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Hey all! Our wedding was yesterday and I have to say that this place is so amazing!! The wedding was gorgeous, Juan Carlos is wonderful and the day was fabulous!!! I'll share more later but you have nothing to worry about ladies, this resort was the best decision we made!! Dean Sanderson was our photographer and he was the best, with Wisteria Wedding Films as our videographers who are just s pleasure and we used Disco Movil for our DJ who kept everyone dancing.

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I am getting married at NOW Sapphire in October. Could someone send me the budget sheet? ashleyg280@@gmail.com

 

Also who has or is having their reception at the preferred pool? Does anyone have pictures? I had requested the tequila terrace but it looks like I may be stuck with the preferred pool...

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@@Ashleyg280 Oh, don't say you may get "stuck" with the preferred pool. I'm actually thinking of switching my location from the Tequila Terrace to the preferred pool (too bad we are not on the same day LOL). I did a quick site visit about 3 weeks ago and, honestly, you can't go wrong with any location. They are all beautiful, just different. 

 

I posted a few photos of our site visit here (along with some of my thoughts about the different locations):

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/62152-now-sapphire-weddings-formerly-paradisus-riviera/?p=1892970

 

But I didn't post the preferred pool photo, so I will do that now. Obviously not the greatest photo and not decorated for a wedding. I love the photos in one of the booklets I received from my WC.

 

preferred pool

photo from my site visit
 

preferred pool 2

 

preferred pool 1

 

The great thing about the preferred pool is that it is very private - the other locations, particularly tequila terrace, are not as private. Also, think about the pool being lit up at night. Really pretty!

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@@vancouverpetunia I'm sure all of the locations are beautiful, I just had my heart set on the tequila terrace with the view of the ocean.  :(

 

Our destinatonweddings.com TA insisted on handling the resort wedding reservations, my fiancé and I asked her a week ago to make sure that we got what we had wanted before sending out our save the dates. She confirmed that it was all set, and then yesterday I get an email showing ceremony location as the beach at 5:30 pm and reception at the preferred pool. None of it was what I had asked for...and of course they are completely booked for the date so it sounds like there isn't much wiggle room.  :angry:

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@@Ashleyg280 Fair enough. That would be disappointing. But keep in mind that you won't be able to see the view for most of your reception, since it will be dark. Unless there is a bright moon. Sunset is around 6:30 in October. I'm surprised that you got a 5:30 ceremony time - we were told 4 was the latest (for an April date). Maybe 5:30 was already booked.


Unrelated question - Does anyone know if the resort has something to secure place cards at the tables? I don't want them blowing away and I wasn't planning on buying anything/bringing anything with me. And, assuming they do, is there a cost? 

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@@vancouverpetunia I'm sure all of the locations are beautiful, I just had my heart set on the tequila terrace with the view of the ocean.  :(

 

Our destinatonweddings.com TA insisted on handling the resort wedding reservations, my fiancé and I asked her a week ago to make sure that we got what we had wanted before sending out our save the dates. She confirmed that it was all set, and then yesterday I get an email showing ceremony location as the beach at 5:30 pm and reception at the preferred pool. None of it was what I had asked for...and of course they are completely booked for the date so it sounds like there isn't much wiggle room.  :angry:

I have to disagree with VancouverPetunia.  The tequila terrace is private.  It is at the far end of the resort with no pool or beach loungers near by.  While you will have some people looking on as they walk by the ceremony, October is very low season and there will likely only be a few!  ALSO, there will be people watching if you were to be married on the beach at ANY resort.  I have friends who have gone to DWs and they have said that there were people standing directly behind the wedding couple watching the wedding the entire time.  This DID NOT happen to us at the Tequila Terrace.

 

The preferred pool would be the most private but there is no view of the beach.  The beach terrace is the least private, however at 5:30 most people will have moved on to start getting ready for dinner.  If this is your option I wouldn't stress too much about it.  Contact your TA, explain what you want.  If the Tequila Terrace is unavailable, see if there is another date that will work.  We had our wedding on the Tequila terrace and it was the exact vision I had for my wedding.  It was perfect!

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@@DinaQtobe You are absolutely right - the Tequila Terrace is at the far end of the resort and away from the pool and beach loungers, so private in that sense. But it is in front of 2 restaurants that look onto the terrace. Since I haven't been to reception there, I'm not sure how much you notice that when you are on the terrace, but that was the non-private aspect I was thinking of. You make a good suggestion about trying a different date. Perhaps moving it to the day before or the day after will open up availability at the desired location.

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We are a top agency with NOW Sapphire and was just there about 2 weeks ago.  In addition to the standard group perks, we are also currently offer:


 


1. Bride and groom fly free


2. free rooms and upgrades


3. as well as spa certificates for the bride and groom.


 


You can rad our reviews, see some of our promotions, and contact us through the links in my signature.


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Has anyone decorated the pergola at the Tequila Terrace with lights and/or papel picado? I'm trying to figure out how many feet I would need. My WC sent me the image below which shows height & width, but not the depth (which he says he doesn't have). Anyone know?

 

pergola dimensions

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@@DinaQtobe You are absolutely right - the Tequila Terrace is at the far end of the resort and away from the pool and beach loungers, so private in that sense. But it is in front of 2 restaurants that look onto the terrace. Since I haven't been to reception there, I'm not sure how much you notice that when you are on the terrace, but that was the non-private aspect I was thinking of. You make a good suggestion about trying a different date. Perhaps moving it to the day before or the day after will open up availability at the desired location.

 

The Mexican restaurant was closed the night of our wedding.  Though the buffet restaurant looks over the tequila terrace I do not recall anyone "gawking" or even looking at us during our reception.  My husband and I faced the restaurant and didn't notice it at all.  Perhaps they did not seat people next to the window since our wedding was held that night.  I do think that the steak restaurant was open but it was a distance from our table and did not impact our dinner or reception in the least.

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