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#11 HeatherViolet

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    Posted 04 October 2011 - 10:00 AM

    JSA14-

     

    I am jealous that you are going ahead of time to check out the resort!  We were going to do that as well... but with time restraints with our busy schedules, it doesn't allow!

     

    I will be anticipating your report when you come back with the answers to your questions!!!!!! 

    My biggest question too is how much per person are they going to charge over 25 people?!?!?

     

    Another good question is, how much do they charge for outside vendors to come in, like florists.  I have read on here from other brides that it is waaaaay cheaper to get your flowers off the resort and bring them in.

     

    I think the bride and groom automatically get "bumped up" into the preferred club.  I have also heard that it is possible to get the parents of the couple upgraded to the preferred as well.  I am wondering if this is true......

     

    Can't wait to hear back from you!  Take pictures too if you can!  Thanks.... I owe ya one! 



    #12 jsal4

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      Posted 05 October 2011 - 05:08 AM

      @HeatherViolet

      I have added your questions to my master list and will definitely come back with answers and pictures. Just spoke to my travel agent and am starting to get really excited. Oct 21st can't come soon enough.


      "Where there is love, there is life."


      #13 HeatherViolet

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        Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:09 AM

        @JSA14!

        The 21st is right around the corner!  Have a blast! 



        #14 Miss Nikki Lynn

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          Posted 08 October 2011 - 12:17 PM

          Hello,

           

          I am looking at this resort for next November and i am just wondering what the different ceremony site look like and if an of them are privet?  Also do you know how may wedding go on in a day?



          #15 drmunoz

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            Posted 13 October 2011 - 10:23 AM



            Originally Posted by HeatherViolet 

            Thank you so much for the reply....that helps me put my mind at ease! I am waiting for confermation for my wedding date. We hope to hear back from our travel agent soon.
            Has Ramone mentioned how much extra per person it is for dinner over the 25 guests? Where are you doing your cocktail party and reception? Both at Tequila Terrace? Have you figured out who your photographer is going to be yet?
            I'm sorry for the ba-jillion questions! Thanks for taking the time to reply!!!!


            Hi HeatherViolet,

             

            Once again sorry for my delay - I do have answers to your questions though. We are having the ceremony in front on the tequila terrace on the beach, then cocktail hour and the reception is on the tequila terrace. As for the photographer - we are looking into getting an outside photographer for the ceremony and having the resort photographer take pictures at the reception instead - i'll keep you posted. As for the costs per extra guest with the divine package is - $105  usd per person  , includes  the following : Chair  set up for the ceremony ,  cocktail set up , hors d¬≥euvres, bar service   for the cocktail  hour,  dinner set up, wedding cake , toast and  divine  set menu  dinner  and bar service  for 3 hours (that's cut and pasted form his email reply).

             

            Keep asking questions - I hope I can save a few of you the stress I have gone thru -lol

             

             



            #16 drmunoz

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              Posted 13 October 2011 - 10:24 AM



              Originally Posted by Miss Nikki Lynn 

              Hello,

               

              I am looking at this resort for next November and i am just wondering what the different ceremony site look like and if an of them are privet?  Also do you know how may wedding go on in a day?



              Hi Miss Nikki Lynn,

               

              message me privately and I can send you the resort package pictures of the locations if you'd like.



              #17 HeatherViolet

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                Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:17 PM

                Hi!  How was your trip to Now Sapphire?  Do you have any pictures to share from your visit?  I hope it was all you dreamed the resort to be!

                Heather Violet



                #18 LUVTHATSUN

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                  Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:30 PM

                  Hi ladies,

                   

                  I just did a site visit at the Now Sapphire, it was lovely.My son is being married at the Now Jade, but I did take alot of pictures of the Sapphire. I will try and post them here.

                  OK, this is taking way too long..LOL, please send me your e-mail if you want all the pictures and I will send them to you.NOW SAPPHIRE



                  #19 Llkrik1010

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                    Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:27 PM

                    Hi Everyone,

                    I believe the original question in this thread was about seaweed in the ocean.  I visited the Now Sapphire in early June 2011 and am getting married there June 30th, 2012.  There was seaweed in the ocean and it did wash up on shore.  I can say that they have machines clearing it off the beach a few times a day, but you can't avoid it in the ocean.  There was a pending storm when I was there, so I am not sure if that was the reason for all of the seaweed.  I was hoping to hear from someone who has been there more recently to see if they also had the seaweed problem.  I believe the seaweed is there because one of the largest barrier reefs in the world is nearby??

                    Anyway, I have chosen my ceremony on the beach and cocktail hour/reception on the Tequila Terrace.  My wedding coordinator is Ramon and he was very helpful and responded fairly quickly as I was booking everything. I have kind of been at a stand still and really haven't contacted the resort more recently though, as my wedding is still far away.  I am going with La Luna photography for the wedding.  When my FI and I were there visiting in June, we got a private dinner on the beach (FYI the food was delicious and we really enjoyed it).  The resort photographer took pictures of us, and we were really very disappointed with them.  As a result, I decided to look elsewhere.  La Luna is pretty expensive, but photography is important to me, so I thought it was worth the extra money.  

                    To answer some more questions, they do allow up to 2 weddings a day.  Neither of the locations are completely private, as there may still be guests in the pool area if you choose the beach location and there may be guests in the restaurants or walking on the beach for the Tequila Terrace.  Honestly, I think I will be so excited to be getting married I won't even notice!  I believe outside vendors cost $300, except for a photographer who only costs $65 (although I have heard different things).  I have 35 guests confirmed right now and may have more and we were quoted at $105 extra pp over 25 people.

                    Let me know if you have any other questions.  I posted pictures of the resort on another thread as well and have more if anyone is interested.  
                    For those brides getting married soon, Enjoy!!

                    Lauren



                    #20 82turtles

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                      Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:56 PM

                      So little late in seeing this thread, but think I can help a little with the original question.. I was there for 2 weeks for our wedding in November. First off, it's not actually seaweed washing up on shore. It is 'seagrass'.. doesn't hurt and isn't prickly, just feels like dried grass when you walk on it. They have tractors that go up and down the beach to clean it up several times a day. I think it will always be there, just because of the reef. Storms may kick up more 'muck' in the water, resulting in more or less of the seagrass depending on the time of year, but I would DEFINITELY not let that stop you from booking a wedding/vacation here!! It was one of my initial concerns having a pristine beach, and I'm SO glad I didn't let it dissuade me from choosing the resort. Everything was so perfect there.

                       

                      Outside vendors do cost $300 per category (ex flowers, decor, cake, DJ, etc); however, having an outside photographer will only cost you $65 (basically just charging you a day pass). I used an outside photographer (Gonzalo Nunez -- he was AMAZING!!), and used the resort for everything else. Yes, the flowers are expensive and overpriced, but when I looked at the cost of an outside one plus the vendor fee, it just wasn't much of any savings nor was it worth it to me to have to bother with communicating with and coordinating another vendor. The resort did a fantastic job with my flowers, and I have no complaints there!

                       

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                      Originally Posted by Llkrik1010 

                      Hi Everyone,

                      I believe the original question in this thread was about seaweed in the ocean.  I visited the Now Sapphire in early June 2011 and am getting married there June 30th, 2012.  There was seaweed in the ocean and it did wash up on shore.  I can say that they have machines clearing it off the beach a few times a day, but you can't avoid it in the ocean.  There was a pending storm when I was there, so I am not sure if that was the reason for all of the seaweed.  I was hoping to hear from someone who has been there more recently to see if they also had the seaweed problem.  I believe the seaweed is there because one of the largest barrier reefs in the world is nearby??

                      Anyway, I have chosen my ceremony on the beach and cocktail hour/reception on the Tequila Terrace.  My wedding coordinator is Ramon and he was very helpful and responded fairly quickly as I was booking everything. I have kind of been at a stand still and really haven't contacted the resort more recently though, as my wedding is still far away.  I am going with La Luna photography for the wedding.  When my FI and I were there visiting in June, we got a private dinner on the beach (FYI the food was delicious and we really enjoyed it).  The resort photographer took pictures of us, and we were really very disappointed with them.  As a result, I decided to look elsewhere.  La Luna is pretty expensive, but photography is important to me, so I thought it was worth the extra money.  

                      To answer some more questions, they do allow up to 2 weddings a day.  Neither of the locations are completely private, as there may still be guests in the pool area if you choose the beach location and there may be guests in the restaurants or walking on the beach for the Tequila Terrace.  Honestly, I think I will be so excited to be getting married I won't even notice!  I believe outside vendors cost $300, except for a photographer who only costs $65 (although I have heard different things).  I have 35 guests confirmed right now and may have more and we were quoted at $105 extra pp over 25 people.

                      Let me know if you have any other questions.  I posted pictures of the resort on another thread as well and have more if anyone is interested.  
                      For those brides getting married soon, Enjoy!!

                      Lauren



                       






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