Any experience with All inclusive weddings? Esp. the Eldorado/karisma hotels?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Newbee

Head over to best destination weddings.com and join the forum there. Tons of karisma brides who can share info and advice! 

Post # 6
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547 posts
Busy bee

nambi_pambi:  Yes 🙂 I did select the Riviera Maya and visited those resorts you mentioned. It is realy nice and classy…a bit out of the budget for guests

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m getting married at the El Dorado, part of the adults only Karisma line. The free wedding package is very bare-bones, so unless you just want an officiant and seats for guests, you will want to add on to the package. They have a full selection of options to include to customize your wedding ceremony, and they are more affordable than the ultra-luxurious $3000 package. You can find their pre-packaged selections here: http://www.weddingsbylomastravel.com/planning/

Things to keep in mind:

– The basic package includes a ceremonial table and chairs for your guests (unlimited standard seats, no decor) and an officiant

– The “Free Package” is based on someone in the group spending min 7 nights in a “qualifying room category”; if no one stays in that category or higher, there is a package price of $950USD

– You can request quotes for anything you think you might like even if its not on their list of pre-set package items. Your wedding planning and involvement can be as easy or intense as you want it to be. 

– There are certain vendors that have contracts with the hotel (ex – florist, DJ, photog), you can bring in your own vendor but there are steep penalty fees to do so

– The extra perks include: a semi-private dinner where you choose the menu, plus perks for the bride and groom after the wedding (we have a breakfast in bed and a beachfront candlelit dinner). You also get a wedding coordinator – mine is awesome!

– Leave yourself more of a planning buffer than you think: each email takes around 2-3 business days for a response, so everything takes that little bit longer.

– The cost is fairly high for guests: I’m not sure how the Azul compares, but the guest rooms at the El Dorado are on the higher end of the budget (2500-3000 CDN all in for 7 days). If your guests can afford a more luxurious vacation, then these resorts should definitely be looked at

– I think they have a promo on right now for US residents that book their wedding, where you get a free catered private event 

Hope this helps!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Hi there! I am getting married in Riviera Maya (el dorado casitas). My fiancé and I decided to celebrate just the two of us. Upon return we will have a reception. We are spending 7 nights. We have booked Sarani as our photographer. We are having a candle light dinner on the beach and ordered a small wedding cake. I am sooo excited!  

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