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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by meganwitt Vanessa - I'm getting married June 20!!! It will be here soon! Jen, Thanks for the update. I'm not sure if we want to do a beach dinner. We were thinking about having it one of the restaurants and I think we have to choose a set menu for that as well. Did you just tell Anel and Ramon you were interested before heading down to finalize that separate gathering? We were thinking of a ipod, but thought maybe a laptop as another options. Also how was your seating chart? I have an idea, but never know where to put us. heeheee Thanks ladies! I would tell them you want to have a private dinner and let them know when day. Some of the restaurants are closed some nights so it would be best to figure that out now so you're not bummed out when you can't reserve the one you want. I ended up giving Ramon a copy of our seating chart with our guests' entree selections since we did assigned seating which wasn't too hard with just the 2 tables. We did our own sweetheart table which was set up close to our bridal party so we didn't feel completely secluded. It's definitely hard to keep everyone happy with seating but do the best you can!
  2. We provided the DJ with a list of 10-15 songs other than our first dance song, etc. to give them an idea of what we liked and they did a great job. Got everybody up and dancing and they played every song we requested, even downloaded them if they didn't already have them!
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by meganwitt Jen, Your wedding sounded perfect! How wonderful, I can't wait to take a look at pictures too. It makes me so excited. We are getting married in June and we have 43 people coming now so very similar. I am thinking about having a welcome dinner, but in a restaurant. How was the beach dinner and the cost? Did you have to pick one meal? You said you used the speakers they provided and used your ipod. Do you happen to remember what it was? I might be bringing a laptop down and want to know what I"m working with. Glad everything was great. Thanks,Megan Hi Megan! The private beach dinner cost us about $2,000. It was around $35 per head which included 2 hours open bar + tax, service fees, and also they charged us for lighting as well. We had a buffet which had a set menu with a lot of choices, and even someone working a grill cooking meat to order. I can try to find the menu if you'd like to look at it. Generally the buffet is for 50+ people but since we were very close they let us do it anyway. For the ceremony, I never actually got to see what was used - it was the groom's job to deliver the ipod to Ramon and the technician and set that up prior to the ceremony. The speakers were great though and I think you had the option to use a CD too so it may just be a regular stereo system. I think other girls on here may know if they used this for the reception as well.
  4. Hi ladies, I have posted my review of my recent wedding here, hope it's helpful! http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/now-sapphire-riviera-cancun/reviews/7853
  5. Quote: Originally Posted by janders8 Hi everyone! I have my wedding there on Feb. 6th 2014! We are very excited to be there but I have read that the communication sucks as I am having the same issues. I have been asked to change wedding planners as well. I have been emailing for 2 months without any communication back. I then wrote on their facebook page which kind of helped. I got an email from Anel finally and sent back 15 questions and it has been a week now with nothing. I understand they are busy but they are also running a business. I have now written back on their facebook wall and see what happens now but according to their calendar they have ( 3-6 months you do this, 2-3 months you do this) I am supposed to have known half of the check offs and I don't. I am hoping that if I stay on top of them they will do something about it! Is anyone else besides a couple of people had the same problem? Does it get better the closer you are to your date? I am slightly freaking out here! The communication is slow I will not deny that. I recommend marking your subject and email "Urgent" and include a timeframe for them, such as requesting a specific date for a response so you can move on with your wedding planning. Anel has been backlogged since she had a bad accident and communication will hopefully be better for you as you get closer but keep in mind almost everything is finalized when you get to the resort and they really are on top of things when you get there.. they were extremely accommodating to all of my requests. Try to ask as many questions on here as you can, it really helps!
  6. Quote: Originally Posted by Rani Dae Thanks for sharing the pictures! Did you bring the flowers for the cake or was that the cake the resort did for you? Looks gorgeous! The flowers for the cake were provided by the resort. I had sent them a picture of a cake I saw from another bride on here actually (I forget who!) and included this along with my wedding planning form. I did the same for the setup for ceremony and reception and everything was exactly how I wanted so I highly recommend including pics!
  7. Quote: Originally Posted by DinaQtobe I leave for the NOW tomorrow. I can't believe our trip is finally here, and I can't believe I will be marrying my best friend in 6 days! I can barely sleep out of pure excitement! I will keep an eye out for accessibility to the wedding locations and report when I come back. Anything else you ladies want to know while I am down there? Ah so excited! Best of luck to you and congrats! Enjoy every minute!
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by britt1125 love the pics! thanks. its helpful and your cake was beautiful! thank you! I just posted some more great pics some of my guests got from the resort actually which I wish I had earlier of the Tequila Terrace & Beach Terrace: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/g/a/162153/now-sapphire-november-2013/ Something to think about too during your meeting with Ramon/Anel when you arrive at the resort is , where will the ceremony/reception be held in case of bad weather. I posted a few pictures of the options Ramon showed us. We really lucked out and had a great day but the next day it poured. November is the end of the rainy season so there is still that chance!
  9. Thank you! When do you leave for Mexico? I just posted some of my pics in the meantime, hopefully the link below will work http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/g/a/162153/now-sapphire-november-2013 Let me know if you have any specific questions you are still waiting on answers to
  10. Hi ladies! I am currently at my second destination for my honeymoon but just wanted to mention that we had the most amazing experience at the Now Sapphire this past week and our wedding really was a dream come true! Our guests literally thanked US for opening their eyes to this resort and for choosing to do a destination wedding. We had a beautiful welcome party on the beach, our ceremony on the beach terrace and reception on tequila terrace. We wouldn't have changed a thing! I have tons of pics of all location set ups thanks to my awesome guests. Can't wait to share!!
  11. We are leaving tomorrow for Mexico and will have 44 guests joining us for our wedding on Friday! Can't wait! Will definitely be back to answer any questions and post a review since this thread has been a huge help.
  12. Quote: Originally Posted by merling86 Hi Ladies! We just set our date for May 8th, 2014! I was wondering if you guys plan on using the resort photographer or if you are using an outside photographer? We are trying to stay below $1,000 any recommendations? If your budget is a strict $1,000 I think it will be very tough to find a photographer outside of the resort for this price. This is just going from my own personal experience of course! I received quotes from 5-6 photographers in the area which were all very pricey but to me this was something very important to me and I didn't mind spending the extra money on it.
  13. Quote: Originally Posted by DinaQtobe Can any past brides provide some advice on filling out the wedding planning form? Is what we fill out for our answers final? Can we change certain things when we meet with the wedding planner when we arrive? We still have some guests that we are waiting on, and some that haven't given us their meal choices (despite asking many times). I am wondering the same.. I think I heard it can be adjusted during our meeting at the resort. Anel came back with some additional questions about my form that I submitted and I had 2 people decide to book last minute which changes things. I was waiting on a couple of meal choices as well so I didn't even include the number of each yet - I am still going back and forth with her and we are about 2 weeks away from leaving!
  14. Quote: Originally Posted by TaraB Hey ladies! I just learned that the Now Resorts app is now fully operational at Now Sapphire! this is exciting, as it wasn't supposed to be launched until 2014. I downloaded the app, it looks really good. using the resorts WiFi, you can place free calls to the US and Canada through the app. you can sign in and add 'friends' and do messaging with them - perfect way to stay in touch with our big groups while down there. you can look at the days activities schedule, restaurant schedule and view the restaurant menus, look at weather, things to do off the resort such as tours, etc. there is also a section called 'my stay' which you can access until you get there (as you need to put in your room number) so I'm not sure what exactly that does. there is also some info in the 'guide' section that would be very useful for our guests who have never been to Mexico, because it has info about the area, money, legal info, transportation, safety, weather, and useful Spanish phrases. for more info on the app, look at the now sapphire website under the 'What's Included' tab, then click unlimited connectivity. http://www.nowresorts.com/sapphire/unlimited-connectivity.html just make sure when you go, you turn off your roaming and are using their wifi... otherwise your phone bill might give you a shock!! thanks for the info! I think this might work great for coordinating with the group when we are there and love that you can see menus and all of that, what a great idea!
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