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  1. Are you using rectangle or circle tables for dinner? The circle tables are 54" across that seat up to 10 (but that's pretty tight) I'd say 8 max. I had a rectangle sweetheart table that I had was 18" x72" If you're in the bamboo room, they set up the round tables as a u shape with the sweetheart table against the wall with the bamboo. Don't worry about the set up so much. Just figure out if you want rectangle or round tables and figure out your seating chart. You can go over the setup with your wedding coordinator when you meet before the wedding. I believe the floor plan is shown on the first page of this thread under reception locations. I got the guitarist at the cocktail hour. He was great and played modern love song/basic wedding music for a reception.I didn't give him any music...he just plays whatever he knows. I had a DJ from Disco Movil and he was awesome! It was actually cheaper to use him than using the resort DJ because we wanted the lighting, mics, and projector...cold fireworks were a plus. It was $850 for 4 hours + the vendor fee. I've heard of other brides using ipods and being perfectly fine with that. The only thing was that not all the music comes in at the same volume because you downloaded it and someone may need to man it. Just email the wedding coordinator about speakers, mics, etc. Every wedding package is different and you may pay extra for these items.
  2. I didn't have this problem when I was there but noticed the hotel was full practically every weekend. We blocked out rooms and used a travel agent. There's a resort next door called El Cid or maybe your guests can stay at Now Sapphire and you can see if they can shuttle them in without a day pass since they are a sister hotel?? Sorry to hear that. Try to work something out with the hotel and or your travel agent if you have one. They are pretty accommodating. Good luck.
  3. I posted my review. Here it is: Pros: Ariadna is a fantastic coordinator, everything was well organized, hair was fabulous! Cons: wedding food was ehh, makeup was, in my opinion, horrendous. Our package only included 24 free pictures and the rest you had to pay for. First off, I want to say DON'T STRESS! It will be fabulous! The day after we arrived, my now hubby and I met with Ariadna to go over the wedding details. I showed up with my wedding gown, his suit, and all the decorations/wedding favors/etc. Ariadna was very organized. She printed out all the emails I wrote to her, highlighted everything and noted the things I wanted. We went over every aspect of the wedding. We had the Divine Package. I'm pretty organized myself. I had a folder of all my vendors, pictures, itineraries, music.... I had pictures of how I wanted the tables to look, the rose petals down the aisle, I bagged everything up in ziplock bags and labeled where I wanted each item. The meeting was about an hour long. We also had cake tasting at this time. The day of the wedding: I ordered room service and it took about an hour to get to the room. I had Hair and Make up at 11am with my 2 bridesmaids. I had pictures of how I wanted hair and make up to look. I did not get a trial. Everyone's hair turned out amazing. Makeup was not so good. They did our makeup in a fairly dark room. My sister's makeup wasn't even the right foundation color. My best friends eyebrows were soooo black.I even brought my own MAC makeup. They put bronzer and highlighter all over my face, didn't blend foundation down my neck and didn't cover up under eye circles. I ended up taking it all off and doing it over when I got back to the room. I'm pretty picky with my makeup and I feel like it's a bit harder to do Asian eyes....but my mother in law and sister in law had good makeup (both Caucasian). 2pm the photographer and videographer came into the room. We ate quickly while they set up. Jaime Gonzalez was our photographer and we used the resort videographer. We took lots of getting ready photos and first look photos. Jaime was wonderful and made you feel so beautiful. He was very attentive and took pictures of everything we wanted. It was a chaotic day and I don't think we got enough formal pictures with our bridal party...but we def had tons of pics of me and my guy. 5pm was the ceremony. It was hot and sweaty!! Everything was set up perfectly. Ariadna had told us she broke one of our candles while moving the table...she was sooo upset and felt terrible. She replaced them with even better candles! If you're thinking about lighting candles...it was difficult. They kept blowing out so we faked it. We had our friend officiate the wedding. There was a technician to man the music and sound system. We used the wedding DJ app and downloaded all the music before hand. We had a microphone and everyone heard our vows perfectly. The silk rose petals I had were blown all over the place, but I didn't really care at that point. 5:45 ish was the cocktail hour at the Mix Bar. The ceremony ended a bit early. Darius was our bartender and he was awesome! We went to the bar a couple days before the wedding to figure out a signature drink. I think he gave us 10 drinks in a matter of minutes based on our colors and what we liked. The wedding day, he had these rainbow shots that went around the bar. So cool! Our guests loved him. My husband and I went to take photos with guest and did our own photos on the beach. We had chicken and cheese turnovers, beef brioche, and spinach quiche. People loved the chicken and cheese turnovers and beef brioche....the spinach quiche was ok. 7pm was the reception in the bamboo room. By this point everyone was so eager to get to AC. It was a sweaty mess. We had a total of 50 guests in the room which I thought was perfect. Any more than that and it would get pretty crowded. Ariadna let us check out the room before everyone entered. It was perfect!! We had them make the dance floor a little bigger but other than that everything was fantastic. She set up the tables exactly how I wanted. I had gold sequin table runners, tea candles and flower centerpieces. There was another table for a card box, luggage tag place cards/wedding favors, and our guestbook.Our DJ Ricardo from Discomovil was excellent. We entered with cold fireworks, we had lighting around the room, and a projector set up for our slideshow. He followed the schedule I gave him and played every request the guests asked for. Our food was good but not great...which was surprising. The resort has really yummy food and the wedding food was ok. They didn't give us the right salad, the minestrone soup was bland, people enjoyed the steak and shrimp, and our fruit tart was good. We chose 2 flavors for the cake. The bella matrimonale and the marble cake. I believe the cake is covered in whipped cream. I thought it was delicious and light. The wedding ended at 11pm. Everyone had such a great time and said so many wonderful things about the planning and setup. We even rallied and went to Playa Del Carmen to go clubbing until 4am. TIPS: 1. if you plan on getting a group of 10+ people to be seated together for dinner at the restaurants (besides buffet) they will charge you $22usd per person. I tried to get away with doing my own dinner rehearsal and Ariadna warned me that they would automatically charge it to our room. 2.Make sure to do the couples massage and romantic dinner. The massage was wonderful and we had the romantic dinner under the pergola. I didn't want to get eaten alive by sand fleas on the beach. 3.Never eat outside for dinner during this time of year (July). We had our dinner rehearsal outside at Mercure. It was horrible once the sun went down. Everyone was dying from the mosquitoes and we had to shovel our dessert and run inside. 4.Check your resort photo package. I didn't realize we could only choose 24 photos and had to pay for the rest. Overall, it was my perfect wedding. It was everything I ever imagined and more. If you have questions or you'd like photos, please PM me your email address.
  4. Hi all... I sent out pics to those who gave me an email. Hope they helped! I'll try to have a review up by Monday
  5. We paid for the resort centerpieces. The flowers were absolutely beautiful. I gave Ariadna pics of the colors and types of flowers I wanted. They turned out amazing with the sequin gold table runners and tea candles. I have pics of the flowers if you'd like to see it. Send me your email. And yes...the Vendor fee is $350
  6. Hi All, I just got back from my wedding at Now Jade. Everything turned out perfect. Ariadna is a sweetheart and executes everything just the way you want it. Don't stress!!! It will turn out beautifully. If you're looking for vendors, I highly recommend: Ricardo de Pavia for a DJ. He was so great to work with and he's very on top of things. He followed our schedule to a T and played any song people requested. Our guests had so much fun! We even got cold fireworks, a projector, lighting, and mics for speeches for $850 www.discomovilcancun.com Jaime Gonzalez for a photographer. I LOVE JAIME!!! He was fantastic. So sweet, professional, and wants you to look beautiful for your wedding. He told me how to pose and made sure we looked perfect. He took pictures of everything we wanted and was on top of everything. http://www.jaimeglez.com/ If you all have questions, feel free to PM me. I'll write a review soon. I don't have many pics yet...but when I do, I'll be glad to share.
  7. I'm officially getting married in 2 weeks and am in serious stressed out mode. We leave for Mexico in a week and a half and I just realized I didn't prepare the music for the ceremony. What music are people using for the pre ceremony, procession and recessional??
  8. I got my flowers from petalgarden.com. They mail out samples of their silk rose petals. I think you can choose up to 8 colors from their inventory. I purchased 1500 because I'm going to do fairly thick borders along the sides of the runner. I'll also use some for the cake table and around the guestbook area. Hope that helps.
  9. How is everyone traveling with their wedding dress? I was hoping I'd carry it on and they'd have room in the first class closet....but if not, I might be screwed. My dress is pretty big and bulky.
  10. mslinda

    Beautiful wedding of our dreams!!

    Thanks for the review! Your wedding was beautiful. Congrats!
  11. Is anyone bringing candles for their reception? Does the resort have them and how much would they be? Just seems like a pain to bring so many to Mexico.
  12. mslinda

    Beth's Now Jade Review 01/18/2014

    Congrats and thanks! This review was so helpful! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. It sounds amazing and you looked beautiful too!
  13. Since it is a destination wedding and not everyone is invited, we decided to have an engagement party. That way we could celebrate with everyone and no one would be upset. Maybe that's a better option instead of doing something after the wedding?? We actually had two engagement parties since my family is in California and my fiance's is in New Jersey. Not sure if that might be a better option???
  14. here are the buffet options-the only stipulation to having the buffet over the seated dinner is that you need to have at least 50 people attending: THE SALON Mixed lettuce salad Tomato wedges Coleslaw with carrots and raisins Tuna salad with vegetable brunoas Panela cheese salad with cilantro Selection of cold cuts including: ham, turkey breast, roast beef and house pâté Cold cuts: salami, bologna and Manchego, Swiss and Dutch cheese Leek and potato soup Carrots with cream cheese Swissâ€style beef tips Chicken leg filled with shellfish in cream sauce Penne with roasted tomato sauce Pork cutlets Marsala Roast pork loin a la mode Dessert: Strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, pecan pie Dessert: Coffee A TOUR OF ITALY Caesar salad with romaine lettuce Caprese salad with pesto Macaroni and ham salad Mediterranean seafood salad Eggplant and zucchini caponata Calamari in Italian vinaigrette Cold cuts: salami, bologna and sausage Ricotta, provolone and mozzerella cheese Minestrone soup Penne with roasted tomato sauce Grilled vegetables Fillet of fish a la Romana Chicken casserole Dessert: Tiramisu, queso napolitano, profiteroles Coffee POBLANO Cactus salad Panela cheese salad Poblano pepper salad Potato salad with jalapeno peppers Seafood salad a la marinera Chopped pork rind in vinaigrette Dressings and croutons Tortilla soup Green rice a la Poblana Pork carnitas Chicken breast in Poblano mole sauce Barbecued lamb enchilada Fillet of fish in adobo sauce Buttered vegetables Dessert: Flan with eggnog Arroz con leche Key lime pie Spanish custard with vanilla Multiâ€colored gelatin IGUANAS Garden salad Sliced tomatoes Plantain salad Russian salad Fish salad Cucumber salad Dressings and croutons Cream of corn soup Macaroni with Bolognese sauce Baked pork loin Chicken leg stuffed with mushrooms Grilled marinated beef skirt steak Fillet of fish a la Romana Grilled vegetables Dessert: Queso napolitano Chocolate cake Cheesecake Pecan pie Crame Midori CREOLE Macaroni Salad Potato salad with bacon Sliced tomatoes Chicken salad with pineapple Palm heart and artichoke carpaccio Mixed Cajun seafood salad Cold cut and cheese platter Assorted Mexican cheeses Gumbo Jambalaya rice Buffalo wings Noodle casserole with jam and sausage Charâ€grilled fillet of fish Charâ€grilled New York steak Dessert: Assorted mini French pastries Brownies, raisin pudding, cheesecake Caramel flan Bread for slicing Coffee CAVERS NIGHT Mixed lettuce salad Corn and bell pepper salad Cruditaes Beet salad Coleslaw Three bean salad Stuffed peppers Sliced cheese platter Cream of clam soup Chili beans Baked leg of lamb with pan juices Roast turkey Whole grilled fish in adobo sauce Baked beef shank Dessert: Fresh fruit tarts margarita cake, pumpkin pie, pecan pie Bread for slicing Coffee THE MEXICAN Mixed lettuces Tomato with onion and cilantro Cactus salad Guacamole with tortilla chips Shredded beef in vinaigrette Beet salad Acapulco style fish ceviche Corn salad Cream of bean soup Rice a la Mexicana Fillet of fish a la Veracruzana Chicken breast with huitlacoche sauce Stuffed peppers with seasoned ground beef Tamales with mole sauce Beef tips a la Mexicana Quesadillas and fried tacos Dessert: Cheesecake Capirotada Mexicana Sweetened squash Flan with caramel sauce Sliced fruit Coffee REGIONAL YUCATECAN Venison dzic Progreso style mixed ceviche Creole zucchini salad Chaya salad Cucumber and orange salad Young bean salad with chives Chopped pork rind in vinaigrette Chayote salad Lemon soup White rice with fried plantain Tikin xicâ style grouper Pibil chicken in banana leaves Cochinita pibil Pork tamale colado Shrimp in hibiscus mole sauce Fish empanadas Dessert: Tres leches cake Chocolate cake Papaya sweet with cheese Queso napolitano Fruit cocktail Coffee I found this off someone's post. Sorry if the spelling is off. I just cut and paste
  15. I'm using Jaime Glez. He does 8 hrs for $2500. Check out his website http://www.jaimeglez.com/