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  1. Our photographer was Arianna and although she got a bad review early this summer, I think she's learned some. We did use a laptop with speakers for the music for the reception but used their system for the ceremony with our iPod and playlist. This pic gets compliments from everyone who sees it.
  2. Absolutely, check out NOW Sapphire. Our daughters wedding with 48 guests were there in Oct and it was better than we ever imagined the week could be! We had 17 children and I had all the same requirements with family flying in from NY, CA, CO, & WA. This resort has a beautiful beach with Patio rooms opening right off of the beach, several locations to choose for your wedding site, great kids club and no charge for children! I did a review titled "review of my daughters wedding" under Riveira Maya, plus there are a couple of good recent reviews under The NOWSapphire, formerlly Pardissus... Everyone who came thanked us for picking this resort and for the great time they all had and how much they loved the resort. It was also the most reasonably priced for families!
  3. I have no doubt you will have a wonderful week and a beautiful wedding. Congratulations, looking forward to seeing your pics
  4. Hi ladies,i goofed, i posted the review of my daughters wedding finally, but didnt get it posted properly to this forum. If you'd like to read it you'll have to go back to the destination wedding s in the riviera Maya, Cancun area. The title is : Review of my daughters wedding, or you can just go to posts under my profile. Hope its helpful.
  5. This is an idea of them walking in, but there is another pic I'll try to post that is my favorite!
  6. Finally going to try and get some thoughts written out on my daughters wedding that we celebrated at NOW Sapphire mid-October. This forum was such a help to me in planning the wedding and I hope I can help some of you as much as I was helped. If you are reading this on the NOW Sapphire forum, you’ve probably already chosen this resort as your venue. If not, I can only say that we were very happy with our choice. We needed a resort that had a pretty wedding site, had a nice beach, would cater to having children, and was reasonable for our guests. We had 48 people attend, 17 of which were children, half under 5 years old! NOW met all of our requirements plus a few bonus things such as being close to the airport, great wedding coordinators, wonderful staff, a variety of food options and a great pool. We were unable to make a site visit so was at the mercy of our travel agent and actually what I could read on forums like this and Trip Advisor. We did our planning in a 4 month time constraint with very little problems. The advantage for us in using the travel agent was that she had actually been to the resort, she was able to negotiate a block of rooms for us and when we needed more, renegotiate, make immediate contact with the WC and get responses when we couldn’t. She handled all of our guests requests for particular rooms and all payments to the resort went through her. We never had to deal with any of the issues of the bookings for the guests. She also was a go-between for us for all the wedding contracts with the resort for the deposits and wedding venue information. We did have preferred rooms and enjoyed having them very much. We did not have contact with the WC for the resort until basically 2 weeks before the wedding, which started to get us worried, but as all the other brides have said before on this forum, not to worry, they have it all down and they probably have had any request there can be and handled it well. When we submitted our Wedding questionnaire, we had a lot of blanks that we weren’t sure of, all that was taken care of at the meeting 2 days before the wedding and nothing seemed to be a problem. My daughter had the Divine Package and we used the resort flowers and photographer. We did bring our own decorations and table overlays and chair sashes (ordered from www.tableclothfactory.com , the overlays were $3.05 each and the chair sashes were .49 each and are available if anyone wants them). We were charged to put on the chair sashes but they did not charge extra to decorate (I brought a picture of what the tables should look like, and they did it exactly as I expected.) We had 5 large round tables set up on the north end of the beach terrace, that sat up to 10 people. One thing we did do that I haven’t read about anyone else doing, is we set up a children’s table in the middle of the 5 tables and put all the small children at that table with their parents at the tables around them. I made Wedding Activity Books for the kids, had crayons for them and ordered them chicken fingers, fries and ice cream. The cost for a child’s plate is more than you will want to pay($31.50) but after trying to work it out many different ways, this is what we needed to do and it went surprisingly well! Our group came as a family to celebrate and felt that the kids were part of the family and should be there, but if you have enough days before the wedding for the kids to try out the Explorer’s Club, that is also a wonderful option, but you have to give the WC your head count 2 days before the wedding and most of our group with children only came in 1 day before the wedding and did not have time to acclimate their children to the resort amenities before we had to pay for our head count. Otherwise, later in the week many of the kids did enjoy the Explorer’s Club and the Core Zone and had dinner and movies there on several nights. If you have any questions about how all that worked, please feel free to PM me. But while we are still on the reception, we only went with one entry because we did not have the time to contact our guests to get choices. We chose the Surf and Turf, which was wonderful, we did have the dessert, with it, which did spoil the desire for wedding cake but between the cocktail hour, with the 4 appetizers and the full course dinner, the guests are very satisfied. All of the food was fantastic! We did cut the cake about half an hour after finishing dinner, after the toasts and first dances, had served it to the guest. We ordered the Tres Leches flavor and it was OK. There was a lot of cake left over and we have no idea what happened to it. If you are having over 25 guests, do not order a bigger cake. What they make will be plenty, especially if you have dessert with your dinner. If you want to enjoy it later, make sure that they save it for you also. Let me back up to the wedding prep and wedding. My daughter was very pleased with the spa and her hair and makeup, they did a beautiful job, she gave them an idea of what she wanted and that is how it came out. We also had a Bridal Breakfast the morning of the wedding with the bride’s cousin’s and close friends. We gathered together in the Preferred Lounge, which had a nice set up for it and although we did not tell them a head of time we were going to do it, they were very accommodating of us. Something like this could also be done very easily in the main lobby or a section of the buffet, we didn’t want to be charged to set it up though and those are some of the little things that are sometimes hard to know how you should handle it. Another bride was also doing something with her attendants that morning though and we almost were overlapping, so it probably would be a better idea to ask ahead of time or even coordinate it through the WC who may have some ideas from other bridal parties that work well. Our ceremony was on the beach between buildings 4 and 5. We reserved the palapas earlier in the day that lined the walkway to the ceremony site to make sure no sunbathers would be lounging in our ceremony space. I have to say, that no matter where you are on the beach, the sunbathers or beach walkers have no regards for the wedding ceremony and will watch or walk right on by and make no attempt to walk around the back to avoid being a part of your ceremony. It is aggravating, so make sure your photographer can definitely delete unwanted objects or people in your pictures. Otherwise you are so caught up in the beauty of the moment of your wedding, it really won’t bother you nor will you notice. We have the prettiest picture (I’ll try to download them) of my daughter with her father walking to the ceremony under an arch of palm trees that can only be done at this spot. She did not have attendants but instead had her 3 young nieces all be flower girls. We ordered the nautilus shells (www.conchking.com) for their flower baskets and they were beautiful! You do not need a sound system for the ceremony, that comes with the package and they have a microphone for the officiant. We gave them an ipod with a playlist of the prelude music, the processional music, the bridal march and recessional music, which worked very well. Instead of the sand ceremony or lighting a unity candle they did the God’s Knot ceremony, which is a braiding of 3 cords, a symbol of the bride, groom and Christ, woven together as one. A very nice reading was done to tell the significance of it. We had a female officiant and she also made the ceremony very special with a couple of different religious readings. She stood back on the aisle so that the guests only saw the bride and groom under the chuppa during the ceremony, which was also nice for pictures. Immediately after the ceremony was over, the resort staff served a champagne toast to all the guests, which we were not expecting and I believe, was in addition to the toast served at the reception. We were only charged for 1 toast but had 2. We did have a small sound system that the groom brought to use at the reception and did not hire a DJ. With our group having so many children and parents, a party atmosphere wouldn’t work for us. We did see bridal groups during the week that had moved their party to the lobby later in the evenings, partaking of the bar there and the dance club. We did not hire an additional photographer after reviewing what the resort offered, but I would definitely recommend paying for at least an extra hour of photography time or negotiate to buy all the pictures they take on a disc. The package came with 24 pics that they put in a nice bound book that we got before leaving and a videographer, who does take pics for about 2 hours, starting with the bride’s prep and through the ceremony. The disc ended up having at least 80 pics on it, which now we can use to make our own books and not be limited to just 24 pics. That photography company also does not have the ability to edit the pics, but we can also do that since we got the disc. Definitely make a list of all the pics you want though, because I can guarantee you will miss something special or important if you don’t. Additional comments on staff are that we felt that as a wedding party we were catered too and couldn’t have been treated nicer. Ivan, the beach concierge set us up every day with beach palapas and Bali beds by the pool. Room service was great, The resort is immaculate! One more last note, our Welcome BAGS! We put the following in them: sippy cups with lids and straws bought at Dollar store and then personalized with vinyl lettering, lanyards and key holders for room keys, sand buckets and sand toys for children, biodegradable sunscreen for swimming at the reefs and the cenotes, aloe, kleenex, hand sanitizer, Avon Skinsosoft insect wipes, tums, beach balls, and snacks. The biggest hits were the personalized cups and the lanyards and key holders. Our final review is that we had a fantastic week at NOW Sapphire, the wedding turned out beautiful, better than we expected, the reception flowed nicely, the decorations were as we expected, and yes we would recommend it in a flash to anyone asking. I do not have the pics taken from the photographer available will have them in about 3 weeks. I promise to post a few more that show the ceremony and reception when we get them to give you a better idea of how it looked.
  7. Dinaqtobe, Just wanted to let you know we only used the resort photographer also and it turned out pretty good. You have an option of adding an hour or more and we wished we had done this because although we had family with lots of fancy cameras, we didn't have a designated person getting all the extra pics, or a photographers assistant to help take care of straightening ,dresses the train, jewelry, etc. she got some unique photos on the beach but we didn't have time to get any around the resort, in the arches, etc.Having a list of pics you want is essential or else you might miss something important. Although the pkg. Only included 24 pics, we paid extra to get the 80+ shots that they took on a disc. Also be specific what pics you want in your book, ours is good, but there is at least one that shouldn't be in the book and other pics we wish were but since we now have the disc with all the pics we'll make our own book. Overall or week was more than we expected, lived the resort, the staff and our wedding was beautiful.[/img][/img] attached 3 pics I took from the book
  8. We had the divine package and it included the ceremony sound system that we plugged our Ipod into that had the pre-ceremony, processional, brides march and recreational music on it on playlist. I gave them a list with the songs clearly marked to play for the appropriate person coming in. Then they had a microphone for the officiant to use. This did not cost us extra
  9. this is how our shell flower baskets turned out, Hope you can open, first time I've posted a pic
  10. Yes, we were down to 2 weeks before arrival and had not gotten any confirmation on receiving our packet or answers to our questions. Our TA sent out an email with URGENT in the subject line to Ramon and then he finally responded but we had to resend the forms ( no big deal) and then he also personally responded to the questions email. These are the two emails that go to their office. Weddings.nosrc@nowresorts.com Weddings1.nosrc@nowresorts.com
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