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  1. It's probably been quiet because Beaches has been shut in Sept/Oct so there won't be any weddings obviously. They wanted to do upgrades etc to the property so they did it during their slower time. We just shot a wedding on 11/12/13, so things are picking up and getting back to normal. You'll probably see more activity coming along soon. Krys
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    Looking for a large wedding venue in Turks and Caicos

    I can't think of anyone else that would have the capacity, I am pretty sure the Sands couldn't do that large. Did you check the Gansevoort? That is a more modern setting and further down the Beach, but may be an option. Even so, Sommerset and Regent Palms are both stunning venues and Blue Haven is also nice. It'll be good to do a site visit and see what you like. I personally like Sommerset and the Palms because for guests there is a lot around they can walk to and get to. Krys
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    Looking for a large wedding venue in Turks and Caicos

    Grace Bay Club and Seven Stars could also handle that number. Grace Bay Club has Villa Del Mar right next to it as well that is an option for guests who want a lower price point but will be within a stone's throw to to your resort. One other note: Blue Haven Resort is not on Grace Bay Beach. It is on Leeward Channel with a "man made" beach. You will need a car at that resort to get anywhere for shops, groceries, restaurants. It is just a point you should know. I am not sure, but Ocean Club East may also be able to handle that number of people for a reception at their restaurant Opus.
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    Turks 2014 - GBC Brides!

    If you want to see details on GBC weddings, you can check our blog to see photos. I also have a Pinterest acct where I have pinned wedding and reception set ups here and they are labeled on each pin the location. (my pinterest is Krystin Mann and the board is wedding locations) here is a search result for Grace bay club weddings on our blog http://www.brilliant.tc/?s=grace+bay+club+wedding Sun Charters (the boat is Atabeyra, pronounced at-a-bear-a) is the company that residents use on island. David built the boat from the ground up and it's a sailing schooner that at one point they used to bring rum and fruit back from the Dominican Republic. It was refitted to be a tour boat and it has a LOT of character and is one of kind. They do a great trip and have a wonderful staff. It's the boat we take friends on when they are visiting and if we have events going on locally it's the one we charter. Kissing Fish does a great job. Joan and Clive are fabulous and the food is excellent. Joan is a type A personality and takes a lot of time with attention to detail. They have been doing this for years and are very good at what they do. A search for Kissing Fish or Bay Bistro on our blog will show set ups and you can also check out my Pinterest board for that as well. It's a fabulous location on the beach. When you get here in October, meet with all your vendor options, have dinner or lunch at Bay bistro and take it all in. I think you will find Lynn and her team at Nila will be a great fit. Krys
  5. There was a similar questions a few months ago and this is what I responded with in another thread: I would say we see a pretty equal number of weddings with our local planners and with the hotel planners. I think it depends really on you and your wedding. If you are a Type A personality (and I am not saying that negatively, because I am a type A) and want immediate response/details etc or have a large detailed wedding with lots of "extra" decorating/events off site etc then a planner is the way to go. We don't have enough weddings on island for any resort other than Beaches to have a full time coordinator, so if you are using the hotel coordinator, you need to know that is only part of their job and they have other duties to attend to in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding and may not get back to you via email "right now" and may have to charge more for extra decorating, set up etc other than the package. Additionally if you are planning a rehearsal dinner off resort/sailing trips or excursions for your group or other events, you may want to use one of our independent planners...the can do that all for you. If you have a small amount of guests, are fairly relaxed about the process and don't have a lot of extra things to be planned, the resort coordinator will be perfect for you as well. What we tell our brides is to talk to the resort coordinator and talk to the other coordinators. See who you are most comfortable with, whose prices work for you based on what you get and go with your instinct. If you are getting uptight in the early planning stages because you can't get a response or don't like how something is handled then that is not a good route for you. If you have questions about resorts, rates and want to compare check with www.turksandcaicosreservations.tc and email them. They have all of the rates/specials etc on all of the hotels and villas on the island and also have deals the hotel's website may not have. Its a great place to look at all of the resorts in one spot and you can email them what you are looking for. (quick disclaimer, I have no interest in this company except they are local, very nice and switched on and do a great job with their clients). Hope that helps, Krys
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    Villa wedding Turks and Caicos 2014

    Villa weddings are not as frequent as resort weddings but they are really lovely, we seem to have a lot of weddings in villas on Grace Bay...Both Taylor Bay and Long Bay are wonderful though. I happen to live in Long Bay and love this area. Things to consider: Long Bay is closer to the main area of Provo...it's easier to get to Grace Bay, shops, restaurants, Grocery stores etc. Taylor Bay is on the other side of the island and more removed from everything (think quiet)...but has a wonderful shallow water beach and Las Brisas (restaurant on Chalk Sound) is a favorite place for our families to go for an afternoon to rent kayaks or have Paella. Sapadilla Bay is another Beach just a short drive away. If you have guests that are happy to just be and enjoy the beach and surroundings, cook in, Taylor Bay is a great option. If you have a group that wants to go/do/see/ plan excursions/shop/ try restaurants then Long Bay is going to be much more convenient in terms of driving time and ease. One thing to note is that Long Bay is the place that all of the kiteboarding happens on island (the best wind). If it's a windy day, there will be kiteboarders in the background on the water. (If you have a lot of watersports lovers, Long bay beach by the shore club is wonderful!) I did a quick search on our blog...we do a lot of family portrait shoots in Taylor Bay...I found a one villa wedding that may give you some idea: http://www.brilliant.tc/weddings/brandi-ron-get-married-at-villa-lynda/ If you search for Taylor or Long Bay, you can see villas or the beach although most of the shoots are family portrait sessions if you are curious. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with Krys
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    My May 2013 Turks and Caicos Wedding

    I would say we see a pretty equal number of weddings with our local planners and with the hotel planners. I think it depends really on you and your wedding. If you are a Type A personality (and I am not saying that negatively, because I am a type A) and want immediate response/details etc or have a large detailed wedding with lots of "extra" decorating/events off site etc then a planner is the way to go. We don't have enough weddings on island for any resort other than Beaches to have a full time coordinator, so if you are using the hotel coordinator, you need to know that is only part of their job and they have other duties to attend to in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding and may not get back to you via email "right now" and may have to charge more for extra decorating, set up etc other than the package. Additionally if you are planning a rehearsal dinner off resort/sailing trips or excursions for your group or other events, you may want to use one of our local planners...the can do that all for you. If you have a small amount of guests, are fairly relaxed about the process and don't have a lot of extra things to be planned, the resort coordinator will be perfect for you as well. What we tell our brides is to talk to the resort coordinator and talk to the other coordinators. See who you are most comfortable with, whose prices work for you based on what you get and go with your instinct. If you are getting uptight in the early planning stages because you can't get a response or don't like how something is handled then that is not a good route for you. If you have questions about resorts other than the Sands, check with www.turksandcaicosreservations.tc and email them. They have all of the rates/specials etc on all of the hotels and villas on the island and also have deals the hotel's website may not have. Its a great place to look at all of the resorts in one spot and you can email them what you are looking for. (quick disclaimer, I have no interest in this company except they are local, very nice and switched on and do a great job with their clients). Bay Bistro is an excellent spot for weddings/rehearsals etc...Joan and Clive do fabulous events (Kissing Fish Catering is their catering company) and Joan is type A, switched on and gives a lot of attention to detail. You can't go wrong there ever! (another disclaimer, Joan and Clive are long time friends but if you check back through the archives you will see many brides saying the exact same thing) Hope that helps, Krys
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    My May 2013 Turks and Caicos Wedding

    Just FYI about the sand here. Since the sand is very white in color, it reflects the heat and doesn't absorb it at all. I have been here over 18 years now and been on the sand all parts of the day all around the island and I have never ever had a problem walking easily on the sand. Same thing goes for my kids...The first time we went to the beach on the east coast of the states, my girls were shocked when the sand was hot...they had never experienced it. So there are no problems with anyone being barefoot at any time of the day. Krys
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    Turks 2013

    I have never seen anything like that (or heard about it) here (lived here 18 years) and we don't have native "doves" or birds etc on island that would be used for that sort of thing. Our animal import laws are extremely strict as well(the amount of paperwork, testing, etc just to have a pet dog brought in is unbelievable) . There are many other things you could do. I have seen people all choose stones and write a wish and toss them in the ocean. We have seen people toss bougainvillea petals in the air (makes for beautiful photos.) There are quite a few creative things you can do with the nature surrounding you. Krys
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    Turks & Caicos - NYC Brides Out There?

    You can walk from Beaches to Bay Bistro...about 15-20 minutes casual walk. Resorts that are in between in order: Beaches, then Veranda (new Key West Village at Beaches under development), Alexandria, Regent Palms, Sommerset and then Bay Bistro. I don't know where everyone else is staying but it's certainly walkable for you. Krys
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    Turks and Caicos destination wedding

    Keep in mind that many of the resort's coordinators do other jobs for the resort. Wedding coordination is not their full time "gig". Also we are in the middle of High Season here with resorts etc fully booked so the resort coordinators are busy right now and may not get back to you promptly. That being said, Internet and email can be a bit messed up here at times so if you don't hear from someone in 3-4 business days, email them again please. The email may not have gotten through. There are 3 main coordinators on island. NILA (www.niladestinations.com), Island Harmony, and Tropical Destination Management (www.tropicaldmc.com). All have been on island for a good amount of time and they will be dedicated to YOUR wedding and help get things done. There are many reviews on all of them here. The Sands does not have resorts on either side of it's property, so the beach is pretty quiet. However, all beaches in the Turks and Caicos are Public, so there will be people walking by, as well as at the resort who will look too. There are some quieter beaches, and smaller cays only accessed by boat but that will add to the expense of your day because you have to arrange for transport. In my 18 years here, I have never seen any huge "crowds" or people being disrespectful, and many times they just want to congratulate you or look from afar. But if you truly don't want ANYONE around but your guests, a small cay (island) is going to give you the highest chances of that (although they too are Public, they can only be accessed by boat which limits people) Here are some weddings at the Sands to get an idea of what they are like: http://brilliant.tc/blog/2012/08/keisha-and-sams-wedding-day-the-sands-resort-turks-and-caicos-islands/ http://brilliant.tc/blog/2012/07/ashley-todd-get-married/ http://brilliant.tc/blog/2011/07/wedding-angela-lorenz/ There are more on our blog but as you can see, the beach is pretty big and pretty quiet. Hope that helps. Krys
  12. Departure Tax is one of those "taxes and fees" included in the price of your airline ticket. No one is exempt, it will be part of the price of your plane ticket. So when booking flights, some airlines quote "flights" only, and then when you go to pay for them, the price increases because of all of the various airport taxes and fees. Other airlines will give you an estimate with taxes and fees, but all airlines will charge and collect that when you pay for your flights. Krys
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    Turks & Caicos Wedding Planner

    Mary is a long time resident on island (been around about 18 years, came when I did). She has worked in catering and event planning as long as I can remember, initially managing Fairways the golf course events/and restaurant ages ago and working part time with Kissing Fish Catering while her son was younger (she helped set up and over saw receptions on the weekends when her hubby was at home). She's joined Nila this year (her son is now in school full time) which is a great fit for her with her experience and a big "get" for Nila, as I know many people on island would love to hire her. She is not new to event and wedding planning and knows EVERYONE on island and has been on island longer than Louise and Lynne and the 3 of them make a great team. She is Irish, with a great sense of humor as well as very organized. (I will disclose that she is a long time friend as well but you will find she is friends with soooo many on island). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her, as she knows her stuff. Krys
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    Turks & Caicos - NYC Brides Out There?

    It is hot in August, (especially compared to the NW United States). I doubt you will need long sleeves or pants. You will usually have a breeze normally in the evening and sunburned bodies will feel cooler than normal. Even though it won't be "chilly", I do think there is something magical about a bonfire on the beach no matter what time of year. And Kissing Fish does a great bonfire! The other upside is that the water will be lovely that time of year if you want to put your feet in. The other great thing about Grace Bay is that there isn't a lot of "light pollution" on the beach, you can really see the stars and enjoy! I love the idea of Smores! Krys
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    Passport card or book?

    Here is the webpage of the Govt tourist board: http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/by-air.html It states: Visitors from the US are reminded that effective Janaury 8, 2007, all US citizens visiting the Caribbean must be in possession of a valid US passport. So you will need a passport book vs a card. Look at the upside! You will have them for 10 years and it will be an excuse to make more trips to other countries! Krys
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