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May update on Sandals/Beaches Destination Weddings

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I had a great conversation with the head of the weddings department for Sandals & Beaches!

 

I just wanted to share some of teh new information! More to come later- she had another appoinment to run to !

 

--First......drum roll please.....you gals are teh first to know as it is just being announced today !!....a good majority of the items in the Martha Stewart packages will be available a la carte!

 

She stressed that the packages will be the least expensive way to go but you will have the option/ability of customizing each package-including the Beautiful Beginnings package! They will not "trade" items in & out.

 

--Floral Catalogue is due to arrive by the end of the month- it is getting printed next week.

 

--The set up fee- it is $250. This fee is for labor costs. A couple of notes:

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  • if you are having a guest just placing something simple on the tables there is no fee. If it is an elaborate setup there may be a fee as it is likley that staff will have to take down or undue/pick up the decorations.
  • There will be no hanging items- this is because of liability if a guest falls or gets injured.
  • You can bring a silk or other bouquet- but you CAN NOT bring in live flowers from an outside vendor.

-the color palette will be limited to the MS color schemes as Sandals/Beaches was having a hard time getting quality linens in every shade of color. This is for quality control.

 

-She also wanted to have me let brides know that customs is getting serious about shells/starfish. To be sure that if you take them with you that you have it documented that they were harvested in an enviromentally friendly manner.

 

-Sandals/Beachs is in the process of getting photo's of the wedding locations at each resort and will have the photo's to share and locations on the resort maps. They do not expect this to be available for a while as it is a slow process getting the info from each property and compiling it!

 

- Sparklers are a no go due to fire hazards( sounds like she wanted to do them as part of a photo shoot and it was a big no to her also!) , Hoewever she did say that the birthday cake kind would work as the chemical is different and it doesn't burn as hot ( and probably because there isn't the hot metal stick to start fires with!) .

 

There are a few other items that I asked about that she is considering and will get back to me. I will post those when they come in if there is a policy change!

 

I didn't ask about photography at this session as I am still waiting for the pics that a bride was going to send to me. Until I have some real life examples it's hard to make a solid case!

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I had a great conversation with the head of the weddings department for Sandals & Beaches!

I just wanted to share some of teh new information! More to come later- she had another appoinment to run to !

--The set up fee- it is $250. This fee is for labor costs. A couple of notes:
-
  • if you are having a guest just placing something simple on the tables there is no fee. If it is an elaborate setup there may be a fee as it is likley that staff will have to take down or undue/pick up the decorations.
  • There will be no hanging items- this is because of liability if a guest falls or gets injured.
  • You can bring a silk or other bouquet- but you CAN NOT bring in live flowers from an outside vendor.
Regarding the set-up fee, is $250 inclusive of ceremony and reception? Or, is it $250 per? Good to know for budgeting purposes. :)

And echoing everyone else, thank you for the update! :)

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-the color palette will be limited to the MS color schemes as Sandals/Beaches was having a hard time getting quality linens in every shade of color. This is for quality control.

I completely understand the quality control thing....but
are you able to use colors from a different theme at all? For example - I would be completely fine doing the Beautiful Beginnings but I want fuchsia orchids instead of purple and that would literally be my only change. Is that possible? If not, I suppose I could just bring real touch flowers and pay the set up fee?

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Sounds like they are listening to brides which I think is great!
I agree!!

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