I recently got married at Now Larimar on May 21st with 35 guests. I wanted to write a review on here since this site was soooo much help for me. Yeomandry was my wedding coordinator, and she was very sweet. She did everything how I asked, and was so patient!
I got my hair and make up down by Krystie Ann, who was absolutely amazing. She was so professional, did incredible work, and I loved my hair and make up. It stayed perfectly the whole night! Some of my bridesmaids got their hair and make up done at the spa which turned out absolutely stunning! I did my hair and make up trial through the spa as Krystie Ann was not available, and I loved it. The woman was sooooo sweet, and absolutely amazing at her job. She did exactly what I showed her in the picture. I think you are golden whether you use a private hair and make up artist or the spa. We were all very happy.
We had our ceremony at the fountain at 4, which was very nice. We had a symbolic ceremony by my husband's uncle. It felt very private. I really liked the setting. We had the guitarist who was great, and everything was very smooth and organized. We brought an ipod with a few songs we wanted on it. The flowers also came out beautiful. They did a great job on the bouquets and corsages. We brought our own programs, but did not do any extra decorations. They placed the programs all nicely on the chairs for us. I do not think you need a lot decorations there. The setting is very pretty. We did not do the wooden walkway, and I think it was still great. The only negative was that the fountain flooded (which was the ONLY time I saw it do that). Luckily, it flooded after the ceremony. It just limited our pictures a bit in front of the fountain.
For cocktail hour we had spring rolls, chicken taquitos, sushi, and mozzarella canape. Everyone loved the cocktail hour food (especially the spring rolls).
We had our reception at Castaways. I absolutely loved Castaways, but was a disappointed as there was a wedding on the beach right by castaways. I only really noticed it during dinner however as we could hear their music. There was a party on the beach that night which may have pushed our weddings closer together. But, when our music started we could not hear theirs any longer. We brought shells down for the centerpieces, and rented tall vases. We had them fill the vases half with shells, and then used their pink and orange stargazers as the flowers in the centerpieces. We also brought a Mr & Mrs sign for the sweetheart table, our own cake topper, table number holders/brought starfish with the seating assignments on them, two large signs for decoration, table runners, luggage tag favors, champagne flutes, and a cake cutter. Everything was set up perfectly. The centerpieces were just how I asked them to be. Dinner was good. The shrimp cocktail appetizer was excellent, the cream of mushroom soup was ok (I did not care for it, but most of my guests did), the sangria was excellent, steak/lobster was good, and cheesecake was great. However, people were getting up to dance right after the cheesecake was served. The waiters removed the cheesecake before it was eaten while people were dancing. The cake was delicious. We had vanilla cake with chocolate filling. However, again, the waiters removed the cake before a lot of people tasted it since they were dancing. The waiters and bartenders were sooooo friendly though. The service was excellent (just a little too quick at times haha)!! The waiters even got on the dance floor at the end of the night which was sooo fun! All of our guests loved them.
We had the resort DJ, and I thought he was awesome. We had given him a general list of songs, and he did a great job. The MC was adorable. She was a bit quieter than I thought she would be, but she was great at getting everyone up to dance. We also had the fire dancers. They had chairs set up on the side of castaways for us to watch the fire dancers. The dancers were incredible! I was just slightly disappointed as random resort guests stopped to watch. This was completely understandable, as they probably did not realize it was a private show. However, they were seated in the seats that were set up for us. Our wedding coordinator did not ask them to move. We ended up sitting on the wood deck in front of the chairs that were set up. Again, not a big deal, but something for future brides to be aware of.
We brought a friend down with us who does photography to do our pictures. We did get the included wedding ceremony pictures which came out very nice, but it does cost extra to get the cd of pictures. What is included in the package is just the printed out pictures. We also used the resort videography, which came out nice. We got a 20% off deal which you guys should look for. We paid under $800 for a full day from getting ready all the way through the reception with a video trailer as well. Julio was so great to work with. He was sooo sweet and professional, he was just swamped with weddings. You can tell he truly cares about his job.
I have seen some brides ask about excursions on here. We did a few excursions. We actually booked a private party boat for the day after our wedding which was absolutely amazing! It was our favorite thing! I booked it through Wilfrid from seapro. He speaks great English. We emailed back and forth a few months before the wedding. I had met him when we did a site visit previously. I would highly recommend him. We booked two excursions with him. He was fabulous! If you would like some information his email is Wilfridstamour2005@yahoo.fr. If you do not want to book an excursion before, don't worry! There are a ton of vendors booking excursions there. I do not think you get a better price for booking early, we had just wanted to reserve a private party boat, so we figured we should book early.
I was also very nervous about my wedding dress on the airplane. Everyone was very nice. The flight attendants waited until everyone was seated and then put it in one of the empty overhead bins. So don't stress! Everyone wants to help a bride. My dress was silk, and wrinkled easily. It was incredibly wrinkled by the time we got to the resort! The resort did an amazing job at steaming it. So don't worry if it gets wrinkled on the trip. They will fix it!
Finally, our travel agency was Wright Travel Agency. They did an amazing job. Patty and Kristin responded to emails almost immediately, were soooo nice and patient, and all of our guests loved them as much as we did. I could not have imagined planning this without them. They were truly amazing, and two of the nicest people!
I hope this helps! Please feel free to ask me any questions. Overall, there were a few minor things, but we had a wonderful wedding!!!!!