My review of Now Sapphire.
Up and until the day that I had left I had no idea what my wedding was going to look like at all. It is totally true that you really donâ€™t iron out the details until the bitter end.
We arrived on Saturday the 4th at 4:30pm and had an appointment to meet with Sandra at 5pm. When we checked in we were surprised by a treat that Sandra had upgraded us to a preferred. We had already purchased a room with Ocean view, however upgrading to the preferred package allowed us; to use the private swimming pool, private beach bar (which everyone seemed to be using also with no issue) access lounge that offers free wifi, access to these canopy style beds that are around the pool. Not too much, but still a nice treat.
We met with Sandra at the lounge and she was amazing. She came in with a bunch of questions that needed to be answered as far as what I wanted to rent and have at the ceremony/reception.
Girls, I suggest you paint a picture in your head of what you want youâ€™re wedding to look like. Then what you need to do is find all the different items online, and email them to your co-ordinator. They can get you any item to rent, in any color. Just ask them. Of course there will be a fee, but they can make it happen depending on your budget then you can decide.
At the end of that meeting she literally had drawn out exactly what I wanted (ex: tiki torches, round light up balls, Coned lighting, white modern couches) seating for the cocktail hour and where it was positioned next to the alter. I know a little much, but I am a visual person and I needed it to be laid out.
I finally went to bed with a smile on my face on Saturday night, feeling a sense of relief as everything that I needed was done. Met with my DJ. I went with Doremix (ft dj ivan) After reading Angieâ€™s review I was sold on him and he was great. All my cdâ€™s were given to the resort or the dj (based on when he got there) and I was feeling settled. Sunday was great, just trying to up my tan by the pool. I gave all the last minute things to Sandra. My cake cutting set, ring pillow made by my mother, flower girl basket, and a bottle of cognac that I had brought as a part of our tradition to be served during the reception.
When sat with Sandra when we were dropping off those items in her office(Sunday), and that was when we signed the contract. She is great. She will go through every charge with you, and you can totally custom tailor it to your needs based on your budget. We also met Victor, who she paged. Victor is the head supervisor for the event catering. He was great; he brought us various drinks to help us decide our signature drink that we would be offering after the ceremony during the cocktail hour. He was awesome!!! Complete pampering guys, you almost feel borderline like a Hollywood star.
Another great thing was that the Tequilla Terrace was complete where my reception would be. However, once our week was up at Now, the whole deck area has been re-done. GIRLS!! MARK MY WORDS, TAKE WEDGE SHOES!!! Do not make the mistake of heels at ALL!!! You will be getting your heels stuck in the openings in the wood, and it will drive you nuts (as it did to some of my guests)
Finally the big day. Did my own make-up, but had the spa do my hair. Ok please use Licette. She is awesome. I donâ€™t really have too much to say about the others, but they can do pretty much basic stuff. I would say that Licette would be more in a senior level. Back to the room to get ready. I did not have a wedding party for my wedding, so it was only me and my mom getting ready with my photographer. By the way we used La Luna (Rachel) she has become an indy photographer under Del Sol (credited top 10 in the world) I would highly recommend her, she was absolutely amazing.
They picked me up and drove us with the cart to the buffet where I would need to walk through to get outside. The whole thing was magical. It was the first time I was seeing my alter and the set up when I was walking through the buffet. I was taken aback by the beauty of it. The flags they gave us were not the ones I wanted, but itâ€™s weird to say once you are there and you see what your wedding looks like the minor details that others wonâ€™t notice become completely obsolete. They did credit us back though.
I did forget to mention we had planned a dinner the night before the wedding as a family to get everyone to get to know each other. We rented out a section of the Mexican restaturant (Fresco) and they put us there with a menu that I had preselected. If anyone will know how to make Mexican food, it would be them and we wanted everyone to enjoy the food. They set up our OOT bags there, and we had amazing service.
FYI, since we didnâ€™t use the photographer that was included in the Divine package we were able to get him at our pre-wedding dinner. Which was awesome!
If anyone has any questions from all this just let me know. BTW whoever does theyâ€™re wedding there in the next few months is going to see such dramatic changes to the resort. I swear it seems they are working imroving everything around there. Even the terrace looks newer and cleaner and much more modern.
Here are some pics I thought would be useful to some of you.
My wedding day... yes those were rain clouds and I did have rain. BRUTAL. but they were gone in a few hours.
I think this looked nice when it was light out, but looked much better when it was dark as it was all lit up with the torches and the balls
added this pic so you can see the top of the stairs have all be re-done with those x shape wook (like on the right hand side) for my wedding they weren't complete yet, but dont think anyone even noticed.
Finally my sunshine showed up.
then there was just us...
our turquiose drinks
you are probably going to ask yourself why I included this pic. BRIDES!!!! please wear wedge or tell your friends to wear wedge shoes. You will have to go barefoot it you dont. Everyone was falling into the wood grooves. Not fun!! I did 2 times, and almost bit it hard, but tore my dress... again not fun
I have a ton more pics guys so swap me you email and I can send some if you need any