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  1. Thank you! I had the divine package, but instead of choosing a set meal, I chose the buffet which gave my guests more of an option of what they wanted to eat. I had the budgeting very close to what it came out to be, and actually it was less! I just took the list of prices she gave me, plus all of the extras, added the tax and service charge and added it all up in excel! I wasn't sure how much the flowers were going to cost for my decorations, so I guessed a little high on those!
  2. Yes, those are extra. If not, you will get the white chairs both for your ceremony and reception venue. The chairs are $10 per chair! $11.10 per chair with tax.
  3. (cont'd) At first, I really let the lack of communication get to me. I waited a month for an email reply. I also found out that a lot of my emails were going to their junk mail file, so they were not getting them at all. So, that was a miscommunication as well. Then, I realized that once I started getting answers back, that they were handling it, just not on my timeline. They are very laid back, but I promise, they are SO GOOD! You are going to have to plan some of your wedding though, since they do not know what you want. They will make what you want happen, but you have to lead the direction! Once you do that, I promise, you will be able to relax and have fun with your family and friends while you are there. We only had to meet with her twice before the wedding and it was like 1 hour the first time and 30 minutes the next! Sorry about your problems getting the location tied down...once that is done though, I promise you the rest of the planning should be good! I bet the other wedding coordinator is just like Pilar and this resort is amazing! I would advise you not to trade! I also bet that the wedding coordinators at the other resorts will be the same way, since they have so many weddings going on. Good luck!
  4. Well, the lack of communication makes a lot more sense after being there and seeing what goes on in the wedding coordinators life! They have weddings EVERY day...and in the summer months, they have more than one wedding a day. And since they have so many, that is a good and bad thing for you! Bad news - they don't actually give you the attention you need for your wedding that is X months out! They are worried about the weddings that are there at the resort at that time and weddings that are about to come to the resort in the next month! I understand why now. As stressed out as you may seem about ALL the planning that goes into a wedding, to them, they are not worried about it at all. Not that they do not care about your wedding, they just know that they will pull it off perfectly when it is your time. They are good at their job! So, when you get there, they will definitely have ALL your notes down and go out of their way to make your wedding perfect. They don't need time to do that, they call pull it off in days, because that is their job! To me and you...it takes that long to get everything in order and of course we stress because it is our wedding day, the most important day! But that is the good news...when it is your time...it will be great! My advice is to just put together an email of what you WANT. Because you are going to have requests that you want in your wedding. After that, they are going to email you back very sporadic if at all. But, as long as you have your requests in that email, they will have it down. Also, you will start receiving TONS of emails about 3 weeks to 1 month out...this is when they start planning it all for you. They will contact the minister, the dj, the photographer, flowers, the shuttle that picks you up from the airport, etc. This will then answer a lot of your questions and finalize pretty much ALL of the planning. If you have questions, send an email prior and they will get back to you with the answers eventually. But do not expect them to get back to you right away. A lot of their job consists of not being in their office at a computer and of course as I said earlier, they are helping brides that are there right now and coming in the next 2 weeks. (cont'd)
  5. $27.75 for table clothes (with tax). $4.44 for the napkins (with tax). So total I paid like $436 dollars for 48 people and 8 tables. For me, it was worth it! We already had a lot of suitcases full of welcome bag items and other wedding stuff. Plus, they did everything for me to make it look great!
  6. I paid extra for the chairs and the flowers were my table centerpieces, so I did pay for them, yes, but they put them outside, then brought them back into the reception. The table clothes I picked out once I got there. Instead of white, you can upgrade to almost any color. She had an entire book. So I picked out the color of the tablecloths and the napkins.
  7. Hello! Just got back from NOW Jade for our wedding! It was fabulous! Please check out my review at the link below: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/now-riviera-cancun-resort-spa-all-inclusive/reviews/4871 Let me know if you have any other questions! Kim
  8. Hello Ladies! I just got back from our wedding on July 18th....it was everything AND MORE!!! I was very worried about the lack of communication up until the wedding, since I am a planner! But Pilar had every note taken down and when I got there she went above and beyond to make the wedding amazing! So, as hard as it is...DON'T WORRY! She is great at her job! For Transfers, we used USA-Transfers, they were very good and the prices are great! http://www.usa-transfers.com I was worried about customs, packing 6 bags, bringing my dress on the plane, etc....but everyone was so accomodating and I had no issues getting the stuff there and back! The resort was WONDERFUL. We went to another resort for our honeymoon, but we wanted to go back to NOW Jade! We had 50 guests and they all are trying to plan another trip to the resort already! It was a perfect place for the wedding and a vacation! I used the hair/makeup and photographer from the wedding.....they were GREAT! Don't worry at all! My hair and makeup looked just like I wanted and the photographs turned out amazing and we got them back before we left the resort!!! We had the wedding at the pergola, cocktail reception at the blue beach bar and we had the reception inside at the bamboo room. I would recommend having the reception inside, because it is rather HOT right now! If you do it outside, I would push back the time of the wedding and cocktail reception. We made our cocktail reception longer, so that we could enjoy the time with our guests, so we ended our recption a little later. After, we moved to the sports bar for some more fun!!! We ended up having the buffet instead of picking a meal. It was wonderful and had a lot of choices. The set up was great as well. Our flowers were amazing and exactly what I wanted. I sent Pilar a picture and they got it right on! Our cake on the other hand was not what we wanted! LOL. However, I don't think the bakery is known for making cakes. A few of the other brides that were there also said that is the only thing that wasn't what they wanted. However, we just laughed and ate it (it tasted fine). The DJ was from the resort and we had a great time dancing! If you have special songs that you want played, I would recommend giving him those in advance or bringing a CD. We brought a playlist on our ipod for the cocktail reception and also for the dinner music. I am not sure what else to write, but I will tell you that you will have the most perfect wedding at NOW Jade! It was exactly what we wanted and everyone had the best time! Here are some pictures of our wedding. (resolution is not that great because I pulled them off a website) but if you have any questions or want to see any other pictures of something in particular, let me know!!!
  9. I am also getting married in July....the 18th! Congrats to everyone...and I can't wait to see helpful ideas and feedback!
  10. I am not able to download this file. Is there any way that you would be able to share this with me? Thanks!
  11. Hello Everyone! I have been following this thread, however, I just now signed up! I am getting married at NOW Jade July 18th, 2011. 10 weeks and counting. I have about 55 people joining us for the wedding, I plan on using the photographer and videographer that the hotel provides. I have chosen the Divine package, but I am changing up a few things as well as adding on to it quite a bit. I am bringing welcome bags with me and a few decor items, however, I am using most of the hotels decor just for convenience. (as I know it will be more expensive) I am mainly concerned about the ceremony language (what will be said) and also the DJ's job as more of an MC? Is this something that you work with the officiant and also the DJ on what you want them to say? Any thoughts would be more than helpful!
  12. This is a review of:

    NOW Jade Riviera Cancun

    NOW Jade Wedding Review - 7/18/2011

    Hello Ladies! I just got back from our wedding on July 18th....it was everything AND MORE!!! I was very worried about the lack of communication up until the wedding, since I am a planner! But Pilar had every note taken down and when I got there she went above and beyond to make the wedding amazing! So, as hard as it is...DON'T WORRY! She is great at her job!   For Transfers, we used USA-Transfers, they were very good and the prices are great! http://www.usa-transfers.com   I w
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