum for your venue. For example, you can have 200 people if you do your reception on the beach. I'm not sure if we can extend the reception, it's actually on my to-ask list because we would also love to party until 2 am . I could let you know once I find out! Unless someone already has that answer.
Anyway I don't want to turn this into a novel but I hope that clears some things up for you.